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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.
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.
"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.”