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Auckland homes vandalized with graffiti targeting Russian and Chinese communities

Racist graffiti was spray painted on the garage doors of these two Remuera houses.

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Racist graffiti was spray painted on the garage doors of these two Remuera houses.

Newly built homes in Auckland’s central suburb of Remuera have been vandalized with slurs against people of Chinese and Russian descent.

The graffiti, which was spray painted white, appeared on the garage doors of townhouses on Rangitoto Ave on Sunday morning.

Thing chose not to repeat the content of the graffiti.

The language and sentiment used was “unacceptable” in Aotearoa, a Human Rights Commission spokesperson said.

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“Everyone has the right to human rights without discrimination and to be treated with dignity and respect.”

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The spokesperson said there had been no notable increase in reports of alleged racism in recent times, but the commission had seen isolated incidents of abuse apparently targeting the Russian community.

The incidents had begun in the weeks following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order to invade Ukraine militarily on February 4.

Earlier in March, Russian Kiwis in Auckland said they had been subjected to abuse and harassment since the invasion, and the Mount Eden Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church was reportedly vandalized with red paint.

A Christchurch store selling Russian products was also vandalized with graffiti in late February.

“Whatever your thoughts, racism is never the answer to any problem,” the Human Rights Commission spokesperson said.

“It’s a difficult time for many people for many reasons, so it’s important to take care of each other and not perpetuate and spread hatred.

“There are ways to express your displeasure with political and foreign events that don’t involve engaging in discriminatory and abusive behavior toward others.”

A police spokeswoman said police were unaware of the incident, but urged people to report such behavior so police can investigate.