21 Oct 2011

Dolphin memorial to be unveiled

6:27 am on 21 October 2011

A memorial which celebrates the life of Moko the dolphin, will be unveiled on Monday at a reserve on Mahia Peninsula in northern Hawke's Bay.

The bottle nosed dolphin became an international tourist attraction soon after arriving at Mahia beach in April 2007.

He was found dead on Matakana island near Tauranga in July last year and was buried there, following debate between the local hapu and the iwi on Mahia peninsula.

Bill Shortt, who first spotted Moko, says locals had a close attachment to the dolphin, and helped design a granite memorial.

He says the pedestal made of blue granite from India has a wave like look to it.

The upper section of black granite includes the story of Moko in silver lettering and a photo of him with a boogie board.

Mr Shortt says a large crowd is expected at the unveiling including local kaumatua and the Wairoa Mayor.