An Irishman's attempts to rekindle a lost love with a former Taranaki woman have proved costly and unfruitful.
Victor Cromie, of Dundrum, Northern Ireland, placed a $1200 ad in Wednesday's Taranaki Daily News looking to contact Melanie (Mel) Eynon, formerly of Waitara.
The ad included Mr Cromie's email address and cellphone number.
The Daily News understands Mr Cromie and Miss Eynon were in a relationship after meeting while she was living in the United Kingdom in the late 1990s to early 2000s.
The couple returned to New Zealand but the relationship didn't last and Mr Cromie went home to Ireland.
Miss Eynon has since moved to Australia where she married and is now living.
A friend of Miss Eynon's said everybody in Waitara was talking about the ad.
"It's caused a huge stir."
She said friends and family had sent her text messages telling her about the ad.
"She got lots of text messages about it. She's mortified and highly embarrassed by it.
"She has been in contact with him."
Members of the public had also been in contact with Mr Cromie, she said.
"He has had emails from random people wishing him well in trying to find her."
Calls to Mr Cromie's cellphone went unanswered but he did reply to an email seeking further information.
"Call off the search . . . I found Mel . . . didn't think it would be so fast," he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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