Public Art : Harawene Memorial
Sculptor : © Trevor Nathan (Tangata Whenua)
Description : A bronze statue of a dog perched
on a large rock in honor of a stray terrier cross who lived along Te Ngae Rd.
Date Unveiled : The Harawene Memorial was unveiled in
Location : The statue of the much loved pooch can be
found along Te Ngae Rd (near Robinson Avenue), Rotorua, New Zealand.
Cost : The memorial was funded by the locals.
Who was Harawene? : Harawene was a little stray dog
who made her home along the Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua's most busiest highway, in the early 1990's after she ran away
from her Tokoroa family when they came to Rotorua. Over the years the little terrier cross became an icon for
the area, forever keeping vigil along the road, watching the cars going by. Sadly around the 29th of April, 2008
she went missing (feared dead) sending locals into weeks of mourning. Her little kennel, which stood along Te Ngae
Rd, was soon covered in flowers and letters of condolences by distraught locals. The land where Harawene lived is
owned by Ngati Whakaue Tribal Lands who proudly boasted she was their "tenant for 15 years" and were keen for a
memorial to be erected, a permanent thank you to a little dog who gave so much joy to so many people.
Ironically, despite Harawene running off whenever anyone tried to get close to her, it never stopped people
doting on her by leaving food. Steve Brown and Gloria Jennings were two of the locals who fed the car watching
dog. Sadly Steve Brown spotted the remains of what he thought was a cat or possum on the busy road but on further
inspection believes it was probably the remains of Harawene. If it was in fact the world famous dog it is now
resting in peace in Mr Borwn's garden.
A community's best friend.
Tributes : Here are a few tributes paid to by those
touched by Harawene's death ...
Mayor Kevin Winters : "I've often seen it trotting along in the paddock. She was a real icon of
Rotorua and she has received a lot of love from people who live here."
Admirer: "an independent wee soul who enjoyed her own company"
In Memory of
A memorial of affection
a treasured pet of the people of Rotorua
He tohu aroha maumahara mo Harwene.
He mokai o te iwi o Rotorua.
29 April 2008