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Man reunited with WWII condolence letter from King George VI found on Auckland motorway

A man has been reunited with a box of family memorabilia that was lost on an Auckland motorway over two weeks ago.

After a public appeal, the NZ Transport Agency was able to locate Michael Land and return his belongings.

"I didn’t realise I’d lost the box but I recognised the photo of it as soon as I saw it in the media," he said.

"The box must have fallen off the back of a truck moving household goods from Pakuranga to Kumeu."

According to the NZ Transport Agency, the A4 sized box was crammed full of valuables that gave a pictorial record of Mr Land’s childhood and family history.

It included a wartime letter of condolence from King George VI after the death of his grandfather, who was a flying officer. 

The box was found on the Northwestern Motorway near the Great North Road Interchange just over two weeks ago after an Incident Response Crew from the Waterview Tunnel went to investigate reports of debris in a traffic lane.

"The box was just sitting there in the live lane. Fortunately, there wasn’t much traffic at the time," explained Incident Response team leader Mel Stack.

"There was nothing on the box to secure the lid so it’s just luck that its contents weren’t blown all over the motorway."

Mr Land thanked the Incident Response ream for taking care of his valuables and trying to find him.

Michael Land with his box of belongings. Source: Supplied


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