Northern News : December 1st 2010
17 NORTHERN NEWS, DECEMBER 1, 2010 INDEPENDENTLY OWNED & OPERATED AND PROUD TO BE SERVING THE MID NORTH 138 Broadway, PO Box 614, Kaikohe Ph: 09 401 0895 Fax: 09 401 0897 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org MORTGAGEE AUCTION Licensed Real Estate Ag ent REAA2008 Mid North Real Estate Ltd MREINZ 4 Hillcrest Road, Kaikohe Great street appeal! 1920's bungalow with unique features. Large open plan living areas, cosy nook with insert firebox, three large bedrooms, single garage with laundry. Sun drenched rear yard. Auction to be held at our offices at 138 Broadway, Kaikohe at 1p.m., on Thursday, 16th December 2010 Open Homes Wednesday, 24th November 2010, 4-5pm Saturday 27th November 2010, 11a.m. - 12noon Saturday 4th December 2010, 11a.m. - 12 noon Wednesday, 15th December 2010, 4 - 5pm For information packs and further details contact Sue Clarkson after hours 09 4010188 3290619AA Northland Lifestyle&Property Real Estate Guide to Northland Advertising feature Letterbox fit for a king Crowning achievement: Iain Cathcart with the winning letterbox which is planted with libertia. A crown-shaped, ferro-cement letterbox made by a Mangonui builder has won New Zealand's first quirky letterbox compe- tition. Iain Cathcart beat 30 entries from around New Zealand to win the prize at the contest organised by the Kaipara Coast Plant Centre and Sculpture Gardens at Kaukapakapa. Iain says the letterbox, which is at his Oruaiti home, was meant to be a tulip flower, but he couldn't work out how to create the shape perfectly so turned it into a crown. The great thing about cement is that you can add things later.'' The unique letterbox isn't the first Iain has made. He has three collecting mail in Auckland. His postie loved his letterbox so much he asked him to make one for a friend. I just love letterboxes as they are your public interface containing information for you.'' Iain wasn't the only Northlander to win at the contest. The posties' choice award went to Whangarei artist Bruce Young who has a striking sculpture at the gardens. Judge Carol Whitelaw said Young's let- terbox was her favourite because it had plenty of room for parcels and was just gorgeous'. David Bayley said he and wife Geraldine organised the contest because letterboxes were becoming less used as people and businesses communicated more by email. I can't help but wonder if the iconic New Zealand letterbox will soon be a thing of the past? Maybe a few more interesting letterboxes around the countryside will help keep the excitement of going out to the letterbox alive for another generation.'' Iain Cathcart won a three-day walking holiday in Kaipara. Bruce Young won a night at the historic Mataia homestead near Kaukapakapa. The Kaipara Sculpture Gardens at 1481 Kaipara Coast Highway, Kaukapakapa, feature a 1km sculpture trail through gar- dens dotted with 60 sculptures by leading New Zealand artists. Most of the works are available for pur- chase and the exhibition is changed every 12 months. Phone (09) 420-5655 or go online to www.sculpturegardens.co.nz for more information about the gardens which are open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Admission fees apply. Southern mail Dunny mail: A toilet letterbox in Waimate. Motor mail: Marlborough fisherman Bob Addiss converted a Johnson outboard motor into a letterbox. Anyone who has driven Northland's back roads will prob- ably have seen the occasional microwave oven given a new life as a letterbox. But Kiwis are just as resourceful at the other end of the country as these photos of unusual letterboxes in the South Island show.
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