A community beautification initiative funded by Auckland Council’s graffiti prevention team is bringing life to the perimeter wall around Browns Bay police station.

The collaboration between NZ Police, council, recreational services and Northcross Intermediate School, with a mural designed and led by local artist Juliana Coelho, was inspired by the environment and activity of Browns Bay. The project was an opportunity for children to be involved in their local area, engage positively with police, and learn more about creating public art.

Police staff joined the students in painting under the guidance of Juliana, and kept the team fed with a sausage sizzle. Graffiti prevention advisor, Helen Smith, said, “Beautification is linked closely with community wellbeing, and Auckland Council is proud to sponsor this project which will benefit the town and bring a smile to passers-by”.

Despite the unpredictable autumn weather, the mural is now complete, and a special coating will ensure it looks great for a long time to come.

Story by: ShoreLines, June/July 2021 issue