Managing graffiti

Limited funding means we have different ways of managing graffiti in our regions.

When we remove graffiti

In the Northern Region (from Whangarei to Tauranga) we remove graffiti when:

  • It is on KiwiRail property
  • It is on private property that borders our rail corridor and is not safe to let people into the rail corridor area to remove it.

In the Central Region we remove graffiti when:

  • It is on KiwiRail property only (rail stations in the Wellington Metro area are the responsibility of Greater Wellington Regional Council).

In the Southern Region we remove graffiti when:

  • It is on KiwiRail property only.

Preventing graffiti

We try and prevent graffiti by:

  • Forming partnerships with local government
  • Trialling anti-graffiti technologies such as specially designed paints and materials on our trains.

Reporting graffiti

Graffiti is a crime and if you see someone putting graffiti on KiwiRail property please call the police immediately.

If you see graffiti on railway property please email as much detail as possible to:


YOUTH WEEK SHOWS THE POWER OF ART, 17-23 May 2014, Dunedin

Youth Week Aotearoa is an annual, national event that celebrates the diversity of young people and encourages them to take up new challenges.
This year’s Youth Week theme was “Be the Change”.

Over the week of 17th-23rd May, the Malcam Charitable Trust, Youth MP, Bokyong Mun, and a group of local artists led by Aroha Novak worked with over 70 young people from eight schools and youth organisations to paint a mural on the 160 metre long KiwiRail embankment wall on Wilkie Road, South Dunedin.

KiwiRail helped with financial support for the project. The young people participated in a series of workshops where they learned fine art skills. They were asked to create positive representations for future change which they painted up on the mural over the week.

The KiwiRail embankment wall had been the victim of multiple graffiti attacks and we considered graffiti proofing it but that wasn’t practical. So we decided, if there’s going to be graffiti, we wanted to make sure it’s good. It now looks a whole lot better. The images include a train carriage with ‘Be the Change’ written in graffiti-style French. This is also written in English, Maori and Tongan. Other images include a UFO and rocket, sport and music stars, plants and trees, cartoon characters and some wonderfully imagined figures that are very much the product of creative young minds.

The success of this project can be seen in the way it brought competing groups of youths together to work on a shared project.

Young people who previously had little interest in art were asking when the next project is. It was inspiring to see the way the local community came together to offer resources, support and facilities. KiwiRail appreciates the opportunity to be a part of this great community project.