For as long as we have been in Wellington, they have been there.
On Parkside Rd, opposite the Waiwhetu Stream in Gracefield, Lower Hutt, there is a cluster of large satellite dishes. I am guessing that the largest of them is four or five metres in diameter. My attempts to learn their function and ownership have come to nothing. A friend thought that they were broadcast receivers belonging to the long defunct Saturn TV network. They are looking weary with age and point at a variety of odd angles to the sky. Against a sky, they were fair game for a desperate photographer yesterday.
Whether or not they are still in use, the shapes make an interesting contrast with the somewhat scruffy assortment of light warehouse buildings in the neighbourhood.
These are definitely not your average pressed metal dishes that hang off the side of the house. Even the support structure looked interesting to me. The mathematics of creating a parabolic dish are fascinating.
From there I was heading home along Petone’s Esplanade when I saw one of the world’s newest and perhaps least attractive vessels on the harbour. Built in Palmerston north, the two hulls of the diving tender “Offshore Guardian” were transported by road to Foxton Beach where they were joined together with the accommodation section. The vessel was then placed on some large inflatable bladders and she rolled down the beach into the water. She will work in Australia and New Zealand and perhaps as far afield as PNG.
Something different tomorrow, God willing and if the river doesn’t rise (and that’s a real possibility).