Cafe marks re-open­ing with beau­ti­ful mu­ral

Whangarei Report - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PHOTO/TA­NIA WHYTE

North­land Art Cen­tre's Ju­lia Tapp and Nathan Owre paint the front of the Hare Kr­ishna Food for Life cafe.

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