Picturesque Te Aro in Wellington
Situated opposite Te Aro Park in Wellington CBD, Mark Kendall Shoes enjoys the local environment. Things are not always picturesque, and sometimes they are. We thought we’d show you some photos of the local environs in all its forms of life.
Apart from a an ongoing sense of constancy and constant change, it was when the Pohutukawa tree across in Te Aro Park started to blossom its bright crimson flowers that inspiration to start this web page began.
Pohutukawa Tree in blossom at Te Aro Park
This Pohutukawa Tree has been in “Te Aro Park”, since the park was called “Pigeon Park”, and who knows, it may have been there well before. Though the Park has been landscaped, and re-landscaped, and the footpath been re-done on both sides of the tree, it has survived and continues to provide shade, shelter and beauty to this mini haven in the city.
The “Man Tree”
The tree in the foreground with lighter foliage is in front of the Opera House. Its branches were cut right back to the trunk several months ago. We are not sure if it was vandalism, or if it was planned. But the the trunk was not removed by the council.
Then somebody carved a man’s face on the saw cut at the top of the trunk, which was left to stand. The style of the carving of the man’s face was like Maori or Polynesian modern style.
Small sprouts started to grow around the cut, and now they are growing longer, like the man is now coming to life hair.
We call this “The Man Tree”, but you might think of a better name, perhaps the “Artist-Tree” or the “Ances-Tree”, or the “Tree-Fella”.
The Photo was taken early in the Summer of 2018 to 2019. The Pohutukawa tree blossoms profusely when the Summer is going to be hot. This one is beginning to indicate a warm Summer for Wellington.
The photo is looking towards the south, from the Opera House side of Manners Street. Dixon Street is on the other side of Te Aro Park. On the right, there is the mural painted on the public toilet arcade block. Further to the right, out of the picture, is The Oaks complex, which fronts onto Cuba Mall on the other side of the block. The left side of the photo is towards Taranaki Street intersection with Dixon St, Manners St, and Courtenay Place. To the south, behind the Pohutukawa tree, is where the original Hannah’s shoe factory used to be. The Hannah’s factory was renovated about ten years ago to form an apartment community, which is situated in the interior of the city block. So it makes for a quiet secluded living space, accessed by a narrow lane which pass through the block to Ghuznee Street on the other side.