Min­is­ters need $21k for cross

Cambridge Edition - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE BAIN

A cross which stood at the en­trance of Cam­bridge was once seen as a sign of hope but to the au­thor­i­ties, it was a health and safety prob­lem.

Waipa Dis­trict Coun­cil re­moved the well-known ‘‘Home­com­ing Cross’’, near Lake Te Koo Utu, when work be­gan on the $3.1 mil­lion round­about at the nearby in­ter­sec­tion of Cam­bridge and Vic­to­ria roads.

The round­about was now com­pleted and in­ter­est was build­ing to have a new cross re­in­stated.

The Cam­bridge Min­is­ters As­so­ci­a­tion has started a fund­ing

‘‘The Cam­bridge Min­is­ters As­so­ci­a­tion has started a fund­ing drive to raise the $21,400 needed for a new cross.’’

drive to raise the $21,400 needed for a new cross, to stand in the same place as the old one.

It’s hoped it could be in sight within the next few months.

The min­is­ters as­so­ci­a­tion signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the coun­cil on the on­go­ing up­keep of the new cross.

The coun­cil made a vis­ual in­spec­tion of the cross in 2017 and de­cided to re­move it be­cause it was deemed a health and safety risk while peo­ple were work­ing on the round­about.

The coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Garry Dyett said the coun­cil had re­searched to find out who owned the cross.

‘‘It has never been a coun­cil as­set and was never our re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide main­te­nance for it,’’ he said.

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