Sunday, June 14, 2015

Whangarei - City of Colour Letterbox

With the new theme of Whangarei, City of Colour and the Hundertwasser building going ahead many people are painting their letterboxes  - this was Doug's letterbox.



and now here it is in all its glory.  He has had many comments with the suggestion that he should now paint all the other boxes in his street!!!





A while ago a co-operative Art Gallery at the Town Basin painted several bollards in bright coloiurs only to be told to paint them black again after complaints.  I was talking to the Mayor the other day and suggested that all the bollards in the City should be painted bright colours and a competition held for people to paint one or more.  She thought it a great idea so we shall see if anything comes of it.

12 comments:

  1. lovely little step for the tiny people to put letters in the box, and what a wonderful wishing well further down.

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    1. I must also take a photo of the working windmill on the other side of the drive all made by Doug. The step is actually for the Postie to rest her foot on as she delivers the mail on a quite heavy bike. (Doug's daughter is a Postie).

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  2. The boy done good... so much nicer than our boring government standardised boxes. Yuk.

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  3. We've just bought a bright red metal box....we needed a new one for our next home....but we're trying to design one Kiwi style to suit us that we can build!

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  4. How wonderful, so much better than the boring mail slot we have.

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  5. Now that we have a good outcome regarding the Hundertwasser project the whole of Whangarei should paint their Letterboxes like this in solidarity. I must say the letterbox looks very Piet Mondrian! - Not exactly 'Homage To The Square' - More 'Homage To The Postie', hope he / she appreciates the effort!

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    1. I think he did well, it was more to do with Whangarei, City of Colour. Yes, the Posties and other passers by all appreciate it.

      As I said in my post I suggested to the Mayor a competition to pain the bollards. The more colour in the city the better,

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  6. I agree - absolutely more colour. I would love the council to sow sackfuls of wild flower seeds all along the borders of our roads, both in the city and main arterial routes in and out of the city - that would make a colour statement par excellence!

    .... And perhaps the city should begin an annual 'Celebration of Colour' festival!

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    1. The wild flowers sound great. They did that along SH 10 near Kerikeri but they didn't last and were overtaken by the grasses etc.

      I understood the Celebration of Colour parade was to be an annual event and, hopefully will have other events added on to it.

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  7. The letterboxes are great! I like to know the new word "bollard". I'm studying for an exam and all new words are welcomed.

    Cheers, Sandra

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  8. A bollard is a short vertical post. Originally it meant a post used on a ship or a quay, principally for mooring. The word now also describes a variety of structures to control or direct road traffic, such as posts arranged in a line to obstruct the passage of motor vehicles.[1][2] The term can also be used to describe short, post-like light fixtures.

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    1. Thank you Susan for the explanation! Yesterday I saw a bollard here in Santos and it reminds me your post! Now I know its name!

      Sandra xXx

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