I spent today visiting new friends in the town of Granity, a beautiful 25km drive north of Westport. Something caught my eye again and again along the main street (there are only 3 streets here) . I counted at least 10 microwave-ovens loving upcycled into weatherproof mailboxes. I asked a few of the locals where the trend had come from, but no one seemed to know. If you know part (or all) of the story then do post in the comments below. Also has anyone heard of other towns with the same quirky trend?
So what is the motivation behind this particular upcycling phenomenon. Here goes with some thoughts from me:-
(1) Microwave ovens are big. Plenty of room for plenty of mail.
(2) Microwave ovens are weatherproof (I think). And it rains a lot in Granity.
(3) Microwave ovens serve no other useful purpose once they stop being able to reheat food. And dumping fees are pretty expensive in the Buller District.
I'm yet to find one of these microwaves which is plugged into the mains. But if I were a Postie on a cold winter's day in Granity, then I would definitely be reaching for my pot noodle.
NZ Maori identify themselves by their local mountain and river, but I grew up in the south of England where the land is flat, and our local river - the Blackwater - lived up to its name as being one of the most polluted streams in the UK. So now I'm claiming the Buller River, or in te reo Maori the Kawatiri, as my own.