Pole not cross
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