Many Speakers Pay Tribute
The unveiling ceremony was preceded by a religious service in which ministers of the Methodist, Ringatu and Ratana churches took part. After the statue had been unveiled by Princess Piki and two plaques had been unveiled by two sons of Dr Winiata, Ranginui (David) and Te Kapanga (Frank), many speakers paid tribute to the great qualities and lasting achievement of Maharaia Winiata as a leader, teacher and scholar. One speaker expressed this as follows: ‘All his life, Maharaia Winiata put the welfare of his people in the forefront of his life. He strove for equality between Maori and European in the best things of life, and worked to reduce evils among his own and the Pakeha people. He was a son of his tribe, of his people, and of New Zealand’.