Alice picked as borer’s name
What have Kiri Te Kanawa, Tinkerbell from Peter Pan, suffragette Kate Sheppard, Greek goddesses and the late Maori queen got in common?
They are all among the names suggested by Auckland children in the naming competition for the huge machine that will dig the Waterview tunnels.
However it was Alice from Alice in Wonderland that was the clear winner in public voting which finished last week.
The name Alice was submitted by 9-year-old Branden Hall from Everglade Primary in Manukau.
His reason for choosing Alice was that, just like Alice in Wonderland, the tunnel boring machine (TBM) would go through a tunnel (rabbit hole) and ‘‘Wonderland’’ would be on the other side.
He will be able to go through the ‘‘rabbit hole’’ made by Alice by early 2017, when the Waterview Connection will be completed.
The naming of TBMs after women is a longheld tunnelling tradition and last month the Waterview Connection project asked Auckland primary children to nominate their ideas.
Alice was named as the winner at Everglade Primary School on Friday morning.
Waterview’s TBM was designed by Herrenknecht, fabricated at the company’s manufacturing plant in China and will weigh as much as 750 elephants.
The progress can be tracked on the machine’s own Facebook page.
The $1.4 billion Waterview Connection is the biggest of several NZ Transport Agency projects underway or planned to complete Auckland’s western ring route.
Go to centralleader. co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a video of Branden Hall being presented with his prize.