The inspiration for the design of the cow came from the sponsor's name-McLaren, and honours the Scottish farming families who cleared the land and drained the vast Piako swamps to create the thriving dairy industry we have today, known locally as 'Lockerbie' from the Morrin brothers' home in Scotland.
Marion Laurence has loved creating for ever.
She trained as a primary teacher, specialising in Art and English.
Her strength lies in drawing and she has done many commissioned black and white illustrations with painstaking details.
The medium she prefers is watercolour, using glazes and washes, delighting in the subtlety. Her inspiration comes from the observation of the finer details of nature and she is drawn to the preciousness of the sometimes overlooked.
Watercolour artists she admires and studies are Raymond Ching, Andrew Wyeth, and Joseph Zbukvic.
Marion has also painted numerous large murals and backdrops in acrylic.
She understands that a good painting must have sensitivity of light and atmosphere, but this can be an elusive truth.
McLarens Rural Services
McLarens Rural Services began life in Graham McLarens double garage in Snell Street in Morrinsville in 1980. They moved to their current site in Allen Street in 1985 and the business grew to include a chainsaw and mower sales and repair shop. Tony took over the day to day running of the business in 1995 and they now celebrate over 35 years in business.
McLarens are Milfos and Westfalia milking machine agents, and in 2002 joined the Stihl Group which is nationally recognised as selling the leading brands of outdoor power outdoor equipment
The focus has always been on delivering farmers, and all other customers top quality equipment and service that they can rely on. McLarens are experts in milking machinery, water systems and pumps, effluent and outdoor power sales and service.