A statue of Captain James Cook was destroyed in New Zealand with the words & # 39; This is our land & # 39; and & # 39; Thief & # 39; Pakeha sprayed on it

Indignation as a statue of Captain Cook has been made illegible with the words & # 39; this is our country & # 39; – but some support vandalism

  • Statue of Captain James Cook was destroyed in a reservation in New Zealand
  • Images of the destroyed image were posted online and caused controversies
  • The words & # 39; This is our country & # 39; and & # 39; Thief Pakeha & # 39; are written on the globe

A statue of Captain James Cook was destroyed in New Zealand with the words & # 39; This is our country & # 39; and & # 39; Thief Pakeha & # 39; sprayed on it.

Images of the destroyed image have been placed online, creating controversy among divided locals.

The statue shows Captain Cook on top of a globe in a reserve on Awapuni Road in Gisborne, on New Zealand's North Island.

Some are furious about vandalism, others support it and believe it is the & # 39; truth & # 39; about Captain Cook, NZ Herald reported.

A statue of Captain James Cook was destroyed in New Zealand with the words & # 39; This is our land & # 39; and & # 39; Thief & # 39; Pakeha sprayed on it

A statue of Captain James Cook was destroyed in New Zealand with the words & # 39; This is our land & # 39; and & # 39; Thief & # 39; Pakeha sprayed on it

The same people believe that the image must be completely removed.

The words are on the spray paint statue and say & # 39; This is our country & # 39; and & # 39; Thief Pakeha & # 39 ;. Pakeha is the Maori name for Europeans.

& # 39; Tear it down and put up a picture of our ancestors Paikea and Porourangi & # 39 ;, one user wrote.

& # 39; Well done! Put something important on the Tangata Whenua, & another said.

Gisborne councilor Meredith Akuhata-Brown said that vandalism triggered an important debate about the history of New Zealand.

& # 39; Someone wants to say something strong about this topic that is popular in our region, part of me just thought & # 39; well, i'm not vandalism, but to some extent it's activism & # 39;, & # 39; she said Radio NZ.

Mrs. Akuhata-Brown said that vandalism & # 39; courageous conversations & # 39; fueled why people so & # 39; aggressive behavior & # 39; to have.

& # 39; It's based on history and it's based on that history that never gets a chance to be discussed, discussed or understood, and people want that & # 39 ;, she said.

A municipal spokesman confirmed that the spray paint had been removed and that safety images had been provided to the police.

The words are on the spray paint statue and say & # 39; This is our country & # 39; and & # 39; Thief Pakeha & # 39 ;. Pakeha is the Maori name for Europeans

The words are on the spray paint statue and say & # 39; This is our country & # 39; and & # 39; Thief Pakeha & # 39 ;. Pakeha is the Maori name for Europeans

The words are on the spray paint statue and say & # 39; This is our country & # 39; and & # 39; Thief Pakeha & # 39 ;. Pakeha is the Maori name for Europeans

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