Cooney Lees Mor­gan gifts beau­ti­ful sun­shade for wa­ter­front play­ground


Five new tow­er­ing and flow­er­ing po­hutukawa ‘trees’ stand next to Tau­ranga’s pop­u­lar wa­ter­front play­ground to help pro­tect our city’s ta­mariki from the sun as they play in the sand­pit be­low.

The new sun­shade dou­bles as an at­trac­tive sculp­ture and was gifted by Cooney Lees Mor­gan as part of the law firm’s 100 year an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

“Cooney Lees Mor­gan has thrived as a re­sult of Tau­ranga’s growth and we wanted to do some­thing for the city to mark our cen­te­nary,” says Part­ner Scott Good­win. “We heard via Project Tau­ranga that the coun­cil were look­ing for some­one to part­ner with to spon­sor this sun­shade to trans­form it into a work of art and we’re de­lighted to help bring it to life.”

Pa­pamoa-based artist Kereama Taepa pro­duced half a dozen con­cep­tual de­signs and both Cooney Lees Mor­gan and Tau­ranga City Coun­cil were im­me­di­ately drawn to the series of po­hutukawa trees.

“Each tree has been made from marine-grade stain­less steel. The in­tri­cate pat­tern on each tree casts beau­ti­ful dap­pled shad­ows on the ground be­low keep­ing chil­dren out of the hot sun while they’re having fun in the sand­pit,” says Scott.

The open­ing cer­e­mony was held on Satur­day 1 Septem­ber, the first day of Spring. Shade was cer­tainly needed, with clear blue skies and a big crowd of peo­ple gath­er­ing on The Strand to en­joy the cel­e­bra­tory sausage siz­zle, sta ed by Cooney Lees Mor­gan with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Homes of Hope.

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