THE Te Awa Hou – Empowering For Life mural, which had been inspired and designed by the New River Primary School student council, pupils and RotaKids, was officially unveiled at the school last Friday.
Supported by NRG (Next Rotary Generation) as a junior branch of Rotary, NRG member Leon Hartnett said although RotaKids was a “fairly new thing” in New Zealand, it had been running in Britain for the past five years.
Aimed at children aged 7 years up to about 12 years, RotaKids was about children making a difference, he said.
“I’m totally proud of you guys,” he said at the unveiling.
RotaKids aimed to build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and introduce young people to community service through Rotary.
Mr Hartnett said the school was the first in New Zealand to establish a RotaKids, which had been running for the past eight months.
“New River Primary are New Zealand’s first RotaKids school and they have spent the better part of last year and the start of this year designing and creating a mural that reflects all the important cultures, values and history of their school,” he said.
“Every child in the school was given an opportunity to contribute something to the mural.”
Although there was another RotaKids group in New Zealand, it was a community-based group in Waimate and not based at a school, he said.