Kids’ art is off the wall

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Hamp­shire St got the full treat­ment last week.

As part of Hous­ing New Zealand’s com­mu­nity re­newal project, the Porirua East street’s houses, fences and sec­tions were wa­terblasted and painted, trees and hedges were trimmed, and house­hold rub­bish was col­lected by the skipload.

Be­ing the first week of school hol­i­days, more than 30 chil­dren painted a mu­ral on the fence fac­ing a nearby re­serve.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions tak­ing part in the makeover in­cluded Porirua City Coun­cil, Keep Porirua Beau­ti­ful, ACC, WINZ and po­lice. Com­post­ing and re­cy­cling work­shops, car seat checks and kids’ com­pe­ti­tions were among other ac­tiv­i­ties. A HNZ spokesper­son said is­sues raised by res­i­dents, which led to the makeover, in­cluded ex­ces­sive rub­bish, tag­ging, a lack of colour and traf­fic con­ges­tion.

Mas­sive mu­ral: Mariana Lai, cen­tre, and Ka­trice Warahi were among those show­ing off their art skills by help­ing to paint a mu­ral on a mas­sive fence in Hamp­shire St. They were later told there would be an anti-graf­fiti agent put over their art­work to pro­tect it.

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