Finalist in Kūmara Awards
Placemaking Aotearoa’s Kūmara Awards are awarded to celebrate incredible placemaking happening across Aotearoa. It is a community-driven showcase of the outstanding placemaking projects happening in our communities.
The awards take their name from the whakatauki (Maori proverb) Kōre te kūmara e kōrero ana mo tōna ake reka. The kūmara does not brag about its own sweetness… But others do!
This year, Avondale’s Great North Gallery was a finalist in the Awards.
Supported by Eke Panuku, the Great North Gallery - twelve poster frames along Great North Road in the heart of Avondale - provides a platform for people’s voice and culture to be amplified and celebrated.
These posters quietly and steadily provide the community with inspiration and build resilience for its voice to be heard amongst ongoing changes in Avondale.
Dayne Smith of I Love Avondale, resident and advocate, curated the content for the posters in the Great North Gallery. The posters have displayed drone footage of Avondale locations, people of Avondale, Awa stories, the Whau art festival, Estefania Lopez’s love letter to Avondale and many more pieces of art.
Curator Dayne Smith uses the Great North Gallery to showcase local people, places, stories, and talent.
Once again, Avondale’s creative talent shines through. Congratulations to all involved.