20 Oct 2011

Part 3 - He Loved The People

From Monumental New Zealand, 9:03 am on 20 October 2011

There are no less than three swimming pools named for the late Labour Prime Minister Norman Kirk in this country. And while that's great, it's not quite the same thing as, say, the impressive Michael Joseph Savage Memorial at Bastion Point, or the Massey Memorial above Wellington harbour. How -and why - did we move from the impressively ornamental to the useful but mundane? Are we no longer impressed by our politicians? And why did we feel the need to memorialize them in the first place? Justin Gregory travels to Waimate to dip his toe in the pool, and ask a few questions.