'Lundy Three Hundy' event a flop
'I hope their parents are proud of them'MATHEW GROCOTT
A Karamea Cres resident says she felt like her street was invaded by participants in the Lundy Three Hundy.
Leonie George, who lives across the road from the former Lundy household, said the presence of rally participants in the Palmerston North street had left her feeling unwelcome in her own home.
"I hope their parents are proud of them," she said.
With a retrial next year for Mark Lundy, whose 2002 convictions for the murders of Christine and Amber Lundy in 2000 were quashed by the Privy Council in October, emotions were raw in Palmerston North around the case, she said. "I feel sorry for the family too, they've got enough to cope with."
Mrs George watched from her driveway on Saturday as three cars arrived late for the event, a drive from Palmerston North to Petone and back. Organiser Nic Miller had expected at least a dozen teams to take part.
Teams were expected to complete several tasks including drinking, streaking, buying hatchets and finding a prostitute, Mr Miller said.
Several neighbours watched from their front yards as participants drank and posed for photos outside the Lundy house, including one family that had moved into the street that morning and were unaware of the Lundy murders.
Police officers in at least two cars observed proceedings and the three cars involved in the rally were later stopped in Shannon and checked to see if they were compliant with the law. Police reported no problems.
Speaking to reporters in Karamea Cres, Mr Miller said he was trying to exonerate Lundy by showing the drive could not be done in the three hours suggested at Lundy's trial.
Mr Miller also said the rally was a "networking" opportunity and an attempt to raise awareness for male pattern baldness.
He said he had been high on drugs when he came up with the idea and that the rally was only happening because "Lundy rhymed with hundy".
Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor had called for Miller to cancel the event.
Yesterday the mayor said he had been too busy attending community events on Saturday to think about the Lundy Three Hundy. "There has been plenty else to think about without worrying about idiots like that."
Mr Miller said anyone who was offended by the event should "get a grip, it's not the end of the world".
One rally participant, a Whanganui business owner who refused to give his name, said he knew the event was highly offensive to people but he had nothing else to do on Saturday so decided to take part.
About five hours after the rally started, two of the cars involved were back in Karamea Cres, and their passengers were seen drinking outside the former Lundy home.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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