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.
November 27, 2014
November 26, 2014
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.
November 25, 2014
Pohutukawa trees have started to flower – the “New Zealand Christmas Tree” (metrosideros excels). This example at the roundabout Astley/Margan Avenues, New Lynn.
November 24, 2014
November 23, 2014
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”.
November 22, 2014
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.
November 21, 2014
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
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
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.
November 18, 2014
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.)