Mu­ral colour­ful in­spi­ra­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

The young de­signer be­hind a new mu­ral at Mana Col­lege hopes it in­spires his fel­low stu­dents to stamp their mark in the com­mu­nity, as well as be­ing a prac­ti­cal de­ter­rent to tag­gers.

The fac­ulty last week thanked all the year 9 stu­dents who helped cre­ate the vi­brant work, a fea­ture of the school’s new lower court­yard at its of­fi­cial un­veil­ing.

Year 9 pupil An­thony Tonu’u won an in­for­mal com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this year to de­sign most of the mu­ral. He said he in­cluded the things he loved about his school in the de­sign.

‘‘My idea came from dif­fer­ent tal­ents Mana Col­lege [stu­dents] have. Mana Col­lege is known for the dif­fer­ent sports, but es­pe­cially for its strong rugby team.’’

He said it also rep­re­sents the things I be­lieve in’’.

‘‘The words that in­spired my art­work were: in­spi­ra­tion, de­ter-

‘‘all mi­na­tion and legacy. These are the words that keep me be­liev­ing in my­self, my life and my fu­ture.’’

Porirua City Coun­cil’s graf­fiti man­age­ment co-or­di­na­tor Trevor Ma­son said the city pours $1.5 mil­lion into clean­ing up tag­ging.

‘‘By paint­ing beau­ti­ful mu­rals like this one, we’re turn­ing peo­ple off [putting] graf­fiti around the school. What it shows is there are peo­ple in this school with ex­tra­or­di­nary art skills and they can be proud of what they’ve done.’’

Artis­tic flair: Year 9 Mana Col­lege stu­dent An­thony Tonu’u, right, de­signed a mu­ral to brighten up the school’s new court­yard. His best mate Henry Ku­ru­rangi, left, was one of the stu­dents who helped him paint it.

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