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JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 16:43 08/02/2013
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Closed up: Security guard Jason Halbert guards the main entrance to the Coastlands Aquatic Centre work site.

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Waikanae's Tony Kraamwinkel took Waitangi Day off from the Coastlands Aquatic Centre building project to spend time with his family.

The time away from an intensive seven-days-a-week schedule came at a cost - leaving every work tool he owns locked on-site.

''Being a self-employed contractor, you only get paid the days you work, and not having any gear I can't exactly go to work and do anything. I don't even have an apron to put on.''

Mr Kraamwinkel has been installing cladding and flashing, since October, and said the Mainzeal collapse came as a complete shock to workers.

''We didn't see it coming at all.''

The project was about three weeks from completion, he said.

Mr Kraamwinkel is a qualified builder, but took the work with subcontractor Double R Construction to try something new - and because he wanted to be involved with the pool.

Mr Kraamwinkel said he had taken labouring work on another project.

''I live week by week pretty much, I've got a young family, we've just bought a house. It makes it tough.''

He said receivers had told staff they may be able to collect their tools from the site today.

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