Murals set scene for 150th mark

AARON LEAMAN
Last updated 11:47 26/05/2011
Ngaruawahia Library
DONNA WALSH/Waikato Times

RIVER MEMORIES: Kendall Rowley and Luke Jensen install a mural on a wall of the Ngaruawahia Library.

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Scenes of old times are becoming a familiar sight in Ngaruawahia thanks to a series of murals celebrating the township's history.

A second instalment of murals depicting historic photos of Ngaruawahia were being erected this week on the public library on Jesmond St and the BP service station on Great South Rd. The images, sourced from the Alexander Turnbull Library, are themed on the Ngaruawahia regatta and early transport. The first mural series was installed on the walkway by the Plunket Society rooms on Jesmond St in 2009. Ngaruawahia Community Board chairperson Trish Forsyth said the murals were intended to beautify the town centre in preparation for celebrating its 150th year in 2013.

"Many, many hours" were spent researching the images, she said. "What we're trying to do is bring back heritage into the town and add vibrancy to the place. The reaction so far has been great.

"Some of the older residents say the photos take them back in time. Ngaruawahia is one of the region's oldest towns and was a real focal point of the area based on river transport.

"What we're trying to do ... is build up pride and recognition of the town's past and show youngsters this is a place to be really proud of."

Funding for the murals came from the Waikato District Council.

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