Sunday, April 13, 2014

#2238 ... The Face of Beauty


Yes that look's great ... RMAW Fashion Parade ... and the face of rubbish ... all colour co-ordinated
WDP on Tour 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

#2237 ... Make up ... Made Up

In preparation for the Rundle Mall Autumn Winter fashion parade. ADELAIDE ... 

Lowered VW Combi "split screen" food wagon ... Rundle Mall ... WDP on Tour 

Friday, April 11, 2014

#2236 ... Shower Girl


A young surfer showering off after an waesome morning on the waves ... Currumbin, Australia ... WDP on Tour

Thursday, April 10, 2014

#2235 ... In the Pink

Having fun on the flying fox ... Mt Eden, Auckland ...WWDP on Tour AGAIN

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

#2234 ... Nautical Colour

Boat shed on the way to Eastbourne ... across the harbour from Wellington CBD

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

#2233 ... A face of stories


The proprieter of "AFRIKA" Cafe ... a face that can tell of some experiences. THANKS

Monday, April 7, 2014

#2232 ... School Trip


Local younger school children "exploring" and learning about our great little city. Mercer Street

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

#2229 ... Smile


Happy face on the waterfont ... sea, sunshine and freash air makes for happy people.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

#2226 ... Larry

A young ram lamb about to be weighed ... nearly decision time for lamb chops! WDP on Tour

Monday, March 31, 2014

#2225 ... Flax

New Zealand Flax is a plant that has played an important part in the cultural and economic history of New Zealand for both the Māori people and the later European settlers. The two native species and their cultivars are also used as garden plants. New Zealand Flax describes the common New Zealand perennial plants Phormium tenax and Phormium colensoi, known by the Māori names harakeke and wharariki respectively. They are quite distinct from the Northern Hemisphere plant known as flax (Linum usitatissimum), but the genus was given the common name 'flax' by Anglophone Europeans as it too could be used for its fibres. Phormium produces long leaf fibres that have played an important role in the culture, history, and economy of New Zealand. P. tenax occurs naturally in New Zealand and Norfolk Island, while P. colensoi is endemic to New Zealand. Both species have been widely distributed to temperate regions of the world as economic fibre and ornamental plants. When the Māori came to New Zealand, they brought with them the paper mulberry plant from which they made bark cloth for clothing. The paper mulberry did not flourish and a substitute material was found in the native flax. As Captain Cook wrote: “Of the leaves of these plants, with very little preparation, they (the Māori) make all their common apparel; and of these they make also their strings, lines and cordage …”. They also made baskets, mats, and fishing nets from the undressed flax. The Māori practised advanced weft twining in phormium fibre cloaks. Plaiting and weaving (raranga) the flax fibres into baskets were but only two of the great variety of uses made of flax by Māori who recognised nearly 60 varieties, and who carefully propagated their own flax nurseries and plantations throughout the land. Leaves were cut near the base of the plant using a sharp mussel shell or specially shaped rocks, more often than not greenstone (jade, or pounamu). The green fleshy substance of the leaf was stripped off, again using a mussel shell, right through to the fibre which went through several processes of washing, bleaching, fixing, softening, dyeing and drying. The flax fibre, called muka, is laboriously washed, pounded and hand wrung to make soft for the skin. The cords (muka whenu) form the base cloth for intricate cloaks or garments (kākahu) such as the highly prized traditional feather cloak (kahu huruhuru). Different type of cloaks, such as Kahu Kiwi and Kahu Kākā, were produced by adorning them with colourful feathers from different native birds, such as kiwi, kākā (parrot), tui, huia and kererū (woodpigeon). Fibres of various strengths were used to fashion eel traps (hinaki), surprisingly large fishing nets (kupenga) and lines, bird snares, cordage for ropes, baskets (kete), bags, mats, clothing, sandals (paraerae), buckets, food baskets (rourou), and cooking utensils etc. The handmade flax cording and ropes had such great tensile strength that they were used to successfully bind together sections of hollowed out logs to create huge ocean-going canoes (waka). With the help of wakas, pre-European Māori deployed seine nets which could be over one thousand metres long. The nets were woven from green flax, with stone weights and light wood or gourd floats, and could require hundreds of men to haul.[5] It was also used to make rigging, sails and lengthy anchor warps, and roofs for housing. Frayed ends of flax leaves were fashioned into torches and lights for use at night. The dried flower stalks, which are extremely light, were bound together with flax twine to make river rafts called mokihi.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

#2222 ... RGBYGRL

Sara, who is passionate about our National sport, catching up on the latest rugby news while waiting for the flight to Wellington ... loved the corporate blonde look mixed with the rugged game. THANKS Sara

Thursday, March 27, 2014

#2221 ... Zen Tattoo

Zen, with tattoo, taking in the fresh air and sunshine in the grounds of Parliament ... THANKS for the chat and the photo

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

#2220 ... Sculptured Egg

Investigating the egg ... Courtenay Place. One hundred of these eggs have been placed around New Zealand as part of the Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt – the first event of its kind Down Under which showcases giant eggs designed by top New Zealand artists all in support of Starship. New Zealand’s leading artists and designers have turned giant eggs into unique masterpieces. 100 eggs are hidden throughout Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in historic, landmark and public spaces where you will be able to join the hunt and go into the draw to win the ultimate prize – a unique 340g 18ct Gold Whittaker’s Slab, which has been made by Partridge Jewellers. The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt aims to raise funds for the Starship Foundation, a charity which supports the national children’s hospital to provide world-leading care for almost 120,000 patient visits each year. As part of the partnership with Starship, Whittaker’s is donating at least $150,000 to Starship through specially marked products in participating stores by donating 10 cents from every iconic 50g Peanut Slab, 20 cents from every pack of its top selling Fairtrade Creamy Milk block and 20 cents from its Creamy Milk Easter Mini Slabs sold throughout the hunt. Starship will also raise funds by auctioning off all 100 giant eggs – with 80 to be auctioned on Trade Me and the other 20 to be sold at a gala event in April.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

#2219 ... HOTY 2014

Preparing for the Horse of the Year event i nhastings ... WDP on Tour

Sunday, March 23, 2014

#2217 ... Tractored

Reinventing the wheel ... well maybe the use of it ... Hue and Hanh on a Takapau farm ... and enjoying the experience.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

#2216 ... Natural Faces

Hue and Hanh .. two delightful young ladies from Ho Chi Minh ... who did the Hawkes Bay farm tiji tour with me. Han was our homestay student for two years.

Friday, March 21, 2014

#2215 ... Blonde

shapes, textures, and blond hair .. Dragon Boat Festival, Wellington Harbour

Thursday, March 20, 2014

#2214 ... The face of farming

Will Foley ... the face of farming ... Takapau. A neat young guy who is also the Federated Farmers President for the region ... we spent an amazing afternoon on Will's farm while on the way to Napier. THANKS WILL.... WDP on Tour

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

#2210 ... Team Tactics

The Pulse netball team getting tactical instruction at half time ... TSB Arena, Queens Wharf

Saturday, March 15, 2014

#2209 ... Yellow Dragon

A uniform for the man who steers the dragon boat ... very appropriate theming!! The Lagoon, Waterfront