Auckland - West

Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: April 2011 (page 1 of 3)

Britomart Transport Centre

Britomart Transport Centre --- Old CPO

Britomart Transport Centre --- Old CPO

Built as Auckland’s Chief Post Office (completed in 1912, designed by government architect John Campbell — a far cry from Ministry of Works architecture of the 1960s on), this building got transformed into the face of the Britomart Transport Centre and won numerous design awards and accolades for heritage-friendly refurbishment. It opened in 2003, after being closed as Post Office in 1992, then falling into disrepair, with eventual resurrection as Britomart Transport Centre.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

A Grey Morning at French Bay

Morning at French Bay

Morning at French Bay

Only a hint of a sunrise greeted me when I had reached the bay. But soon any trace of colour disappeared, giving way to a dreary autumn day.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Toi Toi in the Urban Environment

Toi Toi, Crummer Road

Toi Toi, Crummer Road

The feathery stalks of the toi toi mercifully cover up the monstrous scar. It was meant to become the SoHo Centre, with car parking dug deep into the ground, covering an entire block. Things did not proceed to plan, the financial crisis intervened, and now there is what locals derisively call the So-Hole. Fenced off, graffiti-ed, a nightmare. Nature has its healing way with clumps of toi toi sprouting along the edges.

Beyond the hole is the old Ponsonby firestation, now a cafe/restaurant, The Williamson.

Look what’s behind this Wall…

Atrium on Elliott from Victoria Street

Atrium on Elliott from Victoria Street

Half a city block made room — for a street level carpark. A monument of excesses before the financial downturn. The exposed wall behind at least got some decoration, exposing the insides of the building.

Manukau Heads at Dusk

Manukau Heads from Mount Donald McLean

Manukau Heads from Mount Donald McLean

This was the view towards Southwest when we were up on Mt Donald McLean recently. The soft light of the evening envelops the southern shores of the entrance to the Manukau Harbour, with the lighthouse on top of the Manukau Heads faintly visible on the ridge.

Poppy Day

Waikumete Services Cemetery

Waikumete Services Cemetery

Today, April 25, New Zealand and Australia observe Anzac Day, the anniversary of the landing of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in Turkey (1915). From the commemoration of that ill-fated campaign, the day grew into a commemoration of all service personnel who died for their country, as well as honouring returned personnel.

Poppy Day is usually the Friday before Anzac Day, but this year was on the Thursday (because of Good Friday). On Poppy Day RSA volunteers offer poppies in exchange for a donation, the major fundraiser of the RSA for their welfare work with returned service personel.

On my visit to the Waikumete Services Cemetery last Thursday, I found these poppies wedged between two headstones.

Lapwood Spiral

Lapwood Spiral

Lapwood Spiral

This is a detail of a large apartment building in Scotia Place, next to Queen Street and Myers Park. It is called “Lapwood Spiral”, presumably a reference to the distinctive spiral stairs, but I know nothing about Lapwood.

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

The Whau River

Whau River

Whau River

The Whau River is a tidal estuary which reaches inland from the tip of the Rosebank Road peninsula to Avondale and New Lynn. Here we see it in the outgoing tide, mangroves on both banks. A boardwalk through the mangroves is out of sight behind the trees at right of the picture. The picture is taken from the Ash Street/Rata Street bridge, I see it often as I hurry through by car.

Timespanner has an interesting study of the history of the name Whau.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

From the Mountain Top

Evening on Mount Donald McLean

Evening on Mount Donald McLean

You can almost drive up to the top of Mount Donald McLean (398m above sea level). A fork in the Whatipu Road leads to a car park from where the Mount Donald McLean Walk spirals up to the top, about 15 minutes — downhill is easier! Two viewing platforms give excellent views of the Manukau Harbour towards the east and Manukau Heads/Whatipu to the west, and a great overview of bush clad hills.

Donald McLean (1820–77) arrived in New Zealand in 1840 and became an influential figure in early colonial New Zealand (Land Purchase Commissioner and Native Minister).

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

RED

Red Doors

Red Doors

Next to “our” gym (well, Les Mills New Lynn, to be precise) is the former New Lynn Cinema (now housing a furniture shop, Redpaths). It has just received a new livery, bright red all over (and a whole set of new taggings, which returns as soon as it has been obliterated, what a pain). These are presumably exit doors, intended to disgorge the viewers after the show.

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