Univer­sity of Canty crane farewelled

Christchurch Mail - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MONIQUE STEELE

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.

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Can­ter­bury Univer­sity stu­dents had a fu­neral for the fi­nal crane on cam­pus

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