Graffiti & tagging

Porirua City is beautiful. Don't let it be ruined by graffiti - call us if you spot a tag or graffiti and we'll get rid of it within 48 hours.

Removing graffiti and tagging in Porirua City costs us – and you, as ratepayers – more than $300,000 every year. We work closely with residents to discourage and prevent graffiti and tagging.

If you see graffiti or tagging in a public place, please inform the Police and let us know so we can get rid of it. We aim to remove graffiti on Council property within 48 hours.

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Help remove and prevent graffiti and tagging

We and the Police can’t reduce graffiti by ourselves. Graffiti is a community problem and needs your commitment and involvement to overcome. 

You can volunteer yourself, your business or community group to help reduce graffiti in public places. Find out how you can get involved by phoning our Graffiti Management Coordinator on (04) 237 5089.

It’s up to you to remove any graffiti from your own property, but you should report it to the Police and contact us for advice. A member of our graffiti team can visit and tell you about ways to remove the graffiti and prevent it happening again.

You can prevent graffiti on your property by:

  • planting trees and shrubs for privacy.
  • installing security lighting. 
  • having textured rather than smooth surfaces and dark rather than light colours on walls or fences. 
  • using special anti-graffiti  coatings in high-risk areas.
  • having gravel, shells or pebbles where people walk.
  • installing security fencing and gates that can’t be used for graffiti.
  • removing or painting out as soon as possible.

If you see someone doing graffiti or tagging

If the person or people doing the tagging or graffiti is still at the scene or nearby, do not approach them. Phone the Police immediately on 111.

If the graffiti is on your property, sketch or photograph it before you remove it. This will help the Police investigation. 

Adopt-a-spot - become a graffiti guardian

The Adopt-a-Spot project is a way to do something practical to prevent graffiti in your neighbourhood. You can become a “graffiti guardian” and keep an eye on a place near where you live or pass each day, to report any graffiti or tagging activity. 

This is a great way to help reduce graffiti in your area, as well as providing an opportunity to meet your neighbours and get them involved. A number of small community groups have been formed to keep an area near their homes tidy and free from graffiti or tagging. 

To become a graffiti guardian:

  • decide which street/s, park, walkway or shops you want to adopt
  • phone (04) 237 5089 to speak to the Graffiti Management Coordinator

Latest news

News - children creating murals

Students' stunning murals celebrate their environment

Tamariki from Rangikura School in Ascot Park have created murals as part of Porirua’s Tag Free Kiwi programme aimed at discouraging graffiti.

14 Dec 2017
News - Wellington Regional Graffiti Prevention Strategy

We’re preventing graffiti vandalism together

Porirua City has today joined 14 partners in signing the Wellington Regional Graffiti Prevention Strategy 2018 – 2022.

1 Dec 2017
News - Adopt-a-spot - Titahi Bay mural

New Titahi Bay beauty spot unveiled

A stunning mural on an electrical substation in Titahi Bay was unveiled this morning by Porirua City Council and the Titahi Bay Horticultural Society.

8 Sep 2017

What we're doing to reduce the problem

We’re working with the community and Police to stop graffiti and tagging on public and private property. We want to send a clear message that graffiti vandalism is not welcome in Porirua City.

In partnership with the community, we’ve developed a Graffiti Management Strategy to manage graffiti vandalism. The Strategy aims to create a graffiti-free city that contributes to an attractive, safe and proud community.  It has three broad objectives:

  • preventing graffiti. 
  • painting out graffiti rapidly.
  • encouraging pride in our community to own and manage the problem.  

We work with local groups, schools, young people and residents to clean up areas of concern and create beautiful community murals. This work helps to reduce the cost to the city of cleaning up graffiti, and enhances public spaces.