National is writing to the owner of two mock National Party sites asking for the removal of its logo and any copyright material.
In a statement released last night, party president John Slater says National was concerned that the two sites "are purporting to be a National Party and Young Nationals website by using the National Party name and logo. The logo is registered under the Electoral Act to National and any use of it by any other person or organisations is a breach of that Act."
Slater said the party was also appalled "that the person or persons who created the fake sites spend their energy on propogating outrageous and objectionable claims.
"The NZ National Party rejects totally the offensive comments contained on these websites and challenges the owner of the website to apologise for any embarrassment these comments may have caused.
"Therefore we are writing to the site owner to ask them to remove our logo and material for which we hold the copyright, and any references which could lead people into thinking the sites are officially associated with National".
A message on the home page of both sites - http://www.tory.org.nz and http://www.youngnationals.org.nz - thanks the official National Website "for supplying much of the material on which this Website is based. Obviously this isn't the official National Website. If you still want to visit the official National Website, feel free to visit national.org.nz after having a good read of this site first."
National may not find it easy to reach the site's creators. The national Internet registry Domainz lists both tory.org.nz and youngnationals.org.nz as being registered to a J. Sanders of Lower Hutt.
The Hotmail address listed with the registrations returns a "user unknown" message and @IDG has yet to receive a response to a message left on the listed cellphone number, which is apprently owned by a woman called Jana.