Six-year-old boy helped the ITR by blowing up a building!


Jayden Halliwell from Queenstown has become the first person ever in New Zealand to blow up a building when he pushed the button on Sunday August 5 that imploded the 14-storey Radio Network House. The right to press the button for the first implosion of the quake-damaged Radio Network building was auctioned on Trademe. Jayden is currently being treated for Wilms’ tumour, which is cancer of the kidney.

The winners of the Trade Me auction to implode the Radio Network House – seven Christchurch demolition companies and one Auckland demolition company – wanted to give this opportunity to a child who truly deserved it. They offered the opportunity to the Child Cancer Foundation who nominated Jayden.

The ITR thanks the eight demolition companies - Christchurch’s Shilton and Brown Demolition, March Construction, D Construction, Jurgens Demolition, Dormer Construction, Pro Tranz Contracting and Clampet Developments and Auckland’s Ward Demolition. Neil Cox, General Manager for the Isaac Theatre Royal, says the final bid of $26,000 will be put towards the heritage restoration of the Theatre Royal’s façade. The Government will match the bid amount and this money will go towards restoration of private heritage buildings.

Trade Me said the auction was the third most viewed auction of all time (see Top 11) with 459,420 views, 113 bids and 243 questions asked in the question and answers. The implosion took place at 8:00am on Sunday August 5. See video.