Painted "Huia" Egg Sculpture for Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt

Watch this timelapse footage of me painting a 76 cm high fibreglass egg for the 2014 Big Egg Hunt to support Starship.

Here's your opportunity to own a signed, hand painted sculpture by me.

This is a 76cm high moulded fibreglass egg and 100% of the proceeds of the sale will go towards the Starship Foundation.

Auction closes 22nd April 2014, you can bid at www.trademe.co.nz/art/carvings-sculpture/other/auction-708831317.htm.

It's for The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt, the first event of its kind Down Under which showcases 100 giant eggs designed by top New Zealand artists hidden throughout Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in historic, landmark and public spaces. Visit www.thebigegghunt.co.nz and get your whanau to join the hunt this Easter!

Design Statement:

Minson's artwork "Huia" depicts a male and also a very rare albinistic female of the now extinct native New Zealand bird.  In traditional M?ori life the huia’s white-tipped black feathers were worn by people of high rank and were kept in a special carved box called a waka huia. The huia reminds us of Aotearoa's unique ancient past - a land densely covered in native forest, full of endemic birds without predators. Although we can't go back to that, Sofia hopes that at Easter time, this time of new beginnings, the huia will inspire us to embrace our role as 'kaitiaki' or 'guardians' of the mauri (vital life force) of all entities animate and inanimate within the whakapapa (genealogy) of the natural world.



This Easter, Kiwis can take part in The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt– the first event of its kind Down Under which showcases giant eggs designed by top New Zealand artists all in support of Starship.

New Zealand’s leading artists and designers have turned giant eggs into unique masterpieces. 100 eggs are hidden throughout Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in historic, landmark and public spaces where you will be able to join the hunt and go into the draw to win the ultimate prize – a unique 340g 18ct Gold Whittaker’s Slab, which has been made by Partridge Jewellers.

The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt aims to raise funds for the Starship Foundation, a charity which supports the national children’s hospital to provide world-leading care for almost 120,000 patient visits each year.

As part of the partnership with Starship, Whittaker’s is donating at least $150,000 to Starship through specially marked products in participating stores by donating 10 cents from every iconic 50g Peanut Slab, 20 cents from every pack of its top selling Fairtrade Creamy Milk block and 20 cents from its Creamy Milk Easter Mini Slabs sold throughout the hunt.

Starship will also raise funds by auctioning off all 100 giant eggs – with 80 to be auctioned on Trade Me and the other 20 to be sold at a gala event in April.


The Big Egg Hunt is the world’s BIGGEST egg hunt. It first came about in London in 2010 to engage in a fun and interactive way the while fundraising for charity. Since then The Big Egg Hunt has grown and next year it will be held in locations across the world, including London, Dublin, New York and New Zealand.


The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt is supporting Starship Children’s Hospital. There are nearly 120,000 patient visits to Starship every year by children from all over New Zealand. The Starship Foundation wants every New Zealand family to have access to world-leading healthcare and experiences when they need it most. Learn more about Starship or support the cause »


Established in New Zealand over 100 years ago, Whittaker’s is the only major chocolate manufacturer in New Zealand that ensures quality by controlling the whole manufacturing process – from bean to bar. With 100% of its operations in New Zealand, Whittaker’s is proud to be an exporter of quality New Zealand produce, as well as one of the largest employers in the Wellington region. For the past two years in a row, Whittaker’s has been voted New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand.

Posted by artist Sofia Minson from NewZealandArtwork.com
New Zealand Maori portrait and landscape oil paintings



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