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Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Six mu­rals on dis­play at the Can­nons Creek shops since the be­gin­ning of the year have been re­moved, to be re­placed with pos­i­tive mes­sages for young peo­ple. The mu­rals were erected on con­crete pil­lars, next to the bus stop op­po­site Can­nons Creek School, in Jan­uary. They were com­mis­sioned by Streets Ahead 237, as part of the East Safe­side ini­tia­tive and to cel­e­brate its first year as a char­i­ta­ble trust.

Streets Ahead founder Wayne Poutoa says the mu­rals have been put in stor­age but the ‘‘blank can­vas’’ left be­hind will continue to be used.

‘‘Peo­ple want to see anti-vi­o­lence and other mes­sages there, a lot of or­gan­i­sa­tions want to use that space in a pos­i­tive way.’’ The mu­rals could be put back up in sum­mer, he says.

Re­moved: The themes of the mu­rals, which have been taken down for now, was of a community to­gether, cel­e­brat­ing diver­sity and mak­ing a stand against vi­o­lence.

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