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

August 27, 2015

Painted Boxes: Flox at Catherine Place

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Painted Boxes — paul @ 8:00 am
Painted Boxes: Flox at Catherine Place

Painted Boxes: Flox at Catherine Place

Another fine example of Flox’s stencil art on utility boxes, here a transformer in Catherine Place, Henderson, enveloped in abundant flowers and birds.

Painted Boxes: Flox at Catherine Place

Painted Boxes: Flox at Catherine Place

July 29, 2015

Ripples

Filed under: Henderson,Massey — paul @ 11:45 am
Huruhuru Creek

Huruhuru Creek

Huruhuru Creek with its mangrove forest, the boundary between Henderson and Massey. In the background the Waitakere Ranges.

July 6, 2015

Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Massey,pou,sculpture — paul @ 7:15 am
Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

Each of the approaches to the Huruhuru Creek bridge on Triangle Road (Henderson/Massey) are decorated with a row of pou (poles), and a pair of guardians in the shape of a boat closest to the bridge. Salvaged totara logs and aluminium. Carved by Whare Thomson.

Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

June 30, 2015

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki …

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Walls — paul @ 8:21 am
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

June 24, 2015

Two Pou by the Opanuku Stream

Filed under: Art,Henderson,pou — paul @ 7:36 am
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)

March 4, 2015

Bruce McLaren

Filed under: Henderson,Walls — paul @ 7:05 am
Bruce McLaren by Owen Dippie

Bruce McLaren by Owen Dippie

This huge mural by Owen Dippie faces the railway line in Railside Avenue, Henderson, by the level crossing into Bruce McLaren Road. It is the rear of The Kitchen Centre.

Bruce McLaren (1937-1970) was a New Zealand race-car designer, driver, engineer and inventor. At age 22 he became the youngest driver ever to win a Formula 1 race.

Find more murals at Oakland Daily Photo’s Monday Murals.

November 27, 2014

My Name Is … PILITOME

Filed under: Drama,Henderson — paul @ 7:08 am
My Name Is ...   PILITOME

My Name Is … PILITOME

Yesterday afternoon I went to a performance at the Corban Estate Arts Centre: “My Name Is … PILITOME”, a play by Niuean writer/director/actor Vela Manusaute. The story of a New Zealand born young man of Niuean parents who visits Niue to connect with his roots. Plenty of opportunities for cultural misunderstandings (as well as understanding) and lots of laughs. There were more laughs for those members of the audience who understand Niuean – but there is enough English woven into the dialogue that one gets the drift of the story. Great timing and coordination, fine singing, strong choreography. I loved it.

Links:
The Southside Arts Festival (URBANESIA)
Kila Kokonut Krew

My Name Is ...   PILITOME

My Name Is … PILITOME

My Name Is ...   PILITOME

My Name Is … PILITOME

My Name Is ...   PILITOME

My Name Is … PILITOME

September 27, 2014

Henderson Creek

Filed under: Black and White,Henderson,Reflections — paul @ 7:11 am
Henderson Creek

Henderson Creek

A still morning, tide is in.

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

For more reflection shots please visit James’ “Weekend Reflections“.

June 15, 2014

Dangerous Creature

Filed under: Art,Henderson — paul @ 8:19 am
"Look after our streams, and they'll look after you."

“Look after our streams, and they’ll look after you.”

This eel sculpture with its ominous warning lives in the grounds of the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson, next to the Opanuku stream.

The inscription on the plaque (on the block in front) reads:

“Moana the eel sculpture was unveiled to the world on 28th November 2007. Her metal skeleton was first made by local artists Dave McCracken and Al Green some years ago. Project Twin Streams Opanuku Stream, the Pacifica Mamas, Waitakere Pacific Art and Cultural Trust and Waitakere City Council worked with artists Janet Holt, Bruce Courtney, Norbryn Eyre and young people from Henderson High School, Liston College, Mother of Divine Mercy and Beautiful Daughters to create Moana as she now stands.

“A corner stone from the original Henderson Town Hall and an old local piece of tramline have also been incorporated.

“May these wonderful creatures, born many miles away in the Pacific Ocean and ttravelling great distances to reach Aotearoa live in peace in our beautiful Opanuku Stream.”

May 10, 2014

Stairs

Filed under: Black and White,Buildings,Henderson — paul @ 7:28 am
Stairs

Stairs

At the Waitakere Central Library, Henderson.

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

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