For the Browns Bay Christmas Parade, ShoreLines was lucky to secure the services of Crown Xu, a member of the Special Operations Forces Club – and the owner of the only road-licensed tank in New Zealand. The appearance of a tank certainly piqued everyone’s curiosity!

Transporting the tank – all 16 tons of it – was no easy task. We’re very grateful to East Coast Bays Towing Services for driving to Kumeu, loading up the tank and then returning it – but not before the crowds had some time to look inside and take photos after the event.

The tank is available for hire for special events. Contact Crown on 021 668 228. East Coast Bays Towing is located at 1126 East Coast Road, Okura. Phone them on 0800 204 743 or e-mail

Huge tanks to everyone who helped make this such an enjoyable event – in spite of the weather!

(First published and permission to post by ShoreLines Magazine)