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Te Koha The Gift – mural by Wongi Wilson

Te Koha The Gift
Mural by Wongi Wilson
Alice Candy House classroom ACH105


Commissioned to enliven a bare teaching space whilst promoting a sense of belonging among University of Canterbury Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) students, Te Koha/The Gift is a powerful symbol for a collective gaining strength from moving forward together.

2Panel one of this unique triptych is He Tangata/The People, showing a traditional bach in the mountains before moving through a mix of colour and pattern suggesting the mesh of different ethnicities and cultures now calling New Zealand home.

3The firm grip on the taiaha, the close-quarters Māori weapon now a ceremonial symbol of authority, takes up panel two, Te Taki/The Challenge, and confirms a growing confidence in choice.

4Panel three is Ngā Mātauranga/The Knowledge indicating a definite sense of direction for every viewer.


Since it’s installation, Te Koha/The Gift has made a huge impact on the Alice Candy House environment, and is already being referred to as a “treasure”.

6About Wongi Wilson

Wongi Wilson is a well-known and highly regarded Christchurch street artist with many large scale commissions visible throughout the city. More of his work can be seen at www.wongi.co.nz/


Fine Arts Student wins first place at Christchurch Art Show

Stephanie McEwin, who is a Fine Arts Honours student at UC, is celebrating after winning first place and $2500 at the inaugural Christchurch Art Show for her piece Yellow Beach 1. McEwin has described her creative painting as “kitschy” with a 1950s feel. Following this exciting accomplishment Stephanie has her sights set on travelling to India where she can learn more about heavily populated nations and develop the theme of her artwork.

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Stephanie’s winning piece
Stephanie’s winning piece