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Thank you Waikato senior medical staff for generous donation to Hospital

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Waikato senior medical staff continue to add to the Waikato Hospital art collection and have gifted a beautiful black and white photograph (silver gelatin print) by artist Dr Fiona Pardington called ‘Tui Nest’ for our patients, public and staff to enjoy.

The most recent artwork gifted to Waikato Hospital by its Senior Medical Staff Association is installed opposite Pharmacy on Meade in the Meade Clinical Centre on level 1. The Waikato Senior Medical Staff and Waikato Hospital Art Committee hosted a viewing event (8 April) to celebrate and show off the newly purchased artwork, and also to showcase the other art they have donated and recently had relocated to the Meade Clinical Centre. Unfortunately, Dr Pardington was unable to attend due to illness.

Dr Pardington photographed this image of a tui nest with four eggs at Otago Museum as part of a series exploring the idea of our native birds as precious taonga (native treasures) and their need for protection by us all. The work is a continuation of a strong theme that Pardington often returns to in her work, examining what we value, protect and in some cases have lost.

Dr Pardington was born in Auckland. She is of Māori (Ngāi Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Ngāti Kahungunu) and Scottish (Clan Cameron of Erracht) descent. She holds a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland. Dr Pardington, was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2017 and was in 2016 named a Knight (Chevalier) in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Prime Minister. Pardington is the first New Zealand visual artist to receive this honour.

"This is another significant work to enter the hospital collection. While having a substantial visual impact, the subject matter is also fitting and sensitive to a healthcare environment concerned with care and nurture," said Kate Darrow, independent art curator, who facilitated the installation.

Waikato senior medical staff member and co-chair Waikato Hospital Arts Committee Stephen Ng, who helped with the purchase, says that art plays an important part in hospitals to help promote recovery and the best hospitals in the world have incredible artwork.

"Just imagine if our corridors were filled with more taonga like ‘Tui Nest’.

"Just imagine if we could bring more beautiful works of art to the Waikato Hospital to soften the hard edges of this institution.

"That is the vision of the Waikato Hospital Arts Committee."

Waikato Senior Medical Staff Association have also gifted other significant artwork on display in the Meade Clinical Centre including:

‘Mahoe Leaf 2013’ by New Zealand artist and sculptor Jeff Thomson

The 35 quatrefoil shapes by renowned New Zealand artist Max Gimblett ONZM are part of a major WW1 commemorative project, titled the Art of Remembrance, initiated by St David’s - the WW1 Memorial Church in Auckland. The wider project consists of 100,000 individual pieces and each solid brass, hand-printed quatrefoil represents a New Zealand soldier that served in WW1.

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