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Scarves on Statues – Maori Warrior

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here]

This Māori Warrior situated in Queen Elizabeth Square, opposite the Auckland waterfront, is in my opinion extremely cool. Cast in 1967 by an artist by the name of Molly Macalister, it is New Zealand’s equivalent of the Statue of Liberty. Its purpose at the time was to welcome visitors and new immigrants alike as they disembarked off ships, the predominant mode of international travel when the work was commissioned. That’s why it’s different from most depictions of Māori warriors in our public art, in that he strikes a peaceful pose, rather than the war-like norm.

Unfortunately he wasn’t truly appreciated at the time of his unveiling, with one critic concerned that his out of proportion head looked like “a pimple on a pumpkin”. You can’t please everyone I suppose.

Gli Azzurri know this well! The knives are apparently out back home following the lacklustre loss to Costa Rica over the weekend. I have to say I saw it coming. We didn’t need to win and we all know that when Italy don’t have to win, the players don’t turn up. So as a result of that, they have to win now! And that’s why I am sure that come the third group game with Uruguay on Wednesday morning our time, peaceful poses will be nowhere to be seen because it will be time for war! As long as the team is up for it, I know we will qualify for the Round of 16.


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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots sports photography enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent football club on earth - A.S. Roma.

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