June 11, 2018
Gisborne Cook memorial to get overhaul
Ngati Oneone and Gisborne District Council's Tairawhiti Navigations project have submitted concepts for upgrading the site where Captain James Cook landed in 1769.
De-Arne Sutherland from Tairawhiti Navigations says Turanga's three iwi, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngai Tamanuhiri and Rongowhakaata, and other stakeholders said they wanted a connection between Puhi Kai Iti and the nearby Titirangi Reserve.
The plans include landscaping, sculpture and storytelling elements constructed in conjunction with an upgrade to the existing monument as well as a brings to the reserve which is being called the 1000 year walkway.
A commemoration area will be developed on Titirangi to acknowledge Te Maro, a significant tipuna.
The work, which will be funded by the Department of Conservation and other external sources, needs to be completed in time for sester-centennial commemorations in 2019 of the first encounters between Maori and Europeans.
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