Seats carved for Te Ara Tahuna, Ōrewa Estuary walk/cycleway, which were vandalised several years ago, could be repaired after a renewed effort by Hibiscus and Bays Local Board member Julia Parfitt.
They were hand-carved by master carvers who were inmates of Paremoremo Prison, using macrocarpa felled during the establishment of the walkway. The benches were unveiled at the end of 2012.
It was not long before vandals removed the end pieces of some of the seats but at the time it was thought those could not be replaced.
Recently the damage was again drawn to the attention of Hibiscus Matters by a local resident.
As a result, Mrs Parfitt has raised it with Corrections and Auckland Council’s community facilities team to see what can be done.
“In my view it would be good for one of the carvers who created them to fix it if possible,” she says.
“The seats were funded by the local board so repairs should be funded by our renewals or general maintenance budgets. We have a number of these carvings in our local board area and they have been well respected over the years and cared for by the community. The only damage has occurred here in Ōrewa,” Mrs Parfitt says.