Palmerston North Mayor slams 'Lundy Three Hundy'
A race mimicking the route police allege Mark Lundy took on the night his wife and daughter were bludgeoned to death has been called stupid and in bad taste by Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor.
But insensitivities have been discounted by the event organiser who says he is just looking for a bit of fun.
The 'Lundy Three Hundy', set down for November 30, would see teams of people enter a car and race from Palmerston North to Petone and back - mimicking Lundy's alleged journey.
The double-murder accused was granted bail this month after his convictions for murdering his wife and child were quashed by the Privy Council.
Nic Miller, from Whanganui, said the inspiration for the race came from Lundy's name, which rhymed with hundy.
''He's quite a marketable chap,'' he said. ''It's definitely in bad taste. People are offended by all sorts of behaviour but they need to harden up.
''There is not a lot you can do these days without offending someone so why not go all out and make light of a double homicide.''
Mr Naylor said Palmerston North was still grieving from a tragic event and this type of behaviour, which has almost taken place before, had no place in the community.
''In the past, organisers have managed to see the errors of their ways and I just hope these organisers, once they realise the hurt this causes people, will actually pull in and call it quits,'' he said.
''I think people sometimes think these things might be fun or funny. I don't understand that sense of humour, but people need to understand a tragic event happened in our community and that still leaves deep scars with people.
''And every time someone does something stupid like this it opens up those scars again for people who are still grieving.''
Mr Miller would not confirm if cars would exceed the speed limit but he said ''it's definitely a race''.
And he didn't care about the police - ''they're more than welcome to stop it but I'll take them to court''.
''If they try and impound warranted, registered, legal vehicles, they will be taken to court,'' he said.
''If they try and prevent us using the roads which, because we pay taxes we can [use] however we want as long as we aren't endangering other road users ... If they try and fine us for carrying hatchets in our cars, I'll take them to court.''
Seven cars have already registered for the event.
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