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

June 2, 2016

Orange

Filed under: Onehunga,Sky — paul @ 8:34 am
Orange

Orange

A surveyor in HiViz at Taumanu Reserve, Onehunga.

April 6, 2016

Location Signs: Onehunga

Filed under: Location Signs,Onehunga — paul @ 7:01 am
Onehunga

Onehunga

The logo of Onehunga is a ‘crooked house’, a free rendition of the former Post Office of the suburb (corner Onehunga Mall and Princes Street). Always cheerful with its yellow background.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photos.

Onehunga

Onehunga

April 5, 2016

Former Post Office, Onehunga

Filed under: Buildings,Onehunga — paul @ 9:13 am
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!

Corner Princes Street and Onehnga Mall.

March 31, 2016

Wayfinder Pou — Taumanu Reserve

Filed under: Onehunga,pou — paul @ 7:09 am
Wayfinder Pou --- Taumanu Reserve

Wayfinder Pou — Taumanu Reserve

This pou (carved post) stands above the still fairly new Taumanu Reserve, at the southern end of the pedestrian/cycle bridge crossing State Highway 20. The work of master carver Ted Ngataka.

Wayfinder Pou: Detail

Wayfinder Pou: Detail

March 20, 2016

Interactive

Filed under: Art,Onehunga,People — paul @ 9:07 am
Dome and Entrance Way

Dome and Entrance Way

A tent and skeleton building had sprung up at Taumanu Reserve by the boat ramp last Friday: an Interactive Art Installation “Flagging Hope” from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March. The idea to express your hope(s) on a small flag which is then attached to the strings of the building – hopefully all aflutter by Sunday afternoon. Juanita had all the materials: felt pens, paints and brushes, linen flags, and even a bag of lollies for bribes…

Angie Joy, Stella, and Juanita

Angie Joy, Stella, and Juanita

Mangere Mountain

Mangere Mountain

Sunday Afternoon

Sunday Afternoon

February 19, 2016

One Month Old

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga — paul @ 7:59 pm
Pied Stilt Chick

Pied Stilt Chick

The pied stilts at Taumanu Reserve have grown a lot in the month since they hatched (could be a couple of days more). Still not flying, but quite independent – under watchful eyes of the parents.

Wing Stretch

Wing Stretch

February 8, 2016

Hide and Seek?

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga,Smile — paul @ 7:00 am
Pied Stilts

Pied Stilts

Pied Stilts at Taumanu Reserve

February 1, 2016

The Library Cafe

Filed under: Buildings,Onehunga,Theme Day — paul @ 7:01 am
A Game of Chess and a Muffin

A Game of Chess and a Muffin

The City Daily Photo theme for February is “Cafe”. Click here for more images from around the globe.

The Library Cafe” in Onehunga used to be a “Carnegie Free Library”; the building operated as library from 1912 to 1970. Presently, the stately building operates as child friendly and down to earth cafe. There is a sizeable dining room and a more intimate “Reading Room”, all with fine wood paneling. Enjoyable atmosphere and good coffee.

More detailed information at the Timespanner blog.

Reading Room

Reading Room

The Library Cafe

The Library Cafe

Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie

January 29, 2016

The Volunteer

Filed under: Onehunga,People — paul @ 7:09 am
Jane

Jane

Taumanu Reserve is a recreational area of about 7 hectares of reclaimed land which has been constructed over the last three years or so. To be enjoyed by people, by the birdlife, and if unlucky, by rats and stoats and other unwanted creatures. To prevent the latter, there is a good number of traps spread over the grounds.

The other day when I was visiting the reserve, I found Jane busy at work, inspecting the traps, supplying fresh bait and performing general maintenance. She is a volunteer, Operations Director with the Wildlife Conservation Trust of New Zealand. And she is an ambassador for the place, responding to questions from the public, explaining her work, pointing out the roosting birds: oystercatchers, pied stilts, dotterels. On my visit, the traps were empty, which I assume to be a good sign, meaning that the rodents stay out. And the presence of pied stilt chicks would confirm this.

Thanks Jane, great work!

Interactions

Interactions

Danger!

Danger!

January 26, 2016

Cuteness Alert

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga — paul @ 7:03 am
Pied Stilt Chick

Pied Stilt Chick

The newly reclaimed Onehunga foreshore – now named “Taumanu Reserve” – was opened last November. It is pleasing to see that after all the disturbance with heavy earthmoving machinery etc the birds appear to have adopted the place. Oystercatchers and pied stilts are roosting there regularly, and a number of NZ dotterels are in residence; ducks and herons too.

And the pied stilts have offspring.

Pied Stilt Chick

Pied Stilt Chick

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