Valerie to start digging the CRL tunnel
An Auckland 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, 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 submitted by both Jasmine Matthews and Kauri Poki in honour of Adams’ strength.
The womens shot putter has two Olympic gold medals and four world championship gold medals to her name. Most recently she won silver at the Rio Olympics.
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.
She said she would have preferred being named after a Ferrari but did see the funny side.
‘‘It’s kind of hilarious, I just hope one day I can ride on this machine.’’
Maia is the name for the smaller machine and was submitted by eight-year-old Estherbella Haenga. it was a ‘‘wonderful’’ opportunity to participate in the competition.
‘‘To think they can all take a ride on the CRL in years to come and know they’ve been part of its creation makes this meaningful and special.’’
The two machines will replace the existing stormwater main and
Jasmine Matthews named one of the tunnel boring machines Valerie, after Olympic gold medalist Valerie Adams.