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.