Festivals And Events Around The Hokianga

2013 September 14th – Unveiling of The New Bronze OPO Statue

It will be in the same position as the original, in front of the Opononi Hotel.

The new bronze statue was cast from the original stone statue, which was damaged, possibly deliberately, in October 2011.  The stone statue has been restored, and is now housed at the Historical Society Museum at Omapere.  Local resident Les Stewart put the head back on the broken statue shortly after it was damaged, and Auckland stone mason Chris Allen did the rest of the restoration at no cost.  The stone statue was made by Russell Clark, and has been valued at $65,000.  It has significant historic and artistic value.

“Opo”  was a bottlenose dolphin that became famous throughout New Zealand during the summer of 1955-56 for playing with the children of the small town of Opononi on the Hokianga Harbour. The dolphin became a local celebrity but news of her soon spread, and visitors from throughout the country would come to watch her.  On 8th March 1956 official protection for Opo, requested by locals, was made law; but on 9th March she was found dead in a rock crevice at Koutu Point”.  [Wikipedia]

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