Tane - God of the Forest Sculpture
Public Art : Tane - God of the Forest sculpture
Sculptor : © Jason Hina
Description : A 1m high stone carving
Date Unveiled : 1992
God of the forest
Sculptor - Jason Hina
Presented to Matamata
from local community donations
Controversy : In 1997 a family demanded the Tane
statue be removed from land they had bought because it conflicted with their Christian values. In response the
Matamata Sculpture Symposium Society, who originally had put it there, organised for it to be placed
in storage until they could find an alternative location.
Who is Tane? : Tane is believed by the Maori to be
the divinity of the life force that created forests.