I travel to Picton to help Hamish move Saoirse to a slip at the Waikawa Bay Marina.
Saoirsa is a Steve Cox designed, Kauri Yacht, built in 1969 by Lional Jefcoat. She is to be taken out of the water for a make over.
In her class she is a combination of 140 years of single handed, ocean racing and cruising, technology and Kiwi ingenuity.
The weather didn’t play it’s part but I was able to have a good look around the area and catch up with what happened to Hamish’s carving after it was removed from the camp at Picton. Picton Camp – https://youtu.be/m_D1oZcBvXE
Hamish starts preparing the Kauri for the faces to be mounted on the cross beams of Stoney’s Waka.
As Fortune would Have It – Short handed offshore yachts
The mission was to get Saoirse onto the slip at Waikawa Marina. Bad weather and an act of fortune gave me another week hanging out with Hamish. I got to learn a bit more about Hamish and his boats while stranded on the Waikawa Bay Jetty.
I had my eyes opened at the Picton camp but not in the way most people would think. There was a loss of faith in the movement, too many tentacles reaching from every direction. I went to add my voice to the tide of discontent but a side current took me into deeper waters.
So we went sailing, of course.
Hamish told stories of voyaging in the Pacific and all the time Stoney Bourke was popping into my mind.
Stoney is building a Waitaha inspired New Zealand double hulled voyaging Waka. James Wharram designed this craft and called it Pahi 63.
Stoney has had to move the waka many times over the years. I was there to take a few photos on one such move in 2015.
Intrigued by Stoney’s waka project, it wasn’t long before I got word that Hamish was on the way to Bluff.
Stoney shared the story of the waka and how it came about. It’s a story that reaches back 2000 years and more.
Stoney spoke of ancient wisdom and Wiataha lore, more than one video could possibly tell.
This is the Story of Stoney’s waka and introducing Hamish to that story.
Hamish went home tasked with carving 12 faces, 6 male and 6 female, to go on the ends of the 6 cross beams.
On the 26 February 2022 I became part of the Convoy 2022 Straggle Muster from Bluff to Picton. I joined the convoy to show my concern regarding the inhumane and over reaching policies of this New Zealand Government.
The kindness and support given freely to us by New Zealanders was truly humbling.
I dedicate this video to the people.
Images of the police intervention at Parliament Grounds by Liberty Bytes
In mid October 2021 I had the opportunity to spend a weekend at West Arm of Lake Manapouri. This is where the West Arm Power Station is situated. This is a very beautiful and remote place in the Fiordland National Park. NZ. I stayed at the Meridian Lodge and had all weekend to wander around and explore the area, I even got to go down to the turbine room of the power station, thanks to the lovely staff at Meridian.
The view from the Spey River Bridge, at the lodge, was incredible. I wanted to get a good shot from the bridge. The forecast was for rain to come in and I didn’t know how long it would last. The light wasn’t very good but I decided to get a shot while I had the chance.
The rain did come in but it eased off a bit of for periods and I was able to get a second shot of the same frame. I tried an HDR set-up for this shot.
The waterfall behind the lodge was beautiful with the increased water flow.
Needless I say I was in my element and I documented my weekend in a video.
For more information on the West Arm Power Station check out the Wikipedia Page
I pick up my Journey in Hokitika where I catch up with the very start of the driftwood art competition. Then off down the coast to check out the condition of the Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers. I also visit the Treetop Walk and Cafe.
So grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy a relaxing scenic trip down the West Coast in glorious 4K. If you haven’t seen Part 1 of this trip yet A Journey Through Middle Earth
In January 2021, I travelled to Christchurch to visit friends. My idea was to travel up the East Coast then take a trip through middle earth, Christchurch to Greymouth over Arthurs Pass. Then home via the West Coast.
Canterbury is usually hot and dry and this year was no exception. The first morning I woke up to the most incredible sky. The clouds hung low in the hot still air but moved quickly across the sky, I made a post about it North Westerly Cloud Formation
Before setting off to the West Coast I had a small culvert to fix up. The culvert needed a footing put in but I didn’t video that part of the build. I time lapsed the the rest of the build and decide to add it to the video I made.
This first video covers the stone culvert build and then the journey over Arthurs Pass to Greymouth then onto Punakaiki. I wanted to capture the blowholes in action and high tide was just on dusk. It was dark by the time I got finished up with the blowholes and the camping ground was closed. I drove North until a large tree appeared on the skyline, this was where I parked up for a few hours.
The next morning was foggy but as I drove back toward Greymouth the fog started lifting and I was treated to a stunning West Coast day.
I recently installed GoPro mounts on the side windows of the van as well as the mount on the dash. It worked a treat and I was able to capture some absolutely breathtaking landscapes as I drove.
So grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy the trip through middle earth 🙂
I post a lot of my photos on Flickr so shoot over there and check them out 🙂