That which came . . . just has to go

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By RANI TI­MOTI

Come artists, mak­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers and those with an eye for cu­ri­ous things. An ex­tra­or­di­nary garage sale in Muri­wai will cap­ture arty and ar­ti­san at­ten­tion this week­end.

Muri­wai res­i­dents Sue Hal­dane and Gary Wil­lis are open­ing their work­shop to share their col­lec­tions from for­mer work­places in­clud­ing the down­town Queen St post of­fice, Auck­land Star and Toko­roa mill.

Fur­ni­ture, tools and ma­chin­ery, na­tive tim­ber and in­ter­est­ing ob­jects found by the pair over the last 16 years will be on sale.

‘‘There’s a real mixed bag­some­thing for ev­ery­one,’’ Wil­lis says.

Hal­dane says she can imag­ine vis­i­tors may say ‘‘ my grand­fa­ther used to work at this place’’ or ‘‘ we re­mem­ber that’’.

‘‘I want peo­ple to use the po­ten­tial from th­ese ob­jects to make and work on their own ideas and cre­ativ­ity.’’

The pair own The Boiler Room which used to have a re­tail pres­ence in the city, host ex­hi­bi­tions and work in par­al­lel with the film in­dus­try.

Now they’ve moved the busi­ness back to Muri­wai and are hav­ing a change of pace.

‘‘As time went on we had way too much stuff to make for our projects,’’ Hal­dane says.

The garage sale will also help clear their work­shop so it can be­come a work­ing space.

Hal­dane has a theatre back­ground and is in­ter­ested in find­ing a way to tell the sto­ries of where the cou­ple went and who they met when they at­tended plant clo­sures and fac­tory and in­sti­tu­tional de­com­mis­sion­ings.

‘‘You name it, we were there. We had three con­tain­ers – we’re down to one con­tainer now,’’ she says.

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Pho­tos: RANI TI­MOTI

Sweet stor­age: Above, a sorting box from the down­town Queen St post of­fice could be­come a prac­ti­cal piece of arty po­ten­tial. Left: There’s a real mixed bag of trea­sures the prac­ti­cal per­son can pick up.

Photo: UR­SULA WIL­LIAMS

Prac­ti­cal spoils: Sue Hal­dane and Gary Wil­lis are open­ing their Muri­wai work­shop to share their col­lec­tions from for­mer New Zealand work­places this week­end.

Sharp note: Trade tools and ma­chin­ery are some of the main items avail­able at the garage sale in Muri­wai.

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