Reuben Paterson <em>The Golden Bearing</em> 2013. Photo Bryan James

Reuben Paterson The Golden Bearing 2013. Photo Bryan James

Strike gold at Pukeiti on Sunday

Reuben Paterson: The Golden Bearing

13 Feb 2019

Myth has come to life at Pukeiti, where a shimmering golden tree is dazzling visitors and gardeners alike. The Golden Bearing, a sculpture by New Plymouth artist Reuben Paterson, will be the focus of two public events on Sunday (17 February) aimed at children and adults alike.

The action will begin at 10am with storytelling led by Puke Ariki’s ‘Discover It’ children’s librarians. Children are invited to bring their favourite ‘Little Golden Book’ and dress up in golden costumes. The mobile library will also be there and Founders Café will have special golden treats.

At 1pm, Paterson himself will be on hand to share the story behind his sculpture, and how and why he created it.

Gold-bearing trees featured in the mythologies of a broad range of early civilisations and Paterson has also drawn on his Māori heritage (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe) as a reference point. The work is a result of a three-month residence with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in 2013. It has featured at the Festival of Lights at Pukekura Park and will also be seen at WOMAD in March.

The Golden Bearing will remain at Pukeiti until early March.

Pukeiti is under the mountain at 2290 Carrington Rd. It’s open daily and entry is free. See

Along with Tūpare and Hollard Gardens, Pukeiti is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region.

Media contact: Greg Rine, Regional Gardens Manager, Taranaki Regional Council, 027 240 2470