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Northcross Intermediate

Region: Auckland

Art form: Visual Arts

Project name: Kaitiakitanga

Creative name: Angie Bickerstaff

Project information: The focus of our project is Kaitiakitanga, being active guardians of our Kete Kai Gardens. We want our gardens to become a place where we develop respect for our environment, respect for ourselves and each other. By invigorating our concrete cylinder garden beds with mosaic imagery that is creative and thought-provoking, we will promote our well-being, learn to relate to our environment, nourish ourselves, and fortify our hauora. This consolidates Te Whare Tapa Whā emphasised in our school. 

Our locally based creative will help ākonga capture and create their ideas visually, transforming the concepts of Te Whare Tapa Whā. These connect to our school goals and cement the broader goals of our Kahui Ako/Community of Learners vision of hauora and well-being. Students will be our kaitiaki leaders who will actively bring forward and transform it visually to a place that enhances our hauora through their artworks. A place where a strong sense of Taha Tinana, physical well-being, will be reflected on the large planters and garden areas integrated with the growing of healthy and sustaining crops and using our physical effort to bring the gardens to fruition. Their art will also reflect Taha Wairua, particularly our spiritual relationship to the natural world. Students will grow their Taha Hinengaro, mental and emotional well-being through this authentic and rewarding project, creating an environment where others will be enriched by it too. Finally, the Kete Kai Gardens will become a place to gather and build Taha Whanau, our social connectedness and positive self-image.

Project starting: February 2022

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