Community Graffiti Reduction Projects

This page has images and stories of various community graffiti reduction projects around Porirua City.

Titahi Bay Murals Walking Tour

We have developed a walking tour guide of the community art murals in Titahi Bay.

Download and print our Walking Tour Guide, and head out to Titahi Bay for a walk.  This tour is suitable for all able-bodied walkers, including prams.  Allow 1-2 hours to fully appreciate all the murals.

Bus stop projects

Local artists are getting the chance to decorate some of the old concrete bus shelters around town. In some cases the alternative to decorating them is having them replaced with plastic adshell shelters.

Xoe Hall's Busstop boutigue in Titahi Bay.

Xoe Hall’s Bus stop boutique in Titahi Bay.

Ian Taylor's artwork on the back to front bus stop in Richard Street, Titahi Bay.

Ian Taylor’s artwork on the back to front bus stop in Richard St, Titahi Bay.

Adopt a spot groups

A number of small community groups have formed around keeping a small area tidy near their homes. This is a great way to help with reducing graffiti in your area and get to meet your neighbours.

Jillet St Park locals tidied up the fences around the park in March 2015.

Jillet St Park locals tidied up the fences around the park, March 2015.

Celebrating the community butterfly garden on a walkway in Titahi Bay, Summer 2015.

Celebrating the community butterfly garden on a walkway in Titahi Bay. Summer 2015.

Attractive mural under Paremata Bridge.

Paremata residents have helped beautify this spot under the Paremata rail bridge.

Pikarere Street mural.

Pikarere st residents formed an adopt a spot group to improve the tagged look of the area around their street. Because of their work -they were eligible for some funding for a mural to go up on the local Dairy. The adopt a spot group worked with local artist Antz June to create this innovative street name sign.

Sam Hunt Portrait

In early 2015 a portrait of Sam Hunt was placed on an old winch shed on the Camborne walkway. As Sam was coming to the festival of the elements this year to help celebrate Porirua’s 50th anniversary, we asked him to come a day early to unveil the portrait which is not far from the boat shed that he lived in for several years and from where he wrote a number of his poems.

Sam Hunt's mural on the Camborne Walkway.
Image of Sam Hunt on one side of the winch shed.

Sam Hunt's mural on the Camborne Walkway.
Sam Hunt's Poem on the other side of the winch shed on the Camborne Walkway.

Budding poets from local schools with Sam Hunt.

30 budding poets from schools around the Pauatahanui inlet spent time with Sam Hunt before unveiling the portrait and poem on the winch shed, February 2015.

Schools Tag free Kiwi Projects

Pukerua bay school students all took part in the Tag free Kiwi project to reduce graffiti in their area by painting murals around the school and on the local skate park.

Pukerua Bay School students painting mural.

Pukerua Bay painting mural.

Image showing one of the parents own artwork.

One of the parents helped with their own artwork.

Image showing high standard of graffiti.

And after that even the standard of graffiti became much higher!

Titahi Bay intermediate art work.

Titahi Bay Intermediate studied graffiti as an art subject and got some creative can art done at their school, 2014.

Dunedin actors entertaining school children.

Six schools around Porirua hosted Dunedin Actors from Keep New Zealand Beautiful who put on a play about the problems with litter and graffiti. It was very interactive and enjoyed by the children.

St Pius Students with their new mural.

St Pius School students helped make a newsign and mural welcoming visitors to their school, 2014.

Image showing wall at Cannons Creek before painting.

Image of the wall before work started.

Image showing students at work painting the wall.

Porirua Alternative College students decorate a local wall at Cannons Creek shops with the help of social worker/artist Chris Barrand.

Maraeroa school unveiling new signs.

Maraeroa school planting lizard garden.

Maraeroa school unveil new signs and plant a lizard garden to show pride in their school environment using the Tag free Kiwi programme 2015.

Porirua Vikings wall mural

This mural is located at the courts in Ascot Park and promotes the Porirua Vikings Rugby League Club, and is a colourful addition to the environment at the courts.

Porirua Vikings wall mural.

Porirua Vikings wall mural. Artist: Antz June.

Mungavin Avenue Shops murals

Murals were recently placed above Mungavin Avenue shopfronts, adding to the colour and vibrancy of the shopping centre. The mural above the chemist shop helped celebrate 20 years of business there.

Mungavin Avenue Shops murals.

Murals above Mungavin Avenue shopfronts. Artist: Ruth Robertson-Taylor.

Colourful addition to Clubrooms

Two colourful additions to the Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving club rooms have been added, with a nautical theme.

View of north side of Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Clubrooms with painting.

View of north side of Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Clubrooms with painting of a broaching whale. Artist: Runga Tuhi.

View of beach side of Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Clubrooms with mural depicting history of the club.

View of beach side of Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Clubrooms with mural celebrating 100 years of Lifesaving in New Zealand. Artist: Ian Taylor.

Plimmerton bridge mural

Walkers on the Plimmerton beach will get a lovely surprise when they pass the Plimmerton road bridge where the creek exits onto the beach. A Xoe Hall mural on the north side depicts elements of the beach and the wind. The Artist found it challenging to paint in gumboots in a flowing stream.

Xoe Hall mural under Plimmerton road bridge.

Xoe Hall mural under Plimmerton road bridge.

Whitby Walkway mural

Whitby walkway mural with an emergency management theme.

Whitby walkway mural with an emergency management and environmental theme.

Walkers on the Whitby walkway near Discovery School get a pleasant surprise when they pass this fence which was decorated by schoolchildren from Discovery School. The mural reflects the local area, and has an emergency management theme, with lots of messages about being prepared for a disaster, and the need to keep our streams clean.

Further down, another 3 murals completed by the Samuel Marsden Art Class were also installed.

Whitby Walkway Murals.

Whitby Walkway Murals with environmental theme.