Auckland - West

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Month: April 2010 (page 1 of 3)

McMini

McMini

McMini

Seen on my recent explorations of the Auckland wharves, next to the Headquarters of the Emirates Team New Zealand, this Mini Morris Clubman 1975 is sure to turn heads.

McMini

McMini

Export Gold Super 16 Surfing Contest (Piha)

Export Gold Super  16 Surfing Contest (Piha)

Export Gold Super 16 Surfing Contest (Piha)

Last Friday morning, 23 April, I went to Piha to watch some of the heats in the Export Gold Super 16 Surfing Contest. I can only admire the skill of the competitors. Here are two of them.

Export Gold Super  16 Surfing Contest (Piha)

Export Gold Super 16 Surfing Contest (Piha)

Painted Boxes (Printed Circuit – Populated)

Painted Boxes (S. McCarthy 2009)

Painted Boxes (S. McCarthy 2009)

Wednesday is for painted boxes.

This transformer is outside 221 Hepburn Road, Glendene (map). On the background of a printed circuit board, the artist (S.McCarthy) shows numerous creepy-crawlies: weta, centipede, millipede, ants, dragonfly, praying mantis, grasshopper, kauri snail (not all visible on these pictures).

Painted Boxes (S. McCarthy 2009)

Painted Boxes (S. McCarthy 2009)

Painted Boxes (S. McCarthy 2009)

Painted Boxes (S. McCarthy 2009)

The Art Post Studio (Parau)

Art Post (Parau)

Art Post (Parau)

The building at 624 Huia Road (map) which a long time ago was Parau’s Post Office is teeming with new life. Since late March, a collective of artists show their work in the premises which they refurbished. On our way to Huia last Sunday, we noticed the place, just as we had passed it. So slow down before you turn the corner and take time to look at the works on offer.

When we visited, Nicky Hartley was holding the fort (that’s her above in the stylish red hat). She is a painter and will participate in an exhibition at the Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence Street, Devonport, opening Saturday 1st May to 13 May.

Read more about Art Post Studio in the Aucklander.

The artists are: Nicky Hartley, Kym Marsden, Leoni Clapham, Leah Wilson, Eleanor Barker, Marie McNeil, Louisa Taylor, Tracey Henderson.

Opening hours are 10 a.m to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Best wishes for the new venture!

Art Post: Nicky Hartley

Art Post: Nicky Hartley

Pacific Sun

Pacific Sun

Pacific Sun

The P&O cruise ship Pacific Sun is tied up for engine repairs at Auckland’s Wynyard Wharf. The ship dwarves the tanks of our tank farm just behind it.

Maintenance Work

Maintenance Work

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

In New Zealand and Australia, April 25 is a day of remembrance (Anzac Day). Originating with the ill-fated landing of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli (Turkey) on April 25, 1915, it is now a day of more general commemoration of those who died in military action.

This oversize box is at the Glenview/Great North Roads corner of Waikumete Cemetery and prominently features the poppies which are sold in the preceding days to raise funds for veterans’ charities. Apart from the poppies (which evoke the World War I battle fields of Flanders), we see soldiers and nurses as well as military hardware. Behind the box in the picture above one can see the cenotaph which is the focal point of the adjacent servicemen’s cemetery. A dawn service by candlelight will take place here at 6 a.m. on Sunday 25 April.

The artwork is by Dan Mills. More work by Dan Mills.

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

That Fence

That Fence

That Fence

A lot of Auckland City’s waterfront is a working port, and inaccessible to the public, fenced off by a long red fence extending a fair way in the opposite direction shown. In the course of preparations for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the government joined forces with the Auckland Regional Council and bought Queens Wharf from the Port Company, with the goal of using it as ‘party central’ in 2011. Queens Wharf has been readied for a first inspection (in its unmodified state) by the public: the gate nearest to the photographer will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, for all to see the new asset, and to visualise the great new developments

Below are some of the fence posts further along the road: they have been liberated over the last couple of decades to serve a purely decorative role, with general access to the waterfront.

Liberated Fenceposts

Liberated Fenceposts

Linemen at Work

Linemen at Work

Linemen at Work

“Out with the old, in with the new!” — but it has to be done in the opposite order. The intersection of Atkinson and Kaurilands Roads was abuzz with workers in visibility vests and numerous support vehicles as work was underway to replace ancient powerpoles. Three red jackets in two cherrypickers.

Kiwano

Kiwano

Kiwano

In the seventies or eighties I first met this fruit – it was a time when a number of new crops appeared in New Zealand. The kiwano seemed to disappear from the scene rather soon, and I thought I had the explanation, dubbing it the world’s most disappointing fruit (beautiful to behold, but no taste to match the appearance).

So I was surprised when I saw them again on sale in our local supermarket. Isn’t it just a stunning looking fruit? I had to give it another try, and take some pictures at least. My earlier recollection was of a more vividly green inside, something that seems to be borne out by other descriptions on the web. The taste still leaves me dissatisfied. There are suggestions on the web for uses (frequently the decorative qualities are highly praised),

The name kiwano appears to be a trade mark for fruit grown in New Zealand, which would explain the kiwi part of the word. But it appears that this fruit has more names than horns: horned melon (Cucumis metuliferus), African horned cucumber or melon, jelly melon, hedged gourd, English tomato, melano, or kiwano. It is indeed a native of Africa.

I have found a recipe for a sorbet using kiwano. While I have not tried it, I fully endorse the sentiments of the author regarding the fruit. The youtube video on how to eat a kiwano is unreservedly enthusiastic about the kiwano.

Kiwano

Kiwano

Painted Boxes: Miro Orchard

Painted Boxes: Miro Orchard

Painted Boxes: Miro Orchard

Once upon a time — in the seventies we used to make regular trips from Auckland’s Eastern Suburbs to Henderson to purchase fresh fruit by the bagful. Meanwhile, many of those orchards have vanished, replaced in many cases by residential dwellings. This transformer harks back to that era, with its offer of crates of apples from Miro Orchard, one of the places we used to frequent. The box is found on Parrs Cross Road in Oratia (map), opposite of the Artisan Vineyard.

The artist is Robin Binsley.

Painted Boxes: Miro Orchard

Painted Boxes: Miro Orchard

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