Blackrock kids’ art keeping Raro clean

Saturday June 23, 2018 Written by Published in Education
Blackrock teacher Elliot Hunt and her fellow artists with their completed bins, all ready to help keep Rarotonga clean over Te Maeva Nui. 18062209 Blackrock teacher Elliot Hunt and her fellow artists with their completed bins, all ready to help keep Rarotonga clean over Te Maeva Nui. 18062209

What could be better than helping to keep the environment clean, creating some beautiful art and getting covered head to toe in colourful paint at the same time?

Not much, if you were the kids at Blackrock Apii Potiki this week.

As part of a joint initiative between the National Environment Service and Te Aponga Uira, three 200-litre empty diesel drums were dropped off at Blackrock earlier this week, ready to be converted into dazzling works of art that will also help keep Rarotonga clean and tidy during Te Maeva Nui celebrations.

At least seven other schools around the island are also part of the initiative.

Blackrock teacher and designated ‘artist in charge’ Elliot Hunt co-ordinated the children’s efforts and oversaw the bins’ design, but emphasised that, “this is all teamwork”.

While Te Aponga Uira supplied paint for the project in their five branding colours (red, green, yellow, white and black), the rest was up to the kids and each school as to how they wanted to paint them – as long as each bin displayed some sort of environmental message.

“So we’re choosing the backgrounds for the bins, and then we’re going to do handprints on one and write a quote: ‘Use your hands to pick up your rubbish’,” explained Hunt.

“Then we’ll do a crab on one, with a cape of Te Aponga colours – like a superhero crab – and the world on the other one, with kids all down the bottom holding balloons and kites.”

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