Beat­ing graf­fiti with colour

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St Pius X School has made the best of a bad sit­u­a­tion.

The school was tagged last year, but Richard Withe­fordSmith from Porirua City Coun­cil’s anti-graf­fiti team came to the res­cue, of­fer­ing to help the stu­dents paint a mu­ral as part of the Tag Free Kiwi pro­gramme. Artists Rachel Bene­field and Emily Boo­nan worked with the se­nior stu­dents, who de­signed and painted the mu­rals based on the school’s Waka ( Whanau– Atua- Ku­raAroha) vi­sion. Prin­ci­pal Jane Red­dish said the stu­dents were proud of their work. ‘‘ We have worked re­ally hard to cre­ate an at­trac­tive school en­vi­ron­ment at Saint Pius X,’’ she said.

‘‘It can be dis­heart­en­ing when tag­ging oc­curs, be­cause it is costly and time-con­sum­ing to com­bat its neg­a­tive ef­fects.

‘‘We are very grate­ful to Richard, Rachel and Emily for their en­thu­si­asm and as­sis­tance.’’

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