Sculptures set for park

Sep 6th, 2019 | By | Category: Latest News, Local Events

A unique combination of sculpture and seating is set to make the central Tamahere Park a must visit.

Renowned Tamahere sculptor Marti Wong has so far created three one-of-a-kind park seats thanks to the generous sponsorship of other residents.

Sculptor Marti Wong in his workshop with one of the completed park benches in a steam punk theme.

So far, a steam punk-themed bench seat has been completed along with one titled huia feather and another depicting Mt Pirongia.

Wong also has plans for a hawk-style bench and a nest, with four of the five seats attracting financial support and the artist donating the fifth.

Wong’s fertile mind is bubbling with other ideas such as an angel, a tree, geometric shapes, and a seat in wrought iron in a French style.

“The options are limitless,” he says of the seats which will be placed in the park as a practical sculpture walk – a combo of art and resting place for the weary.

More seats are needed for the park, bounded by Devine Rd, Wiremu Tamihana Drive and Airport Rd, and there are a range of sponsorship options available for anyone who wants to support the provision of park furniture. A range of other seat styles are on offer.

Inquiries can be made to Tamahere councillor Aksel Bech (email: or Waikato District Council funding and partnership manager Nick Johnston (email:

Donations are being welcomed in amounts ranging from $5 to $20,000+ with donors giving from $1000 up acknowledged in park signs and sponsors giving from $1800 up offered a plaque or engraving on a bench.

Donations can have charitable tax credit status as they can be channelled through Momentum Waikato.

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One Comment to “Sculptures set for park”

  1. Aksel Bech says:

    I am really looking forward to seeing these park seats installed, along with more conventional seating forms. The new Tamahere Park is a community space we can all be proud of -and is being extensively used. Nick Johnstone from Council or I are both happy to discuss how other locals can support this initiative (our email contacts are stated above) -and also acknowledgement of the Tamahere Lions who are working toward installing a community BBQ on the concrete pad opposite the temporary toilets in the Park: my thanks to them also! Aksel.

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