Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, New Zealand


Pukekura, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand

I went to look at the Pukekura Park lights on my own this evening, Boxing Day, the 26th of December 2010. This had the distinct advantage of my being able to move quickly through the large mass of folk present. Not too much new but enjoyable for a whole host of visual reasons. I was though taken with the ultra violet light display shown here in a short video and a photo. Very nicely done.

This post is dedicated to Kelly & Joel (..and rest of the family) xox 31/12/2010

Te Rewa Rewa walkway bridge, Waiwhakaiho River, Taranaki.


Opening Saturday 5 June 2010 11:36AM.


Looking west from the eastern bank towards New Plymouth. Given clear skies, I’m assured Maunga Taranaki can be seen – slightly to the left is my guess.

Peter Tennent, Mayor of New Plymouth and Rosemary Tennent.
Peter Tennent, Mayor of New Plymouth and Rosemary Tennent.


Looking east from the western bank.

There is a photo gallery here: http://www.michaeljeans.com/2010-06-05-saturday

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At the Govett-Brewster

At the Govett-Brewster

During the early 1980s I visited the Govett-Brewster often. I have done so regularly, at least annually, since. Today’s visit is a little perplexing. I feel a tad out of the loop. Murray Hewitt’s works are interesting though Untitled (2007) and Spin works (2008) seem pedantic to me – Weeping Waters – I like along with – and I visit the strip mall at Waiwhakaiho (The Valley) to see it – 21 (2008). How I interpret this is beyond me – at present. Suffice to say after hearing many stories of Mitre 10 Mega store – there are apparently twenty-one about the rohe – my first visit to one – is well most captivating – it is huge. Kim Paton’s lichen-like instalation The Wal Mart Effect (2008) on ‘c deck’ is mmm. I just start thinking about the vibrancy of Taranaki and how much I am enjoying being here. Len Lye, of course, but so little. I am sure I can hear, in my memory, much more resounding bongs when Universe is activated. But I have enjoyed Wind Wand from a variety of view points – both by day and night. That just leaves Alistair Tong’s Meccano Rotary Cowshed – Taranaki.

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Puke Ariki

Puke Ariki New Plymouth

Centre City and Puke Ariki sit side by side on the New Plymouth foreshore – the whole area is Puke Ariki. I visit the former for old times sake – it is looking deflated and somewhat tired – the foodhall, though, is humming. I wonder about having a haircut – I need one – but baulk at $25.00 and a wait.  Puke Ariki itself grabs the attention, as always. It a favourite public building. I walk up the ramp and head for Taranaki Life only to be put off by the lighting when I try to read the captions in the glass cabinet featuring military uniforms. Mm is it just me? I head back outside and wander up Currie Street, along a deserted Devon Street West and back to the car. 

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