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Vandals attack Christchurch landmark for the second time in two weeks

Aaron Dahmen
Victoria Square General
Victoria Square has been hit by vandals again Aaron Dahmen

The company behind a revamp of Victoria Square says it is about finding a balance between safety and what the people want.

Ōtākaro Limited spokesperson Michael Parkin said no solution is foolproof. 

"We are committed to stopping damage in the area."

Vandals hit the Christchurch landmark on Tuesday for the second time since it re-opened just over two weeks ago.

Thieves attacked block walls and removed 46 brass fins - designed to deter skateboarders.

Ōtākaro General Manager, John O’Hagan, said the damage was frustrating for the community. 

"After all the time, money and effort [it is deeply disappointing] that someone would willingly damage this much-loved space."

He is calling on members of the public to support recovery efforts. 

“These skate fins are easily identifiable, and anyone who sees one or knows anything about this senseless act should report it to Police."

An overnight security guard will be contracted to patrol for the immediate future while a permanent solution is considered.

Repair work is expected to take several weeks and cost over $100,000. 

Just hours after the square reopened on March 9, it's renowned Bowker Fountain was foamy mess and needed to be checked for damage.

O'Hagan said he's had enough. 

"This selfish act only spoils the experience for those wanting to visit the restored space."