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Community unites over security for Rere

Old Eastland Network power poles have been given a new lease of life in the name of increased security for the Rere community.

The poles have been re-purposed to mount security cameras on, for a community initiative organised by the Friends of Rere group.

It all started with a meeting at the Tahunga Golf Club in August 2019.

Gisborne Police attended to discuss options open to farmers fed up with stock theft, poaching and other criminal activities.

Security cameras were suggested. Friends of Rere contacted Eastland Network late last year and the company was happy to donate several end-of-life power poles.

“We are extremely grateful to Eastland Network for donating the power poles, which they cut to length and delivered free of charge,” said Friends of Rere camera group secretary Tammy Steele.

“This allowed us to keep our costs down and is much appreciated.”

Mrs Steele said the group was thrilled with the support from farmers in the wider district who donated generously towards the camera operation. They were also supported by grants from the J and T Hickey Trust, Marjorie Redstone Trust and the Eastern and Central Community Trust.

Four sites are now up and running, covering an area from Tahora Road to Eastwood Hill and around to Waerenga-o-Kuri.

The camera group is working closely with local policeman Robert Dench who can follow up any leads captured on the cameras.

Since the cameras were installed, there has been a noticeable drop in numbers of vehicles travelling these roads through the night — a positive result showing they are acting as a deterrent.

“It's great to be able to re-use the power poles in such a worthwhile project and they are completely fit-for-purpose for mounting cameras on,” said Eastland Network general manager Jarred Moroney.

“The recycling of the poles fits with our sustainability goals and we're always happy to help with community projects such as this.”

COMMUNITY CAM: Volunteers from the Friends of Rere camera group putting one of their new security cameras in place. From left Mark Steele, Tom Teneti, James Law and Jody Hume. Pictures supplied
WATCHING: Security cameras fixed to old power poles at Rere are already having an effect.
BEWARE: A warning sign tells visitors security cameras are operating at Rere.