2 Apr 2012

Iwi targeted over car rally protest

4:29 pm on 2 April 2012

A central North Island Maori tribe says its office has been vandalised and death threats made against its manager after the iwi protested against a car rally on Mount Ruapheu.

Ngati Rangi says its Ohakune office was spray-painted and a rotting deer head left on its doorstep on Saturday morning.

The manager of the Ngati Rangi Trust, Che Wilson, says the vandalism is retaliation for the tribe opposing the Ohakune Giant 1000 rally.

The tribe had argued it should not go ahead, saying the mountain is a sacred site.

The rally was cancelled after the mayor of the Ruapehu District Council, Sue Morris, stepped in last week.

The iwi says police have been asked to investigate the vandalism and threats.