The Swallow first settled in New Zealand from his Australian homeland as recently as 1958 when the first nests were recorded in the north of the North Island. Before that date there had been the odd straggler across the Tasman sea, but in 1958 apparently enough birds arrived to be able to breed successfully. Today they can be seen almost anywhere in New Zealand. To the ancient Greeks the Swallow was a friend of the house gods and was thought to bring good luck to the house selected to build their neat little nests of mud and feathers. Anyone who harmed him, it was believed could suffer ill fortune.
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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