Plan to seek funding for Endeavour replicas
Plans are underway to seek funding to restore the iconic Endeavour replicas.
The Community Development and Services committee yesterday approved a recommendation to instruct the chief executive to seek funding and partners to have the replicas restored and reinstated.
Councillor Shannon Dowsing put forward the alternative recommendation to seek external funding options to reinstate them, rather than storing them for another 3 years.
Arts in Public Places and Te Ha were two of the community organisations mentioned as possible partners.
Councillor Larry Foster said Council should be the facilitator and installer and have “skin in the game.”
“We don’t want to pass the buck. It’s our responsibility to make sure they are replaced.”
The two replicas were built in 1969 as part of the Cook Bicentenary celebrations and installed on Gladstone Road near Campion College and at Derby Street.
They were rebuilt several times over the years but deteriorated to the point they became a health and safety risk, with material dropping onto the road and cars passing underneath.
It was then decided to put the replicas into storage and consider them as part of the Te Ha commemorations and Council led Navigations project.
The Gisborne Herald’s recent online poll showed 61 percent of respondents wanted both models to be instated, while 29 percent wanted one endeavour and one waka.
Endeavour model supporter Martin Kibble was at the meeting and said computer-aided design (CAD) aluminium Endeavour models, previously designed and costed by boat builder Rex Briant, of White Pointer Boats, could possibly be completed by Christmas.
The most cost effective method of restoring the replicas is $14,000 per boat, if free labour was provided.