Sculp­ture first step

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The en­trance to Ranui will look con­sid­er­ably brighter when Kerry Scott’s sculp­ture is in­stalled.

The Pukerua Bay artist has been work­ing with Ranui Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion to de­velop a piece of work that best rep­re­sents the sub­urb, which will be erected on the round­about in front of the fire sta­tion. It is the first project for the RRA through their vil­lage plan­ning bud­get.

Ms Scott came up with three de­signs and she says the pre­ferred op­tion em­bod­ies the ‘‘green haven’’ that Ranui is.

A five-me­tre metal pole with a mo­saic and flax theme will hold a wind sculp­ture.

‘‘ I’ve loved the whole process, be­ing in­volved with the community and the [RRA] have had a lot of good ideas. I like that each part of the city has that dis­tinc­tive­ness.’’

Ms Scott also cre­ated the mosaics be­ing placed at Wai­tan­girua Mall.

RRA mem­ber Richard Withe­ford-Smith says they are get­ting closer to pri­ori­tis­ing their vil­lage pro­gramme ‘‘wish list’’.

Up­grades to the foot­path from Awa­tea St to the shops – with more plant­ing, tidy­ing and an­gle park­ing – and im­prove­ments to the shop­ping area, Mun­gavin Hall, courts and park are en­vis­aged for the next five years.

‘‘It’s early days yet, we’re still at that draft stage and we want as much community com­ment as we can get, the bud­gets have not even been fi­nalised. But it’s very ex­cit­ing . . .’’

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