Today I'm celebrating this beautiful city which (for now) I get to call home. I've lived in Auckland for 2.5 years now and there are still surprises everywhere.
My absolute favourite thing about Auckland is that it's not hard to find adventure, there is so much to explore, there is beauty everywhere.
I love that Auckland has so much coastline, so many beaches, you're never more than 20 minutes from the sea. I love that Auckland has hills, volcanos, cliffs, where you can look out across the city or the sea. I love that there are so many parks, slices of paradise, in the middle of the city, and through every suburb!
I'm lucky to call Auckland home and I'm thrilled to be able to finish university in a few weeks and be able to discover more of the region!
Slay New Zealand 💖
In stark contrast to this peaceful photo, a 2 year old little girl died here in the fires used as a tool against Maori Political Protest, in pursuit of land and rights of the Maori people.
It’s a beautiful place, but it’s also a place with a sad history.
Don’t give up your fight for land justice and Tino Rangitirotanga Maori Community.... xxx
From Paihia, I returned to Auckland, where I had a chance to properly explore this time before setting off on my journey southwards.
The first evening back, I grabbed some food before wandering down to the harbour which was buzzing with folks kicking off their Friday night, and then up to Albert Garden, a nice park overlooking the city (📸 #1 ), before calling it a night. The Sky Tower was also lit up with some colours that really made it stand out (📸 #9 ). The next day, I met my friend Andrea who picked me up and showed me around her city, allowing me to get a true experience of what’s on offer. We kicked things off with a trip to a local food market, then we drove along the coast to one of the beaches that looks out into the harbour (📸 #2 &3), before heading to Bastion Point (📸 #5 ), a hill steeped in military history due to its incredible panoramic views that take in the city, the bay, and the surrounding area. While we were up there we had the chance to see some Maori folk taking their wedding photos which was quite cool! (📸 #4 )
After venturing back into the city (📸 #6 &7) and checking out some interesting neighbourhoods, I treated myself to a much-needed haircut and beard trimming after leaving both to grow significantly since leaving Ireland 3 months before 💇🏻♂️ The barber was so exhausted he needed Andrea to give him a hand (📸 #8 )! I left the barber feeling like a new, less homeless-looking man 😅 I have kept the beard though, so we’ll see how that goes!
Finally, we headed to nearby SKYCITY, a spot with restaurants, bar and hotels all based around the Sky Tower, where we spent the rest of the day and met up with some more friends!
Afternoon guys, found my artwork in the NZ Herald today, pretty stoked to see it's been used to portray Papatuanuku our earth mother, even though this is the painting I did in memory of our aunty Coleen Waata Urlich, to me they're one in the same 👍 thanks to the NZ Herald for using my image for this write up. #papatuanuku#aotearoa#newzealand#maori#maoriart