A statue of Papatūānuku the Earth Mother has been proposed for Bastion Point, Auckland.
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei put forward the plans for the statue, which would stand between 30m and 50m tall at the harbour’s entrance.
If it goes ahead it would be as tall as New York City’s Statue of Liberty (46m) or the Christ the Redeemer above Rio de Janeiro (30m). The Sky Tower reaches 220m high.
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei say the statue would be lit up at night and visible from downtown to the North Shore.
Mayor Phil Goff told NZME it “has the potential to be an iconic symbol of Auckland”.
“It will reflect the unique culture and identity of our city and be enjoyed equally by Māori, the wider community and international visitors,” he said.
Auckland Council has granted $1 million funding for the design and development of the structure.
In Māori tradition, Papatūānuku is the land, a mother earth figure.