CNN PRODUCER NOTE JherryPhons describes New Zealand as a multi-cultural nation, which is reflective in its street and public art. 'Many of these art forms are very powerful and sometimes hard to interpret. Artists use this medium to tell people what's in their heart and mind,' he says. He says both graffiti and public art offer something to a community, and both serve as informal and formal modes of communication. 'The New Plymouth council wants a graffiti-free community and any artwork that is not recognized by them is considered vandalism. It is hard to answer this because New Zealand is a free country and one way to practice this is by freedom of expression and speech through brush and colors. But still, anywhere we go, we need to follow guidelines and laws for a better place and a more organized community to live in,' he says.
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer