3 Jan 2024

Attack on Whatonga statue 'disrespectful', group says

From Morning Report, 8:27 am on 3 January 2024

Iwi and governance groups in Manawatu are looking for information after a six-metre-tall statue depecting a tribal ancestor was vandalised and disfigured.

The steel statue depicting Whatonga, an important ancestor for Rangitane, had its phallus cut off over the weekend.

Te Apiti Manawatu Gorge Governance Group described the attack on the landmark, which occurred on Tawa Loop Track, as disrespectful and extremely disappointing.

Group chair Fiona Gordon spoke with Charlotte Cook.