Stay at work­ers’ vil­lage costs $150 a night

Kaikoura Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JEF­FREY KITT

A room with an en­suite, three meals a day, shut­tle trans­port and ac­cess to a shared gym for $150 a night.

It might sound like a plush ho­tel try­ing to sell a week­end get­away, but it is the go­ing rate at the work­ers’ vil­lage in Kaik­oura.

The pur­pose-built, pre­fab­ri­cated Fyffe Rd cam­pus houses 270 to 300 work­ers on the State High­way 1 and Main North Line re­builds on any given day.

Some earthquake re­cov­ery work­ers are pay­ing up to $150 a day to stay at the North Can­ter­bury Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Re­cov­ery al­liance (NCTIR) tem­po­rary vil­lage.

For the same price, pro­vid­ing they book in ad­vance, work­ers could stay on the wa­ter­front at The White Morph Ho­tel Kaik­oura, com­plete with bal­cony, kitch­enette and queen-sized bed.

NCTIR stake­holder and en­gage­ment man­ager Mike Se­abourne said the vil­lage was pro­vided to NCTIR staff and any sub­con­tracted com­pa­nies work­ing on the re­cov­ery ef­fort.

The ma­jor­ity of vil­lage work­ers had their ac­com­mo­da­tion cov­ered by con­trac­tual agree­ments be­tween the al­liance and each sub­con­trac­tor, he said.

How­ever, Se­abourne was un­able to pro­vide the rate in­cluded in the con­tracts due to com­mer­cial sen­si­tiv­ity.

Work­ers stay­ing at the vil­lage with­out an ac­com­mo­da­tion agree­ment with NCTIR were sub­ject to a $150 daily rate.

Peo­ple who stayed at the work­ers’ vil­lage with­out an ac­com­mo­da­tion con­tract likely worked in the sur­round­ing re­gion on other projects such as the al­ter­nate in­land route.

The trans­port al­liance used Spray Marks as an ex­am­ple, a com­pany that sup­plied traf­fic man­age­ment ser­vices.

NCTIR act­ing project di­rec­tor Manea Sweeney said Spray Marks had teams lo­cated across the coastal cor­ri­dor from Waipara to Clarence.

‘‘[They] find their own ac­com­mo­da­tion for their team as re­quired to suit the lo­ca­tions they are in, for ex­am­ple near Mt Ly­ford, or on the Pic­ton to Christchurch al­ter­nate route, through Murchi­son and St Ar­naud. Spray Marks has agreed [to] this ap­proach with NCTIR,’’ she said.

Work­ers in the vil­lage with­out an ac­com­mo­da­tion con­tract were the ex­cep­tion and not the rule, a NZ Trans­port Agency spokes­woman said.

The site at Fyffe Rd in Kaik­oura, which had been an empty pad­dock, also pro­vided re­cre­ational fa­cil­i­ties, a din­ing hall, laun­dry and a gym­na­sium.

‘‘For work­ers stay­ing at the vil­lage, break­fast in­cludes a se­lec­tion of ce­re­als, fresh fruit, yo­ghurt and toast or a cooked break­fast,’’ Se­abourne said.

‘‘Each worker stay­ing at the vil­lage re­ceives a packed lunch con­sist­ing of fresh fruit, sand­wiches, a muesli bar, bot­tled water and other snacks.’’

The vil­lage, which opened in July, con­tained 75 units, each with four self-con­tained be­d­rooms and en­suites.

As well as the tem­po­rary vil­lage, there were about 50 work­ers in leased ac­com­mo­da­tion in Clarence.

NCTIR did not dis­close the ex­pected fi­nal cost of pro­vid­ing the work­ers’ vil­lage, cit­ing com­mer­cial sen­si­tiv­i­ties.

The work­ers’ vil­lage was ex­pected to be in use un­til the re­builds were com­pleted, Se­abourne said.

PHOTO: PIPPA BROWN/STUFF

The 75 units each have a mod­est self-con­tained bed­room and en­suite.

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