Paint the town blue
Porirua Police Station has a new look along Titahi Bay Rd, with Bunnings staff painting the station’s wall blue as part of a community project against family violence.
Porirua Family Violence Prevention co-ordinator Wendy Leary said the group had wanted to paint the wall for a while, but becoming the recipients of the Bunnings community fund made it possible.
The wall was part of a larger project, painting a mural against family violence on the station’s wall facing Te Rauparaha Arena.
‘‘ It’s a prime location for traffic and foot traffic,’’ Ms Leary said.
The mural was started in 2012, but was put on hold because new gates were being installed at the police station.
She said it was planned to have the mural finished in time for White Ribbon Day on November 25, and painting the adjacent wall was a good start.
Ms Leary said she was very excited that Porirua Family Violence Prevention had been chosen as a Bunnings community recipient.
‘‘It’s a huge boost financially, but also, to me, the more community organisations involved in doing the mural, the wider the message.’’
Bunnings activities and training team leader Phillip Knight said the project made sense because it was close to the store and helped the community.
Mr Knight and seven other Bunnings employees painted the wall.
Blue rinse: Bunnings activities and training team leader Phillip Knight and Porirua Family Violence Prevention co-ordinator Wendy Leary worked on getting the Police Station wall painted blue.