Wellington wind catches Auckland subcontractors off guard, blowing away Karori artificial turf
Auckland subcontractors have been caught out by Wellington's wind, which blew away some of their handiwork at the site of Karori's only artificial turf.
They laid the new green carpet at the old Terawhiti Bowling Club last week, but were unable to secure it as well as they wanted because of the wet conditions.
So instead they weighed it down with sandbags over the weekend.
But strong winds on Sunday night and Monday morning crumpled the turf, and peeled away a corner section of the rubber shock pad, causing further delys to the $1 million project, which was meant to be completed in May.
It will transform transform the old Terawhiti Bowling Club green into a three-quarter size, all-weather training area for sports clubs.
After the stripping of topsoil, field levelling, installing drainage and stabilising the surfaces, all the project needed was its prized turf.
Wellington City Council project manager Peter Hemsley said artificial turf specialists were hired to install the green last week.
But the subcontractors were unable to pour 20 millilitres of sand on top of the rolled-out turf and glue down its the seams, because of the wet conditions.
There was not much that could be done to patch things up in the short term because of the wind, Hemsley said.
"It [the wind] is just too heavy. So we'll have a team of people going in with some [wooden] pallets to safeguard what's on the ground.
"Contractors will have to relay the corner of shock pads that have come up, and then they'll relay all the carpet, glue it and stitch in the line.
"There's about three to four weeks' work and some good weather [required]."
Wind gusts of up to 130kmh will continue to buffet Wellington throughout Monday night and won't abate until Tuesday afternoon, MetService meteorologist Ravi Kandula says.
A severe weather warning remains in place for the region, with northwest gales expected to continue in exposed places. Mt Kaukau had been regularly hit with winds up to 120kmh on Monday, Kandula said.
"It will ease off a little bit through the morning tomorrow [Tuesday], but the real easing doesn't happen until tomorrow afternoon."
Occasional rain was also expected to continue through until Tuesday.