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Tourist slammed over breaking into protected Maori site

A German tourist has been slammed after breaking into a protected Maori site in New Zealand and posting photographs online.

The tourist posted online pictures of her visit to Maerewhenua Maori rock art site in South Canterbury in which she climbed around protective barriers, the Timaru Herald reported.

Ngai Tahu Maori Rock Art Trust curator Amanda Symon, who had been looking after the site for six years, was shocked and disgusted at the “incredibly stupid” actions of the tourist.

“They have come here and desecrated one of our heritage sites. It is just completely thoughtless to squeeze in there. She is brushing past a rock drawing so there is huge potential to do damage,” she told the paper.

The paintings depicted at the site ranged from birds and reptiles to European sailing ships.

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