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The Big Hoot Auckland 2018


Stonewood Homes proudly sponsors The Big Hoot Auckland 2018 and the New Zealand Child Cancer Foundation.

Super-sized owl sculptures will descend on Auckland for the Haier Big Hoot art trail from Saturday 03 March, 2018.  Over 100 owls will roost in parks, public spaces, malls and libraries, turning Auckland into a virtual aviary until Sunday, 06 May.

There are 47 giant owls (1.65m) that have been individually designed by Kiwi and International artists. Artists who have created owls include Dick Frizzell, Jeff Thomson, Flox, Peata Larkin, Wayne Youle, Anna Leyland, Weilun Ha and Grace Wright, along with some of New Zealand’s most exciting up and coming creatives. 

Over 100 owls will roost in parks, public spaces, malls and libraries, turning Auckland into a virtual aviary until Sunday 06 May. owlets (90cm) – many designed by Auckland school students.

The Haier Big Hoot offers great, free family entertainment, exploring Auckland and tracking down each owl. Find them all using the trail map within the Big Hoot 2018 app – available to download from the App Store or Google Play from 01 March, and collect rewards as you go.

The 47 giant owls, each a bespoke work of art, will be auctioned off to fundraise for Child Cancer Foundation on Tuesday, 29 May in Auckland. Child Cancer Foundation provides practical, emotional and financial support to Kiwi kids with cancer and their families. Find out more by visiting

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“Child Cancer Foundation has played an integral role in the lives of thousands of Kiwi families over the past forty years, providing essential support to the whole family when a child is diagnosed with cancer. The Big Hoot promises to be an interactive event that will surprise and delight children and adults alike, bringing a world-class creative experience to the Auckland landscape, in keeping with our aspirations for the city. Join us and have a lasting impact on the lives of children with cancer and their families.”

Brett O’ Riley
CEO, Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED)
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Every child, every family, every community who has received support from Child Cancer Foundation has their own unique story to tell – stories of hope, love, battles, hardship, and kindness. Since it was established in 1978, Child Cancer Foundation has been part of its stories, providing support when children with cancer and their families need it most.

In 2018 (forty years since it was established), Child Cancer Foundation will bring storytelling to the streets of Auckland through the Big Hoot.

Custom-painted owl sculptures will capture people’s imaginations at key locations around the city. Owls are icons of storytelling – well known to represent wisdom, migration, diversity, learning and intelligence – and each sculpture will share a unique and meaningful story from the New Zealand community.

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“The innovative Big Hoot will offer a free and fun experience, giving people the opportunity to explore areas of Auckland they may not have visited before. We encourage people to let their inner child get carried away in the stories told by each owl! By committing to the Big Hoot, you are ensuring Kiwi children with cancer and their families continue to receive one-on-one, personalised support when they need it most. We thank everybody who commits their support to the success of this important project. We simply could not do it without you.”

Robyn Kiddle
Chief Executive, Child Cancer Foundation
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