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.