Maureen Authers emerges from her pole top home to be crowned the winner of the polesitting competition.

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Maureen Authers emerges from her pole top home to be crowned the winner of the polesitting competition..

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Organised by the Kawerau chapter of the Jaycee’s, the competition was held as part of the “Shop in Kawerau Week” promotion and began
on 16 December 1963. The contestants each had a 6 x 6ft platform on top of a pole on which to construct their pole top home. They were not allowed any physical contact with people so received items via a bucket on a rope.

Maureen outlasted the other 4 contestants and won £100 and a Zip Frying Pan from Barwicks. She stayed in her pole top home for over 40 days, coming out in January 1964.

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