Graffiti

​​​​​​​What is graffiti?​

​Graffiti means any unauthorised inscription, word, figure, picture or design that is sprayed, marked, cut, posted, pasted or otherwise affixed, drawn or painted onto any surface of public or private property.

What is the Council doing?​ 

Whanganui District Council currently spends $120,000 per year on graffiti eradication. The Council graffiti team works across the city to remove graffiti from targeted and highly visible areas.

This Council is proactive in eradicating graffiti. So far, the Council has:

​​- Adopted a Graffiti Management Strategy (PDF, 62KB). The strategy is based on a three tier approach: 
  • Eradication – to ensure graffiti is removed as quickly as possible.
  • Enforcement – to increase penalties, reporting and notifications.
  • Prevention - to prevent the likelihood of graffiti occurring.
- Implemented a graffiti team to be proactive in eradicating graffiti in the city.

- Engaged with major community businesses to support Council's endeavours.

- Increased funding to eradicate graffiti.

- Supported Resene’s paintbank where residents can drop off unwanted paint. The unwanted paint is made into paint that can be used, free of charge, by community groups to remove graffiti. (See below for more details).

If you see a person in the act of tagging​

Report it to the Police.

What else could I do? Report taggers​

Keep an eye on groups acting suspiciously. Most graffiti offenders range in age between 10 and 21 years.
Avoid being a target by painting your fence and walls in dark colours. Unpainted fences are great targets for taggers.

If you see graffiti​

If you see graffiti in any of the Council targeted areas call 3493144 and report it to the Council.

Targeted areas include:
  • Arterial routes
  • Suburban shopping centres
  • City entranceways
  • Central Business District
  • Public walkways
  • Tourist locations
  • Infrastructure assets, such as bus stops, telephones, power boxes etc (in accordance with the Customer Service Charter between the Council and the companies)
  • Parks and Council owned property

Report it – remove it​

The community needs your help in reporting graffiti. The sooner it is reported, the sooner it can be removed. Rapid removal is one of the best ways to prevent future graffiti. The Council removes graffiti dependent on the priority given to the area in which it has occurred. To report graffiti, email the Whanganui District Council with a full description of the location of the graffiti. 

If you are a property owner​

The Council removes graffiti from private property in highly visible areas. You may fill out the Permission to Remove form (PDF, 25KB) which gives the Council graffiti team permission to remove graffiti from private property. You may hand deliver the signed form to the Customer Service Centre, Municipal Building, 101 Guyton Street, Whanganui, or email it with your digital signature on it.

Graffiti is not just a Police or Council problem; it’s a community issue that needs to be tackled by working together.

Recycle your unwanted paint at Resene ColorShops​

Help us to recycle by taking your waste paint to any Resene Colorshop store. The Resene ColorShop is located at 17 Wilson Street, Whanganui.

You can drop off unwanted paint/paint packaging, at no charge to residents, to the ColorShop. On the last Friday of the month between 2pm and 4pm, Resene ColorShop, Whanganui, will take back any other paint brands free of charge provided they meet Resene's normal acceptance rules. Maximum of 10 free packs per resident. The unwanted paint is then recycled and good paint is redistributed free to community groups and anti-graffiti programmes only, not to individual persons.

Responsible retailers​

Graffiti costs the community thousands of dollars each year so the Council has joined forces with retailers in Whanganui in an effort to prevent and eradicate the graffiti problem. Retailers in Whanganui have voluntarily stepped up internal security and design practices to reduce retail theft and stop the illegal sale of spray paint to customers under the age of 18. Through awareness and strengthened self-policing,  retailers can curtail costly theft from their stores while demonstrating an active concern for the problems of the community in which they do business.

Online form​

Report graffiti

Call the Hotline: 349 3144

Page reviewed: 03 Dec 2015 11:40am