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.
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.
This War of the Worlds-esque tripod crane is the last remaining of its kind on the Wellington waterfront. There were once nine of these along Glasgow Wharf. Tripod cranes were in use throughout the world until outmoded by the introduction of container shipping in the 1960’s. Shot and edited in 1080p full HD by Gunner.
Until quite recently, this glass factory a few hours out of Sofia, Bulgaria had conveyor belts loaded with bottles in-the-making, (to use a cliche) frozen in time. Now only a shell remains. (And now for another cliche.) Time marches on. Shot and edited in 4K ultra high definition by Gunner.
Judging by the artefacts left, it is clear that this office building a few hours out of Sofia, Bulgaria, made good use of its proximity to the neighbouring glass factory. The factory is now all but gone: a shell of what it once was. But next door stands a fulsome, crumbling archive of studious human endeavour that ceased as soon as the economics dictated otherwise. Shot and edited in 4K ultra high definition by Gunner.