Kāpiti Coast District Council says unique murals painted on its pump station in Tasman Road, Ōtaki, have been defaced by taggers.
White house paint was used on the murals, which honour two high profile people in the community — Keith Philpot, a well-known businessman, and Dubby Wehipeihana, who was dedicated to working on community issues.
“It’s awful for my family and the community as the murals are really meaningful to them,” she says.
Toilets, speed signs and fence defaced too
Council’s Group Manager Infrastructure Services, Sean Mallon, says the pump station has been tagged before but this is the first time the murals at the station have been targeted.
“This is a thoughtless act and extremely disappointing for Ōtaki residents, as well as the artist who put so much time and effort into producing the artworks,” he says.
“The offenders have not been caught as yet, but if anyone has any information relating to the incident we urge them to contact the Police.”
Mr Mallon says much of the graffiti has been removed and Ms Tawhara is considering re-painting damaged areas when she is in Ōtaki for Christmas.