Our Role

Is to create landmarks that define, empower and create a sense of place for Rotorua nationally and internationally.


RMPTA’s primary role is to:

  1. Raise funds to enable large, creative and innovative sculptures to be commissioned
  2. Manage the project from inception to installation


  1. The Curatorial Panel are carefully chosen for their extensive experience and knowledge in the public art arena. Their primary role is to make recommendations to the Trust, develop the briefs, interview the artists, and recommend preferred artists.
  2. The artist’s. Once we have confirmed the artist we want them to give full expression and creative license to product and create the artworks.
  3. The advisory trustees are interested members who can speak but cannot vote.
  4. The Donors are the benefactors or patrons who contribute financially.
  5. The support team provides the administrative functions of the Trust.
  6. Other Trustees: Jonothan Briscoe, Mike Steiner, Ian Chalmers
  7. Ex Officio/Committee Members: Karen Hunt, Tracey Friend, Malcolm Short, Allison Lawton
  8. Our Council Contact: Marc Spijkerbosch

We value the freedom to ensure the commissioned Art Works are a true expression of the artist. While we value the important relationship with the Rotorua Lakes Council, as a major stakeholder, we operate independently from the Rotorua Lakes Council.

Kia ora,

Our community is embarking on a journey to take our district forward – to craft a positive tomorrow for all our residents. Our voyage to Rotorua 2030 has begun and by working together we can achieve a prosperous future.

Our community sponsorship partnership is to aim towards being a creative city that is welcoming to all and provides for a prosperous future.

We choose to live, work, do business and play in Rotorua. Join us in becoming a community partner and let’s build a better home that we can be truly proud of. We look forward to working with you.

Noho ora mai,

Hon Steve Chadwick JP
Rotorua Mayor

Kia ora,

As the inaugural Chairman for the Rotorua Public Arts Trust, I am delighted to be charged with engaging, exciting and bringing to Rotorua a series of major art works to showcase our wonderful city with our unique heritage, culture, identity and aspirations.

As the cultural capital of New Zealand, no other city could deserve this more. We look forward to working with you.

Paul East
Chairman, Rotorua Public Arts Trust

Hemo Gorge Sculpture

This gateway feature represents a turning point in Rotorua’s journey – an iconic symbol of our unique heritage, culture, identity and aspirations.

The Rotorua Public Arts Trust is delighted to support such an exciting and significant prospect for our city. With key founding partnerships already in place, this project now represents an opportunity for our people to work together and share in its inevitable success.

No question, this breath-taking sculpture will receive national and international attention. Indeed, we’re not only raising community awareness and pride here, but also sending strong signals to the world that Rotorua truly is a special destination.

With your help we can achieve and succeed together

We cannot create a vibrant city in isolation, but we can do so together.
Investing in our city is important because it’s the front door to our community and the essence of what we are all about.
This is a real opportunity to achieve the community’s milestones by delivering projects that put Rotorua on the map. Based on corporate and community goodwill the objectives of this partnership are:

  • To provide the chance for corporates and other organisations to contribute towards community projects – maximising funding support in a planned manner
  • To foster the best working relationship between the council and partner organisations
  • To provide funding leadership, strategy and project management support.

When our city thrives, our entire community prospers.

Together we will have created together a positive tomorrow for all our residents.