Te Pūatatangi ki Te Ika a Māui
The 5.2-metre-high cast bronze sculpture, called Te Pūatatangi ki Te Ika a Māui or Dawn Chorus on the Fish of Māui was created by celebrated artist Paul Dibble.
After more than a decade in development, it was unveiled and blessed by Rāngitane o Manawatū and stands at the entrance of Wildbase.
Dibble drew inspiration from the legend of Māui fishing up the North Island. The fish's large lips are holding up a piece of land from which a leafy tree stands, full of NZ birds.
(c) Dominic Scott 2020