NZ Herald 29 Apr, 2021 23:30 am

Mr G's mural aims to bring hope to Tūrangi youth

Mr G's mural aims to bring hope to Tūrangi youth
Tūrangi young people worked hard with artist Mr G Hoete to produce a stunning town mural.

■ Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7) ■ Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7) ■ Youth services: (06) 3555 906 ■ Youthline: 0800 376 633 ■ Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7) ■ Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm) ■ Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7) ■ Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155 ■ Helpline: 1737 ■ If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111Mr G is a Tauranga-based multi-disciplinary artist who does everything from fine art exhibitions in galleries to special interest projects, but he says the tumanako project also reflects his own path.He says the tumanako project is all about injecting hope into small towns through mahi toi (art), and using art to communicate ideas from the rangatahi themselves, with each letter telling a story or different concept inside an overall message of hope.Watching on as Mr G put the final touches to each letter were a group of young wahine who had been helping through the tumanako project.

Turangi has been rocked over the years by a string of suicides among its young people and the rangatahi at the tumanako project had all been affected by it." Mr G grew up in Kawerau and says because of that he has a real heart and a passion for young people living in small towns.

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