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Many visitors to Paihia probably avoided the public toilet block at the base of Maiki Hill beside the Salt Air heli pad near the water front in central Paihia...but a recent amazing community project driven by Focus Paihia and their "Paihia Phantom Placemaker Projects" has transformed this drab, cold and simply awful toilet block into a funky work of art, all within 10 days.
With the help of David Engwicht from Creative Communities in Australia and a bunch of local tradesmen and businesses volunteering their time, it is now something to be proud of rather than embarrassed.
We'd even go so far as to say this could be a tourist attraction, since it's completion people stop and have a look, take photos and actually use them.
Just goes to show with a bit of inspiration, community spirit and hard work you can transfrom ageing town eyesores into something special...
Check out the time lapse video and images to see how it was transformed.
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