June 19, 2018
Lottery boost for Tūranga Cook memorial
Gisborne has secured $3 million from the Lottery Significant Project fund for construction of a 1000 year walkway that is part of its Puhi Kai Iti/Cook Landing Site upgrade project.
Council chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann says the grant also covers a commemoration area on the Tītīrangi reserve to acknowledge Te Maro, the rangatira killed during the first encounter with Cook's crew.
The walkway includes features and signage telling the story of the place over 1000 years to include both early Māori arriving on waka and Cook’s arrival in 1769.
Lead designer Cathy Challinor was responsible for the winning New Zealand memorial garden to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele at the Passchendaele Memorial Museum 1917, in Belgium.
The upgrade project is a partnership project between Ngāti Oneone, Department of Conservation and the council.
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