Police are investigating after someone has caused serious damage to an area that holds significant history in New Zealand.
Unknown offenders have damaged the support structures of the historic flagpole on Te Maiki Hill (Russell), as well as damaged the flagpole itself, and graffitied the surrounding area.
The damage is suspected of happening sometime between Sunday 30 January and Monday 31 January.
This area is now unsafe, and has been fenced off while the Department of Conservation works to restore the structure and its surrounds.
Image credit: By Ingolfson. Public Domain.