A sanctuary built for war veterans has been defaced with Nazi symbols.
Swastikas and white power slogans have been daubed on the interior and exterior walls of the Montecillo war veterans home and hospital in Dunedin, which housed recuperating soldiers in World War II 2.
The Montecillo Trust sold the property in 2004 to Fox and Hammer Investments, owned by Dunedin businessman Andy Nailard and English investor Mike Wood, before opening the new Montecillo veterans' home in in 2006.
"The vandalism happened in April and the police came up and finger-printed everything," Mr Nailard said yesterday.
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"There's no real news. We're still trying to find someone to rent it or buy it. We had a group looking at it seriously last year, but there are a lot of vacant commercial sites around Dunedin at the moment. The commercial property market is a bit sticky and it's not easy getting money out of the banks," he said.
The 1.3ha complex comprises 60 rooms and a manager's home sits on an adjacent site.
The main property has a rateable value of $2.55 million, while the manager's house has a rateable value of $295,000.