University of Canty crane farewelled
Condolences came flooding in this week for the loss of a university campus institution.
University of Canterbury students farewelled the last of the construction tower cranes to leave campus – with a funeral and a sausage sizzle.
The crane was thrust into the spotlight in 2015 after students created a UC Crane Facebook page in its honour, which gained more than 4600 followers.
Students ‘‘honoured his departure’’ with a formal farewell on September 20, with about 300 students attending a funeral service held on campus.
The service included a wreathlaying and a performance of The Last Post.
‘‘He was many things to a lot of us. A father figure, a friend to burden our problems, a guardian to watch over us as we sweltered in the over bearing heat of James Height.
‘‘But he is leaving,’’ a post on the UC Crane Facebook page read.
‘‘It was a bit of a laugh,’’ University of Canterbury Students’ Association ( UCSA) president James Addington said.
‘‘Obviously it was good timing to put on a funeral.’’
Students left condolences in a box at the ceremony.
‘‘Who will I look up to now? You’ll be sorely missed’’, ‘‘stay long and strong’’ and ‘‘rest your neck mate’’ were some of the students’ messages.
The crane had been used on a Hawkins Construction site working on the new Rehua building, replacing the former commerce building that was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake, Addington said.
He said most students knew about the fan page and the cranes had been an everyday sight on campus for the last few years.
‘‘They’ve obviously seen a lot of cranes on campus,’’ he said.
‘‘The cranes leaving is a sign we’re coming into a bit of a new phase on campus.
‘‘We’re coming into a lot of the major projects opening up.
‘‘The engineering, science [buildings] all open up in the coming months and Rehua also.’’
He said the crane had become a personality around campus.
It was jokingly nominated for Addington’s role as UCSA president in 2015.
The university put razor wire around the construction cranes on campus in 2015 to stop adventurous students climbing the structures.
Canterbury University students had a funeral for the final crane on campus