Artist: Pat Williams, Omokoroa, Retouched 2012
Medium: Acrylic on Panels
Size: 20 sq m.
Sponsored By: Price Chopper, Katikati
The double perspective – exterior on the left hand side and interior on the right – is united by the woman shopper entering the store. The exterior view, with horse and cart and family members posing in front of the store is copied from a 1907 photograph and was completed and dedicated in 1998. Goods were taken to isolated timber mills by a string of sturdy packhorses owned by Noble Johnstone. Margaret drove a horse and gig to Waihi each month to do the banking. It was, indeed, at the heart of Katikati. The pioneer-style wooden verandah with corrugated iron roof and wooden poles complete with a hitching rail of the period add extra authenticity.