Launch of Mangaia Crusher Relocation and Ivirua Water Projects

26 May 2017



MAY 2017




The people of Mangaia were blessed on Friday, 19th of May with the combined handover ceremony for their overhauled crusher plant and the new water supply for the village of Ivirua.

The DPM Teariki Heather building the new ramp to load rocks to the crusher.

The crusher plant was relocated from Oneroa to the Karanganui site, at the northern end of the Mangaia airport. The aim is to improve the production of aggregate by being closer to the rockwall where the drillings and blasting work is undertaken. This will save significant costs on transport, reduce wear and tear to the machinery and provide a safe environment for the workers and community on site.

The project was delivered in partnership with ICI, the Mangaia Island Government and T & M Heather Ltd.  The expertise of the T & M company and its technical personnel with heavy duty machinery proved essential to relocating this revamped crusher plant, together with the construction of the sheds for staff and the main generator. The work also included electrical wiring and testing of the main generator and its control panel. They were able to break a pile of big rocks to provide 3 months’ supply, in a timely manner, in less than 2 weeks without any danger to all those involved. 

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Teariki Heather who is the overall Overseer of the Relocation Project   “this kind of undertaking is expected for people who has proven work experience, has the capacity with safety first in their mind and work plan” He added ”this line of work is very dangerous and when I saw the old set up in Oneroa, I was very disappointed because it was too close to the road, the stock pile area was too small and was not designed to increase efficiency in the production of aggregate” 

The current set up is guaranteed to produce the best aggregates for Mangaia road sealing programme.  The budget for this crusher plant set up is $250k in the 2016-2017 appropriation for Mangaia roads. An additional budget is required for the actual sealing program in the 2017-2018  financial year. 

Reassembled crusher machine in action



                                                                2. IVIRUA WATER PROJECT

 The decision by the Island Government of Mangaia to ask Cabinet to redirect the Mangaia Central Water budget of $125k to improve the water supply of the people of Ivirua is a dream come true for many residents in the village.

A simple handover ceremony gave the honour to the Member of Parliament of Ivirua and former Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, the Hon Jim Marurai of cutting the ribbon, before the DPM Teariki Heather turned the water tap on.

The project was supervised by ICI Waterworks Manager of, Mr Wilson Rani with technical assistance from ICI Engineer Tenga Mana, with the support of Ian Ibbetson, Director and owner of PTS company of Rarotonga.  Rani acknowledged the support of PTS and thanked them, the Island Government and the people of Ivirua who lend their hands to physically carry the water pipes and power cables  on their shoulders along the makatea foot-track to the cave for a distance of about 700 meters from the village.

This is the third source of water supply in Ivirua, in addition to the stream water supply and rainwater sources. The stream water cannot supply water to two thirds of the village during periods of drought, which the cave water will be able supply.  Rainwater harvesting is also a supplementary water source for Ivirua. The Aronga Mana of Ivirua and Mangaia would like to extend their enormous thanks and gratitude to the Government for allowing this to happen. The PTS supplied electrical pump is the first of its kind to be tested in Mangaia and the capability is excellent, so far.  PTS are looking forward extending this service to other Pa Enua. 

DPM Teariki Heather turning the tap on for Ivirua Water Project