Billboard vandalism irks retiring mayor


Winton Dalley
Winton Dalley
Political billboards in the Weka Pass have been vandalised. The hoardings of two candidates in the upcoming local body elections have bitten the dust on a private property in the pass, between Waikari and Waipara.

Hurunui district mayoral candidate Marie Black's sign was cut off at ground level. The frame, owned by the property owner, is a popular place for people putting up signs in the pass to give motorists a heads-up about events, or in this case a mayoral candidate.

Bill Dowle, who is standing in the North Canterbury constituency of Environment Canterbury, has also fallen victim to the vandals.

Retiring Hurunui Mayor Winton Dalley says he is saddened by the vandalism. ''This is not the sort of thing that happens in the district that I know and love.

Some ''random idiot'' has trespassed on to private property and vandalised the signs, Mr Dalley says.

''Entering private property and destroying legitimate election signage is unacceptable behaviour and not in tune with our Hurunui culture of integrity and respect for all.

''I am saddened that we now have people in our community who think this OK. It is not the Hurunui that we have been passionate about, and it has no place here,'' he says.