Paint the town blue

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

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.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

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.

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