Torched for being modern?

Pinko heritage advocates are being fingered for arson attacks.

Police hunting an arsonist who torched a designer home in a swanky Auckland suburb are investigating if the blaze is linked to opposition to its controversial construction.

Fire ripped through the house on Hakanoa St in Grey Lynn nine days ago.

It comes after the property, which divided opinion on the heritage-protected street, was last year targeted by vandals who broke in and flooded it.

Police confirmed they were investigating both incidents but would not be drawn on whether they were linked.

But they said any connection between the break-ins and damage and possible heritage activists would be part of the investigation.

Last week the Malcolm Walker-designed property on Hakanoa St in Grey Lynn ” which is owned by Justine Muxlow and Daniel Birt “was burgled and fires started in a number of rooms.

Fire gutted a room next to a child’s bedroom, and a window exploded.

The pair and their two young children were not home.

Last October, electrical equipment was stolen and taps were turned on, flooding the family home.

There are lots of crazy people who live in Auckland and many of them can be found in pinko lefty local groups.

These are the types who oppose Resource Consents and chain themselves to fences and trees to protest new developments.

They are the luddites – the anti progress looneys. The BANANA republicans.

Hardly a surprise then that a new house in a heritage area is getting attacked. It was only a matter of time before one of these pinko morons went too far.

And this is ironically part of the problem in New Zealand.

Too many of the people who oppose progress and change are actually dangerous.

You might think they stand up for a cause – and they do – but they are fundamentalists and they do more harm than good.


– NZ Herald


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  • Cadwallader

    I suspect someone with, let’s say, a Greenie tinge, who doesn’t like nor understand technology behaves as a modern day Luddite. This lack of comprehension is of course propelled by the ancient trait mistrust and even envy. The weirdos in Blenheim yesterday well fit the above mold.

  • botti

    I remember seeing this on Art of the Architect last year. Unbelievable that nutters have attacked the place twice now (the first time stealing equipment and trying to flood it). What the f8ck is wrong with these people.

    • DangerMice

      I remember watching too, this episode Was a decent series

      • Honcho

        Such a young family too!!!, how anyone can do this sort of thing, to such a lovely family’s dream home is beyond reproach. I hope these scumbags are caught.

    • SlightlyStrange

      I was wondering if it was that house. It was stunning! Shame on the protestors.

  • Valid Point

    It’s a lovely looking place too. Why they’d torch that instead of that eyesore apartment circle on Sackville Road, God only knows.

  • Valid Point

    not that anyone should be torching anything mind you!

  • Max

    Not forgetting we New Zealand moan fest day next week.

  • steve and monique

    “Police hunting an arsonist who torched a designer home in a swanky Auckland suburb are investigating if the blaze is linked to opposition to its controversial construction”. Even the opening line to me smacks of the left mindset, they couldn’t just say a family home was torched by arsonists and treated them like the criminals they are, they had to make reference to it being a swanky suburb. It is irrelevant where the home was, the fact is that some lowlife has burnt down a property which undoubtedly someone has worked very hard to build. We seem to have a tall poppy culture in this country, it is not so much a “have vs have not’s” it is more a “has motivation vs can’t be bothered”. Come on NZ Herald, get your act together and start reporting like journalists “trained and skilled” not the fumbling, clearly green-eyed lefties you obviously are. Just remember that they could be subscribers to your paper, you have few left so show some empathy. If it is the man I am thinking it is, he did a radio interview and is one of the most loveliest people I have had the pleasure of listening to.

    • Cadwallader

      Yes, it is never just a “car” when it is an Audi or a BMW. The silent nudge of resentment is present everywhere in the msm.

    • TSD

      I’d be a fan of skilled journalists but would steer clear of trained. Remember that the likes of Hagar lecture them now so realistically there is no longer a course in journalism.

  • Richard

    Someone should question Euan McDonald…looks like he is chancing his arm at a start up franchise company from inside.

  • Quinton Hogg

    My wife asked me when Grey Lyn became “swanky”. Came as a bit of a surprise to me.
    orsman moans about houses such as the Hakanoa Street property.
    He wants us to live in a time warp.
    It is simply regeneration of a suburb. Happens all the time.
    Burnley terrace in my area is a heritage zone, yet almost every house in the street has been attacked by the renovators adding bits at the back or upstairs. there is sod all heritage left.

  • Whitey

    Yes they stand up for a cause, but so do the Islamic State scumbags.