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How Convenient! #13

The Great Divide

The Great Divide

At NorthWest Shopping Centre, Massey.

Massey Birdwood Settlers Hall (Mandy Patmore)

Massey Birdwood Settlers Hall (Mandy Patmore)

Massey Birdwood Settlers Hall (Mandy Patmore)

The Community Hall at the junction of Don Buck and Red Hills Roads seems to be in the first instance the place of the Redhills Community Kindergarten, but there is wider scope: House, Indoor Bowls, Kung Fu, Cake Decorating, Fellowship and more. On the Red Hills Road side, you find this topical mural by Mandy Patmore (with a hand from Massey Primary). A beautiful Tui in a swirl of cowherd, and historic settler scenes.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

In the NorthWest

Weaving Patterns

Weaving Patterns

Next to Westgate, Massey, there are huge developments going on. As I was driving through, I came across these interesting retaining walls with weaving patterns around a filtration pond – eye catching!

In the middle of the picture above is Rick, cutting paving material to the correct thickness to insert into the footpath at the intersection.

Rick at Work

Rick at Work

Detail of the Wall

Detail of the Wall

Ripples

Huruhuru Creek

Huruhuru Creek

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

Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

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)

Yellow Bridge #1

Peds and Pedallers Bridge, Westgate

Peds and Pedallers Bridge, Westgate

Yellow appears to be the colour of choice for bridges at present. This is a fairly recent crossing of State Highway 16, connecting Westgate Drive and Orell Avenue – a bridge between Massey West and Massey East. The inevitable noise protection fence in the background. This is the Eastern side (Orell Ave).

Painted Boxes: Pohutukawa Impressions (Monique Endt)

Pohutukawa Impressions (Monique Endt)

Pohutukawa Impressions (Monique Endt)

This transformer (with a fridge-like extension on the right) evokes the shapes and colours of the pohutukawa trees which are now blossoming (they are called “New Zealand Christmas Tree” for a reason). Painted by Monique Endt. Situated in Oriel Avenue, Massey East.

The Pylon

Power Pylon, Red Hills Road, Massey

Power Pylon, Red Hills Road, Massey

This Pylon is part of the major high voltage transmission line shown in yesterday’s post, but further north, at Red Hills Road, Massey. Unlike most of the pylons which have insulators of dark ceramic material, this one has glass insulators which glisten as the sunlight gets caught in them.

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

Painted Boxes: Australasian Gannets

Australasian Gannets at Waimumu Road

Australasian Gannets at Waimumu Road

This transformer, painted by an anonymous artist, shows the Australasian Gannets of Muriwai year in, year out. The cooling ducts are inscribed: takapu, Australasian gannet, morus serrator – the names of the birds in Maori, English and Latin.

Sadly, this is one of the examples that demonstrates that public art is not a total deterrent against tagging.

Australasian Gannets at Waimumu Road

Australasian Gannets at Waimumu Road

Stay in your Lane

Advice

Advice

I had just taken the picture above, in Triangle Road, Massey, to add to my collection of good advice. As I turned around to cross the road, I saw the picture below (shot from the hip). I would have thought that the presence of a pedestrian, together with a helpful sign, would have kept cars in their space, or am I that attractive?

Unheeded

Unheeded

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