The graffiti was painted over overnight on Auckland’s Central Bus Station, where it has been seen by commuters.

“It’s pretty shocking,” Auckland Mayor Lianne Dalziel said.

“There’s been a lot of graffiti in the city and the graffiti on our buses is pretty shocking.”

The graffiti was found after a woman complained about a number of incidents of racist, sexist and homophobic graffiti on the bus stops.

“She saw the graffiti, and we took the report and said we are going to be going through this and looking at ways we can address that,” Mayor Dalzial said.

Ms Dalziedie said she had also contacted the Auckland City Council and was hopeful it would take the report “very seriously”.

However, the city council’s deputy chief executive, Graham Smith, said he would not be commenting on the report.

Ms Dalzeiel said it was important for Aucklanders to understand the extent of the graffiti.

“We want to make sure that we have the resources and the tools that we need to address the issues that we’re facing.”

“If we can make a positive impact in addressing the issue of graffiti on public transport, then it’s going to have a positive effect,” she said.

“And if we can’t, then the graffiti is going to continue.”