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.

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.

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 Drive-In Dry Cleaning

02/09/2011 at 11:32 pm

Whangarei - Travelling Light

Sadly, most drive-ins turn out to be mere drive-bys. I am still waiting for a version where I don’t have to leave the car at all. Same applies to supermarkets and gyms, by the way.

Another masterpiece by Travelling Light, and it most definitely won’t be the last.

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Photo © 2011 Travelling Light. Original here.

The Beauty of Light Travelling

30/08/2011 at 12:03 am

Nelson 4 - Travelling Light

Today it is my deep pleasure to present you the first photo by “TravellingLight”, a team of incredibly talented “partners in crime” from New Zealand.

In their works, they document New Zealand with a wonderful sensibility, often precisely catching this bitter-sweet spot between beauty and blandness of the country.

Expect more from Travelling Light in the future!

Photo © 2011 Travelling Light. Original here.

The Beauty of Hotels For Mules

28/08/2011 at 11:30 am

Peter Gow - Hotel Formule 1 b

Peter Gow - Hotel Formule 1 a

Lovely! Auckland’s first leaning hotel, solely for first mules! Whatever that might be.

Please note how our (well, or at least Grant Smithies’) reader Peter Gow added his own statement by craftily composing the surrounding traffic signs.

Photos © 2011 Peter Gow

 

The Beauty of Forestry

28/08/2011 at 11:10 am

Barry Read - Forestry

Barry Read not only sent this snapshot of modern Kiwi forestry in action, but also a comment highlighting some of absurdities behind it:

“On the other side of this ridge is a sign on SH1 extolling us to let the trees ‘sleep’ – ‘They’re busy saving the World’.

This sums up our approach. Plant fast-growing, low-value trees that were originally planted to produce paper-pulp, and pretend they might be used for structures. Chop them down when far too young. (…) Fertilised by the wind these mono-forests are seen as barriers to bees. A good rain soon will ‘flush’ off any remaining top soil and debris into the waterways – where it will mix with the cow-shit on its way downstream.”

Update: Barry sent this great additional shot with the full message and the full horror. Thanks, Barry!

Saving The World - Barry Read

Photos © 2011 Barry Read

The Beauty of Wellington’s Backs

18/08/2011 at 9:11 am

Boulcott St from Bridge - Caroline Glass

Our reader Caroline Glass contributed this visual symphony of 3 bicycles, an unspecified number of cars and heaps of concrete. Thanksalotta, Caroline! Another victim member of our steadily growing “Nest-besmircher Network”.

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Photo © 2011 Caroline Glass.

The Beauty of Fence Messages

10/08/2011 at 9:32 pm

Fence art 1 - Kristina D.C. Hoeppner

“Somebody used a fence and some pieces of cloth to “write” the sentence “It will all be OK” on a fence in Wellington.”

Fence art 2 - Kristina D.C. Hoeppner

“Now it was changed to “You are doing OK”. What will come next?”

Another masterpiece from the sensational Kristina D.C. Hoeppner. This time starring the typeface “Fence Sans Serif“ and documenting a message from a higher entidy.

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Photo Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) 2011 Kristina D.C. Hoeppner. Originals here and here.

The Beauty of The Beech

08/08/2011 at 8:15 am

Next Stop: Beach - Emily Walker

Life’s a beech. This photo, on the contrary, is greet!
Thanks to the breethtaking Emily Walker.

Miniature railway proudly powered by the The Hutt Valley Model Engineering Society, Marine Parade, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand. Every Sunday from 1—4 pm, weather permitting (uh-oh…).

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Photo Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) 2011 Emily Walker. Original here.