Five quirky, colourful characters have decided to make Paihia Wharf their home.
Good luck to anyone who wants to evict them - the town's newest residents double as bollards to stop vehicles driving on to the wharf and are designed to be as good as immovable.
The brightly painted figures were a Paihia Placemaking Project funded by community trust Focus Paihia and driven by local resident Katja Caulton.
Mrs Caulton said she got the idea during a Focus Paihia workshop when participants had to walk around town looking for things that could be made more beautiful without detracting from what was already there.
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She decided to replace the five rather dull and functional bollards with carved characters representing Paihia. After much thought and discussion she settled on a fish, a fisherman, a wahine, a sailor and a diver.
Russell's Noel Wynyard was enlisted to carve the figures while Czech-born artist Darina Denali, also living in Russell, did the painting.
A team of volunteers led by Focus Paihia's Grant Harnish then took on the tricky job of removing the old bollards and installing the new ones. They are already proving a popular photo op for Paihia visitors.
Ms Denali also painted the mural on the nearby 35 Degrees South restaurant.