Taggers hit church
Taggers in Matamata are stooping to new lows – they are now plastering their graffiti on church buildings and cars.
There were a number of tagging cases reported to Matamata Police last week.
Bedford Park, a number of Matamata business premises and a car parked in Broadway have been some of the latest targets of taggers. A resident, who did not wish to be named, had her car tagged in broad daylight in Broadway last Thursday.
‘‘I really hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else. I can’t believe they could be so blatant,’’ she said.
Matamata Union Parish minister Reverend Metui Tafuna said tagging issues were nothing new at his church – it had been ongoing since September. But he was horrified when he went to work one morning and found someone had tagged building.
‘‘I don’t usually get angry but
the church this time I was really, mad,’’ Mr Tafuna said.
‘‘I can’t understand why anyone would want to do that.’’
The tagging has since been painted over by Mr Tafuna and members of his congregation.
‘‘It really hurts me to see our church defaced in that way.’’
Mr Tafuna approached former school teacher William Murray to try and come up with a solution.
Mr Murray said he had an idea of who the culprits were but until they were caught in the act nothing could be done.
What Mr Tafuna and Mr Murray were hoping for was help from members of the public who may have seen or heard something.
‘‘This is an appeal to our neighbours. If you see anything please call the police.’’ Mr Murray said the saddest thing was that Matamata youths who tag, related more to African-American culture than they did to their own.
‘‘Our kids need to be reminded of our own tikanga (culture and protocols) and we need to be caring for others and their property,’’ he said.
‘‘We do not live in America.’’
Vandalism: The front gate posts at Bedford Park were the target of taggers.