Less graffiti in Auckland, council claims

02:08, Dec 03 2012
ON THE SLIDE: Graffiti across teh city has dropped by a third, Auckland Council claims.

Graffiti in Auckland has dropped by a third since a plan to clean up the city was introduced, Auckland Council claims.

The latest survey showed graffiti was less visible across the region but particularly in the Papakura, Henderson-Massey, Otara-Papatoetoe, Franklin and Waitakere areas.

Auckland scored 90 out of a possible 100 (with 100 indicating no graffiti) in the independent audit, conducted by Tasman Research and Consultation.

In June, the council launched a plan to get tough on graffiti and clean it up within 24 hours.

For graffiti deemed offensive, it aims to get rid of it within two hours, and there are also patrols in target areas across Auckland.

Mayor Len Brown said it was fantastic to see such "significant progress".

"I've always felt very strongly about graffiti vandalism. It impacts community pride, perceptions of safety and costs our ratepayers money."