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City Rail Link media release: Tonga bound

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CRL salvage boosts rebuild on cyclone-battered Tonga

Containers packed with material salvaged from a City Rail Link (CRL) construction site will be shipped to the Pacific Kingdom of Tonga next month where they will be re-used to help rebuild cyclone-battered communities.

The material was stripped from CRL buildings being demolished near the Mt Eden station.

“All sorts of things that helped people do their jobs in offices and factories at Mt Eden are still in pretty good nick and will now get a new life helping Tonga’s rebuild – a church in one village or giving children a decent classroom in another,” says Sai’a Latu, General Manager of the salvage company TROW. “It’s still good quality stuff, we’re not passing on junk.”

Mr Latu says the continuing hardship and havoc in Tonga after Cyclone Gita last year is an opportunity where material unwanted here can be used to rebuild somewhere else.

Contents of the two Tonga-bound containers include cupboards, desks, shelving, tables, doors, benches, toilets, drawers, ceiling panels and carpet tiles.

“Not so long ago a lot of the salvaged material, at least 40 percent of all construction waste, would have been trucked off to the nearest dump as waste. That’s an industry image we want to help change,“ says Mr Latu.

City Rail Link Ltd (CRL Ltd) says it is delighted material from Mt Eden will get a useful new lease of life.

“It ticks a lot of boxes for the project and the ambitious sustainability goals we have that include avoiding unnecessary waste,” says CRL Ltd’s Sustainability Manager, Liz Root.

“A project the size and significance of ours has a responsibility for sustainability issues like waste avoidance and we aim to be an exemplar – a model – for the country.”

TROW worked its way methodically through 10 empty buildings at Mt Eden, stripping out everything it identified as re-useable.

The company is the first sub-contractor to win a tender from the Link Alliance, which is delivering the substantive CRL work for CRL Ltd.

“The partnership with TROW enables us to not only prevent usable materials ending up as landfill, it also allows us and CRL Ltd to re-use items that will be of real benefit for communities,” says Link Alliance’s Environment Sustainability Manager, Sarah Sutherland. “It’s a great example of the project adding value.”

Besides the Tongan shipment, salvaged material from Mt Eden is being used to build a church in Auckland south.

With over $1 billion in contracts to be awarded for CRL, CRL Ltd and the Link Alliance are working to ensure that small Pasifika and Māori businesses like TROW are part of their procurement process.

TROW employs about 100 people in New Zealand and the Pacific. The company is also an employment incubator and people who worked for it previously have started up their own businesses linked to the construction and infrastructure industries.

More information about the CRL project is available at https://www.cityraillink.co.nz

More information about TROW is available at https://www.trowgroup.co.,nz


TROW 1: Sai’a Latu, General Manager, TROW Group

TROW 2: Maeakafa Tu’inukuafe (foreground) and Sai’a Latu load salvaged material for Tonga

CONTAINER: Material salvaged by TROW Group from City Rail Link site loaded in Tonga-bound container

Ngā mihi,

Ewart Barnsley – Media Manager

City Rail Link Project

AMP Centre – Level 17, 29 Customs Street West

PO Box 105777, Auckland 1143

Mobile: +64 27 2756868 | Office: +6493041392 | Email: ewart.barnsley@cityraillink.govt.nz

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