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
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
If you are a property owner
Recycle your unwanted paint at Resene ColorShops