EVENTS – PAST and PRESENT
The Big Hoot has arrived in K' Road!
If you've been around Beresford Square over the last week, you'll probably have noticed a new addition to the area. Painted by Serbian/New Zealand based artist Biljana Snjegota, the owl 'Happy Days' is part of the Big Hoot Auckland 2018.
'Happy Days' is one of 47 owls that have been decorated by New Zealand artists and planted in various locations around Auckland as a fundraising project to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation. People are encouraged to find the owls using an app or online map and share photos of themselves with the owls on social media.
The Beresford Square owl Happy Days represents “a desire for a better and happier life for kids" and is based on Biljana's style of abstract expressionism with energetic colours."
As part of an international series of public art projects, the Big Hoot is the biggest public art trail in Auckland. Artists involved include Dick Frizzell, Jeff Thomson, Flox, Peata Larkin, Weilun Ha and Charles & Janine Williams.
When the project ends on May 6 the owls will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Child Cancer Foundation.
Find out more at www.thebighoot.co.nz
Walk 2 Work Day
Walking along, breathing in fresh air (ie fresh air laced with bus and car fumes) is a good way to keep fit and clear my head on the way to work, so I often get off the bus early and walk the last 20 to 30 minutes.
Last Tuesday (March 14) there was an extra bonus to walking - a free breakfast was on offer on the corner of K' Road and Symonds St Pigeon Park between 7am and 9am for all walkers who filled in a survey on how and why they walk to work. By the end of the day Walk Auckland had received 190 responses from the K' Road/Symonds St space. Good K' Road walkers!
Walk 2 Work Day is organised by Walk Auckland to promote walking friendly communities and the rights of people to walk with independence, comfort and safety.
They want to see more people walking and enjoying public spaces “be they young or old, fast or slow, whether walking, sitting, commuting, shopping, between appointments, or out on the streets for exercise, for leisure or for pleasure".
Although I had already had breakfast, I stopped to provide moral support and fill in a short survey about how and why I walk to work.
If you know of organisations or individuals doing great things to promote walking in Auckland, why not nominate them for the Golden Foot Walking Awards.
Dropping into this event highlighted to me the walking activities happening throughout Auckland and the range of information about great walking routes around the city. Find out more here: http://www.livingstreets.org.nz/walk2work .
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