Stranger-danger warning in Wanaka

A Wanaka school principal has warned parents about suspicious behaviour in the Southern Lakes District town.

Holy Family Catholic School acting principal Paul Cartlidge said the school was reminding children about staying safe and the appropriate action if approached by a stranger after an incident yesterday.

A 10-year-old boy was approached after school by a man described as part-Maori, parked in a black sedan with tinted windows in Mataraki Pl, near the Aubrey Rd school.

He wound down the window and asked the youngster if he wanted a lift home but the boy jumped on his bike and went straight home.

His father called police.

''This is the second incident of this nature in close proximity to the school in the last few months so please be extra vigilant with your children travelling to and from school.''

The Southland Times