Big yellow crane has a name

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Newfield Park School pupil Harley Coutts, 6, named Invercargill's crane, Lofty the Yellow Lifter. PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO

THE CRANE dominating the skyline of Invercargill’s CBD now has a name – Lofty the Yellow Lifter.

It was Newfield Park pupil Harley Coutts who came up with the new moniker for the crane, which has dominated the Invercargill skyscape for about five months.

ILT board chairman Alan Dennis and Leighs Construction site manager Phil Pasco were tasked with the challenging job of trawling through the many entries to select the winner.

“We were very impressed by the calibre of entries and the creativity shown by all the students who entered.

“There was plenty of healthy debate throughout the process and it was tough to choose a winner,” Mr Dennis said.

“Harley’s entry did a fantastic job of really reflecting the presence the crane has on the site by incorporating lofty, so our congratulations to him.”

The towering machinery, which measures 43m at its highest point and can lift up to 12 tonnes, was installed onsite in February to enable construction of The Langlands hotel. It is expected to remain for the next 12 months.

“The crane has certainly become a focal point of the construction process to date and its exciting to see progress,” Mr Dennis said.

Lofty the Yellow Lifter will now appear on the crane’s cab while Harley will have the kudos of his own name featuring on site fencing at the inner-city location.

He also receives an iPad (sponsored by Leighs Construction) along with afternoon tea for his whole class at ILT’s newly-opened family restaurant The Homestead and $2000 for Newfield Park to spend on technology (sponsored by ILT).

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