Whale rescue trailer found

Stolen equipment used to rescue stranded whales and dolphins, destined for Tauranga, has been found.

Whale rescue charity Project Jonah today announced the missing trailer, worth about $5,000, had been recovered.

The trailer was stolen just over a week ago from the charity's rooftop carpark in Mount Eden, Auckland.

The trailer had been earmarked for Tauranga and was going to house valuable dolphin and whale rescue equipment.

Project Jonah chief executive Kimberly Muncaster said the trailer was recovered after a police raid on an Otahuhu house.

She said the trailer had been "stripped" of its noticeable orange and blue Project Jonah signage.

Ms Muncaster said the trailer was one of four used to transport equipment to sites around New Zealand during whale stranding emergencies.

She said two companies offered to make "valuable donations" to Project Jonah in response to the trailer theft.

Pinto Trailers offered a replacement trailer, and will still go ahead with the donation, meaning the charity has one more trailer than previously. 

Graphic Creations Ltd are donating sign-writing services to the cause.

Ms Muncaster said she was overjoyed with the result. 

"Instead of being one trailer short, we now have one more to use for the busy stranding season which is coming up. This is the best outcome we could have hoped for and we are very grateful to those who have stepped up to help us out. It is only with such dedicated supporters that we are able to do the vital work we do."

- Bay of Plenty Times

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