Have you spotted Te Tuna o Cannons Creek?

On the 29th of September, the windy and overcast Friday morning, a community huddled together for the opening of Te Tuna o Cannons Creek mural.

The mural was designed by local tamariki from Glenview School, with help from local artist, Chris Barrand and Rachel Scott, the Education Partnerships Coordinator from Partners Porirua. The students have taken their inspiration and ideas from Patricia Grace’s book ‘Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street’ written in the ‘80’s, which features the building the mural is on.

The mural was painted over just a few weeks, by the Chris and the tamariki, and rangatahi from Porirua Alternative School. The mural is located behind Freedom Church on Tavern Lane, on the same building the rangatahi at the Alternative School are in every day.

It is a true celebration of our Cannons Creek community and what our young people are capable of with the inspiration, imagination and means to make it happen.

This mural is a milestone for the Porirua community, not only is it a wonderful new piece of the community, it is the first installation of the Eastern Porirua Project which will see an exciting redevelopment of this area. Rachel has been working on this mural project for many months, as part of her role coordinating with the young people, taking their ideas and finding the ways to make it happen. She is the one coordinating the ideas of the young people, with the ideas and resources from the Porirua City Council, while keeping the community at the heart of it all.

We would like to thank all those who came to the opening event, especially the tamariki of Glenview School who waiata for us. We’d like to specially acknowledge Patricia Grace for her inspiration in this project, her attendance at the opening was an extraordinary excitement for all. Tamariki asked questions and shared their inspirations with her, not only for the mural itself but their passion for writing.

We’d also like to acknowledge the ongoing support from Porirua City Council, Graffiti Reduction Team, Freedom Church, P & Z Decorating Centre Ltd.

Finally, we’d like to give massive thanks and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Chris Barrand, the tamariki of Glenview School, the rangatahi of Porirua Alternative School.


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