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Scarves on Statues – Kids

This statue is in Waihi, a small gold mining town situated at the gateway to the Upper North Island’s holiday playground, the Coromandel Peninsula. The plaque says simply: “KIDS … Having fun is timeless. All it requires is imagination.” This weekend is the last round of Italian club football for the […]

Scarves on Statues – Gollum

When the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed in New Zealand the rural Waikato town of Matamata was selected as the location for Hobbiton, the cosy home of JRR Tolkien’s lovable Hobbit heroes. The locals have celebrated their claim to fame by carving a statue of Gollum out of local Hinuera Stone and giving it pride of place on their […]

Scarves on Statues – Solace in the Wind

This wonderful sculpture by Englishman Max Patte is situated on a quietish part of the Wellington waterfront. Patte lived in New Zealand while working for Weta Workshops on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. During a difficult time in his life, he found solace by standing there on the edge of the dock and leaning […]

Scarves on Statues – Peter Fraser

“The government’s objective, broadly expressed, is that all persons, whatever their level of ability, whether they live in town or country, have a right as citizens to a free education of the kind for which they are best fitted and to the fullest extent of their powers.” – Peter Fraser […]

Scarves on Statues – Lord Auckland

[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 […]

Scarves on Statues – ‘Robbie’

[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 […]