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

August 4, 2015

1942

Filed under: Balmoral,Buildings,Sandringham — paul @ 12:42 pm
AEPB 1942

AEPB 1942

Balmoral Electric Power substation in Balmoral Road, Sandringham, in a stripped art deco style like a number of substations in Auckland. AEPB stands for “Auckland Electric Power Board”, and 1942 was a good year.

In the course of electricity reforms (separating the generating and distribution roles), AEPB became “Mercury Energy” in 1993.

(Sponsored item)


August 3, 2015

Reception – Deception – …

Filed under: Art,City — paul @ 10:37 am
Re-Negotiation (Marysia Lewandowska)

Re-Negotiation (Marysia Lewandowska)

… Negotiation – Re-Negotiation: the words on the four walls in an installation by Marysia Lewandowska at Artspace in Karangahape Road. When we saw this on a gallery stroll last week, I could not help but think of the trade talks about the TPP, which in the meantime have failed (on the beautiful Island of Maui).

Obviously, I am not doing justice to either the Trans Pacific Partnership (if they told you what they are up to, they would have to kill you, so secret are their negotiations) nor to the exhibition.

Re-Negotiation (Marysia Lewandowska)

Re-Negotiation (Marysia Lewandowska)

August 2, 2015

The Tree

Filed under: Avondale,Black and White,Trees — paul @ 7:01 am
The Tree

The Tree

I found this tree in Riversdale Road, Avondale, just as another shower was approaching.

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

August 1, 2015

Yikes!

Filed under: machines,Theme Day — paul @ 7:02 am
YikeBike

YikeBike

The City Daily Photo theme for August is “Bicycle”. My contribution is a picture of the YikeBike, a fully folding electric bike. I saw this several years ago in a shop in Auckland, but have not ever seen it in action. Go to the YikeBike website for video clips. The unconventional handlebars, the origami-like fold up, not least the glistening finish – a feast. Headquarters and manufacturing of the YikeBike is in Christchurch, New Zealand.

And while on the subject of intriguing modes of electric-powered locomotion (but outside the brief of “BIcycles”): just recently when I was framing a shot on Grafton Bridge, Auckland, a gentleman floated into the picture on a single wheel: an “AirWheel“. Looked very classy and does not even need to be folded up!

For more contributions to the theme of “Bicycles” click here.

AirWheel

AirWheel

July 31, 2015

Learn to Ride

Filed under: Avondale,Parks,Transport — paul @ 7:03 am
Learn to Ride

Learn to Ride

This colourful learn-to-ride circuit is just behind the Avondale shops, and adjacent to the Avondale Racecourse. Whoever designed it obviously had a lot of fun, and I hope that it is finding good use. When I came through (in the morning, school time) I had the place to myself (but no bike) – not a realistic introduction to the gridlock that is Auckland traffic…

Many thanks to Vince Middeldorp, location scout extraordinaire!

Learn to Ride

Learn to Ride

July 30, 2015

Immaculate Heart

Filed under: Avondale,Buildings — paul @ 7:04 am
Chapel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St John Fisher

Chapel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St John Fisher

This chapel is at 103 Avondale Road, Avondale, and its full title is: “Chapel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St John Fisher”. According to information on the web, the building was relocated from Ngongotaha in 2013, and consecrated earlier this year, replacing an earlier church that had been destroyed by fire on New Years day 2013. It will be 100 years old in August.

July 29, 2015

Ripples

Filed under: Henderson,Massey — paul @ 11:45 am
Huruhuru Creek

Huruhuru Creek

Huruhuru Creek with its mangrove forest, the boundary between Henderson and Massey. In the background the Waitakere Ranges.

July 28, 2015

Green

Filed under: Buildings,New Lynn — paul @ 8:37 am
Green Bay Auctions

Green Bay Auctions

In its entirety, the sign reads “Green Bay Auctions”, but I preferred to frame the shot so that it would just be an advertisement for Green Bay (a kilometre or so up the road – these auction rooms are well and truly in New Lynn, not that it mattered). And green they are, with a nice cabbage tree and its shadow adding to the scene.

July 27, 2015

High and Dry

Filed under: Blockhouse Bay — paul @ 10:14 am
Blockhouse Bay Boat Club

Blockhouse Bay Boat Club

These days, the Blockhouse Bay Boat Club is purely a venue for hire (but no parties, weddings, liquor…). Set above the water, at a gorgeous spot looking out to the Manukau Harbour. Seen here at low tide and in the mist. Just imagine the view!

July 26, 2015

How Convenient! #11

Filed under: Advertisements,Buildings,City,History — paul @ 9:06 am
Corner Market Place/Sturdee Street

Corner Market Place/Sturdee Street

Yesterday was a day of open heritage loos: the Auckland Council has identified five public toilets as suitable for redevelopment, and is seeking ideas and expressions of interest in order to “rejuvenate these city locations, restore and celebrate heritage buildings, and generate a rental income for Auckland Council“. (These aims listed, I presume, in increasing order of importance.)

Three of them were open for inspection yesterday (none of them are in operation any more): the island corner of Market Place and Sturdee Street, the underground male toilet in Customs Street outside the Galleria, and the underground female toilet in Wellesley Street opposite of the Library. (The remaining two are Sandringham and Kingsland, both in art deco style, and shown on this blog earlier on.)

A fine cultural history of Auckland’s heritage toilets, entitled “Caught Short”, can be found on the Auckland Council website.

Underground Custom Street

Underground Custom Street

Underground Custom Street

Underground Custom Street

Wellesley Street

Wellesley Street

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