Monday, July 15, 2024

Pōneke mural pays tribute to local kaumātua

Pōneke has unveiled a memorial mural honouring the life and contributions of esteemed Wellingtonian Whaea June Te Raumange Jackson MNZM.

The artwork, created by internationally renowned artist Graham Hoete (Mr G), adorns Shed 1 along the city’s iconic waterfront.

Aunty June Jackson was known for her unparalleled dedication and service to the community, dignitaries, and the wider society. Her extensive portfolio of work encompassed a wide variety of spheres, ranging from her instrumental role in organising major cultural events, to her advocacy for social justice and community empowerment.

As a tribute to June’s immeasurable contributions, Wellington City Council awarded June the Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Award in 2017.

As Council’s Tātai Heke Māori Karepa Wall recalls, June Jackson was a true luminary in the community, tirelessly working to enrich the lives of Wellingtonians.

“She was integral in welcoming dignitaries worldwide, showcasing our city’s vibrant culture and hospitality. Her work extended far beyond official events, as she dedicated herself to numerous social projects, ensuring that the wider community had access to opportunities and resources. Her legacy continues to inspire us all,” said Wall.

“This mural adds significance as New Zealand and Australia co-host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™. June Jackson, a beacon of empowerment and inspiration for women, aligns perfectly with the spirit of this monumental sporting event. Her legacy serves as a reminder of the strides women have made in various fields, including sports, and the impact they continue to have on society.”

The project is the final in a series of murals made possible thanks to funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as part of its work to leverage the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.

Tūmanako 2.0 was a project to create six large-scale murals by Mr G in collaboration with young female artists, to celebrate past, current and future generations of wāhine Māori and indigenous athletes. 

It has also been a collaborative effort with Wellington City Council and WellingtonNZ serving as another example of Council’s dedication to working with our Tākai Here partners to bring Tūpiki Ora, our Māori wellbeing strategy to life in the city.

“June Jackson’s legacy is woven into the fabric of our city. Her contributions have touched the lives of countless Wellingtonians, and this mural by Mr G beautifully encapsulates her spirit. This mural will be a constant reminder of June’s positive impact on our community,” said Mayor, Tory Whanau.

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