Aug 29, 2018

Tommy And The PM

 The prime minister made a visit to Otumoetai College in Tauranga today to announce a $47m government contribution to upgrades off the facilities. Thomas (far right) was there from Matua primary. I guess that is to represent the next generation of kids that will no doubt benefit from the improvements.
Very proud of you Thomas...great job.
Pics from TV3 via iPhone.

Aug 21, 2018

Christchurch Visit

Down for a three day conference but had a spare hour to wander with the handy phone cam.
So just in case you have not been down recently. The earthquake is never far from your mind. The evidence is everywhere and still just below the surface with locals. They live with the ramifications, challenges and opportunities daily.

Out of the hotel room window. The old wood structure still in good shape but the new houses in this part of town are two story boxes with a semi flat roof. They look like they would be somewhat earthquake resistant.
 Typical of new construction. All steel bones.
 The original cathedral still looking very sad. The local pigeons are more than happy.
 Lots of cool art works around the town.
Especially in and around the arts centre in the former University of Canterbury which is the base of the arts center. The few pics below might give a feel for the Gothic architecture which is now the base for shops, cafes and art galleries and studios.

 So Canterbury.
Outside the lovely old tram that runs on a circuit around the cities central attractions.
 Boating (punting) on the Avon still a hit with the visitors
 Typical in the old downtown area. Empty lots (demolished building sites), and a mix of old and new construction. It will be many years till the CBD comes fully back to life.
But we had a great time in between formal confreence sessions. Dinners out were amazing, we had a hell of a good night at the golf driving range following right along after the whisky tasting session!
The people we encountered at every venue were simply awesome. Friendly, helpful and ready to make your experience something special.
 The cardboard cathedral
The large tubes are resin coated cardboard. Actually this structure is amazing. Check it out if you are there.
It was closed when we went there but I tried too get a shot from the inside via the front window.

Aug 13, 2018

The Picnic

Well not a picnic as such just trying to cook some soup for lunch out at McLaren Falls.
The two boys were not that sure about how it might go.

Ok add the water (a bloody good start I reckon)
 Think we got that bit right?
 Much later, YES, the water boiled......

Aug 9, 2018

Tauranga 1880

This link takes you to a street directory for Tauranga way back in the late 1800's
I found it intriguing as it lists peoples occupations.

Aug 8, 2018

Better Days

This old girl has been around the block and back.
Found in Nelson.
Must identify it.