Tokoroa’s Talking Poles were first suggested in 1996 as a feature for the town’s retail area upgrade.
The project was enthusiastically supported by residents and to date, over 40 poles are on display.
Eventually, there will be over 60 arranged in a trail, mainly around the central shopping area.
The Talking Poles project aims to depict the variety of cultures in our community. Because of our forestry heritage, many of the poles are made from pine and other local woods. However, mediums such as ceramic and steel will also be encouraged.
The project is managed by The Talking Poles Trust in partnership with the South Waikato District Council. The project has had generous support from Carter Holt Harvey.