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Sculpture spend queried

Opinion Piece

Recently The Gisborne Herald had an article/photo regarding the Hawaiki Turanga sculpture. In this article it was stated that “The Gisborne Herald reported in 2013 the estimated cost of the sculpture was $355,000 with Gisborne District Council contributing $100,000”. My question is, given that it is now 2019 (six years later), what is the final cost of this sculpture and has the District Council had to contribute any additional money?

W. Bruce

Footnote response from Keita Kohere, GDC director of transformation and relationships:

This project was initiated in 2011, with an artist’s contract let to design and construct a marquette for the sculpture. This was completed at a cost of $10k. The council has spent $138k on the Ruapani sculpture since 2012, with the waharoa being funded by Trotak (Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa).

The council’s standard practice is to pay for the cost of foundations and installation of sculptures on public land, as has been the case with recent works such as Wal and Dog and the soon-to-be-installed surf sculpture at Waikanae Beach.

To date, the council has spent $77k on installation and foundation, with a minimum $50k still expected to be spent. The council will also cover the costs of landscaping around the sculpture, and its ongoing maintenance.