The team was met by the Mayor of Atiu, Ina Tearai Mokoroa with the Aronga Mana and staff of the Atiu Island Administration.
The procession started off with a prayer conducted by Tauturu Orometua Pastor Murare Iona blessing all the land and landowners, the plant, equipment and all the staff and people who will be working on the project.
The deputy prime minister said once the crusher plant is in place, Atiu will get to see the benefit of crushed aggregate for the airport, water, road and other development programmes around Atiu. After having seen some of the progress and realising the benefits, Areora Tapere speaker Papa Moetaua Boaza said the island’s residents would soon get to see a "new Atiu."
After the service, work was coordinated personally by the deputy prime minister to set in place the concrete paddings, the clearance of the site for the crusher, the setup of the ramp and construction of the worksite shed to store machinery and provide shelter for the workers.
Although the weather was cloudy and with occasional showers, this did not hamper the launch of the project.
The crusher plant was manufactured by Sanland Equipment Limited, Auckland in New Zealand. The plant is valued at $498,000.
The project is being implemented by Heather, overseen by ICI and assisted by Sanland Company. Sanland engineer James Jackson is now in Atiu and continuing with the installation of the plant. His work is expected to be completed by the end of this week.
The deputy prime minister thanks all those who came to help with the breakfast, lunch and dinner.
He also made special mention of MP Rose Brown and her husband Taora for their contribution as well as the mayor, island council, workers and the mamas and papas who supplied the lovely meals.