Vandalism costs Historic Places Trust

Last updated 05:00 02/11/2012

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Vandal attacks on heritage buildings have cost the New Zealand Historic Places Trust tens of thousands of dollars.

The attacks included smashing leadlights at the trust's base, Antrim House, in Boulcott St, Wellington, which cost $10,000 to fix.

In another incident, a thief stole guttering and a donation box from Old St Paul's in Wellington. The vandalism was a distraction from its core duties, the trust said, and it has begun an appeal to help cover the costs of the damage.

The trust manages 48 properties nationally.

General manager of heritage destinations Priscilla Pitts said the trust had to spend its limited funds on repairs and upgrading security systems.

The appeal had been running for two weeks and so far had raised nearly $30,00

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