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VALENTINE’S DAY – City Rail Link Media Release

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CRL helping  Valentine’s Day “love” bloom uptown


The photo shows father and son artists, Piet and Jan Ubels, completing their wall hoarding constructed from discarded timber from CRL sites.  The wall hoarding in Shaddock Street will be a feature of the Aroha In Uptown Valentine’s Day festival. This is a link to a video about the hoarding  https://youtu.be/w7PX5iNCses



Forget about chocolates and red roses this Valentine’s Day, the City Rail Link (CRL) has another way to help capture your love’s heart!


A very special couple – CRL’s Mt Eden site and Auckland’s Uptown Business Association – have a romantic plan to share the love with people and their important others – person or pet – with a community festival they call, Aroha In Uptown.


“People might think we’re more used to holding a jack-hammer or a spade than a glass of champagne or a Valentine’s Day ring,  but we’ve got a romantic side too and we want to celebrate it with our neighbours,”  says Dale Burtenshaw,  Construction South Manager for CRL’s Link Alliance.


Aroha In Uptown will be held this Sunday – Valentine’s Day, 14 February – to include as many people as possible.  The festival involves businesses and creative spaces radiating out from the Maungawhau/Mt Eden station.


Organisers says there will be lots of ways for people to share the love:  the chance to dance cheek-to-cheek at the free Ceroc lessons, having a romantic photo taken with your pet, hearing the ‘love story’ between plants and microbes, and making a Seedloveball at the community’s Organic Market Garden.  There will be live music – inside and outside – and the Link Alliance will have tours for people to visit artwork around its Mt Eden construction site.  There will also be an opportunity for people to leave their Valentine’s Day mark on the CRL project by helping paint a mural to be used as hoarding around its Mt Eden site.


The full programme for Aroha In Uptown is available at uptown.co.nz/aroha


“The Link Alliance is delighted to support Aroha In Uptown with the Uptown Business Association and we hope as many people as possible can come and share the love on Sunday,” Dale says.


The Link Alliance is delivering CRL’s main tunnels, stations and rail services contract.

People can stay up to date with the City Rail Link project at: https://www.cityraillink.co.nz



Ngā mihi   |  warm regards

Ewart Barnsley
Media Manager

City Rail Link Ltd | Level 2, 25 Teed Street, Newmarket, Auckland 1023
PO Box 9681, Newmarket, Auckland 1149, New Zealand

+64 27 275 6868 | E ewart.barnsley@cityraillink.govt.nz

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