Waikato Musuem
1 Grantham Street
Hamilton Central


7 days a week

Contact Details

Phone: 838 6699

Cost and Booking



Tongue of the Dog was conceived by sculptor Michael Parekowhai and gifted to the city by MESH Sculpture Hamilton.

The 8 metre tall sculpture represents the creation legend of the Waikato River, in which a servant dog cuts a pathway for the healing waters of Tongariro to reach an ailing Taupiri. The colourful blocks reference Cuisenaire rods, an educational tool originally designed to teach maths and now also used to teach te reo Maaori. Find out more here.