The Sculpture Trail

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Te Kakano The Seed, Town Basin Whangarei

© Minette Hanekom

Discover Whangarei, through the heart and creativity of its artists. Many of these public works are a response from the artists to Whangarei – the place and the people, the history and the environment and in their own each unique way, are a celebrations of the Whangarei District.

1. Te Kakano (The Seed)
Te Kakano is architectural sculpture in the shape of a koru using all the elements of Hundertwasser’s style. It has been created to give builders and artists the opportunity to adapt their skills for the construction of the Hundertwasser Art Centre (HAC) with Wairau Maori Art Gallery. The HAC will be 100 times the size of Te Kakano and this art centre will be the last authentic Hundertwasser construction in the world. The current Northland Harbour Board Building (the white and green building behind Te Kakano) at the Town Basin will be transformed into an artwork on a grand scale. The HAC will contain two world class galleries: The Hundertwasser Gallery and the Wairau Maori Art Gallery. The Hundertwasser Gallery will house 50 original Hundertwasser works, one of only two such galleries in the world. The Wairau Maori Art Gallery will be the world’s first and only art gallery dedicated solely to Contemporary Maori Art.

2. Kaitiaki
Manos Nathan, 2002. Fired clay.
A two metre tall figure conveying both welcome and guardianship, the meaning of Kaitiaki, to Whangarei Art Museum. 

3. Parihaka
Sandra Meyst, 2010. Oamaru stone.

4. Te Rongopai
Brothers Thomas, Stanford and George Wihongi, 2000. Carved totora.
Te Rongopai symbolises the settlement of Whangarei and represents the early interaction between Maori and Pakeha inhabitants. It is a multi-cultural portrayal of the community, with the two figures represented in a contemporary style, rather than strictly traditional. 

Sculpture Trail,Town Basin

The Legend of Reitu & Reipae, Punga and Wave & Waka, stunning works of art seen on the Sculpture Trail at the Town Basin

5. The Ghost Moth
Warren Viscoe, 2004. Sheet aluminium and wood.
Reflecting the persistence of nature, along with the rhythm, balance and symmetry of the building at Cafler Park it was originally designed for. 

6. Sentinel 2000
Charlotte Fisher, 2000. Bronze and stone.
In celebration of the millennium, this work alludes to peoples long past who inhabited this place - both indigenous Maori and colonising Pakeha. The forms are also evocative of the qualities of boats; textures in bronze of the ripples in the nearby river. 

7. Lottie
Kap Pothan, 1989. Paradise sandstone.
Reyburn House is the oldest surviving settlers’ house in Whangarei and home to the Northland Society of Arts. This sculpture commemorates Charlotte (Lottie) Reyburn, the first child born to the Reyburn family in New Zealand.

8. Punga
Kim Groeneveld and Trent Morgan, 2011. Pine poles, corten steel, rope, stainless steel.
Representing the history and presence of local Maori with its form referencing a hinaki (eel trap), while the poles, steel and rope pay homage to the area’s current incarnation as a marina. 

9. Kaitiaki Manu
Rex O’Brien, 2016. Maungatapere basalt.
This kukupa (pigeon) shaped piece is a response to the first people arriving in New Zealand and the impact this had, “Kaitiaki Manu flying on the winds of change”.

10. Aurere - Journey of the Waka
Anna Korver, 2012. Takaka marble, basalt base.
The story of the journey and the balance and protection found between the people, the land and the birds. 

11. Dobbie Canopy 
Trish Clarke, 2011. Stainless steel.
Based on the local flora of the area this canopy reflects the work of author and fern collector H.B. Dobbie who in 1910 donated 122 acres of land on the face of Parihaka to the Whangarei Borough Council to enable the area to be enjoyed by all. 

12. Hei Matau
Nigel Scanlon, 2014. Puhipuhi and Whakapara basalt.
A reimagination of the hook in different textures. Both of the basalts used in the sculpture were sourced from the same mountain near Whakapara. 

13. Legend of Reitu and Reipae
John Ioane, 2011, Macrocapa wood, epoxy resin.
Reitu and Reipae were twin sisters from the Waikato region who fell in love with the young Chieftain/Ueoneone. Read how this love story plays out on the panels that are part of the Heritage Trail along the Hatea Loop.

14. Landfall
Justin Murfitt, 2011, Concrete, reinforcing steel.
Forms that mimic seabirds landing, providing a sense of movement and arrival. 

Stroll the Hatea Loop and enjoy the Sculpture Trail along the way.
Stroll the Hatea Loop and enjoy the Sculpture Trail along the way.

Neville Parker, 2011. Steel pipe, cut and then carved.
SWIRL depicts a natural event in the marine environment, the coming together of a community of fish to feed; SWIRL invites us to consider the strength and power available to us all when we work together

16. Wave and Waka
Chris Booth and Te Warihi Hetaraka, 2003. Carved and suspended stone.
An enduring symbol of partnership for Aotearoa, waka and immense stone wave forms rise from the Hatea River onto the shore, against the changing backdrop of harbour, hills, Mount Parihaka - New Zealand’s largest Maori pa site and the contemporary skyline. A landmark welcoming visitors arriving by sea, land and air.

Download the Whangarei Sculpture & Art brochure for information about the Sculpture Trail and other public works of art