A local MP is trying to catch the person responsible for repeatedly defacing his community signs.
Simeon Brown, MP for Pakuranga, says over the last 18 months his community signs promoting various public meetings have been defaced all across the Pakuranga electorate.
“It would seem that this is the work of the same individual(s), as each sign is defaced in the same precise manner,” Brown says.
“This usually involves the removal of my face and name from the sign, while leaving the meeting details intact. This indicates the person responsible has an issue with me personally, as opposed to the National Party or the issues involved.
“I respect the absolute right of people to disagree with me or my views, but there are better ways to express these feelings. As the local MP I have a duty to represent all of my constituents whether they like me or not, and I take that job seriously.”
Brown is asking whoever is responsible for the ongoing vandalism to stop and reach out to him if they have a view or concern they would like to discuss with him.
“In addition to being as accessible as I can, I hold these public meetings regularly to give people a chance to both hear my views on a particular issue and share their views with me,” he says.
He is also encouraging the community to keep an eye out and report any suspicious behaviour to the police.