All the owls are finished and we are on the countdown to the big unveiling…!

The Haier Big Hoot Auckland 2018 has brought artists together with local businesses, schools and community groups to transform over 100 blank owl sculptures into imaginative, individual works of art – fondly known as

From the 3rd of March to mid-May 2018 the streets, parks, malls and public spaces in Auckland will be brought to life with parliaments of owls that demonstrate NZ’s creative talent and engage the public in a diverse array of art.

Making art fun and accessible for all ages, the 47 large owl-works – each a bespoke work of art, stand at 1.65m tall on The Haier Big Hoot Auckland 2018 art trail. Showcasing a range of Kiwi artists from across New Zealand along with a couple of International artists, these individually designed and unique works are sure to have an impact!

Offering great, free family entertainment exploring Auckland and tracking down each owl, which can be found using the trail map within the Big Hoot 2018 app – available to download from the App Store or Google Play, and the ability to collect rewards as you go.

At the end of the trail the 47 large owl-works will be auctioned off on Tuesday the 29th of May to then fly onto their next destination. All funds raised at the auction will go towards ensuring Child Cancer Foundation continues to provide practical, emotional and financial support to Kiwi kids with cancer and their families.

Joining the large owls on the art trail are smaller owlets (90cm) – designed by Auckland primary, intermediate and secondary school students.

We would like to thank all the artists for their incredible creativity, hard work and support of Child Cancer Foundation.  We can’t wait to walk the Haier Big Hoot trail in and around Auckland, and see all the stunning owl-works on display and people interacting with them!

Below is a list of artists and a little bit about them.


Andre Roth

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Anna Leyland

Anna Leyland is a full-time contemporary New Zealand artist. Utilising pattern making and symbolism, her works are a contemporary conversation... Read More

Bernie Harfleet & Donna Turtle Sarten

Bernie Harfleet and Donna Turtle Sarten are artists known for their social-political art practices. Their work examines aspects of society... Read More

Biljana Snjegota

Biljana Snjegota is an artist with an impressive background. She is a professional academic painter and graphic designer who has... Read More

Byron Romer

Byron Romer is an Auckland-based artist with a background in portraiture, illustration and mural painting. His most recent work has... Read More

Carmel McCormick

Carmel McCormick is a professional artist in Auckland who works with many mediums – creating murals, canvas paintings and specialising... Read More

Charles & Janine Williams

Charles and Janine Williams are full-time professional urban artists. Working and travelling extensively throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand) and around the... Read More

Claire Rye

Claire Rye is a mural painter originally from the UK and now based in Dunedin. She studied fine art at... Read More

Dick Frizzell

Dick Frizzell is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated painters. Having studied Fine Arts (Ilam School of Fine Arts, University... Read More

Ema Frost

Ema Frost burst onto the Auckland art scene in 2010 and has been captivating her fans with her unique style... Read More

Erika Pearce

Erika Pearce is a multi-disciplined artist, illustrator and designer from Auckland, New Zealand. As a lover of the sun and... Read More

Fane Flaws

Fane Flaws has been exhibiting throughout Australia and New Zealand in various solo and group shows since 1981. His work... Read More

Fifi Colston

Award Winner Fifi Colston, is a children’s book author illustrator of more than 30 children’s books, and veteran designer in... Read More


An aerosol and stencil artist with a fine art degree, Flox first made her mark on the inner cityscape of... Read More

Grace Wright

Grace Wright graduated from Elam School of fine arts in 2014. She has since held multiple solo and group exhibitions... Read More

Greer Clayton

Kiwi born Greer Clayton was born in Dunedin and graduated from Elam Art School in Auckland with a Bachelor of... Read More

Jeff Thomson

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Jenna Brockett

Jenna Brockett is an artist living in Auckland, NZ. She has a background in graphic design, photo retouching, toy design... Read More

Jenny Leonard

Jenny Leonard is a community driven London-based commission artist, who is always pursuing collaborative art projects that bring people together.... Read More

Jeremy Sauzier

Jeremy Sauzier is a Christchurch based artist working primarily on public projects that often include a level of public participation.... Read More

Jessica Pearless

Jessica Pearless is an Auckland based painter and site responsive installation artist working in an abstract style. Jessica holds a... Read More

John Unasa

A New Zealand born Samoan, John is an artist who explores culture and identity through his work. Through paintings of... Read More

Jonathan Organ

Jonathan Organ is an Auckland-based painter and sculptor. Jonathan holds a Masters of Fine Arts with first class honours Elam,... Read More

Josh Menheere – Muchu

Josh is an international mural and street artist. Originally from Melbourne, Josh has been making murals and street art since... Read More

Juliet Best

Juliet Best is a professional full-time artist and gallery co-owner. Juliet’s latest paintings include strong horizon lines and my ongoing... Read More

Justine Ottey

Justine Ottey is a Christchurch-based artist and community arts coordinator. She works alongside small and large groups to produce collaborative... Read More

Kate Hursthouse

Kate Hursthouse is an artist, illustrator and designer specialising in calligraphy, lettering, illustrating and typography. Kate’s typographic works take on... Read More

Kelly Spencer

Kelly Spencer is a freelance graphic artist based in Wellington, NZ, with a tendency to travel and is best known... Read More

Mandii Pope

Kiwi born, London-based artist Mandii Pope has held exhibitions I Europe and the UK including significant solo exhibitions in Cork... Read More

Matt McLarty

Matt McLarty is a Sydney based artist and photographer. His painted works often feature bold colours in a simplistic abstract... Read More

Mauricio Benega

Born in Sao Paulo (Brazil), Mauricio Benega moved to NZ in 2004 and now lives and works as a full-time... Read More

Nixon Garcia

Nixon Garcia is an animation graduate born in Wellington, and is now based in Auckland. Nixon has been drawing since... Read More

Peata Larkin

Peata Larkin is a graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University and Master of Fine Arts from RMIT,... Read More

Rachel Silver

Rachel Silver is a Wellington born and based visual artist/designer, specialising in community mosaics. She creates unique and vibrant site... Read More

Rogan James

Rogan James has always been a creative flair. She has taught Art and Design for 13 years at various Secondary... Read More

Sam Mathers

Sam Mathers grew up in Raglan, New Zealand. He Has travelled and lived all over the world working as a... Read More

Sarina Dickson

Sarina is a Christchurch-based writer, teacher, artist and mother of three. She is passionate about the regeneration of Christchurch, education... Read More

Sean Duffell

Sean Duffell is a full-time Wellington based Graphic Artist, predominantly painting commissioned large-scale walls in public and private spaces. Sean... Read More

Shane Walker

Shane Walker is a multi-disciplined, self-taught artist based in Mt Maunganui. His artworks range from landscape, portraiture through to the... Read More

Taren Ouk

Taren Ouk is a freelance artist of Cambodian descent living in Auckland, New Zealand. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in... Read More

The Hits Breakfast Crew & Paul Walsh

Created by the Breakfast crew of Sarah, Sam and Toni at The Hits radio station, in conjunction with Paul Walsh,... Read More

Tiger Willis

Tiger is an artist from west Auckland with a love for bright colours and bold designs. She finds inspiration in... Read More

Troy Gutry

Troy Gutry hails from an exotic childhood. Growing up under the lush palms of the Fijian Islands and later amongst... Read More

Wayne Youle

Wayne Youle was born in Porirua and is of Nga Puhi, Ngati Whakaeke and Pakeha descent. He was the recipient... Read More

Weilun Ha

Weilun Ha is a Vietnam-born Chinese New Zealander. He holds a master’s of architecture degree from the University of Auckland.... Read More

Yolanda Bartram

Yolanda Bartram was born in the Netherlands and came to New Zealand at the age of 19 with her family.... Read More