An anonymous Rotorua businessman, disgusted by the fatal shooting of three prize show animals at the Agrodome, has put up a reward for the person who helps catch their killer.
Agrodome management said they would match his reward offer dollar for dollar in the hope someone will come forward and out the culprit.
The man, who did not want to be named, said he was appalled after reading about the shootings in Monday's The Daily Post which detailed the random and callous shooting of two show rams and a ewe at the Agrodome last Saturday. Another prize show ram survived the attack and is recuperating on the property.
A prize Dorper ram was shot and gutted on the property and its meat taken away by the assailant.
Also killed were a Romney ram and ewe.
The ewe was found bleeding to death the morning after the attack and had to be put down.
It would have suffered for at least six hours before being found.
Agrodome general manager Grant Kilby said witnesses heard four shots fired at about 1am on Saturday, January 12.
He said a European man driving a white Mazda Familia was seen on Brake Rd in Ngongotaha and at the entrance to the Agrodome wearing camouflage at the time of the attacks.
The businessman said the attack was not only cowardly and disgusting but damaged Rotorua's tourism reputation.
"Do they not care they are destroying our tourism reputation, something that our area relies on?
"The attack on the Agrodome, a company that has achieved so much and is responsible for attracting many thousands, if not millions, of tourist dollars into our local economy should be attacked not once but many times is appalling."
The man said he was willing to put up $200 as a starting point and asked if other Rotorua residents would be willing to help.
"Let's all do something. If as a community we could put in a few dollars then I'm sure it would help," he said.
Mr Kilby said the company had received a lot of emails and calls from people around New Zealand disgusted by the attack.
However, he said police were no closer to catching the culprit.
"Nothing has come to light, which is a real shame.
"But I'd love someone to step up to the mark and tell us who it was," he said.
"Any attack or theft against any tourist or tourism organisation is not good for the perception of our city, but there are a few idiots out there."
Mr Kilby said he was happy to match any rewards offered dollar for dollar if the attacker was caught and convicted.
In January 2011, two of the Agrodome's deer were also shot and killed.
A hind had its neck cut and was left to bleed to death while a prize breeding stag was shot and its head left mounted on top of a tree stump.