Lifestyle blocks and plenty of clocks
Reporter Sam Kilmister stares down a goat and visits the largest clock collection in the world in Colyton.
Brian Hills is the first to admit Colyton isn’t a dream destination for tourists.
But he reckons the small settlement he has called home for 65 years offers the best lifestyle in Manawatu¯ .
There may be a lack of big ticket attractions in Colyton, but time still flies. The area is home to to a clock museum, which is a must see for anyone passing through.
Bill Williams owns 3021 clocks, sending him well over the previous world-record collection of about 1900.
His collection began in 1988 when he wandered into a secondhand store in Auckland and spotted a nice mantel clock for his home. Since then, he’s never quite been able to shake his child-like love for them.
Located eight kilometres from Feilding and a 15-minute drive from Palmerston North, Colyton offers all the amenities of the suburbs without having to live in one. Geographically, it is the centre of the extensive Manawatu¯ district.
Latched to a fence by the side of the road, motorists are welcomed with a suspicious glare from a pet goat.
The goat belongs to one of 150 permanent residents, many of whom live on small lifestyle blocks and work in the larger centres during the day.
‘‘It’s a central place,’’ Hills said. ‘‘The city’s creeping towards us anyway.
‘‘It’s a quiet, country community that supports each other. Around the town there are a number of new houses, so over the last 20 years it hasn’t gone backwards.’’
Colyton is named after a small village in Devon, England. Both share a St Andrew’s Church and flat rolling country.
Colyton once had a pub, general store and a butcher. While these are long gone the community
and school remain strong.
Continued growth in the area from lifestyle blocks has helped to secure a bright future for the district and school.
Farmer Brian Hills grew up in Colyton and never left.