The Nga Taonga o te Waikumete (Treasures of the Waikumete) mural is a defining cultural marker for Glen Eden. This collaborative work was created by students from Glen Eden Primary School with the help of the Project Twin Streams team and took nearly a year to create.
The Glen Eden Business Association, impressed by Project Twin Streams restoration work in the area, approached the PTS Glen Eden team about creating an artwork to hang on the corner of Glenview and West Coast Rd.
Ten months of planning and hard work followed. The design for this community artwork was created by Glen Eden Primary students and 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 where the urban and natural worlds coexist in harmony.
During Project Twin Streams’ design workshops all 370 children at the school drew creatures which were then cut out of plywood. 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.
Since its unveiling in 2009 the mural has played a key role in the beautification and regeneration of Glen Eden Village.