A dozen of these old figures, nearly all of them larger than life-size, lie under the trees at Papawai, near Greytown. Sixty years ago they were among the 18 tall stockade figures placed around the marae at Papawai Pa, at that time a flourishing settlement with a population of 3,000.
As a token that peace had come, the figures stood looking into the pa instead of facing outwards to defy the enemy.
But now only six of the figures are standing, and where once there were many buildings, there is now one small meeting-house. An article on the pa, and the famous gatherings formerly held there, appears on page 36.