Friedensreich Hundertwasser, an Austrian-born artist and architect, immigrated to Bay of Islands, NZ in 1975. It is here that he designed the world-famous Hundertwasser Toilets located on the main street (SH1) of Kawakawa. The building was officially opened in 1999, two months before his passing.
The Kawakawa Hundertwasser Toilets are Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s last ever building made with his hands and his only building in the Southern Hemisphere.
To celebrate and pay homage to Hundertwasser’s life and contribution to Kawakawa, a passionate community group established the Kawakawa Hundertwasser Park Charitable Trust (KHPCT) in December 2009. Its aim is to preserve the memories and legacy of Hundertwasser's contribution to Kawakawa.
The Trust also act as guardian of the Hundertwasser toilets and created the Kawakawa Hundertwasser Park to the rear of the Toilets in 2013.
The KHPCT Trustees have partnered with tangata whenua and the Kawakawa and Far North community to realise the dream for a Memorial Centre and Gallery in honour of their friend.
Te Hononga Kawakawa Hundertwasser Park is a community-led project that is only made possible by working collaboratively with our community and funders.
The Kawakawa Hundertwasser Park Charitable Trust are grateful for the support and contributions from:
With thanks to our Sponsors/ Funders: