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Closed-meetings decision made in secret Secret workshops have been reintroduced closed doors had not been debated by the new workshops in secret, without advising the public. to the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board – board at a public meeting. When the Flagstaff inquired a couple of apparently by stealth. But the board has already partly surrendered weeks ago about council’s proposal to keep The move to hold the workshops behind to council pressure, holding a series of weekly To page 2

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the public out of workshops, we were told by both Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Chair Grant Gillon and council staff that the board’s meetings would remain as transparent as they were in the past, if not more so. Gillon said there would be no more workshops and that all of the board’s dealings would be conducted during its business meetings in the future. Karen Lyons, General Manager of Local Board Services, said the board would hold briefings before the business meetings. The public would be excluded from those briefings but they “will only be held on matters that are considered confidential,” Lyons said. At the board’s first full meeting last Tuesday, the issue of workshops was not raised or further debated. Gillon, however, mentioned an upcoming workshop almost in passing to a member of council staff. Subsequent inquiries by the Flagstaff revealed

the local board held a secret workshop two days after its business meeting. It will continue to hold weekly workshops for the rest of the year, all of them closed to the public. Last week’s workshop included work on the board’s Annual Plan, Gillon said. He said he was still hopeful that the board’s workshops would be public again next year. Meanwhile, he conceded that the new board had agreed to the secret briefings for the rest of this year after it was asked to do so by council officers. Gillon said board members made that decision behind closed doors and without a vote. He said he hadn’t given up on the issue. “I am still negotiating with Democracy Services and will continue to do so over the next few weeks.” Democracy Services staff wants uniformity in how all local boards operate, Gillon said. “My position is that each board should make its own decisions and that there is room for that. So I am hopeful.”

The battle for open democracy For the last three years, the DevonportTakapuna Local Board (DTLB) was the only one of Auckland’s 21 local boards to open all its meetings to the public. These include business meetings, where board members make their decisions, and workshops, where the board receives advice and conducts most of its discussion. The other 20 local boards in Auckland exclude the public from their workshop meetings. Three years ago, the DTLB advocated a more transparent approach and voted to hold its workshops in public as well. The battle over secret workshop meetings started six years ago, on the inception of Auckland Council. All local boards, including DTLB, followed council staff advice to hold workshop meetings in secret. In its second term, the DTLB voted – against council advice – to open workshop NEW ZEALAND COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS ASSOCIATION AWARDS Best Community Involvement: 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2005 Most Improved Newspaper: 2011, 2010 Best Young Journalist: 2014, 2012, 2013 Best Journalist: 2012, 2009 Best Junior Sports Journalist: 2014, 2013 Best Senior Feature/Lifestyle Writer: 2014 Best Junior Feature/Lifestyle Writer: 2014 Best Headline Writing: 2012, 2013 Canon Media Awards Community Reporter of the Year: Highly Commended 2015 Devonport Publishing Ltd PO Box 32 275 First Floor, 9 Wynyard Street, Devonport Telephone: 09 445 0060 Email: devonportflagstaff@orcon.net.nz Website: www.devonportflagstaff.co.nz EDITOR: ADVERTISING: REPORTER: DESIGN: COPY EDITOR: OFFICE MANAGER: PRINTER:

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meetings to the public. This year, council is making a renewed push for conformity. Karen Lyons, General Manager of Local Board Services, says: “For 20 of the 21 local boards, not having public workshops has been business as usual over the past two electoral terms.” She explains the reason for secret workshops. “The overarching aim is to enable local boards to be as efficient and effective as possible in their governance role.” Lyons says their purpose is “to enable staff to give free and frank advice and to enable local board members to test advice and consider draft information to help them develop a greater understanding of issues to aid future decision-making.” Secret workshops thin end of democratic wedge; Flagstaff Notes page 14.

Council pushed for secret workshops before election Council officers planned a post-election strike against the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board’s open and democratic stance, documents obtained by the Flagstaff under the Official Information Act show. On October 7, a day before the local body elections, Karen Lyons, General Manager of Local Board Services, emailed to council colleagues a fully prepared slide show. Entitled “Successful ways of working – that are effective and efficient” it recommends the newly elected board members close workshops to the public. The document says “there are other mechanisms to inform the public and to gather community views/input on issues/projects” – without stating what these are. The document recommends board members “bring work programme-related matters into the workshops” essentially moving more discussion into a non-public arena. In an October 28 email to new board members, Eric Perry, the relationship manager

to the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, slightly modifies the stance, saying selected and pre-approved members of the public could attend some of the meetings. “We can invite identified key stakeholders to these closed-door briefings, which would help ensure that those members from the public with identified interests in a topic can be involved at the beginning and throughout discussion, which would hopefully allow those groups to feel genuinely engaged/involved in board decisionmaking processes,” he says. No mention is made of any legal reasons for the meetings being secret. Instead, Perry says the board “will need to develop ground rules or guidelines to assist us in determining when a ‘closed door’ briefing is required.” “We would also need to flesh out in more detail how we manage the involvement of key stakeholder groups in closed-door briefings as outlined above, as I can see some potential fish hooks here,” he says.


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Weaving to enhance cultural identity of New Zealanders Jude Hoani started weaving after an accident she had while working as a commercial fisherwoman in the Marlborough Sounds. “A broken arm taught me to weave,” she says. Hoani learnt to weave in order to strengthen her arm. “But weaving is very addictive, so I never stopped,” she says. This summer, Hoani is teaching locals to weave as part of a series of free workshops at the Devonport Recyling Centre. Her mission is to make harakeke (more commonly known as native flax) the new silver fern. “We just need to embrace it more. Harakere needs a profile like the silver fern, or even bigger. It is just so useful and without it we wouldn’t have survived. It’s unique to New Zealand and we need to embrace it more,” she says. In a classroom set up in a large container at 27 Lake Road, Hoani makes it easy for her student to embrace the craft. “I supply everything and we go straight into the weaving,” she says. She also takes her students around Ngataringa Park to teach them about the care, protection and cutting of harakere. Hoani showcases the native plant as part of everyday life. “I prefer making things for daily use rather than special occasions. I want to put harakere back into our daily lives,” she says. Her creations include hats, mats (taanata), and baskets (kete and waikaua). Weaving has recently lost institutional support, Hoani says. “Unitec’s course in weaving closed in 2012 and the only place to learn now is at Te Wananga O Aotearoa in Mangere,” she says. Hoani says she gets harakere from a variety of sources on the North Shore. “You cut it with a knife,” she advises. Any particular kind of knife? “A sharp one!” Hoani grew up in the Hokianga as the eighth of twelve children. “I was born on the ferry from Kohukohu to Rawene on the way to

Passing a craft on… Jude Hoani is running weaving workshops at the Devonport Recycling Centre hospital,” she says. She arrived in Devonport five years ago after her husband, father and two best friends died within a year. “The easiest way for me to move on was to leave and I did, overnight. Devonport

is a good place to move on to,” she says. You can often see her with her Scottish terrier Scoota in the village. Scoota can’t walk very well, so is often pushed about in a pram or carried in one of Hoani’s woven bags.

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Devonport sets the scene for national sculpture show Fort Takapuna was once again the canvas for NZ Sculpture OnShore, the country’s largest and longest-standing outdoor sculpture exhibition, now in its 11th biennial year. The historic clifftop reserve above Narrow Neck was the temporary home for 107 sculptures last month. Crowd number were around 19,000 but organisers said the total would have surpassed 20,000 if the weather had not been poor. Nine local sculptors were featured among the work of established and emerging artists. Work by local schoolchildren was also on display. Most of the 250 volunteers running the event were from the Devonport peninsula, together with another 60 Devonport Rotary volunteers who looked after the parking, said Sally Dewar, who chairs the event committee and lives at Stanley Bay. The Flagstaff captured locals and visitors enjoying both art and scenery on the final day of the exhibition. NZ Sculpture OnShore is a fundraiser for Women’s Refuge, with all proceeds from ticket and art sales going to the organisation. Hold on to your hat… Claudia Rodrigues (left) celebrated her birthday with Anishka Wright, with Anna Korver’s Staircase with Dissolving Dress as a backdrop

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Martin doubts himself after pheasant drops in for tune-up A pheasant sighting in Devonport village could be the latest addition to Mt Victoria’s colourful wildlife. The mountain has a reputation for its rat population, and earlier this year a possum was sighted. Now it has fowl too. Last month, Dave Martin was working away by himself in his car repair shop in Wynyard St, when he heard the pitter-patter of little feet behind him. When he turned around, he saw a large pheasant running into his the garage. “I thought this is it, I have lost it,” he says. The bird hid behind a car in the back corner of the workshop. “It was very scared and very still, so I went across the street to Chiasso and they all came and had a look,” Martin says. Chiasso barista Amy Cunningham called the SPCA for help. “The lady told me she had grown up around Mt Victoria and seen wild pheasants there. She said it had probably flown down from there and asked whether we could take it back up,” she says. “She told me how to grab it – with confidence, gloves and covered arms. And she said to put a towel on its head if I had one, to make it dark.” Cunningham grabbed a large box, put on her hoody and a long pair of Martin’s work gloves. “And then I just grabbed it. He wiggled, just a little bit,” she says. The coffee-supplies box was just big enough to fit the pheasant’s long tail, says Cunningham. Once inside, she put a coffee sack over its head and closed the lid. That’s when Anthony Curach walked past on his way to Baked@Devonport’s Wynyard Street office. He offered to drive the pheasant up the mountain in his car. “Amy and I put the box put on the back seat of my Honda and drove about halfway up the mountain to release it,” he says. They parked outside the Devonport Bunker. “As soon as we opened the box he flew out like a bullet. It was fantastic,” Curach says. But the pheasant didn’t leave without

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Wynyard Street’s pheasant rescue team… From left: Anthony Curach, Amy Cunningham and David Martin. The pheasant is pictured in the corner of the workshop (below). a parting message. Cunningham says: “He flew straight up with a whole lot of poop going out of his backside. It was his way of saying ‘Thanks guys!’ I’m sure.” Since then, the Flagstaff learned about another local pheasant sighting, this one in the back garden of Vauxhall Rd resident Mickey Smith. Roger Giles, Mt Victoria’s unofficial guardian, says while he hasn’t seen pheasants on the mountain recently, he saw several feeding on vetch plants there in the past. Vetch is in bloom at the moment. “They lived on the golf course and would go back there after feeding on the mountain,” he says.

Bomb alert at Navy Museum A backpack left behind at the playground outside the Navy Museum sparked a police bomb-squad alert. The incident occurred on the night of 16 November, after about 100 peace activists had protested against a military conference held in Auckland earlier in the day. The Flagstaff learned the cul-de-sac end of King Edward Parade was closed off to residents as a robot explored the car park outside the museum and retrieved the backpack. Nothing of concern was found, a police spokesperson said.


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Charity began at home for local dad Robbie Ford last week as he helped load 400 boxes of goods for Kaikoura earthquake victims, half of them donated by Devonport families. Ford grew up in Kaikoura and his parents, former All Black wing Brian Ford and wife Barbara, still live there. He was only too happy to add his weight to the care-package initiative organised by Penny Hay of Cheltenham and her friend Lucy Dickinson. Days before the earthquake, Barbara and Brian had visited Devonport to look after their grandchildren Zara and Jonny, while son Robbie and wife Penny ran the New York Marathon. The grandparents arrived back in Kaikoura at 9.30pm on November 13 only to be woken at 12:02am by the 7.8-magnitude quake. “My parents live on a farm and have their own power and water supply. It’s a bit of a bugger but they are fine,” says Ford. But many of their neighbours are not fine and they are the ones who Hay and Dickinson want to lend a hand to. Last Wednesday, a truck was parked outside Hay’s house and Devonport families dropped off boxes full of non-perishable food and household goods, many of them wrapped in children’s drawings, decorated with stickers, letters and notes. “They are not just a box of supplies, but a message of love and hope from one Auckland family to one Kaikoura family in need,” says Hay. This is the third time she has organised an aid

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Car ban threatens Bunker’s half century on mountain An international folk music venue and a local tourism owner feel under threat by the recent annoucement that Takarunga/Mt Victoria could be closed to cars by 2017. Devonport Folk Club president Roger Giles says a ban on cars could spell the end for the club that has been calling Mt Victoria home at The Bunker for 46 years. Paul Mullane, who has run the Devonport Explorer tour for nearly 30 years, says the closure will have an impact on his tourism operation. Starting next year, the Tupuna Maunga Authority wants to close off the tihi (summit) to motorised vehicles. An automated gate will continue to allow limited-mobility and service vehicle access, a Maunga Authority report says. Paths to walk up the mountain will have to be improved and parking at the foot of the mountain needs to be increased, the report says. Some of the existing seal on the maunga will be torn up too, it says. Giles is concerned about the folk club’s upcoming lease renewal in 2019. “We still have the same lease as when we started in 1969 and we need vehicle access. It’s as simple as that,” he says.

Twice a week, bands perform at the bunker, adding up to more than 100 concerts per year. The club has 280 members and numbers are trending upwards, Giles says. Closing the road as a sign of respect for the tihi is pointless, he says. “The top of that mountain has been modified so many times that there is not an inch I can see that’s left of it. “The crater slid all the way off the mountain and became Duder’s Hill. Ninety per cent of what was left has been dug up for defence purposes – like The Bunker, the tunnels, the gun holding. Then there are the two huge water reservoirs, sites for two signal stations and two signalmen houses, plus the car park,” he says. Mullane says many tourists will miss out on one of Devonport’s top sites if the traffic ban goes ahead. “It comes down to a time factor between walking and driving up and some visitors will miss out on an important part of Maori and European local history and one of the best views,” he says. Mullane goes up the mountain as much as six times per day in a 20-seater bus. “As a local resident, I have always tried to keep

our impact as low as possible. Keeping the size of our bus down is part of that,” he says. The Devonport Explorer won’t skip Mt Victoria all together in future tours. Mullane plans to take his bus as close as possible to the maunga, so visitors can walk up if they wish. The Maunga Authority admits closing the mountain to cars won’t be easy. The loss of 20 car parks on the tihi makes Mount Victoria “a very difficult site due to the limited parking options off the maunga,” its report says “The number of cars driving to the tihi is also attributed to the lack of parking around the maunga,” it says. A recent traffic count showed about 133 people walk up Mt Victoria and 66 cars drive up on a weekday. On weekends, those numbers almost double. North Shore ward councillor Chris Darby said there was generally strong support for keeping motorised vehicles off Takarunga/ Mt Victoria. “There is no intent to do a vehicle ban imediately or outright. It’s subject to improvements of pedestrian tracks and more car parks at the foot of the mountain,” he said.

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By Rob Drent

I remain committed to my stance that vehicles should be banned from the summit and upper reaches of Takarunga/Mt Victoria. The Maunga Authority last week voted that cars be banned from the tops of Mt Victoria, Mt Albert, Mt Wellington, Mt Roskill and One Tree Hill. The new bans follow a successful trial of pedestrian-only access to the summit of Mt Eden. Automated gates will preserve access for people with limited mobility, while cyclists will be able to use the shared summit pathways. While there needed to be greater consultation locally – with residents and commercial operators such as Devonport Tours, who have taken visitors to the top of Mt Victoria for 30 years – it is a positive move and a bold decision by the authority. As I said in my editorial in July, the top of Mt Victoria is heavily modified by human use: mushrooms that are really vents for an underground reservoir, a weather station and a trig point. So a traffic ban would go some way in restoring the natural order. In addition to the enhanced experience without cars, scooters and tour buses, the summit of the mountain is regarded by Maori as the most sacred part. I do have some sympathy for older residents who will have trouble getting up the mountain without a car. But a slow walk on a road unencumbered by traffic would be possible for many. Moreover, the Maunga Authority has made a decision for the greater good and the health of the mountain. I am less sure about cyclists on the mountain road. With cars gone, cycling to the summit will no doubt become a popular route for cyclists around the Shore. I can see pelotons racing down the mountain at speed, causing chaos for walkers on the way up.

It is very disappointing that the DevonportTakapuna Local Board has been coerced into secret workshops and briefings. The board during its last term held these in public, a move the Flagstaff campaigned for and supported. Our local board was a lone voice though – the other 20 local boards in the Auckland Council area all held secret workshops. But now closed meetings are back – with no debate from the board at its first public meeting. Even the decision was made in secret. It seems council often feels more comfortable taking concepts and information to the board without the scrutiny of the media, and through it, the public. Why is it important to have the meetings open? Auckland Council and its organisations, particularly Auckland Transport, often come up with strange ideas based on little local knowledge. Sometimes poor planning and stupid options can be nipped in the bud before they gain traction. For example, the Auckland Transport plan to put a bus shelter outside Devonport Wharf would probably have happened if it had not been exposed by the Flagstaff early on. In fact, I wonder if the secret briefings are legal. All council information is public unless there are sound reasons for holding it back. The exclusion of the public from the meetings is in effect denying basic democratic rights to freedom of information, and the chance the scrutinise decision-making and how council spends ratepayers’ money. A more enlightened approach is being pursued in Tauranga. Its council has abolished secret briefings. Holding open workshops (except when there are legal reasons to exclude the public) was unanimously endorsed by the new council. Why the reason for secrecy in Auckland? More attention needs to paid to council spending by councillors and local board members. The ludicrous $500,000 spend by council’s promotions arm ATEED on a new slogan is the extreme example. But locally, a lot slips through as well. Local-body candidates pump out a lot electioneering puff on cutting back costs. But in meetings and contacts with council officials, the questions like “how much does this cost?”, “How much extra will it cost?”, and “Why does it cost so much?” are not heard often enough.

Devonport Library events flourishing This note is to say a huge thank you for letting Devonport know about C K Stead speaking at the library. For the Devonport Library Associates (DLA) committee, it’s always a special pleasure when we can bring someone of Stead’s stature here for the benefit of the local community. More than one hundred people attended. Roger Hall did a superb job as chair, facilitating and stimulating what was a very interesting and illuminating talk by Karl, who was in fine form, delighting the audience with his wit, and speaking movingly of his connections with Janet Frame and Frank Sargeson, among others. Many of the audience took the time afterwards to say that they had thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

We are planning an event next year to which all Devonport authors will be invited. A Devonport author is both a writer who lives in Devonport, and also one who has written a book while staying here, so will include, for example, alumni of the Michael King Writers’ Centre. This event will also celebrate the Devonport Writers’ Collection at the library, which the DLA is accumulating. Devonport writers should register by email with Jane Dodds: jane.l.dodds@gmail.com. Jan Mason (Chair)

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Mt Vic summit changes ridiculous I vehemently object to being prevented from driving to the top of our Mt Victoria when I want to show this exemplary view of Auckland to our visitors. There is no evidence of danger to pedestrians and there is a generous parking area at the top, which could probably be enlarged, if necessary. In contrast, you would look in vain for anywhere to create more parking at the foot of our mountain. Our forebears made a huge effort

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population, our community should not lose sight of balancing other priorities; to create healthy urban environments that enhance society, to protect the ecology of conservation areas, and preserve our heritage and history. Ngataringa Bay Action Group is not opposed to a retirement village being built at Ngataringa Road – it’s a unique site that offers the opportunity to build a quality facility that includes hospital-level care – but it should be done well. Devonport and Takapuna peninsula deserve better than Ryman Healthcare’s current proposal. Please support the community to communicate this view to the hearing panel in the most effective way possible. Iain Rea for Ngataringa Bay Action Group

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Community gets behind cooking project I would like to thank the Flagstaff for writing an article (7 October) on our efforts to help with the homelessness issue in central Auckland. We are cooking 50 meals and distributing them each Tuesday evening. There has been support in the form of food, money, clothing and other goods, hands-on help and good wishes. All this from the Devonport and surrounding communities has greatly enhanced and embellished what we are doing. The people that receive the food are very appreciative of a homecooked meal made with care and attention. We are also able to pack a small lunch for the next day, with a filled roll and slice and fruit, as a result of the gifts of food and support. Many of the street people have lost their belongings as zealous rubbish collectors bin anything that is on the street if they leave to go to the bathroom. With the goods we have received, we have managed to replace what has been lost. At the new Mayor’s inauguration there was a photo of three homeless men sitting in Aotea

square. All three are gentleman we have helped with your assistance – the slippers on the feet of one of them came from your generosity. Criticism is often heard about this group – that they are lazy, drink or do drugs, or that they chase trade away from the shops. All that could be true. But what we see is a group of mainly Maori men who are down on their luck; have serious health issues and are trying to survive in desperate situations. To see the efforts that they make to stay clean and tidy when they have hardly anywhere to go to wash is heartbreaking. A couple work and there is one student. It is so little that we can do but it is appreciated. They now watch out for the car and are often lined up to wait for their meal. They are unfailingly courteous and polite and never fail to enquire after our health and to ask if all is well with us. To the Flagstaff, reporter Maire Vieth and the community – thank you so very, very much. We couldn’t do it without you. Victoria Brown

Defence forces needed in times of crisis What timing your correspondent Michael Fleck has (Flagstaff, 18 November). No sooner has he decried a 15-year spend on our defence force activities than their capability is called into action for disaster relief of Kiwis. What a small world he must live in to think that our defence force personnel should go in harm’s way without protection. Who would go to Afghanistan for reconstruction without arms to defend against an undefined enemy? What ship would go into waters where pirates and drug runners are armed to the teeth and not have arms to defend itself? New Zealand is a safe haven compared to many places on this Earth. But as a dutiful member of the world community, we are often called upon to go beyond our happy place and need our people safe.

In Mr Fleck’s world we would have them stand shoulder to shoulder without anything resembling weapons for defence. That’s a health and safety issue right there. If anything, New Zealand should stand up and be an integral part of the defence community and that would see more proper jobs, trades and professions that would go back into our community like it did before it was dumbed down and neutered. Mr Fleck should take all the firearms and weapons out of our communities instead of levelling his sights on a structured organisation that has given New Zealanders more in its time of existence than most. Let’s be a bit more patriotic and not idiotic. Ian Ferguson • In fairness to Michael Fleck, his letter was received and sent to our printer prior to the South Island earthquake. Editor.

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Aidan Nicholas – following Richie’s footsteps Aidan Nicholas is heading from high school to university via Godzone, the gruelling annual South Island adventure race that even Richie McCaw said was “tough”. The 18-year-old Takapuna Grammar (TGS) school-leaver starts his engineering degree at the University of Canterbury in February. But after just three days of lectures, he skips uni for Queenstown, where he and three teammates will navigate a course through more than 500km of challenging terrain. Aidan expects they will run, kayak, mountain bike, cave, rock climb, raft and abseil for around 100 hours in total. But that’s all they know about the race for now. A map showing the race checkpoints will be available only hours before the start. Even then, there is no set course. How each team navigates between checkpoints is for them to decide. So is when and how much they sleep. With Aidan in the team are an 18-year-old girl from Napier’s Taradale High School and two Aucklanders, aged 37 and 47. All are firsttimers in the unassisted Godzone event their goal is to finish within the seven-day cut-off time, which is not an easy feat. McCaw’s team finished in five days and came 20th in last year’s field of 60 teams. “The first event is for experience. Teams that do well have done lots of them. I am planning to do one a year while I’m at university,” says Aidan. Training is under way. Currently, Aidan runs an hour a day to build a base of leg strength. “It also gets them used to the fatigue of constant running,” he says. Aidan finds Devonport a good place to prepare. “The rocks around the coastline are good for technical running and agility. Mount Vic and North Head are good for running or mountain biking up and down, and the sea is great for kayaking,” he says. He is using his school bike for now and has borrowed a kayak, but will have to invest in new equipment. Godzone doesn’t come cheap. Aidan reckons it will eat up around $8000,

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Local Board’s meeting time criticised Changes to Devonport-Takapuna Local Board meeting times have been criticised by Grey Power. In its new term, Devonport-Takapuna Local Board has decided to start its monthly meeting at 4pm instead of the previous 6pm meeting start-time. But Grey Power North spokesperson Bill Rayner said the afternoon start made it tricky for many local residents to attend

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Fewer library books borrowed The number of hard-copy books borrowed at Devonport and Takapuna libraries is decreasing, while electronic books and magazine rentals are on the up, a quarterly council performance report says. In July to September 2016, residents borrowed six per cent fewer books than during the same period last year. Over the same period, nine per cent more e-books and e-magazines were issued.

Bayswater Community Committee wants local board involved in boating clubhouse future Any sale of the Takapuna Boating Club’s historic Bayswater clubhouse should include local authority involvement, a community groups says. Gay Richards, chair of the Bayswater Community Committee (BCC), said the recently proposed sale of the clubhouse posed a potential threat to the building’s continued community use. Speaking at the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board November public forum,

Richards said the building’s history of a “semi-community, semi-commercial use” was preferred by the BCC. “And we want the local board to make this happen,” she said. A working party on the issue should be set up by the board, Richards said. She added that the Takapuna Boating Club had received public money to restore the building, which added weight to the idea it should be retained for community use.

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Wood nominated for seat on Maunga Authority The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board has nominated George Wood to be considered for a seat on the Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority (Maunga Authority). The board is one of eight in Auckland with maunga located in their areas. At the start of this local election term, the Maunga Authority asked those boards to each nominate a member for the statutory authority. The Governing Body will then select three of the eight members to sit on the authority. In the last election term, the DevonportTakapuna Local Board was not represented on the authority. However, North Shore Ward Councillor Chris Darby did have a seat on the Authority.

Graffiti on the wane Graffiti vandalism seems to be decreasing in the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area. From 1 July until 30 September, there were 338 graffiti incidents reported to council, which is 17 per cent lower than during the same period last year, a quarterly council performance report says.

Golf course going native Dead and dying trees on the Waitemata Golf Club course are likely to be replaced with natives. Blue crosses and red dots have been springing up on the course as an arborist identifies which trees, if any, are “dead, dying or dangerous,” says Waitemata Golf Club general manager Robert Rookes. The golf club’s tree committee is “looking at long-term tree replacement with native trees.” The club’s board of management is still to discuss the arborist’s report and will consult with council on any future tree replacement, Rookes says. “We are a long way off progressing with this. We are just getting an idea of how things might work,” he says. Under scrutiny... trees at Waitemata Golf Club

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December 2 2016

Shorebirds’ mass migration

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Hundreds of shorebirds, painted mostly by local schoolchildren, have landed on Windsor Reserve and made it their temporary home. The brightly coloured wooden cut-outs make up the Devonport Flock – the local arm of a national initiative to raise awareness of New Zealand’s endangered shorebirds among young people. Volunteer Chris Eagles said: “Each of the painted birds here represents one young person who has just learned about shorebirds, which is great because it will be up to the next generation to look after them.” Chris’s husband Jim Eagles was the driving force behind Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalists’ Trust Windsor Reserve project. He said representatives from each of the local schools came along to an opening ceremony. “It was much better than having a politician there. Two Devonport Primary

School girls read a poem they had written about godwits called The Bravest Bird. A boy on crutches from Hauraki school, gave his speech standing on one leg, pointing his finger at the audience, telling them they had to help look after the birds,” he said.

Build your community Santa in the village 11am - 2pm Sat/Sun 10th/11th Dec Sat/Sun 17th/18th Dec Fri 23rd Dec Chirpy supporters… (from left) Lily McGivern, Freya Williamson and Isla Gillies at the shorebird exhibition

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to Windsor Reserve 26 November - 13 December

Claybenders: Clay Voices A showcase of contemporary ceramics produced by students and graduates of the Otago Polytechnic Diploma of Ceramic Arts.

Leading from the front… Devonport Flock organiser Jim Eagles and St Leo’s School Year 4 student Sam Murphy pair up

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A ‘buy and takeaway’ exhibition which promises to be a pre-Christmas cracker providing both exhibitors and visitors with an ever-changing vista of exhibiting and purchasing opportunities.

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December 2, 2016

Out and About with your local North Shore MP Member of Parliament – North Shore Minister for Conservation, Arts Culture and Heritage and Seniors

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Our Navy has always understood the importance of protecting our maritime freedoms and helping out in times of trouble as it showed after the Kaikoura earthquake struck on November 14. It was heart-warming to see the unstinting support of nations here to attend the Review which were quick to offer their help with our response to that massive earthquake. Vessels from the US, Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore diverted to Kaikoura to help HMNZS Canterbury provide much needed relief and transport. As my colleague, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee, said despite the changes to the planned celebrations, it was poignant to see the anniversary marked with such cooperation and camaraderie. I know many of you have been actively offering your support to those who are bearing the brunt of the earthquake and our Government’s working hard to provide relief to individuals and businesses in the region including a $7.5 million wage subsidy package as an initial step along with a primary sector support package of at least $5 million and tax relief measures. I’ve just returned from Antarctica where I visited Scott Base and the

historic Scott and Shackleton explorer’s huts as the Minister for Arts, Culture & Heritage. The Antarctic Heritage Trust is the world leader in cold climate conservation and in the past 14 years they’ve meticulously restored the British explorers’ huts and now they are working their magic on the Hillary Hut at Scott Base. Sir Ed and his team built the hut in the January of 1957 during their Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The hut was New Zealand’s first base in the Ross Sea and the origin of what has now become Scott Base. The Hillary Hut has deteriorated in the harsh conditions and was in dire need of restoration so last year the PM launched its conservation plan. AHT’s “Expedition South” fund and awareness raiser, inspired by Sir Ed’s expedition and using the same model tractors, drove the length of NZ and their “fiver for the driver” raised an impressive $784,000. But more was needed and time was tight, so while I was down on the ice, I announced the Government will contribute $180,000 to allow the Trust to finish the restoration work in time for the 60th anniversary of Sir Ed building the hut on the 20th of January next year. There are some extraordinary challenges in preserving heritage in one of the world’s most extreme environments and the Antarctic Heritage Trust is to be commended on its outstanding achievements. After my few days on the frozen continent, including overnighting in a tent at

Cape Evans, I have even more respect and admiration for the historic feats of endurance and determination of Scott, Shackleton and Hillary. If you are interested to learn more about Sir Ed’s hut please go to www.nzaht.org Grant and I always enjoy the biennial NZ Sculpture OnShore at Fort Takapuna and we joined about 19,000 visitors to admire the creativity on display from more than 100 artists. The event continues to go from strength to strength and I applaud the dedication of the organisers and volunteers. The colourful flock of nearly 3,000 wooden shorebirds across Windsor Reserve, many painted by children from our local schools, is well worth closer inspection. The Flock project, organised by the Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalists’ Trust, is a fun way to spread the message about threats facing our diverse migratory shorebirds. When the Prime Minister recently visited the Devonport Naval Museum we met the trustees and we both painted a couple of Godwits and Red Knots to add to the flock. On Friday, December 9th I’ll be hosting my colleague, the Hon Amy Adams, for a breakfast meeting at the Takapuna Boating Club and you’d be most welcome to join us. Amy is an engaging speaker and her work is at the heart of driving reforms around the important area of family violence. For more details, please contact Joan Finlayson on 09 489 9083.

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The celebration of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary and its International Naval Review showed very clearly the bonds our Navy has forged globally since 1941. It was good to see so many New Zealanders out in force to support our current Navy personnel and enjoy the International Naval Review events.


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Takapuna SCHOOL NEWS

December 2 2016

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Subject Awards for Class of 2016 YEAR 11 FIona Anderson Distinction Classics Amadeo Barrionuevo-Grosman Distinction Media Studies Lillie Brewer 1st Chemistry Lillie Brewer 1st French Jessica Cheung 1st Biology Jessica Cheung Distinction English Will Clarke Excellence Geography Aeron Conger Distinction English Aeron Conger Excellence Spanish Stephanie Craig 1st Mathematics Applied Stevie Dixon Excellence Food Technology and Nutrition Daniel Eaton 1st Design and Visual Communication Nelly Farmiloe Distinction Geography Sinalei Faulalo Distinction English Issac Francis-Bidwell Excellence Technology Resistant Materials Scott Fraser 1st English Literacy Jasmine Gray 1st Media Studies Stella Henderson 1st Visual Arts - Digital Scott Heslop 1st Economics James Hwang 1st Economics and Accounting Taikyung (Derek) Jeong Excellence Japanese Taikyung (Derek) Jeong Distinction Mathematics Extension Kellie Ke 1st Mathematics Aliesha Kemp Distinction Biology Aliesha Kemp Distinction Physics Victoria Kim Distinction Mathematics Kate Lee Distinction Chemistry Kate Lee 1st English: the Auckland Girls Grammar Old Girls Award Kate Lee Excellence History: The Norah Hamlin Trophy Taekyung Lee Distinction Mathematics Abigail McDonald 1st Dance

Abigail McDonald 1st Drama Joshua Morris 1st Science Katja Neef Excellence German You Jin Noh Distinction Chemistry You Jin Noh Distinction English for Academic Purposes Gaige Nortje 1st Physical Education Jazmine O’Connell 1st Business Studies Alex Oldham 1st Science Alternative Luke Patterson 1st Music Hannah Posthouwer Distinction Physical Education Aimee Qiu Excellence Special Education Sebastion Safka 1st English for Academic Purposes - Level 1 Rebecca Scholtz 1st Classics Rebecca Scholtz 1st Physics Amanda Sim 1st Accounting Maya Steel Excellence Health Benjamin Taumoepeau 1st Computer Science Jackson Taylor Distinction English Lily Te Wiata Excellence Te Reo Maori Barnaby Watts Distinction History Louise Wigram Excellence Art Louise Wigram 1st Mathematics Extension Tessa Wishart Excellence Technology Soft Materials YEAR 12 Katherine Aitken Distinction Geography Paris Allan Excellence Tourism Maia Baillie Excellence Technology Soft Materials Cloe Barbera Excellence Year 12 IB Creativity, Activity, Service Thomas Benison Distinction Year 12 IB Literature Fin Bowen 1st Music Theatre Dougal Burden Distinction English Dougal Burden 1st History: the Gallipoli Stone

Cameron Burton 1st Mathematics Extension Cameron Burton Excellence Year 12 IB/NCEA Computer Science Su Ann Chai Excellence Hospitality Jost Claassen Excellence German Grace Cowley Distinction English Mitchell Cuthbert 1st Biology Lara Dyer Distinction Mathematics Statistics Emilly Fan Distinction English Oscar Finnemore 1st Design and Visual Communication Julia Giurgiu 1st Classics: the C.C. Robinson Award Sean Green Distinction Physical Education Lily Hannington 1st Dance Sam Harris 1st Visual Arts - Design Miller Hazelman 1st Physical Education Practical Miller Hazelman Excellence Technology Furniture Making Halim Hoskin Excellence Geography Halim Hoskin Distinction Health Sanghyuk Hyung Distinction Mathematics Maiko Iwasaki Excellence English Second Language Katherine Jacobs 1st English Katherine Jacobs Excellence French Katherine Jacobs Excellence Japanese Katherine Jacobs 1st Physics Katherine Jacobs Excellence Spanish Aoke Jiang Excellence Chinese Gabriel Jones 1st Drama Iris Leng 1st Economics Nicole Linnell Distinction Media Studies Richard Lu 1st Accounting Richard Lu 1st Chemistry Sofia Lykkeberg Excellence Year 12 IB Arts Blake MacDuff Excellence Technology Resistant Materials Jack (Jonathan) Maran Distinction Year 12 IB Overall

Jack (Jonathan) Maran Excellence Year 12 IB Mathematics Jack (Jonathan) Maran Distinction Year 12 IB Science Jack (Jonathan) Maran Excellence Year 12 IB Spanish Ab Initio Molly McGarvey Distinction History Harvey Merton Distinction Biology Harvey Merton Distinction Chemistry Harvey Merton Distinction English Harvey Merton Distinction Physics Natchaya Promvichai Excellence English Second Language Manurere Ratana 1st Te Reo Maori Poppy Ross 1st Music Molly Ryan Excellence Special Education Haruka Sato 1st Mathematics Shania Shameem Distinction Accounting Shania Shameem Distinction Mathematics Extension Liberty Soanes 1st Art History Liberty Soanes 1st Media Studies: The Robin Holding Award Natasha Tan 1st English for Academic Purposes - Level 2 Michaela Teape Distinction Tourism Hayley Tubb 1st Visual Arts Photography Yujie (Stephanie) Wang Excellence Year 12 IB Individuals and Societies Yujie (Stephanie) Wang Excellence Year 12 IB English Language Caitlin White 1st Mathematics Statistics Max Wilton Excellence Year 12 IB Spanish Language B Michael 1st Michael 1st

Worsfold English Literacy Worsfold Physical Education: the Wareham Shield

Alice Wu 1st Visual Arts-Practical Emily Wynn Excellence Health Suhwoo (Veronica) Yoon Excellence Year 12 IB Overall

Suhwoo (Veronica) Yoon Distinction Year 12 IB Mathematics Suhwoo (Veronica) Yoon Distinction Year 12 IB Individuals and Societies Suhwoo (Veronica) Yoon Excellence Year 12 IB Literature Suhwoo (Veronica) Yoon Excellence Year 12 IB Science Alice Yorke 1st Business Studies Tianyuan Zhao Distinction Mathematics YEAR 13 Shanaye Anderson Excellence Technology Soft Materials Aidan Aubert Excellence Spanish Chris Bentley 1st Design Visual Communication Jordan Blum 1st English: the Sam Dorrington Award McKenzie Bolland Distinction Geography Mitchell Bremner Distinction Mathematics Calculus Alice Burley Excellence Geography Esther Cain 1st Visual Arts, Painting Esther Cain 1st Visual Arts, Photography Iverson Chan-Tung Distinction History Yutong Cheng Excellence Year 13 IB Creativity, Activity, Service Cup Georgia Cole Excellence Year 13 IB Spanish Language B Devon Copp Distinction Mathematics Statistics Jacob Cosgrave 1st English for Literacy Vincent Desvaux De Marigny Excellence Technology Resistant Materials: the White Cliff Timber Award James Dulcich Excellence Year 13 IB Theory of Knowledge Josh Eastmure 1st Physical Education: the Wareham Shield Year 13 Peter Eissing 1st History: the Toynbee Cup Sean Gallagher 1st Technology Furniture Making Marijke Geerkins 1st Classics: the C.C. Robinson Award


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December 2, 2016

Takapuna

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Martin Greshoff 1st Music Max Griffiths Distinction Chemistry Max Griffiths 1st Mathematics Statistics: the Short Shield Max Griffiths Excellence Year 13 IB/NCEA Computer Science Juntian (Alan) Gu Excellence Year 13 IB Overall Juntian (Alan) Gu Excellence Year 13 IB Mathematics Juntian (Alan) Gu Excellence Year 13 IB Science Ella Halstead 1st Economics

Yuhan (Mica) Hou Distinction Year 13 IB Overall Yuhan (Mica) Hou Excellence Year 13 IB English Language Yuhan (Mica) Hou Distinction Year 13 IB Individuals and Societies Celine Human 1st Dance Katherine Jacobs 1st Mathematics Calculus Yunyi Jiang Excellence Visual Arts - Design Hyun-Ji Jo Excellence Japanese Eleanor Johnson Excellence Health

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Nathan Latch 1st Media Studies Sowoon (Jessica) Lee Distinction Year 13 IB Mathematics Sowoon (Jessica) Lee Excellence Year 13 IB Spanish Ab Initio Arthur Lee Kheen Leong Excellence Hospitality Alva Lin Excellence Year 13 IB Arts Ziling (Linda) Lu Excellence Year 13 IB Literature Nina Minogue 1st Drama Bijoux Nortje 1st Business Studies

Chris Pirie 1st Chemistry Chris Pirie Distinction Physics Andrew Richardson 1st Accounting: Margaret Cullingworth Award Amy Robertson 1st Music Theatre Sam Ross Distinction Biology Xiaoyi (Jasper) Ruan Excellence Chinese Anneka Scholtz 1st Art History: Margaret Cullingworth Award Lucy Spiers Excellence Special Education

Nina Stuart-Manning 1st Tourism Toby Wakelin 1st Biology Toby Wakelin 1st Physics Henry Watts Distinction English Henry Watts Excellence German Leah Wilks Excellence Year 13 IB Individuals and Societies Leah Wilks Distinction Year 13 IB Literature Hannah Williams Excellence French Adele Zhao Distinction Year 13 IB Science

Senior Prizegiving Special Awards GOLD MERIT AWARDS Jordan Blum Arts Council, Journalism Club, Peer Team Stage Challenge Emily Fan Student Librarian, TGS Strings, Debating, Journalism Club, Enviro Group Max Griffiths Lighting, Orienteering, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Arts Council, Sports Council Celine Human Arts Council, Cactus Dance Company, Fashion Show, Stage Challenge, Theatre Company Shani Human Fashion Show, Cactus Dance Company, Stage Challenge, Theatre Company Thomas Lunt Debating, Musicals, Theatre Company, Theatresports Amy Robertson Arts Council, Ball Committee, Musicals, Choir, Barbershop Michael Worsfold TGS Brass, Concert Band, Swimming NH/Auck, Deputy House Leader Brie Young Stage Challenge, Fashion Show Leadership, Musicals, Cactus Dance Company Jonathan Kemp 1stXI Cricket, 1st XI Football, Peer Leadership, Sports Council Edward Lotawa Fashion Show, Choirs, Swimming NH/Auck, Brass Band

William Lotawa Fashion Show, Choirs, Swimming NH/Auck, Brass Band Grace Cowley Enviro Group, Journalism Club, Debating, Student Librarian

Benefitz Graphic Design Scholarship: Alex Rankin Ex-Pupils’ Scholarship: Manurere Ratana IB CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) Award: Yutong Cheng The Takapuna Grammar The Peninsular Cup: Celine School International StuHuman dent Scholarship: Iris Leng The Farquarson Shield Rowan Nicks Scholarship: Senior Speech Winner: Ella Hill Harvey Merton The Warren Mason ScholarThe Year 11 Speech Cup: ship: Barnaby Watts Mitchell Bremner The Margaret Campbell The Dorace Mason ScholarShield: ship: Toby Wakelin Katherine Jacobs The Mike Donald Memorial The PTA Encouragement Award: Halim Hoskin Shield: Devonport Rotary Club Ester Cain Tony Steele Award: Liam Hill Scholarships: Pia Tapsell and Jasper Edgar. Post Award: Cheyenne Legacy Cup: Max Manson Abraham AFS (The American Field Scholar) Award: Charlotte UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND Stevens SCHOLARSHIPS: Zonta International Leader- Pacific Academic Excelship Award: Sophia Lord lence Scholarship: Iverson The Library Service Award: Chan-Tung Marijke Geerkins The University of Auckland Aroha Cup: Keegan Lewis Faculty of Arts Entry Level Daniel James Trophy: MatUndergraduate Scholarthew Harrison ship: Mary Margaret Slack Success Cup: Emily O’Connor Malcolm Fairgray Cup for The AUT Kiwa UndergraduHorticulture in Special ate Scholarship: Alice Burley Education: Vicki Bridle The AUT Significant Prentice Award: Micaela Student Scholarship: Storm Baard Robertson

Massey University Academy of Sport Scholarship: Hannah Williams Massey University Enterprise in Action: Bijoux Nortje, Jack Downs Massey University Business School Future Leaders Scholarship ($5,000): Jack Downs Victoria University: First-year Scholarships: Jessica Turner, Hannah Williams, Evie Atkinson-Willes, McKenzie Bolland, Ella Hill, Nathan Latch, Marco Legall-Misikini, Nina Minogue, Chamonix Stuart, Toby Wakelin, Sarah Winder Scholarship for First Year of Study Plus Music Scholarship: Martin Greshoff University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships: Xavier Harnett University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship and University of Otago Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship: Juntian (Alan) Gu, Ella Hill, Alisa Kogiso TOP AWARDS: CHUBB CLEVERDON CUP All-Round Effort and School Spirit in Year 11: Danielle Neill

THE WHITE CUP All-Round Effort and School Spirit in Year 12: Emilly Fan THE SPOONER CUP Best School Spirit Overall in Year 13: Amy Robertson Academic Excellence in Year 11 June Spooner Award: Kate Lee Academic Excellence in Year 12 June Spooner Award: Katherine Jacobs Academic Excellence and Summa Cum Laude in Year 13 Chris Pirie Jordan Blum Toby Wakelin Juntian (Alan) Gu Yr 13 Academic Excellence in Year 13 and Proxime Accessit Simon Goodwin Academic Excellence in Year 13 and Dux of the School. The BOT Award and The Dux Cup Max Griffiths


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Mobile : 0274 326 731 joe@sellingsimply.co.nz  www.sellingsimply.co.nz

TUITION Art Classes, Devonport artist available for tuition in drawing, pastels and other media, screen-printing, painting. Classes held in artist’s studio by the sea. Children’s classes Wednesday after school. Contact Erica MFA, DipTchg PGDipAC  021 127 9671  or ericasoman@gmail.com Art Classes @ D’Port Community house: Wednesday night, life drawing; Friday morning, mastering art. Ph Lucy Bucknall – 446 0389. Art Travel Sketching for beginners. Learn to find your creative side in a fun learning environment over 10 weeks. Kerr St Artspace Tuesdays or Saturdays. Ph Tony McNeight 021 925 031. Learn piano/keyboard. Lessons from $19.00. Private, Professional, Affordable, Enjoyment for all ages. Competitions, Practical, Theory Exams. NZ Modern School of Music 0800-696-874.TUITION Learning Support Specialist NZ qualified primary teacher and registered teacher of dyslexia.  Offering tailored tuition during or after school. Ph 027 391 3716 or visit www.squigglesdyslexia.co.nzT

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agent, who has been selling  including 10 years of  mpany - Devonport Realty Ltd 

December 2 2016

Joe Martin

0274 326 731 joe@sellingsimply.co.nz

ESTABLISHED ESTABLISHED 1971 1971

1 Fleet Street, Devonport 1 Fleet Street, Devonport Phone Phone 445 445 04830483 email: fleetst@ihug.co.nz email: fleetst@ihug.co.nz www.fleetstpanel.co.nz www.fleetstpanel.co.nz

Dennis Hale & Nathan Hale


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SMELL THE SEA AIR, SWIM BEFORE BREAKFAST

20 Seabreeze Road, Devonport

Occupying one of Devonport´s most desirable locations positioned metres from Narrow Neck

Tenders Close

beach, this majestic American style bungalow with separate studio has grand street appeal. In the same family for 24 years the opportunity to own this beautifully styled home has been scarce. On an elevated 622m² site the home benefits from many unique features - the stunning array of connected leadlights, dramatic granite fireplace, the warm matai floor all create an ambience of peace, tranquillity and style. The Impressive front verandah with wide views of the park runs the full length of the main house, while the dining and kitchen flow out

3.00pm, Mon 19 Dec 2016 (unless sold prior) 83 Victoria Road, Devonport View Sat/Sun 11.00 - 12.00pm www.bayleys.co.nz/1470162

Patricia Hinchey M 027 222 3367 B 09 487 0706

patricia.hinchey@bayleys.co.nz BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE LTD, DEVONPORT LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008

to the entertaining garden and patio at the back. Four gorgeous double bedrooms plus study plus studio, three bathrooms, large double garage are all showcased here. Seabreeze Estate - Smell that sea air, enjoy your swim before breakfast.

All companies within this composite are Members of Bayleys Realty Group

www.bayleys.co.nz


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Annual Skate Day comp celebrates Scotty Brewer Local skateboarders honoured the legacy of the late Scotty Brewer as they competed in Devonport’s annual skating competition. Scotty Brewer Skate Day Competition coordinator Ben Sheeran said the day was “all about Scotty’s kaupapa and about getting young people involved in celebrating him by skating.” Devonport Community Coordinator Maria Teape, who organises the event, said Scotty was on people’s minds all day. “His mum Jackie and brother Claus stopped by early on and two skaters here today were friends of Scotty’s,” she said. Scotty was a local teenager and skater who helped design Devonport’s Ngataringa Skate Park. He died in 1998. Scotty’s parents Jackie and Craig continue to donate the winners’ cups each year. Results: U13: 1st Will Gibb; 2nd Jaime Bucknor; 3rd Billy Neeves; 4th Perry Schmidhalter-Ward. U16: 1st Jakob Haywar; 2nd Liam Anderson; 3rd Brad Runner; 4th, Thomas Winnie. Open: 1st Jesse Peters; 2nd Lochlan McKay; 3rd Kyle Svensen; 4th Liam Whiley Flying high… Liam Donnelly (at right) getting air during the Open competition

Our Current Exhibition.... Rosemary Eagles Nov 26 - Dec 13

&

...something special for Christmas. www.artbythesea.co.nz/nzaffordableartspecialprices.htm

N Wilson was $3200 now $3000

C Foster was $1100 now $950

J Smith was $950 now $800ea

C Platt was $850 now $700

P Collis was $690 now $550 K Nixon was $2200 now $1850

Art by the Sea gallery 30 King Edward Pde. Devonport Ph 4456665 www.artbythesea.co.nz


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Showing their skills… Ben Gibb (above) about to land a trick on the pyramid, while Gracian Kern (above right) lifts off the spine

GIRLS NIGHT OUT! SHE LOVES GOLF!

Learn golf in a relaxed environment, followed by a social wine. 65sessions Allequipment equipmentprovided provided Complimentarywine wine weeks All Complimentary

• Waitemata

GOLF CLUB

Cost $199 person - Dec 8th, 15th and Jan5:30pm 12th, 19th, 26th and Feb 2nd - 6pm. $100 per - Starts Thursday 22nd October - 6:30pm. Maximum of 8&women. more info & sign up Robert on 09 445 8716. For more info to sign For up contact Robert on 09contact 445 8716.


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PREMIUM.CO.NZ | FINE HOMES BAY S WAT ER | 79A B AYSWATE R AV E NUE R e l a x e d V illa Liv ing | B a y sw a t e r Life st y le • Picture-perfect villa designed for easy family living and effortless outdoor entertaining • Four spacious bedrooms, including a fully appointed master retreat • Delightful tranquil setting, surrounded by sundrenched, easy care mature gardens FINAL VIEW | SAT/SUN 12 - 1 PM | PREMIUM.CO.NZ/60513 AUCTION | ON SITE SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 2016 AT 1 PM UNLESS SOLD PRIOR KIM PAUSINA 021 201 7488 PREMIUM REAL ESTATE LTD MREINZ LICENSED REAA 2008

S TAN L E Y P O IN T | G 5 DE V O N PAR K A p a r t m e nt Liv ing Pa r E xc e lle nc e • Fabulous ground level position in the West Wing. Refurbished throughout • Spacious living, dining and entertaining opening out to grounds and stunning views • If you’re looking for privacy and peace - this is it! VIEW | SAT 2 - 2.45 PM OR BY APPOINTMENT PRICE | BY NEGOTIATION | PREMIUM.CO.NZ/60511 ROWAN RENOUF AREINZ 021 736 683 PREMIUM REAL ESTATE LTD MREINZ LICENSED REAA 2008

BAY S WAT ER | 20A NO R WO O D R O AD L o v e A t Fir st Sight | Top Loc a t ion • Great Eco friendly family home, own solar PV power system • Open plan living, dining areas with good in/outdoor flow • Three double bedrooms, main bathroom and master ensuite VIEW | SAT/SUN 1 - 1.45 PM OR BY APPOINTMENT | PREMIUM.CO.NZ/60515 TENDER | CLOSES WED 7 DECEMBER 2016 AT 4 PM PETER VOLLEBREGT 0274 515 188 PREMIUM REAL ESTATE LTD MREINZ LICENSED REAA 2008

D E V O N P O RT | 15 MACK Y AV E NUE I n c o mp ar a ble Liv ing | Che lt e nha m B e a c h • Architectural ‘modernist’ inspired bungalow • Intelligently designed, four bedrooms, two living • Self-contained ground floor for guests/family VIEW | BY APPOINTMENT PRICE | BY NEGOTIATION | PREMIUM.CO.NZ/60500 KATHRYN ROBERTSON 021 490 480 PREMIUM REAL ESTATE LTD MREINZ LICENSED REAA 2008

D E V O N P O RT | 141 V I CTO R I A R O AD V i l l a On V ic t or ia - $1.675M • Beautifully renovated three bedroom villa • New contemporary kitchen, stunning new bathroom • North westerly deck for evening sunsets VIEW | SAT 2 - 2.30 PM OR BY APPOINTMENT PRICE | $1.675M | PREMIUM.CO.NZ/60505 KATHRYN ROBERTSON 021 490 480 PREMIUM REAL ESTATE LTD MREINZ LICENSED REAA 2008

D E V O N P O RT | 100 V I CTO R I A R O AD Gr a n d M a nsion I n The He a r t O f De v onpor t • Six double bedrooms, six luxurious tiled bathrooms • Restored and renovated to a high standard • 961m² site bordering Mt Victoria, two living areas VIEW | SAT/SUN 2 - 2.30 PM OR BY APPOINTMENT PRICE |$2.695M | PREMIUM.CO.NZ/60471 GRANT SPEEDY 0274 511 800 / 0800 036 288 PREMIUM REAL ESTATE LTD MREINZ LICENSED REAA 2008


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