Mosaic benches outside St Peter’s Church?

A local group is proposing that the benches outside St Peter’s Church on Beach Road are beautified with mosaic artwork designed by local artists. Find out more from Julie Warren.

A group of local residents, led by Jenny Clark, is floating an idea about installing mosaic artworks on the backs of four benches on the wall outside St Peter’s Church.

These benches have wooden seats and white-painted concrete arms. Each one has a white back painted on the concrete wall. The benches are used by residents and visitors alike. The idea is that new mosaic panels would be designed by local artists to reflect the character of Paekākāriki, and the artists would be funded by arts grants. The mosaics would be a cheerful and creative addition to Beach Road and to the already established Paekākāriki Arts Walk. Residents could donate broken crockery and tiles for the artwork.

The group is floating the idea to the local community including the local iwi, Ngāti Haumia ki Paekākāriki; the Paekākāriki-Raumati Ward councillor, Sophie Handford; St Peter’s Church; the Paekākāriki Station Precinct Trust; and the Paekākāriki Community Board at its meeting on Tuesday 21 March at 7pm at St Peter’s Hall.

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