Wellington Council creates legal graffiti zones for people to support Muslim community

Wellington Council has announced two legal graffiti zones so people can leave messages of support after the Christchurch terror attack.

The "wall of aroha" is a blackboard wall that surrounds the town hall in Civic Square. 

Chalk will be available for people to leave their messages of support, and a local artist has been commissioned to paint a mural.

Paint, spray paint and graffiti are not allowed at this site, but if people wish to tag, they are permitted to use the wind shields at Waitangi Skate Park.

"We recognise that the people of Wellington want a place to demonstrate their support and aroha for the Muslim community, migrants and those from a refugee background," said Wellington Mayor Justin Lester in a statement on Tuesday.

"Council staff have worked with the community to create a safe, inner city space where the public can do this."

The Civic Square site will be ready for the public to use by Saturday 30th March, and will be in place for three months.

Messages of support and love for the Muslim community began appearing on walls around the city immediately after the massacre. 

Council contractors who would usually remove all graffiti were asked to show discretion regarding positive messages, until the council could come up with a solution.

Security guards will be watching the site, and any messages containing objective material will be removed immediately.



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