Vandals hit lake campaigner's car

KELVIN TEIXEIRA
Last updated 06:52 14/02/2013
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Smashed up: Philip Taueki with his car vandalised on Monday night.

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Lake Horowhenua campaigner Philip Taueki is angry his car was vandalised outside his home while he was in police custody overnight on Monday.

He said the windscreen and every window of the Mercedes Benz was smashed, along with the headlights, and most of the panels dented with what he believed was the now-missing heavy chain to his front gate.

Mr Taueki told the Horowhenua Mail that police did not seem interested in investigating the vandalism.

"Yet, when the rowers call the police they're around here in five minutes," he said.

"My car gets vandalised while I'm the one being portrayed as a vandal and criminal."

Sergeant Martin Bull said police were investigating the vandalism attack on Mr Taueki's car, and described it as a disappointing act.

Mr Taueki was arrested this week after allegedly assaulting a rower who was with several others at the lake between 6pm and 7pm on Monday evening.

Police allege he took exception to the group for launching their boats and returning via his property, and threatened and threw rocks at them, while brandishing a baseball bat.

Mr Bull said a rock hit one of the men in the thigh and he suffered a cut and swelling.

Mr Taueki was remanded in custody overnight, charged with possession of an offensive weapon, assault with a weapon and speaking threateningly.

Mr Taueki said he threw rocks in the water in front of the rowers as they "marched" towards him with their boats.

He said he challenged the rowers because their club had previously agreed that its members would launch their boats from the public domain, not past the legal boundary onto his property.

Mr Taueki appeared in the Levin District Court on Tuesday and was remanded on bail to reappear on February 27.

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