20 Oct 2011

Part 4 - My History, Right Or Wrong

From Monumental New Zealand, 9:04 am on 20 October 2011

A weakness most monuments share is a tendency to fix one view of history, often a view not everyone shares. The Moutoa Monument in Moutoa Gardens, Wanganui, is a perfect example. Erected by grateful settlers to honour local Maori who died defending the town against the Hau Hau, it uses some pretty strong language to describe what was essentially a ritualized battle between close family members.