The Beauty of 25 Hardest Things

17/05/2013 at 6:15 am

UglyNewZealand, the site that helped to lift New Zealand bashing to new heights, is happy – and a little proud – that prominent colleagues like Buzzfeed join the party: here are the 25 hardest things about living in New Zealand.

 

The Beauty of Paeroa Deep Fry

21/05/2012 at 11:04 am

Peter Pieruschka - Paeroa Deep Fry

Le Food and ze Kiwis – a peculiar, occasionally sinister, combo. Superbly captured in this shot by Peter “Instant Classics” Pieruschka. Thanks a lot, Peter!

Photo © 2012 Peter Pieruschka.

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The Beauty of Kaikoura Cones

21/05/2012 at 10:53 am

Cone @ Kaikoura - Tim Parkinson

Vanilla Sky meets Leonard Cone. Great cone, great shot, no reason whatsoever to ridicule this as an “Ugly New Zealand photo”. Which is why I won’t. Why would I.

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Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) 2012 Tim Parkinson. Original here.

The Beauty of Lime and Concrete Factory Ruins

22/04/2012 at 6:37 pm

Old Lime and Cement Works, Warkworth, Auckland - Sids1

New Zealand: the place where concrete factory ruins look like churches, and churches like concrete factory ruins. Another masterpiece by the eagle-eyed Sids1, the genius behind classics like the pink sheep and the swollen rugby player statue, to name just a few.

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Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) 2012 Sids1. Again, thank you very much!
Original here.

 

The Beauty of Sheep and Dogs

21/04/2012 at 6:01 am

Together with the Gigantic Kiwi Slice Platform Thingy perhaps New Zealand’s number 1 silly iconic tourist landmark. I just can’t get enough of it… – especially if I happen to stumble over fantastic photos like these.

The dog and sheep buildings, Tirau, Waikato - Phillip Capper

The sheep building, Tirau, Waikato - Phillip Capper

The dog building, Tirau, Waikato - Phillip Capper

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Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) 2012 Phillip Capper. Thanks so much, Phillip!
Originals: here, here and here.

The Beauty of God. Or Not.

20/04/2012 at 7:09 pm

A charming example of what Kiwis are truly good at: staying relaxed – or chillaxed, if you prefer – and keeping things in perspective. If you ask me: the Agnostics present the slightly more convincing pitch here.

Ashburton Sign of God - www.weltwunderer.de

Organized Agnostics in NZ, Auckland - Rosemary Dukelow

Photos © 2012 Jenny M of the splendiferous german travel blog http://www.weltwunderer.de/ (top) and Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) 2012 Rosemary Dukelow.
Original here.

Looking Down the Barrel of a… Chimney

20/04/2012 at 9:51 am

Another instant classic by the unstoppable Carolyn Guytonbeck of Totally Wired. Today: the Speight’s brewery’s clever marketing tools. Part 1: the beer barrel chimney top. Great work, Carolyn, danke schön!

Speights Barrel Dunedin - Carolyn Guytonbeck

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Photo © 2012 Carolyn Guytonbeck of Totally Wired.

More Palmerston North Power!

20/03/2012 at 10:21 am

Not that we would have ignored Palmerston North so far, and especially the fearless Wentao Yin helped us survey the whole height, width and depth of the concretist manifesto the rest of the world calls Bizarro Park North, but that is The Square to the proud Palmerstonians. North.

But wait. There’s more!

Square, Palmerston North - Wentao Yin

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Photo © 2012 Wentao Yin. Original here and here.

 

The Beauty of Petone’s Parks

19/03/2012 at 10:08 pm

Petone Park - Emily Walker

Another wonderful shot by the dazzling Emily Walker, also responsible for this timeless gem.

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Photo Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) 2012 Emily Walker. Original here.

The Beauty of Milford Houses

19/03/2012 at 9:50 pm

House in Milford, Auckland - Peter Pieruschka (www.nz2go.de)

Our reader Peter Pieruschka provided this… angular peek onto the irritation that is New Zealand’s contemporary architecture. When Peter is not kindly helping out here – thanks, Peter! :) – he increases the alarmingly sturdy number of German-run websites discussing aspects of New Zealand: www.nz2go.de. In his case much more constructive (and interesting) than us, but mostly written in ze german.

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Photo © 2012 Peter Pieruschka.