Crane-town no more

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The last large working tower crane in the Wakatipu is coming down from Kawarau Falls Station. The 52m-high machine, which has been part of the Kawarau Falls skyline for almost two years, will start being dismantled tomorrow. 

Exterior work on the troubled billion-dollar development, which was started in October 2008, is now complete, making the big crane redundant, says Steve Taw, project manager for contractor Hawkins Construction.
“It’s just a matter of it’s no longer required.” 

The dismantling job requires another 220-tonne crane to be brought in from Christchurch to help take apart the original – it’s expected to take 10 employees up to three days to complete the task.