The Best of Ugly New Zealand – South Island

24/02/2012 at 8:24 pm

Part 2 of the collection: “Best of Ugly New Zealand Edition South Island (BOUNZESI)”. Have a lovely weekend, y’all, while deciding if the South or the North wins. For me, it’s clear as Lake Wakatipu.

01 Boring Akaroa 02 - Karsten Grillitsch02 Slope Point - Glutnix03 BurnedBBQ - Ralf
04 SheepPooOmarama - Karsten Grillitsch05 Cromwell Fruit - Marilyn Moffat06 Dunedin Molars - Carolyn Guytonbeck
07 Concrete and Water - Paul Roper-Gee08 Limo in the Snow - Timaru, NZ - Shannon Stevenson09 Invercargill Skate Park - Ralf
09 Timaru Home of Phar Lap - Grant Dommen11 Alien in Garage - Ralf12 Wakefield 1989 - TravellingLight

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 Kiwi Nutrients

25/10/2011 at 11:31 am

New Zealand Shops - Bjørn Larsen

Bjørn Larsen provided us with this snapshot of a typical Kiwi shopping centre. I like how the shop fronts reflect the proportions of essential Kiwi nutrients: 20% pork chops and ground hooves, 30% fruit (Pineapple Lumps), and 50% booze.

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Photo © 2011 Bjørn Larsen. Original here.

The Beauty of UCOL

18/10/2011 at 7:11 am

UCOL, Palmerston North 2 - Wentao Yin

Speaking of cars… I don’t know what exactly they consume on these parties at the Universal College of Learning in Palmerston North. The automotive guys should perhaps consider reducing their doses a bit.

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Photo © 2011 Wentao Yin. Original here.

Bonus track: a promo video with all the goodies (forgotten info card, hall walking, page flipping, fake socialising / teaching, and bondage).

The Beauty of Motueka, in 1989

17/10/2011 at 5:29 pm

Motueka 1989 - Travelling Light

More corrugated steel! More car(s)! More uncut 1989 oldschool flavour! More pure awesomeness by Travelling Light!

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Photo © 2011 Travelling Light. Original here.

The Beauty of Thames’ No-ness

13/10/2011 at 10:30 pm

No Dogs, Thames - Mercian

How about… wheel gymnastics?

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Photo © 2011 Mercian. Original here.

The Beauty of Waiting…

02/10/2011 at 8:18 pm

Waiting for the bus to Auckland - Fred Meng

… in this case: for the bus from Thames to Auckland. Lovely shot!

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Photo © 2011 Fred Meng. Original here.

The Beauty of Snow and Pink Limos in Timaru

29/09/2011 at 10:14 am

Limo in the Snow, Timaru - joh3

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for fireworks of Uglynewzealandism over the next days and weeks! Kicked off by this superb shot by the fabulous Shannon Stevenson, accompanied by a mind-boggling guest post by Alex Gilks aka The Voice of the South:

When the blanket of sudden winter snow melts a bit, and gets all gritty and sullied around the edges with brown and grey tyre juice, that’s when the folks of Timaru do what they do best: load up in a big ol’ 1980s Ford LTD style stretched limo, and head out to the main to cruise the mush, like a dirty big pink shark, looking to raise some hell.

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Photo © 2011 Shannon Stevenson. Original here.

Borg Mall 3 – The Tomb of Doom

14/09/2011 at 4:20 pm

Westfield - Rachel Tallon

I have a hunch that Rachel Tallon isn’t entirely happy with the Westfield mall shopping center in Lower Hutt:

“A monstrosity that suddenly appeared in my home town a few years ago. Shaped like a Borg ship, with as much character, this imposing monolithic structure stands as a windowless monument to consumerism. (…)
Dull grey boxes plonked on top of a stress-inducing carpark, this rectangular tomb of doom to your credit card is now the heart of my town.”

But hey, just a hunch. Don’t miss the other instalments of the series:

Photo © 2011 Rachel Tallon, Lower Hutt

The Beauty of Wakefield. In 1989

03/09/2011 at 12:05 am

Wakefield 1989 - Travelling Light

The car! The hut*! The fridge! The gravel! Corrugated Steel! The colors! – ’Tis Kiwi heaven!

(* I know, I know, my mistake: “historic 3 bedroom villa with flexible floor plan”).

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Photo © 2011 Travelling Light. Original here.