Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

November 27, 2014

My Name Is … PILITOME

Filed under: Drama,Henderson — paul @ 7:08 am
My Name Is ...   PILITOME

My Name Is … PILITOME

Yesterday afternoon I went to a performance at the Corban Estate Arts Centre: “My Name Is … PILITOME”, a play by Niuean writer/director/actor Vela Manusaute. The story of a New Zealand born young man of Niuean parents who visits Niue to connect with his roots. Plenty of opportunities for cultural misunderstandings (as well as understanding) and lots of laughs. There were more laughs for those members of the audience who understand Niuean – but there is enough English woven into the dialogue that one gets the drift of the story. Great timing and coordination, fine singing, strong choreography. I loved it.

Links:
The Southside Arts Festival (URBANESIA)
Kila Kokonut Krew

My Name Is ...   PILITOME

My Name Is … PILITOME

My Name Is ...   PILITOME

My Name Is … PILITOME

My Name Is ...   PILITOME

My Name Is … PILITOME

November 26, 2014

Titirangi Fowl

Filed under: Birds,Titirangi — paul @ 7:06 am
A Rooster

A Rooster

For some time (months?, maybe years?) life in the village has been enriched by a flock of hens and roosters, mostly around the Rangiwai shops and below. Here are some of the characters. There must be at least twenty mature birds, if not more.

A Hen

A Hen

Another Rooster - Next to the Fried Chicken Shop

Another Rooster – Next to the Fried Chicken Shop

Next Generation

Next Generation

Occupying the Trees

Occupying the Trees

November 25, 2014

Bursting Out

Filed under: Flowers,New Lynn,Seasons,Trees — paul @ 7:05 am
Pohutukawa

Pohutukawa

Pohutukawa trees have started to flower – the “New Zealand Christmas Tree” (metrosideros excels). This example at the roundabout Astley/Margan Avenues, New Lynn.

Pohutukawa

Pohutukawa

November 24, 2014

Young Performers

Filed under: Avondale,Festivals — paul @ 7:20 am
Young Performers

Young Performers

Girls from Rosebank School performing at Saturday’s “Sirens & Sounds Festival” in Avondale

November 23, 2014

Style at the Races

Filed under: Avondale,People — paul @ 7:02 am
Style

Style

Most races at Avondale are mid-week events. But yesterday the Counties Racing Club (whose home is Pukekohe) had their big event in Avondale because of problems with their own racecourse. And they did it in style, even a “Fashion in the Field” event (sponsored by Annah Stretton). The picture above seemed to me to best sum up the glamour of the occasion. There were several categories of competition, below part of the lineup under the heading “Fun and Flirtatious”.

"Fun and Flirtatious"

“Fun and Flirtatious”

November 22, 2014

Seventeen Attempts

Filed under: Art,Black and White — paul @ 7:19 am
One Hundred Attempts at Making a Mud Ball (Philip Jarvis, 2014 - Detail)

One Hundred Attempts at Making a Mud Ball (Philip Jarvis, 2014 – Detail)

Detail of a superbly displayed work by Philip Jarvis in the exhibition by Wallace Arts Award winners and finalists – love the lighting! The full work is shown below. (The exhibition closed two weeks ago.)

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

One Hundred Attempts at Making a Mud Ball (Philip Jarvis, 2014)

One Hundred Attempts at Making a Mud Ball (Philip Jarvis, 2014)

November 21, 2014

The Fish

Filed under: Art,Avondale — paul @ 7:13 am
The Fish

The Fish

I have passed this fish on many occasions, and finally I stopped to take a picture. As it turns out, it is an advertisement for Imre Wrought Iron. Love the design. Rosebank Road, Avondale.

November 20, 2014

Reserved Parking

Filed under: Art,Titirangi,Walls — paul @ 7:09 am
Reserved Parking

Reserved Parking

Parking is at a premium within the village, and Demop Hair Stylists resort to a mural to assert their rights to three parking spaces for their clients. So we get to enjoy the behinds of stylish vehicles, not to mention some lovely scenery of the Waitakeres and coast. Well done Johnny4Higher, graffiti artist at www.graffitimurals.co.nz.

November 19, 2014

Thinker 3 (Gregor Kregar, 2012)

Filed under: Art,sculpture,Titirangi — Tags: — paul @ 7:18 am
Thinker 3 (Gregor Kregar, 2012)

Thinker 3 (Gregor Kregar, 2012)

He stands about 2 metres tall. Gregor Kregar’s Thinker 3 with its shiny stainless steel exterior contemplates the green of the trees, reflects in the glass of Te Uru.

We have shown more of Gregor Kregar’s work on these pages.

Thinker 3 (Gregor Kregar, 2012)

Thinker 3 (Gregor Kregar, 2012)

November 18, 2014

Overflowing

Filed under: Huia — paul @ 7:03 am
Spillway

Spillway

This is the bell mouth spillway of the Lower Huia water supply reservoir, and right now there is plenty of water – meaning there was quite a bit of rain in recent days and weeks. (Overall, Auckland’s water reservoirs are 82% full, according to WaterCare.)

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