Art blooms in Ranui
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.