Murals brighten up old mall
Tropical flowers and vibrant cultural designs are part of a new colourful landscape bursting out of Waitangirua Mall.
Last week community groups joined in a project to paint the south end of buildings at the shopping centre with nine new murals.
The murals are part of a project to reinvigorate the mall that has arisen from a memorandum of understanding between the Porirua City Council and the mall’s owners.
Mohammed Yusef and wife, Azima Bibi, have provided the paints and other materials to paint and maintain the murals, and are supporting redevelopment of gardens with a clean-up crew of residents who will do a regular sweep of the area for litter.
They have also added bollards to the car park to discourage vehicles from driving behind the mall, removed some buildings that had stood empty, and have plans to renovate the old empty Write Price supermarket on the southern end of the mall which has the potential to become a community hall.
The new murals were designed and painted by the South Pacific Academy, Wesley Community Action, Maraeroa Marae, Corinna School, Streets Ahead 237, Refugee Services, the Porirua College Te Ahi Kaa team, and Waitangirua’s Te Toka Ahuru kohanga reo.
The project was co- ordinated by Porirua City Council and Housing New Zealand.