BANK OF AUSTRALASIA
LEVIN NEW ZEALAND
NOW CALLED THE ANZ BANK. It's situated below the red clock tower to the right.
THE OLD SIGN IS JUST VISIBLE WITH OLD PAINT SANDED OFF FOR REPAINTING.
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BANK OF AUSTRALASIA. ↓
BANK OF AUSTRALASIA. ↓
May Peace Prevail On Earth
Stephen Tindall needs no introduction, but here is how I met him at the
Levin Warehouse opening and his possible involement in some Levin tree
planting a few years later.
As the new Levin branch of The Warehouse red shed was nearing completion, I wrote to Managing Director, Mr Stephen Tindall, to ask if he would consider putting potted greenery beside the long wall opposite the Levin Police Station. He wrote back to say he would like to meet me when he came to open the branch and that I should make my self known to him when he was down, for him to it see first hand. That I did. We proceeded out the front door with him in his standard red staff tee shirt and me following. Within ten seconds of being in the carpark, on the way to the side wall that I wanted planted in containered trees, he was called by a frustrated car driver, unable to park where he wanted.
CEO, turned temporary parking attendent, Stephen Tindall did a great job and sorted out the problem, as any juniour staff member would have. Then I knew why the Warehouse is a front runner, with humble service from the top down. We eventually walked to the side wall where he asked why there was a crowd in front of the old building opposite. I explained that it was the Court House and he then noted that the wall in question was not on the sunniest side. We went back inside and he said he would see what could be done.
A few years later, when the plant shop and inwards goods store was added in Stanley Street, it delighted me to see a two metre wide planting strip, on this sunniest side, planted in native trees. It's now a beautiful site and spring-time haven for tuis on the yellow kowhai. This was a brilliant effort by The Warehouse to add a strip of soft, flowering natural beauty to an otherwise canyon like area between it and Countdown supermarket. Maybe, Mr Stephen Tindall noted down my request for greenery which became part of the extension plans. Who knows? It wouldn't surprise me though, going on Stephen's remarkable demonstration as an action man in the carpark for a dissatisfied car driver.
Below. A cloudy day brightened up by lovely native flowers on the Stanley Street planting strip at the rear of the Levin Warehouse.