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Build-up lacking for Tuia 250

Opinion Piece

One month out from the great sestercentennial event, where is the excitement, the build-up and, more to the point, the benefit?

A lot of money has been spent, but what is it doing for Gisborne?

Not a lot, it would seem.

Story-telling mistakes have been pointed out but remain uncorrected. Is this how we tell our history to the world?

No sign of the Endeavour models, as expected.

Bits remain unfinished. What is going to be done about the fenced-off pile of dirt by the Waikanae Creek mouth?

And on the national scene, where is the promotion of this supposedly important national event?

Four weeks out, barely a whisper anywhere.

Another millennium-like flop? Well, we do have some nice pathways.

But a tourist-pulling, economy booster? Another fail mark here, one suspects.

Oh, and by the way, in the coming weeks can we all please try hard not to mention the Cook name and cast a blight on the festivities?

Roger Handford