If you’re a regular traveller along Maioro Street you may have noticed the progression of an eye-catching new mural in front of New Windsor School, by artists TrustMe and Flox. The 80m mural was commissioned by the school Board of Trustees in partnership with Auckland Transport and the Whau Arts Board, and addresses the challenge of platforming New Windsor as its own distinct community with its own identity.
English and Te Reo text reflects the school’s central role in the community; ‘New Windsor’ serves as a place-marker for the suburb while ‘Te Kura O’ locates the school as a focal point within the suburb. The pohutukawa is used as a metaphor for learning, and over the span of the wall addresses its development from seedling, to sprouting, to budding and finally to blossoming.
Section 1 features large pohutukawa seedlings that overlap into seed pods bearing a resemblance to the Pasifika frangipani motif.
It ends at the first of two poutama designs which symbolise genealogies and levels of learning and intellectual achievement. Poutama is the stepping pattern typically found in tukutuku panels and woven mats.
Section 2 features the Te Kura O phrase in a unique font created by the artists. Underneath are the leaves of the Whau tree atop a pattern featuring the seed pod and the flower bud of the pohutukawa tree. Towards the end young pohutukawa sprouts emerge from the ground.
Section 3 connects with Section 2 via the full phrase “Te Kura O New Windsor” It marks the developing pohutukawa with large scale foliage overlaying the type. The whau tree flower also appears here before the section ends at the second poutama.
Section 4 Large pohutukawa blooms and birds fill the final section. The korimako (NZ bell bird) feeds on the nectar of the pohutukawa, alluding to the journey of New Windsor students as they leave the school, continuing to contribute positively to their community.