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Site needed on Waiheke for gifted sculpture

Published: 26 November 2018

Sculpture on the Gulf is gifting a 14-metre-high sculpture to Waiheke Island.

Manuēsina - White Bird and White Angel by Tongan Artist Semisi Potauaine is based on a traditional Tongan design that represents two birds flying, reflecting the role of Tāmaki Makaurau in the Pacific.

The sculpture is currently on show as part of the Sculpture on the Gulf event.

Now, Waiheke Local Board needs to know which of two proposed sites should be home to the work of art.

The proposed sites are the Nick Johnston Drive lookout, and Alison Park.

Board chair Cath Handley says it is a generous gesture and the public should have the chance for input into where it stands.

“The sculpture will have to go on a concrete base but because of the materials used it is not expected to need significant ongoing maintenance.

“Sculpture on the Gulf is covering transportation and most of the installation, and the board consent and foundation costs, which we can’t be certain of until a site has been agreed but will be around $10,000.”

Installation will still go through a consent process, including iwi consultation and landowner approval.

“We are consulting through a feedback form on which site is preferred, or indeed if people want it somewhere else,” Ms Handley says.

You can give feedback here or by scanning the form and emailing it to

Alternatively, complete the form and mail it to Auckland Council, Proposed Manuēsina Sculpture, Freepost, Private Bag 92300, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.

Feedback is open until 7 December.

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