Canadian traveller leaves a distinctive footprint

Sarah Raschke sits in front of her near-complete mural in Woodhaugh, Dunedin. PHOTO: GERARD O...
Sarah Raschke sits in front of her near-complete mural in Woodhaugh, Dunedin. PHOTO: GERARD O'BRIEN
A Canadian woman who stopped to rest a while in Dunedin is leaving her mark.

Sarah Raschke (26), from Alberta, is spending a year travelling around New Zealand.

She has been in Dunedin since January and for the past week and a-half has been staying with a family in Woodhaugh as part of the Workaway scheme, where accommodation is exchanged for labour.

Her job was to paint a mural for the family on their garage.

Having previously painted a large-scale mural at home, she said she had been taking note of murals around New Zealand.

She had designed the mural in conjunction with the family.

It shows flowers from the family's garden and a branch on which are perched a monarch butterfly, a morepork and a tui, which represent guardians of the family's three children.

She said she found inspiration from looking at images of the animals, but the rest of the creation was her own making.

"I was surprised by how it turned out, because I made so many changes.''

One of the "coolest'' parts of painting the mural was members of the community coming up and asking her questions about it.

She said she was pleased with the results so far, though it was not quite finished, and was happy the family would now have it on their garage forever.

"I hope it brightens up the neighbourhood.''

 - Elizabeth Thomson

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