Buildings and Bridges


Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Graffiti on the rail bridge over the Tauranga harbour from Matapihi to Tauranga.

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This mural was created by local artists with the dual purpose of celebrating the Maori New Year (Matariki) and to discourge tagging on the previously bare wall at the Greerton Library. I love the birds especially!

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009I took the kids fishing (with the bait catcher) but the weather turned on us and the wind made the water far to choppu for the little bait catcher! After about half and hour we conceeded that it wasn’t the right conditions for it and went for a walk over the Matapihi Brige!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009This board walk and the view of the apartment buildings signal either the end or the start of the walk! The track, being a loop track can be walked in either direction.

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

I heard today that Tauranga Intermediate is the largest Intermediate in the Southern Hemisphere. I don’t know for sure if that’s true but I do know that it boasts a lot of large trees and birds.  It really adds to the atmosphere of the school and they’re a natural asset.  I am betting the school will be a great place to wander, camera in hand during Autumn.  I can’t wait!  Coincidentally ( I think!) the schools roll of 1200  is divided into houses, each house is made up of 4 classes of approx 25-30 kids in each…and each house is named after a native tree.  Rimu, Kahikatea, Totara, Manuka are a few that come to mind.  Each house wears a coloured t.shirt  associated with that tree, Manuka’s house colour for example is Pink. (Yes, even for the boys….lol )

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Have you ever wondered what the Tooth Fairy does with all those teeth? Well…wonder no more!

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The tooth fairy….RECYCLES!

The Tauranga Art Gallery is usually what brings me into the city centre. I’ve seen some great photo exhibitions as well as work by artists of many different styles- Jim Cooper and Colin McCahon being 2 of my favorite NZ artsists to have had work here. There’s been international artists too though!

When I was there yesterday I was struck by the contrast of the multimillion dollar building and the carpark just up the road.

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

I actually like the character of the old buildings at the back of the carpark better than the modern lines of the art gallery. That said I definately enjoy what I’ve seen on the inside!

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