THE NEW ZEALAND TUNNELLERS COMPANY 3/7/2017
Above - The Pick and Shovel Men exhibit is part of WW100 Tauranga's From Tauranga to the Trenches Series.
THE PICK AND SHOVEL MEN is a mobile exhibit that explores the history of The NZ Tunnellers Company during the World War One Battle of Arras in France.Displayed in two shipping containers on Seddon Street this was the opportunity for locals to learn about the Waihi connection to a piece of our history that has now been uncovered.
In conjunction with the display a crowd gathered to Welcome Home a life size statue of Our Soldier at The Tunnellers Memorial area next to lake Gilmour.
NICK BRUMDER from the Waihi Metal Studio first created a T shaped 7.5 meter structure in memory of the men who served with The NZ Tunnellers Company.This statue is his second sculpture that he affectionately calls Rangi.
Both community driven projects were the combined efforts of WW100 Tauranga - Waihi Heritage Vision - Hauraki District Council - Waihi Memorial RSA - Waihi Lions Club and The Waihi Arts Centre and Museum.
Text: Sue Baker Wilson / Anthony Byledbal / Glyn Harper
Images: Shirley Arabin / Wayne Barrar
Alexander Turnbull Library / Tauranga Heritage Collection
for more information - nzetc.co.nz