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A gift to our community – Taumanu’s new sculpture


A new sculpture holds pride of place down at the water’s edge at Taumanu. Brick Wave, by artist Peter Lange MNZM, has been gifted to the people of Auckland by Onehunga resident, the late Patricia Church.  

It is a fitting place for the sculpture, as Mrs Church was a keen advocate for the regeneration of Onehunga’s foreshore. She followed its development closely and her daughter, Imelda Sheeran, says her mother would be “absolutely thrilled” to see what Taumanu has become now.


Mrs Church, who originally trained as a nurse, gave back to the community with a great deal of volunteer work. She was closely involved in helping new immigrants, and teaching English as a second language. She was also creative, “an artsy person”, says her daughter, and she was particularly interested in fine, porcelain ceramics. 

Imelda says that her mother expressed a wish to leave something lasting for people to enjoy after she died, and she commissioned the sculpture so that it could be placed at Taumanu, as it is a place where the community spends a lot of time. She suggested commissioning the piece by ceramicist, Peter Lange, who is considered a leading figure in the New Zealand ceramics and pottery scene.  

The sculpture, made of brick, is not just a piece of art. It is also a bench facing out to sea, so people can also enjoy it on a practical level. Its wave-like design also fits in well with its environment – the award-winning nature-based design of Taumanu Reserve. 

The sculpture was unveiled at a private ceremony in early March, and Imelda says the ceremony was “gorgeous.”  

“We are hugely grateful to Peter, bringing it to fruition. We’re thrilled, and mum would be too. We hope the community gets lots of enjoyment from it.” 










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