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The Statue of Opo Returns to the Hokianga
Opo the Dolphin

After being vandalised, as a result of community efforts, the
famous statue of Opo the Dolphin which used to be on
display beside the road at Opononi, has now been completely
restored and returned to the shores of the Hokianga. On the
23 May 2013, the statue was returned to permanent display
at the Museum of the Hokianga Historical Society at Omapere
where she will be able to be visited by tourists during the
opening hours of the Museum

The statue, by sculptor Russell Clark, was erected in about
1960 as a tribute to Opo, the dolphin who made headlines
around the world in the summer of 1955 when he entertained
beachgoers and played with children at Opononi Beach,

Meanwhile, a group from the Hokianga have banded together
to get a new sculpture put up at the spot where the original
statue stood.

Opo was so well known, there was even a song written about
the dolphins antics with children.
The restored original statue of Opo the Dolphin by Russell Clark, now restored and on view at the
Hokianga Historical Society's Museum at Omapere - photo coutesy Owen Whaley
The original statue of Opo the Dolphin by Russell
Clark as it appeared in Opononi prior to 2011 -
photo courtesy Ken baker
Hokianga History and Memorabilia