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History Caught On Camera

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19 August 2008 - Two Unitec students have had the unique opportunity to capture on camera the transformation of Wynyard Quarter, and their images will be a legacy for future generations.

Rebekah Robinson and Leigh Bell are the first students to take part in the long term partnership between Sea+City Projects Ltd and UNITEC to document changes in the area over the next 25 years.

Their photographs are now available for viewing at the Sea City Projects Ltd website,

Sea+City Projects Ltd is charged with managing the revitalisation of the area formerly known as the Tank Farm, for Auckland Regional Holdings, in conjunction with the Auckland City Council and the Auckland Regional Council. Wynyard Quarter will be transformed in stages into a harbourside community with parks and plazas, apartments, shops and offices alongside the traditional marine and fishing industries. Each year Unitec students will have the chance to capture images of any part of the area which inspires them, such as local industries, people, places and events or design. The top student is also awarded a contract each year to document ten set positions within the project, which will be used to compare changes over time. They also get the advantage of a real-life learning experience by working in a commercial partnership with the Sea+City project team.

Both Rebekah and Leigh wanted to take part in the project because it gave them the opportunity to capture history, as well as a greater understanding of the area and how it will change.

"I thought the tanks were just industrial, defunct, monstrous beasts, but they're so impressive and it's great that some of them may stay," says Rebekah.

She also photographed some of the people who intermittently park their campervans on Wynyard Point overnight, capturing its social history.

Rebekah was also the top student awarded the contract to take the series of photographs from the 10 set positions.

Leigh took more than 650 photographs of the BP site on the corner of Daldy and Jellicoe streets, documenting what it looked like before, during and after the tanks had come down. She also spent time photographing the fishing industry.

"My grandparents were in Freeman's Bay so as a child I had a vague idea of what was down here, but I certainly had no idea of what actually happened in this area," she says.

Sea+City Projects Ltd project director John Dalzell is delighted with the results of the partnership with Unitec:

"We're creating a visual record of the Wynyard Quarter development as a legacy for future generations, and it's a great opportunity for the students to help us do it," he says.

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