Mount Crawford Prison, Wellington, NZ, Nov 2012: Mount Crawford (or Wellington prison) was closed in mid November 2012 after 85 years of operation. The jail on Miramar Peninsula was built by prisoners themselves in 1927, using concrete blocks made with sand from Wellington’s South Coast. The weekend after the closure, the Department of Corrections opened the doors to the public for a rare opportunity to view the macabre and historic features of one New Zealand’s oldest and most notorious prisons. I arrived just as the last public were allowed access, so found the place virtually void of life. I didn’t hang around long in case I was inadvertently locked in forever… There’s an interesting video here.
New Plymouth Powerstation, Taranaki, Oct 2012: The New Plymouth Powerstation was constructed in the early 1970′s to meet the rising demand for electricity in New Zealand.
Upon completion in 1972, the Powerstation chimney was the tallest man made structure in NZ- standing at 198 metres. It contains over 16,000 tonnes of concrete, 1200 tonnes of reinforcing steel and almost one million bricks.
The chimney has been off-limits for some time, since the discovery of asbestos inside it.
At the main entrance-way, the spiral staircase winds up and around an unusual warrior-engineer carving, gifted in the 1980′s.
The Powerstation operated for over 30 years untill it was decomissioned in 2007. It is now up for sale.. The steel alone that make up the plant, is estimated to be valued at over 10 million dollars.
The main control-room inhabits a vast room with the five individual retro styled control stations. You could be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled onto a vintage James Bond set, circa Goldfinger…
Whanganui, New Zealand, Sept 2012: This former Hospital and rest home in Wanganui was closed in 2003. The buildings remain in fairly good order despite spots of vandalism. It’s quite a large facility with nice grounds and location right on the Whanganui river. It’s current status and future is unknown…