City Rail Link: Work begins on biggest railway station in New Zealand
Auckland's $4.4 billion City Rail Link passed another milestone on 23 June when dignitaries and construction workers attended a ceremony to mark work starting on a new underground station in the central city.
"What the hell are you doing to my town? Whenever I come into the city there is a great big hole," said Transport Minister Phil Twyford, who enjoyed flicking the switch on a huge ground cutting machine that will start work on the perimeter walls.
Twyford was joined by Mayor Phil Goff at the controls of the 90-tonne machine, built in India especially for the project, and named Sandrine in honour of a woman working for a CRL contractor.