Thursday, March 29, 2012

FSO: Neglected Structures -

Ngarimu with my second Sister Elizabeth. She looks like my twin.

These are very privileged photos, they are not opened to the public. My friend Ngarimu took us to these gun emplacements and underground bunkers. The British took the land from the Maori people at Bastion Point. The land belongs to his people. His grand dad was the chief and he is a future chief. These structures take us a lot of land and are linked to one another. The Maoris had to "fight" the government to take this land back.

Coastal fortifications were constructed in New Zealand in two main waves. The first wave occurred around 1885 and was a response to fears of an attack by Russia. The second wave occurred during World War II and was due to fears of invasion by the Japanese.

The fortifications were built from British designs adapted to New Zealand conditions. These installations typically included gun emplacements, pill boxes, fire control or observation posts, camouflage strategies, underground bunkers, sometimes with interconnected tunnels, containing magazines, supply and plotting rooms and protected engine rooms supplying power to the gun turrets and searchlights. There were also kitchens, barracks, and officer and NCO quarters.

The Russians never came, and they were left to ruin. These was returned to the Maoris. A famous artist painted the walls, but were not maintained. Young Maori people on weekends hold parties.

An old Maori boat or Waka. They had to use a crane to lift the boat from the sea up to the cliff. It will cost a lot of money to rebuilt it.

An old mineral bath in Rotorua. Here is me in the middle with my oldest Sister Rose. Rotorua is a place almost every visitor to New Zealand visits. It is geothermal land.

An old barn at Mangere.

March 30: Neglected Structures - Abandoned or neglected places make interesting photos. Try to compose a photo to capture the feeling of abandonment.

link to Mr Linky at the Friday shoot out link below.


Louis la Vache said...

A fascinating post, Ann. «Louis» is particularly interested in World War II history.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Gosh, I think of a million things they could do with them if they were fixed up!

Suburban Girl said...

Very interesting history. Glad you got to tour it and share with us!

Pauline said...

Lucky you, Ann, to get those first shots.
I like the old barn at Mangere.

Unknown said...

Some great history here. I always love a history lessons. Great shots.

Jama said...

Fascinating history, Ann! the place should be preserved for future generation . The government didn't do anything to help preserve it?

Bagman and Butler said...

Thank you for the historical context. You were lucky to have a friend who could take you a place of such great significance.

GingerV said...

the last photo is very nice. I love the history and my fav is the photo of you and your sister.

geothermal land. are they trying to develope geothermal electricity?

EG CameraGirl said...

All very good choices, Ann! I was especially interested in learning about the bunkers.

Kim, USA said...

You are lucky to see these historical place. Thanks for sharing too.


Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Indeed, I am very lucky to become Ngarimu's. Some people are surprised how I got to know an important person. May be one day, he may become the Prime Minister of New Zealand. they tell me.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Indeed, I am very lucky to become Ngarimu's friend. Some people are surprised how I got to know an important person. May be one day, he may become the Prime Minister of New Zealand, they tell and tease me. missing the word***friend**** in last comment.