RNZ has warned that Auckland ratepayers could face a $100,000 vandalism bill, after damage to property in parks where kauri tracks have been closed for upgrades. Park rangers say the acts of destruction – which include ripped fencing, damaged cameras and signs, theft of spray guns, cameras and signs, and broken hygiene stations – seem to be a type of protest. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said the destruction had wasted scarce resources, endangered the environment and Auckland’s iconic kauri trees, and cost the general public.
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