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Last updated 05:00 11/03/2014
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MURAL DESIGNERS: Aspiring KingsWay School artists from left: Liam Simpson, Rachel Dodds and Rebecca McLeod with some of their works.

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A collaborative effort will see Orewa bursting with colour at the Paint the Town event.

A mural reflecting Orewa and all that it is will be painted on the rear wall of the 100% Electrical store in Bakehouse Lane by three KingsWay School students to kick off the community day at 4pm on March 22.

Year 13 students Rebecca McLeod, Rachel Dodds and Liam Simpson designed the art which is the first of three murals planned to add vibrancy, beautify areas that need ‘a little love' and also act as a graffiti deterrent, Hellen Wilkins of Destination Orewa Beach says.

Bakehouse Lane will be closed for mobility scooter racing, Hot Hula and cheerleader performances,

rides in soapbox derby trolleys, skate boarding demonstrations, a DJ station, Ukelele Union performances and more. Professional chalk artist Alexander Heydenrijk, co-creator of the Te Ara Te Huna Cycleway pop-up masterpieces, will also be on site creating more works.

"As an added extra, aspects of the Rodney Youth Summerfest event, which was cancelled due to the rain two weeks ago, will be incorporated," Mrs Wilkins says.

"Youth bands, a tug of war and other interactive sports which encourage folk of all ages to participate."

The event will run from 4pm to 9pm.

Destination Orewa Beach held a competition to design the murals, asking schools for designs that portrayed Orewa and what it means to live there.

Originally the artwork was to combine the ideas from a number of schools but the three KingsWay art students' design won hands-down.

"So we had to stretch our design to fit the whole wall."

They designed an artwork involving all age groups and things that are unique to Orewa, Rachel says.

The work is expected to take 50 hours to complete and mark the beginning of the Paint the Town event.

Community groups who would also like to take part in the event should contact Helen Wilkins at helen@ orewabeach.co.nz.

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