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The cutting head and shield at
the front are as high as a four-
The heaviest of the machine's
parts will be the 260 tonne main
drive for the cutting head, while
the largest will be the 8.5m
diameter main bearing
Reassembly will take a team of
30 about three months to
complete and will be overseen by
members of the Well-Connected
Alliance team who spent several
months in China involved in the
manufacture and assembly of
the machine alongside German
The machine is 87m long,
almost the length of a rugby field
It comprises a 14.4 diameter
rotating cutting head attached to
the front of a 12-metre long
shield, followed by three back-up
cars, or gantries, that house all
the equipment needed to
operate it, remove excavated
material and put in place the
precast concrete rings that will
line the two tunnels.
The world s tenth largest tunnel
boring machine is on its way to
Auckland to construct the
Waterview Connection twin tun-
The machine left Guangzhou in
south-east China last week and is
due to arrive in Auckland in the
next 10 days.
Because of its size the machine
has been broken down into 97
separate pieces, including 20 con-
tainers of small parts.
It will be reassembled at the bot-
tom of a 30 metre-deep trench in
Owairaka before boring of the two
2.4km-long Waterview motorway
tunnels starts at the end of Octo-
The Waterview Connection will
link the northwestern (State High-
way 16) and southwestern (State
Highway 20) motorways to com-
plete the Western Ring Route, one
of the Government s economically
strategic roads of national import-
NZ Transport Agency Auckland
and Northland state highways
manager Tommy Parker says at
$1.4b the job is the biggest single
roading project ever undertaken by
the NZTA and will remove Auck-
land s reliance on a single motor-
way corridor -- State Highway 1
and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
We are planning to have traffic
using the tunnels by the end of
2016, he says.
When the machine has landed it
will be trucked to Owairaka over 10
Some of the 97 loads will be over-
size and will be moved through city
streets at night to keep disruption
to a minimum.
The machine will be reassembled
inside the motorway trench.
It is the largest machine ever
built for use in Australasia and has
been designed specifically for the
area s geology.
The tunnel boring machine still
needs a name.
Tunnellers superstition de-
mands that a tunnel boring
machine is given a woman s name
before tunnelling commences.
People have been asked to choose
from four possible names for the
They were shortlisted from more
than 500 put forward by Auckland
primary school children.
Doggy daycare downer
By JESS LEE
Canine cold: With more and more doggy daycares we could be seeing the number
of dogs coming down with kennel cough increasing.
Photo: BARRY HARCOURT
People are now working
sometimes more then 40 hours a
week and to have a dog barking
at home all day and not
socialising isn't the best option
Pampered pooches could be coming
home with more than just tired
bodies after a day at doggy daycare.
Veterinarian Megan Alderson
has seen a steady increase in the
number of cases of kennel cough in
the last few years which could be
put down to an increase in dogs
mixing together in doggy daycares.
We used to have outbreaks of it
but now we re seeing it all year
Kennel cough is very similar to
humans catching a cold, she says.
It is spread from dog to dog
through airborne bacteria and the
likelihood of transmission
increases in crowded environ-
It s pretty much just like
humans if you have more than four
or five in a room the emergence of
respiratory infections increases,
Dr Alderson says.
Dogs can pick up kennel cough
by walking in the park or any place
where they interact with other
Even pets that have been vaccin-
ated against it can catch the chesty
infection which leaves them out of
Symptoms include a dry hacking
cough, retching, sneezing, snorting,
gagging or vomiting after exercise
or when dogs are excited and can
appear from several days to more
than a week after infection.
Affected dogs may sound like
they have something stuck in their
It is very rarely life-threatening
except to the very young and old
and can clear up with antibiotics.
Dr Alderson says the pros of
doggy daycares far outweigh the
cons in this canine conundrum.
There is definitely a need for
People are now working some-
times more then 40 hours a week
and to have a dog barking at home
all day and not socialising isn t the
Dr Alderson has been practising
for 22 years and has spent the last
eight years in Auckland.
She says vaccinations aren t 100
per cent effective but they help
keep kennel cough at bay.
If they do pick it up then it s just
like kids at school -- if they re sick
you keep them home.
Dog trainer Jess Allsop has more
than 15 years of experience in the
industry and says the social skills
and pleasure dogs gain from doggy
daycares is important to their qual-
ity of life.
An unsocialised dog can be far
more of a problem than one with
kennel cough, she says.
But Complete Canine Care
owner Rhiannon Taylor says there
should be some guidelines around
how large facilities can be and the
ratio of dogs to staff.
At the moment anyone can set
up a facility.
We are quite far behind the
times in New Zealand.
Bringing a touch of poetry into young lives
By STRUAN PURDIE
Poetic passion: With almost 30 years experience as a poet Amanda Eason now wants to volunteer her time to teach
creative writing in Auckland schools.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
After a quarter of a century teach-
ing abroad eminent Kiwi poet
Amanda Eason has returned
home to share her passion for
language with Auckland school
The Mt Albert resident recently
returned from a 25-year OE
where she spent most of her time
teaching poetry to primary school
students in London.
During that time Mrs Eason
has become a distinguished and
recognised poet, publishing four
collections of her own work and
contributing to countless other
books, magazines and radio
She now wants to use that liter-
ary experience to teach young
Aucklanders the art of creative
and poetic writing.
The 53-year-old is offering
schools a day of her time to run
creative writing workshops for
children aged 10 and older.
Mrs Eason says creative writing
teaches students to develop their
voice on the page, something
which is important for their
They will learn a skill that will
help them get higher marks in
any subject if they have to write
Mrs Eason has approached a
number of Auckland schools
including Onewhero Area School
Sally Pendergrast is a specialist
English teacher at the school and
says Mrs Eason s experience as a
teacher and poet would be invalu-
Although creative writing is
taught in New Zealand schools
Mrs Pendergrast says it is some-
times crowded out by other sub-
Often teachers teach in
crowded curriculums and so it s
really difficult to foster that
She says dedicated creative
writing workshops with an
accomplished poet could really
Patumahoe School principal
Rob Gordon is also supportive of
having a poet in school.
He says the workshops could
particularly benefit male
Boys are not fluffy writers --
they re gritty. Often in poetry
boys can be really expressive.
Mrs Eason first discovered a
love for poetry while studying for
a bachelor of arts at Auckland
University. But it was not until
she found herself in a small
mountain village in Spain as a
24-year-old that she really had a
chance to develop her passion.
We had five months there and
there was a typewriter so I just
Almost three decades on she
concedes poetry can sometimes be
a hard sell but says there is more
to it than simply learning to
In the past, Mrs Eason has
made a point of encouraging
students to read their poems
aloud so they develop the confi-
dence for public speaking -- some-
thing she says many people strug-
When men are getting mar-
ried, often something that should
be the happiest day of their life is
one of the most distressing
because they are terrified of
speaking, she says.
Mrs Eason has already
approached a number of Auckland
schools but is keen to pass on her
passion for poetry to as many chil-
dren as she can.
To develop the imagination of a
10-year-old is important, she
says. If you don t develop the
imaginations in children, you
can t expect to have imaginative
Phone Mrs Eason on 849 8114.
Struan Purdie is an AUT
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