Graffiti and Vandalism

Waitomo District Council has zero tolerance towards graffiti and endeavours to promptly remove any graffiti that can be seen from a public space (such as a road, reserve, walkway or car park).


Help stop graffiti in our community

Tagging is a crime, so if you see someone in the act of tagging, call the Police on 111.

Get as many facts as you can that will assist Police in locating the offender:

  • Physical description of the offender
  • Description of the tagging (such as paint, words, colour, etc)
  • Record vehicle number plates and descriptions
  • Take photographs that clearly show the tagging. But ensure your own personal safety first. Do not approach or photograph an offender. 

If you see any graffiti on Council-owned property, call Council's freephone number to report graffiti, 24/7: 0800 932 4357

Tagging is not just a Council or Police problem, it's a community issue and we need to work together. In many cases, taggers get away with graffiti because people are reluctant to get involved. Let's create a community where people will enjoy living, working and visiting.

Keep our District Vibrant and thriving anti Graffiti notice

Vandalism of public property is an ongoing issue for Council

There are financial and non-financial costs as a result of wilful damage. People who carry out acts of vandalism, whether it is graffiti or breaking property, are behaving in an anti-social, destructive way that is degrading the quality of local living. Our residents expect to have the enjoyment of a safe local environment.

We want to encourage people to view the Waitomo District positively as a place to live, work and visit. To achieve this, we must all work together. 

We are seeking the support of the community to put a stop to vandalism. We encourage people to call the Police immediately on 111 if they observe vandalism taking place.

Get as many facts as you can that will assist Police in locating the offender:

  • Physical description of the offender
  • Description of the vandalism (broken signs, seats etc)
  • Record vehicle number plates and descriptions
  • Take photographs that clearly show the damage. But ensure your own personal safety first. Do not approach or photograph an offender. 

If you come across vandalised public property while out and about, please let us know straight away by phoning 0800 932 4357. Our call centre operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Any person observed vandalising public property, commits an offence under the Public Places Bylaw, and if convicted can expect to receive a fine of up to $20,000.