Wellington student's PhD work stolen

An emotional PhD student has described the pain of having a year and a half of her work stolen.

Thieves smashed into Doris Kaua’s car in a car park attached to Plimmer Tower in Gilmer Terrace between 3pm and 7pm last night.

They stole her wheelable briefcase containing 18 months worth of her Philosophy doctorate – an Acer lap-top, memory sticks, tape recorder and tapes, an external hard drive and a pink folder filled with hard copies.

A 35-year-old Parker pen, her diary and a photo of her dead father were also taken.

"I’m gutted," Mrs Kaua – a student at Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi – said today.

"I’ve already cried a river."

The 58-year-old, who also works at Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation, had complained to police and said a reward was offered to anyone who returned her work.

"The thing that hurts the most is because I’ve lost everything I don’t know where to start to begin to rebuild what I’ve lost."

It was likely she would have to extend the time to complete her PHD, she said.

Mrs Kaua's briefcase can be returned - no questions asked - at Wellington central police station.

The Dominion Post