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Te Marae o Hine / The Square

Te Marae o Hine / The Square

This photograph shows many mature trees in The Square with a path leading to the Te Awe Awe statue, built 1907, and beyond to the corner of The Square and Fitzherbert Avenue. From the corner of Fitzherbert Avenue can be seen the Fisherman's Table restaurant, FMG tower, Manawatu Standard building, Square Edge, All Saints Church and, across the street, the Grand Hotel.

 
Te Marae o Hine / The Square

Te Marae o Hine / The Square

Looking across The Square to Arthur Barnett department store. This building was built for C M Ross Co Ltd in 1927-1928. In 1959 it was sold to Milne and Choyce, in 1966 to the D.I.C. which was bought out by Arthur Barnett in 1987. At a time of declining department stores and a new plaza on the other side of The Square, Arthur Barnett vacated the building in 1990. In 1993 the Palmerston North City Council bought the building and renovated it into the new City Library, opened in 1996.

 
Te Marae o Hine, The Square

Te Marae o Hine, The Square

These carvings, created by John Bevan Ford and Warren Warbrick were constructed in 1990 to honour the significance of the Māori name for The Square, Te Marae-o-Hine, The Courtyard of the Daughter of Peace. John Bevan Ford, a member of Ngāti Raukawa and a well known artist of Palmerston North was commissioned to undertake the work by the Rangitāne Maori Committee and the Palmerston North City Council. The paved courtyard provided a venue for civic gatherings where Māori protocol could be used and the set of nine wooden carvings defined the boundaries of the courtyard. The two large posts shown here contain carvings which face in two directions. The outward carvings welcome visitors to the city by Rangitāne, while the inward carvings depict Te Rongorito and her mother Hineaupounamu, bring their gifts of peace to the civic gathering place which they overlook. The group of three carved posts, shown in this picture symbolise a hope for peace and prosperity. The Square has since been redesigned but the carving and their significance remain.

 
Main Street

Main Street

Taken from the Public Library on the corner of The Square and Main Street, looking across to the Downtown multi-storey car park building that fronts Main Street. The Downtown retail and cinema complex opened in 1990, with its main entrance on Broadway. The complex housed Palmerston North's first multiplex cinema, foodhall and multi-level car park.

 
Post Bank, corner of The Square and Main Street

Post Bank, corner of The Square and Main Street

Looking across part of The Square to PostBank in the former Post Office building. PostBank was the trading name of the Post Office Bank Ltd which was formed in 1987. PostBank was later on sold to ANZ with the PostBank brand being finally redundant by the late 1990s. Beyond can be seen the T & G building clock tower, built in 1937 and standing in Broadway.

Creator
Date
1993
Place
Corner of Main Street and the Square, Palmerston North
 
Flower Shop, 424 Featherson Street

Flower Shop, 424 Featherson Street

Flower Shop is located on the corner of Albert and Featherston Streets, and has operated out this building since 1985. they also have a shop at the Hokowhitu roundabout, Palmerston North. They sell a large variety of fresh cut flowers, bouquets, floral arrangements, floral supplies, corporate flowers, wedding flowers, and funeral flowers.Delivering throughout the north and south island. Our two stores are filled with an abundance of beautiful fresh cut flowers grown at our own gardens for your home.

 
Russell Street Dairy

Russell Street Dairy

This photograh shows the Russell Street Dairy located near St Johns Avenue. In 1936 the shop was run by Mrs Jean Benton. Miss Mabel Keys took over the shop c1946. By 1955 it was a general store. During the 1990s it remained as a dairy with a small grocery range.

 
Cook house, 192 Broadway

Cook house, 192 Broadway

The house at 192 Broadway Avenue was built by W H Cook, one of the two Cook brothers who opened a saw milling operation during the late 19th Century. William Cook died on the 9 November, 1937. The house was occupied by various members of the family until 1970. At this time surrounding grounds were bulldozed to make way for offices and shops, and by 1998 the house was the legal offices of Wadham Goodman, Barristers and Solicitors.

 
Palmerston North City Council administration building and Hopwood clock tower

Palmerston North City Council administration building and Hopwood clock tower

The PNCC administration building was opened in 1980. Its design was an example of Brutalism architecture. The Hopwood clock tower completed in 1957, houses the original Post Office clock. Behind the clock tower can be seen the Council chamber. The clock tower was upgraded c2008, and is now illuminated in different colours at dark and features a glassed-in cross. The administration building was also partially painted about the same time, eliminating some of the starkness of the building.

 
'Georgie Pie', Rangitikei Street

'Georgie Pie', Rangitikei Street

Georgie Pie was part of a fast food chain owned by Progressive Enterprises, started in 1977 in Kelston, Auckland. The chain was sold to ‘McDonalds’ in 1996 which was the beginning of the end, with the last Georgie Pie ceasing trading in 1998.

 
Aqaba Bar and Restaurant

Aqaba Bar and Restaurant

This building was originally the home of the United Manawatu Lodge 1721, EC., opened and dedicated on July 24, 1931. It was designed by Ernst West, a local architect and Mason. In the late 1980s the building became too expensive to maintain and was sold and renovated into the Aqaba bar & restaurant. Two panels of hieroglyphics translate to “Thy name shall live upon earth; thy name shall endure upon earth, thou shalt never perish; thou shalt never come to an end”.

 
Frank Rose outside the Orient Lodge No. 42, 412-414 Church Street

Frank Rose outside the Orient Lodge No. 42, 412-414 Church Street

The Orient Lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows has been operating in Palmerston North since c1885. This building served as their meeting hall until the late 1990s. Meetings were also held by Court Hinemoa, Hineroa Lodge, Royal Elizabeth Hall of Bisons, Oroua Lodge of Druids and the Acorn Lodge No.92 of Druids. Standing outside the building is Mr. Frank Rose. The building was later sold to the Van ufflen Gallery and used for storage until being renovated as a Restaurant and bar, The Gallery, which opened c 2006.

 
Civic Administration Building and Clock Tower

Civic Administration Building and Clock Tower

This image was taken from the then Public Library building on the corner of Main Street and The Square. It looks across The Square to the Civic Administration Building (centre) - an example of Brutalism architecture, and often referred to locally as the 'Battleship' - the Hopwood clock tower completed in 1957 and the NZI high rise building.