Horizons Regional Council monitoring stations targeted by thieves

Horizons Regional Council are calling for community support following a number of Tararua hydrological monitoring stations being targeted by thieves.

Horizons regional information and services group manager Ged Shirley says that over the past few months three sites in Woodville and Dannevirke have been targeted, with solar panels and cameras stolen.
“This ratepayer funded equipment forms part of our extensive environmental data network, which provides information on parameters such as river levels and water quality,” says Mr Shirley.
“The data is a key element to our flood warning and modelling system and helps to keep our communities safe. The flood warning system provides 24/7, 365 days of the year service to our communities at risk of natural hazards.
“This network also supports our water allocation framework, providing consent holders with up to date information on water availability.
“Due to the remote nature of a number of these monitoring stations, solar energy is the only source of power. The individual stations cannot function when solar panels are taken.
“Our staff have notified police, however we are also keen to hear from anyone who has any news with regards to these thefts to eliminate further losses.”