Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

November 25, 2015

Beyond the Mangroves

Filed under: Avondale,City,Point Chevalier — paul @ 9:13 am
Beyond the Mangroves

Beyond the Mangroves

A view of Auckland from Patiki Road, near State Highway 16. Mangroves in the foreground, then Point Chevalier and city skyline.

November 15, 2015

New Year and Light

Filed under: Avondale,Festivals,Food — paul @ 9:45 am
Mountain of Food

Mountain of Food

The Shri Swaminarayan Hindu temple in Avondale celebrated Diwali (the festival of light) yesterday, and with it a new year in the Gujarati calendar (year 2072, in fact). A large number of devotees joined the celebrations at the temple, with a mountain of food as centrepiece (nearly 1000 dishes prepared by many families for the occasion). The offering later to be shared amongst the participants. Chants, music and drums – a lively affair!

A welcoming community – thanks to Dee and Amar (DnA) for their kind invitation – sorry I could not stay very long.

In the Hall

In the Hall

Shoes stay at the entrance

Shoes stay at the entrance

Making Memories

Making Memories

Montain of Food

Montain of Food

In Front of the Temple

In Front of the Temple

October 16, 2015

Festival Faces

Filed under: Avondale,Festivals,People — paul @ 8:49 am
Festival Faces

Festival Faces

At last night’s opening of the 2015 Whau Arts Festival in Avondale (October 15-18). There were even some Avondale Spiders.

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

October 14, 2015

Preparations

Filed under: Art,Avondale,Festivals — paul @ 7:55 am
Floral Fence

Floral Fence

Behind the scenes the planning has been going on for some time, but now the activity spills out into the open: the 2015 Whau Arts Festival will take place from October 15 to 18.

Murals in various stages of readiness have sprung up: Students fromĀ St Mary’s School are decorating what used to be a bland wooden fence behind the Plantation with floral art, and across the road Avondale Primary School are weaving patterns into the wiremesh. The walls of the Plantation (main venue, 1915 Great North Road) have been overpainted to make way for more mural art.

All in anticipation of the grand opening tomorrow 6 pm to 9 pm, three days of fun and creativity.

All Hands on Deck

All Hands on Deck

Woven Fence

Woven Fence

Woven Fence

Woven Fence

At the Plantation

At the Plantation

October 13, 2015

Price List

Filed under: Avondale,Food,People — paul @ 9:27 am
The Menu

The Menu

Chalking up a menu at the Avondale Races recently.

October 11, 2015

Concentration

Filed under: Avondale,Markets,Smile — paul @ 1:42 pm
Concentration

Concentration

A moment of recreation amidst the activity of the Avondale Sunday Market.

October 10, 2015

Birch Tree

Filed under: Avondale,Black and White,Trees — paul @ 5:48 pm
Birch Tree

Birch Tree

On Rosebank Peninsula.

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

September 30, 2015

Untitled

Filed under: Avondale,Music,People — paul @ 7:06 am
Chris, Maria and Peter

Chris, Maria and Peter

This band was playing outside the Avondale Jockey Club a bit over a week ago. They had only just formed and have yet to decide on a name. Wishing them well!

Peter on drums

Peter on drums

Untitled

Untitled

September 23, 2015

Darts

Filed under: Avondale,People,Sport — super @ 9:26 am
Darts

Darts

The Avondale Racecourse contains a number of unexpected gems, only found when you are in the company of a knowledgeable guide like Vince. He showed me the way up the grandstand through an unlabelled door where we found a group of people playing darts: they belong to the Niue Auckland Dart Association and were happy to let us watch the proceedings. Some of their number were absent, playing a tournament in South Auckland. The premises are those of the Cosmos Dart Club and the Niueans have an arrangement with that club for their meetings.

Group Photo

Group Photo

Group Photo

Group Photo

September 21, 2015

Charity

Filed under: Avondale,People — paul @ 7:19 am
Claudia and Louise

Claudia and Louise

Claudia and Louise at Saturday’s NZ Spinal Trust Charity Race Day. We shared a table at lunch in the sponsors’ room, a beautiful view over the racecourse and interesting conversation. Claudia is CEO and Louise Special Services Manager Northern Region of HealthVision NZ, an award winning provider of specialised top quality home healthcare. So the work of the NZ Spinal Trust is close to their hearts, and when we met again at ground level, they sprung into action with collection buckets, sparing no one… Top team! Below is their first victim: Simon Bradley of Glover Real Estate in Titirangi. Who could possibly resist such a charming attack.

The slide show (“Avondale in Pictures”) which I presented at the event is now uploaded to youtube.

Simon and Claudia

Simon and Claudia

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