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DrainWise Art Competition

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DrainWise Art Competition

A massive thanks to all our local artists who created and submitted their original design in our 2020 DrainWise Art Competition, to help raise awareness of stormwater pollution.

There were 2 categories, a schools competition and an open section.

We received so many amazing entries our judges, Mayor Rehette Stoltz, artist Derek Lardelli and DrainWise project manager Wolfgang Kanz chose a winner from each school, and also picked some highly commended entries too.

A big shout-out to St Mary’s school who submitted over 60 entries. They received additional winners and highly commended entries to acknowledge their students' awesome efforts.  

This was our pilot competition and next year we plan to make it bigger and better with more school involved. Thanks again to everyone who made the competition a great success. 

Have fun checking out the designs around the city. 

Winners - school competition

Te Wharau School - Room 2 collective entry. Location Gladstone Rd near ANZ 


Art winner


Wainui School - Charlotte McDiarmid. Location Ballance Street shops

 Art winner


St Marys School - Billy Frain, location Salisbury Road 


Art winner


St Marys School - Ruby Atwood, location De Lautour Road shops


Art winner


St Marys School - Catalina, location The Esplanade 

No image just yet, it's currently being painted.


Kaiti School - Cassie-Rivers Miringaorangi. Location Stout Street


Art winner 


Mangapapa School - Kourtney Moore. Location outside the Library


Art winner


Highly commended awards

Wainui School - Ivy McMillan
St Marys School - Stella Lovelock, Ciara, Hinengawai
Kaiti School - Rysharn Campbell 
Mangapapa School - Shannon Kanz

Open section winner

Hannah McKinlay. Location Gladstone Road, Lowe Street corner. 

Art winner

About stormwater pollution to help with your design

Stormwater is rainfall that travels down gutters, grates, pipes and drains. Anything that you throw, tip or spill down a stormwater drain ends up in our waterways.

This moving water's like a magnet that attracts everything in its path, including litter, rubbish, chemicals or waste. This polluted water travels untreated through our stormwater network before it drains straight into our rivers and sea. This is stormwater pollution.  

Some think the stormwater network is part of the wastewater network that goes to the treatment plant in Banks street. This is not correct - the wastewater network and the stormwater network are 2 separate systems.

So let's be careful what we throw away as it can end up down the drain! 

Thanks to Resene

ReseneThis competition is proudly supported by Dave and his team at our locally owned Resene Colourshop. They've kindly sponsored the eco-friendly paint that we'll be using to paint the winning design on our roadside stormwater grate.