If Mount Maunganui's iconic Mountie surfer statue could talk, he'd be saying "put me back where I belong".

That's according to Tauranga City councillor Leanne Brown.

Mountie has been missing in action - stored in an undisclosed location - for more than a year, but a hunt for a new home is under way.

Commissioned by Mount Mainstreet and created by sculptor Donald Paterson, it is perhaps ironic that a bespoke statue representing sun and surf be secreted away from the light of day.

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Mountie stood on the front porch of the Mount Mainstream office greeting people since 2005.

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