Kids’ art is off the wall
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.