In Victoria Square is a statue of Captain James Cook, executed by William Trethewey, a Christchurch sculptor. Gifted to the City by the late M. F. Barnett, the statue was unveiled on 10 August 1932 by the Governor General, Lord Bledisloe. On the granite base of the marble figure is the inscription
James Cook, Captain, Royal Navy, circumnavigator who first hoisted the British flag in New Zealand and explored her seas and coasts, 1769–70, 1773–4, 1777
and, lower down:
Oceani investigator accerimus.