The bunting’s up and the signage is complete, as Te Kuiti prepares to honour two of their favourite sons – All Black legends Sir Colin and Stan Meads.
The official unveiling of the Sir Colin Meads statue and the opening of the Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition is being held in the rugby brothers’ home town today.
Last week the finishing touches have been applied to display a lifetime of memorabilia celebrating the Meads’ remarkable playing careers.
Attending today’s event will be rugby commentator Keith Quinn (MC), New Zealand Rugby and New Zealand Rugby Foundation representatives and VIPs (Very Injured Players), former All Blacks including Sir Brian Lochore, Bryan Williams and Tane Norton, Waitomo mayor Brian Hanna as well as the Meads family, friends, locals and school children.
The centrepiece of the entire occasion will be the unveiling of the larger than life bronze statue of Sir Colin at 1.30pm followed by the opening of the exhibition at 3pm.
The tribute project to Sir Colin is being driven by the town’s Legendary Te Kuiti (LTK) committee and funded by sponsors, donations and grants.
LTK marketing officer Yvette Ronaldson says preparations are on track for what will be a huge day for the entire community.
“The statue looks amazing, it’s packed and ready to come down to Te Kuiti,” she says.
“The exhibition is also making good progress, and although it is difficult to decide what to display, it will be ready on Monday.
“We have had wonderful support for this project from a range of businesses, the Waitomo District Council, rugby fans and local people, and we are grateful to everyone who has helped in some way.”
Yvette says LTK are expecting a large crowd to attend so in conjunction with the Waitomo District Council, the main street has been “spruced up” to ensure it is looking its best for the highly anticipated event.
“We want to create a festive atmosphere to make everyone feel welcome so we’ve been working with the Waitomo District Council to ensure we showcase Te Kuiti.
“It’s definitely a community event and everybody is invited to come along because it’s not just a celebration for Sir Colin and Stan and the Meads family, it’s also a celebration for Te Kuiti and we want as many people there as possible to enjoy the special day.”