New Zealand likes a good parade to celebrate sporting success and usually that starts as a one off in Auckland. Before long, Wellington are shouting from the roof tops for their own parade before Christchurch and Dunedin join in.
America’s Cup was no different and Wellington (like it always does!) got it’s way. Whats better is that while Auckland was wet, windy and miserable. Wellington laid out the sunshine and showed its best side.
I got to the parade route nice and early, setting myself up at the start with a perfect uninterrupted view looking directly at parliament’s gates where it would all begin.
I mainly focused on the photography side of things for this event but I did manage to juggle three cameras and get a few small clips.
I talked the other day about LUX 2015 and how excited I was for LUX 2017. I decided to go on a Monday evening when Wellington’s weather was amazing. A few changes were made this year including a big one where instead of a path to follow, there were five precincts. The playground, Te Ao Marama, The Galleries, Urban Edge and The Circus.
Way back in 2015, LUX had it’s first light show around Wellington’s inner city and by all measures it was a success. Two years later and Wellington’s LUX festival is back for 2017. It looks like its going to be bigger and better than before.
I was going through my photos the other day and saw a folder called “LUX 2015”. Most of the photo’s I never posted anywhere or shared with anyone. So considering LUX 2017 starts in four days here are some images all the way back from 2015.
Last year mayoral hopeful Mike Tana launched a bold campaign promise to go where no Porirua mayor had gone before. He wanted to bring the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to Porirua.
Once becoming mayor, Mike Tana stuck to his campaign promise and announced NASA were coming to Porirua. The tickets were free and included a screening of the movie Hidden Figures.
For New Zealand’s Motor Trade Association (MTA) 100th birthday, they decided to host a car show in Wellington. It was wonderful although it’s name was rather long and a bit pretentious. Motor Trade Show 100: Car Show of the Century, see what I mean. But I loved how for two thirds of it anyway (one third was old cars) the layout, design and atmosphere was full international auto show.
The East Coast of New Zealand is home to Gisborne, billed as the first city to see sunrise. This means that Gisborne developed into a natural tourist attraction and meca for new years celebrations where people come to party all night and watch the first sun of the new year.
Fiordland is one of New Zealand’s top destinations and a World Heritage Area with some of the most amazing scenery in the world. If you’re short on time, I’d recommend four must do things to maximise your stay in Fiordland.
Recently on Instagram, I said that, “lately I always arrive in Christchurch during a disaster” of some sort. My most recent trip, just a couple of weeks ago when the Port Hills were ablaze or as one media outlet put it “Christchurch is engulfed in fire”. Not really but this isn’t a fake news post. I was in Christchurch to see how the city had rebuilt, 6 years after the earthquake that devastated the city.