I was in Manurewa township today to give a talk on Chinese history in Auckland to a U3A group. Heading from the train station there, I took a walk along Great South Road to get to the St Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall -- and spotted wonderful wall murals outside the post office on the way.
The Manurewa Business Association paid Dog Ford to do up the town in his own special style in 2010.
This particular couple, so three-dimensional, yet they are just colours on a small piece of wall, overlooking the historic Great South Road.
This is labelled as someone wearing 1928-style postal uniform. I don't think he'll have much luck getting that wood pigeon to carry the message ...
And no, the pigeon doesn't too impressed ...
While I was taking these photos, a local came up to me, and enthusiastically encouraged me to look around the corner for more murals. So very cool to see the locals proud of the art in their township that they're pointing it out to visitors.
Around the corner -- surreality.
Followed by a glimpse into a NZ forest.
Okay, I thought, got to get going to my appointment. But, what happens? I spot the war memorial outside Manurewa School.
Yes, I did finally get to the church hall, and had a great morning with the group there. Afterward, I walked back to the station, via Station Road. And ... more murals.
Beautiful day, beautiful township, art and memory along an old road full of history.