Had a visit from Thomas Hawtin to design a logo for community environmental group ‘Whangaroa Kaitiaki’.

Here are my notes gathered from conversation conveying ideas/symbols/design/visuals to inform logo.

Reforestisation – Native tree nurseries, Kauri restoration, pest control, waterways, coastalways

Restoration – Grievance and healing process

Research and development – Hapu environmental development, pest management, mapping

Visuals and symbols gathered from conversation include:

Kauri Tree

Landscape of Whangaroa


Kaitiaki symbol?

Heres some images sourced from my visual library. See if theres anything we might be able to work with in terms of design. If not we can start afresh. Leave comments if theres anything you’ld like to add to help with the creative process.

Rei Hamon, Kauri forest, waterfll, ngahere, ghost trees, ferns, pointilism, waiora, forest scene, ancient,
As above so below, forest, roots, veins, kauri die back, reflection, internal landscape, bones, arteries, tanemahuta, taha tinana, indian ink on paper, drawing,
Stencil, sponge, black and white on loose canvas, ruru hunting,
Whanau, hapu, iwi, manaia, black red and white on paper, patch,
land, whenua, mauri, kaitiaki, kowhaiwhai, life force, glitter, acrylic paint on canvas, paper collage, ink,

Catching up recently with Thomas, we talked about other symbols we could use to inform the logo. A tupuna Whaea relevant to Whangaroa and the kaupapa was mentioned. Her face superimposed over the lower tree trunk was expressed. I will follow up on this korero with details to note.

At the moment the Kauri tree and water are coming up as strong symbols.

We also talked about the development of a Whaingaroa Kaitiaki website. With some experience and networks in this area I was able to convey the skills and costs involved with such a project as this.

A hui planned for the near future was also discussed with Robyn and a potential presentation developed detailing this logo project.