A cartoon walrus has divided the Saddle Hill Community Board.
Board chairman Scott Weatherall said the announcement in the
Taieri Times Keep Dunedin Beautiful was repainting two
bus shelters on Brighton Rd with new murals had angered two
They were happy the shelter near the surf life-saving club
had been repainted by artist Daniel Mead with new Brighton
beach-themed murals selected by the board, such as a painting
of the old surf club.
But they wanted the cartoon walrus mural on the bus shelter
near Scroggs Hill Rd to remain.
The board requested more community feedback on the walrus on
its Facebook page but did not receive any further responses,
so decided to proceed with its original plan of letting Big
Rock Primary School pupils decide what to paint on the second
Mr Weatherall said a pupil's sketch of a surfer riding a
large wave had been selected as the new mural. It was more
suitable than a walrus.
''We don't have walruses in New Zealand,'' Mr Weatherall
''Do they even exist any more?''
Board member Cr Andrew Whiley agreed the shelter mural should
represent the district's natural habitat and the identity of
Board member John Moyle said if the shelter was not in
disrepair it should not be repaintedHe said the paint could
be used for another community project.
But board member Keith McFadyen said the whale inside the
shelter should be painted over with the pupil's mural and the
walrus mural kept on the outside.
''Save the walrus,'' he said.
Mr McFadyen's proposal was supported by the other board
(Walruses are mainly found around the Arctic Circle in the