You can see some of my Kaipara Panorama panels up on the walls of Casa Del Gelato, Te Atatu Peninsula (576a Te Atatu Rd).
The four large-scale panels (1.2m² and 1.2 x 2.7m) are all for sale ($640 and $1290) and there are more designs available:
- Co-op Dairy: The Co-op Dairy in Helensville closed in the late 1980’s when it was taken over by NZ Dairy, later to become the giant company Fonterra. This is reminder of previously small-scale food production.
- Train: The passenger service on the Auckland to Helensville line was in operation from 1881 to 1980 and again from 2008 to 2009, but the lack of long-term investment into public transport by local and national government rendered the service uneconomic.
- Harakeke: There was an important flax milling industry in the area in the late 1800s, making rope and twine, though flax has always been a vital resource for Māori and used for everything from clothing to shelter to food gathering tools.
Translation: This is the flax waving in the wind above the Kaipara
- Ruawai: The Ruawai steamer was in operation from 1915 to 1941, taking freight and passengers from Helensville to Dargaville. So many Aucklanders took their honeymoon on this boat that it was nicknamed “The Honeymoon Ship”.
- Tara-iti (New Zealand Fairy Tern): This is New Zealand’s rarest and most critically threatened bird. The Kaipara is host to one of the Tara-iti nesting sites.
- Henley House: This distinctive house was built in the 1880s and originally included a library for the settlers. The barcode is the ISBN label for the first book written about the area; “Kaipara, or Experiences of a Settler in North New Zealand” by P.W. Barlow.
- Kauri: This area was once heavily forested with kauri, which was cut down and milled for timber, or bled for gum, before the gum diggers came to the area to claim any gum still left. The current forest population is severely threatened by Kauri Dieback disease. Keep off kauri roots and clean your gear!
- Sand mine: Seabed mining continues our exploitation of natural resources to meet our material desires. This may be seen as a contemporary equivalent to the kauri tree.