Welcome to my town
This is a face that is more than a landmark to this community, it is part of our culture and heritage.

The brief:   Photograph a landmark. You can capture all or part of it; place it in the foreground and make it your focal point; or include it in the background.  We challenge you to surprise us, and to present the landmark through your eyes.

Standing proud
Standing proud

I live in rural New Zealand, in an old swamp where it is quite flat.  We don’t have any of the wonders of the world in our neck of the woods.  Landmarks are kinda few and far between in my immediate vicinity.  So I had to head into town for something, while not a globally recognisable icon, locally folks would say – hey that’s that carving from down by the fire station, across the road from the pub.

Tamakae and the NZ Flag
Tamakae stands beneath not one, but three Kiwi flags that wave proudly in the wind.

I did think about using the old abandoned supermarket as this often gets used when directions are being given.  “ok you go down past the old supermarket and then turn left at the T junction.”  As an instruction this is pretty useless, because if you were familiar enough with the area to know about the old supermarket, then you wouldn’t need directions.  But it is just an abandoned and not that old building that doesn’t have any redeeming features at all.

Tamakae's eyes
The town is watched over by the original cultivator of this area

I thought about the clock tower and the controversy when it was painted blue, but it stands starkly in the middle of town and to be honest I didn’t want to be seen lying all over the pavement in the centre of town, trying to get the best shot of something everyone looks at but takes for granted.  I shouldn’t be such a coward.

A hard working, honest young man
A hard working, honest young man

The carving on the other hand is pretty cool and begs to have its picture taken and is even related to gardening.  Tamakae was a cultivator and provider.  This says more about our community than the passing of time in an old building or a newish clock.  It says we are rooted in this community that has stood for a very long time, longer than me – we have only been here seven years but feel like part of the fabric of something that is beyond us.  We are where we are meant to be just as much as the original occupants.  Cultures and heritages come together in this place and emerge as a somewhere to be proud of and a people to love belonging to.

it is all about love
While he may look fierce, his is a story about love.

This landmark may be a humble carving in the heart of a small community, but it marks this land as something wonderful.

The Moko (facial tattoo) is a visual language that connects the wearer to their whakapapa (genealogy).

You can find out more about Tamakae >HERE< 

Iconic images
I had to add this. This wonderful weather forecaster is way more accurate than the boffins and behind it at the end of the estuary is the steel mill, one of the largest employers in our community.


    1. Thanks Julie. It was such a windy day, and I just kept taking photos hoping at least one of them would catch them moment when you could see the flag at it’s best!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

    1. Hi there. I did a bit of research around him to make my post and was please to see he was a gardener, mind you this community is a large horticultural and agricultural area so he is perfect. The weather stone seems to be way more accurate than the boffins at the weather office at the moment.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

  1. This has to be my favorite posting for the day (and I’m at least half way across the world from New Zealand.
    Almost made that choice to do with the local fashion mall, what you almost did with the supermarket. Thankfully not.
    Have the opposite situation where I’m from. Too many landmarks. You did exceptionally well not to be cliche or typical.
    Thanks for additional inspiration.

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