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.
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.