Honour the Maunga spokeswoman Anna Radford told the Herald the group did not support the action, and called it a “disgusting act”.

But Majurey said it continued a run of “hate speech” and demonstrated the true character of the protest group.

“Childish name-calling is of no consequence, but the anti-Semitic and supremacist use of the Star of David is abhorrent,” said Majurey, who himself has no Jewish heritage.

“Sadly, this is the latest ramping up of the escalation of intimidation and hate speech by the protest group.”

In November last year a protest group leader posted on Facebook that the TMA’s plans to restore native vegetation on the maunga was retribution for colonisation, Majurey said.

At a public hui held by the TMA on November 28 one non-Māori member of the protest group took to the microphone and placed a curse on all mana whenua who supported the restoration plans.

Letters opposing the project have also been delivered to Mt Albert residents under the “One Treaty One Nation” banner, referring to the Treaty of Waitangi settlement over the Maunga as a “fraud”.

“It does say something about the value set of those who seek to portray themselves as victims over the removal of unlawful structures as the result of their flouting of the clear lockdown rules during a global pandemic,” Majurey said.

“Based on previous form, we can expect the protesters to try to distance themselves from this latest attack and claim they had nothing to do with it.

“However, the public will be able to draw their own conclusions as to those responsible given the location, style of attack and proximity to the recent removal of their unlawful structures.”

The attack has been reported to police.

Massey University sociologist Paul Spoonley told the Herald it appeared to be “typically anti-Semitic”.

“The combination of the Star of David and the suggestion people are lying about something is very typical, classical anti-semitism.

“Even now there is a strong conspiracy online that Jewish people are behind the Covid-19 outbreak, and are lying about it.”

What was unclear was the intention behind whoever did the graffiti, Spoonley said.

“It will be interesting to know who did it, whether it was from a white supremacist group, someone who believes in Jewish conspiracies, or if it was someone just trying to be offensive. But my guess would be that it is deliberate.”

Local residents at the entrance to the summit of Ōwairaka/Mt Albert in a November protest. Photo / File
Local residents at the entrance to the summit of Ōwairaka/Mt Albert in a November protest. Photo / File

Honour the Maunga spokeswoman Anna Radford said she had been sent images of the graffiti and was “horrified” to think someone would do that.

“We certainly do not condone this disgusting act. It has not been done by a member known to the group, and must be from the wider community.”

When asked about the link between her group’s media statements around Majurey not telling the truth, Radford said they could not control other people’s actions.

“Just because someone supports our ideas does not mean we support their behaviour. We didn’t incite this.”

The protest camp was hit by what they say was an act of vandalism in January when a fire broke out in the early hours near their site while people were sleeping.