Central Hawke's Bay Mayor Peter Butler is in hot water again, this time over a "throwaway" comment that he made about a gun during a radio show.
Mr Butler, a Tikokino farmer who was stopped by police last week for riding his quad bike without a helmet, was on Central FM, discussing the vandalism of his campaign signs.
Radio host Simon Law commented that at least Mr Butler could chase the vandals on his quad bike - "with your helmet on, of course".
He replied: "Yes, and a .22 rifle."
A listener complained to police, who listened to a recording of the conversation.
Mr Butler said police were not planning any further action.
"It was a just childish complaint."
There was no intent behind the remark.
"It was just a throwaway comment. It was the very last thing I said in the interview."
He said it was possible that the same person had complained to police both times.
"It's a vendetta and I'm sick of it."
Law said he felt the complaint was politically motivated and a "waste of police time. I'm sure there are better things they could be doing."
Mr Butler said he had had several election billboards defaced, and they were worth up to $300 each.
"It's becoming a nightmare, and it's very expensive."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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