Sunday, 25 June 2017

Tongaporutu - cliff coastline

Tongaporutu River mouth - interesting in that the sedimentary cliff material is young enough not to be tilted at an angle as is much of our landscape. Really interesting and only accessible at dead low tide.
Detailed notes on New Zealand geology can be found here (Qmaps), the relevant downloadable map is  "Waikato". 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


Last time I was traveling to Taranaki late in the day mid-winter as I came out to the coast at Awakino I was greeted by a very dramatic cloud formation out to sea. This combined with the black iron sand on these beaches made for some impressive images.

Beach at Tongaporatu

River mouth Tongaporatu

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Auckland War Memorial Museum

One of my all time "highly recommended" places to visit in Auckland, surrounded by planted parkland, sports grounds and right next door to the "Winter garden" - another must see.

Home of many fixed and changing exhibitions like Outrageous Fortune and more recently Volume

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Monday, 29 May 2017

Morris and James at Matakana

Although I've pretty much run out of space to add anything more to my Morris and James collection it doesn't stop me making semi regular visits to their business in Matakana, its a nice day out and the attached Cafe is excellent.

Moving into tableware after the sale 

They currently have their sale running (till 5th June) and I was certainly tempted......especially with this new design above - not in production.

Monday, 22 May 2017

ANZAC day memorial Devonport

One of hundreds of services across New Zealand to mark the fallen from World War One.

My Great Grandfather LW Hewitt  (above) in his WW1 uniform 
Lance Corporal 41st Reinforcements F Company.
He returned but died when my father (Flight Sergeant Pilot WW2) L J  Hewitt (below) was four.
Dad lived to 89.

Friday, 19 May 2017

What to do with Fejoa ?

Fejoa does not keep well but they do make a very delicious jam.

My Fejoa and ginger jam.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

My "Foster" brother Peters birthday cake

Leathers detailed right down to the scuff marks from an embarrassing and expensive "off" on the Manfeild Race track in Feilding- near Palmerston North.

Very nice chocolate cake under the beautifully done tread pattern.

A special cake for a very special person who's son summed it it by saying "dad always had my back"

Monday, 15 May 2017

Cliff near Tongaporutu River mouth.

This tree has fallen down a cliff and managed to stay the right way up. Photograph taken as the sun dropped over the horizon right behind me - very unusual light and reflections due to black iron sand and fresh water leaching onto the beach after a rain storm the day before 

Friday, 28 April 2017

Auckland Royal Easter Show 2017

During April I had a gig at the Auckland Royal Easter Show having been asked to be their media photographer as well as creating an archival record of their 2017 event.  I don't  think it's a word but I've coined the term 'photodocumentation".

The Auckland Easter Show is very long running, free to the public, fund raising event with upwards of 150,000 attending each year and for the most part run and managed by a large unpaid team of volunteers.

Unfortunately the first public day, Thursday, was the same day we were warned of being battered by Cyclone Cook and although nothing eventuated in Auckland the crowd that day was tiny in contrast to all other days.

Opening night - in the arts and craft section where the standard was universally high with all pieces offered for sale. 

Opening night Wednesday 12th April
Opened by the Auckland Mayor Phil Goff who also made a number of the craft and art awards.

 I later heard him described as a "regular guy" and certainly one of the political figures in this country that I have plenty of respect for. Wiki

Overall winners of the cattle section 

Some from the dairy section. 

Dairy Judging crowd - welcome to New Zealand we are all interested in livestock.

Dog trials - Duncan McNab - a flawless performance

Siri Alpacas

Farm World

Sheep dog puppies for sale.

I was told later that they all went to farms including this one who had already become well bonded with his new owner (in this picture) before the show ended. 

Crowd at farm world - a place where the public can interact with a wide range of very well socialised farm animals.

Children able to feel what it is like shearing sheep

Very large food offering across many styles along with the old favourites - this on the unusually quiet  Thursday night of Cyclone Cook. 

Outdoor entertainment and the usual sized crowd on Friday.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Back to the landscapes.

Trying to make the best of that last morsel of the warm Autumn weather.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

One of the newer Auckland bike ways

Part of the new bikeway in Auckland that links the top of Nelson street with Grafton and utilises a now surplus motorway off ramp.

Yes it is that bold pink !!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Older homes of Devonport

Devonport is one of Auckland's oldest suburbs (Background) and still has many well kept examples of early architecture as well as some of the best kept gardens you'll find anywhere in Auckland.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Sunset over Auckland City

(Taken the same day as the North Head gun emplacement photo) 

Friday, 7 April 2017

Muriwai Beach

Muriwai Beach looking to the north at low tide.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Top of North Head Historic Reserve

One of many World War I and II gun emplacements on North Head (wikipedia).