The world on her flag­pole

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MARY BAINES

A Tawa flag­pole has be­come a land­mark be­cause of the owner’s habit of dis­play­ing a dif­fer­ent na­tional flag ev­ery day.

Re­tired Tawa res­i­dent Mavis Woodman has been col­lect­ing flags since her fam­ily gave her the flag­pole 13 years ago. She now has 58.

‘‘ When they asked me what I wanted for my birth­day, it just came to me,’’ she said.

Ev­ery morn­ing, she raises the ap­pro­pri­ate flag for the na­tional day of a coun­try – which she keeps track of through her flag book – and for spe­cial oc­ca­sions, such as St Pa­trick’s Day, Christ­mas and when the Phoenix win.

Her col­lec­tion is made up of those she has bought, been given, loaned and asked to fly on spe­cific days.

The flag­pole, in Main Rd, Tawa, is vis­i­ble to ev­ery­one who drives past and at­tracts con­sid­er­able at­ten­tion.

‘‘Be­cause it’s on the main road it’s of in­ter-

ood­man’ –

Mav­fis­lawgs est to peo­ple,’’ she said.

Some lo­cals had re­quested she fly their na­tional flags, which have in­cluded those of Malta and, in a throw­back in time, Rhode­sia.

‘‘One day we put up the Korean flag and that night a man drove in and thanked us for show­ing his na­tional flag.’’

The com­mu­nity re­ac­tion had been all pos­i­tive.

‘‘Other peo­ple get as much plea­sure as we do from fly­ing the flags,’’ she said.

One of her favourites is the Rhode­sian flag, lent to her by some­one who left there be­fore the coun­try was re­named Zim­babwe.

‘‘He loaned it to us so we can fly it for him some­times.

‘‘You learn all these sto­ries talk­ing to peo­ple about these places you didn’t know be­fore.’’

Mrs Woodman flew the Pak­istan flag for its na­tional day on March 23 and re­cently flew the New Zealand flag half-mast when a neigh­bour died.

‘‘ The flag­pole, it in­volves you in peo­ple’s lives,’’ she said.

Mrs Woodman is al­ways look­ing to ex­tend her col­lec­tion, and is in the mar­ket for a Welling­ton flag.

Flag flyer: Mavis Woodman holds one of her favourite flags, from Rhode­sia.

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