Why not a female statue?
Struggling to get my head around why all of a sudden Taupo¯ District Council councillors have approved two statues of men to be erected in our district during this 125th year of New Zealand suffragists. In the 19th century it was all the rage across the British Empire to erect statues of men.
However, Kate Sheppard, Dr Margaret Cruickshank and Jean Batten are the only women commemorated in this manner across the whole of New Zealand. (Our Lady of the Lourdes, Paraparaumu and Pania of the Reef, Napier both represent women).
There are no other statues of the many wonderful women who have contributed so much to New Zealand — but Taupo¯ District Council thinks two more statues of men are necessary in the Taupo¯ district.
As a society we have now moved beyond statues of men. There are far more appropriate ways to commemorate outstanding contributions.