Kaikoura Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

It was the town’s worst-kept se­cret. NCTIR had al­ways aimed for a mid-De­cem­ber opening of the road north to Pic­ton. We’ve waited so long to re­con­nect to the north and now it’s only five weeks away.

We still have a bit of uncer­tainty with the roads to get through yet. There will be un­sealed sur­faces, lane clo­sures and the road will be closed overnight. State High­way 1 south has a few more weekly clo­sures sched­uled and planned clo­sures can be ex­pected on SH1 north.

It’s time to ac­knowl­edge just how hard peo­ple have worked on New Zealand’s big­gest road and rail project and how dif­fi­cult it has been for Kaiko¯ura in the last year.

Al­ready some con­trac­tors are start­ing to hang up their boots and move on to their next job. They worked long hours through freezing cold days and nights, and dealt with frus­tra­tions in­clud­ing two cy­clonic del­uges.

Of­ten we’ve just caught glimpses of your flu­oro jack­ets when you’ve ducked into town, but we knew you were there.

On be­half of Kaiko¯ura - thank you - we will al­ways be grate­ful for what you have done.

Ni­cola Coburn, 03 520 8900 or ni­cola.coburn@fair­fax­me­ Bron­wyn Wadding­ton 03 546 2836 or bron­wyn.wadding­ton@fair­fax­me­ Pippa Brown, 027 556 7971 or pippa.brown@fair­fax­me­ 2877 or stu.hunt@fair­fax­me­ kkstar@mar­l­ex­ Pick up a copy from Top Shop, New World, BP, Cal­tex, On The Spot Express, The Dairy, Four Square Su­per­mar­ket, Pa­per Plus, Kaiko¯ura i-Site Vis­i­tor Cen­tre.


De­liv­ered ev­ery Wed­nes­day.

Stu Hunt, 03 546

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