Shot of broken windows, and damaged masonry, disused hangar, Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Caught in the evening light. Disused hangar, Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

Hobsonville Point is a greenfield “community” being constructed on  a former RNZAF (Royal New Zealand Air Force) base near where I live in Auckland. Its growth is rapid, with new roads and houses springing up daily. Within the development are a number of old buildings that formed part of the base — barracks, officer housing, hangars and workshops.

One hangar is currently plastic-wrapped and obviously being refurbished. Another — shown above — is fenced off and has workmen on site. Since February, the roof has been removed, exposing the building’s steel skeleton. I assumed the hangar was being demolished, but the Big T thinks the work is too careful. Perhaps it too will be given a second lease of life.

Either way, the daily change in its profile is fascinating to watch and photograph.

Morning mist. Disused hangar, Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

Morning mist. Disused hangar, Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

Steel skeleton of disused hangar, Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Shot at sunset with the sun behind the building. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

Skeleton beyond the wire. The sun sets behind a disused hangar, Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

Skeleton behind the wire at sunset. Disused hangar, Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

Skeleton beyond the wire. The sun sets behind a disused hangar, Hobsonville Point, Auckland. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

This post was written for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

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Last days, or new beginning: an old hangar at Hobsonville Point

28 thoughts on “Last days, or new beginning: an old hangar at Hobsonville Point

    • Hi Terry. Yes, I just hope that that money men decide to repurpose rather than demolish. These large hangars would make fantastic communal spaces — so necessary in a brand-new development that needs to build “community” from scratch.

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    • Thanks so much Sally. I think part of what draws me to this place is my ambivalence about what is happening in the area and a desire to find as much beauty in the transformation as I can.

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    • Thanks Raewyn. It’s utterly unrecognisable now, and I have quite mixed feelings about it. One one hand I hate the way Auckland is growing so fast, but on the other, at least Hobsonville Point appears better designed that so many other new developments. 🙂

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    • I feel the same! Every time I go through Hobsonville Pt. things have changed (mostly new housing, so not for the better). But there are good things too, like bikes that can be borrowed to ride around the area, public art, a weekend market and a community garden. I’m cautiously optimistic!

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      • Like weeds! The old hangar sits in the middle of an area that was part airfield, part farm land until about four years ago. The plan is for 3000 new homes over the next few years. And it’s only one of several developments on that scale around the city. When I was a child, most of the fruit and vegetables my mother bought were grown locally. Now all of the market gardens are gone — replaced by houses occupied by people who need to eat and have to buy their food from elsewhere. Is it just me, or does that sound insane to you too?

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