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Resene Wall Worthy Competition 2019 Winners

Congratulations to the 10 winners of our Resene Wall Worthy Competition!


Norfolk Life

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.

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).

Matahui School

Our Enviroschool Vision - Kereru in the Pohutakawa

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.

Nelson Central School Community Group

From Little Things, Big Things Can Grow

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.

Moanataiari School

Return of the Sea

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.

Otago Childcare Centre

Our Community

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.

Inglewood High School

Kohanga Moa, from then to now

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.

Te Mahia School

Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu - Although it is small it is precious

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.


Stronger Together

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 fulfillment, confidence and spiritual harmony.


Keep Our Drains Clean

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.

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