A mural beside Cromwell Mall has been a labour of love for Cromwell College pupil Hazel Smith (17). The mural began as a project for the 2016 year 10 art class at Cromwell College, under the direction of Linda Close, and many people contributed to it, but Hazel had made a particular effort to ensure the mural was completed, spending many hours over two years to finish the work. “I just really enjoy art, so when I start a project with art I like to get it done.” A basket full of eels was a particular challenge for her. “They took me a while to figure out how to do.” The mural featured the importance of food-growing and gathering in Cromwell, “going from when Maori were first coming through here to today”. It was an opportunity to learn more about the area, including how local plants were used by Maori, she said. “We are all happy with it, happy that it is finally done, and how it has turned out.” Cromwell College pupils who contributed to the mural included Sam Bowen, Jordyn Robinson, Maddie Scott, Millie Ryan, Georgia Jeffrey, Bethany Johnstone, Ann Marie Sanders and Carwen Williams. The project was supported by the Cromwell & Districts Community Trust with funding from the Cromwell Community Board and Transpower.