Story: East Coast places

James Cook: memorial on Kaiti Hill (3rd of 5)

James Cook: memorial on Kaiti Hill

‘Cook’ looks suitably naval, as befits a ship’s captain, in this statue on Kaiti Hill, overlooking Gisborne. It was erected to commemorate the bicentenary of his visit, in 1969, but in fact is an ‘imposter'. It is a bronze casting of a marble statue imported from Italy, by Captain Cook Breweries in Auckland, and is not a likeness of Cook.

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Monty Soutar, 'East Coast places - Gisborne', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2019)

Story by Monty Soutar, updated 30 Mar 2015