A second mysterious cash dump in Hikurangi has seen locals
again grabbing for $100, $50 and $20 notes swirling on the
breeze in the main street.
On Saturday morning "thousands" of dollars are believed to
have come from a black four-wheel-drive vehicle as it drove
along the main road, George St, just before 11am.
In mid October locals were delighted to see money falling
from the back of a vehicle described as a black-coloured
four-wheel-drive, just outside the old dairy factory
On that occasion the unexpected cash dump caught the eye of
those in the area who were on their way to work or school and
it was estimated about $20,000 had been scattered on the
road. Most of it was gathered up and handed over to the male
In the latest dash for cash on the weekend about 15 people
gathered handfuls of money.
One of those who couldn't believe what was happening was
Morgan Allen who came out of the Four Square and saw money
lying on the road.
"There were people picking up fist fulls of money ... it was
pretty exciting then I discovered it belonged to someone
there," Mr Allen said.
"I was going round picking up money and this guy gratefully
took it off me."
Mr Allen described the man as Maori and fairly solid.
He said there would have been thousands of dollars, as he had
handed over about $3000.
The man drove off and a short time later come back in a small
white car with another man and together they kept looking for
Another man said he was heading to the Four Square to get
some money out before attending the Kamo Christmas parade and
was confused to see money blowing everywhere.
"I was there for about a minute and I reckon I picked up
about $3000. My hands were so full I kept dropping some of
His wife also collected some of the cash and handed it over.
Hikurangi Hotel duty bar manager Tony Tito said patrons had
been talking about the mystery over a few pints.
"No one could really believe that it had happened for a
second time. People are really starting to wonder what is
really happening in town."
Two hours later a couple of woman had been trying to get $20
bills out of the drain outside the pub.
Hikurangi resident Don Sinclair had heard it was drug money.
"I could have done with a few $50 dollar bills ... it
wouldn't have gone astray."
Northland police spokeswoman Sarah Kennett confirmed police
were contacted by a member of the public who reported seeing
a man picking money off the road. Police were continuing to
investigate the mysterious cash dump.
The first incident involved a vehicle police believed was
registered to an owner in Mount Maunganui, who frequently
- By Kristin Edge of the Northern Advocate