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Black Rock defaced

Monday June 15, 2015 Written by Published in Local
Visitors and locals are appalled at the degredation of the iconic Black Rock site by some ‘goon with a can of paint’. Visitors and locals are appalled at the degredation of the iconic Black Rock site by some ‘goon with a can of paint’.

The community is up in arms over the defacing of the iconic Black Rock point in Nikao.


The historic site, once used by amateur and professional photographers to capture the beauty of Rarotonga, is now covered in tagging.

Images of the defaced rock formation uploaded online by Darryl Thorburn has generated an outcry from the public to deter this behaviour.

The site has been targeted by taggers over the years however the issue seems to be out of hand now.

Some of the spray painted messages seem to be in memory of a deceased friend, however the act is being called ‘disgraceful’ by many online commentators.

“Sad to see a special favourite place for me and many others trashed by some goon with a can of paint,” wrote Thorburn on his Facebook page to accompany the images of the defaced Black Rock site.

“These beautiful ancient lava flows have seen so much and to receive this treatment by what can only be described as a stupid disrespectful act of crass vandalism saddens my soul.”

His post on Facebook not only caused many to share their views on the vandalised site but also offer some solutions to how to remove the paint.

“If they are grieving that person and the Rock is a significant part of the deceased persons past life – put a small plaque down, not graffiti – idiots,” wrote one man.

“I'm appalled at the graffiti around,” wrote one woman.

“When I moved here 6 years ago the Sheraton had one or two tags, now it is covered – such a shame!”

Detective Inspector Areumu Ingaua says that if found, those responsible for this unlawful act will be prosecuted for wilful damage.

Ingaua says the police take matters like this seriously and as the site is on Crown land and one that is a tourist attraction and so its value is greater than $50 – a term of three years in prison could be imposed on the perpetrators.

Police will be looking into the matter further.  


  • Comment Link Donald Monday, 22 June 2015 17:09 posted by Donald

    This is sad and the island is changing and victim to overseas influnence. - more following the brothers and sisters doing this crap overseas. Community needs to bond together and go back to TRADITIONAL LEADERSHIP and PUNISHMENT. People need to stop pointing the finger at police to stop this and thieving. They cannot do it on their resources and funding and they do try.

  • Comment Link Stephanie Brown Saturday, 20 June 2015 14:51 posted by Stephanie Brown

    Shame someone/people would even consider doing this!
    E maine/e tama, fair enough if you are grieving - talk to someone about it. Consider counselling. Akono ia to tatou Ipukarea, and yourself (Look after of our homeland ... ).
    Te Atua te Aroa (God is Love).

  • Comment Link joe greig Saturday, 20 June 2015 10:47 posted by joe greig

    It beats all the broken bottles,empty corned beef cans and used nappies I have seen for the last thirty years there,or has everyone forgotten,Oh thats right maybe there is only newcomers now,ahh and thats who the graffiti artists are too.

  • Comment Link Daniel Ioane Thursday, 18 June 2015 13:18 posted by Daniel Ioane

    I will give $200.00 for a name handed to the police which brings an arrest . Put them in a stock for all to see . All crime should be addressed like this on such a small island with a sign saying what they did .

  • Comment Link Cliff Wednesday, 17 June 2015 18:32 posted by Cliff

    We visited Black Rock on the 8th June and it was fantastic. It was a bit overcast so our photos were not that great. we had decided to return on a sunny day to swim, snorkel, and take some better photos and now we read (and see) that it has been badly defaced.

    It is a shame to see such a unique place on the island defaced in this manner. There are better ways to remember people who have passed away.

  • Comment Link Dave Thompson Wednesday, 17 June 2015 12:51 posted by Dave Thompson

    Require purchaser(s) name for every wholesale and retail sale of any kind of paint. Spray, tin and colour etc. This includes adults as well as youth. It should deter some of this tagging.

  • Comment Link Chuck Baran Wednesday, 17 June 2015 07:32 posted by Chuck Baran

    I would hate to think tourists are doing this, but it is even more unbelievable that locals are doing it.

  • Comment Link Sherry  Keith Smith Tuesday, 16 June 2015 18:34 posted by Sherry Keith Smith

    I was saddened to see the deliberate tagging of Black Rock. Have been coming up to your beautiful island for many years,this was where the photo was taken for the invitations for our son's wedding we had on your island. It holds wonderful memories & we will always wander down & touch this sacred spot.
    Shame on the person/people who have done this !!

  • Comment Link Mike Williams Monday, 15 June 2015 22:41 posted by Mike Williams

    Find out hu is behind it n get dem to tag dea house n c if he/she like it.

  • Comment Link Eleanor Napa Monday, 15 June 2015 22:06 posted by Eleanor Napa

    Whoever did that should put the paint to good use, like painting their house. I'm sure it needs upgrading. Make yourself useful. Don't mess with our icon, uneducated hooligans. Find them and make them clean their mess with their bare hands.

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