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Te Whetu Tawera Gets a Makeover


Artist and designer ‘Flox’ gave Auckland central’s acute mental-health service a makeover on the 12th of March. She spent the day “behind lock and key” painting a huge mural on one of the walls in the outdoor courtyard in the secure ward at Te Whetu Tawera.

The photos Flox posted on her Facebook page have been generating such a positive response. 

The courtyard has long been described by service-users as prison-like in atmosphere. Engage Aotearoa applauds the ADHB in this effort to create a friendlier physical space and Flox for making it happen. 

Hopefully this will become just the beginning of more initiatives of this kind. It would be especially cool to see the people using the service encouraged to get involved in creating the space too, maybe under the direction of an artist with a brief like Flox. Next stop – that big rusty steel door.

Click here to view photos of the work in progress.


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