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.

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.

The Best of Ugly New Zealand – North Island

20/02/2012 at 10:32 pm

People, I’m slowly running a bit low on new material. That means…

1. Time for our gazillions millions thousands quite a few dunno, maybe a couple dozen? three friends to send new material, puh-leese!

2. Time for cheap reruns of lukewarm oldies: let’s start with a lovingly complied collection of the “Best of Ugly New Zealand Edition North Island (BOUNZENI)”. Sounds a bit like a hungarian car brand, if you ask me.

Keep calm, Dunners, I’ll follow up with the “Best of the South” these days.

The Beauty of Cuba Street’s Back

20/02/2012 at 9:13 pm

Back of Cuba St - Caroline Glass

News from our reader Caroline Glass: still Wellington, but this time the fenced back of Cuba Street.

Caroline’s concrete symphony for 3 bicyclists can be found here. Thanks again, Caroline!

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Photo © 2012 Caroline Glass.

The Beauty of Te Manawa

26/11/2011 at 3:10 pm

Te Manawa Museum, Palmerston North 1 - Wentao Yin

“Mom, why has the woman spikes in her bum?” Another action-packed Palmerston thrill-ride by Wentao Yin. Also don’t miss the bugs crawling all over the building. The perfect theme park for a relaxed post party drug chillout…

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Photo © 2011 Wentao Yin. Original here.

The Beauty of Four Square

02/11/2011 at 10:27 am

Faggs "4 Square" store delivery van, Horopito - Ken Lankshear

Recently we talked about Kiwi nutrients, let’s highlight another facet of New Zealand’s shopping culture now. This limelight moment goes to food retailer Four Square and its (really) wonderful logo design… including the famous – and slightly creepy – “Cheeky Charlie”. Thanks for the great photo to Ken Lankshear!

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Photo © 2011 Ken Lankshear. Original here.

The Beauty of Ahuriri

01/11/2011 at 10:36 pm

Ahuriri - Motella

Motella of the fittingly named blog “Motella” is looking behind the facades and under the guest beds of NZ tourism. He was so kind to send us some of his personal “Ugly New Zealand” shots.

Let’s start with this adorable portrait of Ahuriri“Napier’s vibrant seaside village” with “a contemporary edge”, where “you’ll discover a unique mix of places where you can buy artwork, indulge in some beauty therapy, buy ingredients for an Italian feast, post a letter and consult a lawyer, an accountant or other professional services now based in Ahuriri.” Gasp! What a mix indeed!! Book it!!!

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Photo © 2011 Motella.