Police investigating pink paint vandalism
Police are still keen to hear from anyone with information about the police stations and bank machines that were ‘‘pinkwashed’’ following the Auckland Pride Festival.
Avondale and Ponsonby police stations as well as three ANZ ATMs in Avondale, Ponsonby and Mt Eden were covered in pink paint on Monday evening.
A group called Queers Against Injustice has claimed responsibility for defacing the colourfully decorated GAYTMs but police investigations are still under way.
City Western Area Commander Inspector Jacqui Whittaker says it’s disappointing.
‘‘I’d certainly welcome opportunity to discuss the this group’s issues with them, in person and with no paint tins.
‘‘Police generally, and I personally, are proud of the fact we embrace diversity when it comes to those communities we police and the people we work with.’’
ANZ Pride Network chairman Craig Bonnington says the vandalism is counter-productive.
‘‘Thankfully we have received amazing support from within the rainbow and wider community, which we really appreciate.
‘‘Work will continue progressively towards celebrating diversity, promoting acceptance, and importantly – respect.’’