Good Samaritans to the fore

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Local good Samaritans gathered round an environmental programme that was the victim of a cruel theft in Orewa during August. The 920 native plants grown by Orewa College students as part of their Trees for Survival programme were stolen from the side of West Coast Road in Ahuroa. These plants were destined to help improve local water quality and stabilise land.

The theft sickened many involved in the project, but local nursery owner Rodney Straka of Scrub Growers Ltd stepped up to provide replacement plants.

Plants in crates similar to these were taken from the farm property

The owners of another property involved in revitalising the area’s streams, Sue Mezsarons and Karyn Maddren of Streamlands Suffolk’s, transferred a scheduled planting day on their own property to Sheila Elwell’s Highfield Farm property from where the trees had been stolen.

The plants were stored in colourful milk crates, and each plant (40-50 cm high) was being kept in a bag that was 16cm by 7 cm.

“The kindness shown is a great inspiration, and typical of the local community,” says Gael Olgilvie, manager of Auckland Council Environmental Services.

If you have any information about the theft of the plants, or if you are offered plants that match the description of the stolen plants, contact Helensville Police Station on 420 8967 or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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