Coffee Travels. August 2019.  A quick walk over K'Rd is the ‘The Secondhands’.  The bus-stop to the airport is outside this Queen Street store.  Off to the most regular of coffee destinations, Wellington.  It is easy to get there by airplane, and easy to walk around when there.

Wellington is where the New Zealand coffee house came together, between 1939 and 1979.  The capital still holds its own, with both the largest and most bustling hospitality venues where coffee is the main offering.

And then there is every other size, shape of place where serving a good coffee is essential.

A new combination in hospitality is alcohol, food and coffee .  At Wellington airport.

In Cuba Street.  Esspressoholic; once purely caffeinated.

The Whistling Sisters has craft beer as the main offering but includes a full kitchen and they serve their own house blend coffee.

The brewery is separated by glass from the eatery.

Mezzanine bar and lounge.

Large open kitchen (in background).

Serving a well-made coffee.

Fidels, top of Cuba Street.  Some-things remain the same.  Their menu is made to match coffee.

Mana Marina Roasters, roast their own coffee with a table top roaster.

Fresh is best. The difference can be tasted.

Wellington’s street art, it’s a thing.

Mural by Askew One.  Rita Angus stares along Bond Street out to Willis Street where Suzy’s Coffee Lounge was from 1962 to 1986, a favourite of Rita's.  It was there she painted “At Suzy’s Coffee Lounge” in 1967.  The mural was based on a photograph of Rita Angus taken by Theo Schoon in 1947.

Meringue by Theo Schoon. 1963.  (Photo taken handheld under gallery lighting).  Theo Schoon, was exhibited at the Wellington City Gallery.  Amongst the retrospective a glorious, painted, portrait of Rita Angus done by Schoon, in 1942.  This painting, maybe, a masterpiece of New Zealand portraiture. Theo Schoon had his first solo exhibition at the French Maid Coffee House (1939 – 1952) on Lambton Quay. Rita Angus also had her first solo exhibition at the French Maid Coffee House.  The retrospective shows how Schoon's influence on New Zealand Modernism is undoubtable and that his artistic talent unquestionable.

A gourd, grown and carved by Theo Schoon.  Schoon was an appropriator of Maori Arts. He drew attention to the Polynesian line and Maori craft to the Pakeha fine art scene, especially those working in the international Modernism genre.  Schoon believed that the time of Maori–art had passed, and was not compatible with Modernism.  The contemporary work of artists such as Graham, Muru, Wilson and Paratini, makes a mock of Schoon ideas. He got that one way-wrong.

Cliff Whiting, carvings, and design, of Rongomaraeroa at Te Papa the National Museum of New Zealand.

(Photo taken handheld under gallery lighting)

Finale Bouquet. Installation by Nike Savvas, at Te Papa.

An interesting side trip to Wellington is the Te Awahou Riverside Cultural Park in Foxton.  A part of the park is the Oranjehof Dutch Connection Centre.  Oranjehof celebrates the contribution Dutch immigrants brought to the culture of Aotearoa, and also the continuing contribution of their descendants.

Beer degustation research project.  August 2019.  Beer from Urbanaut Brewing Company.

Police Action. August 2019.  A shooting, associated with the night club across the road, brought the attention of the police.  The victim was ‘seriously injured’.

The police worked the area for a few days.

Rock and Roll. August 2019

Cross Street Market. August 2019.

No cheese. August 2019. Kapati cheese in Shortland Street, Auckland, closes down.  The owner, Fonterra, the giant farmer’s co-operative, cannot manage consumer brands.

Fashion. August 2019.  Fashion shop in Newmarket with a poster of a handsome man.

Think before you speak. August 2019.  By Andrew Steele. In Karangahape Road.

‘Enhancement Treatment”.  August 2019.  The Karangahape Road area is being hit by two different construction works.  These works adversely effects adjacent business, especially hospitality.  The photograph above shows the ‘Enhancement Treatment’ at the Ponsonby Road end of Karangahape Road.

The project includes a slight realignment of the footpath, a new cycleway and road layouts.  They look to be going up to half a meter deep in places and are exposing utilities.

At the Symonds Street end of Karangahape Road the ‘Enhancement Treatment’ was to last two months.  Business proprietor’s have now been told it will take an extra two months. i.e. 100 % longer.

The other construction work soon to begin is the extension of the Auckland underground railway and related construction of the multi - level Karangahape Road Station.  This is a major engineering project, unprecedented and will take years before all works  finish.

The changes to Cross Street will be large, and they are unknown by all parties. The changes will begin to happen very quickly once construction and tunnelling, gets underway. Once finished the street will become predominantly pedestrian as the exits / entrances for the station face into Cross Street.  Cross Street and its environs are about to become a very different place.  The changes will not happen incrementally but in quantum’s.