Memorial seat stolen before unveiling

A new macrocarpa wooden seat with a brass plaque honouring two founding members of the Avon...
A new macrocarpa wooden seat with a brass plaque honouring two founding members of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust was stolen. Photo: Supplied
A new seat honouring two of the key players who helped improve the health of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary has been stolen.

The macrocarpa wooden seat with a brass plaque was installed at Windsurfer’s Reserve off Humphreys Rd prior to lockdown in memory of Kevin O’Connor and Les Batcheler.

Les Batcheler.
Les Batcheler.

Both were founding members of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust and helped make an important wastewater ocean outfall and draining system a reality, among other things.

The trust, together with the former Combined Estuary Association, spent about a year arranging for the seat to be installed. 

Trust manager Tanya Jenkins had been planning the official unveiling event for the families, but was “devastated” to receive a photo from a Christchurch City Council park ranger showing just two posts remaining.

"It’s probably just vandals who thought it [would make] nice firewood or a nice bench at home.

Kevin O'Connor.
Kevin O'Connor.

"It’s a shame to have this happen.

"I will not even ask who or why, but would like to plead with the thieves to return the seat and plaque as a sign of respect to the two gentlemen honoured and their families.

 

"Just quietly place it by the two posts you have left and we will reassemble the seat again.”

The seat before it was stolen. Photo: Supplied
The seat before it was stolen. Photo: Supplied

 

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