Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: April 2010 (Page 1 of 3)

McMini

McMini

McMini

Seen on my recent explorations of the Auckland wharves, next to the Headquarters of the Emirates Team New Zealand, this Mini Morris Clubman 1975 is sure to turn heads.

McMini

McMini

Painted Boxes (Printed Circuit – Populated)

Painted Boxes (S. McCarthy 2009)

Painted Boxes (S. McCarthy 2009)

Wednesday is for painted boxes.

This transformer is outside 221 Hepburn Road, Glendene (map). On the background of a printed circuit board, the artist (S.McCarthy) shows numerous creepy-crawlies: weta, centipede, millipede, ants, dragonfly, praying mantis, grasshopper, kauri snail (not all visible on these pictures).…

The Art Post Studio (Parau)

Art Post (Parau)

Art Post (Parau)

The building at 624 Huia Road (map) which a long time ago was Parau’s Post Office is teeming with new life. Since late March, a collective of artists show their work in the premises which they refurbished.…

Pacific Sun

Pacific Sun

Pacific Sun

The P&O cruise ship Pacific Sun is tied up for engine repairs at Auckland’s Wynyard Wharf. The ship dwarves the tanks of our tank farm just behind it.

Maintenance Work

Maintenance Work

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

In New Zealand and Australia, April 25 is a day of remembrance (Anzac Day). Originating with the ill-fated landing of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli (Turkey) on April 25, 1915, it is now a day of more general commemoration of those who died in military action.…

That Fence

That Fence

That Fence

A lot of Auckland City’s waterfront is a working port, and inaccessible to the public, fenced off by a long red fence extending a fair way in the opposite direction shown. In the course of preparations for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the government joined forces with the Auckland Regional Council and bought Queens Wharf from the Port Company, with the goal of using it as ‘party central’ in 2011.…

Linemen at Work

Linemen at Work

Linemen at Work

“Out with the old, in with the new!” — but it has to be done in the opposite order. The intersection of Atkinson and Kaurilands Roads was abuzz with workers in visibility vests and numerous support vehicles as work was underway to replace ancient powerpoles.…

Kiwano

Kiwano

Kiwano

In the seventies or eighties I first met this fruit – it was a time when a number of new crops appeared in New Zealand. The kiwano seemed to disappear from the scene rather soon, and I thought I had the explanation, dubbing it the world’s most disappointing fruit (beautiful to behold, but no taste to match the appearance).…

Painted Boxes: Miro Orchard

Painted Boxes: Miro Orchard

Painted Boxes: Miro Orchard

Once upon a time — in the seventies we used to make regular trips from Auckland’s Eastern Suburbs to Henderson to purchase fresh fruit by the bagful. Meanwhile, many of those orchards have vanished, replaced in many cases by residential dwellings.…

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