The sculpture is a dedication to the extinct bird Te Hōkioi. The Te Hōkioi bird was an extremely powerful bird as well as a large hawk, with its resting place on mountain tops. The bird had beautiful red, black and white colouring, with feathers of various colours including green and yellow. The bird was said to be as big as the Moa, rivalling the hawk. The bird is commonly seen and heard of in Māori legends as a spectacular bird of prey that could be beautifully colourful. This piece of artwork is to acknowledge and remember this magnificent bird, and helping to teach the children of the community the past times of our ancestors.
|Location||Roslin Street children's play area|
|Materials||Tōtara, on concrete plinth.|
|Definition of Name||Te Hōkioi - Te Hōkioi was a bird with talons as big as panther's paws. Also known as the Haast's eagle, it became extinct around 500 years ago when humans killed its main prey, the moa.|
|Definition Interpretation||An extinct bird that can be reflected on by youth in conjunction with past culture and ancestral traditions.|