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Alice brings Xmas cheer to typhoon victims

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The NZ Transport Agency says workers at Auckland’s Waterview Connection project raised almost $4000 for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines through an on-line auction featuring Alice, the project’s giant tunnel boring machine.

People had the chance to have a “date” with Alice by bidding for tickets on the Trade Me website for the opportunity to visit the machine.  A total of $3823 was raised from four separate auctions, which will be donated to the Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan appeal.
“This is a fantastic Christmas gift for the people of the Philippines from generous people across the country,” says the Transport Agency’s Highways Manager for Auckland, Tommy Parker.  “The auctions generated a huge response – there were around 10,000 views on-line – and our Waterview team are chuffed at the support they’ve had.”

There were two successful bids of $1015 each, a third of $1004, and the fourth of $789.

In the new year, the four successful bidders will get a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the project, which is the largest roading and most challenging project ever undertaken in New Zealand. The tour will include a visit to Alice,  who is underway on the first leg of her two-year underground journey from Owairaka to Waterview and back.  Ticket holders will be guided by internationally experienced tunnelling experts. 

The on-line auction was the idea of Waterview workers, who include 10 from the Philippines. Workers had already donated more than $1500 from their own pockets to the typhoon appeal, which was matched dollar for dollar by the Well-Connected Alliance delivering the project to complete the Western Ring Route – a Government Road of National  Significance.

“The auctions were a wonderful and innovative idea and we hope Waterview’s contribution will help lift Christmas spirits as the people in the Philippines recover and rebuild after the typhoon,” Mr Parker says.

For more information please contact:

Ewart Barnsley
Auckland/Northland Media Manager

T: 09 928 8720
M: 027 213 7616
E: ewart.barnsley@nzta.govt.nz

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