Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Children’s art brightens up Arataki Underpass

Children’s art brightens up Arataki Underpass

14 June 2005

Art created by Auckland students to celebrate the beauty of the Waitakere Ranges will be unveiled at the official opening of the Arataki Underpass on Saturday 18 June.

The tunnel was built as the best solution to a hazardous road crossing, says Chair of the Auckland Regional Council’s Parks and Heritage Committee, Sandra Coney.

“Around 12,500 children were crossing Scenic Drive every year to take part in Education Programmes at Arataki. Added to that, we have around 180,000 visitors to the Arataki Visitor Centre crossing Scenic Drive each year to walk the Nature Trail. With the 100km/hr speed limit and increasing traffic, crossing the road was risky and it was only a matter of time before a serious accident or fatality occurred.”

Cr Coney says that although the tunnel is a great way of ensuring the safety of visitors, grey concrete walls were cold and uninviting.

“The tunnel needed to be brought to life to give visitors a warmer welcome to Arataki,” she says.

Schools were invited to each send two students to a two-day workshop at Arataki to create art for the tunnel. Artist Penny Howard ran the workshop and internationally renowned Waitakere artist Dean Buchanan visited the students during the workshop to discuss his art and the inspiration of the Waitakere Ranges for his work.

“The finished art work is a credit to all those involved. The children have created beautiful panels of art that represent entry into the forest world and celebrate the splendour of the Waitakere Ranges,” says Cr Coney.

The official opening of the underpass this Saturday will be a great opportunity to enjoy the art and celebrate the Auckland Regional Council working toward making a key destination safer for all visitors. It is also a chance to thank Resene for supplying the paint for the artwork, and Friends of Arataki and the Titirangi Arts Council for contributing to the cost of the art signage.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news