Obscenities sprayed on hoardings
A crude attack on election billboards in Papakura has shocked a National Party campaign co-ordinator.
The co-ordinator, who doesn't want to be named, says several people called him over the weekend to draw his attention to the damage.
He says it's usual for hoardings to get vandalised but never to this extent.
Auckland Council has received several complaints about the obscene language spraypainted on the signs.
"I've been through seven or eight elections and I've never seen this much damage. This is organised and it's very political," the co-ordinator says.
"It's really sickening and anti-democratic. They're trying to stop us from saying what we want to say."
About 10 of the 60 signs put up in an area ranging from Opaheke to Longford Park in Takanini have been damaged, costing the party several hundred dollars to replace.
Contact Papakura police on 295 0200 or call the Crimestoppers hotline anonymously on 0800 555 111 with any information on the damage.