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Wall Worthy 2019 Finalists

Voting is now open for our Wall Worthy Competition! Check out the 15 finalists and vote for your favourite below. Voting closes at 9am on Wednesday 1st May 2019.

campion college 1

This mural illustrates how lots of New Zealand plants and veggies are pollinated by bees.

campion college 2

This mural is of a Pohutukawa wreath. Pohutukawa trees are native to New Zealand and are seen around Gisborne. There are three moths that are native to New Zealand. I chose moths because people don't really think about them. They are forgotten.

Glenavy School

The mural celebrates the children of our school and the journey they take through their primary education, each bird represents their classroom, we have 4 classrooms, Room 1 Little Blue Penguin (Korora), Room 2 Fantail (Piwakawaka), Room 3 Kea and Room 4 is the NZ Falcon (Karearea).

The sea is representing the children's growth from pre-school to their first day at school where the rocks represent them being placed on solid ground to start their educational journey, then being carried along the Waitaki River through their schooling years.
The birds start with the little Korora, then they move onto the Piwakawaka a cheeky bright little bird to the more solid but still cheeky Kea and finally the Karearea that takes flight onto the next stage of their education.


The mountains incorporated in the design are the Pirongia mountain range as well as the Waikato river this personalises the mural. I was inspired by the maori saying “ If you cut out the heart of the flax, where will the bellbird sit?” The tui is closely linked to the bellbird, both songbirds are endemic to New Zealand. They are very confident birds and highly protective of their young and each other. Because of their personality, the Tui are associated with life fulfilment, confidence and spiritual harmony.

Inglewood High School

Inglewood / Kohanga Moa has a rich history from pre-colonial times as a thriving Maori community, through Pakeha settlement and its key position as a transit point and a trade route. Our bi-cultural identity is what we want to celebrate. The High School has been a community focal point for over 60 years and so we want to show how all these interconnected histories help shape our mana and who we are.

Matahui School

The image we wish to create is a Pohutukawa tree surrounded by animals and insects both relative to our school and our native environment. We have included the school bird: the Bittern, a worm, a bee, a butterfly, a Tui, a Kiwi, a Kereru, a flying Kingfisher, a Fantail, with a beach background. Note that the tree is the focus of the mural. This is to celebrate the beauty of the Bay of Plenty in its many beaches, birdlife and estuaries. Our school and wider community is based in a rural country setting with large developed native areas and many native birds. These birds are regular visitors to our school and our town. We have chosen a large Pohutakawa tree as our school is situated in the Bay of Plenty where many Pohutakawa’s brighten our surrounding beaches and estuaries.

Moanataiari School

Our school is built entirely upon reclaimed land, tailings that were cast out of the mountains during the old gold mining era. The entire area was once ocean. Our mural is designed to bring the sea back - in spirit at least. The floating pieces above will overlay the backdrop of the playground, as if the children were playing under the sea. There are many different ideas locally as to where the name Moanataiari comes from - possibly referring to the abundant shellfish, the types of streams that flow into the sea here, the schools of sharks or stingrays, or after a local chief. We seek to give reference to all these ideas as they are so nicely connected to each other, incorporating Maori design in the deep, flowing forms that will cover the entire wall or 'deep sea' section.

Nelson Central School Community Group

Nelson Central School prides itself on our community atmosphere. We are a large inner-city school with what locals call a ‘real country feel’. We provide an area for locals to meet with their children in the weekend, to kick a ball around and shoot some hoops.

Our school’s vision is to create an environment that values and encourages community participation. We believe in inquiry, curiosity, and ecological sustainability. We want to use our natural resources as wisely as possible so they are here for future generations. At Nelson Central school our motto is that children will flourish in their learning and flourish in their world; Kia matomato te tipu i te ao. This is achieved through the lenses of equity, excellence and belonging. What this looks like is seen through our 4 Cs. Being caring, confident, curious and a custodian. Being caring to those around them, being curious to explore the world, being confident to give things a go and to be a custodian of the environment whether in the classroom, kura, our local community or the wider world.

Norfolk Primary School

Our mural depicts Norfolk Life: What makes us unique as a farming community in Taranaki and the values we hold dear as a school and wider community: Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility, Compassion, Respect and Pride.

Otago Childcare Centre

Our mural will incorporate our local native birds the tui, kereru, piwakawaka and our native plants the harakeke, ponga, rata and toadstool. Buildings that we can see St Josephs Cathedral, our Town Hall and reflecting the Roslyn tram that used to run up Ross street. Animals that are here in Dunedin the sea lion and yellow eyed penguin. Dunedin icons Mt Cargil (ko pukatumahaka), St Clair surf and our Otago Rugby flag and scarf.

Taradale Primary

Our tamariki have done some important learning around our storm water drains and where they lead to in our community. We would like to advise our community to be careful about what goes down our storm water drains and to pick up any litter.

Te Mahia School

The children at Te Mahia have been studying and drawing the birds that they see; living, flying and singing around the school. The birds are special to the place as they have been here longer than us, guardians, messengers.

Wainui Beach School

Wainui Beach is known for it's prolific Pohutukawa trees and they are a real feature of our school and street. We would like children to learn about their place in maori mythology and to learn about projects that are helping to protect the Pohutukawa. We have a wonderful teacher aide (Barb) that would work with a group of Year 5/6 students who have a special interest in Art/Environment and they would follow an Inquiry process as part of this mural work. I envisage that they would contact DOC / Project Crimson or our local Enviroschools teacher to see if we could get someone in to talk to the students about the Pohutukawa's place in history and what is happening to preserve these trees into the future. The mural will show the pohutukawa tree branches coming up the sides of the tank with foliage and flowers on top (a birds eye view).

Whanau Focus Centre

Our mural will celebrate and encourage whanau and community. In particular it will emphasize the need to support one another. The mural will brighten up the surroundings and provide inspiration for our community.

Wild Things

Wild Things

It is to celebrate the rich and diverse cultural community we have here.

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