Graffiti Free Week is a nation wide behavioural change campaign, which was developed in 2013 to help eliminate and prevent graffiti vandalism in local communities.

Since it began, Graffiti Free Week has grown substantially each year, and 2016 is proving to be no different.  Starting out with 6 x locations in the first national Graffiti Free Week, this year’s awareness week has attracted 95 x registrations.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful Project Manager; Joanne Powell says it is great to see such strong support from the local communities and councils to clean up graffiti. “Research has shown environments plagued by litter and graffiti have higher crime statistics. Eradicating graffiti leads to a safer, happier community,” says Joanne.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful has partnered with Resene and the Ministry of Justice to develop the “Adopt A Spot Kits” which are given out free to registered participants of Graffiti Free Week. Included in the kits are a Resene paint voucher, a roller, paintbrush, graffiti removal spray, high vis vest, t-shirt, cap, drop cloth, event guide and more.

As part of a month long Paint New Zealand Beautiful initiative, Graffiti Free Week serves as the basis of ongoing support and provision of information from Keep New Zealand Beautiful as a leading advocate for graffiti vandalism education.


Participants in 2016 Graffiti Free Week include:


  • Thames/Coromandel
  • Auckland
  • Upper Hutt
  • Waitomo
  • Wellington
  • Ashburton
  • New Plymouth
  • South Taranaki
  • Christchurch
  • Horowhenua


  • Rotorua
  • Dunedin
  • Levin


  • Lower Hutt
  • Whangaparoa
  • Rangiora
  • Auckland
  • Upper Hutt


  • Manukau Beautification Trust
  • Taiohi Toa Trust
  • NZ community Patrol
  • Bunnings
  • Cook Islands Society
  • Rotary Christchurch
  • Spark NZ
  • Addington Neighbourhood Association
  • NZ volunteer Fire Brigade Thames/Coro
  • Youthlink

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