Whale Tales Art Experience

"Tīkapa Moana" by Ellaquaint, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi. Location: Harbour Bridge Lookout

WWF Whale Tales Art Trail

This unique community art and conservation event ran from January to April 2022 in Tāmaki Makaurau, with a trail of unique and stunning whale tail sculptures, designed by artists and children.

Although the event is now finished, the stories, photos and resources can provide inspiration for kaiako to think about how art can be a powerful tool for connecting young people and their whānau with environmental issues and solutions.

Inspired by the Bryde’s Whale (pronounced 'brooders'), the 80 Big Broos (large tail sculptures) and 80 Pēpi (mini tail sculptures designed and painted by tamariki) were displayed around Auckland’s streets, parks, and open spaces to provide residents and visitors a fresh opportunity to explore the City of Sails.

The legacy of Whale Tales will continue long after the fun of the trail has ended with the sculptures being auctioned to raise significant funds to power the vital work WWF-New Zealand does to look after our moana and her marine life throughout Aotearoa, particularly in and around the Hauraki Gulf.

                 Some examples of the tails are shown above. Visit the website for artist information.
Resources for Schools

Educational Video Series: Visit the Whale Tales website to find school resources, including a series of videos about whales.

Create your own Whale Sculptures. Ākonga might be interested in creating their own sculpture or art project related to our marine mammals. For tips on making and caring for sculptures, and some facts about whales, check out the Whale Tales Resource Pack.

World of Whales Educational Kit: Project Jonah are committed to spreading their animal welfare message to as many people as possible, so are proud to offer this resource to schools. Visit their website to find out more and order a copy for $10.