Brightening their world

From left: Grace Oldfield, 17, Mel Torkington, Sapphire Dodd, 16, Julianne Cunningham, 16, Maia Nahi, 14, and Nikoya Tahere, 14.

A street art workshop, run by the Wellsford-based Te Waka Trust, was held on November 17. I

t is hoped that the participants will be able to take commissions from businesses to brighten up uninspiring blank walls on buildings or containers.

Social worker Mel Torkington says a lot of young people the trust deals with are budding artists and it is good to be able to give them an opportunity to give back to their community.

Mel previously worked in programmes to steer children away from anti-social tagging into more constructive art, but was quick to point out that none of the young people at this workshop were involved in tagging.

The workshop was sponsored by Bramble Café in Matakana.

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