Tamariki creates ‘sweet pēpi’ whale tail sculptures to promote ocean health

Credit / Whale Tales 2022

Eighty-two mini ‘Pēpi Pod’ tails designed by local students will join their whānau of large tail sculptures already in place on the WWF Whale Tales art trail in Tāmaki Makaurau today.

Pēpi Tails can now be spotted in 31 pods across the city.

Auckland’s tamariki took inspiration from Bryde’s whale of the Hauraki Gulf to create the ‘sweet baby tails’ collection, which WWF New Zealand CEO Livia Esterhazy says are a ‘delightful addition to the artistic journey that has captivated explorers of the city since January.

Credit / Whale Tales 2022

“These kids have created amazing and inventive tails that illustrate why they believe it is so important to restore and protect the Hauraki Gulf and the species that inhabit it,” Esterhazy says.

“What we all do today determines the health of the ocean our children will inherit.”

Earlier this year, Waikato-Tainui’s mana whenua hosted one of the WWF’s largest two-metre whale tails painted by local artists at the Auckland Rowing Club as a tribute to New Zealand’s first Olympic gold medalist Dudley Storey .

The Hauraki Gulf is one of only three places in the world to have a year-round resident population of Bryde’s whales, which Esterhazy says are “an indicator of ocean health.”


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