Most people don't take kindly to persons unknown decorating their property without permission, but that wasn't the case for Kerikeri couple Charlie and Elaine Insley, who celebrated 65 years together with several surprises on April 24.

The couple woke to find their white picket fence adorned with two large signs, decorated with 65 golden hearts, announcing their anniversary. They also found helium balloons in their bird bath, and a colourful windmill in the driveway.

Daughter Julie Insley said her parents were also "absolutely tickled" when old friends called to say they'd seen them on television's Breakfast Show.

Originally from Auckland,