Category 1 - Early Childhood Centres


Our mural will depict one of the local pūrākau or Māori legends that tell the story of three local mountains that many of our children and families are connected to. You can see these whale mountains from our kindergarten. Our kindergarten association recently published this story as a children's book, and one of the illustrators is a current member of our kindergarten family.

The themes behind this pūrākau include kotahitanga - working together for the collective (which is a great metaphor for how we created our food forest), manaakitanga - taking care of each other, and taking care of our environment and whanaungatanga - family connections and relationships that sustain us.


The mural design will celebrate significant local landmarks that play a huge part in the lives our community, for play, work, to live off and enjoy. Our tamarikima are familiar with the local legends such as 'The Battle of the Mountains' and 'In the Beginning' which we tell children verbally, through role play and through reading of books.

We encourage all our tamarikima to be kaitiaki (guardians) of our precious natural surroundings and to respect our sky father (Ranginui) and earth mother (Papatuanuku), the river (awa), sea (moana) and our forrests and trees (Tane Mahuta). We also talk about the other atua such as Tawhirimatea (wind) as they have an effect on our environment.

The mural design is very simple and illustrative to consider the young age of the children at the centre, enabling them to see how the layers flow down. The message the mural will portray is how the land, the bush, the river, ourselves are interconnected – the snow from the mountains feeds the river which nourishes the land where the bush grows and supports our lives. During the process of the mural being completed parents and adults from the community will be invited into the centre to tell their stories, new and post, of the mountains, the bush and the river and the area. The children and their whānau will be encouraged to tell their stories and to paint and draw images. These will be collated into a BIG BOOK as part of the project bringing their awareness, at age appropriate level, to the concept of caring of the land, of nature, of the town and the community. This community project will strongly support us to strengthen our bonds and ensure that the wider world of our tamariki is reflected within the walls of our centre also.


Our Taniwha lives in Ngaruroro river with his family painted on our bridge. The mural is providing a home that is beautiful, clean and safe representing a future for our tamariki. The tamariki will be involved in the mural by painting insect pictures on to ply wood which will be joined on to the mural later. We celebrate our local talent by inviting them to represent their culture and symbols through the arts. Our community's unique qualities are the gift of telling a story and sending a message to the youngest of minds of the importance of guarding Papatuanuku and Ranginui so our Taniwha lives on. Our children are eco warriors who take this seriously.

Category 2 - Primary Schools

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Our mural links our Maori history to our school community. Historically Waihao Downs was an area were the local Iwi collected reeds and long fin eels called tuna kuwharuwharu.

The message is that we have to look after our waterways. Our local Waihao River runs past the school and our children have been involved in restoring the health of our river alongside Environment Canterbury and local land owners.


Milson School Values are found through an acronym of PRIDE. When asking the kids what pride means to them, the reoccurring theme that resonated with me was whakapapa in all senses of the word. The PRIDE acronym is broken down to Positivity & Participation, Respect & Responsibility, Integrity & individuality, Determination and Empathy & Equality. These Values can be found throughout this Mural. The overarching theme is Mana Whakapapa- this means it is encompassing of where the school stands. Milson School is in the Rangitane rohe. The Huia birds are a Rangitane tohu. This is where the Participation, Positivity and Empathy & Equality Values can be found. The colourful Huia birds were always found playing in a peer of male and female. This helps to depict the beauty of being connected to others and includes both the female and male essence of life.

The wings of the Huia bird flow out into an illustration of the Ruahine and Tararua ranges which geographically embrace the local area. And through the whakatauki "Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei" these maunga address the Value of Determination. The blue circle with the mangopare is there to not only represent the local awa but also strength, leadership, agility, tenacity, unrelenting determination, courage and wealth.

The quality of the Awa through Palmerston North is of great importance now and in the future: The Mural serves to remind the students about Respect & Responsibility towards the environment. Integrity & individuality Values are in the essence of a unique artwork for the school made by the school. This image is derived from Te Waiata o Miritana which states "Ko te manu e kai ana te miro nona te ngahere" The birds eat from the mire bush. These Huia are eating from the miro berries which represent different values of the school. The mural focus's heavily on our local natural influences, being the ranges and the Manawatu river. The children are connected to the environment but also future guardians of it. The huia birds ingesting the berries symbolises both the children's absorption of the school's values and knowledge but also their reliance on nature.


The attached sketch depicts children's hands formed into the recycling logo, they are the custodians of the future. We linked the importance of the key message, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to the NZ Black Robin, perhaps one of the world’s most successful conservation stories, having brought back the population from one breeding female called Old Blue.

This is a powerful story of hope and it demonstrates how dedication and attention to the environment can bring positive change. By reducing, reusing and recycling, we decrease our dependence on the earths limited resources, reduce the destruction of habitat and reduce the negative flow on impact this has on our native flora and fauna. This in turn provides a balanced, healthy environment for us all to enjoy. The image includes native NZ flowers which represent habitat, with the blue back ground and the stones representing a river and Riverland’s School. We are very excited to present this image for the competition and look forward to the chance of painting it and enhancing the school environment with this valuable message and conservation story.

Category 3 - Intermediate Schools


Our students are having a big verbal push to "Be Tidy Kiwis" So this was the mural voted on to send in because they felt it represented them in the kiwi bird. The trees and wildlife in the trees, vines on the word Zealand and big open sky represents the WHitby community where our school sits. Our School's turangawaewae if you will.


In this design the central focus is the school logo. You can also see the many cultures of our community and school are intertwined in the mural. Tu tangata (stand tall) is our school motto. We gain matauranga ( knowledge) by attending school. Respectful, resourceful and responsible are our school values.

Category 4 - Community & Youth Groups


He Whanau Marama Charitable Trust

We want to bring our beautiful natural landscape, beaches, histories, various peoples and interest groups from Iwi Maori o Muriwhenua, Hapu, Europeans, Dalmations and the love we have for Kaitaia and the Far North on to the Walls of the most abandoned and neglected buildings​/area in our Township.

This application will be for one wall as all three would be far too expensive and we're hoping to be considered to get this Project started​. The area is in the centre of our town. We want a visual timeline or depiction with a Waka and bright stars navigating our Ancestors to these shores (dark deep blues with bright white stars), depicting Te Rerenga Wairura (lighter blues with lighthouse), 90 mile beach with fishing (coming into lighter blues and greens), kaimoana and beautiful greenery, nature, birds, (greens and turquoises) then coming into a township and out to Ahipara sands, sun and surfing (yellows and oranges), with musical notes, hearts, sports balls and other things youth love to do up here - we want the space to provide a place for our children to be nurtured, active, loved and supported as they live their lives in Kaitaia and grow and develop their skills and strengths on to further study, employment or careers.

People and the Land and Sea are all one. People can't survive without it - acknowledge it and celebrate it, as it supports and nourishes us to live while we become better humans on this planet to do great things for ourselves, our families and our communities. We need to be reminded that we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world - so look after it.


Our mural depicts a dove which is the international symbol of peace as well as New Zealand flora. The Palmerston North student body is small and unique, like our native flora. The concept of peace is international. The juxtaposition of local flora with global fauna represents the connection that our small student body has with this larger concept. The dove is surrounded by nature, demonstrating our peaceful relationship with our surrounding environment which is what we wish to promote as a community group at an environmentally-conscious university. We represent Roots and Shoot at Massey, which is a student volunteer organization with a focus on animals, people, and the environment. We want to encourage this conscientious interaction with our world and empower our students to be change makers in their community.