Te Peeti Te Awe Awe Statue

Te Peeti Te Awe Awe Statue located in The Square, Palmerton North

Born around 1820, Te Awe Awe was a Rangitaane chief who played a significant role in early relations between local Maori and European settlers. This commemorative statue was carved from Carrara marble by an Italian sculptor, based on a design by Harold Anderson of Palmerston North.

In Te Awe Awe’s right hand he holds a mere (short flat club), and on the pedestal are words spoken by him in Maori before his death in 1884, which translate as “I have laid the foundations of friendship for you to bring to completion.”

The statue was commissioned by Te Awe Awe’s younger sister, Ereni, with funds raised by the Rangitaane people.

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