The mayor of Waitakere City near Auckland, New Zealand has discovered a new use for opera: vandal deterrent.
The mayor is using recordings of New Zealand opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to deter youths from vandalizing shops and public works of art.
"If it's not your music, and you really don't like it all, why would you, how could you, stay around?" said Mayor Bob Harvey.
Meanwhile, in the southern city of Christchurch, officials are planning to play Barry Manilow songs to deter aggressive youths who gather in a central shopping plaza.
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