Thursday, 13 June 2019
Tuesday, 4 June 2019
I worked for many years up until mid 2016 in the building just to the right in the photos above and below, the construction of the City Rail Link started in 2015 along with the demolition of the Downtown Shopping Mall. The mall had been there even before I came to Auckland in 1976 but was a great place for a bit of lunch time shopping as well as a snack in the half decent food hall.
The building I was in was originally built by the Ministry of Works in 1973 for Air NewZealand but was for as long as I worked there the HSCB Building. A mixture a commercial, central and local government tenants, a few of whom vanished along with their exotic and expensive (someone else's money) cars from the basement car park with the global financial crisis. The latest move by the current owners is to evict the tenants and turn the whole place into apartments, north facing ones above level 6 will have great unrestricted views over the harbour. Below level 6 you'll see the side of the ferry building - buyer beware.
You can dress it up with neon but it's still horrible.