This area (Kerikeri and the Bay of Islands) was one of the first settled by Europeans and these are two of the oldest buildings in the country, the Old Stone Store and the Kerikeri Mission House. Until recently, they were threatened by the existence of a road bridge which ran across the rocky outcrop at the bottom right of the picture. The vibrations of heavy road traffic were damaging the buildings, but worse than that, when the river would flood, the bridge piles would trap debris and act as a weir, diverting water up around the foundations.
The road bridge was demolished in about 2008, when a bypass was opened a few kilometres inland. My brother worked on the nice, safe, single span steel and wood pedestrian bridge in the background.