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New mural for Childers Road

GISBORNE artist Lina Marsh has created a new city mural about the region’s diverse cultures on Business Applications’ Childers Road wall.

“In many cultures birds are seen as kaitiaki (guardians)," Ms Marsh said.

"In this case they are the kaitiaki of seed dispersal. The seeds in this case represent the many people who have journeyed to our shores and settled in our region. The seeds these birds have dispersed have helped create a diverse bouquet of cultural flora in Tairawhiti.”

Project Aataahua, run by four Gisborne Girls’ High School students Kate Plummer, Nitha Vashti, Cam Morrell and Rebecca Collier, commissioned Marsh to create the mural. Their vision is “to bring beautiful artworks to create an outdoor gallery to reflect our culture and heritage as a nation”.

Project Ataahua comes under the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), a programme where students set up and run a real business. Earlier this month they won a national excellence award for arts and culture at the national YES awards event.

The first of their murals, created by artists Nick Tupara and Phil Berry, is in the Bright Street carpark. More murals are planned.

MURAL WITH MEANING: Front from left, are Nitha, Rebecca and Paul Benge (Business Applications). Back are Martin Lowe (Business Aplications), Kate, Lina Marsh (Artist) and Cam Morrell. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell