National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

Local Artist Collaborates with National Army Museum

janita for webMeet Toa the Warrior, the new National Army Museum ‘Kidz HQ’s official mascot just in time for the school holidays.

“The work was commissioned thanks to the artistic talents of local artist Janita Purcell and has been completed in record time with the final result exceeding our expectations”, said Museum Marketing Manager Nicola Bennett. “We wanted a modern day character that children would like and could relate to, and Janita achieved this in between her work as a Teacher Aide at Ohakune Primary School.”

Toa will become a well used mascot amongst all the kids’ activities both online and at the Museum. He was initially commissioned as part of a bigger project the museum is working on with the help of funding from the Lotteries Grants Board. The project will give children an interactive look at ‘Animals at War’ with a focus on World War One and is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

Janita is well known in the community for her wonderful art and also has an interest in the military with her husband being the Officer Commanding at the Officer Cadet School in Waiouru. “It’s close to home for me – to combine my love of art with helping the local community,” said Janita.

Janita used oil colouring pencils to layer the colours and allow her to make the details quite fine.

The National Army Museum is hosting a number of art and craft activities for children in the interactive Kidz HQ between 10am-12pm and 1-2pm over the July school holidays.