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A collection of photographs and stories by Invercargill photographer Rick Harvey


Now You See It…

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Now you see it – soon you won’t

After a minor legal hiccup work is finally underway on the major redevelopment which will bring new life to the heart of Invercargill’s city centre.

So it’s a case of now you see it – soon you won’t: virtually the whole city block will be coming down!

A couple of days ago workmen and machines started ripping down some of the old buildings in the middle of the city block contained within the Tay, Dee, Esk and Kelvin Street boundaries. All except three buildings in that block are scheduled for demolition as part of $160 million dollar plus redevelopment’s first phase. With the Farmers department store having been confirmed as the anchor tenant for the new complex,  there are expected to be up to another 40 retail and other outlets – including food and entertainment – in the complex. There will also be parking for almost 800 vehicles.

The developers hope that Farmers will be operating in the new complex by 2021 but the target end date for the complete project is the end of 2022, and with major city council infrastructure work underway in the city, Invercargill will be a hub of noise, dust, traffic congestion and frenetic activity for quite some time to come.

On one of the Tay Street building frontages is a poster for the Zirka Circus proclaiming “into the future“. I thought it quite fitting to use this as the opening image for this story as Invercargill does indeed move into the future.

Into the future…


walk this way sign in esk street invercargill
Just one of the many signs directing pedestrians in central Invercargill


Do not enter


The rear view


A wrecking machine in the old Cambridge Place Arcade


Demolition work underway in the CBD of Invercargill


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These stairs haven’t been used in a while


A building dated 1928 on the corner of Dee and Esk Streets, Invercargill


Reflections caught in the decorative ball sculpture in Esk Street


Deserted path along the now-closed Tay Street shop frontages


The block still houses a few retail outlets including the southernmost Starbucks Coffee in the world


All the photographs you see here were taken using my Nikon D5100 digital SLR, but I have given them my own non-digital interpretation using Luminar and Analog Efex 2 – part of the Nik Collection.

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