Team all set to colour Kaita¯ia
From a strong field of entries nationwide, Kaita¯ia’s He Wha¯nau Marama Charitable Trust won the opportunity to bring a mural design to life, thanks to the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Wall Worthy competition, The most wall worthy of all, May 15.
The Shine On Kaita¯ia Project, a youth-driven initiative managed by the trust, ran a competition of its own to find youth interested in visual arts to join a team of local artists.
The team, led by Te Aroha Te Paa, has been charged with designing and creating the mural, which will be part of the first phase of transforming the town’s old old Pak‘nSave supermarket into a youth centre.
Selected from a huge number of contenders from around the Far North, the winners — Te Awatea Pawa, Rehutai Bassett and Kaitaia Intermediate student Miriama Soutar — will finalise their design next month and start painting in September.
Te Awatea, who placed first in the competition, a recent art’s graduate from Toihoukura — the School of Ma¯ori Visual Art and Design, said she was excited to be able to return home to the Far North and apply what she had learned.
“And I will be giving back to my community through this project,” she said.
Shine On Kaita¯ia project leader Jess Adlam-O’Dea was equally enthusiastic.
“We are blessed to live in an environment where our creativity can flourish,” she said.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our youth who are interested in visual arts to learn with established artists and to contribute to a space for everyone to enjoy.
“It’s not just art, it’s their story, their whenua and their wha¯nau represented here.”
The Shine On Kaita¯ia crew were delighted to see more young people interested in giving their time and ideas to the kaupapa, including an “amazing” group of students from Kaita¯ia Intermediate, who had already offered to help fundraise.
Meanwhile the community was encouraged to follow the Shine On Kaita¯ia Facebook page for updates on the youth mural project and to follow fundraising efforts.
Next up on the Shine On Kaita¯ia calendar were a Far North Senior Citizens’ Ball in July and Far North’s Got Talent Finals in August.
Kaita¯ ia’s youth mural competition winners — Te Awatea Pawa, Miriama Soutar and lead artist Te Aroha Te Paa. Absent — Rehutai Bassett.