Thieves steal from whale charity

Last updated 14:03 13/10/2012
Project Jonah

STOLEN: The trailer stolen from Project Jonah.

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Thieves have stolen a trailer belonging to a charity that uses it to save stranded whales and dolphins.

Project Jonah's trailer was stolen from its rooftop car park on Dominion Rd, Mt Eden on Friday.

The trailer was discovered missing around 9am and had a wheel clamp on it as well as a hitch lock. 

It is one for four used to transport equipment to sites around the country during whale stranding emergencies.

"We're a small charity and we struggle to do the work we do with the money we have," said chief executive Kimberly Muncaster.

"This is a double blow as we're just coming into stranding season and need fully-equipped rescue trailers around the country so we can respond quickly to stranding emergencies."

The stolen trailer was "earmarked" for Tauranga so that it can cover the Bay of Plenty region.

"We're just devastated, this is a major setback."

Project Jonah has just received the trailer and was in the process of negotiating and insurance police when it was stolen.

The trailer has the Project Jonah New Zealand logo and distinctive blue and orange markings with text that reads: "Whale and rescue training" and "Saving whales since 1974".

The charity said police were on the lookout and were asking members of the public to come forward if they see one with the registration T778Z.

There will be a Project Jonah trailer in Mission Bay this weekend for a training exercise, so the public have been asked to check the registration before making a report.

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