Tokoroa’s Talking Poles were first suggested in 1996 as a feature for the town’s retail area.
The project was enthusiastically supported by residents and to date, 46 poles are on display. Eventually, there will be over 60 arranged in a trail, mainly around the central shopping area. The Talking Poles project aims to depict the variety of cultures in our community. Because of our forestry heritage, many of the poles are made from pine and other local woods. However, mediums such as ceramic and steel are also used.