September 05, 2012
Top of south iwi want to complement the Tasman statue
Top of the South Island iwi have reopened the debate over a statue of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman at Tahunanui.
The statue was erected in 2000 without consultation with iwi.
Nelson City Council iwi affairs head Geoff Mullen says if the statue is to be allowed to stay, the iwi want acknowledgement of the wider history of the site, including Maori history which dated back to 1350.
Tasman and his crew made the first European sighting of Aotearoa New Zealand in December 1642 in Golden Bay, but they did not record a landfall.