Statue proposed for Bastion Point

Morning Talk 16/07/2018

A statue of Papatuanuku the Earth Mother that would stand at Bastion Point has been conceived and partially funded.

Ngati Whatua Orakei put forward the plans for the statue, which would stand between 30m and 50m tall at the harbour's entrance.

The iwi proposed the structure in comparison to New York City's Statue of Liberty (46m) or the Christ the Redeemer above Rio de Janeiro (30m). The Sky Tower reaches 220m high.

Ngati Whatua Orakei say the statue would be lit up at night and visible from downtown to the North Shore.

Mayor Phil Goff told NZME it "has the potential to be an iconic symbol of Auckland".

Auckland Council has granted $1 million funding for the design and development of the structure.

RadioLIVE's Eric Young spoke with Ngati Whatua spokesman, Ngarimu Blair, who says this is just another idea put forward by the iwi.

“We’ve been in a co-management regime with Auckland Council for about 25 years now. There have been numerous proposals for all sorts of things on our land; cultural centres, visitor centres, numerous artworks and statues – call them what you will, cafes, restaurants, and the like," he told RadioLIVE.

In Maori tradition, Papatuanuku is the land, a mother earth figure.

Listen to the full interview with Ngarimu Blair above.

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