Fergusson intermediate, Hikurangi Street, Trentham, Upper Hutt.
Cherie Adams, Coco Zhou, Kali Bishop, Devin Caou, Ariki Cottor, Deneika Rose, Eden Ingenson, Larissa Edwards and Diya Sitikand Poashanth.
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Taking responsibility for the care of the environment.
Background to mural creation:
Fergusson Intermediate Art extension students were given a brief to create a mural which was age appropriate, eye-catching and had a strong theme.
The students had discussed the importance of sustainability and recycling as well as concerns for deforestation and the extinction of New Zealand wildlife, They really wanted to paint a mural which reinforced what a beautiful community and land we have and how we need to look after it so that it stays clean and green enabling our flora and fauna to survive for future generations.
In the mural a wahine (strong woman) is connected to the land by her long flowing hair. Within her hair the words “Hutia te rito o te Harakeke kei hea te komako e ko?” are written, in English this means – if we pull out the shoot of the flax bush where will the bellbirds sing?
The students liked how this metaphor for taking responsibility for the care of the environment applied to their school, local and wider NZ communities.
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