Team all set to colour Kaita¯ia

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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Kaita¯ ia’s youth mu­ral com­pe­ti­tion win­ners — Te Awa­tea Pawa, Miriama Soutar and lead artist Te Aroha Te Paa. Ab­sent — Re­hutai Bas­sett.

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