The Great Samoan Volunteer Trip 2012

by Mia Straka


A two week volunteer trip in September 2012 within a group of 9, organised by NZ charity Spinning Top to improve children's shelters run by Samoan Victim Support Group.

Mural design references the 'Poutama' stepped pattern traditionally used in tukutuku woven wall patterns in Maori meeting houses. The pattern is also known as 'Stairway to Heaven' and refers to man's search for knowledge, growth and wisdom.  

 Mapping out a plan with our Resene test pots.

Mapping out a plan with our Resene test pots.

 We helped the kids to make stencils of their own designs to use in the mural.

We helped the kids to make stencils of their own designs to use in the mural.

Voila! Wall mural painted in collaboration with Hannah Wilson.