Paparoa locals Loraine Rowlands (left) and Kate Battensby clearing up damage in the aftermath of the hall vandalism

Vandals damage community hall

by Paul Campbell

Vandals struck the war memorial hall in Paparoa during Labour Weekend, causing extensive damage expected to run into thousands of dollars to repair shattered windows and doors and internal fittings and equipment.

A police investigation is underway. In the meantime, the community has rallied round to expedite repairs with sums of money donated to cover the hall’s insurance excess and get repairs underway.

Images of smashed glass, broken doors and ruined artworks have shocked locals and led to widespread condemnation of the attack with hall committee spokesperson, Robyn Skelton, saying that rather than causing fear and alarm — it’s brought the community together to help make repairs.

“Donations are already coming in, and we appreciate all of the help that’s been offered.”

Posts by well-wishers online have seen locals offer their time and renovation and building skills.

Help has included $500 from neighbouring Maungaturoto’s The Den, that usually raises funds for local use, with organiser Albie Paton saying “the wider community deserves our support as well.”

People wishing to donate to the clean-up effort can send donations to Paparoa Hall Committee BNZ 020484 0105705 00 Reference ‘Vandalism’.