Remains In St Bathans

Bravery Will Have It’s Reward

I’m rather fond of old buildings and their history, there’s something deeply fascinating about them and going through the process of discovery. This is the former school at St Bathans which was closed in 1949 with a roll of 7. At its peak the school roll reached 40 pupils but as the gold rush in St Bathans died and prospectors moved on, the school roll declined. The stone building was built in 1875 using a ninety-pound grant from the Otago Education Board and a Grand Ball was held to mark it’s opening.

It’s hard to imagine how cold the stone building must have been in winter with just an open fireplace to fight against the cold of Central Otago where ink sometimes froze in the inkwells on the desks. The building (which is heritage-listed) was recently on the market with a 3187 square-metre section for $185,000.


Bravery will have it’s reward – Buy


Shhhhhh …. Quiet Please

In Existence, All The Morning Absorbing.

It’s quite absorbing to walk through a town first thing in the morning before everyone has woken up. I always feel like I have to whisper in case I wake someone up! This is Oban on Stewart Island at about 5:30/6am in the morning on the last day of 2016. We ended the day at the South Seas Hotel which is the two story building with the red roof you can see in the distance which was a very lively place to end the year.


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Volcanic Light

When The Night Turns To Day.

This was a crazy sunrise that happened over several days in a row while heading through East Otago. It was when there was a volcanic eruption in another part of the world (South America I think) and the morning and evening light was super intense. Whether the light at sunrise and sunset was affected by an eruption so far away I’m not sure. It might have been a coincidence, but it was quite a morning show whatever caused it.


When the night turns to day – Buy


Tunnel Of Green

Through This Darkness To The Break Of The Day.

I’ve driven past this tunnel countless times but only ever stopped once. It’s in the Manuka Gorge on the way to Lawrence and Central Otago and is known as the Mount Stuart Tunnel. It’s an amazing 442 meters long and dates back to the 1870’s. Both entrances are surrounded by a lovely bush that gives a beautiful green glow that bounces off the wall’s and the trickle of water on the ground. 

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Blue Rain by Alistair Te Ariki Campbell

Blue Rain

A bit of poetry from Alistair Te Ariki Campbell for Friday.

Blue Rain
Blue rain from a clear sky.
Our world a cube of sunlight —
but to the south
the violet admonition
of thunder.

Innocent as flowers
your eyes with their thick lashes
open in green surprise.

What have we to fear?
Frost and a sharp wind
reproach us,
and a tall sky pelts the roof
with blue flowers.

You and I in bed, my love,
heads leaning together,
merry as thieves
eating stolen honey —
what have we to fear
but a borrowed world
collapsing all about us
in blue ruins?

By Alistair Te Ariki Campbell


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Tautuku Boardwalk

But When The Memories Drift

This image reminds me of a dream or at least that dream-like feeling when you’re not really asleep but not really awake. To me, looking out across the reeds and down stream it feels like I’m looking at a  prehistoric scene. I took this at the end of the Tautuku Boardwalk just before the half-light of evening took hold and the sky seemed to change it’s mood.


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Remembering Aramoana

Out Of The Blue

If ever the term “the peace was shattered” applies to a place or village, then Araomana, 38 years ago today must surely be it. The news media around New Zealand on the 14th November 1990 was fixated on the tiny, seaside village  where 13 people died by being shot by local David Gary over a 23 hour period.

Today there is a lovely memorial to remember those 13 people with the words: Loving memories of those who died at Aramoana on 13th November 1990.
In memory of: Garry Holden, Jasmine Holden, Rewa Bryson, Jim Dickson, Tim Jamieson, Vic Crimp, Leo Wilson, Dion Percy, Ross Percy, Vanessa Percy, Aleki Tali, Chris Cole, Sgt. Stu Guthrie.


Aramoana Spit: From the heart with love – Buy


Spectators watch the 2017 South Island surfing championships held at Aramoana – Buy

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Upon The Light Of A New Dawn.

Stewart Island is a wonderful place and the great thing is the whole town of Oban is completely walkable. This means that if you’re chasing a sunrise you don’t have to travel to far in the dark, early morning hours. This is the sunrise I caught over Halfmoon Bay on one morning on the stunning and amazing Stewart Island.


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Tobins Track

Of Time Is Lost

The walk up (and up and up) Tobins Track in Arrowtown is an extremely worthwhile walk that rewards you with outstanding views of the Wakatipu Basin.  I did it with friends one hot, January evening in summer but half way up we got a little side tracked with a path leading to the crumbling remains of this hidden hut deep in the bush.


Of time is lost, but all remain  – Buy