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Encompassing central Auckland

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Jess Romhany

on 1 March 2013

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Transcript of Encompassing central Auckland

Auckland Auckland central Mt. Victoria Central Auckland Resources Change Interaction Patterns Urbanisation Change Key process- Gentrification Change Freemans Bay When we visited Collingwood street in Freemans Bay, we saw the result of an important concept, Gentrification. Gentrification is the process of wealthy people moving into a poorer area and buying the area to renovate it. The process of gentrification often increases the value prices of the houses in the area therefore pushing poorer and less wealthy families out.
Freemans Bay used to not be a very wealthy area and was inhabitated by gangs. Young people that were quite wealthy at the time saw potential in Collingwood street since it was so close to the Auckland CBD and decided that it was worth buying. This caused residents living in Collingwood street to be rated out due to the fact that the houses were renovated and the rates rose meaning that they could no longer afford to live on the street. An example of one of the groups that got pushed out was the gang, The King Cobras. The King Cobras are currently one of New Zealand's biggest gangs. Another important process that we saw in Freeman'sBay was the process of change. This was seen in the change of old housing to modern housing. For example we saw no. 38 Collingwood street still had some of its original features going back to 120-130 years ago. These included wooden window frames, weatherboard and the house was slightly bigger. However some things were new such as the modern garage which was installed due to the introduction of cars into the country. This house was very different compared to its neighbor, number 42 which was reasonably new and was a much more modern design. This had stucco instead of weatherboard, aluminium window frames and also a wooden balcony. When we visited Mount Victoria we saw that the concept of change had occurred as we looked over Auckland's CBD and surrounding harbour. The major change that we noticed was land reclaimed from the Waitemata harbour. We saw the container wharf as being a sign of human interaction because of the strait and perfect shape that the wharf had. Another concept that we noticed when looking at the Auckland CBD was the concept of patterns. We noticed certain patterns in the middle of the CBD (Queen street, Albert street and Simon street.) This was a dense cluster pattern in high rise buildings. As you looked futher away from the centre we noticed that the buildings got lower in height because the land there was not so expensive. When the land is more expensive such as in the central CBD area, you get more money back by building higher because there is more spaces to rent and cover costs. The concept of urbanisation was also evident when looking around Mt. Victoria. Just below where we were sitting we saw schools, houses, roads and shops. Also looking across the Waitemata harbour we saw houses and apartments along the hills and of the Waitakere ranges. We noticed that quite a lot of bush and vegetation had been cleared to make way for the residential uses. We noticed that in central Auckland a lot of unnatural and man-made resources such as metals , plastics, concretes etc. had been used to make pathways, bridges, buildings, boats, statues, apartments and many other features. This use of resources made the city look interesting and appealing. Human interaction has also occurred in both the making of the materials and the making of the features that the materials were used for. We also saw the concept of change in downtown Auckland and when we went to Victoria park. We noticed that a lot of land reclamation had occurred and this had had major changes on both the people living around these areas and also on the environment. In central Auckland change had occurred because of all of the man-made buildings and also the effect of urbanisation had happened which makes the city a lot more busy both for residential purposes and business purposes. In Victoria park there were quite a lot of features that were cultural. At first we thought that the large trees and the grass were natural features of the park but we soon learned that the grass was imported from overseas and that the trees had been planted in specific ways. At Victoria park some of the cultural features included trees, Cricket pitches and all of the reclaimed land. The road around us was also cultural. The atmosphere was also very cultural due to the variety of different ethnicities and also the people there. When we visited downtown Auckland we saw that there was a lot of interaction between people from different cultures and different ages. The average age of most of the people that we saw ranged from around teenagers to ages 70-80. There was also an interaction of both males and females with about the same amount of each gender in the food court area. There was also a large range of different ethnicities in the food court area. These included European, asian, pacific islander, indian and many more. This factor may have been influenced also by the two cruise ships that were in the harbour. We thought that maybe some of them were visiting tourists. The type of clothing that people were wearing ranged from casual clothing to business type clothing with suits etc. as well as summer clothing and uniform for either work or school. There was also a range of different shops including food shops, clothing shops and general stores. Collingwood street Older house - No. 38 Modern house - No. 42 Container wharf Wynyard Quarter and the viaduct When we were at the Auckland harbour we saw two of the princess cruise ships in the harbour Some pictures of the Princess cruise ships We also saw interaction not only between people but also between people and the land. A lot of land development and reclamation of land has occurred over the past couple of years in central Auckland. This was evident from land development such as the upgraded Wynyard Quarter and also the new high rise buildings etc. that have been put up in central Auckland and around the viaduct. Sketch of Central Auckland and Auckland CBD from Mt. Victoria Map of Auckland central Victoria park Some of the natural features at Wynyard quarter included:
- Water
Some of the cultural features included:
- Drawbridge
- Cafes/shops
- The wharf
- Boats Environment:
At Wynyard Quarter it was a very cultural environment with a lot of people around and also a lot of shops and cafes. There was also a lot of tourists taking pictures and visitors to the city.
Features that suggest human interaction:
- Drawbridge, shops, modern lifestyle, playground, boats and yachts, busy environment We think that this type of environment is sort of unique to Auckland because of the very multi-cultural environment that we have and the way that we interact with the land to adjust it to what we desire.
Although places similar to Wynyard Quarter can be found throughout Auckland, nothing is ever the same and this is Auckland's only city which makes it a unique feature. Is this type of environment unique to Auckland? Thanks for watching Natural features at the sight included:
- Mount Victoria which is originally a volcanic cone
- Some trees that were native to New Zealand such as Pohutukawa trees
Cultural features at the sight included:
- Houses
- Schools
- Grass and vegetation
- Roads
- Army bunker (that we were standing on)
- Pathways The natural environment at the site:
There was not much natural environment at the sight. There were a few trees (some native trees) that could have been there for a while but most of the vegetation had probably been cleared for the residential and business uses. Our weather observations from Mt. Victoria:
- Cloud cover; Reasonably cloudy with scattered cloud and around 25% cloud cover. Not much over Mt. Victoria
- Wind direction; North - Easterly
- Wind speed; Moderate
- Temperature; 22 degrees Celsius
- Precipitation; No rain or signs of rain, grass was brown at the top of Mt. Victoria which suggests that there has not been much rain for a while
- Other; There were some native trees around us such as Pohutukawa trees From Mt. Victoria we had a large view of both the city, the harbour and also the other things that surrounded us. In the Devonport area there were four major volcanic cones. These include Rangitoto Island, North head, Mt. Victoria and also Browns Island. 90 -100 years ago Freemans Bay would have been a slum area with multiple people living in one tiny house. It was a cramped environment and diseases and sicknesses spread easily. Through the process of gentrification, The neighborhood has been transformed into an upmarket neighborhood with most houses on Collingwood street being worth at least $1 million. This has all been based on the location and how they are so close to the CBD. Small houses on Collingwood street Extra pictures from Western park
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