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Month: June 2015 (page 1 of 3)

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki …

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki

… Henderson. A big mural has gone up recently along Alderman Drive, Henderson, at the corner with Great North Road: Welcome, welcome to Henderson!

It is signed “Kakano Youth Art” and “Unitec BCE 2015”. On the link we are promised four high profile walls – will have to keep my eyes open for more fine work to appear!

This project is engaging with and working alongside West Auckland youth, established artists, the Pacific Arts Centre and other stakeholders to deliver creative, highly visible public artwork.”

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Detail

Detail

A Bowl of Soup for Nepal

A Bowl of Soup for Nepal

A Bowl of Soup for Nepal

That was the theme of yesterday’s fundraiser by the Titirangi Potters Club at the monthly Titirangi Market. Not only was there a range of delicious soups – but you got to keep the bowl. Over the past weeks, the club had been busy making bowls (and plates, so that people like myself could take home a load of home baked biscuits), with all proceeds going to the Himalayan Trust‘s Rebuild Appeal. Great initiative!

In the picture from right: Gladys, Mariko, Ute and Richard (members of the Titirangi Potters Club) with customers.

Odd One Out

Odd One Out

Odd One Out

A gull among the pigeons.

Past their prime

Flower Stalks

Flower Stalks

I think they are what is left of the flowering stalks of an echium plant – inconspicuous most times, but the low morning sun lifted them up out of the dark background. Forest Hill Road, Waiatarua.

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

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

This work by Gregor Kregar consists of four cloud-like forms arranged between Totara Health and the McCrae Way carpark in New Lynn’s Merchant Quarter. It illuminates a narrow alleyway leading from the library to the New Lynn Train Station. A lot of discussion was had when the sculpture first appeared, centering on the phallic aspects of the piece and on the budget.

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Red on Green

Red Mower, Long Shadows

Red Mower, Long Shadows

After what was the coldest night so far (frost in some sheltered places) a mower takes to the green fields (and the shadows of the trees) at Avondale’s Eastdale Reserve.

Frosted

Frosted

Two Pou by the Opanuku Stream

Rongo-Ma-Tane (Whare Thompson)

Rongo-Ma-Tane (Whare Thompson)

Carved by master carver Whare Thompson in collaboration with Maori studies students from Henderson High School. Rongo-Ma-Tane, the Maori God of cultivated food, carved from Hinuera stone, and Haumie Tike Tike, the Maori God of uncultivated food, carved from totara. These two pou (posts) are part of “Te Maara Oranga” a garden just south of Henderson Park along the Opanuku cycleway. There are plaques identifying various native plants and their uses in traditional medicine.

Source: Te Maara Oranga.

Haumie Tike Tike (Whare Thompson)

Haumie Tike Tike (Whare Thompson)

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

A mural in Poynton Terrace by Charles and Janine Williams, created in the 2014 All Fresco Festival (K-road Business Association). This bird is native to New Zealand, and major conservation efforts have taken place to bring its conservation status from ‘rare and endangered’ to ‘at risk – recovering’.

You can hear the song of North Island and South Island saddlebacks here (search for “hear the song”).

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Midwinter Titirangi

Titirangi in the Mist

Titirangi in the Mist

The name ‘Titirangi’ is often translated as “Fringe of Heaven” — and on Saturday, barely a day before the solstice, that fringe hung deep into the top of Titirangi. Mist and rain being the order of the day. Here the landmark Lopdell House with the Deco Eatery – a welcome refuge in that kind of weather – and the green cube of Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.

Henry Atkinson Gets Wet

Henry Atkinson Gets Wet

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

The Bunnings Warehouse at the corner of Titirangi and Great North Roads is going to open soon. These guys wanted to have their picture taken as I walked past with a camera. Done in a flash, and on they went, finishing the planting along Titirangi Road.

Edit 22 June: The store opened today, see their website for opening hours and details of the Grand Opening this Friday and weekend.

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