Bring in your old mailbox
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.