A Mural of Hope

April 27, 2022, 2 p.m.

Mr. G has stepped back into Kaitaia, with a goal on his mind. Completing a mural that represents hope for our rangatahi as part of the Tūmanaako Project. Hosting a one week workshop in which he teaches rangatahi different techniques and lessons, to inspire a new layer of creativity amongst the youth. 

Graham Hoete, A multi-disciplinary, contemporary artist, has made ripples around the world with his creative artwork and strong ties to the mental health kaupapa. From murals in America to carved pieces for Lucasfilm, “Mr. G” says it all comes back to the rangatahi of our small towns. 

“A lot of our rangatahi in our small towns, they miss out on a lot of cool stuff. So when we created te kaupapa o tūmanako, we really wanted to make the rangatahi of our small towns the priority. So that they feel seen and appreciated.” 

Tuamelie Tevita, an attendee at the workshop, has been involved in the project from the first day. Expressing his love for art, he cant wait to see the outcome and the effect it’ll have on generations to come. 

“He taught us that art, if you’re feeling really down, it can bring you up.” 

“Thats what this is for, to bring people hope and joy into their lives. When Im older I can tell all my kids that I did this.”

After a long week of painting and detailing, aswell as plenty of learnings for our rangatahi. Mr. G will present the mural this Friday, 29th of April in the afternoon as part of the Tūmanako Youth Concert, for more information check out: https://www.facebook.com/shineonkaitaia/

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