Hidden depths vital to recovery

17:41, Jan 08 2013
Stacey Tuxford
GETTING IT SORTED: Stacey Tuxford, of Fletcher Construction, ensures earthquake recovery work beneath the city can get under way as smoothly as possible.

Across Christchurch, thousands of people are working hard each day to piece our city back together. They are our unsung heroes. In the third of a six-part series, The Press meets Fletcher Construction's Stacey Tuxford.

As buildings start to go up around us, not many people know how much unseen work is going on below ground - and that's where Stacey Tuxford comes in.

The 35-year-old is the services co-ordinator for Fletcher Construction and moved to Christchurch last October from Auckland to help with the rebuild.

Tuxford is in charge of ensuring permits to excavate are approved and that all the services in the ground are taken into account in those permits.

"Pretty much what happens is the engineers will come to me and say, ‘We need to install a new water main', and then I need to give them a construction plan," she says.

"I gather all the plans and make sure that when they are ready to rock 'n' roll they've got everything they need."


Tuxford worked in hospitality before changing jobs for "something completely different".

She has been working for Fletchers for four years, previously as a traffic logistics controller.

Although her new role has its challenges, Tuxford takes pleasure from the enthusiasm of others. "The best part for me is completing a permit and having that reward of passing it on to the engineers," she says. "They're like dogs at a gate. They really want to get out there and do it."

Tuxford knows the ground under Christchurch is vital to the rebuild.

"It's important to get this infrastructure sorted out because we need to get this done properly.

"If we can get all that sorted first, we can get building thereafter."

Despite having no plans to stay in Christchurch long-term and admitting her "heart is in Auckland", she is still revelling in the changes happening around her, and loves having an important part to play in it.

"It's crucial that we get on with it to make sure that they can have the running water and flush the toilet as quickly as possible," she says.

"It's not like we're building a tunnel. This is about people, and we're really making a difference."

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