left damaged by vandals
Vandals have struck Kaitaia's only carved Pouwhenua, cutting off the head of one pillar and attempting to saw through another piece.
Benjai Gregory, the man who helped carve it, has been left distraught by the damage.
"I was angry, I was down in Auckland at the time, and I was really angry, I was so upset, in the end I felt hurt and broken," Gregory said.
The pou was part of a $7 million project to beautify Kaitaia funded by the provincial growth fund, but not everyone was on board with it.
Link to video and article: Kaitaia's only carved Pouwhenua left damaged by vandals (1news.co.nz)