Woman arrested in relation to damage at Hawke's Bay cemetery

A 46-year-old woman has been arrested in relation to the destruction of headstones at an urupā (burial ground) in Hawke's Bay over the weekend.

Headstones, plaques and vases of flowers were cracked and destroyed in the burial ground in Raupunga in what is believed to be a deliberate attack.

The damage was discovered by Kaye Wesley, who went to her family urupā on Saturday to visit her late brother's grave.

She posted a video to Facebook showing the extent of the damage, which went viral. 

"The matter is ongoing however Police acknowledges the distress caused to whanau and community members by the damage," a police spokesperson told Newshub.

"We appreciate the support of the community in coming forward with information."

A Givealittle page has been set up to help restore the burial ground. 

"The main goal for the money raised from this campaign will be used to tidy up and restore the destruction caused and to help the family move forward and honour their tupuna (ancestors) in the way it was before the headstones were destroyed," the page reads. 

"This act is unthinkable to many people out there and after the video going viral many people offered their heartfelt condolences and were wanting a way to help restore the headstones to support the Waihape family."

Warning - the video below contains strong language: