Date with Alice auc­tioned off

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA

The huge bor­ing ma­chine known as Alice is tak­ing on a char­i­ta­ble role to help in the fight against can­cer.

Four tick­ets are be­ing auc­tioned on Trade Me for peo­ple to visit the ma­chine which is be­ing used to con­struct the Water­view mo­tor­way tun­nels.

All pro­ceeds from the on­line auc­tion will go to the Can­cer So­ci­ety as part of the Water­view Con­nec­tion work­ers’ fundrais­ing cam­paign to col­lect $20,000 for can­cer re­search.

Well-Con­nected Al­liance project di­rec­tor John Bur­den says it pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity to be at the edge of the coun­try’s largest ever road­ing project while sup­port­ing a cause that’s per­sonal for many of the team.

The project’s big lifting gantry which is help­ing to con­struct the mo­tor­way-to-mo­tor­way in­ter­change at Water­view is named after Al­liance worker Den­nis Wereta, who died of can­cer at the age of 33. It’s painted yel­low in his hon­our.

When the suc­cess­ful bid­ders visit next year they will also be able to see the work Den­nis the gantry is do­ing above ground, Bur­den says.

The Well-Con­nected Al­liance is con­struct­ing the Water­view Con­nec­tion to link the north­west­ern and south­west­ern mo­tor­ways for the NZ Trans­port Agency. The two three-lane tun­nels and ad­join­ing mo­tor­way-to-mo­tor­way in­ter­change are due to open to traf­fic in early 2017.

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