Monday 17 August 2020

Kaeo History



 

Another mural from Kaeo this week, this one is on the wall of the Farm and Fuel shop - I did try to find some background on it but apart from the artist being J. Marsden there was no further information, I'm assuming that it pays tribute to the town's farming history.

So a bit more about the town...at the 2018 census there was a population of 1,191 people so it's a very small settlement.  The town takes its name from the kāeo or New Zealand freshwater mussel, which is found in the nearby rivers. Kaeo is built on the flood plain of the Kaeo River and has experienced destructive flooding. It came to national attention in 2007 when it took the brunt of three major floods within the space of a few months - in February, March and July. Water flooded homes and shops and destroyed the primary school's pool complex. The local rugby clubrooms also suffered, and the club received support from the whole country as it raised funds to lift the clubrooms off the ground to minimise the risk of damage from further flooding.

Linking up with Mural Monday.

11 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, three floods. Glad the country responded to their need. Nice mural.

Tom said...

...you wonder why the town was built on such a low spot. The bright green sure attracts your attention.

Susan Heather said...

Doug spent his first few years just around the corner from the single lane bridge. He was born in Warkworth as his mother went to stay with her sister there. It is an unusual town especially having been built on a flood plain. Quite pretty near the school though.

Bertiebo said...

That's a beautiful painting

Iris Flavia said...

"Funny" coincidence... I have a horse today, too, and my Hubby moved in with me due to flooding (13 darn years of weekend-relationship).

Sami said...

Not the ideal place to build a settlement, but I'm glad the country helps out after the floods.
Nice mural Amy and I like your header photo too.

Sharon said...

I love the way the horses look like they are coming right at me.

Bill said...

Nice mural. Three floods is devastating, it's great that the country stepped up and raised funds for the area.

Tanya Breese said...

Great mural!

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely mural and great photo ^_^

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Tigger's Mum said...

You certainly get about. Is there a guidebook ofpublic murals? Because if not perhaps you should compile one and sell guided tours.

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