Mack’s Craic

03Oct12
Micro Managing the Mail

Micro Managing the Mail

We’re going around the world in twenty-five days, one day for every year we’ve been married.

Day 12 Whangarei

Today we saw a microwave oven that was being used as a mailbox. There it was, in the middle of a row of mailboxes on the side of the road on the way to Tutukaka in Northland. Later we saw a mailbox made from a plastic bucket.

On this trip, we’ve really noticed the mailboxes. That might be because we don’t have them in England but I think it’s because of the amazing variety. There are New Zealand mailboxes in every shape, size and colour. They’re made from every material known to man, from wood to plastic, copper to chrome, steel to glass. Perched on top of posts up and down the country, the Kiwi letterbox is a monument to the creativity of the householder.

Innovation is a characteristic Kiwis are renowned for. The Jet boat, the ski plane, bungy jumping and zorbing are all examples of New Zealand inventions that pushed traditional boundaries. They also embody the Kiwi sense of adventure.

As popular local culture holds, Kiwis can do anything with “a piece of number eight wire” (the fencing wire that New Zealand farmers use). That spirit of engineering creativity is firmly entrenched in the heritage of this pioneering nation where innovation was essential for survival.

It’s called Kiwi Ingenuity and it’s alive and well on the road to Tutukaka. What else are you going to do with a broken microwave anyway?

There’s a Craic around the world!

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