The Tara is still by far the most plentiful of the terns to be seen around the coastline diving into the sea feeding on small fish like pilchards and smelt that the kahawai have chased to the surface. Streamlined in appearance with pointed wings and forked tails, it is sometimes referred to as the “Sea Swallow”.
Up until 1979, the White-Fronted Tern bred only in New Zealand, despite large numbers flying to Australia in the autumn, they all returned in spring to their breeding colonies. Now records show that there are fewer breeding pairs and they are being forced to breed on small islands in Bass Strait between Tasmania and Australia. Their numbers are dwindling in New Zealand due to threats of stoats, hedgehogs, rats, dogs eating the eggs and killing the birds. The introduction of beach vehicles and foreshore development plus the decline in coastal fish stocks are not helping their survival efforts.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.
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