Heart of stone


Two weeks ago large blocks of Oamaru Stone were delivered to Takaro Park.

Day by day they’ve been transformed by artists taking part in the stone carving symposium which is part of the Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations.


The sculptures are for sale during a silent auction which takes palce this weekend.



Oamaru Stone “unsuitable” for Central Otago


The Central Otago District Council has deemed Oamaru Stone unsuitable for rural buildings under new planning rules.

Caution over bright colours unrelated to the natural environment I could understand, but Oamaru Stone?

It’s a popular cladding  for several reasons including its relatively modest price and the ease of working with it.

It may not occur naturally in Central the way it does over the hill in North Otago, but it has been used there for more than a century. Even if it hadn’t, people who consider these mellow tones offensive must have rocks for brains:


Parkside Quarry at Weston in North Otago is the sole supplier of limestone for building.

It is also one of the sponsors of the regular stone carving symposium which results in creations like this Rock Ness Monster:

stone 2

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