At Christmas it began billing itself as the Oberammergau of the South Pacific and Drama Capital of the Southern Hemisphere, after evangelists from Australia took over the town for 12 days (geddit?) for a Christmas 'sights and sounds week'. Our correspondent reports that one of the attractions was a huge milkshake, and that decorations on the Christmas tree were packets of rice risotto. The visitors said they wanted to turn Paeroa into a 'mini-Disneyland on a religious theme'. Usually the only entertainment after dark for the 2,000 inhabitants is a weighing machine outside the post office. This may change. From now on expect to see the slogan: 'Oberammergau every 10 years. Paeroa every 12 months'.
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