KATE

RES­UR­RECT­ING The wreck of a work­boat built on the Kaipara Har­bour in 1898 is en­joyin­goy­ing an un­usual restora­tion on Wai­he­kee Is­land – but she needs help.

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ate is one of only three sur­viv­ing ex­am­ples of K her type – one of many trad­ing cut­ters that con­trib­uted to New Zealand’s de­vel­op­ment and its mar­itime her­itage. And as might be ex­pected of a 120-year-old lady, her lifestory has been an event­ful voy­age – with nu­mer­ous own­ers and many near-death ex­pe­ri­ences.

Now, in the em­brace of a ded­i­cated team of re­stor­ers on Wai­heke Is­land, she is get­ting a com­plete make-over in prepa­ra­tion for what is sure to be an­other colour­ful chap­ter in her life.

Kate be­longs to the Wai­heke Work­ing Sail Char­i­ta­ble Trust. It plans to op­er­ate a youth de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme based on the is­land. There is only one word to de­scribe how she came to find her new home – serendip­ity. And all thanks to the trust’s char­ter.

Our ob­jec­tive, says trust man­ager Bernard Rhodes, is en­abling young peo­ple to dis­cover their po­ten­tial through learn­ing the tra­di­tional skills of sail­ing and sea­man­ship and, at the same time, pre­serv­ing our nau­ti­cal her­itage. Rhodes is a naval ar­chi­tect.

“Wai­heke is for­tu­nate to have a com­mu­nity of mariners whose ex­pe­ri­ence spans boat­build­ing and sail­ing. These sailors want to see skills and ex­pe­ri­ence pre­served and passed on to a younger gen­er­a­tion. We want to make af­ford­able voy­ages of ad­ven­ture avail­able to all youth on Wai­heke, fo­cus­ing on 13and 14-year olds.

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