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The biennial event, which donates its On the surface, council appears to have given proceeds to Women’s Refuge, is in its 12th NZ Sculpture OnShore a discounted rate of year. It started in 1996, but this is the first time $1500 for the application, plus $300 for a preit has been asked for a resource consent to application meeting. operate at the Category 1 Heritage-listed site. To page 4


Thousands of dollars will be lost by Women’s Refuge through Auckland Council demanding a resource consent for the NZ Sculpture OnShore exhibition scheduled for 3-18 November at Fort Takapuna.


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May 18, 2018

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Wakatere Boating Club is building a new $300,000 deck and locker extension in advance of the OK Dinghy World Championships in February 2019. It is the first time the club has hosted a world championship event, and entries are expected to exceed 140 sailors. While the 30-locker extension is primarily to house its growing junior fleet, the deck will add a nice finishing touch to the club in advance of the world champs next February. The club is undergoing phenomenal growth. From 250 members four years ago, the club now has around 500, club commodore Simon Probert said in a presentation to The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board. Sailing is riding a popularity wave on the back of interest in the America’s Cup, he said. One of the main reasons sailors left the club was not enough locker spaces for their boats. Construction of the new junior-boat lockers is set to start in July. The club is hoping to secure permits to use the reserve around the club during the

Extensions at Wakatere… an artists impression of what the new deck and junior boat storage will look like OK Dinghy world champs, from 2 to 15 February, Probert said. Part of Woodall Park would also be needed for trailers and around six overseas storage containers during the event.

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Permanent boat storage on Woodall Park is the long-term aim of Wakatere Boating Club, because of insufficient space at Wakatare’s current site to store permanently rigged boats. Club commodore Simon Probert said around 15-20 permanently rigged boats could be parked at Woodall Park, with limited disruption other than possibly “a chain and

a bollard”. Certain classes of boats take more than an hour to rig – placing time pressure on sailors coming from Westlake Boys’ High School or further afield to train several afternoons per week, he said The club would submit an application to council in due course.

Devonport pilot planned for electric scooter hire A New Zealand-first electric-scooter hire scheme is set to be trialled in Devonport – subject to funding. Start-up Kiwkli has identified the Devonport peninsula as the ideal place to pilot its new businesss. Director Rushabh Trivedy told the DevonportTakapuna Local Board that it is hoped to launch the pilot in 12-18 months. Ten scooters would be placed around Devonport to ascertain how people used them, he said. Devonport has been selected as it is smaller than the Wynyard Quarter or inner-city Auckland suburbs like Freemans Bay, where if the demand was high people could get annoyed by the lack of scooters.

Kwikli is the first Kiwi brand to launch an emission-free scooter into the Auckland market, Trivedy said. Board members were generally keen on the concept. But Michael Sheehy is worried they may follow the OnzO bike trend of being dumped around the suburb “like graffiti… four or five (bikes) are hanging from the trees.” Trivedy said the company’s computer software allowed it to keep track of the scooters and where exactly they were. If they were not being used they would be locked. Helmets would be provided with all scooters. Currently the company is funded by his savings, but investors are being sought, Trivedy said.

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May 18, 2018

Peace Poppy seeks home Tall poppy… Artist Tony McNeight stands with his work The Giant Peace Poppy, which is made up of approximately 500 discs. Each disc carries a personal message or drawing from members of the public, to honour those who gave their lives in wartime. The work was part of the Depot’s Anzac exhibition, which ended last Friday. McNeight is hoping to ‘rehouse’ the poppy on the wall of a local business or building. “It would be so great to see the exhibition up somewhere permanently” he says.

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From page 1 Council-consent impacts for Sculpture OnShore

May 18, 2018

Sculpture OnShore extended for 2018

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But down-the-line costs, including Locals Richard Trounson and Mike Simpthe need to submit a heritage-impact son are starting a new financial advisory assessment report and an archaeological and mortgagereport, broking assessment arebusiness expectedbased to runin into thousands of dollars. Devonport. The impact of the consent Their initial focus willresource be on mortgage ad“really ourasbudget a huge way,” vice andaffects broking, part of in industry-leading Sculpture Operations Manager broker TheOnShore Mortgage Supply Company Judy Grieve theNorth Devonport-Takapuna ,covering the told entire Shore. Local Board in a presentation. With to several mortgage lenders Localaccess archaeologist Dave Veart is (including non-bank), they will people working pro bono, helping outhelp with the toapplication, lower their existing mortgage repayments as is local planner Cherie and findBut thethe right lender at the lowest cost. Lane. need for a resource consent and associated compliance means They will also advise parents on that howanto Artworks of all shapes and sizes… NZ Sculpture OnShore 2016 archaeologist mayinto have be on-site for help their children thetoproperty market, the installation of the works for five days Sculpture on Shore will run for 14 days this was that another weekend would allow more including using Welcome Home Loans and and the disestablishment year – up from 11 days in 2016. people to visit. KiwiSaver contributions. of the works over twoadvice days. is free and at times there are The extra days will allow three weekends It also meant if one weekend was affected All the The same installation contractor had for the public to see the exhibition, instead by rain, it wouldn’t have such a large impact. even cashbacks for appropriate borrowers. been used at previous events, at which of two. Around 4000 people could come to a sunny Advice is increasingly important nowadays there had been no problems, Grieve said. Sculpture on Shore Board member Trisha weekend day while around 500 were likely on as different lending alternatives each have Board member Jan O’Connor said she slight variations in price, appetite risk Whiting said feedback from the 2016 event a wet weekend day. was shocked Sculpture OnShore hadfor to go through theconditions. extra administrative hoops, and termsall and New initiatives launching when it had not to before. NZ owned Sculpture OnShore In addition theyneeded will advise and facilitate Locally and operated…Richard Trounson and Mike Simpson Member Grant Gillon said it was the A number of new initiatives will be introductions related to insurance, investof The Mortgage Supply Company at a glance first heand hadbusiness heard ofand thecommercial event needing a introduced at Sculpture OnShore 2018. ments, propconsent and the board needed advice from • Takes place 3-18 erty finance. time. include: Dargaville HighNovember School and King’s College, over These council officers on why it had happened. • aImproved accessdetective, for disabled • 12th biennial exhibition. Theand firstexplain was in Richard has lived in Devonport for 21 As former police Mike he has the ability to simplify Board member Jen McKenzie praised visitors, including wheelchairs and 1996 on thematters shores of Lake Pupuke atsense the home years and was heavily involved with the is skilled in acquiring information and financial in a common and the Sculpture OnShore team for chauffeur-driven golf carts of Genevieve Becroftand to find appropriate finding practical solutions. He has also North Shorea Junior Rugby has practical manner, organising fantastic event.Club. She isHe keen Guided tours for the hearing• Has grown to be the largest arts event on been•involved been in the finance industry for 32 years, solutions. with Project K and Prison for investigations into carpooling and impaired the North Shore other transport thatBarclays/BZW, would lessen working at banksoptions including a voluntary Mike has lived in Devonport for 30 Fellowship • Tactileon and interactivebasis. works for the • 20,000 visitors expected at this year’s pressure on Lake Rd.and lastly Westpac years BNZ, BT/Deutsche vision-impaired and has beenareheavily involved with While Richard and Mike’s branch of the event the rugby club and Wakatere Sailing Mortgage Grieve said: to encourage • A student programme, Private Bank. He“We is anwant Authorised Financial both Supply intern Company will have a people and not to Rd.” in a variety Club. • 50He perhas centextensive of visitorsbusiness are fromexperience outside the North working with AUT they expect there will Adviser hasclog hadLake experience Shore reach, One of the event sponsorsroles is looking at North Shore operating and franchising in be strong • A workplace volunteer community of relationship-management including in owning, interest from Devonport. running buses from Auckland City; Fullers day withreally Westpac • 300 volunteers from theand North Shore run corporate banking, investment banking, hospitality, retail, energy property. “We’re looking forward to getting is on board as a sponsor as well; and free • Expanding visits from low-decile theHe event financial markets private is a Registered Financial Adviser and outschools into the community and helping shuttles from the ferryand terminal to thewealth event through the provisionpeople of 90 artists will be exhibiting on thebusiness outdoor make the best management. is •keen to develop the mortgage choices they can and save will be provided. transport funding (three schools visited grounds, with 80-100 exhibits As a former some money,” said Richard. 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May 18, 2018

Dog attack leaves resident with fractured shoulder A vicious dog attack on Takarunga/Mt Victoria left Devonport resident Diana Miller hospitalised with a shoulder fractured in three places. Miller was walking her dog on the mountain when a dog off the leash attacked her puppy. “The dog was in full attack mode,” she says. “It went straight for my dog and I was the collateral. I went flying off the path.” While Miller was on the ground, the off-leash dog continued to attack her puppy. “He is a withdrawn guide dog so he is very passive. He just lay on his back, which was lucky because he only received bites to his stomach,” Miller says. Eventually, the owner managed to wrestle his dog to stop the attack. Miller describes the man

‘sitting’ on his dog. The owner of the dog was not overly apologetic, says Miller. “He was with a friend and they tried to make light of the situation, saying ‘you should have seen the way you went over, it was spectacular’, and laughing.” Miller was helped down the mountain, and an ambulance was called. Miller’s life has been impacted hugely, she says. “I can’t even dress myself, I’ve had to get extra help around the house and with meals. It’s cost me a fortune.” She is unable to work at her business. Her doctor said recovery may take a year. “I asked the doctor when I could get back to doing press-

ups. He laughed and said ‘never’.” Auckland Council Animal Control said it was investigating the incident. “As this is still ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this stage,” a spokesman said. “Devonport is not an area where we have had many issues like this one, nor do we consider it to be a high-risk area.” For Miller though, things have changed. “I will never walk my dog anywhere where people keep their dog off the lead again. Some people just don’t take responsibility for their dog. It’s going to take me a whole year to recover. Imagine if it was an elderly person or a small child that had been attacked.”

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Top team… Flagstaff ediitor Rob Drent (left) and publisher Peter Wilson at the awards dinner last Friday

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Devonport Flagstaff editor Rob Drent was named best community newspaper journalist at the national Voyager Media Awards last Friday. His entry included an investigation into Vista Linda, a major Devonport landlord, and its tenants who felt they were being forced out by rent rises; the controversy over a trucked in-villa in Cheltenham; and a backgrounder on the revived Devonport Heritage group. Judges said Drent’s entry stood out from other entrants and his stories were well researched and well written. The Flagstaff has won numerous Community Newspaper Association awards. And in recent years it had been a finalist in the national media awards. But this was the first national win. Ironically Drent, who in his 21st year of editing the Flagstaff, felt his entry wasn’t particularly strong. “Awards can be a bit of lottery, depending a lot on what other reporters have done that year. For example one of the Flagstaff’s best editorial campaigns – getting rid of synthetic cannabis drug Kronic from local dairies – didn’t win anything as it was the same year as the Christchurch earthquakes, and community papers there did some amazing work in very difficult conditions.” “I’m rapt to have won, as much for the paper as myself. It’s a small team, and very much a combined effort. “It also reflects well on Devonport that the suburb can sustain a robust community paper.” One of the trends at the awards was the increasing prominence of locally owned media organisations placing well against the bigger corporates.

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May 18, 2018 Report — April 2018 I am often asked the common question: “How’s the property market?” The answer, quite simply, is that there is no answer. There is never one answer, because there is never just one market. Take the latest data for April, compiled from sales over the past three months across Devonport. You can see that the market for units is weak, evidenced by low sales volumes and prices that have edged down 6%, over the past year. Contrast that with the market for houses and we see strong sales, and sale prices that continue to edge up. Nowadays, more than ever, extensive knowledge and understanding of the hyper-local Devonport property market is required to be able to manage both buyer and seller expectations.

April 2018

to edge up to $1,848,500 in April, an increase of close to $100,000 over the past year.

HOUSE SALES In the past three months ending April, sales for all sizes of houses totalled 38, adding to a 12-month total of 169 sales. This represents a rise of 23% compared to this time last year. The market is good, with a strong flow of 56 new listings coming to market over the past three months, ensuring a good selection for buyers who remain active in the market. The result is that the median sales price continued

Properties Properties on the market Listed (as at 30 Apr) (Feb/Mar/Apr)

Properties Sold (Feb/Mar.Apr)

UNIT SALES As commented on earlier, this market is weak, with just seven sales in the past three months. This represents a fall of 45% and pales in comparison to levels of 15 to 17 sales over the same period last year. New listings are at the same time weak, with just 10 brought to the market and an available stock of just four at the end of last month. These metrics undoubtedly led to a weaker median sales price at $781,500, down 6% compared to last year. For more comprehensive details on the Devonport property market, view online

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The Flagstaff Notes

May 18, 2018

By Rob Drent

The old Devonport Borough Council building at 3 Victoria Rd will be empty on the ground floor from the end of May – probably for the first time in its long history. It has a proud record of community use – first as a post office, then as the Devonport Borough Council chambers, then as a service centre for the North Shore City Council and home for the Devonport Community Board. In later years, the Devonport Community Coordinator and Business Improvement District manager have been based there, and the downstairs was used as a temporary library while the new library was being built. Most recently, the lower level has housed a highly successful volunteer-run visitor information centre. Now the lower floor has vacated on the instructions of Panuku, the Auckland Council property arm, which wants to extract commercial rents for the space. Or so it says. At the same time, the DevonportTakapuna Local Board is paying for a business case for the building to be retained in community use. Everyone with a close involvement with the building who the Flagstaff has spoken to, on and off the record, reckons council wants to sell it, and has done so for some time. It was transferred out of community use and into the commercial arms of

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Panuku last year. Getting commercial rents for the building – which requires substantial earthquakestrengthening, a major fit-out and the retention of the historic council chambers upstairs – is unlikely, especially given the amount of vacant commercial office space around Devonport. With an empty store front, the case for its retention becomes harder to argue, with the current downstairs occupier already signing a lease elsewhere. An empty building has a forlorn look about it: sale would be an easy next step. It’s typical of how Auckland Council seems to be operating: working to a centralised agenda, rather than what is good for a community and its businesses and, in this case, tourists who visit the city. Essentially, the volunteers are doing the promotion job the council should be doing itself. Even this was not good enough. And they have been thrown out to make way for… an empty building. I hope the Takapuna Grammar and Belmont Intermediate offer of land to facilitate a cycleway through the schools towards Takapuna Beach isn’t lost in Auckland Council red tape. Auckland Transport is investigating the creation of an eastern cycleway, which is perhaps one of the most no-brainer ideas ever put forward on the Devonport peninsula. God knows why it has taken so long to get off the ground. More than a decade ago, I was championing it in this column as a way to get students off Lake Rd and more safely to school on their bikes. In the Devonport Borough Council days, even further back, white lines were painted on the footpath for shared bike and pedestrian space. Takapuna Grammar representatives envisage the cycle lane continuing on through the schools and the Wilson Home

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and down Clifton Rd to Takapuna Beach. I’ve previously called for council to take the next step and put a pedestrian/cycle boardwalk along the front of Takapuna Beach to the playground, which would create a much safer cycle route between Devonport and Takapuna – and a great ride for tourists as well. But I wonder if the council has the balls for that. Another incident involving an out-ofcontrol unleashed dog is worrying. The first we covered this year was a dog attack at the Devonport Dog Parade. Then, earlier this month, a resident suffered a badly broken shoulder after a dog attacked her pet on Mt Victoria. There seems to be an overconfidence among Devonport dog owners over their ability to control dogs off the lead. From my observations around town, only a very small proportion of local canines return instantly when called.

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Matariki show comes to the peninsula A glow-in-the-dark Matariki puppet show is coming to The Vic and the Rose Centre. Heaven and Earth – Rangi and Papa features 40 ultraviolet characters operated by four actors, in a 40-minute performance. Presented by Little Green Man productions, the show will be followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session. Little Green Man Creative Director Sarah Burren was at the forefront of efforts to save the Victoria Theatre between 2005 and 2009. “We are touring the show from the Far North to South Auckland and can’t wait to be at the Victoria Theatre again,” she says. The show promotes Te Reo Maori and is geared to school groups and preschoolers aged Good to glow... A Matariki puppet show over three. “Devonport Primary is bringing will be performed at The Vic and the Rose the whole school,” says Burren. Centre electric bike ride It is attest the Rose Centretoday in Belmont for 10 The showTake will be atathefree Victoria Theatre for three performances (25 June performances (2 July at 11am and 1pm; 3 July at 1pm, and 26 June at 11am and 1pm). at 12.45 and 2pm; and 4 to 6 July at 11am Bookings can be made through www. and 1pm). Bookings can be made at www.

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BEN ELTON’S ‘POPCORN’ SUMMER FUN PRESCHOOL PLAY 12th to 26th May; Wed to Sat 8pm, Sun at 4pm Tuesdays 9:30-11:00am at Windsor Reserve The Rose Centre, School Rd, Belmont. Directed by9:30-11:00am Suzy Sampson, the themes in Ben Thursdays, at Bayswater Park Popcorn are astorelevant toAElton’s FREER16 funblack timecomedy for preschoolers play with day as they were when the play was written in 1996. big toys, be active and to make new friends. Tickets cost $27 adults and $22 concessions. Bring your and a coffee For toddler further information pleaseand emailenjoy our or call 021 061 3808. beautiful parks! For more information, contact Carolyn or Maria on ph: MARTHA LOUISE & 445 9533. THE BACKSEAT DRIVERS

COMMUNITY NETWORK MEETING Monday 21 May at 8:00pm The Bunker, Takarunga/Mt Victoria, Devonport Thursday 12th November 10am - 12 noon Martha Louise is a well-known songwriter and singer, Devonport Yacht Club, 25 King Edward Parade and tonight she will be in full swing with the BackA quarterly meeting to promote networking seat Drivers. Bookings are essential ph: 09-445-2227 – tickets be awaregroups. that among residents and $15. localPlease community Mtnew Victoria will only beConstable open to vehicles between Meet Community Jasmine Bundle. 7.30 and 8pm. For more information Hear from Auckland Council about new dog contact the Devonport Folk Musicthe Club. and alcohol by-laws plus about changes to the THE BIG BIKE FILM NIGHT Inorganic Collection programme, and from Cliff 23 May, 8:00pm Heywood ofWednesday the Navy Museum about their latest The Vic, 56 Victoria Rd, Devonport projects. All welcome morning provided. We’re riding back into and Devonport and tea showcasing Contact onofphone: 445 9533 or email: our 2018 Maria collection short movies with everything a cycling-centric audience craves — action, drama,

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Crown’s legal eagle stays relaxed over verdicts Queen’s Counsel Kieran Raftery was back before the Privy Council this week, in the latest chapter of an esteemed legal career. The Crown Prosecutor, who has had a role in some of New Zealand’s most high-profile trials, talks to Geoff Chapple.

The QC at home... Kieran Raftery finds his ferry ride home helps him leave the grim details of his job behind When the Flagstaff calls on Kieran Raftery, he’s padding around his Kerr St house in shorts and bare feet, preparing to depart Devonport for the oak-panelled rooms of Britain’s most august legal body, the Privy Council. Has he packed his wig, his wing collar, his bar jacket, his gown? “On this occasion we’ve asked to dispense with those,” says Raftery, “and the Privy Council has said ‘okay’. That saves having to bring all the clobber over for just two days. It’ll be just a suit, standard business or lawyer attire.” It’ll be his sixth appearance before Britain’s

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Warren in a trial that bounced between Auckland and Pitcairn. The ex-mayor was convicted, sentenced, then served time on the island, but has kept fighting against any British right to prosecute. This time around, the constitutional issue is more complex. In 2010, following the earlier scandals and testing of Pitcairn’s constitutional status, Britain brought in a written constitution for the island. The new appeal has challenged that new system of governance, inching through the lower appeals process before fetching up at the Privy Council. It was due to be heard this week. Raftery leans on a second-storey veranda rail as he recounts the Pitcairn story. Mt Victoria rises behind the house – good feng shui, he says – and from this front veranda, there are wide views across the harbour to the central city. As a Crown Prosecutor, it was his job to delve into unpleasant depths, to explore distressing detail, and to seek whatever legal traction he could compile there. Often the job was grim, and day by day, he says, it was the ferry ride back across the harbour from the High Court that helped him rinse it all away. “That sea journey is so important. Leave the office, and take the boat, and it all just stays on the other side. Maybe you meet someone on the boat who’s got nothing whatever to do with my


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“If Scott Watson had a retrial now, a lot of people would change their evidence, not deliberately, but because the passage of time will erode their recollection. Memory is a fragile thing. It changes over time, particularly in these long-running cases, and that’s why the forensic analysis of the hairs on the [Scott Watson] boat were much more important than what Guy

They met at a party recalls Raftery, “and the chemistry said ‘yes’. I was living in Camden Town and Jan was living on a houseboat on the Thames. There’s a No 31 bus that went from the street I lived in, where it started its ride, and ended up on a street across the road from the houseboats in Chelsea. So, we carried on our romance across the 31 bus route.” They married in 1982. Then with the birth of their son Aidan, and two years later daughter Emily, the confines of inner London began to grate, and they decided to give Auckland a try. As Raftery recalls their arrival here, they’d come from seven sunless summers, staring across the road at a 1950s brick and mortar council block. Suddenly they were renting the front flat of a villa fronting Cheltenham Beach, the lapping sea, and Rangitoto. He loved it. The next thing was a job. He was used to being in court every day, and was told the only lawyers who get to court every day in New Zealand came from the Crown Solicitors’ Office. He applied there, and his new career began. Raftery returned to Pitcairn in 2016 to wrap up the charges against Michael Warren, and noted “a huge shift in the mores of the island. The trials set them back a lot, but I felt they’d certainly benefited by that trial process, and the work done by social workers and various police officers who came there after the trials. The islanders felt they’d done a lot to put it all behind them, and were upset that this latest charge had undone it all.” So to the last throw of the dice for the sex charges on Pitcairn: will the constitutional arguments of Raftery and his colleague, Pitcairn Attorney-General Simon Mount, convince the Privy Council? Or will Michael Warren’s abstruse procedural arguments succeed, and his convictions drop away? Raftery, who was appointed in 2016 to the distinguished rank of Queen’s Counsel, knows too much about the thickets of the law to be trapped by those last questions: “I have long since given up telling myself,” he says, “that this is a winner or this is a loser – and then have the judge prove you wrong.”

May 18, 2018 work – and they tell you about some trivial or funny event from their day. There’s a cleansing mechanism and the Devonport ferry is part of it, but not the only part. There’s a discipline you learn over time doing cases. You have to, as it were, clean the hard drive of your mind before you start Monday’s case. I don’t know how I do it, but I just do it. Needs must.” And nature helps. In 2007, the Privy Council quashed David Bain’s five 1995 murder convictions and the retrial took place in Christchurch in 2009. Raftery was part of the prosecution team, rehearsing all the ghastly detail, and took time often to walk in Hagley Park, or follow along beside the Avon. After a three-month trial, the jury found David Bain not guilty. “I’ve always made a point of not expressing views on the people I’ve prosecuted,” says Raftery. “It sounds almost indifferent, but – especially as I’ve done it so long now – I am entirely relaxed with whatever verdict comes in. “In theory, as a Crown Prosecutor you never lose a case because you’ve seen justice done. If I know I’ve done a good professional job, then it becomes the jury’s job to decide the verdict. I’ve done my job. They do theirs. Sometimes I think, ‘Oh – I wouldn’t have done it that way’, but it’s not my job, so I don’t get upset.” In a widely reproduced press picture, Raftery is holding out to the jury the rifle used to shoot the five Bain family members. “I was trying to demonstrate where the fingerprints were that had been identified as David’s and his brother’s – none of his father’s. So you’ve got David pressing down, like that, and you’ve got his brother’s pressing up, like that. The reason I had the rifle in my hand was to show the jury, in a graphic sense, what the photographic ID was saying. “I suspect while there was a lot of evidence quite strongly indicative of guilt, you also had a campaign in the press that went on for a long time. There’d been a lot of not quite trial by media, but trial in the media, and people have already begun to form, even subconsciously, different views.”

“I was brought up on the maxim ‘Better that 10 guilty men go free than that an innocent man be convicted’ . Though it’s better of course that the 10 guilty men are convicted and the innocent man is acquitted.” Wallace recalled about [dropping Ben Smart and Olivia Hope off at] a ketch.” Raftery cleaves closely to scientific evidence, his own ability to parse complex analysis very much to the fore in his prosecutions. But he allows that a jury might not have the same priority. “Because they have another set of abilities, perhaps saying quite the opposite.” Justice is served then, but is it really? “I was brought up on the maxim ‘Better that 10 guilty men go free than that an innocent man be convicted’. Though it’s better of course that the 10 guilty men are convicted and the innocent man is acquitted.” Raftery practised law in London for 15 years, and during that time a young New Zealander off a Silverdale farm was doing her O.E. in England.

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Old Post Office restoration enters final stage The old Devonport Post Office roof and postmaster’s apartment is undergoing a costly renovation – the final stage in its restoration. Scaffolding is up and builders are on-site to complete the project. Building owner Omega Trust (Eddie and Sharon de Heer) say they have been very careful to ensure that any works done to the building are sympathetic to the style of the existing architecture Auckland Council’s heritage team and the Historic Places Trust have both been involved in the project. “When completed, the roof will be fully renovated and the interior will house two finished apartments, offering stunning views to the city,” Eddie de Heer said. The restoration of the building started in 2008, when the current owners began taking it back to its original glory. Displaying many modern-looking features for its period, the building is Devonport’s finest example of ‘Streamline Moderne’ architecture, being a late development of the Art Deco style that emphasised plainer, curving forms and horizontal lines. The restoration was recognised in 2009 by the

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Pollock honoured for services to art and sculpture Devonport sculptor Helen Pollock has been made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to art, particularly sculpture. Pollock received the award from Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy at a function in Government House on 1 May. Pollock’s early works focused on women’s rights. Her more recent public art installations, in bronze and clay, commemorate World War I. Falls the Shadow was installed initially in Auckland War Memorial Museum and is now a permanent feature at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Victory Medal was toured around New Zealand regions and important battle sites on the Western Front, and is now due for installation at Le Quesnoy, France. As Above, So Below is a bronze-and-water sculpture commissioned by the National Navy Museum and permanently installed in the WWI Commemorative Pavilion at Torpedo Bay. Pollock has promoted the Devonport Arts Festival and exhibited at Sculpture OnShore to raise funds for Women’s Refuge. Most recently, she featured in A Moving Tribute, at the Depot Artspace. Honoured… Helen Pollock (right) receives her ONZM from Dame Patsy Reddy



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A new eastern cycleway from Devonport to Takapuna has moved a step closer with Takapuna Grammar and Belmont Intermediate Schools offering land to make the route possible. Transportation on the Devonport peninsula is a key focus for Takapuna Grammar (TGS) and other schools, TGS principal Mary Nixon and the school’s sports manager Callum McNair told the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board in a presentation. The eastern route is already being worked on by Auckland Transport. Putting the cycleway through the schools would allow it to go via George Gair Lookout and potentially the Wilson Home, then along Clifton Rd to Takapuna Beach, McNair told the board. All Devonport schools wanted to work towards easing the the congestion on Lake Rd, said Nixon, who is the lead principal in the Devonport-Takapuna Community of Learning. Other transport initiatives TGS is considering with Auckland Transport

include: • moving the school entrance and relocating bus stops outside the school to ease congestion and improve safety • changes to the light phasing of the crossing outside the school. Nixon said TGS and Belmont Intermediate had a combined 23ha of land – a lot of space that could be used to develop community facilities, meaning students and locals wouldn’t need to drive off the peninsula for sports and recreation. TGS wants to develop its outdoor swimming pool into a multi-purpose heated pool, and have a turf field for hockey. Nixon said the need for students to travel to locations like Albany and North Shore Events Centre for practices and facilities was something TGS wants to curb. The school teaches students about the benefits of public transport, and hundreds go to school on buses, Nixon said. Others use cycles or scooters. TGS hoped the local board would support it in its goal and work with Auckland Council and Auckland Transport.

Former council building emptying out The old Devonport Borough Council building is clearing out from the end of this month. After months of toing and froing with Auckland Council about the future of the building, the bottom floor will be empty by June 1. The volunteer-run Devonport visitor information centre and Devonport Business Improvement District (BID) manager Toni van Tonder are bound for a shop in The Arcade, just up the road from the council building. Devonport Community Coordinator Maria Teape is hanging on, but if given notice will move to an office at Fort Takapuna barracks. The Devonport Museum history display on the top floor is still there, but the writing appears on the wall. Devonport Business Association (DBA) chair Dianne Hale said it was “very, very sad” that well-used community services were moving out. But council’s property arm Panuku had made it clear there was no option to stay, given the building’s seismic issues and the need to charge commercial rents after its status was changed from social-services provision. A backdated rent of $36,000 has been charged to the DBA, but it had set aside money from the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board to pay the bill. The whole process had been “very frustrating”, said Hale. The visitor centre had “squatted” at the building, as on-again, off-again negotiations

Vacating… the former council building to rent the space went on. Now, the local-board money is earmarked for Panuku, who will pay it to Auckland Council. “It’s all a bit ridiculous,” Hale said of the money-go-round. And money from the local board should be retained for the Devonport community use, not go into the Auckland Council pot, she said. It was made clear that the BID-sponsored visitor centre had to move, but the local board was funding a business case to show the building was needed to provide community services. If the community wants to keep the building, the public needs to support the local board in its business case, Hale said.

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Auckland Council misses call at Devonport Anzac Day Parade The gap in proceedings at the Anzac Day Parade ceremony in Devonport, when an Auckland Council wreath bearer failed to appear when called, has raised a few eyebrows. But it can all be explained, according to council. Although not addressing the fact that Auckland Council was specifically on the list, a spokesman said: “Auckland Council was represented at the Devonport service by Grant Gillon from the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board. “Unfortunately, because of the concurrent timings of Anzac services in the North Shore area, it is not possible for the North Shore ward councillors to attend every service. “The councillors attend as many services as possible and rotate their attendance each year to ensure that they attend a variety of Anzac events in different North Shore locations. Councillor Richard Hills

attended the Devonport service in 2017,” the spokesman said. “It was confirmed to the organisers of the Devonport service prior to the event that the ward councillors would not be able to attend, as they were attending other services this year. Consequently, they did not order a wreath to lay at the Devonport service.” This year, Hills attended the dawn service at Auckland Museum, the Birkenhead service at 9.30am and the Glenfield service at 11.30am. Councillor Chris Darby attended the Takapuna service at 9.30am and the Glenfield service at 11.30am. Mayor Phil Goff also attended the Glenfield service at 11.30am, in addition to the dawn service at Auckland Museum and the New Lynn service at 9.30am. Jennifer McKenzie and Jan O’Connor from the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board attended the Takapuna service.

Druid will oversee Maunga meeting The Devonport Druid, Chris Mullane, will chair a public meeting on the future of Takarunga/Mt Victoria and the perceived lack of consultation by the Tupuna Maunga Authority (TMA) on decisions concerning the mountain The meeting will be held at Devonport Community House on 24 May, at 7.30 pm. An 1100-signature petition collected around Devonport and online will be submitted to Maunga Authority representatives, including chair Paul Majurey, who will be at the meeting. Devonport’s Druid, as independent chair, will ensure speaking time for the TMA team, and will take questions from the floor. An online version version of the petition can be accessed by Googling ‘car bans and consultation action stations’. A group of locals formed to challenge the authority after it decided to close the summit of the mountain to vehicles.


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REST HOMES Komatua Care Centre – We care for older people who have memory loss and behavioural difficulties. Professional care is given in a nurturing environment. For all enquiries phone 445 1707. Palm Grove Rest Home: A non-institutional style home providing compassionate, holistic care. Soul food and good FOR LEASE people. Call Julia Nessim: Professional Offices 50sqm, 445-0009. 9A Williamson Ave Belmont 029 446 1204 or 027 4940 039. SERVICES OFFERED A1 Home cleaners Weekly/ TO LET fortnightly. Husband and wife. Shared office space available Honest, reliable, careful workWynyard Street Devonport ers. All equipment supplied. Wi F i + m e e t i n g r o o m Refs avail. Ph/txt Joyce on email:, 022 073 1550 Phone 021 1388 220. A deck builder. Available Storage or office space. now. Free quotes/advice. 2 42m for 7 months phone Workmanship guaranteed. 027 224 6267. Reasonable Competitive rates. Qualirates. 35 King Edward Parade. ty materials. References. Ph Simon today 476 2107, 020 476 2107. REST HOMES A housewasher and waAscot House Retirement ter blaster. Available now. Home, quality care with digniMoss and mould treatty in a friendly, family atmosments. Free quote, prompt phere. Phone Shona, 445 2518. service and quality workmanship. Ph Simon today 476 2107, 020 476 2107.

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SERVICES OFFERED Tagbuster, graffiti looked after Devonport to Hauraki Corner. Call the Tagbuster 0800antitag, 0800 2684 824. SITUATIONS VACANT Reliable and fit wait person or front of house all-rounder required full or part-time available in restaurant/bar and function area. Must be over 18 years old and preference given to hospo experience. Emma, Esplanade Hotel, 1 Victoria Rd, Devonport. 445-1291 TUITION Art Classes @ D’Port Community house: Wednesday night, life drawing; Friday morning, mastering art. Ph Lucy Bucknall – 446 0389. 4-week Chinese language fun course. Mondays 1011am. $120 per person for 4-wk course. Limited to 6 people per course. Next course starts Monday May 8 May 28 in the village. Contact Paddy. Tel: 022 026 4983. Email: Guitar lessons. Private tuition in Bayswater, near the school, by experienced professional musician. Learn in a recording studio atmosphere. All ages, all levels. Phone: 022- 309 2272. 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. 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 Mathematics Tuition Available for years 9 to 13 by a retired maths teacher. Phone Graeme 445 8575. Mathematics Tuition, Sensitive tutoring offered at all levels of the secondary school curriculum. NCEA, IB and Cambridge welcomed. 100% pass rate in 2017 NCEA 3 calculus specialist. Ph Peter Ridge BE, Dip Tchg (sec) 445 2283. Maths and physics tutoring for secondary school students. From an experienced university student. George: 021 063 5149. Need help with some basic maths? Walk to or from school and learn with a friendly, highly experienced maths tutor at 43 Calliope Rd. 40-minute sessions - $30. Phone Wendy on 415 8835. References available. Piano Lessons. Piano & music theory tuition from classically trained pianist. Devonport-based and can travel to your home. Ph 021 079 0005 or email Primary Tutor Maths, English, Health & Wellbeing and Drama for 5-11-year-olds. School prep also available. Visit for further details. 027 410 6871 SLSS Swim School, 11 Evan Street, Belmont (off Eversleigh Road). Specialists in preschoolers. Phone 486 6728 for more info.


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By special delivery: St Leo’s new principal arrives St Leo’s school welcomed its new principal Maureen Harris last week with gifts and song. Vicky Trainor, principal at St John’s School, Mairangi Bay, where Harris has come from, said her school was handing St Leo’s its taonga – a gifted teacher who would be a fantastic principal, and put the children first. Pupils Elise Vacherand and Melody Liu led Harris into the welcome, and Sophie Howcroft, Evan Joseph and Melissa Busch presented her with gifts of a cross and a candle. Harris replaces Elizabeth Walker. Wearing a ceremonial cloak, which was a parting gift from St John’s, Harris said she was delighted to be at St Leo’s and had already taught five girls from the St Patrick’s room when other students were away at a sports day. The cloak has a lot of blue in it, the St Leo’s school colour, and she hoped it could be worn be students on special occasions. “I’m only one person – any sucess I have will be because all of you have been a part of it.” Harris was at St John’s for 12 years and has more than 30 years of teaching experience. Father Larry Rustia, the Parish Priest of St Francis de Sales and All Souls church in Devonport, blessed the gifts and said Harris would offer great leadership at the historic school. • St Leo’s celebrates its 125th anniversary on November 10 and 11.

Welcome to Devonport… student Elise Vacherand with new St Leo’s principal Maureen Harris

Gift bearers… (from left to right) Melissa Busch, Evan Joseph and Sophie Howcroft

Saying it with flowers... Melissa Busch presents Maureen Harris with a bouquet

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Proposed childcare centre on the market A house on Victoria Rd, which had been earmarked for a childcare centre, is now up for sale. The childcare centre resource consent application was granted to Jo and Paul Blair, despite opposition that the location would create traffic problems. The home is being marketed as either a house or a permitted childcare centre. The Blairs have bought the St Paul’s Church property, which is opposite, and have converted the hall into their home. For sale… 159 Victoria Rd

Licensing crackdown stymies rugby earner North Shore Rugby Club has lost thousands of fundraising dollars after a liquor-licensing crackdown revealed unknown flaws in alcohol permits. Since 1993, the club has been licensed from 1 February–31 October, Monday to Friday, and Saturdays and public holidays, 7pm to 10pm; and 1 November–31 January, Tuesday to Friday, 7pm to 10 pm. The club has been granted other licences for special occasions over the years, but recent checks by licensing authorities revealed they appeared to have been given in error. A Seagulls lunch fundraiser prior to Shore’s matches against Takapuna has been held for

Little Green Man Productions (LGM) presents: HEAVEN and EARTH – RANGI and PAPA is a magical glow-in-the-dark MATARIKI Puppet show for all ages! 40 ultraviolet characters operated by 4 actors over 40 minutes! Original soundtrack- cutting edge theatre! 20 min Q and A after the show. LGM Creative Director Sarah Burren spearheaded the massive drive to save Victoria Theatre and get it over the line because of cultural and heritage significance 2005-09! “We are touring the show from the Far North to South Auckland and can’t wait to be at Victoria Theatre again! This time with a show that inspires and promotes Te Reo Maori and UV puppetry during MATARIKI! The show is geared to school groups and preschoolers 3+. Devonport Primary are bringing the whole school!” Live at Victoria Theatre 3 shows only! June 25th at 1pm and June 26th at 11am and 1pm. $15pp child or adult. All bookings through If you miss VT shows we are at The Rose Centre July 2-6th bookings at

decades – raising up to $40,000 for the club. But four special licences per year. Public notification of the changes to the plan after the licence anomoly was discovered, the Seagulls function on 5 May had to be cancelled will be made to allow submissions. North Shore club captain Chris Tankard said the situation has a potentially “disastrous” Time to reset the clock effect on the club’s funds. “We are working to sort things out.” The clock outside the Devonport “We don’t want any later license, we just ferry building, that has been running want to be able host an old boys luncheon and slow for a couple of months, will be adjusted. a rippa night,” Tankard said. An Auckland Transport spokesman The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board is said there may have been a power also going into bat for the club. At its meeting interuption to the clock during recent on Tuesday (after the Flagstaff went to press), storms. it was aiming to change the Devonport Domain “We’ll get it adjusted again,” he said. management plan to allow the club to apply for

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Residents protest pohutukawa felling

A neighbour’s view... Max Dennison taking a stand for a native tree A pohutukawa tree at a Lake Rd property was cut down last week against the wishes of neighbours. The tree, at 67 Lake Rd, was removed as part of a development on Regent Street. A resident of nearby pensioner flats, Max Dennison, decided to protest the felling of

the tree. He stood on Lake Rd with a handwritten sign for four hours while the arborists carried out their work. “If they had their way, there wouldn’t be a bloody tree left standing anywhere,” says Dennison of property developers. Another resident of the flats, Kay, turned

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SALES ASSISTANT Early Childhood Teaching Assistants Education Personnel is looking for experienced and enthusiastic individuals with a passion for working with children aged 0 – 5 years old, to do some casual/consistent work in Early Childhood Education (ECE) Centres across Devonport/North Shore As an ECE Teaching Assistant you get to: • Choose the days and hours that suit your lifestyle • Work close to home • Gain experience in a variety of ECE Centres If you are a motivated individual, keen to have a positive impact on the children in your community, send an email to Tara – ( today.

We are looking for an exceptional sales assistant to help in our Merrell retail store in Takapuna’s Hurstmere Road. Established 35 years ago with a focus of bringing highly technical yet wearable products to the NZ market, Nevada Sport is a pioneer in recognising the needs of active people and provides a range of products to suit. As lifestyles continue to morph, we have introduced more versatile products that reflect this faster pace of life. Working with the Merrell and Patagonia lifestyle brands along with a great sales team, this role requires a strong passion for sales. Alongside this you will have: • Retail experience — preferably multichannel in the apparel or footwear industry • Great customer rapport and understanding • Strong verbal and written communication skills • Computer skills • An affinity with an active lifestyle • Innovative and vibrant approach This is a part-time role, working weekends and possibly some weekdays as staff cover. Phone Josh on 09 489 3204 or email


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Fauze Hassen: Yellow Street Light Madness closes Tues 29 May (exhibition funded by Creative Communities Scheme)

Fiona Gray: Flight of Light closes Tues 29 May

The Devonport Community House is looking for a volunteer with HR experience to join our Committee. We are a well-established, not-for-profit organisation, located at the end of Clarence Street. The Devonport Community House provides a framework for local programmes and activities, and is a friendly and welcoming space at the heart of the community. This is a good opportunity to gain governance experience and contribute your skills and experience to your local community. The Committee meets once a month, on a Monday evening at the House. You would also need to have some availability for meeting preparation, answering queries, and contributing outside the meetings. If you live locally and have worked in HR, then we would love to hear from you.



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3/15a Stanley Point Road, Stanley Bay, Devonport Matthew Smith Real Estate Limited Licensed (REEA 2008)

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There are not many places in Auckland where you can arrive by sea and land your own SeaLegs on your own exclusive ramp. There are not many places where you can walk across the beach just below high-tide and get straight on the ferry to commute to and from the city. And you won’t find a detached waterfront apartment quite like this one anywhere else in Devonport. You’re almost on the beach itself, with stunning views across the harbour from the light, open-plan living room and kitchen. You can breakfast with the sun dappling through Pohutakawa leaves in the morning and watch the boats go by all day at the weekend. It’s quiet here and sheltered from the prevailing south-west wind. You’ve got two double bedrooms upstairs and a third, downstairs. Downstairs even has its own separate entrance, which would make it an amazing office from which to

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work from home, if you can tear yourself away from those views again, across the harbour, that is. Along with the property comes two garages and the access from there right down to the water is owned by you. It’s been recently renovated and an elegant steel handrail installed to accompany the new steps. You enter the property through the newly installed timber gate that leads to a superb decked area outside the front door. In fact, this place offers so much usable, relaxing space, you’ll hardly ever want to leave. But when you really have to go inland, you’ve got a tennis club, a park and the delights of Devonport village on your dry land doorstep. Move in now and you’ll be nicely set up to watch Team New Zealand defending America’s Cup 36 in 2021.

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Celebrate 10 years of Pink Ribbon Breakfasts CORELLIS 46 Victoria Road, Devonport

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 Book for any time between 7am - 10am Mark your calendar and bring your friends to our Pink Ribbon Breakfast! Looking Back For $35 per person you can enjoy a delicious breakfast with barista made coffee and tea. It’s a great opportunity to get together with friends and family over breakfast and raise funds for a great cause!

50% of every breakfast will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation. Corellis have generously offered to donate $500 from the morning as well as providing delicious breakfasts.

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Twenty years ago: a selection from the Flagstaff files • P rime Minister Jenny Shipley opens Bayswater Marina before a crowd of 600, praising developer Martin Jones’ visionary project. He had worked for 11 years to bring the 437-berth $30 million project to fruition. A marine village on the foreshore is the next step. (Twenty years later, plans have yet to be lodged, but are expected this year.) • New Zealand soccer great Wynton Rufer conducts a skills-training session at Devonport Primary. • Nellie Macown celebrates 72 years of playing in brass bands, the last 15 with the Devonport Brass Band. • Joan Borrell is farewelled at St Augustine’s Church after a funeral procession through town in the Clydesdale horse wagon. • R esidents complain to the Devonport Community Board about the state of the suburb’s civic gardens. • Betty Cuthbert (community work) and North Harbour greats… Frano Botica (right) and Scott Pierce Geoff Clews (Bruce Mason Theatre and Rose Centre) win civic awards from North • The Maori heritage of North Head is being Inner Harbour House at Stanley Bay. Shore City Council. written as part of the management plan for • Cycle thefts are increasing from local the land. • Top North Harbour players Frano Botica schools and homes. and Scott Pierce return to North Shore • Devonport architect Geoff Richards is • A two-bedroom cottage in Victoria Rd is Rugby Club in the twilight of their careers, one of four winners in the New Zealand on sale for $285,000. after successful stints overseas. Institute of Architects Awards for his work

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International Women’s Day Breakfast Four passionate TGS students attended the International Women’s Day Breakfast organised by UN Women, along with other female student leaders from across the North Shore. UN Women is a global organisation that actively promotes the empowerment of women and strives to achieve gender equality across all nations. Each guest was welcomed by the waft of a warm breakfast buffet at the Milford Cruising Club on a pleasant morning last term. The invited speaker, highly respected business and community leader, Sarah Trotman, Director of Business Relations, AUT

University, shared her 18-year journey of running her own businesses. Her speech was particularly enticing as she presented the key values of life with a unique alphabet acronym. “I was deeply impressed by Sarah Trotman. She is such an intelligent and strongly independent female leader -- a person I aspire to be like in the future!” beamed Olga Chrzanowska. The four young TGS women left with smiles and a true spark of inspiration; as bright as the fairy lights hanging across the halls of the Cruising Club. BY KATE LEE

Drafting a youth declaration

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For four days, three TGS students got to spend their time debating national politics, which ended with the formulation of the Aotearoa Youth Declaration. The event, late last term, had competitive entry and these three students had their applications accepted by UNYouth, to join over 220 other young people. UNYouth runs civics events throughout the country. This particular event is the largest civics conference for youth in New Zealand The declaration was full of policies, which students had debated, and included policies from focus groups, from Equity and Governance to Infrastructure and Housing. In coming to their declaration, participants met and heard from politicians, and went out into Auckland and met

Taking stock of stationery The Level 1 Business Studies students have continued the exploration of local business, with Warehouse Stationery their latest location. Rocking down to Wairau, they were given a factual briefing by the manager of the branch. He explained the important details of the store that the public would normally not notice: The store layout, where and why categories are placed where they are, and how the store is expanding its horizons, from just stationery, into electronics and office furniture. Every student chose an object to study for their assessment task. A wide

selection of pens, colour pencils and notebooks were chosen. Soon, sheets of paper with information about their desired product were filled to the brim and the students were ready to head back to school. Using this trip as an opportunity, some students decided to replenish their personal stationery haul, and stood in queue, waiting to pay. As Isabella Yallop stated: “It was a good opportunity because we were able to understand the small details of the shop. I definitely appreciate Warehouse Stationery more now than I did before!” BY LIN LI YEOH

with organisations that do work in the area that each focus group represented. Participants were also taught how the government works, how to engage with an electorate MP and how to have a say in the bills that go through Parliament. Each focus group also came up with policies that became the draft for the declaration, which represented governmental policy advice created by the youth of Aotearoa. The final declaration was given to the Minister of Youth Development, as well as other organisations that work with youth, to share the opinions of teenagers from Years 9–13, with the community. BY IONA ANDERSON

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MAY 18, 2018

Tossing boules under the sun

Under clear autumn skies and warm sunlight at the Herne Bay Petanque Club, four TGS pétanque teams competed in five games apiece, against representatives hailing from schools all over Auckland. The teams not only focused on achieving victory but also on the entertainment that can be derived from pétanque. It is one of France’s most popular leisure sports; one that that involves an added social dimension. According to one student who participated in the tournament, it is “unique and easy to pick up and play.” Concentration is vital in the sport; one slight lapse of focus whilst bowling can mean the difference between a loss and a win. As expected, in a game that demands accuracy

Full team at pétanque tournament and precision, the atmosphere of the playing field was tense. However, despite sometimes finding themselves up against experienced competition, our students enjoyed learning a new sport. The teams achieved remarkably well,

considering they had only practised once before the day of the tournament. They accumulated a reasonable number of wins, whilst having fun and making new friends. BY ELLA SCHENKEL


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ON THE RUGBY FIELD: A resounding 20–7, First XV win over Rosmini – the first time in 12 years. ON THE ROAD IN OZ: Cycling. Lucy Buckeridge has just arrived back from Australia competing at cycling’s Tour of Canberra. She finished fourth overall, taking out one stage, the Queen of the Mountain, and a Sprint in the U17 division. ON THE TURF: Hockey. Boys Second and Third XI have had wins. ON THE MAT: Nina Edgar won a bronze medal in the Open Woman’s KATA at the NZ Karate Championships and backed it up with a silver in the 16/17 premier KATA. IN THE POOL: Andrei Soldatovic (Year 9) won two medals, silver and bronze, at the recent New Zealand National Age Group Swimming champs.

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May 18, 2018

Ted – the gentleman of Devonport real estate

Well known around Devonport… Ted Hill Ted Hill, a real-estate agent at Barfoot & Thompson Devonport for almost four decades, has died aged 82. Hill was born in Manchester, England in 1935. At age 17 he volunteered for the Grenadier Guards and was stationed in Germany. After his discharge, he emigrated to New Zealand and joined brother Paddy in the family’s milk-bar business in Pakuranga. He moved to the North Shore, and after marrying his first wife Beverley, they had three children. Hill worked at Keens Jeans in Queen St, and was manager for some years. His other jobs included managing a Three Guys supermarket and working with his brother William at the Palamino Restaurant in Henderson, which hosted many celebrity diners.

Going a few rounds with the rich and famous…Ted Hill (in bow tie) pictured with his brother William, champion boxer Muhammad Ali (right) and weightlifter Precious McKenzie (left) After his marriage broke up in the 1980s, he moved to Devonport. There he met second wife Fay and joined Barfoot & Thompson, where he was an agent and commercial property manager until he retired last year aged 81. Barfoots colleague Ian Cunliffe said Ted was immaculately presented and “honest and straight always.” “Every morning, Lorraine Hindle (longtime rental property manager) and Ted Hill would be at their desks. They were always first in.”

“He was respected and known by thousands of people in the Devonport community,” Cunliffe said at Hill’s funeral at Holy Trinity Church. Hill would be remembered for his sharp wit and also for his singing voice. Coming from Manchester, “he was a tough bugger, but a lovely guy with a heart of gold,” Cunliffe said. He is survived by Fay, children Tony, Michael and Diane, stepchildren Debbie, David and Peter, grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Investigation into referee abuse at North Shore match An incident of alleged referee abuse at North Shore Rugby Club last Saturday is under investigation by the North Harbour Rugby Union and its referees association. A spectator was ordered from the sidelines by the referee in an Under85kg match between North Shore and Helensville. A complaint about the spectator has been lodged by the referee of the match and was under investigation, North Harbour Rugby Referees Association chair John Dooley confirmed. Another spectator at the match contacted the Flagstaff, appalled at the behaviour of the alleged offender and both teams on the field. “When I passed by towards the end of the U85kg match, the atmosphere was hostile, particularly towards the

referee. Hecklers were relentless, which encouraged the players from both sides to be equally distasteful with their verbal assaults. “Understandably this led the referee to stop the game early (after penalising the local U85kg team for backchatting) and in turn ask one non-playing spectator from the North Shore side of the field to leave the fields. “This is unbecoming of our community and one would hope club officials take action to ensure the offending man is held to account in an appropriate way that satisfies the referee. Referees across all sports are extremely generous with their time, doing a job that often receives little thanks. “They’re essential to ensure we can all participate in, or watch sport on a

weekend, and deserved to be treated better than what I saw down at The Domain on Saturday,” the Flagstaff reader said. North Harbour Rugby general manager David Gibson said the complaint about the incident had been recieved and had been forwarded to its judicial officer for investigation. Speaking generally, Gibson said abuse was “not good for our referees who are volunteers and do a fantastic job.” North Shore Rugby Club Captain Chris Tankard confirmed a verbal altercation involving a club member and referee had occurred. “We need to haul this guy in and talk about it that’s for sure. “It’s not good enough – referees are volunteers doing their best.”

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May 18, 2018

North Shore cricketers hit the fields of India

On tour… the North Shore Cricket Club contingent at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India The North Shore Cricket Club (NSCC) went international in the April school holidays, with a team of 13 U13 boys players, their families, coach and supporters heading to India. The tour took in the the cities of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi over 10 days, with the team playing five matches and having three training sessions along the way. When not playing cricket, the group went sightseeing – including an elephant ride to Amer Fort and visiting the Taj Mahal. The boys experienced conditions very different than those they play in at home, including temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius, some very hard grass wickets and lightning-fast outfields. The level and depth of talent in the opposition was impressive, as was their commitment to cricket. Some of the Indian academy programmes train three to four hours per day, five days a week, 11 months of the year. While the North Shore side did not win any games, they gained a lot of experience.

Highlights along the way included a fantastic hat trick from Freddy Birch in the last game on tour. At a vacant lot next to the team hotel in Agra, the North Shore kids met local children and joined in their ‘backyard’ cricket on a couple of afternoons. Spy Kelly was an integral part of supporting the tour and keeping the team hydrated and cool with drinks and icy towels. The team was coached on tour by Graeme Beghin, NSCC Premier men’s coach and captain. “The boys had a huge opportunity to learn and they made the most of their time and improved out of sight,” says Beghin. “They came together really well as a team and I was very proud of them.” The players on the trip were: Ben Pleciak, Gus Grooby, Christian Scott, Liam Arthur Hunt, Scott Beaumont, Nick Petherick, Conor Langdon, Vincent Yee Werry, Freddy Birch, Alex Waldron, Eddie Biss, Oscar Lewis and Nathan Alderson.

The tourists were Jane Wright, Steven Pleciak, Tom Pleciak, Paul Grooby, Murray Scott, Gillian Scott, Kennedy Scott, Tresna Hunt, Clive ‘Spy’ Kelly, Sheryl Beaumont, Craig Beaumont, Jude Beaumont, Zak Beaumont, Helen Petherick, Darryl Petherick, Samantha Petherick, Lisa Langdon, Mike Langdon, Orla Langdon, Chris Werry, Wyndale Yee, Constance Yee Werry, Nicole Birch, Catherine Etheridge, Mel Biss, Hugh Biss, Jemima Biss, Graeme Beghin, Shawn Lewis, Holly Alderson, Theresa Matthews and Jeremy Holmes.

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18 May 2018 Devonport Flagstaff  
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