Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: September 2011 (Page 1 of 3)

Surrounded by Beauties

Fashion Connoisseur

Fashion Connoisseur

The New Zealand Fashion Museum has a pop-up show in a black box on Britomart Square, entitled Black in Fashion — an exhibition about wearing the colour black in New Zealand. An interesting addition to the Rugby World Cup activities, and playing nicely on the (All) Black theme of the event.…

On Sponsorship

Thirsty?

Thirsty?

Without sponsorship there would probably be no major events. Sponsorship, on the other hand, seems to involve humourless and draconian rules designed to support the misconception that the world begins and ends with the sponsor’s product. At least at the Rugby World Cup.…

Allez Les Bleus!

Où est le bar?

Où est le bar?

Last Saturday was a brilliant day of sunshine, and the Viaduct precinct was abuzz with people, locals and visitors alike. Conspicuous by their colours the supporters of the French rugby team, and here is my tribute to them.…

City Link

Inner Link

Inner Link

The City Link is a bus route that essentially goes up and down Queen Street, with an appendix to the Wynyard Quarter. And it’s Free (fares subject to change …). Here the bus is parked by the Fish Market, adding a real reflection of the Sky Tower to the mix of ornaments on the bus.…

Avondale Spider

The Avondale Spider

The Avondale Spider

Affectionately known as “Dale”, this is a monument to the Australian immigrant (from the 1920’s) huntsman spider (Delena cancerides) which seems to have settled in the Avondale area, and therefore is called the Avondale Spider in NZ.…

Painted Boxes: The Portage (Sean McCarthy, 2011)

The Portage - Looking towards the Waitemata Harbour

The Portage - Looking towards the Waitemata Harbour

Auckland lies on an isthmus formed by Manukau Harbour and Waitemata Harbour, the latter opening out to the Pacific Ocean, and the former to the Tasman Sea. One of the narrowest land passages between the two is roughly along what now is “Portage Road”, named after the fact that Maori used this stretch of land and the waters of Avondale Stream (Wai Tahurangi) to move their canoes from one side to the other.…

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