National's Northcote candidate struck with 'disturbing' Anzac graffiti

Dan Bidois hoarding defaced Northcote National
The graffiti features what appears to be a poppy and two religious crosses. Photo credit: Supplied

The Northcote by-election has taken a bizarre turn on Anzac Day with the National candidate's hoardings defaced with Anzac-themed graffiti.

The graffiti features what appears to be a poppy and two religious crosses.

The odd political statement has been sprayed on at least six of Dan Bidois' hoardings along Onewa Rd. None of his Labour opponent, Shanan Halbert's, have been touched.

"It's a real shame someone has chosen to show disrespect to the quite sacred symbols of the Anzacs on this day of all days," Mr Bidois told Newshub.

"I hope others aren't too upset having to see this kind of thing because this can be an emotional day for a lot of families."

His team will now head out this afternoon to replace the billboards – which will cost a couple of hundred dollars.

"This isn’t about my signs, which of course we can replace. It's just a bit disturbing."

Defacing hoardings is nothing new – in fact the Prime Minister clearly loved one of her reimaginations from the 2014 campaign so much she currently has a cartoon inspired by the art as her profile picture on her personal Facebook page.

Jacinda Ardern's defaced billboard from the 2014 election campaign.
Jacinda Ardern's defaced billboard from the 2014 election campaign. Photo credit: Supplied
Jacinda Ardern's Facebook profile picture
Jacinda Ardern's Facebook profile picture. Photo credit: Supplied

In 2017, hoarding 'art' moved into the digital age with many turning to photoshop to express their views.

There are currently three major parties eyeing the Northcote seat – National with Mr Bidois, Labour with Mr Halbert and last night the Green Party voted to enter the race, however they are yet to choose a candidate.

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