Art blooms in Ranui

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The mu­ral is up, the bar­rier out­side Shell will be in­stalled soon and a vil­lage plan­ning meet­ing is sched­uled, so these are busy times for the Ranui Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion.

The colour­ful mu­ral is clearly vis­i­ble on the fire sta­tion fence, on the corner of Awa­tea St and Mun­gavin Ave. It was painted at the inaugural Ranui Fes­ti­val in March and res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman Lepeti Tea hopes it will be the first of many.

‘‘It’s part of the project Porirua City Coun­cil are do­ing [with sim­i­lar mu­rals up in the pedes­trian tun­nels nearby] and we have this one painted with anti-graf­fiti spray. If it it does get cov­ered, I’m go­ing to come down and clean it my­self.’’

Work on the new bar­rier be­gins on De­cem­ber 13. It will stop traf­fic from turn­ing right onto Mun­gavin Ave out of the Shell sta­tion. The work is ex­pected to take five days.

‘‘It’s a big re­lief for the as­so­ci­a­tion and for res­i­dents. It was a long time com­ing, but bet­ter late than never. That in­ter­sec­tion is a night­mare and now there’s a so­lu­tion in sight,’’ Ms Tea said.

She also wants the pub­lic to be aware of a vil­lage plan­ning meet­ing on De­cem­ber 9 at St Martin’s Church in Wind­ley St, from 6pm. The venue may change, ow­ing to wheel­chair ac­ces­si­bil­ity is­sues.

Ms Tea said it was im­por­tant peo­ple at­tended as they were get­ting fur­ther along with their vil­lage plan. Is­sues al­ready raised in­clude bet­ter and brighter sig­nage for their sub­urb, an em­pha­sis on road safety, and stronger re­la­tion­ships be­tween the res­i­dents and lo­cal churches, schools, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion and con­fir­ma­tion of the vil­lage plan­ning meet­ing, email Ms Tea at lep­eti_t@hot­

Adding colour: The new mu­ral on the Porirua fire sta­tion fence has added some much-needed colour as traf­fic comes into the Ranui sub­urb, and there is hope for plenty more. Kids like Tupuna Peilua, left, from Wind­ley School and Julius Seuala from Porirua East School should be in­volved in mak­ing fu­ture mu­rals, says Lepeti Tea.

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