The tanning of leather for footwear production in New Zealand was, until the mid 1980’s, protected by tariffs which raised the price of imported footwear. Global trade pressure prevailed, however, and the 1990’s saw New Zealand tanneries shift to selling at international leather fairs, with China and the United States becoming the most significant markets. The global financial crisis of 2008/9 and subsequent instability has seen consumers buying fewer leather-clad pieces of furniture, and making their footwear last longer. This tannery seems to have succumbed under the pressure, along with other similar facilities throughout New Zealand and Australia. Shot and edited in 1080p full HD by Gunner.
1997 may have been “excellent”, but by 1998 the last resident at this psychiatric hospital which had operated since 1912 had been moved out to community care in a process known as deinstitutionalisation. When the hospital was at its peak, it held over one thousand patients and operated its own farm, bakery, laundry and clothes-making facilities. For many, admittance into the hospital was lifelong, as evidenced by an onsite graveyard containing the remains of 500 patients who passed away prior to 1969. Shot and edited in 1080p full HD by Gunner.
This chimney is part of a meat freezing works that operated between 1890 and 1987 on a site spanning 26 acres. It only operated independently for 6 years before being taken over by its major creditor, the National Mortgage and Agency Company of New Zealand. In 1940 it began its second half-century under the ownership of Manchester’s Co-operative Wholesale Society. With demolition well underway, one wonders if this chimney will be the last feature to be erased off the landscape. Shot and edited in 1080p full HD by Gunner.
It feels somewhat ironic that this industrial site is classed as a Category I Historic Place. What is being commemorated includes: the unregulated 1930’s; the polluting of a nearby stream and lake with the deliberate discharge of poisonous byproducts including phenols, ammonia and hydrocarbons; the amassing onsite of 15,000 cubic metres of waste liquid and sludge; and a massive cleanup operation in the early 1990’s which – without the dedication of many volunteers – would have cost $4-5 million if repeated today. Shot and edited in 1080p full HD by Gunner.
This 600 MW thermal power station has dominated the landscape since its construction in 1972, with a 90 foot tall chimney made from 16,400 tonnes of concrete, 1200 tonnes of reinforcing steel and almost 1,000,000 bricks. Decommissioned in 2007, its demolition is now well underway, relegating the environments captured on video here to mere memories. Shot and edited in 1080p full HD by Gunner.
Standing at 95 metres (312 ft), this is the tallest viaduct in Australasia. It took seven years to construct from 1930 due to unanticipated delays caused by the 1929 stock market crash and the Depression, and the 1931 Hawkes Bay earthquake. Its first use was for road traffic after large-scale flooding in April 1938 partly washed away the road bridge, and then it was dedicated to its intended purpose for trains. Shot and edited in 1080p full HD by Gunner.