Official ribbon cutting Waikato Expressway Cambridge section 15/12/15

Transport Minister Simon Bridges surrounded by our mayors and MPs et al. for the ribbon cutting

Transport Minister Simon Bridges surrounded by our mayors and MPs et al. for the ribbon cutting

Today I got to be a press photographer for a few of hours. Got to drive on the new expressway before it opened – on reflection I may have VIP’d when I should have press’d (different car parks). Listened to speeches celebrating the land & it’s people, the maunga standing around us, the engineering and construction and the work of individuals as is the way of these things. Minimal politics. At 3PM I joined the community day throng with Dad and bused over the Karapiro Gully viaduct to the southern interchange and returned to Hautapu for an amble around the pop up village there to feed, water, entertain, amuse & inform.  Lots of people. And then a third visit for a bike ride to the Karapiro gully / stream viaduct and back to Victoria Road with the assistance of these folk. There are photos.

From the left Hamilton mayor Julie Hardaker, Matamata-Piako mayor Jan Barnes (obscured), Kaye Clark NZTA Hamilton highways manager, Waipa mayor Jim Mylchreest, Lyndsay Tisch MP for Waikato, South Waikato mayor Neil Sinclair, Simon Bridges Minister of Transport, David Bennett MP for Hamilton East, Louise Upston MP for Taupo, Tim Macindoe MP for Hamilton West and Harry Wilson NZTA Regional Director Waikato/Bay of Plenty.

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Waikato Expressway Karapiro Cambridge New Zealand 1/9/2013

Golf Course Hill Karapiro Cambridge

Golf Course Hill Karapiro Cambridge September 2013

At the Southern interchange [PDF] of the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway. The southern most point of the Waikato expressway for now. From here, once completed, one will drive, unimpeded, on the dual carriageway expressway or motorway until confronted by Auckland traffic some 130 odd kilometres away to the north. We are on the layby at the top of what we know locally as Golf Course Hill (SH1 Tirau Road) looking roughly (very roughly nor’nor’westerly) in the direction of the corner of Thornton Road and St Kilda Road Fencourt.

re-posted from Cambridge New Zealand

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