Earlier this month NZ Post released a new stamp series celebrating the combined effort and work done reconstructing SH1 and the maintrunk line after the 14 November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. Abseil Access was honoured and humbled to have James Malone’s photo of Dean Griffiths loosening rocks somewhere north of Kaikoura as one of the featured stamps.
The stamp series incidentally coincides with Abseil Access’ ‘evacuation’ from our biggest project in our 25-year history, SR30. This slip above SH1 south of Kaikoura was one of the biggest, gnarliest, messiest and dangerous slips – ever! In the process of stabilising the slip and making both the road and railway line below safe we put over 72,000 (that’s more than 8 years!) working hours and used 9,000 square meters of wire mesh. For the technically minded, 570 self-drilling anchors were used as well as 60 anchors pull tested.