16 Jul 2019

Cultural statue vandalisation "disturbing" - Iwi leader

From Morning Report, 8:36 am on 16 July 2019

A Northland Iwi leader says the vandalising of cultural statues is disturbing.

Earlier this year a Rangitane carving in Manawatu Gorge reserve had its wooden penis chopped off, while last week in Gisborne a statue of James Cook had the words "Pakeha thief " and "This is our land" scrawled on it. 

The former chief executive of the Maori Language Commission and now chairperson for the Far North iwi Te Rarawa is Haami Piripi.

He speaks with Corin Dann.