Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Chance to bid for a visit to meet Alice at Waterview


28 August 2014 | NZ Transport Agency - Auckland

Chance to bid for a visit to meet Alice at Waterview

Alice, the huge boring machine constructing Auckland’s Waterview motorway tunnels, is taking on a new role and using her mechanical muscle to help in the fight against cancer.

Four opportunities for people to go underground to visit Alice are being auctioned on TradeMe by workers on the Waterview Connection project. All proceeds from the on-line auction will be donated to the Cancer Society for research into a cure for the disease.

“It will be a great opportunity to be right at the very edge of the country’s largest-ever roading project, and at the same time support a cause that is very personal and close for many of our team,” says the Project Director of the Well-Connected Alliance, John Burden.

One of the Alliance workers, Dennis Wereta, died from cancer at the age of 33. The project’s big lifting gantry helping construct the motorway-to-motorway interchange at Waterview is named Dennis in his honour and is painted daffodil yellow, the Cancer Society’s official colour.

“As well as going underground for Alice, the successful bidders will also be able to see the work Dennis is doing above ground,” Mr Burden says.

The on-line auction is one part of the workers’ fundraising campaign this year to collect a total of $20,000 for cancer research.

The TradeMe auction starts tomorrow (Friday 29 August) and will close on Saturday 6 September. Alice is currently nearing the end of the first tunnel, and the successful bidders will visit her next year when she has set off on her return journey from Waterview to Owairaka. The address for the TradeMe auction is:http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=772850389

The Well-Connected Alliance is constructing the Waterview Connection to link the Northwestern and Southwestern Motorways (State Highways 16 and 20) for the NZ Transport Agency. The two 3-lane tunnels and adjoining motorway-to-motorway interchange are due to open to traffic in early 2017.


The link will complete the Western Ring Route – one of the Government’s seven national roads of significance – to create a 47 kilometre-long motorway alternative to SH1 and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

The Well-Connected Alliance which includes the NZ Transport Agency, Fletcher Construction, McConnell Dowell, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Beca Infrastructure, Tonkin & Taylor and Japanese construction company Obayashi Corporation. Sub-alliance partners are Auckland-based Wilson Tunnelling and Spanish tunnel controls specialists SICE.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

#SaveCampbellLive : Mediaworks Delivered 104,000 Petition Signatures At TV3's Newton HQ
#PonyTailGate #TailGate Full Coverage

Pukeahu Park : ANZAC 100th Anniversary Dawn Service In Pictures

Roughly 18,000 people gathered this morning at Pukeahu Memorial Park for the Anzac day centenary. Anticipating the large turnout, patrons arrived as early as 4.30. It was virtually impossible to get near the Memorial after 5am. By 6, the crowds on Taranaki Street had stretched as far back as the Z Petrol station.

The screens erected around the park displayed the live events to those who had turned up. The heat generated by the huge number of people caused many to take a turn. Medics and ambulances were on hand for the fainting crowd members. Only twenty minutes into the ceremony, one medic said they had already dealt with 15 to 20 spells. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news