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Endeavour replicas stored, not destroyed: council CEO

GISBORNE District Council disputes an assessment the Endeavour replicas have been “destroyed”.

In a story in yesterday’s Gisborne Herald, Martin Kibble, a son of one of the men who built the original replicas, said he had seen them and they were “destroyed”.

Council chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann said the council was “working with the wider group to formulate design and costings, as well as some volunteer labour from EIT to restore them, which is subject to council approval”.

A report was going to the council’s community development and services committee for its March meetings.

“We have had these stored at a contractor’s yard until July 2017, from where we relocated them to be stored in the Gardens depot lock-up,” said Ms Thatcher Swann

“We understand that whilst at the contractor’s yard they were stored in an appropriate manner and since they have been moved have been kept in a safe environment,” she said.

Two of the sons of the men who built the original Endeavour replicas want new replicas built and erected in the city, like their wooden predecessors, in time for the 2019 Te Ha commemorations.

Mr Kibble told Gisborne district councillors that new aluminium or stainless steel Endeavour replicas could be built by volunteers and EIT Tairawhiti students.

The original wooden Endeavour replicas for the 1969 Cook Bicentenary, stood in Gladstone Road, either in the city centre or near Campion College, for many years afterwards.

They were removed from public display in 2016 out of concern they were a health and safety risk.