Showcase iconic history

LETTER

Recently I was a cruise ship visitor to your city, having not visited for many years. I noticed the “Endeavour” models were no longer on their poles in the main street.

Lately, I have learned they are badly in need of repair and a “Givealittle” page has been set up trying to raise the money for this purpose.

Your area was the first sighted in New Zealand by the crew of the Endeavour. I am appalled that this major historical event is now held with such little honour and respect in your area.

Captain James Cook is a recognised and celebrated hero all around the South Pacific for his discoveries, charting of coastlines, and botanical specimens and other information collected by his crew on the three journeys he made in these waters.

Honolulu has an excellent museum that honours his three journeys and the discoveries made.

As a visitor to your museum, I was sad to see the delapidated state of the “Star Of Canada”. I remember it fondly in a pristeen condition when it stood on the Cobden Street-Childers Road site when I was growing up.

If Gisborne is to grow its cruise ship visitors to your area then you must maintain and respect these iconic pieces of your history for the visitors. They come not just to see your area but also to learn about its iconic history. (Passengers who took the train trip really enjoyed the experience.)

Please note, Tauranga is usually an early port of call for cruise ships and many passengers have already taken a tour to Rotorua from here and experienced Maori culture before they reach Gisborne.

M. Hills, Tauranga

Recently I was a cruise ship visitor to your city, having not visited for many years. I noticed the “Endeavour” models were no longer on their poles in the main street.

Lately, I have learned they are badly in need of repair and a “Givealittle” page has been set up trying to raise the money for this purpose.

Your area was the first sighted in New Zealand by the crew of the Endeavour. I am appalled that this major historical event is now held with such little honour and respect in your area.

Captain James Cook is a recognised and celebrated hero all around the South Pacific for his discoveries, charting of coastlines, and botanical specimens and other information collected by his crew on the three journeys he made in these waters.

Honolulu has an excellent museum that honours his three journeys and the discoveries made.

As a visitor to your museum, I was sad to see the delapidated state of the “Star Of Canada”. I remember it fondly in a pristeen condition when it stood on the Cobden Street-Childers Road site when I was growing up.

If Gisborne is to grow its cruise ship visitors to your area then you must maintain and respect these iconic pieces of your history for the visitors. They come not just to see your area but also to learn about its iconic history. (Passengers who took the train trip really enjoyed the experience.)

Please note, Tauranga is usually an early port of call for cruise ships and many passengers have already taken a tour to Rotorua from here and experienced Maori culture before they reach Gisborne.

M. Hills, Tauranga

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