Crier hails How­ick virtues in Aussie

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A fes­ti­val in Aus­tralia might seem an odd place to hear some­one loudly ex­tolling the virtues of an East Auck­land sub­urb.

But Jim Don­ald is ar­guably How­ick’s most vo­cal cham­pion.

On Satur­day morn­ings he’s al­ways at the How­ick Vil­lage Mar­ket hon­ing his craft and bell­ring­ing tech­nique as the longserv­ing How­ick Town Crier.

They’re at­tributes that re­cently took him across the Tas­man Sea to take part in Aus­tralia’s 26th Na­tional Town Crier Cham­pi­onships at West Wya­long, in New South Wales.

Don­ald per­formed two cries, one pro­mot­ing How­ick and an­other for West Wya­long.

He says he was the only crier from New Zealand to present at the West Wya­long Show Day, an hon­our that saw him in­ter­viewed on ABC Television.

‘‘The net­work quoted me when I said, ‘ any Aus­tralian vis­it­ing Auck­land in New Zealand is wel­come to spend a day in How­ick’,’’ Don­ald says.

The re­tired po­lice­man and cur­rent How­ick Lo­cal Board mem­ber says he also left be­hind brochures il­lus­trat­ing How­ick’s Satur­day mar­ket and the How­ick His­tor­i­cal Vil­lage in an ef­fort to draw tourists over.

‘‘The fes­ti­val is a great tourist pro­mo­tion and I was so pleased to get an Aus­tralian-wide in­vi­ta­tion for Aus­tralians to visit How­ick when they come to Auck­land.’’

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At the Aus­tralian Town Cri­ers Fes­ti­val, Stephen Clarke of Gos­ford, NSW, Jim Don­ald of How­ick, and Bill Wal­lace of Lane Cove, NSW.

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