ENVIRONMENTAL ART: Winners of the competition, Awakeri School students with the mural designs they created for Crew. Photo supplied

MURALS by Eastern Bay school students are now decorating shipping containers at Community Resource Whakatane.

Earlier this year, CReW invited all schools in the Whakatane region to participate in a mural competition.

The brief was to incorporate the importance of waste minimisation in a mural, to send a vital message about diverting reusable resources from the landfill.

The competition attracted 91 entries from six schools and environmental groups that judge, Whakatane artist Maree White, narrowed down to 22 finalists. Whakatane District Council’s solid waste manager Nigel Clarke then helped choose the winners.

UPCYCLED: Trident High School won second place in the competition with this heroic effort.

Awakeri School took the top prize with a mural the judges said was “locally and globally related with a vibrant and colourful theme”. Trident High School placed second and the

Halo-Whakatane Kiwi Trust junior enviro club, Kaitiaki Kadets, placed third.

Over the next few weeks, project leader Bridget Thornton will be visiting each school that participated to present them with gifts and a cash prize in appreciation of their work.

She is pleased with how the project has gone and the response from schools. “This has been a very successful community project getting the waste minimisation message out into the wider community,” she says.

This project was possible thanks to funding from the district council and BayTrust.

The students’ artwork is now brightening shipping containers in CReW’s “inwards” entrance at its Te Tahi Street premises.

Runners up: From left to right, entries from Nukuhou North School, St Joseph’s Catholic School and Whakatane High School, which was highly commended.

By Anna Glibbery