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Chinese funded, built facility to be used for Mini-Games

By Matariki Wilson

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, June 15, 2009) – Multi Sports Complex is Nikao is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

The two major jobs currently in progress at the complex are the installation of the retractable seating on either side of the building and the laying of the special wooden and sprung sports floor.

The inner sprung timber floor is being specially constructed by New Zealand company Hardwood Technology Ltd.

Two employees from the New Zealand company began work on Monday, with the help of 17 to 20 local workers, and they have nearly completed the floor.

The specific construction of the floors allows for flexibility in the boards giving it a ‘springing’ effect.

This springing effect lessens the pressure and impact on athletes’ joints and bodies allowing them to perform at their best.

Local workers have been contracted to help with the construction of the floor and retractable seats so that in the event of a malfunction in the future – they will be able to fix the problem.

Two Chinese supervisors specialising in the construction of the retractable seats are also working with a team of locals to finish the seating areas – both inside the building and along the outside of the building sides.

Multi Sports Complex project manager John Strickland says that the complex concrete work and roof is complete.

Chinese workers from the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) are now concentrating on finishing touches to the building including wiring and constructing wheelchair access ramps.

Strickland says that the final part of the construction will be the exterior work of completing the access road around the complex.

While on the face of it the complex looks ready to be used, Strickland says that they are cutting it fine time wise and are working very hard to make sure that the building is completed by the end of the month.

However, an official hand over date from the CCECC to the Cook Islands has yet to be confirmed.

Strickland would like to express his and the team’s gratitude to the people of Tepuka and Nikao plus the students at Tereora College for their patience as the work has been carried out on the complex.

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