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Society sponsors new mural for the Ranges

Society sponsors new mural for the Ranges

30 April 2008

The Waitakere Ranges Protection Society has today announced it will sponsor a significant new mural for the heart of Henderson, in celebration of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area becoming law.

“The Society’s founders, including Gary Taylor and Jonathan Hunt, were the first people to call for permanent protection of private as well as public land in the Ranges, 30 years ago. In recent years, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society members have worked hard to inspire and support communities and Councils to make this happen. We want to do something vibrant and lasting to celebrate the achievement,” says Society President and sculptor John Edgar.

The Waitakere Ranges Protection Society, which will celebrate its 35th birthday this year, has always used art as well as science to argue for better protection of the Ranges. It has always had artists and scientists, as well as other lovers of the Ranges, in its membership and executive team. The Society created the highly successful Ranges of Inspiration exhibition with Corban Estate Arts Centre in 2003. The acclaimed Waitakere Ranges book, published by the Society in May 2006, features the artists and writers of the Ranges as well as the work of local botanists, entymologists and ornithologists. The mural follows in this arts tradition.

“We see a mural in Henderson, one of the urban gateways to the Ranges, as a fitting way to mark the creation of the Heritage Area. We hope to bring the fragility and drama of the Ranges to life right in the heart of town,” says Mr Edgar.


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