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Franklin & North Waikato

Tuesday 12 December 2017 www.thepost.nz (09) 235 7835 Vol:29 • No. 48

Pages 13-17

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‘despicable act’

MORE than $14,000 worth of sound and lighting equipment has been stolen after it was left in the Pukekohe Town Hall for Parkside School’s end of year concert.

The gear belongs to Wayne Paxton, who our readers may recognise as our local Road Policing Sergeant. When he isn’t in uniform, Wayne runs Blueliners Entertainment, and is quite often found at charity events providing sound equipment.

Emma Hyde-Richards emma@thepost.nz

•• For the last four years, Wayne has helped Parkside School with their end of year concert, a gesture that Principal, Judith Nel, says has ‘revolutionised’ their performance.

“All our students have profound learning difficulties, and a lot of effort and energy goes into this performance throughout the year. Wayne has been brilliant to us. He has donated so much time and resources to give our students the best opportunity to shine onstage.”

After setting up his equipment

the previous evening, Wayne walked into the hall on the morning of Wednesday 6 December to complete the final check only to find all his gear had disappeared.

“What guts me the most is that I couldn’t be there for the student’s dress rehearsal. That is super hard on the kids, as they miss out,” said Wayne. Mrs Nel said the incident is ‘despicable.’

“They knew the equipment was there, and they have ultimately let the community down. I wouldn’t think that in our community this type of low life existed, but unfortunately, this is evidence they do.”

The end of year show was in jeopardy, however, the teachers and Wayne were able to rally together and source some sound equipment that allowed the show to go ahead on Friday.

Pukekohe Sergeant Jonathan Ziesler from the Tactical Crime Unit explained that while

they were focusing on several areas of inquiry, he encourages the community to come forward if they have any further information on the incident. “We are still waiting for the CCTV footage from Auckland Council, but there has been no sign of forced entry into the hall.”

The items stolen include a mixer in a purpose built road case which has residue masking tape on the bottom of the controls, subs which have four castor wheels attached that is not standard, QSC speakers are in black Citronic covers, and black power cords which may still have blue velcro tags on them.

“If anyone has any knowledge about this incident, they can contact me here at the station on 09 237 1700 or anonymously through Crimestoppers 0800 555 111,” said Sergeant Ziesler.

Georgia Roberts as the Queen of Hearts for the Otaua School float. Photos begin on page 13.

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