Waipu mural a winner

COVE PAINTING: Artist Daniel Mills plans to finish the award-winning mural on the Waipu Cove toilet block this summer.
COVE PAINTING: Artist Daniel Mills plans to finish the award-winning mural on the Waipu Cove toilet block this summer.

Researching Waipu’s unique history was one of the interesting parts of creating a mural at Waipu Cove, says artist Daniel Mills.

His toilet block mural for the Waipu Cove Reserve Board took the professional category of the Resene mural masterpieces competition.

Mr Mills spent about three weeks researching and planning the mural. It was painted in April 2007 and covers Waipu’s European settlement, including the journey from Nova Scotia and a portrait of leader Reverend Norman McLeod.

It also includes the Waipu anniversary tartan and depictions of stores and camping at Waipu Cove in the 1930s.

The side of the block includes surf lifesaving and surfing and fish catch limits.

Waipu’s pre-Colonial history will feature on the block’s seaward side in the near future.

The mural was designed with input from the board and plenty of research at the Waipu Museum, he says.

A full-time muralist, Mr Mills was pleased to win the award, having earlier taken the school category.

The Aucklander looks forward to finishing the work as he will get a chance to stay in Waipu.

Board manager Richard Gunson says the mural attracts a lot of attention, with school groups using it as a background for history lessons.

Whangarei Leader