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Campion, Wainui, Mahia among 15 finalists in KNZB competition.

Campion, Wainui, Mahia among 15 finalists in KNZB competition.

Three Gisborne schools and one at Mahia are finalists in Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s Wall Worthy competition.

Campion College has two entries in the finals and Wainui Beach School and Te Mahia School have one each.

The Wall Worthy competition is part of KNZB’s Paint New Zealand Beautiful programme.

The competition, into its ninth year, is aimed at eliminating and preventing graffiti vandalism while enriching the urban landscape with murals that celebrate local communities and their stories.

Entrants are asked to submit mural designs that illustrate what makes their town or school unique.

It is open to all New Zealand early childhood centres, primary, intermediate and secondary schools, and community and youth groups.

Winners are chosen through public vote.

Winning designs receive A GoPro, a $750 Resene voucher and other paint materials to bring their designs to life.

KNZB chief executive Heather Saunderson says it is proud to partner with Resene again this year to deter vandalism and “paint New Zealand beautiful”.

“Research shows there is a marked reduction in tagging when murals, reflective of the local community, are used to replace graffiti vandalised walls.

“The Wall Worthy competition is a great way to not only enhance our urban environment but bring our local communities together and create a strong sense of pride.”

Ten winning designs are to be chosen from 15 finalists.

The public are asked to vote for their favourite design on the KNZB website.

Voting closes at 9am on Wednesday, May 1.

The district’s finalists in Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s Wall Worthy competition are pictured, with the school’s concept explained (see below) —

BEES: This Campion College mural illustrates how a lot of New Zealand plants are pollinated by bees.

WREATH AND MOTHS: Another Campion mural, this time of a pohutukawa wreath featuring moths inside it. Pohutukawa trees are native to New Zealand and are prevalent in the Gisborne-East Coast region, There are three types of moths native to New Zealand and they were chosen for the mural “because people don’t really think about them. They are forgotten”.

BIRDS: Students at Te Mahia School have been studying and drawing the birds they see and hear around the school. “The birds are special to the place as they have been here longer than us . . . (They are) guardians, messengers”.

POHUTAKAWA: Wainui Beach is known for its pohutukawa trees and these are a feature of the school. “We would like children to learn about their place in Maori mythology and to learn about projects that are helping to protect the pohutukawa.” The mural shows the pohutukawa tree branches coming up the sides of a tank with foliage and flowers on top.

Three Gisborne schools and one at Mahia are finalists in Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s Wall Worthy competition.

Campion College has two entries in the finals and Wainui Beach School and Te Mahia School have one each.

The Wall Worthy competition is part of KNZB’s Paint New Zealand Beautiful programme.

The competition, into its ninth year, is aimed at eliminating and preventing graffiti vandalism while enriching the urban landscape with murals that celebrate local communities and their stories.

Entrants are asked to submit mural designs that illustrate what makes their town or school unique.

It is open to all New Zealand early childhood centres, primary, intermediate and secondary schools, and community and youth groups.

Winners are chosen through public vote.

Winning designs receive A GoPro, a $750 Resene voucher and other paint materials to bring their designs to life.

KNZB chief executive Heather Saunderson says it is proud to partner with Resene again this year to deter vandalism and “paint New Zealand beautiful”.

“Research shows there is a marked reduction in tagging when murals, reflective of the local community, are used to replace graffiti vandalised walls.

“The Wall Worthy competition is a great way to not only enhance our urban environment but bring our local communities together and create a strong sense of pride.”

Ten winning designs are to be chosen from 15 finalists.

The public are asked to vote for their favourite design on the KNZB website.

Voting closes at 9am on Wednesday, May 1.

The district’s finalists in Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s Wall Worthy competition are pictured, with the school’s concept explained (see below) —

BEES: This Campion College mural illustrates how a lot of New Zealand plants are pollinated by bees.

WREATH AND MOTHS: Another Campion mural, this time of a pohutukawa wreath featuring moths inside it. Pohutukawa trees are native to New Zealand and are prevalent in the Gisborne-East Coast region, There are three types of moths native to New Zealand and they were chosen for the mural “because people don’t really think about them. They are forgotten”.

BIRDS: Students at Te Mahia School have been studying and drawing the birds they see and hear around the school. “The birds are special to the place as they have been here longer than us . . . (They are) guardians, messengers”.

POHUTAKAWA: Wainui Beach is known for its pohutukawa trees and these are a feature of the school. “We would like children to learn about their place in Maori mythology and to learn about projects that are helping to protect the pohutukawa.” The mural shows the pohutukawa tree branches coming up the sides of a tank with foliage and flowers on top.

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