Topic: Stone Carvings in Tauranga City
A walk through the city of Tauranga will reveal a number of stone carvings.
- The water urn or gourd was carved out of Hinuera stone by Master Carver Tuti Tukaokao. It is positioned on the corner of Spring Street and Grey Street.
- Called “Te Taha a Taurikura” the gourd relates to the story of a young girl, Taurikura. Her grandfather asked her to fetch water for him, but she refused. Then, ashamed of her behaviour, she left her home and swam down the river to the harbour, changing into a lizard as she went. By the end of her journey at Karewa Island she had become a tuatara, the ancestress of all the tuatara who live there today.
- “Whakakotahi (Unity)” this sculpture forms part of the waterfront fountain located next to the railway track where Spring Street meets The Strand. Artist Pam Griffin and sculptor Trevor Heighway created this piece in 1988 as part of the State Insurance 15th Anniversary.
- The side of the fountain nearest the car park represents Te Ika a Maui. It was carved by Tuti Tukaokao.
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