Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

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Blue

Blue

You can’t overlook it in its blue glory: going south along Richardson Road, the intersection with Stoddard Road is dominated by this shade of blue, and then you realise, it is the “Dental Square” (SDS for Stoddard Dental Square). Make a statement!…

Torn Curtain

Brick Wall

Brick Wall

The north facing wall of this Watercare service building at the foot of the Lower Huia Dam gets plenty of sunlight year-in and year-out. …

Landmark House

Landmark House

Landmark House

Durham Street East allows a narrow view of the corner of Landmark house on Queen Street. Built in 1928-1930 in art deco style for the Auckland Electric Power Board, who occupied the upper floors until their move to Newmarket in 1968.…

Achy Breaky Heart (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Achy Breaky Heart  (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Achy Breaky Heart (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Waikokota Lane in Aucklands Wynyard Quarter tunnels through between the two blocks of the award-winning ASB building: glass to symbolise the transparency of the bank (yeah, right) and a monumental mural by Michael Parkowhai entitled “Achy Breaky Heart”.…

Arch Hill

Arch Hill

Arch Hill

A couple of days ago I noticed this view of period houses: looking from the Dominion Road flyover (above New North Road) to the ridge of Great North Road.

In the upper picture, Aitken Terrace houses in the foreground; behind them a steep dip down to Newton Gully (State Highway 16, these days).…

Bunker

The Bunker

The Bunker

On a stroll along the cycle path at Waterview (in the direction of Te Atatu) I encountered this solid structure next to where Oakley Creek enters the mangroves. No idea what its background could be – open to any stories, real or imaginary!…

Padlocked

Padlock

Padlocked

Detail of the former “Corban’s Original Wine Shop” in Henderson. Between Great North Road and the railway line. And here is the story:

A prohibition majority in 1909 meant that the selling of wine in Henderson was illegal, but as the Henderson no-licence boundary ran along the railway line, the Corbans built a depot here to sell their wine.

Former Post Office, Onehunga

Former Post Office, Onehunga

Former Post Office, Onehunga

This stone building was opened in 1902 as the post office of the borough of Onehunga, serving in this role for 70 years. Nowadays it is a Columbus Coffee House. Great to sit under the trees out the back on a fine day!…

Pop Up Globe — The Bard Down Under

Pop Up Globe

Pop Up Globe

It took 35 days to erect: a replica of the second Globe Theatre in the middle of Auckland, as the world celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The season from mid-february to well into April, with international stars and many sold out sessions.…

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