One of the best views in Dunedin is from the Signal Hill Lookout, selected as the site for Dunedin’s New Zealand Centennial memorial.
Speeches referred to the purpose of the memorial as a reminder to future generations of the work and achievements of the pioneers. References to loyalty to the British Crown, and to the enjoyment of constitutional rights and privileges, had particular significance in the wartime atmosphere. In raising the flag (the Union Jack) the Governor-General, Sir Cyril Newall, had this to say:
“Nothing is more stirring than a view from a high place, and this is a glorious spot. We are looking down on the results of the great work of the pioneers. The spirit of those men and women must be with us today. This country, along with the other countries of the Empire, is engaged in a grim struggle for a just and lasting peace, and it is good to have the spirit of our determined forefathers to imbue us with the fortitude and courage that will result in the success of the democracies.”