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Volunteers paint colourful street

Volunteers Mike Osborne and Anna-Marie Kingsley at work in Holloway St, Carterton. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Carterton’s Holloway St has been given a multi-coloured makeover as part of a trial project by members of the Carterton Place Making Advisory Group.

The group is assisting Carterton District Council with the revitalisation of the town centre, with place making volunteers aiming to turn empty spaces into “people places”, often through citizen-led projects or creativity.

Other examples include the recently transformed community garden at Haumanu House, and the community piano on High St.

The project along Holloway St comes at no cost to ratepayers, with paint donated by Resene and the work carried out by volunteers.

The place making group is now considering extending it along Holloway St in a one-year trial as part of a proposed initiative to make it New Zealand’s most colourful street.

It is encouraging community discussion on the idea before recommendations are made to the council on a consultation process.

The group is also making recommendations on the three proposed options for painting the town’s clock tower.

It is made up of three councillors, council officers, and representatives from Lions, Wai Art, Keep Carterton Beautiful, R2R, Wai Word, Go Carterton, Resilient Carterton, Carterton Town and Country Development Group, and two individuals.


  1. I really like that people volunteer and put a lot of effort and time but I really don’t like the bright colours! Clown colours to me! I prefer stylish. It makes Carterton look cheap!

    • Completely agree with Sarah. It has ruined what was a beautiful street. Please do not paint our clock tower!!

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