National billboards being vandalised across the country

August 5th, 2014 at 10:54 am by David Farrar

There are two types of billboard vandals. The (generally) young idiots who just vandalise any they come across. And there are those who target of one party only, because they are partisans for another party.

The level of partisan damage seems to be unprecedented this election. Chester Borrows has facebooked that every single billboard of his in Wanganui City got destroyed overnight. I’ve heard similar stories in several other electorates. I suspect there is a degree of co-ordination occurring here. It’s one thing to opportunistically take a whack at a billboard as you pass it. But to destroy every billboard in a city is a major endeavour that would take a few hours.

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47 Responses to “National billboards being vandalised across the country”

  1. Pete George (23,436 comments) says:

    Green Party members were linked to defacing National billboards in Dunedin last week – they bragged about it on Facebook, photo and all.

    But the damage has continued – see Greens promoting love, practicing hate? – beside a “Love New Zealand” Green billboard “I don’t love you any more” was scrawled over John Key. A nearby Labour billboard was also defaced.

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  2. dime (9,796 comments) says:

    I think national being the govt would cop more than others from young people.

    But yeah, definitely left wing losers doing coordinated attacks.

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  3. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    In Mt Cook, Wellington, on Friday night just one party’s billboards were destroyed: National’s

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  4. john (46 comments) says:

    I think you are correct David. We had one group of hoardings that have been in those places for ever challenged requiring us to move them under the rule of law which we duly did only to have them all immediately defaced with the anti meme of oil, cows etc.
    I suspect it is going to be one of those angry campaigns

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  5. RF (1,370 comments) says:

    Low life activities by what appears to be Green Scum.

    The Greens were caught out last election so why change now.

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  6. pedrogarcia (52 comments) says:

    It’s always the party leading govt that gets it worst. I repaired billboards for Labour in 2008 and it was the same story. Some really nasty graffiti as well as general damage. People just don’t stop to think of the hours it takes on a Sunday to fix the mess.

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  7. john (46 comments) says:

    Team stopped for a coffee after making those changes and still had a hoarding on the trailer, female passerby asked where they were putting because she couldn’t wait to get it tagged and defaced.

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  8. OneTrack (2,981 comments) says:

    The nasty lefties show their stripes again. If you aren’t part of the collective hive mind, you are the enemy.

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  9. Bill Ted (92 comments) says:

    Yeah it’s primarily the Greens supporters who are doing it. Have noticed it in Auckland. Not surprising, they’re pretty feral these days. Definitely can’t claim any moral high ground.

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  10. Ashley Schaeffer (457 comments) says:

    Noticed this phenomenon in Kapiti just last night. Just the National billboards.

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  11. Fisiani (1,025 comments) says:

    I can definitely confirm that the national hoardings in Wellington Central are facing a concerted attack on a daily basis. I too blame the Greens.

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  12. kiwi in america (2,428 comments) says:

    People aren’t stupid – they will notice the one-sided defacements and realize its an orchestrated campaign from left leaning opponents of National. It makes the left look even more desperate.

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  13. Redbaiter (8,350 comments) says:

    Bolshevism.

    So few people in NZ, including most of all the National Party, understand who and what the free west is up against here or how high the stakes are.

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  14. KiwiGreg (3,234 comments) says:

    Standard tactic of the left – shut down the message, shut down the debate.

    Most overtly by destroying billboards and trying to shout down speakers.

    Most covertly by using the language of political correctness to try and shut down the message – you’re a racist, a sexist, a misogynist….take your pick!

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  15. john (46 comments) says:

    So unless they are totally obscene we are leaving them up with the thought that it may just annoy our supporters and ensure that they through that annoyance continue to sell the GTVO message.

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  16. Pete George (23,436 comments) says:

    While most of the finger pointing at who might be responsible is just guessing the ODT reported last week on culprits.

    A picture of the defaced billboard was uploaded on Facebook, with the first comment ”Vote Green not the fascist regime!”

    Another post recommends another National Party billboard be defaced as it was ”gagging for a tagging”.

    The offending Facebook page was removed yesterday.

    Mr Woodhouse said he was aware ”that there are some posts of this nature online”, but stopped short of singling out possible links with official Green Party supporters.

    ”While some online correspondents are apparently connected with the Green Party, I don’t think one can conclude there is official Green Party involvement.”

    That was confirmed by Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei, who is also standing in the Dunedin North seat held by Labour MP David Clark.

    She confirmed she knew one of the Facebook posters, but reiterated the party ”does not endorse the defacement of billboards”.

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/311068/mp-slams-sign-taggers

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  17. Kelly (28 comments) says:

    well when there are FB sites like this you have to wonder
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Party-Billboard-Makeovers/673451752747509?ref=br_tf

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  18. s.russell (1,601 comments) says:

    Vote Positive!
    (and smash the enemy’s face in while you are on the way to the polling booth)
    You know, I can just imagine these people having weekly group hate meetings, just like in Orwell’s 1984, where the stand before a giant picture of John Key and chant “Hate! Hate! Hate!”. It goes well with the doublethink slogan.

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  19. Steve Wrathall (281 comments) says:

    ACT bb outside my house (PN) vandalised last night, same colour paint vandalised NAT bb elsewhere but left Greens untouched.
    http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1203/3940/original.jpg
    At Fitzherbert Bridge Nat, CCCP & NZ1 vandalised, Lab/Greens untouched
    http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1203/3985/original.jpg

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  20. bringbackdemocracy (423 comments) says:

    When the Police refused to take action against the Green vandals at the last election, they effectively gave approval to what is now occurring.

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  21. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Whilst vandalism is not on, and I don’t agree with it, even if it it at JK’s expense, I have to say I think National with the wording of their billboards, have left themselves wide open to have them changed.

    I’ve seen the ones working for NZers changed to working for ‘his mates’ – ‘the rich’ – against the poor – ‘himself’. And others with ‘wanking’ instead of working –

    They need to make the working less provocative to those that can easily change a word or two and provide an entirely different meaning.

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  22. Stuart (41 comments) says:

    I’ve just driven from Hawkes Bay to Wellington (through Wairarapa) and noted significant vandalism on the National billboards, but most of it was on the HB side.

    Huge numbers of Mana billboards on the HB side too. National boards significantly outnumbered labour, and very few billboards had Cunliffe on them.

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  23. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ bringbackdemocracy (400 comments) says:
    August 5th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    It is nothing new, it’s been going on for decades – its only now that people are complaining about it – and everything else.

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  24. Zapper (1,015 comments) says:

    That sounds like victim blaming Judith. Just another example of the vandalism culture in this country.

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  25. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Zapper (928 comments) says:
    August 5th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Not victim blaming at all – but if National want to save money, having wording that doesn’t invite alteration is a good start. Its not like this is anything new, they know their signs are going to get damaged.

    However, people have taken to complaining about everything these days, but doing nothing about it. Recently someone told me about a board they saw being vandalised – I asked them if they had called the police – they said no – they were happy to complain about the vandalism, just not happy to do anything about it. Same sort of thing happens time and time again – We’re a nation of whingers.

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  26. RRM (9,784 comments) says:

    Judith –

    So what you are saying, is, the mention of working is what gives people a problem with National billboards?

    Says it all really.

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  27. Pete George (23,436 comments) says:

    “It is nothing new, it’s been going on for decades – its only now that people are complaining about it …”

    From what I’ve seen there’s far more extensive billboard defacing already than there was in 2011.

    There was a kerfluffle last campaign after a relatively subtle nationwide hitjob targeted National billboards. This turned out to have been organised by a Green Party member whose partner worked in Norman’s office, but Greens managed to hush that up quite effectively.

    Greens out billboard vandal

    Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has admitted the vandalism of National Party billboards was co-ordinated by the partner of his executive assistant.
    Yesterday morning around 700 National billboards were stickered with phrases like ‘The Rich Deserve More’ and ‘Drill it! Mine it! Sell it!’

    Dr Norman named Jolyon White as the one behind the billboards’ defacing.
    “I believe that the defacing of billboards is vandalism and condemn these actions,” says Dr Norman.
    “While the actions are those of individuals, not the Green Party, I am incredibly disappointed by what they have done, especially given my and the Green Party’s preference for a positive and clean campaign.”
    Green Party members allegedly recognised Mr White’s voice when he did a radio interview this morning.
    Mr White has since resigned as a member of the party, and his partner Anne Hein has stood down from her role in Dr Norman’s office

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Greens-out-billboard-vandal/tabid/419/articleID/232785/Default.aspx

    That was only a couple of weekends before the election.

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  28. Zapper (1,015 comments) says:

    Judith, I meant your comments that the wording of the billboards was asking for vandalism. That is blatant victim blaming. It was also a tongue in cheek dig at the so-called rape culture.

    Now I’ve had to explain it to you, it’s ruined. Dammit.

    Edit: Now you’ve twigged and edited and now I didn’t need to explain it. Come on Judith, stop killing my buzz

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  29. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ RRM (9,492 comments) says:
    August 5th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Hell yeah, its probably a word most of them have never heard of for starters or are allergic to!

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  30. RRM (9,784 comments) says:

    Imagine if any political group other than the smelly left was to ever partake in vandalising pilotical hoardings.

    What fun we would see:

    “WHITE MOTHER FUCKERS” on Mana hoardings…

    “I apologise for being a man” on labour hoardings…

    “It’s just a $700,000 doer-upper” ditto…

    “No flyover, no transmission gully” on Green hoardings…

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  31. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Zapper (929 comments) says:
    August 5th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    When I posted it I realised it wasn’t being clear about what I meant. I know what you are saying but I don’t think its blaming the victim at all – however, if they don’t want their stuff ruined, or targeted as much, all advertisers will advise them to be careful with the wording. If it can be made with a simple change to mean something different, it will be!

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  32. Mark (1,471 comments) says:

    Funnily enough the northerly flattened the Mana and Labour party signs down the road but left the national party sign standing. A discerning wind :)

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  33. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ RRM (9,493 comments) says:
    August 5th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Already been done – the apology one – you’ll have to come up with your own ideas before you take to the streets with a spray can (Joke) :P I know you aren’t a vandal, but one of the local labour signs has “I am sorry I’m a sign” on it!

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  34. Pete George (23,436 comments) says:

    On principle I won’t vandalise hoardings, I know how much work goes into erecting and maintaining them, but I can think about it.

    Vote positive
    – not us

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  35. Zapper (1,015 comments) says:

    Judith, I honestly don’t see how what you’re saying can be anything other than blaming the hoardings themselves for being vandalised.

    Let me quote your words with very few edits.

    “however, if they don’t want their stuff ruined to be raped, or targeted as much, all advertisers will advise them to be careful with the wording their choice of attire”

    You’re a stubborn old bird sometimes

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  36. Pete George (23,436 comments) says:

    I think it would be pretty much impossible to word a hoarding so that it wouldn’t easily be targeted. The word ‘National’ seems to be the one that attracts the most attention, difficult to avoid that one.

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  37. lolitasbrother (636 comments) says:

    Well good signs are hard work and expensive . You need good tools, two people or more, and trailer and so on, and the work starts at daylight. it is relentless.
    Positioning is important, best positioned well into private property, and preferrably quite high .
    I used to manufacture signs in the garage at home purpose built for each location.
    10 good signs are worth 40 average, and easier to look after.
    Sometimes I would guard the signs at night, and this way you can quickly and easily immobilize the transport of the little green Goblins. Also once you have the car number the ball game is yours.
    On polling night you will be so shagged you will just switch TV on record and drop in bed.
    Kiwi America says the defacing of signs is often to our advantage
    Good luck to you comrades doing signs, its going to be a big Victory, try to keep the timber frames for 2017 we will thrash them again.
    ,

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  38. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    Just wondering what would happen if me and a few like-minded ‘right-wingers’ (and by ‘right winger’ I mean people who work hard ,pay taxes and abide by the Country’s laws) went out tonight and defaced all the posters of Wussel Norman and Jabba the Hutt??
    I think the outcry from the Greens and subsequent media outrage would be deafening…

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  39. Batman (103 comments) says:

    It is very clearly a trend of Greenies and Lefties defacing National hoardings. It says more about their state of mind and level of intelligence than it says about National or Act or the Conservatives.

    however if we think about it, it wouldn’t be hard to have a lot of fun with the Green’s “Love New Zealand”

    “We hate New Zealand”
    “Love Horse and Carts”
    “We hate Transmission Gully”
    “We hate your car”
    “Love the USSR”
    “Love Communism”
    “Hate progress”
    “Hate Northland roading”
    “hate Asians”
    “Love Australia”

    and my personal favourite

    “Love New Zealand – Vote National”

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  40. Pete George (23,436 comments) says:

    Love New Zealand – love offering free stuff to target voter demographics.

    Greens pledge free off-peak public transport for tertiary students

    “Love getting everyone to ride a bike” was so yesterday.

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  41. noskire (837 comments) says:

    Only seems to be the National billboards being targeted in Christchurch.

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  42. spanish_tudor (62 comments) says:

    “This is why we can’t have nice things!”

    The Left’s defacing of paid-up billboards on (mostly) private property fits in perfectly with their world view of course – everything belongs to the Party and the State, so they can vandalise other people’s property ’til the cows come home.

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  43. OneTrack (2,981 comments) says:

    “She confirmed she knew one of the Facebook posters, but reiterated the party ”does not endorse the defacement of billboards”.”

    Yeah. Right. Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink.

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  44. doggone7 (769 comments) says:

    … the one-sided defacements and realize its an orchestrated campaign from left leaning opponents of National…

    …The Left’s defacing of paid-up billboards…

    …Only seems to be the National billboards being targeted in Christchurch….

    …It makes the left look even more desperate…

    The left couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery. Clever, oblique, strategic campaigning is the stuff of the Nats.

    Is a subtle, secret campaign of Nats defacing and wrecking their own billboards to cast aspersions, lay blame and curry favour at all possible? Would any of them be that canny? Would any of them be that sly? Yes, yes, yes. A Steven Joyce sort of cunning would be needed.

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  45. Skippytony (15 comments) says:

    Snap. Remarked to my wife while driving around on Monday, every National billboard we passed had been “enhanced”, mostly by childish moustaches and devil’s horns, and yet not one single Labour or Greens board had been touched.

    Too much of a coincidence for the “kid walking home” argument.

    Conspiracy theory? Nats being tricky? Cmon, thats BS.

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  46. deadrightkev (425 comments) says:

    I notice Act and CP billboards are a prime target out South Auckland. Stupid is as stupid does. Waste of time hoping the police will do anything, they don’t chase burglars.

    I don’t understand why they would bother knocking over National billboards because they are on the same side of the centre as Labour in reality. Maybe the left just aren’t bright enough to understand that yet?

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  47. NewcastleDave (1 comment) says:

    Mainly National and Conservative getting hit but there is the odd Labour one getting tagged too… http://ultimatestudent.co.nz/pictures/election-billboards-nz-tagging/

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