Vibrant Art adorns Kapiti

Artist Taupuruariki (Ariki) Brightwell completed Tuna Heke at Raumati with the help of Kāpiti Coast Youth Council last week
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Kāpiti Coasters are seeing increasing numbers of murals popping up throughout the district as we continue to see plain spaces become a focus for public art.

Members of Kāpiti Council and local iwi were on hand for the completion of Tuna Heke

The latest is a Tuna Heke – a stunning new mural in Raumati adding vibrancy, and celebrating our environment and history.

Renowned artist Taupuruariki (Ariki) Brightwell (of Rongowhakataa, Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Tahitian and Rarotongan descent) completed Tuna Heke with the help of Kāpiti Coast Youth Council last week. The mural focuses on river ecosystems and the creatures endemic to them, the legacy of waka in the area and the resources that made the Kāpiti Coast vital land to inhabit by iwi past and future.

The mural is on the northern wall of the Raumati Bowling Club and is the most recent example of public art popping up in Kāpiti and showcasing what’s special about the Kāpiti Coast in a way that can be enjoyed by our community.

Raumati Community Board Chair Bede Laracy says the collaboration between local iwi and youth has produced a mural that lends vibrancy and colour and enhances the environment of Raumati Village.