Tag­ging of bus stop art­work a ‘crim­i­nal act’

Mu­ral tar­geted by van­dals

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett is an­noyed about tag­ging that ru­ined a com­mu­nity mu­ral in Ti­tahi Bay. ‘‘It’s a crim­i­nal act,’’ he said. The mu­ral in Main Rd by Plim­mer­ton artist Xoe Hall was part of the ‘‘bus stop bou­tique’’ se­ries funded by Porirua City Coun­cil.

The newly painted mu­ral was dam­aged by graf­fiti on the week­end of April 11 and 12.

The mu­ral fea­tured in a story on Hall in the April 7 edi­tion of Kapi-Mana News.

‘‘Nat­u­rally, like many res­i­dents, I’d like to find the peo­ple who did it,’’ Leggett said.

‘‘It’s re­ally an­noy­ing, be­cause peo­ple felt re­ally pos­i­tive to­wards what the mu­ral did for the com­mu­nity. It’s just pa­thetic and im­ma­ture be­hav­iour.’’

Leggett said Porirua did not have a prob­lem with tag­gers, but with in­di­vid­u­als who got out of con­trol with a spray can.

Coun­cil graf­fiti re­duc­tion co­or­di­na­tor Richard Withe­fordSmith said he was ap­palled by what had hap­pened.

‘‘It is ter­ri­ble how one per­son can ruin some­thing that was so pos­i­tive,’’ Withe­ford-Smith said.

‘‘It’s a shame that her lovely art­work, which was bright­en­ing up the neigh­bour­hood, has been dam­aged like this.

‘‘I share the con­cerns raised by peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and while the art has been cleaned, it is dam­aged.’’

The graf­fiti re­duc­tion team was able to sal­vage most of the mu­ral.

‘‘ We will talk to Xoe about re­pair­ing it back to the way it was.’’

Hall is a popular street artist whose work has ap­peared on bridges, street cor­ners and at bus stops. The Ti­tahi Bay mu­ral took her three days to com­plete.

The coun­cil’s graf­fiti re­duc­tion sec­tion has com­mis­sioned var­i­ous artists to com­plete a se­ries of mu­rals around Porirua in an at­tempt to re­duce graf­fiti and brighten the com­mu­nity.

In the mean­time, Withe­fordSmith is urg­ing the public to keep an eye out for any­one van­dal­is­ing prop­erty around the com­mu­nity.

He said if any­one saw any­thing sus­pi­cious they should call the po­lice im­me­di­ately.

‘‘We all lose out be­cause of the ac­tions of a few.

‘‘ We will put it to the po­lice, but it will need help from the com­mu­nity. We need peo­ple to say tag­ging is not ac­cept­able.’’

Se­nior Constable Simon By­gate of Porirua po­lice said the tag­ging was prob­a­bly done by some­one who thought they were big­ger than their boots.

By­gate said the com­ment ‘‘F... off! I own Ti­tahi Bay!’’ was ‘‘re­ally id­i­otic’’.

He said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing and be­lieved some- one in the area would know who did it. ‘‘If they do, they should tell the po­lice.’’

By­gate said if the of­fender was over 17 they would face charges of wil­ful dam­age and would have to pay repa­ra­tion costs for the mu­ral to be re­turned to how it was.

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Graf­fiti on a Ti­tahi Bay bus stop mu­ral is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice.

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