Bring in your old mail­box

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Posties vis­it­ing Mun­gavin Ave will be greeted by bright new let­ter­boxes be­fore the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Septem­ber.

Re­plac­ing tired old let­ter­boxes is just one part of a planned makeover of the street, which is be­ing spruced up to im­press rugby teams from Wales, Fiji, Canada and the United States.

Those teams will train at Porirua Park on Mun­gavin Ave dur­ing their stay in New Zealand.

Mana Re­cov­ery, an em­ploy­ment ser­vice for peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues, is ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic to do­nate their old let­ter­boxes to its re­cy­cling cen­tre Trash Palace.

The let­ter­boxes will be re­paired, painted and in­stalled at state-owned prop­er­ties on Mun­gavin Ave, says Mana Re­cov­ery gen­eral man­ager El­iz­a­beth Coluzzi.

It is pos­si­ble the let­ter­boxes would be painted in the colours or style of the Welsh flag, she says – Porirua is of­fi­cially host­ing the Welsh team in Septem­ber.

‘‘We’ve got some pretty tal­ented peo­ple here.’’

Work­ers from Mana Re­cov­ery’s Vail­ima unit, who usu­ally do lawn­mow­ing and house clean­ing con­tracts, will be in charge of the Mun­gavin Ave blitz.

Front lawns and street grass verges will be mowed and trees pruned dur­ing the two-week work­ing bee, which will run from Au­gust 8 to 19.

‘‘It’s a nice big tidy-up to spruce the place up,’’ Ms Coluzzi says.

Res­i­dents from Mun­gavin Ave can get in­or­ganic waste, such as old fur­ni­ture and elec­tron­ics, picked up for free by Trash Palace ev­ery week­day of the cleanup pe­riod.

This is the third year Mana Re­cov­ery has worked with Hous­ing New Zealand to give a Can­nons Creek street a makeover.

Aber­feldy St and Here­ford St have al­ready re­ceived a spruce-up. A street party bar­be­cue will be held to cel­e­brate the end of the clean-up, Ms Coluzzi says.

Mun­gavin makeover: Old let­ter­boxes are be­ing sought by Trash Palace as part of a preRugby World Cup spruce-up of Mun­gavin Ave, says Mana Re­cov­ery gen­eral man­ager El­iz­a­beth Coluzzi.

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