The Modellers Pond toilet was closed on Thursday following arson damage. Photo: Supplied.

Modellers Pond toilet latest victim of arson

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The public toilet at the Modellers Pond in Tāhunanui was closed on Thursday following arson – the third in the past month.

Two other public toilet facilities – at Broadgreen Historic House and the Bisley Walk section of Tāhunanui – were both damaged by fire within days of each other in mid-June.

The damage at the Modellers Pond toilet facilities was found by council contractors early on Thursday.

The toilet has been closed due to damage to the toilet system and will remain so until at least late this week while parts are obtained for repairs.


The toilet facilities at Broadgreen Historic House were damaged by arson in June. Photo: Supplied.
The toilet facilities at Broadgreen Historic House were damaged by arson in June. Photo: Supplied.

The two other damaged toilet facilities reopened this week following more than $7000 of repairs.

The toilets at Broadgreen Historic House were damaged sometime during June 14 – 15, while the men’s toilets at Bisley Walk in Tāhunanui were vandalized on June 19.

Both sites suffered extensive fire and smoke damage, as well as damage to the walls and soap dispensers.

The incidents have been reported to police and Detective Jonathan Evans says investigations are ongoing.

Due to the similar nature of the fires it is believed the initial two incidents are connected, but it was too early to say if the most recent fire was also connected, he says.

Nelson mayor Rachel Reese says the thoughtless destruction was “disappointing and disruptive” to the community.

“These actions don’t just have the effect of costing money to repair. Every time they happen, they disrupt and inconvenience our community.

“These are community facilities, for use by everyone. When you disrespect these spaces, you disrespect our community.”

Police would like to hear from anyone with information of note regarding the most recent fire, which is understood to have occurred sometime from the afternoon of July 8 through to the morning of July 9.

Police would also like to hear from anyone who saw anything overnight on 14 – 15 June for the fire at the Broadgreen Historic House public toilets, and from between 4pm – 4.30pm on 19 June for the fire at the Bisley Walk toilets.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Evans by calling 105 and quoting file number 200619/4311, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.