In November last year Farmlands Kaikoura received a HeART of the Community piece of art, the seventh of 15 pieces of art commissioned for Farmlands stores around New Zealand.
The mural took shape as the Kaikoura community marked the first anniversary of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the area on 14th November 2016.
Created with collective inspiration from numerous members of the Kaikoura community – including students and teachers at the high school, the council, Lions Club, Iwi, local tourism providers and the Farmlands Kaikoura team – the artwork celebrates Kaikoura’s recovery, strength and resilience.
The team at Farmlands Kaikoura wanted the mural to showcase their “slice of heaven”, and the connection between the people and the landscape that is at the heart of the Kaikoura community.
The artwork references what locals feel makes the area special, from the sun-grazed mountains, to the endangered Hutton’s shearwater seabird, the sparkling paua and of course the crayfish.
An idea from a local high school student inspired the hands on each side of the mural, which represent the strength, courage and spirit that has been highlighted in the community during a challenging time.
Kaikoura District Council Mayor, Winston Gray says he is grateful to have Farmlands commission an incredible artist to promote the community in Kaikoura.
“My main focus post-earthquake has been to join together the community and recover what it had, but to also help it move into a brighter future. I believe this project truly honours the continuous efforts of the people here and will continue to inspire the community to work towards a more beautiful, recovered Kaikoura.”
Mr G says he was honoured to have the opportunity to bring attention to such a hard-working community in the process of restoring their town since the earthquake.
Farmlands Kaikoura was the final HeART of the Community mural for 2017, wrapping up an eventful year.