Retro event caravan
Horowhenua community groups have free access to the use of a newly refurbished retro caravan.
Gipsy Caravans Levin officially launched the Horowhenua Community Caravan during an open day at the weekend.
Sales and marketing manager Andrew Croot said his family wanted to give something back to the community which had supported their business since 1951.
Mr Croot saw the Gipsy Light caravan, built by his grandfather Frank in 1970, advertised on Trade Me by a Palmerston North family who had used it for a sleepout.
He said they bought the caravan, but it remained in storage while they decided on a worthwhile use.
"There was an idea to turn it into a show caravan to show how long they last," he said.
"But after a brainstorm session we decided to transform it into a community caravan available to non-profit or charitable groups."
Mr Croot said the 12-foot caravan, with seating, tables, lights, a gas cooker and a small fridge, would lend itself to many uses, such as a temporary office for sporting or recreational event officials.
On the outside of the caravan are the names of the local businesses which donated materials and services to help complete the refurbishment.
These included Ducare, Link Up Paint Supplies, Precision Panel and Paint, Kerry's Upholstery, Eyerite Signs, Canvasland, BG Buck Electrical and Window Tint Levin.
"Everyone jumped on board and it really kept costs to a minimum, which was great."