Rotorua sculpture flown into place

The first piece of the new sculpture was flown into place by helicopter this morning. Photo/Supplied

Te Ahi Tupua - The Eternal Fire - has been flown into place in Rotorua this morning.

The $743,000 12m high 3D printed sculpture was flown in two parts by Blackhawk helicopter from its building site at Kilwell Fibretube on Te Ngae Rd to its final resting place at the Hemo Rd roundabout, with the operation starting about 6.30am.

A small crowd of about 50 onlookers dotted around the site watched as the sculpture was choppered in and moved into place by crane.

Contractors will spend the next week or so bolting it into position in the middle of the roundabout.

Due to some technical difficulties during its construction, the sculpture's installation is more than three years behind schedule and more than $200,000 over budget.

Roads surrounding the roundabout were closed for a short time and traffic management was put in place while the sculpture, estimated to weigh about 3450kg, was manoeuvered into position.

The sculpture was funded by the Rotorua Lakes Council, Te Puia and the New Zealand Transport Agency.

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Money waste

Posted on 13-09-2020 14:25 | By mtsax

What a waste of tax payers money 750k could have been spent on something more pratical for the public Seems the councils always get away with wasting money that is not theres. Why can’t they keep it simple & low cost. Spend all that money & it will probably get vandalism any way


Posted on 13-09-2020 12:22 | By overit

Great value for money. $200k over budget, no surprises there. Poor ratepayers.