'Intolerant activists' vandalise Auckland police stations, ANZ branches

Two police stations and three ANZ branches in Auckland have been targeted in a second 'pink washing' vandal attack.

ANZ's Ponsonby Branch

Members of a protest group have taken responsibility for throwing pink paint at the building entrances and ATMs, police say.

ANZ's Ponsonby and Mt Eden branches had to be cleaned up this morning, while damage was inflicted on ATMs in Avondale, Ponsonby and Mt Eden.

The acts of vandalism follow an attack last Thursday night on an ANZ 'GAY TM' on Ponsonby Rd.

The group, 'Queers Against Injustice', has accused ANZ of commercialising gay rights after it renamed its ATM machines to 'GAY TMs' and decorated them with multi-coloured rhinestones.

"Pinkwashing... describes the way that institutions co-opt LGBT struggles to distract from and disguise unethical behaviour." an anonymous post on the website said.

But Police say the protesters are "ill-informed".

City Western Area Commander Inspector Jacqui Whittaker said it's disappointing the "intolerant activists are prepared to direct their prejudices at Police and the bank".

Police are currently investigating who's responsible for the damage.

Meanwhile, ANZ media spokesperson Stefan Herrick is calling the attack a "huge disappointment to our pride network, who put an awful lot of effort, time and energy" into the 'Pride' campaign.

On Twitter, ANZ says the incident has left them "gutted".

Pnsby ANZ attacked again. Shame people resort to vandalism to make a statement. Staff – str8 &LGBTI alike - gutted.

— ANZ NZ Media (@ANZ_NZ_Media) February 23, 2015