Content Warning: reference to the war crimes as suffered by Ngāti Apakura.
Just went and saw these yesterday. The statues to honour Colonel Nixon. He is the man that lead the attack on the Māori village of Rangiaowhia, in Waikato. Nixon knew that it was occupied by only elderly, women, and children, and he attacked on a Sunday knowing that as Christian Māori, there was less chance of fighting back. He also attacked in the predawn, while everyone was still sleeping. 12 people of Rangiaowhia were murdered and the village itself was burned.
I had seen pictures but was unprepared for the size of these things. Photo of me standing- 6’2” for scale. Also bc we are more likely to engage with posts if there’s a human face involved.. These statues are HUGE! What’s more, is that the inscriptions and the modern AKL Council “historical” write-up about the events not only centre, but honour Nixon, while branding the victims of this colonial atrocity as the guilty.
We so easily mistake repetition for accuracy. We gotta be careful with the stories we’re being fed!!! A follow-up email has been sent to Mayor Phil Goff about what outcomes of change came from a meeting he had last year about these doozies. And the education surrounding them.