Central Leader : April 1st 2011
www.centralleader.co.nz Friday, April 1, 2011 extra content, extra early, extra special! online editions Essential local news available now, wherever you are...and it's FREE! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.centralleader.co.nz Central Leader online editions have exciting extras for all our readers -- including video and back issues. Get online now for a total multi media experience with the latest local news -- anywhere, anytime. Thieves target kindy By KELSEY FLETCHER Ruthlessly robbed: Oranga Kindergarten pupils, from left: Elizapita Liu, Zahara Anderson, Agness Fruean and head teacher Jacqueline Hill sit with their empty petty cash and camera boxes.Photo: JASON OXENHAM ' The money was a koha from the parents so we could buy new toys for their children. Now we've lost photos, work data and we're broke. ' Head teacher Jacqueline Hill CHILDREN will be going without new toys and equip- ment after a kindergarten was ransacked and a primary school was targeted by thieves. A metal fence and barbed wire couldn t keep the offenders out of Oranga Kin- dergarten in the early hours of last Friday. The nifty thieves cut their way through a metal boun- dary fence, forced open the front door and made off with money and goods. Head teacher Jacqueline Hill says the burglars stole two cameras used for the children s assessments and $180 of donated cash. The money was a koha from the parents so we could buy new toys for their chil- dren. Now we ve lost photos, work data and we re broke, she says. The thieves also tried to take a computer which was bolted on to a desk. They left their finger- prints on the computer when they tried to take it so those are being processed. Miss Hill says the children have been discussing the bur- glary with the teachers and are angry about it. They ve been saying: Go away and don t come back . It s not the first time the kindergarten has been burgled. We ve been broken into before and they stole any- thing they could get their hands on from the sheds, Miss Hill says. It s a matter of stealing from your own isn t it? What we buy here is with money raised from the community. The money stolen probably came from their families pockets. The kindergarten installed security measures like barbed wire after the first burglary. We re very frightened of getting burgled again. I don t know what they think they can take from a kindy. The kindergarten s mone- tary woes may stretch until the next financial year and the teachers having to share cameras for assessments. We re in deficit. We fore- see if we don t spend and are tight for the next year we should come out okay. It s a hard time for the parents who donated the money, she says. Richmond Road Primary School was also broken into last weekend after its gala day Saturday. The school had fundraised just over $11,000 which had been taken from the premises by security personnel. Thieves broke in Sunday night in an attempt to find the money, ransacking the office and taking nothing. Contact the Ponsonby police station 359-3100 if you have any information about the Richmond Road school break-in. Call the Mt Wellington police station 526-7300 if you have any information about the Oranga Kindergarten break-in. Otherwise phone the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800-555-111.
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