Art brings colour, history to Fencible Drive

The plaques have now been put up next to Alan La Roche’s paintings on Fencible Drive. Photo Nick Krause

The Fencible Drive paintings are four paintings from a small collection of fund-raising greetings cards used by the Howick Village Association depicting scenes of Howick by local historian Alan La Roche.

Alan grew up in Howick and has been sketching and painting most of his adult life. As a school boy at intermediate school age he attended the Elam School of Art on Saturdays.

The view of Picton Street from the Wellington Street/Picton Street roundabout.
Picton Street is always a busy village scene with one of the few crimson and cream Howick and Eastern buses coming up the street. This corporate colour scheme is now being replaced by grey and blue buses after nearly 140 years of crimson and cream buses.

The Saturday morning community market by the Howick War Memorial Information Centre.
This popular market is an outlet for local market gardeners, craft enthusiasts, preserves, flowers and fresh breads.

Hawthornden in Cook Street is now the clubrooms for Howick Art Group.
The cottage was built by Jack and Lesley Gandy in 1927. Jack was a leader in the Howick Home Guard and his explosives safe now rests behind the cottage.

Waipaparoa – Howick Beach
Waipaparoa-Howick Beach is a very popular beach and with its relatively calm waters is ideal for safe swimming and yachting activities. The Howick Coastguard is based here.