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Written by Mike Dinsdale, The Northern Advocate   
Thursday, 27 December 2007

Matt Wakelin with the bottle, which took more than two years to float from Australia. Photo / Northern Advocate

It took rock star Sting a year to get a response when he sent out his Message in a Bottle in the hit song by The Police of the same name.

But two years and four months is how long it has taken for a message in a bottle cast adrift off Australia to be washed up on a Whangarei beach, much to the delight of Tutukaka Coast youngster Matt Wakelin.

Eleven-year-old Matt and his mum Esther Eves were walking along the beach at Wharewa Bay, between Ngunguru Sandspit and the Horahora River, on Sunday when they spotted a bottle in the sand.

"Mum rolled her foot over it and said `Oh, there's a message in a bottle' and it was," he says.

It was difficult getting the well-sealed cork out of the bottle, but the excited youngster soon realised the bottle had been sent from Australia.

Story and picture in the NZ Herald

Story in the Northern Advocate

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