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The Godwit

'One of our most widely travelled birds...'

Full view of the Godwit Sculpture close up.A bronze figure set on a concrete pedestal and inscribed 'The Godwit', this sculpture was made by Frank Szirmay.


The godwit is one of New Zealand's most widely travelled birds, migrating to and from the wildlife reserve adjacent to the airfield. A stylised form of the godwit was the symbol of the former national airline, NAC.

New Zealand National Airways presented the sculpture to the Hawke's Bay Airport Authority in 1977 to mark the city's centennial and the carrier's 20th year of service to the region.

C W Mace
Date: 18.5.1977

D A Patterson

Godwit Sculpture images

Godwit Sculpture Location Map

At the approach to Hawke's Bay Airport, Napier


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