The Hole in the Rock Girls

The Hole in the Rock




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These Edwardian postcard stylized works are celebrations of the holiday histories that Kororareka Russell holds in the hearts and memories of many Kiwis over the last 150 years. They are reimaginings, now called "mashes", meant to celebrate the rebuilding of the Duke of Marlborough Hotel, which as the earliest NZ licensee to sell liquor, by implying that hospitable resting place so many known and loved. Here, three "bathing beauties" enjoy a frolic in the waters of the bay made specific by "The Hole In The Rock" or Piercy Rock as it is latterly known or Motu Kokako, it's original title in te reo Maori. This geographical oddity has become a symbol of the area and is seen by tourists on day trips year round.

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