Manu Aute Kite Day 2012

Louis flying his kite and an enormous whale kite hovers over him. Part of Matariki celebrations at Orakei Marae, with city behind.


Bethany Centre

The historic Bethany Centre is on the move. The Salvation Army berthing centre recently sold to a developer with plans to either remove it or demolish it to build a few new homes.

Supposedly the Grey Lynn/Ponsonby area contains the largest collection of Edwardian and Victorian wooden houses in the world (ok, this place is neither Edwardian or Victorian, but it is old and it is wooden!) and considering Auckland's current housing shortage wouldn't it be better kept for something more useful and keep the areas character intact at the same time? Wouldn't it make fantastic apartments or even an aged care centre?

Here we are post Christchurch earthquake, a city that's trying to save what heritage buildings it has left after the earthquakes, but in Auckland we're still pulling down anything remotely old and interesting!


Lost in details at Auckland Museum

Sketching Maori taonga (treasure) at the Auckland Museum. On the left is the prow of the waka taua (war canoe), Te-taki-a-tapiri, and on the right a carved kumara (sweet potato) pit entrance guardian, right.

The waka is really impressive, it almost fills the whole gallery, it's carved from a single large Totara tree, is 25 meters long and reportedly carried around 100 warriors. Built in 1863 it's amazing it even still exists, according to this descriptionat one stage being partly dismantled and someone even tried unsuccessfully to blow it up!

I love drawing this stuff, it makes you slow down and observe all of the beautiful details, but trying to capture all of this detail in dimly lit museum conditions is a real challenge. As a result, I had to finish the colour later at home.