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Scarves on Statues – Henry Atkinson

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here]

Titirangi is amongst my favourite suburbs of Auckland. Nestled high in the Waitakere Ranges, the houses are all buried deep in native bush, each one mostly private and isolated from its neighbours. They cling to the sides of the slopes with sweeping tree canopy views that make it seem like you are living in the middle of the wilderness, yet you are in reality only 15-20 minutes from the city’s CBD outside of rush hour.

The father of Titirangi is said to be Henry Atkinson, (not to be confused with Harry Atkinson who was four times Premier of New Zealand in the 1800s), a civil and water engineer who came to New Zealand in 1863 to supervise the construction and management of the Auckland Gas Works and fell in love with the area. He purchased big blocks of bush-clad paradise that contained what we now know as some of our most beautiful regional parks and the water catchment areas that supply our city with the vast bulk of its water supply – all donated back to the people of Auckland as his legacy.

Speaking of water catchment, Romanisti the world over are hoping and praying that yesterday’s 4-zip demolition of Siena was a sign that the floodgates have opened and the late season surge is on towards an unlikely Champions League spot.

Henry seems to think so anyway.


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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots sports photography enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent football club on earth - A.S. Roma.

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