Dunedin’s tagging problem hits ANZAC Poppy Appeal

Credit: Gerard O'Brien via ODT

Credit: Gerard O’Brien via ODT

The vandals who defaced five Dunedin Poppy Appeal posters have been slammed by the Returned and Services Association.
RSA Otago Southland district president Jenepher Glover said the taggers reponsible for the George St graffiti showed a lack of respect.

Defacing the large posters in such a prominent location was “extremely hurtful to veterans and their families”, Ms Glover said.

She believed the culprits must have been ignorant of the significance of the Poppy Appeal and that it raised money for soldiers who fought for their freedom.

“I’m sure they wouldn’t have done it otherwise.”

I don’t know what is worse:  not being ignorant of the significance of Anzac Day and defacing the appeal posters, or growing up in New Zealand and being ignorant of the significance of Anzac Day.  

Some of the other tags on the posters could be done by a different tagger, but company staff could not decipher the handle, Ms Sharma said.

There had been an “influx” of graffiti in recent times and Twiks was among the most prolific.

Staff checked sites daily and removed graffiti.

The Poppy Appeal posters were replaced yesterday.

Phantom Billstickers is working with the council and Keep Dunedin Beautiful to stamp out graffiti.

Images of the graffiti were being collected and linked to different taggers.

It is actually a bit of a backward problem for Dunedin.  Tagging is so… last century.

This particular scrote, when caught, needs to feel the full force of society’s disapproval.


– Vaughan Elder, ODT

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