Classicism, Romanticism, and Other Sculptural Ideals at Gibbs Farm
by John Finlay
Just north of Auckland, around a stretch of land known as Gibbs Farm, hills pronounced by endless gullies command a vast stretch of majestic coastal flatland. The landscape, known as the Kaipara Harbor, bears the mark of countless sojourns by past inhabitants, its steep, lolloping hills holding memories of sanguinary battles. In less troubled times, the Maori planted peaches, figs, and other crops, dug for Kauri gum, and settled peacefully along the banks of the Arapera stream. Hence, for good or ill, Maori peoples have a deep connection with the Kaipara coast that stretches back at least 300 years. In time, this land rich in legend and ancestral tradition passed to European farmers.
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