Auckland - West

Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: December 2009

Piha Sunset

Piha Sunset

Piha Sunset

As the sun sets on 2009, reflect on what has been, and focus on the year ahead.

Piha on the map.

Red Carpet

Red Carpet

Red Carpet

Some pohutukawa trees already lose their flowers, covering the ground with a red carpet of stamens.

Everybody Welcome!

Everybody Welcome!

Everybody Welcome!

“Welcome to NZ, Hailey & Ellen” – “Ditto Chappy & Jachin” – “Welcome Steph + Lindsey” – “But most of all Steven”

Yesterday, the Three Bush Markers on Titirangi’s roundabout suffered a case of “welcome overload”. See also Sideswipe.

This is the location according to Google maps. Note that the roundabout is rendered incorrectly: Huia Road branches off the roundabout, between Titirangi Road and Scenic Drive.

Read more about the bush markers.

Te Komoki (Jackie Peak)

Te Komoki (Jackie Peak)

Te Komoki (Jackie Peak)

The cone of Te Komoki (map) rises to 148 metres above the settlement of Little Huia  and is also known as Jackie Peak. It forms the western headland of Huia Bay, opposite of Huia Point.

Te Komoki features in an artwork by Don Binney: Toreapango, Te Komoki (2008) depicting an oystercatcher flying across Huia Bay.

Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats


Our Christmas baking, beautifully presented by Ingrid. Maybe neither Auckland nor West, but hey, it’s Christmas and the taste lingers!

Christmas Lily

Christmas Lily

Christmas Lily

Souvenired from the table of our splendid Christmas host Ingrid …

The Waima Stone

The Waima Stone in Christmas Attire

The Waima Stone in Christmas Attire


In the weeks before Christmas, this stone marking the Waima community found itself adorned with Christmas glitter.

The stone, complete with bench seat, was sculpted by local stonemason Kelynge Lucas England, and put into place at the top end of Woodlands Bay Road during 2009.

Pohutukawa Blossom

Pohutukawa Blossom

The "New Zealand Christmas Tree"

My first post, and a merry Christmas to all.

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