School gates created by sex offender removed
Ornate Paekakariki School gates sculptured by local artist and convicted child sex offender Brendan Nolan have been removed with the school board saying it was no longer appropriate they 'welcomed' school children and their families to the school.
Parents, board members and volunteers took about an hour to remove the elaborate main front gates and two side gates this afternoon, made by metal artist Mr Nolan in 2006.
When they were installed Nolan described them as,"a little bit taniwha and little bit Harry Potter-style dragon."
Nolan, 55, admitted sexually violating two young girls in 1999 and 2001 and was sentenced this week to five years, three months behind bars.
The board sent a letter home to parents yesterday saying the impact of Nolan's behaviour on some families in the community had been significant and the gates were longer appropriate for the school.
School principal John Masson, who helped remove the gates, reaffirmed the board's decision.
"Their decision was the right one," Mr Masson said.
Kapiti Coast District Council paid Nolan $20,000 to make a 4.5 meter-high metal tui sculpture about five years ago to mark the entrance to Paraparaumu Beach and will discuss whether to take it down at a meeting tomorrow.
The Dominion Post