Katikati – mural town


Every town and settlement in New Zealand has its history. Together, they form the story of our people, of Maori and Pakeha. In Katikati you can see that history everyday, not in a gallery or a museum, but by walking down the main street.

The region's first settlers were early Maori voyagers, first Ngaiterangi and then Ngati Ranginui. Their descendants still live in the three marae of Te Rereatukahia, Tahawai and Otawhiwhi.

In 1875 George Vesey Stewart brought the first party of Irish settlers to Katikati, the only planned Ulster settlement in the world. 34 families cleared the land, planted crops, and built their homes. A second party arrived in 1878, giving a total of 600 settlers.

In 1990, at a time when Katikati was facing an economic downturn, a group of volunteers decided to lift the spirits of the local community and to attract visitors by painting the unique town history on the walls of the town.

Katikati Open-Air Art Inc. was formed, and is responsible for the many murals, sculptures, carvings and weaving in the town.

Every second year Katikati holds a mural festival.

Winning murals from 2013:
In 2013 Renee Te Pairi from Auckland won the mural festival and for the first time she also took out the 'People's Choice' Award and the 'Spirit of Katikati' Award, an award presented by the organising committee. Second place went to Karen Lawson from Tauranga, with a 'Highly Commended award to Pat Williams from Katikati.

The 2013 Katikati Mural Competition Winner The 2013 Katikati Mural Competition Winner

The 2013 overall winner, People's Choice Award and the Spirit of Katikati Award winner - painted by Renee Te Pairi

The 2013 Katikati Mural Competition Runnerup

Second place - painted by Karen Lawson

The 2013 Katikati Mural Competition Highly Commended award

Highly Commended - painted by Pat Williams

A selection of murals from 2011:

The 2011 Katikati Mural Competition Winner

The 2011 winner - painted by Alex McLeod

The 2011 Katikati Mural Competition Runnerup

Second place - painted by Karen Lawson

People's Choice winner 2011 - painted by Mark Spijkerbosch

People's Choice winner 2011 - painted by Mark Spijkerbosch

Katikati murals 2011

Katikati murals 2011

Katikati murals 2011

 Winners from the 2008 festival, proudly supported by Resene, were:

The 2008 Katikati Mural Competition Winner

The 2008 winner

Second place in the 2008 Katikati Mural competition

Second place 2008

Winners from the 2006 festival, proudly supported by Resene, were:

The 2006 winner - painted  by Chris Finlayson

The 2006 winner - painted by Chris Finlayson

People's Choice winner 2006 - painted by Roy Cunliffe

People's Choice winner 2006 - painted by Roy Cunliffe

Spirit of Katikati Award 2006 - painted by Monika Welch

Spirit of Katikati Award 2006 - painted by Monika Welch

All murals were painted in Resene Lumbersider, a popular choice for muralists.

View more murals and find out about the Katikati Mural Contest and Art Festival on the Katikati Murals web site.

Information on Katikati mural town courtesy of the Katikati murals web site.

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