A Tauranga family had their property ravaged by thieves. Chris Booth was devastated to find 33 newly planted avocado trees had been ripped out of the ground and taken from his family’s property.
"We had 52 planted right at the end of lockdown. We had to get resource consent and all the rest of it so they had only been in there for a little bit. I just couldn't believe it. I saw the first one and thought 'What's gone on here?'. Then I looked up and saw all of them and realised most of the trees were gone."
Booth said the culprits had to have been organised to not only rip that many trees out of the ground but to also remove them all from the property. Booth estimated the financial cost of the theft to be about $1500.