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The construction company behind
the Papatotara Coast Road is a
finalist in the 31st annual New
Zealand Contractors’ Federation
Hirepool Construction Awards.
The awards cover major civil
engineering, construction and
general contracting projects
completed during the past year.
Southroads Ltd is one of five
finalists in category 2 (projects
valued between 2.5 million
and $5 million).
The winners will be announced at
a presentation dinner on August
14 in Paihia.
The project involved construction
of 5.3km of new road, including
1.5km through native bush,
45 minutes from Tuatapere,
including bush clearing, drainage,
cut to waste, cut to fill and
NZCF Executive Officer Malcolm
Abernethy said Southroads was
able to maintain as much bush
as possible while constructing
the road from locally sourced
To provide a base for the road
over peat materials (2.45km
long) the bush that was cleared
was laid down as ‘corduroy’ with
the fill material laid over the top
and compacted. The new road
contains more than 20,000m3
of fill materials and required
construction of more than 6.6km
of drainage channels to divert
water from the road formation.
Mr Abernethy said the
unprecedented number of entries
into this year’s construction
awards – 21 entries over five
categories – reflected the high
standards in the industry.
“Contractors are paying
considerable attention to planning,
control and quality issues and
we are seeing some excellent
projects being delivered to all
It’s this kind of close attention that
results in repeat work,” he said.
“The standard across the board is
extremely high and every one of
the entrants has the potential to
be a winner.”
Contractors lay new road to success
To provide a base for the road the
bush that was cleared was laid down
as “corduroy” with the fill material laid
over the top and compacted.
The new road almost completed.
The new Papatotara Coast road includes 1.5km through native bush.
The Nightcaps community is hoping the sale
of one of its landmark buildings will pave the
way for a new, purpose-built medical centre
for the town.
The old post office has been home to the
town’s doctor’s surgery for many years now.
In 1991, after the last resident doctor left,
the Nightcaps Community Medical Trust took
it on. From there the town has the services of
a doctor for two mornings a week and a rural
nurse for 20 hours per week. The surgery is
also used by others such as hearing testers,
a masseur, plunket and Work and Income.
However, the downfall of owning a spacious
old building is the cost of maintaining it,
especially to the ever-rising standards
demanded of a health centre.
Trust secretary Trish Greer said more money
had been raised in the past five years than at
any other time, yet the trust’s reserves were
“The Trust members have working bees to
keep up with general maintenance, but as
the building ages, and required standards
get higher – we have real problems keeping
up,” she said.
The population of the area was not wealthy.
A high proportion of people were on low
incomes – pensioners, beneficiaries, families
with young children – and the trust tried hard
to keep charges as low as possible so no-one
in the community felt that cost was a barrier
to seeking medical help, Mrs Greer said.
“We now have a choice: to remain where we
are, continuing to constantly raise money to
pay the maintenance costs as they arise, or
having a go at shifting to reduce the costs.”
A public meeting about 18 months ago won
support for the plan to move. Submissions
were received following the meeting with
those in favour double those against.
The trust has since bought the sites of the
old Plunket building and Scout den in High
Street and worked on designs for a suitable
building that would be low maintenance,
insulated and compliant with all health and
“We decided to look for transportable
buildings, so that the trust can change the
building easily in the future if the needs of
the area change dramatically,” Mrs Greer
“We believe we have found a suitable
building in a design from Portacom.”
The big challenge now is to raise enough
money to cover building costs, consents,
surveying fees, connection to utilities,
landscaping and car parks. That will only be
achieved if a buyer can be found for the old
post office building. That job is now in the
hands of a variety of real estate agents who
have it listed for sale at $160,000.
Mrs Greer said the trust was fortunate to
have excellent support from many sectors
of the community, includuing promises
of funding assistance once the sale goes
Community a sale away from new medical centre
The proposed replacement building.
The Nightcaps Community Medical Centre, formerly the
town’s post office.
PHOTO: Bill Mather
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