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The beach bench area – before and after the brazen theft.

Cheeky thieves have stolen the wooden bench seat at the Ōtaki River estuary lookout.

On or about April 9, someone – presumably with more transportation than a bicycle or foot power – unbolted the bench from its concrete pad and disappeared into the night.

The solid wooden structure had been donated by Rotary, and made and installed by Waikanae MenzShed. It was used by vistors enjoying the view. It’s likely the bench is now adorning someone’s backyard.

If you’ve seen something similar suddenly appearing in a backyard after the brazen beach burglar bolted, or if you have information, local police would like to know about it (06 364-7366).

Where’s our beach bench?



Last month's home page news stories

Wylie family pitches in as a record number of trees to be planted this year on Ōtaki River. READ MORE

Lack of Peka Peka expressway interchange challenged by Action group Finish Our Road (FOR). READ MORE

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Thieves walk off with wooden bench seat, donated by Rotary, at the Ōtaki River estuary lookout. READ MORE


Home page stories from April 2019

Main Street will have free wifi by the end of June from the Telegraph Hotel to the library  READ MORE

Caltex service station making way for a new development and retail realignment. READ MORE

Ōtaki kiwi nurse revealed this week as having been held captive by Isis for five years. READ MORE

Cleaner river after funding of $170,000 announced to improve the health catchment. READ MORE 


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