Paul Woodd is a local plumber who has recently completed his bus renovation. He intends to use his bus for short holidays away from home rather than permanent living, and it’s sparsely furnished and decorated — just as he likes it!
We spy Paul's red bus parked outside the Bush Fairy Dairy. Paul has just completed his work on it and is taking it into Kaitaia for a mechanical inspection and registration.
Paul chose to repaint the bus in its original colours. It used to be a local school bus — back in the day when all schools maintained their own fleets of buses with mechanical workshops and drivers.
Chopper greets us as we step into the bus. He doesn't mind visitors.
Inside, Paul has chosen a very minimalistic design. He doesn't like overhead cabinets and says his bus doesn't contain anything that he doesn't put his hand on every single day.
The kitchen space contains a gas cooker and built-in sink with 200 litres of water ready for use.
A small wood stove keeps the bus toasty in winter. Paul says that he has already been living in the bus during the cold months because the heater is so effective in the small, insulated space.
It's been lovely to talk to Paul and hear about his work on the bus.
It’s always fun to look in other people’s travelling rigs, and this one is a more unusual size than we usually see. Thanks for letting us look around, Paul!