Town history written on the walls

17:40, Dec 22 2010
ALTER EGO: One of Manurewa's new murals features a character based on town barber Ken Penny.

Pictures of Manurewa's history are being painted around town.

The town centre has been given a $30,000 grant from the Ministry of Justice for graffiti prevention.

So the Manurewa Business Association commissioned mural artist Doug Ford who decided to paint scenes that depicted the town's history.

The first mural to be finished is outside Harcourts on Station Rd.

Association chairwoman Angela Dalton says the building used to be a hardware store so that's what the mural shows.

"We want to get back our sense of identity through the history of Manurewa," she says.


Manurewa's longest serving barber Ken Penny makes a special appearance in the mural as a blacksmith.

Mr Penny has been cutting hair in the town since 1971.

A lot of the locals stop and share their own stories of growing up in Manurewa with Mr Ford.

One woman told a tale of a bull that got loose and crashed into what was to become Mr Penny's shop.

Mr Ford is now working on a Botanic Gardens-themed piece and his next project will be by the post office.

The association is hoping to have about 15 of the murals painted in the next few months.

Manukau Courier