My family home is in Waterview and every time I visit there is at least one more crane than there was the last time I went by. These photos were taken six months ago so you can only imagine the crazy amount of machinery there is now. The last time I checked, there was even a gigantic tunnel digger (named Alice) that was flown in from Japan. It/she was so large (weighing over 3600 tonnes) that it/she got flown over in pieces and constructed on site.
35mm Film / May 2013
Rarotonga: Part IV
The Sheraton Story
In the 1980s the Cook Island government decided to back an Italian copany's bid to build Rarotonga's first luxury 4-star hotel by acting as guarantors for NZ$52 million loan. Sheraton agreed to manage the property and work began on its construction in 1990. Within a few years the Italian contractors went bust and a second company had to be brought in to finish the buld.
Years later, in 1998, an Italian government crackdown on the Mafia lead to the arrest of several people involved in the Rarotongan project and construction was thwarted once again. Italian insurers froze coverage on the loan and the complex was abandoned. The hotel was, at this point, 80% completed and has not been touched since.
Source: Market Travel Fair
35mm Film / Rarotonga / August 2013