Moore-Jones Gallipoli Centenary statue takes shape…

What a memorable week: first came the black polished concrete plinth (estimates 2.5-4 tonnes), then the seven tonne chunk of white stone gifted by the Turkish Government and the City of Canakkale, and mounted on the Victoria Street plinth median in the south end heritage precinct… supported on a concrete base with four metre deep piers. We have attempted to keep disruption minimal but have required some street closures…
Such generosity from donors and all the construction companies and people involved, and local businesses so supportive…and mounting interest from passers-by and Media.

Watts & Hughes (Mark Gutry) is a great company to work with, and project manager Maurice Middleton and site manager Andy Etchells are gems. So many involved:

Capt Matt Gauldie (our artist)

Horace Moore-Jones’ family, in particular Cherry Ann Barnaby, Angela Paykel, Julie Moore-Jones and William Scoular & their families, plus all those with connections to share…. including Ross Henderson, the late Pamela Luff & Nancy Henry, & Bruce Jackson.
Ambassador Damla Yeşim Say & her Embassy staff, the Turkish Government & the City of Çanakkale

Contemporary Art Foundry, Marton (Ross Wilson & Roy Harkness)
Don McDonald (construction consultant)
JAWA (Rob Walsham)
Watts & Hughes (Mark Gutry, Maurice Middleton, Andy Etchells)
GMR Holmac Hamilton (Jason Bingley Pase Filitonga & Clinton Healy)
King Group (Phil Taylor)
McLeod Cranes (Scott Mcleod & Aaron Keegan)
Geocon Geotechnical (Mark Mitchell & Geraint Walters)
Feisst Electrical (Marcus Feisst)
Impact Lighting (Scott Waters)
WEL Networks (Malcolm Vaile & Jack Ninnes)
Waikato Security (Chris Mangan & Neil Maternaghan)
Bill Ward (landscape design)
Wairere Nursery (Lloyd and Harry) & Growing Spectrum Kihikihi
Wrathells Concrete (Wayne & Malcolm)
Firths Concrete (Greg Blank)
Accurate Concrete (Jim Cameron)
Flags & Banners Co (Rod Winter)
Wizard Robotics (Jan Kruse)
Artline Memorials and Permalite (Trevor & Ben Hancock)
Porter Group (Kevin Groom)
FindaTruckLoad (Andrew Bishop)
Ken Williamson (Crombie Lockwood Insurance Brokers)
Meteor Theatre Trust (William Farrimond, Charlotte Isaacs, & Deb Nudds)
Jenny Clausen & her donkeys
Hamilton City Brass Band
Susan Hassall (Hamilton Boys’ High) & Marie Gordon (Hamilton Girls’ High) with Head Boy Soumil Singh, Head Girl Tava Tyrell, haka group, Mana Wahine Choir and media crew Kael Kutia, Meshake Ngangambili, & Aaron Bennett
Jason Macklow (Good George Brewing)
Hasan Ozkoc (Babaganush), Halil Asici & Bulent Yaprak (Waikato Turkish Society)
Rupinder Virk (Country Section, NZ Indian Association, Jay Randhawa, Mark Rodrigues
Aesthete Gallery (Rod Tombleson & Lyn Chapman)
Sandy Turner (Hamilton Central Business Association)
Blake Herbert (Auckland Regiment archivist)
Anton Coetzee (Auckland Commerce Club)
Ray Cooper (Nathan archives)
Richard Stowers (historian)
Vazey Child
Print House Ltd
Novatel Tainui Hotel
Hamilton City Council – Mayor Julie Hardaker, Cr Angela O’Leary, & staff

Cheering us all on the sideline are the dollar donors:
Lion Foundation, Lotteries WW100, WEL Trust, Trust Waikato, SKYCITY Hamilton Community Trust, Glenice and John Gallagher, Brian Perry Charitable Trust, Tompkins Wake (Richard Rowley), Simon Upton, Philip Harkness, Harkness Henry (Lynden Earl), Brian Linehan, David Bailey, Bruce Hill, Noel Vickridge, RL Ansell, NJ & IJ Northover, Clive Cleland, David Mannering & members of the Officers Club, Creative Waikato (Adrienne Clothier).

Then there are many others engaged, including:
Our art advisor Hamish Keith & early motivator Campbell Smith, our kaumatua, our MPs Tim Macindoe and David Bennett. We have now touched base with 35 different council staff….