The Big Hoot lands in Onehunga

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The Haier Big Hoot is a public art trail around Auckland from 3 March – 6 May 2018. 47 owls uniquely decorated by kiwi artists are dotted around the city to form a trail for keen birdwatchers to track.

Onehunga is a proud participant in the Big Hoot with two owls and two owlets in our neighbourhood. Visit the owls, enter their code and go into the draw to win a brand new eBike sponsored by Onehunga Business Association and Dress-Smart. Enter your codes here.

This event is a fundraiser for the Child Cancer Foundation and in May the birds will fly off to be auctioned. Onehunga is running a Givealittle campaign to keep our GOWLdi owl forever. Please consider contributing.

Artist profiles: 

Rachel Silver is a Wellington-born and based visual artist/designer, specialising in community mosaics. She creates unique and vibrant site-specific art including murals, pathways, seating and sculptural features. Her passion for learning and zest for creative collaborations has resulted in extensive travels to all corners of the globe. Rachel is committed to building partnerships with local communities on educational and social projects with a focus on urban art combining traditional and urban mosaic techniques.

Tiger Willis is an artist from West Auckland with a love for bright colours and bold designs. She finds inspiration in the beauty, growth and decay of nature, and her long-time favourite artists Frida Kahlo and Alphonse Mucha. With a degree in sociology and psychology, Tiger has an interest in people and society, which translates into portraits filled with emotion and a precarious balance between power and powerlessness. Working most often with paint and pencil, Tiger’s work also extends to woodcut prints, mosaics, and sculpture.


School holiday colouring-in competition

Drop off your completed entry between 9-30 April to either Onehunga Business Association, Dress-Smart Management Office or the Onehunga Community Library.

Download an entry form or pick one up from any of those locations.

WIN: a copy of your design printed on a t-shirt, a copy of Manu’s Journey and a plushie.

There are four prizes: one each for ages under 5, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 years.


Dress-Smart Onehunga is also a proud sponsor of two owlets that have been decorated by Onehunga Primary School. These babies will be returned to their nest in May where they will learn to grow and prosper.

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