Giant kiwis come to stay for Christmas in Tauranga

The ‘Birds of Lumos’ feature more than 10,800 cable ties and will be in Red Square, Downtown Tauranga. Photos: John Borren/SunLive.

New Zealand’s beloved native bird takes centre stage in the Trustpower Toi Tauranga Festival for Christmas with the arrival of Rowi and her chick in Red Square Downtown Tauranga. 

Mainstreet manager Millie Pidwell says the ‘Birds of Lumos’ as they’re known have graced light festivals across Australia and New Zealand and it’s a privilege to have them here in Tauranga.

“As our star attraction of the festival, this two and a half metre high art and light installation combines elements of Steampunk and light and features more than 10,800 cable ties with constantly changing light patterns that transform the sculpture.”

Adding to the installation is another art piece overhead that is known as the Love Birds.

Millie says the Christmas installation celebrates everything that makes us quintessentially Kiwi.

“This art and light installation pays homage to our beloved kiwi but also to all things Kiwi. It reminds us of the importance of care and respect for our environment and each other.  What’s more it’s just jaw droppingly beautiful and, based on its success in other cities, we know it will be an attraction for the public and a great photo op to boot.”

Mainstreet Tauranga has a full line up of attractions and events to add to the Christmas Festival.

“Every Saturday morning, from tomorrow until Christmas, we have Santa and live shows (10am – 12noon) in Red Square starting with the Tauranga Salvation Army Band, Bay Twisters, City of Tauranga Pipe Band and Tauranga Filipino Society tomorrow.

Plus there’s the giant Advent Calendar, an Open Air Movie Night on December 12 and a Kiwi Treasure Hunt for the kids… and that’s just for starters.”

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Out of Control

Posted on 27-11-2020 19:19 | By Accountable

This affair proves that the Tauranga Mainstreet is not in touch with its members and the reason that organisation exists. Their manifesto is to bring more people in to the CBD to support all the businesses that actually pay for the costs of running the Mainstreet Inc and its contractor Tuskany. Why would they waste members money on a light show or in fact any show that is only going to produce its full potential after dark and when 85% of the members businesses are closed. They will say the city is for every one and I don’t disagree but the retailers cannot afford to pay to entertain everybody when there is no advantage to them and only the hospitality industry benefits from the hard work of the retailers. This shows that the Mainstreet board and its contractor are giving 85% of their members the big finger!


Posted on 27-11-2020 15:27 | By

Millie says the Christmas installation celebrates everything that makes us quintessentially Kiwi . . . 10,800 cable ties . . . yippee