Offers of help trickle in as waka's deadline nears

HANNAH MCLEOD
Last updated 05:00 22/07/2014
Stoney Bourke
ROBYN EDIE/ Fairfax NZ

BIG DREAM: Bluff man Stoney Bourke with part of his double waka in a shed in Bluff.

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The community is stepping up to help waka visionary Stoney Bourke.

Bourke's 20-year project to build the double waka has a deadline, with his lease on the shed where he works on it set to expire in six months.

Earlier this month he made a public appeal for help to ensure his waka gets finished.

"A local man has suggested a couple of potential sheds I could move to, which I'm investigating."

An Invercargill woman who worked with troubled youth had asked if she could bring them along to help out, he said.

"I told her she could bring two down at a time . . . so they can see how big people can dream," Bourke said.

He has also scheduled a meeting with Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt to discuss ideas for the waka's use when completed.

One of Bourke's more creative ideas was to put wheels and a sail on the waka and race it down Oreti Beach, possibly as part of Burt Munro celebrations.

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