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Some of the new street art adorning buildings in Dunedin's warehouse precinct and the surrounding area has been defaced with graffiti.
On its online social media page, Dunedin Street Art says the group ''clearly made someone angry'' in its effort to bring art to some of the city's blank walls.
The group posted four pictures of graffiti, three of which bore the same offensive stencilled message. Dunedin Street Art member Glen Hazelton declined to answer questions when contacted by the Otago Daily Times.
''We're not wanting to turn it into something more major than it is,'' Dr Hazelton said.
One of the targeted buildings was Chipmunks, a children's adventure play business.
The cost of removing graffiti fell on either the building's owners, or the Dunedin Street Art group.
''If you know who is doing this, we're keen to chat to them to understand why and have a conversation around the issues, before things escalate further and building owners approach the police or catch them in the act,'' the group said on its social media page.