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Hatrick's Mural Complete

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The mural on the river-facing walls of Powerco's Hatrick's Wharf Substation in Whanganui is complete.

Work finished early this month on the mural, but not before some last minute issues.

The mural was the target of taggers, but has since been given two coats of anti-graffiti sealer in an attempt to stop any future vandalism.

The mural was inspired by the history and stories of Maori hapu, Tupoho, designed by Ben Hopkinson, painted by Amla Meijer and gifted to the people of Whanganui by Powerco in 2013.

The Hatrick’s Wharf Substation was upgraded in 2012 to help meet the city’s needs for electricity for decades to come.

As part of the upgrade project, Powerco ran a competition for local design students to come up with a mural that reflected the local landscape, Maori culture and the relationship between the Whanganui River and nearby Moutoa Gardens.

The link from the river to the land was, and still is, a strong part of the local Maori culture.  Following settlement of the area, Hatrick’s Wharf was built as the original staging area for goods being transported upriver to the various communities.

Powerco wishes to acknowledge the support of Tupoho, the Wanganui District Council and everyone else involved in this successful project.

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