Yesterday, I was asked to photograph a function for Hospice New Zealand.
As I was walking out of the front door, I encountered this fine fellow feeding on the nectar in the flax flowers. The tui and flax go together at this time of year, and as in yesterday’s image, the forehead coating of pollen tells of successful feeding.
Then I hit the road bound for Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay. In normal circumstances, and empty roads, it would take a little over 30 minutes to make the journey. On a wet Thursday night at rush hour it took over an hour. On several occasions, the entire system came to a standstill, and since my camera was on the front seat beside me, I grabbed a shot or two.
The closer I got to the city, the worse the congestion came and this shot was taken while parked in The Terrace tunnel.
I arrived a few minutes before the appointed hour, and thought I had lost the opportunity so scope out the site of the required group photograph. On the other hand, the whole gathering was running late so it all worked out in the end. I won’t breach the privacy of the meeting, but I can show you the extraordinary building that is Tapu Te Ranga Marae. Though it is Maori through and through, the external structure puts me more in mind of the Swiss Family Robinson than the Maori. Nevertheless, it was a welcoming place and a tribute to its founder Bruce Stewart and the visionaries who helped him build this amazing wooden structure on eleven levels. .
Tomorrow from Queenstown.