Wel­come to their city of card­board

The Hutt News - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEWTSO

A com­pany that spe­cialises in mak­ing un­usual boxes has put its cre­ativ­ity to the test by build­ing a city out of card­board.

The ‘‘box city’’ built by Pack­ag­ing Prod­ucts in Lower Hutt will fea­ture at Space NZ Trust’s You and Your Child expo at West­pac Sta­dium, which aims to bring chil­dren and par­ents closer to­gether.

The city is con­structed en­tirely of card­board and fea­tures arch­ways, tun­nels, cars and a house com­plete with shin­gle roof.

Pack­ag­ing Prod­ucts di­rec­tor Cameron Too­ley said the brief for the city was a lit­tle out of the or­di­nary, but they were happy to be in­volved in such a fun project.

The com­pany spe­cialises in mak­ing in­dus­trial pack­ag­ing, and the city was built by their cus­tom box de­part­ment.

While they had made boxes as large as two cu­bic me­tres and up to eight me­tres long, they had never been asked to make a shin­gle roof be­fore, Too­ley said.

‘‘It’s re­ally given the guys a chance to get cre­ative and to ex­press them­selves.’’

Many of the cus­tom box team were par­ents and were happy to be cre­at­ing some­thing that would en­cour­age fam­i­lies to spend time to­gether.

Space NZ Trust project co-or­di­na­tor Jus­tine Jones thought the box city was ‘‘look­ing fan­tas­tic’’. Kids and par­ents are go­ing to love in­ter­act­ing with the in­stal­la­tion, she said.

‘‘Tech­nol­ogy has its place, but boxes are just as good. Most par­ents know that their chil­dren love boxes, some­times more than the gift in­side.’’

This was the first time the Space NZ Trust, which spe­cialises in post-na­tal sup­port, had hosted the You and Your Child Expo. Jones said she was look­ing for­ward to the event.

It will al­low par­ents and kids to spend time to­gether and learn how to get the best out of their par­ent-child re­la­tion­ship.

‘‘Life is busy and pres­sure on par­ents is pretty high so spend­ing time hav­ing fun to­gether can be chal­leng­ing. Our in­ten­tion is to of­fer a fun filled day.’’

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude Cap­i­tal E’s chil­dren’s theatre, The Play­cen­tre Good Clean Fun Zone, The Hits Bub­ble Dome, a White Out Sticker Zone, Lego and The Good­time Mu­sic Academy mu­sic buses.

As well as ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment, there will also be prod­ucts and ser­vices on dis­play and speak­ers such as par­ent­ing blog­ger Emily Writes.

The You and Your Child expo is on Oc­to­ber 15 be­tween 10am and 6pm. Tick­ets are avail­able through Tick­etek.

MATTHEW TSO/STUFF

Pack­ag­ing Prod­ucts di­rec­tor Cameron Too­ley, right, with the cus­tom box team, from left, Lin­coln Hart, Leith Tangi­wai and Karl Chap­ple.

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