Boat unveiled at bay playground

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Volunteer efforts are set to be commemorated during an unveiling at the Friendly Bay playground on Saturday.

The Moana, formerly owned by the late Paul Tangney, who was presumed to have drowned at sea 10 years ago, will be officially unveiled as a piece of playground equipment at a private ceremony on Saturday.

Oamaru woman Gloria Hurst, who has been helping to organise the restoration, said the event was a way to thank the volunteers who had put in years of hard work to make the project a reality.

The idea came about in 2010 after a youth forum found young people in the area wanted a drug and alcohol free place to get together and also a playground, she said.

“What came out of that was young people wanted to be involved in the development of the Harbourside.”

“The council enabled the community to work together to create this.

“My job has been supporting the dreams of the children and giving them a voice.”

The boat has been recreated into a piece of the playground, with help from the Oamaru Men’s Shed, the Oamaru Lions Club and others in the community, such as Damien McNamara (who consulted with children for the design), and Trish Shirley (who painted panels which will adorn the sides).

The commemoration will include a blessing from Anne Te Maiharoa-Dodds, speeches, helium balloons and a kapa haka performance from Oamaru Intermediate School.

By RUBY HARFIELD