Sunday, October 31, 2010

#1249 ... Pedal Power

Eight gangly-looking contraptions cooked up by WelTec first-year engineering students get put to the test at the first Krazy Karts Day in downtown Lower Hutt.

The students' workshop was still flashing to the dazzle of arc welders and ringing to mallet blows when Hutt News visited last Thursday, but intriguing three and four-wheel buggies had definitely emerged from the skeletons of dead bicycles and other parts built or scavenged by their makers.

Some featured customised accessories such as "old school" ape-hanger handlebars, a comfortable bucket seat that looked suspiciously like it had come from the WelTec canteen, and one buggie that had genuine three-wheel-steering, with the front turning mechanism pulling the back wheels around so sharply the kart could literally turn on a dime.

Tutor Chris Price says practical lessons have been learned light alloy is not suitable for an axle, for example as well as more general realities such as what looks like being "a five-minute job" in the world of engineering seldom is.

THANKS to Rumi Shivaz for the photos. Ciao

Saturday, October 30, 2010

#1248 ... What's the beef ?

Don't mess with these guys ... Scott and his team produce seriously great food ... and I recommend this great Cafe from many delightful tasty meals. For a less dramatic image ... one with happy smiling faces go to the Elements Cafe website

Elements is located in an historic site that once housed the library, post office and butchery that were a centre for the local community in Onepu Road, Lyall Bay. In a casual relaxed atmosphere that tradition is continued by being a place to meet, talk, eat and drink. The once divided shops are now a 75 seat cafĂ© just a short hop from the Wellington CBD, a stone’s throw from the airport and plenty of free parking

... and to finish off a superb meal try the dessert plate – 5 different chef selected dessert tastes (for 2)

Friday, October 29, 2010

#1247 ... Glassed In

The new Telecom Building, under construction, on Willis Street ... zig-zag glass facade creates interesting reflections.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

#1246 ... The Slayer

Called into the SUPREME Customs Brew Bar at 39 Ghuznee Street, Wellington. With 9 single origins on offer and four brewing methods available, the Customs experience is one that has to be tried if you care about coffee at all. Not being content with just tasting coffee in store, Customs also offers single origins for retail (whole beans or ground to suit) with some exclusive coffees to delight your taste buds. Customs has New Zealand’s first Slayer espresso machine and one of the country's only Clovers. Note that the dollars in the Slayer article are USD ... these espresso machines in NZ are the price of a new Honda Jazz!!! See how the Slayers are made ... some photos here

Pop-in and see the engineering work of art for yourself ... Ralph the experienced and knowledgeable barrista will entertain you with an awesome espresso.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

#1245 ... Friends

Friends waiting around making use of the traffic bollards ... outside Circa Theatre ... next to Te Papa, Cable Street

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

#1244... Crossing Ghuznee

Crossing Ghuznee Street at the top of Cuba Mall ... an everyday occurrence at 5 minute intervals ... however take a closer look at the guy on the left with the red polo shirt ... he is an amputee and his artificial leg is a work of engineering art ... I have spoken to him a couple of times ... a great guy.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

#1242 ... QUAD Colours

Quad Art ... Victoria University students have been splashing the Quad at the main Kelburn Campus with paint as a release from last week of lectures stress and because the Quad will be demolished in November. A new Campus Hub will be built and the existing Quad will be dug down two levels to enable a larger platform for the new space.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

#1241 ... Mussels for a Berliner

This young traveller from Berlin is enjoying a large plate of green-lip mussels & fries at the General Practitioner pub ... and catching the late afternoon sun. He is planning to spend some time in Wellington, earn some money and then travel around the country. Willis Street in the background

Friday, October 22, 2010

#1240 ... The 3rd Original

Interesting use of the english language.
ORIGINAL (adj) present or existing at the beginning of a series or process; first
... so maybe it does sort of qualify !!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

#1239 ... Free Wheeling Anna

Anna getting Tom interested in "Freewheeling In Wellington" to kick start his summer by discovering the fun and freedom of wheels!
Lots of workshops and events to get you, your friends and your family on a set of wheels.
Sharpen your skills on a skateboard or rollerblades, have a go at handcycling or commute to work on some other form of wheels. Bring your family to the many bike rides that will be happening and learn to keep your ride in top shape at our maintenance workshops.
Find out more about the festival at the Freewheeling in Wellington launch on Saturday 23 October.
LaunchCome along to the Freewheeling in Wellington launch and join in the fun and festivities, including live music from talented young local bands. Here you can find out about all the events and activities that will take place during the festival. Get your Passport to Wheels* booklet at the launch so you can collect a stamp from each Freewheeling event - and be in to win lots of fun stuff.
Saturday 23 October, 11am-2pm (postponement date Saturday 30 October)Civic Square
*At every event you will receive a stamp in your Passport to Wheels booklet. This is a great way to record what events you have participated in. At the end of the Freewheeling in Wellington festival you can hand in your passport to go in a draw to win great prizes.
Click here to download the Freewheeling in Wellington brochure.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

#1238 ... Stormy Morning

Looking towards the Hutt Valley in the distance, across the marina next to the Freyberg Pool ... the southerly front is on the way.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

#1237 ... Glover Park

The summer delights of fresh air and sunshine at Glover Park and just sitting to enjoy it ... between Ghuznee Street and Garrett Street

Monday, October 18, 2010

#1236 ... Cycling Elegance

This could be the latest fashion for eco-friendly commuters in Wellington ... perhaps ... however this delightful, young exec was just walking her trusty steed to the bike shop for a work over before a competitive outing in the weekend.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

#1235 ... Stadium of Dreams

Construction continues ... there has been more machinery per square metre at the Kilbirnie Stadium site than anywhere in Wellington since the Westpac Stadium was built 12 years ago.

Mainzeal and the Wellington City Council are building a new indoor facility that will seat 1000 spectators, house 12 courts for basketball, netball and all indoor racquet sports, and be an indoor training space for major events such as the Rugby World Cup.

“The design is an ideal height for the telehandlers,” says site manager Elliot Bartley. “They’re efficient and safe and a lot better to work with than the old cherry pickers.”

When you are working on such an exposed site, all those safety factors mount up. Near the Wellington airport, the site suffers from northerlies funnelled down the harbour, and southerlies directly off the Cook Strait and endless kilometres of ocean to the south.

It has been a bustle of activity, getting about 15,000m³ of earth and rock shifted, 11,500m³ of which was removed for the basement car park. That’s equivalent to about 940 earthmoving truck-fulls, almost all of which will remain on site. The site slopes to the west so the spoil from the underground car park has been reallocated to levelling the site. It’s a big site too – a huge 29,500m² with a building footprint of around 8500m².

Saturday, October 16, 2010

#1234 ... Alien Shopping

Well even aliens have to eat ... so here is one getting his vitamin C at the local supermarket in Crofton Downs. Well not really ... this friendly alien had just returned from doing a music video for a local band and it is not very often that you get the chance to photograph a visitor from another world. Thanks for being a friendly alien !!

Friday, October 15, 2010

#1233 ... Take a break

A lunchtime break at the beach by the Freyberg Pool ... looking across Oriental Bay to the fountain.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

#1232 ... It's a GIRL

Not the most usual place for a birth notice ... this is the Mainzeal site office at the new indoor stadium being built in Kilbirnie beside Evans Bay ... Sophie (who runs the site admin office) is about to update the great news ... and the proud mother is a Quantity Surveyor on the building site ... obviously she is now having some maternity leave. I was fortunate enough to meet some wonderful people on site, including Andy who showed me around after I dressed in the required boots, hard hat and orange fluro vest.

The mix of a special human moment and the rugged nature of a construction site ... creates a warm SMILE. Thanks Mainzeal team.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

#1231 ... Luca from Milano

Lambton Quay ... and Luca from Milan is back in Wellington again ... he liked it so much the first time that he is back ... only been here three weeks and here he is taking in the lunchtime crowds and capturing the scene. ... ciao Luca

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

#1230 ... Divers' Rest

Divers from Palmerston North ... YES ... they drive 2 hours down to Wellington for the weekend to do two days of training dives. This one is at Scorching Bay and they are having a rest in the sunshine before the next session. So if you are in the Manawatu and want to learn to dive go and see the guys at Dive HQ

Monday, October 11, 2010

#1229 ... Midland Mayhem

Midland Park, Lambton Quay as you've never seen it ... currently being refurbished ... trees moved, lawns relayed, reshaping etc ... already for the real summer when it finally arrives. We had four seasons on the 15 minute drive into the city this morning ... mild, hail, sunshine and then cold windy rain again ... and this is springtime.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

#1228 ... A Sunny Moment

Outside the Victoria University Architecture School in Vivian Street ... the newly refurbished park in front of the building offers a relaxed spot to enjoy the sun and watch the traffic rush by.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

#1227 ... Lifes a Cabaret

... well at least on Lambton Quay Friday afternoon ... the new fashion for summer ... YEAH RIGHT ... the Cabaret dancers were out on the streets promoting the live show and handing out pamphlets.

Wellington Music Academy in support of The Life Flight Trust welcomes you to the 2010 Wellington Production of Kander and Ebb's Cabaret at The Garden Club from 13 October to 13 November 2010.

Berlin, 1930. "Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome!" sings the devilish and derisive Emcee of the sleazy, sexy and glittering Kit Kat Klub as young American writer Clifford Bradshaw is slowly sucked into the debauched, decadent and desperate lifestyle of the Club, its provocatively giddy star (Sally Bowles) and the insidious rise of Nazism.

With unforgettable songs such as: Mein Herr, Money Makes the World Go Around, Maybe This Time and Cabaret, Kander and Ebb's musical reveals a world of voluptuous panic on the brink of disaster. This is a charitable production: 100% of ticket proceeds go direct to The Life Flight Trust. Help us achieve our goal of a $72,000 donation (or put another way, 29 lives saved) by booking your tickets today. Thanks for your support; we know you'll enjoy a fabulous show.

Friday, October 8, 2010

#1226 ... Naked Ambition

Sitting pretty in Country Road, Lambton Quay ... however me thinks it's all pretty 'armless really ... haha

Thursday, October 7, 2010

#1225 ... Walk Talk

Every second person you come across is walkin' & talkin' ... its no wonder we have more pedestrian collisions !!... however this image has more Wellington history than many will realise ... the man on the right hand side in the beige raincoat has been handing out religious pamphlets on Lambton Quay for as long as I have been in Wellington ... the mid 70s. He is not on the street every day like he used to, however he still appears from time to time to do the work for his God.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

#1224 ... Eclecticism!

The delightful eclectic mix of Cuba Mall ... and a great place just to sit in the sun and watch the world walk by.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

#1223 ... Cuba Colour

A colourful character in Cuba Mall ... with a personal, hands free, sun shade !

Monday, October 4, 2010

#1222 ... Edward

Edward the busker, illusionist, slight of hand, magic and great vocal patter. Met him today plying his trade ... and he is very good. Cuba Mall beside the Bucket Fountain

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010

#1220 ... Watch out ... duck!

YES ... duck !!! the carpark at the Crofton Downs Shopping Centre ... I don't think this boy could really believe it as a couple of ducks waddled across the carpark between the cars ... maybe they just wanted to do their supermarket shop..

Friday, October 1, 2010

#1219 ... A Model Fire

Apologies for the angle of this shot ... it was taken from the car as I drove past ... delivering my daughter to the airport. This is Weta Workshops warehouse which has been used for filming the "miniature" shots for the LOTR movies. one bright spark reported that the flames were only 1 metre high ... YEAH RIGHT. [get it ???]
An investigation is under way into a fire at a building used by Sir Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop. The building in the Wellington suburb of Kilbirnie was used to film scenes for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong.

The Rongotai Road property is owned by Portsmouth Miniatures Studio and was used by Weta Workshop to film the miniatures scenes for the movies. Two people were working in the building and two contractors were on the roof when the fire broke out about 3pm on Friday. Fourteen fire appliances and about 50 fire officers attended, as well as police and ambulance services.

A Radio New Zealand reporter at the scene said polystyrene was burning inside the building and the plastic skylights gave way, causing smoke to pour out of the roof. There has been moderate damage to the building and some of its contents. At the height of the fire, a thick black column of smoke could be seen from around Wellington and the Hutt Valley.