Mystery guest to unveil Carter statue

By Alisa Yong alisa.yong@age.co.nz -
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Carterton mayor John Booth (left) and Allan Renall at Millennium Park, Carterton. PHOTO/LYNDA FERINGA
Carterton mayor John Booth (left) and Allan Renall at Millennium Park, Carterton. PHOTO/LYNDA FERINGA

A "HIGH profile New Zealander" will officially unveil the statue of Carterton's founding father next month.

Carterton Lions Club statue convener Allan Renall said they were unable to name the mystery guest who will be unveiling the Charles Rooking Carter statue, but said residents would not be disappointed.

"The word is out that we want everyone to come for the day -- it's going to be worthwhile."

It was hard to believe that after two-and-a-half years of planning and fundraising the big moment was so close, Mr Renall said.

"Now that we are coming to the sharp end all of a sudden, it's all systems go and just organising for the day -- it's quite exciting."

It was hoped the 2-metre tall bronze statue cast in Auckland would also appeal to visitors, he said.

"Hopefully it will make it that much more inviting to hop out and go for a walk.

And the upgraded park will be a real asset to the town. We hope the statue will enable people to understand an important part of the town's history."

Mayor John Booth said he was looking forward to seeing the statue in place at the newly-developed Millennium Park. The town owed a lot to Charles Rooking Carter, Mr Booth said.

"He had the vision to see the potential of our district and the energy to complete a wide range of projects. And our community continues to benefit from his generosity to this day. It's entirely fitting that the people of Carterton have recognised his contribution with a statue."

The unveiling will take place at 1.30pm, February 11.

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