Crane named in mem­ory of Den­nis

Central Leader - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA

First there was Alice the gi­ant tun­nel-bor­ing ma­chine, now meet Den­nis the huge yel­low gantry crane.

The lift­ing mech­a­nism, which will be a fea­ture of the Water­view Con­nec­tion Project for the next two years, has been painted yel­low in recog­ni­tion of a worker who died of cancer last year.

Den­nis Wer­ata, 33, started work­ing on the project in De­cem­ber 2012 as a steel fixer and builder.

Well-Con­nected Al­liance project man­ager John Bur­den says Mr Wer­ata was a great guy who died too young.

‘‘By nam­ing the gantry af­ter him we can ac­knowl­edge his life for his work­mates and also for his whanau.’’

Wal­ter Nathan is a fore­man on the project and knew Den­nis well.

‘‘He was a hard-work­ing per­son and very fam­i­ly­ori­en­tated. He’d help you out with any­thing, give you the shirt off his back if you needed it,’’ he says.

The colour of the gantry recog­nises the part­ner­ship be­tween the Well-Con­nected Al­liance and the Cancer So­ci­ety Auck­land.

In­te­gra­tion and re­la­tion­ships di­rec­tor for the Well­Con­nected Al­liance Andrew Rose says it’s all part of the al­liance’s goal to cre­ate bet­ter work­ing lives for its staff.

Cancer So­ci­ety chief ex­ec­u­tive John Loof is pleased with the part­ner­ship. ‘‘It not only profiles our work in the com- mu­nity but also helps to raise aware­ness for a very real is­sue faced by many, cancer.’’

Den­nis the gantry is 98 me­tres long, weighs 140 tonnes and was de­signed and built in Italy for the project.

It is be­ing used to con­struct the mas­sive in­ter­change to join the North­west­ern and South­west­ern mo­tor­ways at the north­ern end of the project. It will act as a sup­port by plac­ing enor­mous con­crete beams onto col­umns for the four-ramp in­ter­change.

Mo­torists will use the ramps be­tween the North­west­ern mo­tor­way and the new Water­view tun­nels when they are com­pleted in 2017.

The first night clo­sures to al­low for the work are sched­uled for mid-March, and will af­fect traf­fic leav­ing Great North Rd head­ing west.

More: nzta.govt.nz/projects/ wa­ter­view­con­nec­tion.

Photo: KA­RINA ABA­DIA

Al­tru­is­tic ap­proach: In­te­gra­tion and re­la­tion­ships di­rec­tor for the Well-Con­nected Al­liance Andrew Rose says the yel­low gantry at Water­view sym­bol­ises the im­por­tance of look­ing af­ter work­ers’ well­be­ing.

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