This design was inspired by the beauty of the South Island and the important role it has for our economy, tourism and sustainability.
Wongi says "the river you see represents our waterways and the high quality of resources we receive from it. The mountains and the boot represent hiking, climbing, camping, tramping and the many outdoor pursuits on offer to residents and visitors in our part of the world. I chose the peach to show growth and sustainable farming, and the flax and the kowhai to represent the flora of our island and the natural beauty growing around us here. The Maori sun represents the importance of nature and people working together to preserve and enjoy the land."
This design was inspired by the natural resources our ocean provides, the depth of its natural assets that live within and the enjoyment it gives to everyone in New Zealand.
Wongi says "the Paua shell is a kiwi icon and represents the beauty of the sea, as well as the gifts it gives others. The goggles, snorkel and flipper signify our amazing water sports and activities which residents and visitors enjoy here. The Yellow Eyed Penguin is a native endangered species, representing the wilder waters further South, while the octopus and whale’s tail represent the natural assets and the underwater life not so often seen in our ocean. The Maori moon represents the cultural and natural importance of our ocean, and the relationship between the two."
This design was inspired by activities, events, culture and nature that makes Christchurch unique for both residents and tourists alike to explore.
Wongi says "the cyclist represents the many nature-based activities found minutes from our city centre. Margaret Mahy Playground is the centrepiece as one of the most recognisable and popular aspects of the new city, plus it was inspired by locals. I incorporated the little girl from one of my favourite pieces, my Hide and Seek mural on Manchester Street, to represent the prominent arts scene in this city. The Avon River and many parks connect with the city and features here through the intertwining trees, river and stones. The Botanic D’Lights is represented on the Canterbury Museum as a hero event of the city that showcases this important heritage building every year. The sneaker reminds us all of the vast amount of exploring we can do through the city, ranging from street art tours, cafes, laneways, shopping and more."