Weekend in Patea

I spent last weekend in Patea, a small town in South Taranaki – it’s one of those places I had driven through any number of times but only ever stopped for an hour or two… Spending three days there gave me the chance to go exploring, shoot some photos and timelapse as well as do some recording. I’ll post some of the sounds I recorded in the next day or two, but for a start heres a little virtual visit to Patea…

In many ways Patea is most well known for the hit song from 1984 Poi-E by the Patea Maori Club, which Taika also re-enacted at the end of the film BOY

So it was kind of nice to find this building on the main street of Patea!

Patea

Patea

Patea

Patea

Back in the day Patea was a hugely prosperous town, with an economy largely fed by a large freezing works which was built on the banks of the river that runs through the town. But the freezing works closed down in 1982 and all that remains is this slightly surreal mini museum, and the ruins of the freezing works

Patea

Patea

I instantly recognised that large wheel, as on another trip I had stopped at the ruins of the old freezing works in Patea to shoot photos and do some recording…. time to revisit it!

Patea

Patea

Patea

Patea

Patea

Next I headed to the beach as I had read of the wreck of an old ship that has been slowly emerging from the sand over the last few years: “The Patea Co-operative Freezing Company’s steamer Waitangi, which was used to transport Taranaki meat, ran on to the rocks on the western side of Patea mole on May 5, 1923”

Patea

Patea

As dusk fell the beach became more & more beautiful – I set a timelapse going using the holy grail method & while it clicked away I started shooting with my little point & shoot camera

Patea

Patea

Patea

So these are the tourist shots, next I’ll post what I was really here for – to shoot long exposure photos and to experiment with long exposure timelapse…

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