Plea for return of Christmas 'tree'

The Christmas decoration which disappeared from its Thames St pole over the Christmas holiday period. Photo supplied.
The Christmas decoration which disappeared from its Thames St pole over the Christmas holiday period. Photo supplied.
The Waitaki District Council is looking for a $1000 Christmas decoration, which was stolen from a pole in the main street sometime between Christmas and New Year's Day.

Council roading manager Michael Voss said the decoration had lights built into it.

''The tree-shaped decoration was located on a street lighting pole above Regent Florist and Paper Plus and someone has gone to quite a bit of effort to remove it. Although it might have been seen as a harmless prank, these decorations are costly to replace.''

The Oamaru Christmas decorations were bought about 10 years ago with money raised by the community, and they remained a valuable community asset enjoyed by everyone, he said.

There would be a short amnesty to allow those responsible for its removal to return the decoration, Mr Voss said.

- andrew.ashton@odt.co.nz