Auckland - West

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Month: September 2013 (page 3 of 3)

Boring, Boring!

Cutting Head, Alice TBM

Cutting Head, Alice TBM

Cranes featured on and off recently on this blog, the reason being the construction of the Waterview Connection, a major tunnelling project for State Highway 20, completing eventually a ring route around Auckland.

Main protagonist in the exercise is the Tunnel Boring Machine (“Alice TBM“), a gigantic beast of 14.5 metres diameter which will chew its way 2.4 km from Owairaka to Waterview and then back again. Engineered by Herrenknecht in Germany, and constructed in China, it is billed as the 10th largest such machine by head diameter. The machine was completely assembled in China, then taken apart and shipped to New Zealand, where it is currently being reassembled.

The image shows the big cutting head of some 300 tonnes in weight being lifted by two cranes from its horizontal position. The big crane on the right will then rotate counterclockwise to lower the head into the pit below (out of sight) where it will be attached to the body of the machine.

A list of largest TBM’s is here.

At Shed 10

Tracey

Tracey

Shed 10 is part of Queens Wharf, now open after a comprehensive refurbishment. Over the weekend it was (together with the cloud and some open air stages) the venue of “ATAMIRA Maori in the City 2013”, showcasing Maori culture. The upstairs was an art exhibition, which is where Tracey’s profile showed up sharply from the glass window. She was one of the attendants for the exhibition, and enjoyed the occasion (as did we). Thanks Tracey.

Giant Spear Lily

Giant Spear Lily

Giant Spear Lily

The Giant Spear Lily (doryanthes palmeri) is a native of Australia. The plants are huge, agave-like rosettes, and the flowering stalk can reach 3 metres, curving over elegantly under its weight. This plant is just starting to flower at Western Springs.

Starlings

Starlings

Starlings

From time to time, a flock of starlings passes through the green strip along Oakley Creek by the southern end of the motorway construction site (Methuen Road Lookout). They descend onto the grass, lift off again to move a few metres, and on occasions fly up into the bare trees beside the path. All along discussing the great problems of starlingdom in their noisy way.

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

The Platform

The Platform

The Platform

Construction at the northern end of the Waterview Connection prepares for the layout of the junction of State Highway 20 with State Highway 16. A good number of piles are growing out of the ground, to support the connecting ramps. This is one of them, with a platform attached. Thankfully the protective netting is a friendly green instead of the ubiquitous orange…

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Cloud at Night

The Cloud

The Cloud

The Cloud on Auckland’s Queens Wharf was created as FanZone (“Party Central”) by the New Zealand Government for the Rugby World Cup 2011. After the event was over, it was gifted to Auckland City, where it is now a popular venue for a multitude of events.

The structure is almost 180 metres long, and 29 metres wide at the widest, 21 metres wide at the base. “A temporary structure to last up to 20 years”.

Red

Library, Point Chevalier

Library, Point Chevalier

The library at Point Chevalier was purpose-built in 1986, on the site where the first Point Chevalier library stood from 1926 to 1936, at which time the library moved to the Coronation Hall nearby.

Claire Gummer has a fine article about this library in her “Latitude of Libraries“.

New Growth

Young Green

Young Green

All of the trees along Great North Road in Waterview along Oakley Creek are still bare – with one exception.
Spring arrived on Sunday, accompanied by a cold snap.

How Convenient! #2

De Loo (Dave Vazey - Detail)

De Loo (Dave Vazey – Detail)

This classy wrought iron convenience by Dave Vazey graces Onehunga Mall since 2002 (at number 207).

"De Loo" (Dave Vazey)

“De Loo” (Dave Vazey)

De Loo (Dave Vazey)

De Loo (Dave Vazey)

Pink

Letterbox

Letterbox

The City Daily Photo theme for September is “Pink”. Click here to admire more incarnations of this hue.

From time to time I pass this letterbox — it’s dressed to impress.

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