Burglary & Vandalism over Waitangi Weekend at Te Whare Oranga
The Helensville District Health Trust’s groundbreaking new project Te Whare Oranga o Parakai was unlawfully broken into on Saturday 7 February 2015 – just seven weeks shy of a spectacular renovated reopening to the public. It is believed a group of people committed vandalism and burglary at the former Parakai Tavern in the early hours of Saturday morning over the long Waitangi weekend. Stolen items include valuable building equipment and tools, copper piping, a new hot water cylinder and a new mobility scooter donated to the Trust by a member of the public.
Te Whare Oranga o Parakai is the Helensville District Health Trust’s most innovative project to date in their entire 25 year history. Gifted the former Parakai Tavern by the Parakai Licensing Trust in 2013, the Trust has been working closely in partnership with Ngati Whatua Nga Rima and Unitec to redevelop the site as a House of Wellbeing (which translates in Te Reo as Te Whare Oranga).
“We are extremely disappointed that this has occurred, with so many individuals in our community having worked incredibly hard to transform the former Parakai Tavern into a place of wellbeing for all in South Kaipara community to use, experience and benefit from,” says Trust Manager Charm Torrance.
Currently undergoing extensive renovations inside and out, Te Whare Oranga o Parakai is scheduled to reopen in late March 2015 with an official ceremony led by Hon Paula Bennett on Saturday 28 March 2015. “While our hard working builders from BJ Wilson Builders will have even more pressure on them now, we are confident that we can still open to the community as planned over the weekend of 28 & 29 March 2015. We urge the community to show their support and solidarity for this project by coming along to our inaugural Harvest Market on Sunday 29 March from 10am – 2pm,” says Charm Torrance.
The Helensville District Health Trust are offering a $1000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of the stolen items and assists Police with their enquiries. Anyone with any information is urged to call one of the following numbers and state they have information about the break in and burglary of the former Parakai Tavern, now known as Te Whare Oranga o Parakai.
Helensville Police Station - 09 420 8967
Crime Stoppers for anonymous calls – 0800 555 111
NZ Police Communications – 09 571 2800