Paying tribute to Putaruru

Farmlands Putaruru is now the third Farmlands store to receive a locally-inspired art piece. The Farmlands Heart of the Community project is making its way around the country to showcase the unique identities of New Zealand’s rural communities.

The team at Farmlands Putaruru wanted the mural to pay tribute to the town’s sawmilling history, the beautiful Waihou River (also known as Blue Spring) and of course the ruru (morepork), New Zealand’s only surviving native owl, from which the town’s name is derived.

With Paeroa and Invercargill already complete, Mr G says he was excited to capture the spirit of Putaruru in his artwork.

“It has been so enlightening to visit smaller cities and towns where people really wear their hearts on their sleeve,” he says.

“It gives me an immense sense of pride to bring attention to the people in our hard-working towns that contribute so much to New Zealand economically and socially.”

South Waikato District Council Mayor, Jenny Shattock says it has been both refreshing and inspiring to see a prominent artist promoting the great town of Putaruru.

“The Putaruru community are some of the most passionate and loyal people,” she says.

“Many people drive through the town without realising what a great place it truly is. Putaruru is a well serviced, centrally located town with outstanding community pride making it a great place to live and work.”