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I don’t recall where I read it, but near my work is a main road called Wairau Road. Back in the day (the very old days) Wairau river ran through the area. Like a lot of areas in Auckland, we have various forms of reclaimed land – both from the ocean, but also by channelling, controlling or eliminating natural rivers and streams. The main street in Auckland CBD once had a river running down it also. All have largely been lost with building urbanisation and development.

Today’s snap is of the now controlled stream in the Wairau Valley. Flowing out to the ocean, it is essentially a large open drain now days.

Shot on my Sony Nex at 18mm, in post processing via Gimp I converted to black and white and made the image a little more contrasty.

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