Alice picked as borer’s name

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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