Tamawhariua

63 Carver: James Tapeata Medium: Traditional Maori Carving Commissioned: 2016   This joint project between with the Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Katikati Open-Air Art. This traditional carving is called a ‘Pou whenua’ – a vertical land post much like a totem pole it tells a story. The main figure depicted is Tamawhariua…

The Bullock Team

74 Artist: Crystal Barbre Year: 2019 The Wharawhara catchment, just south of Katikati, was the southern limit of kauri logging in New Zealand. Bullocks were used to haul kauri logs across the Kaimai Range in the first decade of the twentieth century, notably on Cashmore’s Clearing, a plateau near the summit of the Kaimai behind…

Hold On Tight

73 Artist: Marcel Zwezerynen Year: 2017 This was an entry in the NZ Mural Contest and Arts Festival 2017 where the theme was “The future is our Children”. As we skip and trudge through life.  Just remember all previous generations that have shaped the way we live and act.  The earth is our spaceship, the…

Maybe If We Close Our Eyes, It Will All Go Away

72 Artist: Chris Pointon Year: 2017 This piece was an entry in the 2017 NZ Mural Contest and Arts Festival Sculpture Competition, the theme for the festival was “Children are our Future”. These “pillars of society” have ignored the growing environmental and social issues confronting our society.  Battered relics of the past, they represent flawed old…

The Future Is Our Children

71 Artist: Shane Walker Year: 2017 Shane entered this mural in the 2017 NZ Mural Contest and Arts Festival.  Fortunately it was purchased and donated back to the community so we are thrilled to have it in our collection. Arming the future generation with knowledge.  This mural depicts a child about to enter the future…

The Future Laid in the Past

70 Artist: John Ferguson Year: 2017 Winner of the themed sculpture competition from the NZ Mural Contest and Arts Festival 2017.  The theme was “Children are our future”. The title says it all.   Recycled farm and orchard implements, treasures of the past generations are thoughtfully laid down to form and support a future generation.  The…

Windows of Opportunity

69 Artist: Kerry and Jack Nicholson Year: 2017 Winner of the NZ Mural Contest and Arts Festival 2017.  The future of mankind will be made by our children.  100 children given the same opportunity will come up with 100 different paths that they alone must travel.  A child looking at the night sky may wonder…

Jurassic Paradise

68 Artist: Shane Walker, Mount Maunganui Year: 2017 The 2015 NZ Mural Contest was won by Shane Walker, this is his interpretation of the theme “Nga Taonga o Aotearoa – The Natural Treasure of New Zealand” .  Shane grew up in the Coromandel where he was influenced by its landscapes and all its inhabitants.  Part…

Kanohi Kitea – The Face of Many

67 Artist: Graham Hoete, Mr G, Tauranga Year: 2017 This mural was painted bu Graham Hoete, Known as Mr G.  It depicts local Taonga (treasure) Mable Wharekawa-Burt who was mad a Member of the NZ Order of Merit in 2009 for her service to performing arts and the community.  This mural is part of a…

Spirit of ANZAC

66 Artist: Todd Uttinger Poet: Mike Subritzky Artist: Steve Graveson, Waihi Year: 2016 As part of the communities WW1 celebrations this installation is based around the poem of Mike Subritzky, New Zealands leading war poet and Katikati born. He is the first New Zealand poet to have his war poetry read at Westminster Abbey (2004, by…