Oh dear; and the Greens were doing SO well in the polls too. There's more to come on this story...
UPDATE: It seems that this is another harpooning by the one and only Whaleoil...
UPDATE II: Russel Norman is doing his level best to distance the Greens from this debacle, but he doesn't sound convincing; Stuff notes:
Norman said he had spoken to Key this morning to inform him about what he knew and to apologise on behalf of the Green Party.
He also offered assistance to rectify the damage.
Norman also apologised to National members who had donated their time to erect the billboards.
"I know how many volunteers' hours go into putting up and maintaining billboards having done much of it myself."
The Greens had notified the Electoral Commission and offered to assist with any inquiries they undertake.
The police had not been notified but were likely to speak to White once his name was in the public domain.
The party did not support the actions and were not aware that White was behind them until this morning, Norman said.
White was not an active member of the Greens and used private networks to co-ordinate the vandalism.
Norman said his executive assistant had known about her partner's plans for about two months and he was disappointed with her for not mentioning it.
It was an employment issue but the party had not spoken to Parliamentary services about the matter.
Norman said of all political parties, the Greens were the most acutely aware of the impact of such activities, seemingly a reference to a leaflet smear campaign against the party in 2005 by the Exclusive Brethren.
"It is my deep wish for this election to be fought clean and fair on the issues that face New Zealand."
Oh no; not the Exclusive Brethren!