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Thursday February 4, 2016

Site for ‘leaning tower’ blessed

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Minister for State Owned Enterprises Todd McClay, Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown and Airways New Zealand chief executive Ed Sims, turning the first sod of dirt at the site for Wellington’s new air traffic control tower during a blessing ceremony last Wednesday.

The construction site for Wellington’s very own ‘leaning tower’ was blessed at a special ceremony last Wednesday. Last year, Air navigation service provider, Airways, announced it was building a new air traffic control tower at Wellington Airport. The tower will replace an existing 58-year-old tower situated in a residential area overlooking the airport. Airways said the tower will be an iconic new landmark for Wellington, designed to lean into the prevailing northerly wind at an angle of 12.5 degrees, combining strong and safe structure with excellent functionality and urban design.

Consent for the building was granted last year. At last week’s ceremony, Airways New Zealand held an iwi-blessing. Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown, State Owned Enterprises Minister Todd McClay and the chief executive of Airways Ed Sim, were on hand at the ceremony to turn the first sod of dirt at the site. “Our tower will not only meet current and future demands of the city, but will also be an iconic Wellington landmark we can all be proud of,” Ed said. Construction is due to be complete in July 2017, before the tower is commissioned in October 2017.

First day of school Continued from page 1 “She was fine, it was me that found it hard to let go of her. “I was expecting her to cry and be clingy to me but she just gave me a kiss and cuddles and said ‘bye mum’.” Monera was one of more than 10,000 five-year-olds across the country who started school this week. Over the course of the year, another 52,000 children will also begin school for the very first time. Miramar Central School principal John Taylor-Smith said they had 10 children join the school’s new entrant class on Monday. He said the first day of school was always a “big thing for kids”. “Most kids go to preschool and they get weaned a bit about routines and being

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