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Hunter Fellows named
John Greenwood and Pae Ruha
have been named as Victoria
University Hunter Fellows.
Hunter Fellows are people
who have made a substantial
contribution to advancing Vic-
toria University s strategic
directions and interests, said
vice-chancellor Pat Walsh.
Mr Greenwood, a property
lawyer, is an honorary member
of the New Zealand Property
Institute, and a moderator of
property law and succession
exam papers for all New Zea-
Ms Ruha has been instrumen-
tal in supporting Maori
language and cultural develop-
ment in the Wellington region
for the past 60 years.
Her association with Victoria
has been through her support of
the university s Te Herenga
Waka Marae since 1986.
The Hunter Fellowship Award
was instituted in 2003.
Street artist heads offshore
Artist at work: Jon Drypnz conjures up another masterpiece.
Photo: SARAH BURTON
By SARAH BURTON
Wellingtonians are used to street
artist Jon Drypnz s giant murals
adorning the walls of the city.
Soon he ll be taking his talent to
the Thailand-Burma border as
part of the Little Lotus Project.
The project involves 12 diverse
artists from New Zealand,
Cambodia, Singapore and the
They are funding their own way
to Thailand next month to work
with and inspire refugee and
migrant children and to raise
money for charity.
Drypnz (his artist name) is
excited about travelling to
Thailand and using his skills to
encourage children he wouldn t be
able to help in a purely monetary
You re able to see what the
kids are into, give them a chance
to see what the outer world is
doing and not just their little
home town, he said.
They could be living on a
dump, picking through trash for a
living and you can show them that
they could do more if they get the
opportunity to go for it.
The Little Lotus Project is in its
Last year $10,000 was raised in
Wellington and sent to the
Thailand-Burma border by selling
artwork -- the children s and that
of Wellington artists.
It s pushing the local Welling-
ton art scene as well as helping
children who are in unfortunate
situations, Drypnz said.
Drypnz, 24, travelled a lot when
younger and got into street art
while in high school in the
He moved to Wellington to
Wellington just seemed like a
happening place. It was creative
and I ve always lived on small
islands, so anything bigger than
Wellington would ve been too big.
Drypnz said the Wellington
street art scene was budding.
It s still quite underground, but
it s not at the same time. The
people are starting to notice it
because it s such a small city.
It s a case of the bigger the bet-
ter when it comes to Drypnz s
choice of canvases.
There are more walls that I m
looking at and I want to get bigger
walls as well.
I like things that are getting up
to three, four storeys now.
Drypnz has been commissioned
to paint some sites, such as the
Tattoo Apartments opposite
Havana Bar in Wigan St and
Mamachari bicycles in Island Bay.
He said he used to do his per-
sonal work under cover, but that
now he found it easier to ask
landlords for permission because
he liked to spend a lot of time on
People have become way more
open. They see what s going on
and they see the quality that s
You go and ask them and
they re like, Oh yeah, I ve seen
that stuff in town .
Drypnz s style is inspired by the
world around him.
If I see something on the street
like objects or strange people who
do strange things, it s a lot of
internal dialogue and it turns into
He said he was looking forward
to teaching the children a differ-
ent way to have fun.
It s about getting the kids to
forget about hardships, to let
loose, teach them that they can
have fun with strange objects, and
if they are having a hard time
they can learn how to express
emotions through visual arts.
To fundraise for the Little
Lotus Project, Drypnz is selling
artworks at an exhibition at 15
The exhibition opens on
Friday, November 18.
Donations can also be made
online with a credit card by
going to his fundraising
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