Topic: Mural Blessing at Tauranga City Library (2012)

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Early in 2012, Tauranga City Libraries commissioned a mural for its children’s Maori section from local artist and illustrator Debbie Tipuna. Photos: Debbie McCauley.

Installation of Deborah Tipuna's mural at Tauranga City Library, 5 November 2012

On the morning of Monday 5 November 2012 the mural was installed on the empty wall in the children’s Maori section.

Kaumatua Tamati Tata blessing the mural at Tauranga City Library on 6 November 2012

The blessing was carried out the following day on Tuesday 6 November 2012 by Kaumatua Tamati Tata.

 Mural blessing at Tauranga City Libraries, 6 November 2012

The photo above shows Debbie Tipuna sitting in front of her mural. Several library staff attended the ceremony. Waiata were sung and karakia was spoken with a cup of tea afterwards to complete the occasion.

Deborah Tipuna and Kaumatua Tamati Tata at Tauranga City Library's mural blessing on 6 November 2012

The mural depicts a whanau beachside picnic scene with Mauao in the background and is painted in acrylic's on board. It has enlivened the children's Maori area of the library and draws both customers and staff to this very special place.

Mural in Tauranga City Libraries children's Maori area, 6 November 2012

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Mural Blessing at Tauranga City Library (2012)


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