Story: Whanganui places

Moutoa Gardens, 1995

Moutoa Gardens, 1995

In 1995, Whanganui Māori occupied Moutoa Gardens (Pākaitore) for 79 days as a protest over land loss. Tents were set up and John Ballance’s statue’s head disappeared, to be replaced by a pumpkin. In 2008 the tents, the protesters and the pumpkin were long gone, and so was the rest of the statue – except its base.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1995/0789/15a
Photograph by Phil Reid

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Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui places - In and around Whanganui', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Diana Beaglehole, updated 15 Jun 2015