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Photo-Essay: Time And Tide

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Photo-Essay: Time and Tide. The Great South Auckland Basin, a place that politicians have so often taken for granted, but to ascend to power have always needed its votes.

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Photo-Essay: Time and Tide. The Great South Auckland Basin, a place that politicians have so often taken for granted, but to ascend to power have always needed its votes.

The Great South Auckland Basin. Politicians have so often taken it for granted, but have always needed its votes.

The Great South Auckland Basin. Politicians have so often taken it for granted, but have always needed its votes.

WattleDowns: Comfortably affluent and rightfully a Manurewa sub-suburb, but now its an open-gated alcove, and, a jewel in the crown of Judith Collins’ expanding Papakura electorate.

WattleDowns, where Manurewa's Coxhead Road ends.

WattleDowns, where Manurewa’s Coxhead Road ends.

Manurewa's version of Checkpoint Charlie: Enter WattleDowns, it's not a gated entrance, but CCTV watches who comes and goes.

Manurewa’s version of Checkpoint Charlie: Enter WattleDowns, it’s not a gated entrance, but CCTV watches who comes and goes.

The alcove: WattleDowns, land-locked to Manurewa but  connected by tide to Judith Collins' Papakura electorate.

The alcove: WattleDowns, land-locked to Manurewa but connected by tide to Judith Collins’ Papakura electorate.

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Takanini, A place estranged from political representation.

The Forgotten Suburb: Takanini, squeezed between Manurewa and Papakura has so often been denied political representation, and so often has become the neglected suburb.

The Forgotten Suburb: Takanini, squeezed between Manurewa and Papakura has so often been denied political representation, and so often has become the neglected suburb.

The Forgotten Suburb: Black flags fly on land where the St Aidan's Presbyterian Church once stood.

The Forgotten Suburb: Black flags fly on land where the St Aidan’s Presbyterian Church once stood.

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Takanini, the Papakura electorate’s forgotten suburb. A place of land banking and political neglect.

Progress? After ten years of land-banking, a sector of the old Takanini Race Track has finally been prepared for sale.

Progress? After ten years of land-banking, a sector of the old Takanini Race Track has finally been prepared for sale.

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Progress? The remainder of the old Takanini Race Track - a place where champion Thoroughbred racehorses like Uncle Remus, Bonecrusher and Sunline once trained, lies in ruins, waiting for a day when the rising price of demand will satisfy those who own the supply.

Progress? The remainder of the old Takanini Race Track – a place where champion Thoroughbred racehorses like Uncle Remus, Bonecrusher and Sunline once trained, lies in ruins, waiting for a day when the rising price of demand will satisfy those who own the supply.

Progress? This earth at Takanini Track once provided the energy for champion Thoroughbred racehorses like Uncle Remus, Bonecrusher and Sunline. It now provides the sustenance for gorse, wooly nightshade, ragwort, and massive future profits for its owners.

Progress? This earth at Takanini Track once provided the energy for champion Thoroughbred racehorses like Uncle Remus, Bonecrusher and Sunline. It now provides the sustenance for gorse, wooly nightshade, ragwort, and massive future profits for its owners.

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Three thousand year old swamp Kauri crushed into the earth where the Takanini Race Track once was.

Three thousand year old swamp Kauri crushed into the earth where the Takanini Race Track once was.

Three thousand year old swamp Kauri unearthed and left amongst the gorse by land developers where Takanini Race Track once stood.

Three thousand year old swamp Kauri unearthed and left amongst the gorse by land developers where Takanini Race Track once stood.

The Old Papaukra Military Camp.

Progress? Papakura Military Camp in 2013.

Progress? Papakura Military Camp in 2013.

Papakura Military Camp in 2013.

Papakura Military Camp in 2013.

The Sport of Kings: Now derelict, these places once housed international champions, horses whose names still conjure up a sense of national pride.

LandBanking-Takanini-Ardmore. Derelict and decayed. There's nothing much left of Takanini's racehorse industry now.

LandBanking-Takanini-Ardmore. Derelict and decayed. There’s nothing much left of Takanini’s racehorse industry now.

LandBanking-Takanini-Ardmore. Derelict and decayed. There's nothing much left of Takanini's racehorse industry now.

LandBanking-Takanini-Ardmore. Derelict and decayed. There’s nothing much left of Takanini’s racehorse industry now.

LandBanking-Takanini-Ardmore. Derelict and decayed. Inside the stables, all that's left now is straw and dung.

LandBanking-Takanini-Ardmore. Derelict and decayed. All that’s left inside the stables is straw and dung.

LandBanking-Takanini-Ardmore. Derelict and decayed. Wooly nightshade flourishes where champion racehorses once grazed.

Empty Chairs and Empty Tables: Derelict and decayed. Wooly nightshade flourishes where champion racehorses once grazed.

LandBanking on the road from Takanini to Ardmore.

LandBanking on the road from Takanini to Ardmore.

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Takanini development: The rich fertile nine-metre-deep peat Yakanini topsoil gives way to heavy industry.

Takanini development: The rich fertile nine-metre-deep Takanini peat topsoil gives way to heavy industry.

The last few of Takanini's racehorses make a stand beneath trees and crane.

The last few of Takanini’s racehorses make a stand beneath trees and crane.

Fields of Gold: Historical places at risk of being lost.

Amidst The LandBanked Fields: Preserved (hopefully forever) in remembrance - a plaque reminds those who choose to read it that the first controlled flight in New Zealand took place on this field in 1911 by the Walsh Brothers in their aircraft Manurewa.

Amidst The LandBanked Fields: Preserved (hopefully forever) in remembrance – a plaque reminds those who choose to read it that the first controlled flight in New Zealand took place on this field in 1911 by the Walsh Brothers in their aircraft Manurewa.

Amidst The LandBanked Fields: Preserved (hopefully forever) in remembrance - a plaque reminds those who choose to read it that the first controlled flight in New Zealand took place on this field in 1911 by the Walsh Brothers in their aircraft Manurewa.

Amidst The LandBanked Fields: Preserved (hopefully forever) in remembrance – a plaque reminds those who choose to read it that the first controlled flight in New Zealand took place on this field in 1911 by the Walsh Brothers in their aircraft Manurewa.

Amidst The LandBanked Fields: Preserved (hopefully forever) in remembrance - a plaque reminds those who choose to read it that the first controlled flight in New Zealand took place on this field in 1911 by the Walsh Brothers in their aircraft Manurewa.

Amidst The LandBanked Fields: Preserved (hopefully forever) in remembrance – a plaque reminds those who choose to read it that the first controlled flight in New Zealand took place on this field in 1911 by the Walsh Brothers in their aircraft Manurewa.

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