A Night to Remember
Fantastic party for Mayor Tory Whanau's 40th. Wonderful party, great people, and a chance to recover and catchup the day after. #party #wellington #pōneke #torywhanau #billhastings
If anyone in Pōneke needs an in-depth guide to the Scythians and other historical steppe peoples I can probably help 😂. I actually did not set out to create this collection… but now that I have it I love it 😍 📚 #books #history #scythians #steppe #collection #serendipity
Bougiest chickens - got their own holiday home… #chickens #hokio #wellington #holiday #HolidayHome #VisitingForTheWeekend
Happy New Year! Had a fabulous evening partying with a wonderful and eclectic group of people. Such fun :)
Today I drove on the new Ōtaki Expressway from Pēka Pēka bypassing Ōtaki township for the first time. It was a great road to drive on, and despite it being only two days until Christmas there was barely any traffic. There was a very short slowdown as traffic merged back into the single lane highway beyond Ōtaki.
There has been a lot of debate about the expressways being built north of Pōneke (Wellington). I wish that these had been matched by similar investment in rail. But these roads are replacing very unsafe single lane highways, and provide resilience through a second road north out of Wellington.
Ōtaki township can now become its own centre, rather constantly jammed with state highway traffic.
The final stage of the expressways will take the modern road past Levin, where two state highways head off in different directions.
I strongly support upgrading rail between Pōneke and Palmerston North. But these expressways are also critical.
Here are some photos from traffic cameras on the new road today:
Continuing exploration of shading trees in Pōneke. These are on Cuba Mall. 📷 #Shade #Trees #pedestrian #public #greenery #WellingtonNZ 🇳🇿
Today’s book purchase: “Procopius: The Secret History” (Folio Society, 1990) from the excellent Ferret Bookshop on Cuba St, Pōneke. 📚#Books #SecondHand #History #Roman #Byzantine #FolioSociety
Bird flying over a Pōhutukawa tree in Te Aro park. 📷 #Pōhutukawa #tree #bird #park #TeAro #Pōneke #Wellington #AtaMārie
Pōneke and Te Whanganui-a-Tara from Mata-i-Rangi lookout; view across the city and harbour to Te Ahumairangi hill. #AtaMārie #morning #views #pōneke #wellington 📷
Summer is in full bloom in Pōneke.
Pōhutukawa tree in Te Aro park.
📷 #Pōhutukawa #Summer #Pōneke #Wellington #Aotearoa #KiwiSummer
Today’s Pōneke / Wellington newspaper has a story about the recent renovations to the apartment that my partner and I have lived in for 22 years:
Guests love trying to find the way in to the secret room of this New York loft-style apartment in central Wellington
Many thanks to Kylie Klein-Nixon for the story, and to Andrew & Lynnette Scott (designers & project managers, Design in Residence), Liz Mark (design consultant), Phil Maxey (builder), and Reilly Joinery for making it a reality!
Also thanks to Oliver Cain for the wonderful piece, "Jeremy + Bill", which features in the story.
Photo: Monique Ford / Stuff.
Plants and rocks at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Pōneke.