Treasures of the Waikumete Stream

The Nga Taonga o te Waikumete mural (Treasures of the Waikumete) mural is a defining cultural marker for the Glen Eden township. This collaborative work was created by students from Glen Eden Primary School with the help of Project Twin Streams Arts Coordinator Mandy Patmore and took nearly a year to create.

The idea was sparked when the Glen Eden Business Association, who were impressed by Project Twin Streams restoration work in the area, approached the Glen Eden team about the possibility of creating an artwork to hang on the corner of Glenview and West Coast Rd.

Ten months of planning and hard work by Project Twin Streams Arts Coordinator Mandy Patmore and Glen Eden Primary school followed. The design for this community artwork was created by students. Their vision links the suburb’s name with native creatures forming a stream pattern surrounding the words. The design reflects these young people’s vision for a future whereby the urban and natural worlds coexist in harmony.

To create the mural, Mandy ran design workshops where all 370 children at the school drew creatures, which she then cut out of plywood to their exact designs. The junior school created fish, the middle school created birds and the senior school created insects and bush creatures. A public workshop added another 60 pieces before Mandy painstakingly hand-painted the reverse of each piece.

The mural was unveiled in December 2009 and plays a key role in the beautification and regeneration of Glen Eden village.