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Month: March 2010 (Page 2 of 4)

The Potter’s Hands: Peter Lange

The Potter's Hands: Peter Lange

The Potter's Hands: Peter Lange

Yesterday (March 20, 2010) was the annual “Artists in Eden” event, a splendid community initiative by the Maungawhau/Mt Eden Community Arts Trust.

More than 40 artists are rounded up in the Essex Road Reserve to do their thing, plied with food and drink by the crew of volunteers, and amply distracted by curious onlookers and their curly questions.…

Blue and Red

Spinnakers under the Harbour Bridge

Spinnakers under the Harbour Bridge

Spnnaker start to a Friday afternoon boat race under the Auckland harbour bridge.…

Pasifika 2010 #5

Hawaiian Pineapple

Hawaiian Pineapple

Two more faces from the crowds of Pasifika 2010. The irresistible taste of fresh pineapple with a good dollop of icecream, and below, a picture of introverted contemplation amidst the bustling crowds.

Self-absorbed

Self-absorbed

Pasifika 2010 #4

Audience Participation

Audience Participation

Auckland is the world’s largest polynesian city, and the colours, customs and specialties of pacific peoples are on display at Pasifika, an annual festival, now in its 18th year. The various activities culminate in a huge one-day event at Western Springs (Saturday, 13 March, 2010).…

Painted Boxes: NZ’s First Automobile

Cecil Wood's motorcar

Cecil Wood's motorcar

We take a quick break from our pictures of Pasifika 2010 and pursue our Wednesday theme of painted boxes. This box by Doug Ford (2006) is in Great North Road, Kelston (map). It commemorates Cecil Wood (1874-1965), who built the first automobile in New Zealand, about 1897 (the box says 1898, but this has been overpainted to read 1897, and in other sources I have seen 1896, let’s not be too pedantic about the date – the link above dates the car at 1901, a sequel of various two- and three-wheeled contraptions).…

Pasifika 2010 #3

Pasifika 2010: The Young Photographer

Pasifika 2010: The Young Photographer

Auckland is the world’s largest polynesian city, and the colours, customs and specialties of pacific peoples are on display at Pasifika, an annual festival, now in its 18th year. The various activities culminate in a huge one-day event at Western Springs (Saturday, 13 March, 2010).…

Pasifika 2010 #2

Ami and Renee

Ami and Renee

Auckland is the world’s largest polynesian city, and the colours, customs and specialties of pacific peoples are on display at Pasifika, an annual festival, now in its 18th year. The various activities culminate in a huge one-day event at Western Springs (Saturday, 13 March, 2010).…

Pasifika 2010 #1

Pasifika 2010 "Ladies My Way"

Pasifika 2010 (Ladies My Way)

Auckland is the world’s largest polynesian city, and the colours, customs and specialties of pacific peoples are on display at Pasifika, an annual festival, now in its 18th year. The various activities culminate in a huge one-day event at Western Springs (Saturday, 13 March, 2010).…

Location Signs: Ambrico Place

Location Signs: Ambrico Place

Location Signs: Ambrico Place

Ambrico Place (map), New Lynn, is a no exit street off Rankin Avenue, oposite of the Monier Brick Factory. Its entrance is flanked on either side by such a mosaic sign – seen here in the light of the morning sun with the background totally in the shade – recalling some of the local features: the kiln (subject of yesterday’s post), stacks of bricks that would have been produced here, pottery items, and creepy-crawleys like gecko and centipede, as well as nikau palms.…

Ambrico Kiln

Ambrico Kiln

Ambrico Kiln

Ambrico Place is a relatively new residential development, but apart from that it also houses an important relic of the heyday of clay in the West: Ambrico kiln – the only kiln that remains standing. It is a downdraft kiln, and was connected to a tall chimney by an underground duct.…

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