Kurow is calling on 175,000 fans of Richie McCaw to help fund a statue of their hero in the town:
The small Waitaki town of Kurow needs 175,000 Richie McCaw fans to help erect a bronze statue of the All Blacks great, right where he kicked off his legendary career.
It was hoped the life-sized statue of the most capped test rugby player of all time would bring economic growth and more visitors to the Waitaki Valley.
McCaw grew up in the Hakataramea Valley just across the Waitaki River from Kurow where he began playing rugby for the local club. . .
Kurow-local Bob Watherston had a dream to erect the bronze statue of the world’s greatest rugby player.
The former chairman of the Statue Project Committee passed away in November last year, missing out on seeing his dream fulfilled. . .
Along with the Waitaki Valley community, Watherston’s daughter Chrissy Watherston was picking up the slack and has created a Givealittle page, asking for the public’s help.
Watherston asked for 175,000 of McCaw’s fans to pitch in and donate $1 to help get the statue project over the line. . .
Will a statue of McCaw bring more people to the town?
One of Colin Meads attracts fans to Te Kuiti but it is on a main road between other places.
Kurow would require a detour for most travellers but even if the statue doesn’t bring people to the town it might stop those who are passing through.