The Northern Advocate 29th Oct 2012 Written by Lindy Laird

Kerikeri sculptor Chris Booth has been awarded a NorthTec Council’s Honorary Fellowship.

The world-renowned sculptor received the accolade from chief executive Paul Binney at the opening ceremony for the new creative centre, Te Toi Pito, at the Raumanga campus on Friday.

Since 2007, the NorthTec Council has bestowed its fellowship awards on 14 Northlanders who have made a significant contribution to the region.

“It is important to recognise outstanding and distinguished Northlanders,” Mr Binney said.

It was also important to take every opportunity to raise the aspirations and expectations of Northlanders.

“Te Toi Pito is an example of that and Chris [Booth] also gives the message to people that you can live in Northland and be recognised worldwide.”

Mr Booth said he was delighted to receive the award, but spoke foremost of the NorthTec students who were themselves up-and-coming artists.

“All the very best to the students who come through here and show the world that Northlanders can do great art,” he said.

As well as the wave part of the Waka and Wave sculpture on Hihiaua Peninsula at Whangarei’s Town Basin, Mr Booth’s public works include the arch of rocks at the Albert Park entrance in Auckland, a $6 million quartz and sandstone sculpture at the Botanic Gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour, the Rainbow Warrior monument at Matauri Bay, and the water sculpture on the Kerikeri Domain.

Award for eminent Northland sculptor