Mu­rals brighten up old mall

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

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.

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