Waves teens create memorial mural

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 08:04 06/09/2012

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A group of Taranaki teenagers have designed a mural for Spotswood College in memory of the victims of the Paritutu tragedy.

The mural, which is being created at Waves, will be given to the college as a symbol of the community's love for the school, project co-ordinator Lani Hunt said.

"A lot of the kids who come into Waves are friends with Stephen and Felipe and know the instructor through friends of the family.

"They just wanted to be able to give something from their heart."

Spotswood College student Stephen Kahukaka-Gedye, 17, Brazilian international student Felipe Melo, 17, and Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits Education Centre instructor Bryce Jourdain died in a climbing accident on Paritutu rock on August 8.

Chloe Olley, 18, said she was helping because she wanted the school to know how much everybody cared about them.

"I'm doing it out of love. The tragedy affected everyone, even the Waves kids off the street. We all have hearts and this mural shows how much young people do care."

Mr Hunt said the mural design represents the two students and has the instructor cuddling and protecting them."

But he said Waves was in need of more art supplies so they could finish the mural.

"The kids have been collecting paua shells, driftwood and lots of natural elements, because we don't have any art supplies here at Waves.

"If anyone has spare supplies they could donate to Waves the kids would be over the moon. I can't say how much it would mean to them to be able to finish it."

* Taryn Utiger is a Witt Journalism Student

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