24 Jun 2020

Marking our past complicated - Ministry of Culture and Heritage

From Morning Report, 8:54 am on 24 June 2020

The future of the statue of Captain John Hamilton that was removed from the city's Civic Square will be discussed at a council meeting today, with a decision expected in August. 

The city council removed the statue, after a formal request from local iwi Waikato-Tainui.

Mayor Paula Southgate said many locals shared the iwi's view that the statue was culturally offensive. But it's not clear what will happen with the statue next.

The debate in Kirikiriroa is part of a wider discussion people in many countries are having about who, and what, we deem worthy of memorialising.

Tamsin Evans, a deputy chief executive at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, says that marking our past is complicated.

She speaks to Philippa Tolley.