On any given day, the echoes of children running and calling out to each other as they race around the playground are fun to see as we walk alongside. What makes this area stand out even further is the outdoor art providing shade over the playground in the form of a Pohutukawa tree made from stainless steel by artist Kereama Taepa. The sculptures intention was to protect via shadow and nurture children’s imagination through their world of play.
Not far from the playground features tidal steps; these were opened the year previous to our full-time return to Tauranga at the end of 2018. A karakia and story about Tauranga have been built into the stairs, and you will be able to see different parts of this depending on the tide level. The beautiful Karakia o Mauao etched into the tidal steps, which approved for this use by local Tangata Whenua, tells how the mountain arrived at its present home at the water’s edge and how the features of the land and harbour were formed on its journey. The poem etched alongside the Karakia, written by artist Elliot Collins in English, tells a different story of the feeling and experiences you have on the waterfront now.
Many children and adults during summer can be seen enjoying the pier from the bombing platform.
Hairy Maclary sculptures
There are not many authors who have their beloved book characters set in bronze. A local author, Dame Lynley Dodd, was that fortunate one. Her characters are well known to anyone who enjoys rhyming language. The books are such fun to read and even more so if done alongside a visit to this sculpture. It is a fantastic addition to the family activities on Tauranga’s waterfront.
With these assets it has created a play area for a wide range of ages.
Linking with Jo’s Monday Walks