Sacred Taonga

The Details

Name - Sacred Taonga

Location - Papakura Town Centre

Created By - Pascal Atiga, né Bridger-Wharepapa | Tainui, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui

Sponsor - Papakura Business Association

Design Inspiration

This Whale Tail design speaks of the relationship between the whale and the kauri tree. In Māori mythology, Tāne, god of the forest, gifted the whale to Tangaroa, god of the sea; this is how the kauri tree has its distinct scales for bark. This is exhibited on the sculpture through symmetrical design, with the colour blue representing the Hauraki Gulf.

Whale Tales 2022 Art Trail