Resene Wall Worthy Competition 2022 winners

Ashgrove School, Rangiora

Tūrangawaewae Our Place to Stand

Our mural design celebrates the amazing environment at Ashgrove School. In our design we wanted to celebrate the physical environment of our school and also include the wider elements, both natural and emotional, that make our kura the special place that it is. All of our learning hubs in the design represent the power of what we can achieve together as we collaborate, communicate and celebrate our community. 

Craighead Diocesan School, Timaru

Ko au te whenua, ko te whenua, ko au (I am the land and the land is me)

The Craighead Mural design was inspired by our beautiful local walks, Mt Nimrod and Mt Somers (an area many of our students come from). Both of these tracks are full of native trees and birds and these have become an essential element in our sketches. We really tried to capture the character of every bird from the cheeky Kia (destroying a tramping boot) to the friendly Piwakawaka and the Korimako (the singing bird extraordinaire). A small hut in the middle of the painting is reflective of all the tramping huts in the area (which we are lucky to have), allowing us to spend many days in the nature.

Dot Kids, Greytown

Our tamariki, our turangawaewae

Greytown, a place of ‘firsts’; the first inland settlement, the first Arbor Day, the first train connection… Our mural is a celebration of Greytown’s pioneering spirit, how from our forebears we have been gifted the taonga of history that we pass on to our tamariki, our community, our future. Like the children we nurture here at Dot Kids, our environment needs to be nurtured. The mural depicts the native flora and fauna of the Wairarapa that are under our guardianship for our future generations.

Manchester Street, Feilding

Be Kind to Papatuanuku

Our mural is about actions we can take to care for the environment. We are an Enviroschool and these images represent some of the operational practices we follow at our school to show that we care for the environment. These messages are very important as we strive to be effective kaitiaki. These sustainable practices are some of the ways we are striving to be a more sustainable school. Two students are talking about ways they can help to preserve and protect Papatuanuku. The images are: having a litterless lunchbox- creating less waste for landfills, planting trees, walking rather than going somewhere in the car, reducing/reusing/recycling, saving/conserving power and conserving/not wasting water. All of these are sustainable actions that we can all make that will make a difference.

Martinborough Playcentre, Martinborough

Te Whanau Tupu ngatahi

Our mural celebrates families and children outdoors playing in nature. The kowhaiwhai patters are under consultation with the local iwi so that we can incorporate some of our local maori heritage in the design. the hills in the background are the Remutaka ranges that are the gateway to the wairarapa. The tree will grow as our centre grows with new families adding their handprints to the branches to make new leaves. This ties in with the theme of nature is ever growing and evolving. The love of the people touching the tree shows that we have to teach our tamariki from a young age to care for our environment because if kids love the environment then looking after it will never feel like work.

Pakowhai School, Napier

We’re More Than Just Apples

Pakowhai originally started with a Pa settlement in the 1800’s. In 1851 when marist priests arrived in Hawkes Bay they settled at Pakowhai Pa under the protection of Chief Puhara and planted the first grapes in Hawkes Bay (which later became the Mission Winery which still exists today – it was later moved in 11 pieces into Napier). Now the Pakowhai area is full of orchards and farmland and a rural school which needs the environment (especially the bees – honey bees perform 80% of all pollination worldwide) to be looked after and cared for by each new generation to create sustainability. This mural captures both some of the history of Pakowhai moving into the present and the importance of the next generation caring for the environment around them.

Rangiora Playcentre

Nature’s Playground

Our mural celebrates nature as we create a link between the playcentre environment where the murals will be placed – the sandpit and the garden – and the landscape of the beach and bush where native birds and animals live. We hope that these murals will create conversations with our children about caring for the environments where these animals live so that they can thrive. We can enjoy nature’s playground but must remember that they are also home to beautiful creatures and plants.

Rototuna Senior High School, Hamilton


Our kura is built on Ngāti Wairere whenua and we are blessed to connect and be inspired by their wairua. The site where our kura stands is where our extended whanau Ngāti Wairere were removed from after the land wars. They resettled at Hukanui, now known as Gordonton, where they reside today. Our kura is constructed on the foundations of community and working alongside each other as a whanau. Our mural design depicts the diversity within our kura and wider community, and acknowledges Ngāti Wairere as mana whenua. The three tauira represent how we as a kura embrace the culture and history of our kura identity, while acknowledging our tauira diversity and the strengths they individually bring to their learning and achievements. Our kura emblem is the Kāhu, also known as a swamp harrier bird. These kāhu were often seen on this whenua or passing up in the sky. They were drawn to farm, tussock and swamp whenua, which Ngāti Wairere were abundant of. We have added multiple views of this kāhu, to illustrate how we connect, collaborate, become community minded learners who lead, navigate and excel on our own learning journeys. We are like the kāhu soaring high in the sky.

Taranaki Diocesan School for Girls

Te Kura Pi’opatanga o W’akaa’urangi

Our mural tells a story about our beautiful, local area. The Iwi of Taranaki relate to three major waka. These waka are Ngati Maru, Ngati Mutunga and Ngati Tama. Our mural will depict the three waka voyaging towards the land included in our design. The waves in the sea fade into the roots of the tree which represents our origins, our connection to the land and to each other . Handprints are used on the pohutukawa tree to represent leaves, but also to show the connection between the students of the school and the land on which the school lies. The beautiful Taranaki mountain is also seen in the background to show its strong influence over our lives. It creates a sense of home-coming and belonging. The environmental message we have incorporated into our design is that people (especially children) are the new life – a part of the environment and creators of sustainability. Our tamariki are represented by the handprints of the Pohutukawa, showing the idea of new growth, possibilities and infinite potential. The Tui and Piwakaka represent our thriving bird life, our new ideas able to take flight, and the compatibility of tangata whenua (people of the land) and nature.

Woodend School, Woodend

Woodend School Cultural Narrative

The mural has some of the essential elements that represent our school. It has the central tree which is the main part of our logo and encompasses our values. Also included are the Whare Manu Birds which represent our across school family groups and are derived from our cultural narrative. – Kereru, Tui, Weka, Kotare, Tauhou, and Korimako . Every child at the school is involved in one of the Whare Manu groups and there are activities across the school when all the students work together.