[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here]
So many of Auckland’s statues are of little relevance to Auckland. Even Lord Auckland, the city’s namesake whose monument stands outside the municipal building, never set foot in New Zealand in his life. Too often they stand up on grand pedestals where the only things that can get close to them are seagulls, who leave their mark in a much more disrespectful way than any member of the public is ever likely to.
However our longest serving mayor (1959 to 1965 and again from 1968 to 1980) stands apart. Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, ‘Robbie’ as he was affectionately known, has pride of place in Aotea Square, on nothing more than a little soap box that brings his height up to just below my chest. Tourists can often be seen having their photos taken with their arms draped around his shoulders. I’m sure they have little idea who he is, but he seems like that kind of guy.
A people’s mayor then! And a people’s football club.
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