Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing pink paint van­dal­ism

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABADIA

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.’’

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