Cafe marks re-opening with beautiful mural
A spruced-up Hare Krishna Food for Life cafe is set to re-open its doors, complete with colour and creativity on the outside.
Food For Life co-ordinator Buddhi Wilcox said the cafe on Water St has been closed for about a month while it has undergone renovations.
"The building was old and in overdue need of a clean and a repaint."
Wilcox said they had received donations of paint and building materials, and members of the public had volunteered their time to sand and paint.
The Food for Life programme provides hot lunches to students in two low-decile Whanga¯ rei schools once a week. The cafe also serves hot lunches every day between 12-2pm for a koha.
As part of the spruce up a mural has been painted on the front of the building. Northland Art Centre's Julia Tapp has masterminded the piece.
Tapp runs special-needs art classes at the centre and recruited one of her students, 20-year-old Nathan Owre, to help paint the mural on Friday.
Wilcox said the renovations are part of the upgrade to get ready for the school expansion he has planned. He wants to provide 6000 meals a day, and is still working on securing the funding.
Northland Art Centre's Julia Tapp and Nathan Owre paint the front of the Hare Krishna Food for Life cafe.