Pania of the Reef
Slide caption – “Party at Pania”
Slide caption – “Pania, Napier, May 1965”
Slide caption – “3 Tasmanians”
Slide caption – “Marine Parade”
Pania of the Reef statue on Marine Parade, Napier.
Possibly taken 14 January 1956
Plaque inscription –
An old Maori legend tells how Pania lured by the siren voices of the sea, people swam out to meet them. When she endeavoured to return to her lover, she was transformed into the reef which now lies beyond the Napier breakwater.
To perpetuate the legend the Thirty Thousand Club presented this statue to the City of Napier –
“Pania of the Reef, Napier, N.Z.”
Stamp on rear of postcard –
“HAND COLOURED NEW ZEALAND STUDY
N.S. SEAWARD’S STUDIO
BROAD BAY, DUNEDIN”