12 Sep 2019

Wedding ring returned after 2000km return trip across NZ

From Checkpoint, 5:55 pm on 12 September 2019

A Napier man's wedding ring has taken a miraculous 2000km return trip thanks to an eagle-eyed Dunedinite and a bit of plain old luck.

Don Alexander, 84, lost his ring while packing up crates of donated lemons and grapefruit destined for the elderly in Dunedin.

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Photo: RNZ / Anusha Bradley

"All of a sudden I realised I had lost my ring. We had 12 bins of fruit and we thought 'which bin is it in?'"

Four crates sent to Dunedin were stored at Timeless Floor and Bathroom owner and Rotary member Barry Johnston's yard.

They heard Mr Alexander's ring was missing, but despite searching high and low it could not be found.

It was not until three days later that something caught Mr Johnston's eye while he was walking on the gravel driveway outside.

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