Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Local graffiti control bill to go ahead

Local graffiti control bill to go ahead

Manukau City Council is to go ahead with the presentation to Parliament of its Local Bill to allow greater controls and a stronger stand against graffiti vandalism and tagging. Local bills only appliy to a designated area, in this case Manukau City.

Mayor Sir Barry Curtis says the recent announcement by Justice Minister Phil Goff of plans for new government legislation to crack down on graffiti nationwide is welcome. "We support it but we will continue with the process of presenting our Bill."

The Manukau City Council (Control of Graffiti) Bill is to be presented to Parliament by Manurewa MP George Hawkins.

The Council has a zero tolerance policy under which all reported tagging is painted out. Sir Barry says, "Tagging is nasty, and it's destructive vandalism. It costs a fortune to remove and ruins the look and feel of neighbourhoods wherever it appears. It harms community spirit and often attracts other forms of crime.

"We can't let the problem get worse. It already costs around a million dollars a year to remove tags in Manukau City. But the plague is equally bad in other cities such as Waitakere and Auckland City and taggers have run amok beside the region's rail corridors."

The Bill aims to minimise the graffiti and tagging problem by penalising offenders and give Police the necessary powers to take stronger action. It will include a number of new measures including regulating the sale and display of spray paint; giving the Council powers to remove graffiti; and allowing the Police to question and arrest suspected offenders.

Copies of the Bill can be obtained from local libraries, the Citizen and Customer Centre, Kotuku House, Manukau City Centre, and from the Council website www.manukau.govt.nz.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news