From Nelson Public Art and Sculpture Walks map: "Early Settlers' Statue. The Bronze statue shows a family arriving on Wakefield Quay in 1842. It was commissioned in 2005 by former Nelson sculptor Anthony Stones."
The sculptor in England intended this work to face the sea; the Nelson City Council installed it facing the new waterfront apartments because, they reasoned, people can stand around the sculpture and have pictures taken with the sea in the background.
But think about it: if you just arrived at a new land, hoping to create a better life for you and your family after six or eight or ten weeks of arduous sea travel, would you already be looking back to where you came from, or towards the land where you are going to make your dreams comes true? Meg reckons the City Council got it right this time.