To celebrate our favourite-by-miles time of year, we asked three leading — and very different — fashion houses to create images that capture the beauty of Auckland when the sun’s out. Shot exclusively for Metro, here are the results.
Main image: Ngahuia Williams in Zambesi. Photo: Marissa Findlay. This article was first published in the January 2016 issue of Metro.
One day I had the fleeting thought I could give myself over to rising and falling in all its tempos and variations.
The next day I had the fleeting thought that rising and falling was what I was after, what I had been waiting for and swimming in all the way along.
The third day was a day of miracles: the sun came out, the sea settled and the pohutukawa learnt to flower.
On the fourth day I came home with an armful of clouds and they were good for me.
The sea the next day had a dirty edge. Even so further out a brilliant colour was coming back into its massive body.
On the sixth day I saw the horizon and on it the softened peaks of a land that cannot be named.
— An excerpt from Tidal by Dinah Hawken, from her new book of poems, Ocean and Stone (VUP, $35).
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