Police are baffled by at least four packages that have been sent from different Paris addresses to residents of the South Island's sparsely populated West Coast. They contain either a hair dryer or hair clippers plus a sum of money
-- either one hundred New Zealand dollars ($78) or one hundred euros ($128).
Two of the packages came with identical handwritten notes: "Thanks for being a true friend."
The packages have been received over the last two weeks.
"We are hoping it's a random gesture of goodwill," says police Senior Sgt. Allyson Ealam. "We have no cause to think there is any criminal connection."