It’s easy to focus on the impressive stature of the Latitude Residences, but there are some unique features within that truly celebrate its place in the heart of the city. The Latitude Residences have had the privilege to display photos from the book by Alf Rendell, Historic Tauranga From Above, in the building’s lobbies, adding a sentimental feeling and allowing residents a glimpse of the city’s history.
Shannon Moyle of TYBI – one of the shareholders of the Latitude developments, originally voiced the idea to give Alf’s book as a gift to the new residents,” says Senior Development Manager, Craig McCormick of Veros. Over the course of the project, the idea developed into using the images within the building as well. “It’s really special for to have these iconic images of Tauranga incorporated into the project, it’s the perfect finish,” says McCormick.
Published in 2015 with the help of Tauranga Heritage Collections curator Fiona Kean, the book features the best of hundreds of aerial photos Rendell had taken of the area from 1946 to 1959. Sadly, Rendell passed away at the end of last year, missing out on seeing his photos on display.
“That other people appreciated his photographs meant a lot to Alf,” says Kean. “He really enjoyed sharing them and as a result was incredibly generous. He immediately said ‘yes’ when approached by Veros and would be ‘tickled pink’ with what they have done. I wish he was here to see it.”
Veros have made a donation in Alf’s name to the Waipuna Hospice, by way of thanking him for being able to incorporate his photos into the project.
Copies of the book can be purchased at Paper Plus and other local bookstores around Tauranga.
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