The carving was created for the centenary commemorations of ANZAC. It features the ANZAC logo, several stars to represent our flags, a fighting warrior (Tūmatauenga), a strong woman (wāhine toa), and the tide controller, Tangaroa. It also features the phrase 'Lest We Forget'.
|Location||Tokoroa Memorial Sportsground|
|Materials||Marine grade treated pine and paua|
|Definition of Name||ANZAC - Australian and New Zealand Army Corps|
|Definition Interpretation||The corps were created early in the Great War of 1914-18, when the New Zealand and Australian troops landed on the shores of Gallipoli and is now used to refer to any Australian or New Zealander who fought in the first world war.|
The artist of this piece is Ronnie Hohaia Grey, a Māori carver who blends traditional and contemporary influences within his work. Originally from Ngāruwāhia, he spent three years studying carving in Huntly at a diploma level, plus an additional three years completing a degree in the art of Māori traditional carving.