Valerie starts the City Rail Link dig
A City Rail Link digging machine has been named after Olympic gold medalist Valerie Adams - unbeknownst to her.
Florence and the Machine, Little Red Riding Hood, Greek goddess Athena and Kowhai were all put forward by students at Sir Edmund Hillary School in Papakura for two boring machines that will dig under Auckland’s CBD.
But it was Valerie and Maia that were chosen to name the machines that Connectus, a McConnell Dowell and Hawkins joint venture, will use to dig the City Rail Link (CRL) Albert St stormwater tunnels.
The name Valerie was submit- ted by both Jasmine Matthews and Kauri Poki in honour of Adams’ strength.
Adams says she was quite surprised when she found out she was the namesake for the machine.
‘‘It’s quite an interesting object to have named after me, but I guess it’s appropriate because it’s strong and so am I,’’ Adams said.
‘‘It’s kind of hilarious, I just hope one day I can ride on this machine.’’
Maia, which means brave in Maori, is the name for the smaller machine and was submitted by eight-year-old Estherbella Haenga.
The CRL is set to cost between $2.5 billion and $3.4b and is expected to be completed by 2022.
Jasmine Matthews named one of the tunnel boring machines Valerie, after Olympic gold medalist Valerie Adams.