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May 29, 2018

Finding The Beehive…

Filed under: NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,WELLINGTON — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

One of the buildings in Wellington New Zealand is not only iconic and famous, but also etched into my childhood memories.

That building is of course the “Beehive”, the name of New Zealand’s Parliament building.

It stands next to the old parliament building, of typical English colonial style, square, grey, columns, graceful and formal.

The Beehive in contrast looks exactly like it’s name, taking the form of a medieval beehive, an upturned basket, small, compact, and … round!

Interestingly New Zealand’s national co-ordination centre for Civil Defence is (or at least still is, as far as I know) in the depths of the building, ready to co-ordinate all sorts of agencies, rallying in times of a national or large disaster.

When there are “events” such as the large Christchurch earthquakes, all of the emergency services become quickly overwhelmed.

Help is therefore recruited from local organizations, businesses, clubs and volunteers who have practiced for these situations.

For example: four wheel drive club members turned up to help get Doctors and Nurses to hospitals over broken roads impassable to anything except off-road style vehicles. Businesses go through practiced drills to account for staff members and get them into safe areas.First Aiders will gather at places like schools to help assist with the many minor injuries and triage those who need urgent transportation to hospital. The irony is that the Beehive sits on top of a huge fault line, how they would manage co-ordination should the “big one” hit Wellington, I don’t know, but I assume that they have a range of measures in place. My sister, Mother and I did a holiday tour here in our early teens; I still remember our time in the old parliament building, and eating lunch in the sunshine on the steps outside afterwards. The building is not high compared with its downtown neighbours, and there are so many new high rises that we found the Beehive harder to locate than we thought. It peeks out with us on the wrong side of one-way streets, until finally it pops into view.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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