Story: Memorials and monuments

Sir Edmund Hillary statue, Ōrewa

Sir Edmund Hillary statue, Ōrewa

People pay their respects at the statue of mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary in Hillary Square, Ōrewa, on 12 January 2008, the day after his death. There have been few memorials to individual New Zealanders since the 1960s. However, as the best-known New Zealander of his generation, Hillary was honoured with two statues in New Zealand – at the Hermitage beneath Aoraki/Mt Cook, and at Ōrewa, north of Auckland. The Ōrewa statue was erected in 1991 and was the work of a Chinese immigrant to New Zealand, Chen Wei-Ming.

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Jock Phillips, 'Memorials and monuments - Memorials since 1960', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/32577/sir-edmund-hillary-statue-orewa (accessed 19 October 2017)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 26 Mar 2015