Otaki murals attacked by taggers

Last updated 13:27 22/11/2012
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Thoughtless: Taggers have painted over Donna Tawhara’s mural in Otaki’s Tasman Rd.

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Taggers have attacked unique murals painted on an Otaki pump station - angering the artist who created the work.

Kapiti Coast District Council plans to install surveillance cameras by the Tasman Rd station to deter taggers.

House paint was used in the attack on the murals, which honour community members Keith Philpot, and Dubby Wehipeihana.

The artist who painted the murals, Donna Tawhara - step- daughter of Mr Philpot and Mr Wehipeihana's niece - said she is angry about the tagging.

"It's awful for my family and the community as the murals are really meaningful to them."

A toilet, fence, speed signs and stretch of road were tagged with the same initials in the attack over the weekend.

Kapiti Coast District Council infrastructure services group manager Sean Mallon said the station has been tagged before, but this is the first time the murals have been targeted.

"This is a thoughtless act and extremely disappointing for Otaki residents, as well as the artist who put so much time and effort into producing the artworks. 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 said much of the graffiti has been removed. Ms Tawhara is considering re- painting damaged areas when she is in Otaki for Christmas.

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