This sculpture by Toby Twiss stands at the Queen Street entrance to Aotea Square. It depicts Sir Dove-Mter Robinson (1901-1989), a former mayor of Auckland. He held this office for 18 years (1959-1965 and 1968-1980, the longest reigning mayor by some margin). A battler for his convictions, he is best remembered for his fight in the 1940s against a proposal to pump sewage into the Waitemata Harbour at Browns Island, promoting a scheme of oxidation ponds in the Manukau harbour instead.
This backlit view captures the fighting spirit of the statue, shown below in more context.
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