Maori Chieftain Statue
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Throsbyonchurch
S 36° 50.597 E 174° 46.014
60H E 300886 N 5920184
Quick Description: A larger-than-life Maori statue in a Kaitaka Cloak stands in downtown Auckland.
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 1/30/2016 5:02:24 AM
Waymark Code: WMQBK5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
This Maori statue by Molly McAlister was erected in Quay Street, Auckland in 1967. Five years later Hone Tuwhare wrote a poem addressed to the statue, mixing Maori language with everyday English - available on the internet.

A pivotal work that demonstrates changing attitudes of the 1960s, A Maori Figure in a Kaitaka Cloak was the first public sculpture in New Zealand to be commissioned from a female artist. Macalister's design met with considerable controversy, many arguing for a more stereotypical tourist image of a Maori warrior in a fighting pose.
Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Maori Warrior 1964-1966

Figure Type: Human

Artist Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Molly McAlister

Date created or placed or use 'Unknown' if not known: 1967

Materials used: Bronze, 3225 mm

Location: Queen Elizabeth Square, Auckland

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