Statues - Hither & Thither
King George V / Te Arawa memorial1865-1936
King of Great-Britain, 1910-1936
William H. Feldon
At the top four reliefs with historical scenes, circumscribed with Signed: twice the text: te arawa | e waru | pu manawa.
The central part shows at the front busts of Edward VII, Victoria, and George V (with their initials E.R., V.R., and G.R), on both sides crosses and at the back figures of a Red Cross nurse and soldiers of the navy and army.
At the lower part:
– BY –
DUKE OF YORK
of their sons
who in the
the cause of
and their king.
At the monument's base is carved the Arawa canoe, which arrived at Maketu about generations ago. The text is te upoko | i takaia ki | te akatea
This distinctive memorial was erected to commemorate the sons of the Arawa people who fought and died in World War I. The sculpture, created by W.H. Feldon, was unveiled in February 1927 by the Duke of York (later King George VI). Words, pictures and symbols tell the story of the arrival of the Arawa waka (ancestral canoe) at Maketu, and the 'voyage' of the Arawa people to the 20th century. The memorial was once ringed with carvings of Rangitihi, who is remembered as the father of the people of the Lakes District, and his eight children.
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