The latest news on Te Kaha, Canterbury's Multi-Use Arena.

Weekly site progress

Tuesday 16 April 2024.

Here’s a view of Te Kaha taken this morning.

The first radial trusses are seen in the centre of the image. Due to their size, these steel roof supports are assembled on-site, before being lifted into place by crane. More radial trusses will be lifted into place this week. This work will continue throughout 2024.

From this vantage point, the concrete seating plats can be seen rounding the southwest corner. The arena’s seats will be attached to the plats, which are supported by steel rakers. 

The photo above was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning and shows the progress on the radial truss installations. 

Work on the upper bowl of the east stand continues this week, heading towards the northeast lower bowl.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed, along with the installation of the tiered seating plats on the western and eastern stands. 

The assembly area for the radial truss roof supports is shown on the bottom left of the image. 

Over the coming months, trucks will continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. This will be happening before 7am so that the oversized wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.

Past news and announcements

Site progress

Tuesday 9 April 2024.

Here’s a view of Te Kaha taken yesterday afternoon.

The first eight radial trusses are seen in the centre of the image. Due to their size, these steel roof supports are assembled on-site, before being lifted into place by crane. More radial trusses will be lifted into place this week. This work will continue throughout 2024.

From this vantage point, the concrete seating plats can be seen rounding the southwest corner. The arena’s seats will be attached to the plats, which are supported by steel rakers. 

The photo above was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street yesterday afternoon and shows the progress on the radial truss installations. 

Work on the upper bowl of the east stand continues this week, heading towards the northeast lower bowl.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed, along with the installation of the tiered seating plats on the western and eastern stands. 

The assembly area for the radial truss roof supports is shown on the bottom left of the image. 

Over the coming months, trucks will continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. This will be happening before 7am so that the oversized wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Site progress

Tuesday 2 April 2024.

Here’s a view of Te Kaha taken this morning.

The first eight radial trusses are seen in the centre of the image. Due to their size, these steel roof supports are assembled on-site, before being lifted into place by crane. The seventh and eighth radial trusses were lifted into place this morning. Another two are scheduled to be installed on Friday, starting in the early morning at 3.30am (weather permitting). This work will continue throughout 2024.

From this vantage point, the concrete seating plats can be seen rounding the southwest corner. The arena’s seats will be attached to the plats, which are supported by steel rakers. 

The photo above was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning and shows the newest radial truss mid-installation. 

Work on the upper bowl of the east stand continues this week, heading towards the northeast lower bowl.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed, along with the installation of the tiered seating plats on the western and eastern stands. 

The assembly area for the radial truss roof supports is shown on the bottom left of the image. 

Over the coming months, trucks will continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. This will be happening before 7am so that the oversized wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Site progress

Tuesday 19 March 2024.

Here’s a view of Te Kaha taken this morning.

The first six radial trusses are seen behind the green crane in the centre of the image. Due to their size, these steel roof supports are assembled on-site, before being lifted into place by crane. Two more radial trusses are scheduled to be installed on Saturday and Monday, starting in the early morning at 3.30am (weather permitting). This work will continue throughout 2024.

From this vantage point, the concrete seating plats can be seen rounding the southwest corner. The arena’s seats will be attached to the plats, which are supported on steel rakers. 

The photo above was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the east stand continues this week, heading towards the northeast lower bowl.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed, along with the installation of the tiered seating plats on the western and eastern stands. 

The assembly area for the radial truss roof supports is shown on the bottom left of the image. 

Over the coming months, trucks will continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. This will be happening before 7am so that the oversized wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Faces of Te Kaha: Jenny Divers

Monday 18 March 2024.

Position: Construction Survey Lead, Graham Surveying

Day to day: I'm in charge of all the survey work on site. Basically, we bring the designer's vision to life by building a full 3D model which shows where everything should go. The steel is manufactured to these specifications. Once it's built, my team also does quality assurance to make sure everything is right.

I've been on site right from the beginning of the project, working through the stages of piling, foundations, hold down bolts, and the bowl structure. We're now working on the roof stage.

The best part of my job is: Having the opportunity to work indoors and outdoors. I get a really nice mix of being on site and in the office with the team. It's also great getting to work with people from all different backgrounds and specialities. I've learnt so much about other trades and seeing how all the elements come together.

Past projects: I've worked all over Queensland doing construction surveying, including working on a new runway at Brisbane Airport, and high-rise residential buildings in Brisbane. 

Outside of work: I have a three-year-old daughter, so lots of time is spent on family trips to the beach or park. I'm also into smoking meat and craft beer, and we're in the middle of some home renovations. 


Watch: New update on Te Kaha

Friday 15 March 2024.

Take a bird’s eye view tour of Te Kaha, Canterbury’s Multi-Use Arena, as BESIX Watpac’s Project Director Adrian Jones provides an overview of how the $683 million project is progressing.


Site progress

Tuesday 12 March 2024.

Here’s a view of Te Kaha taken this morning.

The first four radial trusses are seen behind the green crane in the centre of the image. Due to their size, these steel roof supports are assembled on-site, before being lifted into place by crane. Two more radial trusses are scheduled to be installed this week (weather permitting), from 3.30am on Friday and Saturday. This work will continue throughout 2024.

From this vantage point, the concrete seating plats can be seen rounding the southwest corner. The arena’s seats will be attached to the plats, which are supported on steel rakers. 

The photo above was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the east stand continues this week, heading towards the northeast lower bowl.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed, along with the installation of the tiered seating plats on the western and eastern stands. 

The assembly area for the radial truss roof supports is shown on the bottom left of the image. 

Over the coming months, trucks will continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. This will be happening before 7am so that the oversized wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Site progress

Monday 4 March 2024.

Here’s a view of Te Kaha taken this morning.

The first four radial trusses are seen behind the green crane in the centre of the image. Due to their size, these steel roof supports are assembled on-site, before being lifted into place by crane. One more radial truss is scheduled to be installed this week (weather permitting), from 3.30am on Saturday. This work will continue throughout 2024.

From this vantage point, the concrete seating plats can be seen rounding the southwest corner. The arena’s seats will be attached to the plats, which are supported steel rakers. 

The photo above was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the east stand continues this week, heading towards the northeast lower bowl.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed, along with the installation of the tiered seating plats on the western and eastern stands. 

The assembly area for the radial truss roof supports is shown on the bottom left of the image. 

Over the coming months, trucks will continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. This will be happening before 7am so that the oversized wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Site snapshot

Friday 1 March 2024.

Here are some still shots taken on site last month. 

Lifting one of the steel rakers into place. The rakers will hold the tiered seating.

Steel work for the lower bowl seating underway.

A look at the southern stand from within Te Kaha. The concrete seating plats are being installed around the southwest corner. The arena’s seats will be attached to the plats, which in turn are attached to the steel rakers.


Site progress

Monday 26 February 2024.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the east stand continues this week, heading towards the north east lower bowl. The scale of the arena continues to develop as the bowl structure wraps around the arena. 

Works have also continued on the structural steel works for the west stand from levels 2 - 4, along with the pre-assembly of the roof. Installation of the radial truss roof supports has progressed and will continue over the coming months. The assembly area can be seen on the far left of the picture above. 

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western and eastern stands, along with the installation of the tiered seating plats on the southern and western stands. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Face of Te Kaha: Welcie Castalone

Wednesday 21 February 2024.

Position: Scaffolder, from Canterbury Scaffolding.

Day to day I: work to eliminate the risks of working at heights. We bring scaffolding equipment to the site and get it ready to install. Scaffolding is used to support the double tees before the concrete is put in.

The best part of my job is: getting together and working with my mates.

Past projects: I’ve worked in Punakaiki on a building site for a business. I’ve also worked at Fonterra inside drying plants working out how to set up scaffolding around all the machinery and piping, so that cleaning can take place. This was a pretty challenging job! 

Outside of work: I’m a drummer in a couple of bands, including a nu metal band and a wedding band. I’m also a car enthusiast and like working on my cars and going to car shows.  


Site progress

Wednesday 21 February 2024.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the east stand continues this week, heading towards the north east lower bowl. The scale of the arena continues to develop as the bowl structure wraps around the arena. 

Works have also continued on the structural steel works for the west stand from levels 2 - 4, along with the pre-assembly of the roof. Installation of the radial truss roof supports has progressed and will continue over the coming months. The assembly area can be seen on the far left of the picture above. 

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western and eastern stands, along with the installation of the tiered seating plats on the southern and western stands. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Site progress

Tuesday 13 February 2024.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the south stand continues this week, and will soon round the southeast corner to progress along the eastern stand. The scale of the arena is becoming clear as the upper bowl steelwork progresses. 

Works have also continued on the structural steel works for all stands, and for the pre-assembly of the roof. Installation of the radial truss roof supports has commenced. The assembly area can be seen on the far left of the picture above. 

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western, and eastern stands, along with the installation of the tiered seating plats on the southern and western stands. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Video: February construction update

Thursday 8 February 2024.

Hear the latest from the Council’s project director Kent Summerfield as Te Kaha – Canterbury’s Multi-Use Arena hits a new construction milestone.

The western stand is now at full height, and the first of 40 radial trusses was installed just before Christmas, marking a new phase in the construction project.

Four more radial trusses are being built on site and will be lifted into place by crane in the coming weeks. The trusses are key pieces of structural support for the roof of the arena and work to build and install these will continue throughout 2024.


Site progress

Thursday 8 February 2024.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the south stand continues this week, and will soon round the southeast corner to progress along the eastern stand. The scale of the arena is becoming clear as the upper bowl steelwork progresses. 

Works have also continued on the structural steel works for all stands, and for the pre-assembly of the roof. Installation of the radial truss roof supports has commenced. The assembly area can be seen on the far left of the picture above. 

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western, and eastern stands, along with the installation of the tiered seating plats on the southern and western stands. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Site progress

Tuesday 30 January 2024.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the south stand continues this week, and will soon round the southeast corner to progress along the eastern stand. The scale of the arena is becoming clear as the upper bowl steelwork progresses. 

Over the last week, works have also continued on the structural steel works for all stands, and for the pre-assembly of the roof. Pre-assembly of the roof and installation of the roof radial trusses has commenced(external link). The assembly area can be seen on the far left of the picture above. 

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western, and eastern stands, along with the installation of the tiered seating plats on the southern and western stands. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Site progress

Tuesday 23 January 2024.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the south stand continues this week, and will soon round the southeast corner to progress along the eastern stand. The scale of the arena is becoming clear as the upper bowl steelwork progresses. 

Over the last week, works have also continued on the structural steel works for all stands, and for the pre-assembly of the roof. Pre-assembly of the roof and installation of the roof radial trusses has commenced(external link). The assembly area can be seen on the far left of the picture above. 

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western, and eastern stands, along with the installation of the tiered seating plats on the southern and western stands. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Te Kaha construction reaches new heights

Tuesday 16 January 2024.

Te Kaha – Canterbury’s Multi-Use Arena – has hit a new milestone, with the first of 40 radial trusses being installed.

The trusses are large steel structures that will support the roof of the 30,000 seat arena.

“The individual steel components are delivered to site and assembled into large radial trusses. Each truss weighs between 45 and 75 tonnes and will be lifted into place by a 400 tonne crane that we have brought in for the job,” says Te Kaha Project Delivery Chief Executive, David Kennedy.

The radial trusses and roof structure will continue to be built and installed over the next 12 months.

Read more on Newsline(external link)


Site progress

Tuesday 16 January 2024.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the south stand continues this week, and will soon round the southeast corner to progress along the eastern stand. The scale of the arena is becoming clear as the upper bowl steelwork progresses. 

Over the last week, works have also continued on the structural steel works for all stands, and for the pre-assembly of the roof. Pre-assembly of the roof and installation of the roof radial trusses has commenced.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western, and eastern stands, along with installation of the tiered seating plats to the southern stand. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized, wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Site progress

Wednesday 10 January 2024.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the south stand continues this week. The scale of the arena is becoming clear as the upper bowl steelwork progresses. 

Over the last week, works have also continued on the structural steel works for all stands, and for the pre-assembly of the roof.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western, southern and eastern stands, and installation of the tiered seating plats has commenced on the southern stand. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized, wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Site progress

Monday 18 December 2023.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the south stand continues this week. The scale of the arena is becoming clear as the upper bowl steelwork progresses. 

Over the last week, works have also continued on the structural steel works for all stands, and for the pre-assembly of the roof.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western, southern and eastern stands. 

Over the next couple of weeks, no work will take place on public holidays. Some selected works will continue on-site, during normal working hours, between Christmas and New Year. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized, wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Site progress

Monday 11 December 2023.

As we enter the summer season, BESIX Watpac's Adrian Jones talks you though the latest happenings from the site.

In the next few months, the scale of the structure will start to emerge as the west stand reaches to its final height - four floors tall.

The video also shows the preassembly area where the team are putting together the radial, or perimeter, steel columns. The first two of these columns are currently being erected at the southern end of the site. You can expect to see these emerge over the next month. 


Faces of Te Kaha: Karl Bogren

Monday 11 December 2023.

Position
Plumber, from DBC Building Services. 

Day to day I...
Work with a team of around 10 plumbers on all things plumbing, from under slab drainage to water services. There are going to be close to 400 toilets in Te Kaha, so it’s a big job. 

The best part of my job
I'm born and bred Christchurch and a big sports follower, so being involved in building the new stadium – something that will stand for a long time – is pretty great.
 

Past projects
DBC has the plumbing contract for Te Kaha. Previously we’ve done a couple of hotels and projects around town and out at Lincoln University. 

Outside of work I... 
Like my sports and spending my time looking after the kids. The weekends go too quickly.
 


Site progress

Tuesday 5 December 2023.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the south stand continues this week. The scale of the arena is becoming clear as the upper bowl steelwork progresses. 

Over the last week, works have also continued on the structural steel works for all stands, and for the pre-assembly of the roof in the next few weeks.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western, southern and eastern stands. Concrete pours to top the western (Level 2) and southern and eastern stands' (Level 1) double tee floors are continuing.

Concrete pours to the ground floor slabs are progressing through the southern stand. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized, wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.


Site progress

Monday 27 November 2023.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street this morning.

Work on the upper bowl of the south stand continues this week. The scale of the arena is becoming clear as the upper bowl steelwork progresses. 

Over the last week, works have also continued on the structural steel works for all stands, and for the pre-assembly of the roof in the next few weeks.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western, southern and eastern stands. Concrete pours to top the western (Level 2) and southern and eastern stands' (Level 1) double tee floors are continuing.

Concrete pours to the ground floor slabs are progressing through the southern stand. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized, wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.

You can find a new library of previous site progress images(external link) below. 


Site progress

Wednesday 22 November 2023.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street yesterday.

The upper bowl steel to the south stand has commenced this week, starting to give an indication of the scale of the arena. Works have also continued on the structural steel works for all stands and preparing for the pre-assembly of the roof later this year.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western and southern stands. Concrete pours to top the western and southern stands' double tee floors are continuing.

All concrete elements of the ground floor are now complete, except for the northwest corner of the site. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized, wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.

You can find a new library of previous site progress images(external link) below. 


Site progress

Tuesday 14 November 2023.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street yesterday.

Works during the past week have focussed on continuing the structural steel works to all stands and preparing for the pre-assembly of the roof later this year.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western and southern stands. Concrete pours to top the western and southern stands' double tee floors are continuing.

All concrete elements of the ground floor are now complete, except for the northwest corner of the site. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized, wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.

You can find a new library of previous site progress images(external link) below. 


Site progress

Friday 10 November 2023.

A deal announced today will see the One New Zealand Warriors taking an NRL home game to Christchurch for each of the next three seasons.

On the back of their landmark 2023 campaign, the Warriors have joined forces with Venues Ōtautahi and ChristchurchNZ to play NRL home games in the country’s second biggest city for the first time.

The Warriors have also confirmed they will play a Preseason Challenge match in Christchurch in February, having also done so this year when they faced Melbourne.

Under the partnership the 2024 and 2025 fixtures will be played at Apollo Projects Stadium before taking the 2026 game to Te Kaha, which is currently under construction.

Read more on Newsline.(external link)


Site progress

Wednesday 8 November 2023.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street yesterday.

Work on the western, southern and eastern stand superstructures continues to progress well: the rakers that will hold the tiered seating of the arena's southern stand are now all in place, and are now being installed on the eastern stand. 

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western and southern stands. Concrete pours to top the western and southern stands' double tee floors are continuing.

All concrete elements of the ground floor are now complete, except for the northwest corner of the site. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized, wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.

You can find a new library of previous site progress images(external link) below. 


Site progress

Tuesday 7 November 2023.

Timelapse shows a year of progress.

From bare land to three levels high, a new timelapse video shows just how much progress has been made on Te Kaha, Canterbury’s multi-use arena, over the past 12 months.

The lead contractor of the $683-million project, BESIX Watpac installed a site camera near their office on Tuam St in November 2022 and has captured images of the precinct every five minutes, documenting the different phases of work.

Read more on Newsline.(external link)


Faces of Te Kaha: Ifereimi Cawanibuka

Monday 6 November 2023.

Position
Carpenter for Francis Ward Ltd.

Day to day I…
Do the concrete formwork for the foundations. I started by working on the footings and the base, and once the formwork is completed on the ground floor, we’ll work on the formwork on the next level, then the next level.

The best part of my job
It’s a huge project and I love the atmosphere, both at FWL and the whole Te Kaha team. I’m happy to do any work that I’m given – as long as I have something to do, I’m smiling. It could be carpentry, cutting Styrofoam, concreting and curing, breaking up concrete, whatever comes up, I’ll do it. I'm a friend of everyone and I love to smile.

Past projects
I’m from Fiji and moved here in February. I started building when I was 19 years old, and used to teach carpentry at the Fiji National University. Back home one guy does everything, so I used to also do cabinet-making, a little bit of electrical work, some welding and some plumbing. I moved to New Zealand in February to take up work on this project. My wife died in 2020 and I have four children still in Fiji; I’d love to bring them over to New Zealand one day.

Outside of work I...
Ride a bus home and I rest, as I know the next day will be busy again!


Site progress

Wednesday 26 October 2023.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street yesterday.

Work on the western, southern and eastern stand superstructures continues to progress well, with the rakers that will hold the tiered seating of the arena's southern stand now all in place. The external perimeter framing of the southern stand has also made noticeable progress over the past couple of weeks.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western and southern stands. Concrete pours to top the western and southern stands' double tee floors are continuing.

All concrete elements of the ground floor are now complete, except for the northwest corner of the site. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized, wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.

You can find a new library of previous site progress images(external link) below. 


Site progress

Wednesday 19 October 2023.

This photo was taken of the Te Kaha site from Tuam Street yesterday.

Work on the western, southern and eastern stand superstructures continues to progress well, with the rakers that will hold the tiered seating of the arena's southern stand now all in place. The external perimeter framing of the southern stand has also made noticeable progress over the past couple of weeks.

The precast concrete double tee floors continue to be installed on the western and southern stands, with these two stands now effectively joined up. Concrete pours to top the western and southern stands' double tee floors are continuing.

All concrete elements of the ground floor are now complete, except for the northwest corner of the site. 

Over the coming months, trucks continue to deliver oversized components of structural steel to the site. These movements will be happening before 7am so that the oversized, wide loads are off the road before the restrictions begin at 7am. Contractors will unload and lift the loads from 7am.

We expect to receive about two oversized deliveries a week. However, we are unable to provide specific times due to the susceptibility to work processes and weather conditions, such as priming and painting.

You can find a new library of previous site progress images(external link) below. 


Celebrating the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals

Friday 13 October 2023.

The contractors at Te Kaha are getting into the Rugby World Cup spirit, hanging the flags of the teams contesting this weekend's quarter-finals from the cranes around the site.

May the best teams win!


Video: Level 1 concourse starts to take shape

Monday 9 October 2023.


Latest drone images

Friday 6 October 2023.

Here are a bunch of the latest drone shots from Te Kaha, showing the latest progress. We'll have a video update to share on Monday.

View from the southwest corner, showing the level 1 concourse progress.

Vertical construction continues to progress well in the western stand.

Steel vertical construction in the eastern stand.

Looking at the steel rakers in the southern stand.

Ground floor concrete formwork is nearing completion in the northwest corner.


 

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