[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here]
New Zealand’s first Governor General named Auckland after the man who awarded him command of the ‘HMS Rattlesnake’ in 1834. George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland, never once set foot here. His greatest claim to fame is that he was Governor General of India from 1836–1842. For that, a statue was erected in his honour in Calcutta. He left India in disgrace after waging a disastrous war in Afghanistan. For that, some years later, the government of West Bengal gifted their statue of him to the city of Auckland and it was transported to its current location outside our city’s municipal building.
Auckland has a vastly superior indigenous name – Tāmaki Makaurau, which is Maori for ‘place of a thousand lovers’. The song ‘Roma non si discute si ama’ has a line “so centomila voci che hai fatto nammorà” – 100,000 voices that make you fall in love. What more needs to be said?
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