Twin Bridge Banger to celebrate bridge opening

SPECIAL SNARLER: Oamaru butcher Shane Buchan has created a celebratory sausage to mark the opening of the second bridge on State Highway 82 at Kurow tomorrow.
SPECIAL SNARLER: Oamaru butcher Shane Buchan has created a celebratory sausage to mark the opening of the second bridge on State Highway 82 at Kurow tomorrow.

An Oamaru butcher has banged up a special banger to celebrate the opening of the second of the new Kurow bridges tomorrow.

Shane Buchan has created the Twin Bridge Banger, using a special recipe he says captures the character of the Kurow area.

Buchan said two types of sausage have been created, to reflect the fact there are two bridges.

"The sausages are venison and merino, as well as beef, of course," he said.

"The meats are local to the area. People do a lot of hunting up here and there are a lot of merino up in the hills."

When asked what other ingredients went into the sausage, Buchan said it was a "bit of a secret".

"It's something we've played around with for the last few years. There's a bit of pepper and a few other spices."

One sausage is rumoured to be "coarser" in its texture and the other "a little finer" than the company's traditional sausages.

The sausage's red colour represents Kurow's sporting strip.

More than 1000 sausages have been made for the opening of the second bridge, spanning the Waitaki River on State Highway 82.

Buchan said he was pretty chuffed at being asked to come up with a unique sausage for what will be a historic day for the community.

"I was quite happy and felt quite humbled, actually. They could have asked anyone to put something together, really."

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) highway manager Colin Knaggs said the sausages would be sold for $2 each, with funds donated to community-owned rest home Whalan Lodge.

"A large crowd is expected at the opening on Saturday, with the community having been involved in planning the event, which celebrates a significant milestone for the community."

The NZTA has built the bridges at a cost of $20.1 million to replace two single-lane timber bridges which opened in 1881.

The bridges are part of NZTA's $1 billion programme of investment in Canterbury's transport network.

The bridge will be officially opened by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean at 12.30pm.

The Timaru Herald