Hehe My sister sent me the link for this story from today's Courier Mail. It's nice to read something a little less serious in the paper these days - though I'm sure it's a very serious matter for the women of that town!
A KNICKER-starved Kiwi town is getting a special bus service - so female residents can finally buy new underwear.
The small township of Inglewood in Taranaki, on New Zealand's North Island, made headlines last October when a local clothing shop stopped selling women's underwear - leaving the town knicker-less.
But Taranaki Regional Council operations director Rob Phillips said a weekly "knicker-run" bus service from Inglewood to New Plymouth would hit the road on November 1.
The council and Land Transport New Zealand are subsidising the trips for a 12-month trial to ensure people were really serious about buying new knickers.
Mr Phillips said the lack of knickers in the town had highlighted a public need for a bus service the council was already aware of.
The service answers the prayers of the Reverend Gary Husband, dubbed the "Knicker-Vicar of Inglewood".
He decided to tackle the underwear problem last year when it was brought to his attention by female parishioners.
He set up a monthly "knicker run" using volunteer vans and cars, but said at the time he hoped for a subsidised bus service.