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inbrief news Young residents have their say Wellington City Council’s focus on digital engagement has paid off, with younger residents making up the biggest cohort of submitters to its 10-Year Plan consultation. Consultation on the 10-Year Plan closed on May 15 with more than 2000 submissions received so far, up significantly from the 1017 submissions on the previous plan in 2015.  Mayor Justin Lester says while 19-30 year olds make up 19 percent of Wellington’s population, they accounted for 25 percent of submissions, with 90 percent of them made online.

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Newtown School principal Mark Brown and local artist Michel Tuffery in front of the new school hall mural Michel painted with Charles Williams. PHOTO: Jayne Tuffery

Newtown School’s mural celebrates diverse community By Jamie Adams and Gianina Schwanecke

Motorists and pedestrians will no doubt be turning their heads as they head down Mein Street at the new colourful mural now on display at Newtown School. With the school undertaking a rebuild of its main teaching block due to earthquake risk, it has also decided to revitalise the school environment by adding publicly accessible artworks which connect the school to its diverse and vibrant community. The first of the commissioned artwork, Kamala and the Hihi, transforms the school hall, facing Mein Street, with the

depiction of a native bird and an elephant. Parents and caregivers group Friends @ Newtown School commissioned local artist Michel Tuffery, in collaboration with graphic artist Charles Williams, to create the mural, which they say weaves the kaupapa of history, community, culture and environment of Newtown. “It is exciting to see this wonderful street art transforming our school hall. It celebrates the vibrancy and cultural richness of our community,” says Newtown School Board of Trustees Chairperson, Annette Gittos. “The Wellington City Council and the Newtown Residents

Association have been very supportive of the initiative and have contributed to the development of the mural.” Michel, who has an MNZM for service to art, says he chose a hihi as it represents the Tangata Whenua, like his colleague Charles. “The image of the hihi was one taken by me a couple of years ago up at Zealandia, which led to including it within the narrative of this artwork. Charles is renowned for his ‘bird’ graph art.” Kamala, the elephant, was a gift to the children of New Zealand by the All India Women’s Conference in 1953 in

appreciation of New Zealand’s aid efforts in CORSO. Kamala lived at the Wellington Zoo until she died in 1983. Michel says Kamala with Hihi is embedded with visual metaphors to initiate conversations throughout the community and visitors alike to Wellington. Newtown School is now fundraising for this mural and other art projects around the school. A fundraising page has been established on www. givealittle.co.nz under the education category with the heading Mural for Newtown School and Community. The new school building is expected open in early June.

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Businesses report positive growth Two out of five Wellington businesses have seen positive growth in recent years – higher than the national average of 35 percent – according to a new report by Westpac NZ. The finding emerged in a survey of the mood and intent of 1269 business owners and managers across New Zealand. The ‘Grow NZ’ report reveals leaders who are young, female or Māori are among the most optimistic in the country. Wellington business leaders also cited transport (29 percent), housing (20 percent) and skills and education (17 percent) as top investment priorities.

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