Resene Wall Worthy Competition 2021 winners

Arapohue School

Be Kind to Bees

As a rural community the importance of nurturing the land and looking after the environment is of high importance. Our mural’s message of being kind to bees comes from a student speech last year about the importance of bees. Without them our earth would slowly start to die. We want to make our school gardens more attractive to both people and pollinators and have a plan to complete the mural, and plant flowers around the base of the tank to bring the mural to life. We have dreams one day of having bee hives at our school.

Awapuni School

Our Place – Turanga-nui-a-Kiwa

Our mural tells the story of how our place was once a kai basket for iwi that lived in this area where our school now resides. The stream was abundant with the fish kanae, hence its name Waikanae, the raupo that the pukeko lived amongst, kumara that was planted from the arrival of one of the first waka –  Horouta. It shows the environment that the toroa and karearea birds soar through, with the sun (Gizzy) and the four winds that visit. These stories were shared with us from the local iwi and have influenced our school so much so, that we have incorporated the birds and winds into our school values and brand.


Coromandel Area School

Coromandel Treasures

We want to show images that are special to our northern Coronmadel lifestyle and the natural environment under the gaze of our maunga Moehau.

Little Peppertree Preschool

Whiria Te Tangata

This mural celebrates our turangawaewae, our place of belonging, as well as the crossing paths and weaving together of our local community. Our children and their whanau work together with our kaiako to weave unique stories, learning, relationships and connection to our community. The landscape depicts the Rakahuri and Maukatere, our river and mountain. The harakeke weaving is coloured by handprints from everyone in our preschool group. The whakatauki and ‘Whiria te tangata – Weave the people together’ describes our connection to each other.

Levin Intermediate

Save the Planet

This mural will celebrate the importance of caring for the world around us, not only on a local level but how our actions affect the planet.

Kaiapoi High School

Belonging Matters

The meaning behind this concept represents the community of Kaiapoi. The hands which hold the river that runs through the town symbolises our school values which we hold. There is also a man fishing on the hands as something Kaiapoi is known for is its fishing. On the buildings there are evident cracks which reminds us of the earthquakes and how there is always hope and restoration after hardships, thus the flowers which grow upon it. The water flows from the hands and creates a river, which then bleeds into mountains which represent our Southern Alps. The mural will serve as a reminder that doing something together as a community makes feeling home much more meaningful and gives us a sense of belonging – especially here in Canterbury where we suffer through many hardships, however we are always capable of bouncing back when we are together as a community.

North Street School 

Keep the Pacific Alive

The environment message for our art work is that every time we litter it all goes back into the ocean, so if we don’t litter and keep New Zealand clean, then it will also keep the ocean and it’s wildlife clean and healthy, so it can repair its beauty. 

Rosebank School

Te Whau

Avondale is a vibrant multicultural community. Patterns on the mural represent some of the many cultures that make our school. 

Te Whau (which takes its name from the whau tree) is the Maori name for the tidal creek flowing into the Waitemata Harbour. For centuries Maori used the Whau River as a portage route between the Manukau and Waitemata Harbours. It was a rich food resource and large trees nearby were used to build canoes. It was also host to tens of thousands of migratory kuaka birds that fed and roosted there. Unfortunately as more people have moved into the area the river has suffered and fewer plants and animals are found in or around it. For much of the journey to the sea the Whau and its streams flow through private property. So it is now up to the community to help preserve and protect streambanks, as whatever goes into the small streams affects the river and also the harbour it flows into.

Sunset Primary School

Ki Tua (Seek Beyond)

Ko Te Arawa te waka i maiangitia te kokoro o te parata e puta nei ia ki te whai ao ki te Aotearoa. Ko Tamatekapua te tangata o runga ka heke ki a Ihenga takahi whenua, taunaha whenua e nohia nei e tatou. Whakautehia te nanahi e mārama ai te anga ki tua. Ko Te Arawa te iwi me āna tamariki mokopuna nāna nei i whāngai me ko Rangitihi ūpoko whakahirahira i takaia ki te akatea. Kīhai he maunga e kore e tāea te kake, ahakoa kō wai, ahakoa nō hea, tūwhitia te hopo me ko Te Arawa koe, me ko ihenga koe. Moemoeatia, whakatinanahia. He aha ki tua o te awe māpara? Kimihia, rangahaua, whāia mo te hemo tonu atu. Kei te tihi o mānono te hua o moemoea.

Like my ancestral waka, captained by my Rangatira Tama Te Kapua, who evaded the jaws of the mighty parata to bring me here to Aotearoa, like my ancestor Ihenga who traversed the land giving me a place to call home, I stand here grounded, respectful of yesterday and equipped to go beyond.
I am Te Arawa, raised by Te Arawa to overcome adversity, to overcome struggle and fight on like my ancestor Rangitihi. There is no mountain high enough for me to ascend, for anyone to ascend, I am fearless in my pursuit of excellence just as my ancestors were. If I can dream it I can realise it! I Seek that which drives me, I aspire to be the best me no matter what it takes. The highest realms is where I will find what is waiting for me.

Wairoa Primary School Junior Syndicate

Papa & Rangi

The Junior classes are keeping in line with the theme for 2021 Kaitiakitanga. Each class has explored how we as Kaitiaki, embrace: Our place, Ourselves, and Our world around us. The local community has promoted care for the river, planting trees, better health, and exercise for whanau and tamariki. Our Mural of Ranginui and Papatuanuku highlight an appreciation for the Earth, Sky andSea.