If you are addicted to taking photos of old buildings and ruins then the concrete jungle of Pātea Freezing Works will inspire avid photographers.
The derelict slaughter house is mirrored in the Pātea River, which leads out to an impressive breakwater at Pātea Beach.
The breakwater is an amazing artificial offshore structure which helps to protect the river from the huge west coast waves.
The Pātea Surf Lifesaving is currently looking for new members. They can be contacted through their Facebook page.
A walk though the town will take you past many historic buildings and features, including the Aotea Memorial Waka, St George’s Anglican Church and the building that houses the South Taranaki District Museum.
Aotea is a māori waka canoe that brought Turi and his people from Hawaiki, eventually arriving in Taranaki where they intermarried with the tangata whenua tribes.
Aotearoa means New Zealand – land of the long white cloud
ao -cloud, daylight, world
tea -clear, white
roa -length, long
Aotea Utanganui – Museum of South Taranaki is a noteworthy archive of district information, articles and items, offering a rich and varied history of the area.
utanga – burden, cargo, freight, load
nui -great, large, plenty
pā -village, bush
tea -clear, white
Bringing the neighbouring communities together was the goal for the Waitotara Community Market. A group of loyal locals organised the event, hosting an array of art and craft stall holders within the hall and disused Plunket building. The group hope to secure the Plunket building for community use.
I was able to utilise the St Marks church, creating an exhibition of my ceramics and photography. The church, built in 1890, is a stunning example of the influential New Zealand architect, Frederick de Jersey Clere.
The church provided a peaceful backdrop to my artwork and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be involved with such an amazing group of woman. I wish them well in their venture to create a local hub in Waitotara.
Utilising an old concrete water tank, I set up my potters wheel and shelves and got to work, creating as many cups and bowls my clay supply could produce. With the music cranking and the kids at school, I was in my element.
Once made, I leave the pieces to dry over night, then cut (tidy) the bottoms of each piece, add any names using stamps and then put on my potters mark of LL.
After about a week or two of drying they are ready for a bisque fire to 1140 degrees C.
Once cooled, they are ready for glazing. The bottom (base) of the piece needs to be free of glaze otherwise once fired it would stick to the shelf. I like to coat the bottom with melted wax to ensure a clean line and a glaze free base.
Now the make or break moment. I’ve stuffed up a lot of work by getting carried away with glazing, but I’m often on the search for some crazy out-there results. I have the luxury of having my own kiln, which enables me to experiment. I would not want to create a mess or blow out a shelf in a communal kiln, damaging the work of others.
This is the retro Tea Dust glaze. Currently for sale at Honest Kitchen on Ridgway Street and in Whanganui Fine Arts Gallery on Taupo Quay in Whanganui.
Being married to a surfer I constantly find little bits of sandy wax littering the house. Now my hubby has somewhere to put them and can stop asking me “Where’s my wax?”
Let me know if I can make a bowl for you! firstname.lastname@example.org
My husband and I get a little irritable every 6 months or so. Our marriage may be set in stone but the place we call home has been a little rocky.
Our first rental was a basement flat of the owners home in Auckland. Being ocean lovers, it didn’t take us long to find a quaint little one bedroom bach at Muriwai Beach, just north of Auckland. We loved that tiny abode, but unfortunately our family had begun, and a cot in the lounge was only going to work for a couple of months. So began the 6 to 12 month bunny hopping of properties including homes in Auckland, Gisborne, Tairua, Hamilton, Raglan and Whanganui.
Our most recent of irritations has landed us with what we consider our perfect location. Our journey hopefully ends, in the quiet little community of Waiinu.
Waiinu – ‘Wai’ being water and ‘inu’ means to drink
World famous for its surf breaks, Raglan is a key destination for New Zealand tourists. But regardless of whether its pumping or not, Ngarunui Beach offers paradise to it’s punters. There’s definitely something very special to be found here, with Facebook page’s littered with requests for accommodation and work from overseas travellers, who have fallen in love with the place and never want to leave. The endless beach opportunities offer weather dependant entertainment. The harbour, tidal changes, estuaries and cliffs beacon to be explored. And being a firm west coast location we are graced each night by the most amazing and forever changing sunsets. Just you try to catch a green flash!
Can you see an ape in the rocks?
Well even though they were just “small little off shorers”, they gave my husband a couple of hours of fun, and me a washing machine knock about, while trying to capture their dynamics. I had a change of fins from my ‘Out the Back’ experience and into the white wash.
Hopefully next time there will be some tidy barrels ; )
I have a feeling tomorrow I’m gonna be sore, I’m not exactly swim fit!
Oh here’s a couple of the hubby