Hunt­ing for lost bunting

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - CATRIN OWEN

An Auck­land woman is hunt­ing for her heir­loom bunting af­ter it was ac­ci­den­tally sold at an expo.

Suzanne Ken­drick lent the home­made bunting to the Auck­land City Mis­sion to spruce up their stall at the Green Liv­ing Expo at ASB Show­grounds on July 3.

How­ever, the string of flags was ac­ci­den­tally sold for $10 to a show visi­tor and it hasn’t been seen since.

‘‘Their stand was re­ally woe­ful so I asked them if they wanted to use it.’’

‘‘I’ve lent it out 100 times and they al­ways come back,’’ Ken­drick says.

The 10-me­tre-long bunting was made by Ken­drick and her mother and in­cluded pieces of sen­ti­men­tal fab­rics.

‘‘It has fab­rics from my kids’ clothes, was used at the fu­neral for a friend who died of can­cer and my mother’s old fab­rics stored in the cup­board for years,’’ she says.

The bunting has been miss­ing for over two weeks now and it still has not shown up.

Ken­drick turned to web­site Neigh­bourly.co.nz to at­tempt to get the flags re­turned but no one has come for­ward.

She started mak­ing the bunting as a hobby which has now turned into a new busi­ness.

She up-cy­cles tex­tiles to make the flags.

‘‘The bunting got used all the time for all events: wed­dings, fu­ner­als, birth­day and I started to get feed­back it wasn’t so good out­side.’’ Ken­drick started look­ing for ma­te­rial that was wa­ter­proof.

‘‘I had this idea to use old bill­boards and what I’ve found with this busi­ness waste is that it’s a dirty lit­tle se­cret and busi­nesses don’t want peo­ple to know that most of it goes to the tip.’’

She even has flags made out of the old ban­ners from Auck­land Coun­cil which were used along Queen St.

How­ever it’s the shabby-chic one with used fab­ric that she wants back.

Bunting was orig­i­nally man­u­fac­tured in the turn of the 17th cen­tury and used for mak­ing rib­bons and sig­nal flags for the Royal Navy.

To­day bunting is a fes­tive dec­o­ra­tion which is typ­i­cally formed from by a string of colour­ful tri­an­gu­lar flags.

Email Ken­drick at suzanne@big­day­bunting.co.nz to get in touch.

PHOTO: CATRIN OWEN

Suzanne Ken­drick is still on the hunt for her miss­ing bunting.

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