An Auckland Conservative Party candidate and his family were
feeling shaken after an arson attack outside their house on
Neighbours noticed the campaign trailer of Conservative Party
New Lynn Candidate Steve Taylor had been set alight outside
his family's home.
The trailer was attached to Mr Taylor's car and parked
outside the front of his house.
"The first we knew of the fire was when our neighbours banged
on our door, and the fire trucks started showing up," Mr
"My wife and daughter were quite upset, and I have to now and
try and explain to a 6-year-old little girl why someone would
want to put our family at risk in such a way.
"The level of vandalism in this election has steadily been
increasing, however this act is at a whole new and
frightening level, an act of wilful destruction of personal
property, and one that carried enormous potential risk to me
and my family."
The fire was contained before it reached the car and house.
"Anonymous cowards with a political axe to grind should have
the courage to front up in the public square, not go around
setting fires at the homes of candidates," Mr Taylor said.