House takes a tumble on way to new location

Tuesday September 26, 2017 Written by Published in Local
“Not its intended destination”, said Multi-Contractors house mover, Paul Mangakahia as he surveyed the damage caused when a small house crashed off the side of a trailer in Avarua yesterday morning. One of the home’s owners, Geoff Halston (right), said the home was being transported to Matavera when it fell onto the road opposite St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Avarua. “Not its intended destination”, said Multi-Contractors house mover, Paul Mangakahia as he surveyed the damage caused when a small house crashed off the side of a trailer in Avarua yesterday morning. One of the home’s owners, Geoff Halston (right), said the home was being transported to Matavera when it fell onto the road opposite St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Avarua.

A small house being transported through Avarua yesterday morning slid off its trailer and crashed onto the middle of the road, on the south side of the Punanga Nui market.

 

According to Paul Mangakahia of Multi-Contractors the accident occurred when the truck pulling the trailer turned right onto the main road, and was caused by an uneven weight disbursement.

There was too much “weight and overhang” on one side, but luckily the house was secured with safety straps, or it could have been much worse he said.

Mangakahia, said it was a case of Murphy’s law: “Anything that can happen, will happen.”

“Another day at the office”, he joked. “Nobody died, just a bruised ego.”

The contractor is very experienced, with several hundred house moves under his belt.

One of the house owners, Jeff Halston, was at the scene of the accident this morning. He said the house was being moved from Avarua to a vacant section in Matavera, where it would be used as a holiday rental.

He said he was hoping the house was still structurally sound despite the mishap.

Halston inspected the home’s minor outside damage and joked with Mangakahia over the accident, and said they were, “Still friends, still speaking”.

Police Constable Gertrude Vaomotou directed traffic past the busy intersection and through the vacant adjacent site, so traffic could move around the incident, as a crane lifted the house back onto its trailer.

Tourists were seen snapping photos as they took in the spectacle from aboard the Clockwise bus at it passed by.

The house later caused a temporary traffic jam as it moved slowly through Avarua past Trader Jacks around 11am this morning, on its way to its final destination.          

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