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Major centres are sprouting a growing
crane population, with 76 cranes now on
The Rider Levett Crane Index shows
Christchurch is the country’s crane
capital, with 31 of the giants, followed by
Auckland with 26, Hamilton with seven,
Wellington with six, four in Queenstown
and one each in D unedin and Tauranga.
Chris Haines, Auckland director of
consultants Rider Levett Bucknall, said
national crane numbers rose 7% during
the past six months.
“The Four Avenues area of Christchurch
has recorded a 41% increase in the number
of cranes counted on its city skyline in the
past six months. Twenty-one cranes have
been removed or dismantled as projects
or parts of larger projects near completion
but 30 new cranes are now on site, making
Christchurch the NZ crane capital,”
Cranes are on the sites of the Justice
Precinct, Cashel Square, Awley
development and many are in the
reconstruction zone in Gloucester Street,
Cambridge Terrace and Hereford Street.
Work has also started at the Southern
Cross Hospital and Christ ’s College,
according to Haines.
In Auckland, the crane population rose
4% in the past six months, including
at Metlifecare’s The Poynton between
Takapuna and Milford and an additional
crane on the University of Auckland ’s
science centre project on Symonds Street.
Cranes are on apartment blocks rising in
Howe Street, Ponsonby, Eden Terrace, and
Queenstown has seen a big increase in
the number of cranes with three new
ones erected, all for commercial projects
— o n e in Shotover Street and two in
Frankton. A single crane had been erected
at the Shotover Primary School, Haines
“ Wellington has remained steady with
six cranes, equal to the previous count.
For the residential sector there has been
a crane removed at each of Rugby Street,
Cable Street and Clyde Quay and the
continuation of Taranaki Street, leaving
just one crane for the residential sector.
“Civil maintain two cranes with the
continuation of Buckle Street tunnel and
the commercial sector has one crane each
for commencements at Wigan Street, The
Terrace and Waterloo Quay.”
— New Zealand Herald
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Truck driver Shane Runga was on
his way to pick up his last load of the
day when he says he came across a car
driving towards him on his side of the
“ I just said ‘shit, no, no!’ and then
Mr Runga, 33, of Tokoroa, was
southbound on Waingaro Road about
3km southwest of Ngaruawahia when
he said he saw a 2005 Nissan March,
driven by a woman, moving towards
him as he rounded a bend.
The front right side of the woman’s
vehicle collided with the front left of
his unladen logging truck yesterday
The impact of the collision spun her
vehicle around 360 degrees before it
came to rest in a fence on the side of
It was Mr Runga’s first crash in four
years of driving trucks.
“If it was a head-on collision it would
have been different,” Mr Runga said.
“It could have been a lot worse.”
Mr Runga said he jumped out of his
truck and raced to the woman’s car,
which was smoking.
“She was in pain and the car was
smoking so I ripped the battery out
and got the fire extinguisher out of my
truck,” he said.
“Some guy in a car then came by and,
luckily, he had a first aid kit — he was
Waikato District Fire Commander
Roy Breeze said the woman was
trapped in her car, which he described
as a complete write-off, for about 40
minutes as fire crews from Ngaruawahia
and Hamilton used cutting equipment
to free her.
She was taken to Waikato Hospital
with what are believed to be moderate
injuries to her back, right hip and arms.
— New Zealand Herald
Driver’s lucky escape
Christchurch becomes crane capital
PICTURE: Getty Images
A crane allows an inspector to sur vey a quake-damaged house in Christchurch.
Judith Collins says she is angry and
disappointed after being blindsided by Prime
Minister John Key ’s decision to deny her a
title routinely awarded to former ministers —
learning of it from the media yesterday.
The former Justice Minister yesterday
said she had just left a funeral when she
was contacted by media and asked about
the decision to withhold the title “ The
Honourable” from her — it was the first she
knew of it.
The title is awarded to former ministers
and some ser ving ministers by the Governor
General, on the recommendation of the Prime
Minister, in recognition of their ser vices. But
in a post-election update of the Roll of the
Honourables, Ms Collins’ name was left off.
Ms Collins resigned her ministerial
portfolios in the leadup to last month’s
election after an e-mail emerged which
appeared to link her to a blog campaign to
undermine former Serious Fraud Office
boss Adam Feeley. Mr Key has initiated a
Government inquiry into the matter.
She said she was “deeply surprised” by Mr
Key ’s decision to deny her the title.
“I haven’t done anything wrong and ... I
continue to stand by everything I said ...
but I’m even more surprised not to have
had anyone speak to me about it. It ’s up to
John (Key). It’s his decision. I’ve spoken to
(the Prime Minister’s chief of staff ) Wayne
Eagleson and told him I’m very annoyed
and disappointed to have found out via the
She said Mr Eagleson told her it would
be restored if she was cleared by the
inquiry — which she was confident would
“I think once the inquiry gets through and
everything else, it will be sorted out but I can’t
make any comment about the inquiry.”
She said Mr Eagleson had not explained
why she was not told. Asked if she thought
it was deliberate or petty, Ms Collins said:
“ People might think that. But they ’ve got a
lot on their plates.”
Asked if the Prime Minister had given any
indication of what her future prospects were
if she was cleared, Ms Collins said that was
a matter for Mr Key. “I’m very pleased being
the member for Papakura.”
There is very little precedent for what has
happened, especially to a former minister of
Labour deputy leader Annette King said it
seemed like bad management that Ms Collins
was not told by the Prime Minister’s office.
“It makes me wonder whether maybe there
are questions to be answered.”
A spokesman for Mr Key said: “It’s the
Prime Minister’s intention, should Ms
Collins be cleared in the current inquiry,
to recommend to the Governor General
that she be granted the use of the title ‘ The
Honourable’ for life.”
The recently updated Roll of the
Honourables shows former Courts Minister
Chester Borrows who lost his portfolio in
Mr Key ’s post-election Cabinet reshuffle
was granted the title on October 8 as was
departing Maori Affairs Minister Pita
Sharples, and Whanau Ora Minister Tariana
Turia. — New Zealand Herald
Collins angered by title snub
A man who suffered an electric shock when
the mast of a boat struck power lines realises
he has cheated death but is “back to his cheeky
Masterton man Riki Te Tau, 38, was
manoeuvring the boat out of the water when
the mast struck overhead lines at the Outward
Bound School in Marlborough on Monday.
Mr Te Tau was not an Outward Bound
student, but the partner of an instructor who
lives on site.
Staff performed CPR before Mr Te Tau was
airlifted to Wellington Hospital, where he was
in a stable condition yesterday.
Outward Bound chief executive Trevor
Taylor said Mr Te Tau was in good spirits.
“He’s back to his cheeky self,” he said.
“He’s talking, he’s laughing. He realises he’s
been there and back.”
Mr Taylor said Mr Te Tau remembered
looking up and realising he was being shocked
before blacking out. He came to when he was
resuscitated. O utward Bound would conduct
a review. Mr Taylor said Work Safe had
already looked into the event and would not
investigate further. — APNZ
Man survives shock after boat strikes lines
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