October 5, 2015 … the tradesmen’s entrance

I decided to have a look at our back door.


The largest surviving industrial site, soon to be closed down, is the Unilever factory which has made detergents for the Australasian market for many years.

Like most cities, Lower Hutt has a central business district surrounded by the leafy homes and gardens of suburbia and they in turn, are surrounded by the grittiness of the businesses that provide wealth and employment. Lower Hutt has very little serious or heavy industry, and what there is seems to be dying on its feet. On the other hand there are many small businesses that provide services or supply products on a local scale. Lower Hutt’s business districts are scattered around, mainly  though Petone, Seaview Naenae and Wingate. In Petone , industry is located in the historic narrow streets at the Western end, and to a lesser extent in the East near the river.

Plumbing supplies

I am guessing that this company’s choice of colour is reflected in its stationery and its vehicle fleet. Not everyone’s choice of colour but beautifully executed

Industries come in all shapes and sizes, and for some the building is nothing more than a structure that provides physical security and shelter from the  weather. For others, the appearance of the building is part of their marketing strategy, whether or not you agree with their colour sense.


Container accommodation

A feature of many of the small operations is the extent to which the ubiquitous shipping container has become a more or less permanent part of the organizations storage, or in some cases, makeshift workshop extensions.


Random architecture

In some countries, town planning laws impose a certain degree of beauty or even uniformity. Haphazard development from the earliest colonial settlement days resulted in narrow streets and a casual approach to architectural norms.

Scholes Lane

Sheds and workshops on Scholes Lane. Some of those doors haven’t moved in years.

Another aspect of the industrial area of Petone is that it was once cheek by jowl with working class settler cottages, and the quaint cottages and narrow streets reflect this. In Scholes Lane, the factories back on to the garages and work sheds added later. There was insufficient space at the house frontage for these.


Hard to know if it is still in use.

In these days of seismic sensitivity, there remain some buildings that you have to wonder about. Perhaps they are unoccupied. Perhaps, if they are not knocked down, they will fall down. Who knows?

That will do for now.



About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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2 Responses to October 5, 2015 … the tradesmen’s entrance

  1. John Titchener says:

    Oh dear. Brian, you’ve done it again! Taken me back to the scene of an earlier life! In this case, the Unilever factory in Petone. Back in the 1980’s, Unilever were one of the largest users of computer software from Cincom Systems, from the programming language, to the database management system, to the manufacturing system that drove all their production. My first task, when I joined Cincom in 1981, was to provide support for Unilever. So at least three days every week, for nearly a year, I would be on-site at Petone, with Roy G and his merry men. Ah, those were the days!!

  2. brent says:

    yes its interesting to note that one bussiness shuts another opens

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