SIMON O’CONNOR / Stuff
The toilet block at Waitara Marine Park will be covered with a mural design that will likely pay homage to Tangaroa. (File photo)
A creative $25,000 makeover of the toilet block at a popular park in Waitara has been given the green light.
A mural, designed and painted by artist Mike Montgomerie, will cover the Marine Park toilet block, near the playground, thanks to funding approved at Friday’s special meeting of the Waitara Community Board.
The money will deplete the remainder of the board’s discretionary fund.
Montgomerie had previously canvassed the idea of painting a mural on the nearby water tank, but that idea was ruled out by council officers as future tank renovations would impact the artwork that would stay there long term.
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The marine park is co-managed by New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) and Te Kōwhatu Tū Moana (TKTM), and a plan is underway to redevelop the entire space.
Montgomerie’s mural design was discussed with the redevelopment-related working group, and there were consultations with iwi and hapū regarding cultural patterns and designs.
A report prepared for the meeting said the design would recognize the importance of the relationship between tangata whenua and Tangaroa (god of the sea), but was subject to final approval by the community council, NPDC and TKTM. .
It is hoped that the mural will be completed by October.