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Scarves on Statues – Michael Jones

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Michael Jones is a New Zealand icon and considered, by those who know of such things, to be one of the greatest All Blacks ever to play rugby. What I know about Michael Jones could in the immortal words of Bob […]

Scarves on Statues – Bird Lady

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Jamie Pickernell won the People’s Choice award at the Auckland Botanic Gardens’ biennial ‘Sculpture in the Gardens’ exhibition in 2012 with this magnificent effort, entitled ‘Bird Lady’. This piece proved so popular that it was purchased by the good people of […]

Scarves on Statues – Katherine Mansfield

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Katherine Mansfield was arguably New Zealand’s best ever writer. She was born in Wellington (where this marvellous statue stands) in 1888 and died tragically young in France in 1923 of tuberculosis. In her short life, she managed to achieve a great […]

Scarves on Statues – John Plimmer

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] John Plimmer was an early settler in our nation’s capital after emigrating from Shrewsbury England in 1841. He represented his community on the Wellington Provincial Council where he was best known for his campaigning to stop the sale of the province’s […]

Scarves on Statues – Sisters of Mercy

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] I had something completely different planned for this week’s addition to Scarves on Statues, but after the trauma of the last few days that have seen our coach dismissed following an embarrassing thrashing at the hands of a decidedly mediocre Cagliari […]

Scarves on Statues – William Gilbert Rees

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] William Gilbert Rees is known as the founding father of Queenstown, the most beautiful town in New Zealand hands down. Sitting on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, it’s surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountain ranges and boasts practically every kind of adventure […]

Scarves on Statues – Barry

This is Barry, “a Kiwi bloke” from Katikati on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Barry has just read the news that the Euro 2012 final has been won by Spain 4-0. He’s a bit upset about that. Me too.[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be […]

Scarves on Statues – Zealandia

Zealandia, daughter of Britannia, is an old symbol of colonial New Zealand. A representation of Pakeha/European settlers, she appears on our national coat of arms, standing to the left of the shield, staring lovingly across at a Maori warrior on the right who returns her gaze with equal affection. In […]