Why not a fe­male statue?

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

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.

SAN­DRA GREENSLADE

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