Pole not cross

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

While a cross for the hill has some merit, a pole or poles would be more in keep­ing with the pole themes of Toko­roa Town­ship.

The pole art has added great value to our com­mu­nity.

A pole on Col­son’s hill recog­nis­ing Ruakawa as the orig­i­nal peo­ple (tan­gata whenua) at the pole’s base or foun­da­tion with dif­fer­ent cul­tures and his­tory rep­re­sented above.

This I be­lieve would bet­ter rep­re­sent what makes Toko­roa and the South Waikato the won­der­ful com­mu­nity that it is.

We are an in­clu­sive com­mu­nity. Equally, Ruakawa could be rep­re­sented at the top as an um­brella with dif­fer­ent cul­tures be­low or it could all be done hor­i­zon­tally?

The site could pro­vide a map to other poles and at­trac­tions in the district.

It could also rep­re­sent the district’s and town’s his­tory in forestry and farm­ing.

In short, I be­lieve that any mon­u­ment, pole or cross needs to recog­nise Ruakawa as the orig­i­nal in­hab­i­tants, the dif­fer­ent cul­tures and be­liefs that makes us what we are as a com­mu­nity and proud of it. Ge­orge Moss


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