Vandals cause Waipuke Park closure

The Kawasaki K10 roller is now out of action, resting on the roadside where council contractors are sealing the road surface from Maungatautari Rd to Waipuke Park.

Council contractors arrived at their Waipuke Park worksite on Friday morning last week to find vandals had severely damaged their roller overnight.

Stones were found in the engine, radiator and fuel tank of the roller left at the park entrance, where Splice Construction are sealing the road to the popular lake and playground area on Maungatautari Rd.

Council’s roading manager Bryan Hudson described the vandalism as mindless and extremely disappointing.

“The damage caused to the machinery is extensive and costly to repair. This project will improve the experience of visitors to the lake and a setback like this will mean delays.”

Hudson said access to Waipuke Park would now be closed to the public when contractor staff are not on site, until work is complete.

“We regret having to take this step, but the work will be completed in a few weeks’ time and normal access can then resume. We’ve never seen anything like this before and will be working with police to find the culprits.”

Hudson encourages anyone who has any information about the damage to contact Police.

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