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Breather: Rata Olsen Scouts take a break for a photo
after collectively climbing Te Mata Peak 136 times as
part of their Everest Challenge.
Made it!: Rata Olsen Scout Matthew Foote, right,
completing his 7th trip up the peak with Scout leader
Andrew ''Nooshka'' Wilton, middle, who also
managed to make it to the top.
The Rata Olsen Scout Troop celebrated the anni-
versary of Sir Edmond Hillary s ascent of Mount
Everest on May 29 by attempting to climb the
equivalent distance up Te Mata Peak.
In an amazing feat, the scout troop not only
succeeded in matching Sir Hillary, but surpassed
In the overnight non-stop relay effort, coined
The Everest Challenge, the scouts collectively
completed 136 trips up and down the Peak, which
was the equivalent of climbing Mt Everest four-
The youngest scouts to complete the trip were
members of the Keas group, who were as young as
five, while the most trips were done by Breeanna
Austin, 12, and Joseph Austin, 14, who both com-
pleted nine round trips.
As well as a celebration of Sir Edmond Hillary s
achievement, the weekend was also used as a
fundraiser for the Rata Olsen Scouts. Scouts
received sponsorship for every trip they com-
pleted, as well as donations, and were able to raise
more than $3000 to go towards new equipment.
Gemco scores museum
Treasure house: Work on the new museum
will begin within weeks.
Havelock North s Gemco Construction
has secured the contract for the $18
million redevelopment of the Hawke s
Bay Museum and Art Gallery in Napier.
Mayor Barbara Arnott says the
decision is a major milestone in the devel-
opment of the HBMAG s Marine Parade
I am thrilled that the opportunity to
build an iconic home for the treasures of
Hawke s Bay has gone to a proven local
business -- such a development can only
be seen as doubly good for the city and
region, she says.
The redevelopment includes the build-
ing of a contemporary wing on the corner
of Herschell and Tennyson streets, which
will form the new entrance to the
HBMAG complex. This new wing will
house six exhibition galleries over three
levels, an education suite and a large
foyer, shop and reception area.
The new building will connect through
ground level exhibition galleries to the
Century Theatre and the 1930s Louis
Hay designed wing. The original
entrance to this building will be
reinstated and it will house the Hawke s
Bay Regional Archive and the Bestall
Gallery. The Century Theatre, designed
by Guy Natusch in 1977, will be retained,
and a cafe will be a new feature of the
This HBMAG site will be handed over
to Gemco in later this month when prep-
aration and construction on the site can
But first the company has to remove
the old Borough Council Chambers build-
ing on the corner of Marine Pde and
This building -- which dates back to
1874, though it has been much changed
over the years -- is moving about three of
blocks to Byron St, behind the Hawke s
Bay Club. It will probably be cut into
pieces for the shift.
Originally the council planned to
demolish the old building, but the His-
toric Places Trust insisted on keeping it.
That will be a substantial cost, not
only the move but making it good after-
wards, Mrs Arnott said. It s such a
creaky old building, with no internal sup-
port, she said. It does impact on the
overall funding for the whole project.
However, Mrs Arnott said she was
pleased with the tender price, which was
within the council s budget.
The museum has already closed, with
staff having moved out to temporary
They are preparing 15 different
exhibitions for the reopening, and more
for the future. Cataloguing and edu-
cation were continuing.
The tenders received were evaluated
using a quality-based system that
enabled tenderers to compete on price
and quality, to ensure construction is
delivered to a high level of finish for this
landmark and to ensure that the Hawke s
Bay Museums Trust collection and
objects displayed in the new exhibition
spaces will be maintained in line with
Gemco Construction s recent major
projects include the EIT Trades Centre
(2011), Hawke s Bay Sportspark Grand-
stand (2010) and the All Saints Church in
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