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PM Puna visits Te Mato Vai Matavera intake

Monday March 11, 2019 Written by Published in Politics
Te Mato Vai GHD water engineer David Sloan, Prime Minister Henry Puna, landowner Travel Tutakiao, landowner Kiriparu Mataiapo Margaret Matenga, and landowner Tutakiao Tutakiao Jnr at the site visit last Thursday. 19030820 Te Mato Vai GHD water engineer David Sloan, Prime Minister Henry Puna, landowner Travel Tutakiao, landowner Kiriparu Mataiapo Margaret Matenga, and landowner Tutakiao Tutakiao Jnr at the site visit last Thursday. 19030820

Prime Minister Henry Puna spent time with David Sloan, the Te Mato Vai GHD water engineer along with Te Mato Vai contractors McConnell Dowell as they conducted a site inspection of the Matavera intake with landowners and media last week.

“We’ve nearly completed the construction works at Turangi, Avana, Matavera and Tupapa,” said Sloan.

“Takuvaine and Papua are not far behind, and our goal now is to complete Ngatoe, Avatiu, Taipara and Totokoitu later in our construction programme, but certainly before the end of this year.”

Puna was shown through the Matavera construction site, including the enormous almost 2 million litre water holding tank, new intake builds as well as water treatment facilities.

“I am impressed with the magnitude of the work done so far,” said Puna, “and that very soon the reality of clean drinking water for all households will be a reality for the people of Rarotonga.”

It was also pleasing to hear said Puna, that among the 91 McConnell Dowell staff on the project, excluding subcontractors, 73 are Cook Islanders with 12 of those staff coming home to Rarotonga to work on the project. This has always been our desire as government, to create opportunities for our people to come home to or for those resident here, to a project as significant as this one.

McConnell Dowell has also engaged local subcontractors including Mike Rennie Builders (concrete supply and concrete works), T&M Heather (aggregate supply and plant hire), G&S (plant hire), S&T (plant hire) and Landholdings (civil and pipeline works).

“But it must be said,” continued Puna, “none of this would have been possible without the support and cooperation of the landowners. It was rewarding to visit the site today with the landowners and to better appreciate the work being done by the contractors and our people for us all.”          

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