Tuia 250 Whitianga Street Art


Free entry


To contribute to the national Tuia - Encounters 250 commemoration Mercury Bay Art Escape held a community street art festival in central Whitianga.  Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay) has great seafaring significance as this is where the great navigator Kupe visited many centuries ago and in 1769 was one of four landing sites for Cook’s ship The Endeavour.


Enjoy and experience the murals in the central business area by locally and internationally recognised street artists create murals on walls in the Whitianga central business area. This Street Art project involves Mercury Bay Art Escape artists including their patron Artist Michael Smither and popular street artists from the Coromandel, Auckland and Hamilton together with internationally renowned street artists Charles &  Janine Williams, and TrustMe & Flox.


The theme of each mural will depict either navigation or relate to the First Encounters coming together of Maori and European in Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay). 

List of Artists - Tuia 250 Whitianga Street Art Festival:

Mercury Bay Art Escape (MBAE):

Michael D Smither (CNZM, MBAE Patron Artist)

Monique Rush (Whitianga based MBAE member)

Anne Bowden (Whitianga based MBAE member)
Peter Nicholson (Whitianga Art Group)

Dave Fowell (MBAE founding artist)



Catlin Moloney



Charles and Janine Williams 

Flox X TrustMe Collaboration



Pauly B


Whitianga central business district
Download the Street Art guide and map  by clicking the red buttons on the right hand side. Also a free guide giving details of the art walk is available from the Whitianga i-site.

For more details contact Festival organiser:

Jane Parson

Mobile: 021 228 6644

This festival has been made possible with funding from  Lottery Tuia – Encounters 250 grants with Te Whanganui a Hei Mercury 250 Trust and the generous support of the artists and landowners involved.

Sponsorship from Resene, Gordon Harris, The Warehouse Whitianga, Peninsula Scaffolding, Placemakers Whitianga, Hire Worx, New World Whitianga, The Lost Spring, Glass Bottom Boat Catherdral Cove and Donavon & Sons Contractor.

Administrative support from Creative Waikato and Thames Coromandel District Council - Mercury Bay Community Board.

Support from local businesses Blue Ginger, Bread & Butter Gallery, Coastal Signs, Coghill Café , Dreamland Design, Espy Café, French Fig Cafe, Hahei Explorer,  Harbour House Café, Hula Café,  Mercury Bay Pharmacy, Snapper Jacks, Subway, The Pour House Hahei, Umino Hoshi Sushi and the Whitianga Butchery.

Many thanks to the official photographer Sharon Wright

Tuia logo.jpeg
Tuia 250 Whitianga St Art Festival 2019_