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Locals head home to work on SH25A rebuild

The SH25A rebuild project team has brought two young engineers back home to the Coromandel.

James Davies, pictured above left, has holidayed at Pauanui all his life and lived there while studying, and Taylor Auld, above right, is from Thames.

Both have joined the project as site engineers, and their local links mean they are both very aware of the urgency of the project.

“I have family and friends impacted by the road closure so know just how important this project is for local businesses and communities,” James said.

“Our roles are towards the bottom of the org-chart, but we are part of a highly experienced team focused on building the bridge as quickly as possible,” Taylor said.

A former Thames High School student, Taylor studied engineering in Christchurch and worked for Fulton Hogan on several projects in the South Island over the past three years before being shoulder tapped to join the project team.

James finished his engineering degree at Auckland University last year and joined McConnell Dowell’s Graduate Programme in February, transferring to this project in June from Gisborne/Tairāwhiti.

Both James and Taylor will be living in Thames for the duration of the project. “If you see us around reach out and say hello,” James said.