Life here in Tauranga, with time, has increasingly become more familiar with a feeling of belonging. You could say like a pair of well-used shoes, more home-like and less smelly than shoes, and more alive as we look for opportunities to participate in life, despite the cling of Covid and the Squires cancer battle.
Monthly trips to Auckland
Yes, the Squire must still have regular meetings with specialists in Auckland and Tauranga. One of the more pleasant aspects of making the most of these trips is to head outdoors and explore what Auckland does best – it’s parks and reserves.
A gentle walk up to the One Tree summit – without the one tree
Quite a few significant happenings can occur over three months. One, in particular, stands out regarding our local landscape: the demolition of buildings. Once sighted, then the next week, a distant memory. Let’s hope more of us have the patience and the foresight to see it as a positive, and I believe it will be when it’s all done and dusted.
As you know, I head in many more directions than the Squire in any given week, so for now, I am the teller of demolition stories. It never occurred to me to dwell on how easy it is for our environment to alter quickly. Then there is mother nature, and wow, when she has a hissy fit, all hell breaks loose, with floods damaging a significant area of the North and South Islands. The Squire says there are quite a few redheads now grey that can equally cause havoc if the truth is to be told.
To keep the local’s chin held high and to stay positive with all the upheaval which occurs with change, the council has encouraged artists to display their art by creating murals and contemporary outdoor artworks.
The latest contribution during this winter was the construction of “Midnight Sun” by Sara Hughes. Her stunning artwork comprises 96 individual panels of glass together, creating a total of 260sqm. The artwork is suspended above the former Willow St bus shelter. It wraps around the wall and front of Tauranga Art Gallery to Wharf St, creating a beautiful corridor of coloured light for us central city-dwellers.
Sara Hughes creates public artworks to be inclusive of people of all ages and backgrounds.
“At its essence, Midnight Sun is about a sunset that never sets, it’s about holding on to that feeling you get watching a sun sink toward the horizon. That is a universal experience, something everyone has experienced.
A positive, vibrant gesture to a city undergoing significant social and physical changes.
On our wintery mornings, which were sometimes cold and wet, and sometimes as sunny as summer, I gave thanks for trees on every one of those warmer mornings. When the cold was more apparent, I found it easier to up the pace a notch or two, even when the rain made my nose feel like a ski ramp for those annoying raindrops. It was refreshing, and I felt alive being outdoors, pushing my boundaries further by getting fitter. Other times, I was nursing overstretched hamstrings and a back that screamed “No more” more than once.
It’s not always the scenery nor the distraction of the more finely-tuned runner in front of me. There are numerous quirky local moments while out, like the young woman walking and reading a book simultaneously, which beats holding onto a phone, I suppose. Not unlike the story of the Squire riding his cycle to school on a metal countryside road while reading his comic book. Funny how the present ignites a past story.