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Graffiti is a highly visible and unsightly form of vandalism, and one that’s associated with increased neighbourhood crime. An area that tolerates graffiti is likely to be targeted for further graffiti and vandalism, and also other types of crime like burglary.
The good news is that the quicker graffiti is removed, the less graffiti the area will attract in future. Highly successful programmes have been rolled out in New Zealand communities – you can read some of the case studies below.
Keep New Zealand Beautiful, together with our partners Ministry of Justice and Resene, works with councils and community groups to prevent and remove graffiti. We’re making neighbourhoods everywhere safer – with the help of volunteers like you.
To report a graffiti hotspot, call 0800 TIDY NZ.
Graffiti eradication events
There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved in events like our annual KNZB Graffiti Free Week in March, where communities target areas to paint, and our Wall Worthy mural competition for schools.
Volunteer to ‘Adopt a Spot’
Send a message that your community is one that cares – adopt a spot in your neighbourhood to keep graffiti-free.
Keep New Zealand Beautiful – with support from Resene and the Ministry of Justice – provides free tool kits for volunteers. Kits include rags, spray bottle, remover solvent, paint, brush, roller, gloves, hat and hi-vis jacket. Request a graffiti removal kit.
Resene also gives away free paint to community groups as part of its PaintWise programme – find out more and register here.
Tough-on-graffiti policies and initiatives.
A comprehensive graffiti-free teaching guide developed for Years 7 to 10 by the Police Youth Education Service. Plus for younger children, a values-based programme called Do the Right Thing.
A practical resource for schools, councils, businesses and residents containing best-practice advice and steps to prevent and manage graffiti vandalism in communities.
Information about the Ministry of Justice’s graffiti prevention strategy, including links and material for retailers, councils and the public.
Great practical tips and information about helping eradicate neighbourhood graffiti, plus info on Resene’s programme that donates recycled paint to community groups.