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Graffiti free week

17 Mar 2016

Ask Jodie Marinkovich, national marketing manager of Keep New Zealand Beautiful, what it is that determines something is graffiti, she'll tell you the answer is simple – permission.

“If you have not received permission from the space owner to paint there, then it is considered graffiti,” she says.

This week, Keep New Zealand Beautiful is running Graffiti Free Week, which helps communities to get rid of unsightly graffiti in their neighbourhood.

Registered participants are given kits, which include a Resene paint voucher, roller, hi vis vest, hat, t-shirt and more, and will be working hard to paint over graffiti in their area.

The event is part of Paint New Zealand Beautiful Month and encourages councils, schools, towns, businesses and individuals to 'adopt a spot' and beautify the public spaces of their neighbourhood.

This year's campaign was launched at the beginning of this month with the unveiling of a public mural in Te Aroha, Waikato (pictured above). Artist Stuart Sheppard painted the mural, which celebrates the history and beauty of the town.

For more on Paint New Zealand Beautiful Month, visit