Tag Archives: Children

An eggciting new project


Late last year I was approached by Starship Foundation (along with a bunch of other well known New Zealand artists and designers including  Greg O’Brien, John Reynolds, John Pule, Dick Frizzell, Max Gimblett, Karl Maughan, David Trubridge, Nigel Brown, Seraphine Pick, Hannah Jensen, Dame Trelise Cooper and Denise L’Estrange-Corbet.) and asked if I would decorate a giant fibreglass egg which would be auctioned off to raise money for the hospital.

This Easter the eggs will be hidden across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for 33 days, from 21 March to 22 April and members of the public will be able to join the egg hunt either for fun or to compete for the currently under-wraps grand prize. The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt will raise funds for the Starship Foundation, a charity supporting the national children’s hospital to provide world-leading care for almost 120,000 patient visits each year. All 100 eggs will be auctioned off for Starship – 80 of them on Trade Me, and 20 of them at a gala event in April.

I can’t reveal the design of my egg until next week but I can show you the photo I took of it on Seatoun Beach before I started painting on it (see above).

Watch this space for more news – I will update when I can show the finished egg.

Get involved – It is a fantastic cause!

More about the project:
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About the Starship Foundation: Starship is New Zealand’s national children’s hospital. There are nearly 120,000 patient visits to Starship Children’s Health every year by children from all over New Zealand.

Guy – Updated gallery

View Guy slideshowFor the past eight years the small seaside community of Breaker Bay has been gathering in November each year to celebrate Guy Fawkes .

For many in the community this is an opportunity to get together with families and celebrate living in such a unique community. A bonfire is lit, the guy making competition is judged before lighting the guys and setting off fireworks. One year a troupe of fire dancers also came to entertain the crowd.

Photographically it is a fantastic opportunity to capture some very human moments between community, children and parents. There is something so primal about gathering around a fire and in many of the shots you can see the mixture of fear and joy in the eyes of the children. Long may this remain an ongoing project.

Obviously some of these images have been around for a while but I have updated the slideshow to work on ipads etc

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Children can be so resourceful

What do creative children do when they want to video themselves jumping on a trampoline? They tape their ipod to the netting of course. I loved the colour and double image I observed as my kids played.