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October 21, 2016

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Tenants kicked out as wharf overhaul continues Nine tenants on Devonport Wharf have been told to vacate their shops by 31 January 2017 as a second-stage refurbishment of the wharf gets underway.

The affected businesses are: bike rental Segway tours; C-Men-Z; Brazen Burgers; company Cycle Auckland; souvenir shop Red Sherry’s hair salon; and the Ferryman Café. Queen; hat and umbrella shop Anne’s; The Flea Cycle Auckland owner Megan Blank, who community radio station; Magic Broomsticks To page 7

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Historic waterfront clubhouse set for sale Takapuna Boating Club (TBC) is preparing to sell off its historic Bayswater clubhouse. The Flagstaff has learned that the club’s Commodore, Barry Ward, has prepared a motion to enable the sale. Club members are expected to vote on it at a Special General Meeting Ward has scheduled for next week. The motion was seconded byHauraki resident Tom Logan. The motion was tabled “to allow the Board to sell the Bayswater Clubhouse at a price and on terms that the Board considers are most favourable to the Club, acting in its sole discretions.” An earlier version of the motion said the selling price could not be lower than $1,350,000. Gay Richards, Chair of the Bayswater Community Committee, said the club recently asked the committee for feedback on a potential sale. The club told Richards any sale would cover the costs of a recent court case over asbestos contamination in the building. The club no longer wanted to deal with a heritage property and intended to focus its activities on their modern Takapuna clubhouse instead, she said. Richards said the community committee was “concerned that TBC are considering selling to a developer to convert the building to residential space,” essentially privatising a coastal marine area land right next to a reserve. Richards wondered if a community-led restoration project would have local support. Simon Herbert, owner of Bayswater Marina Inc, says he was unaware of the planned sale and was not the buyer. “A beautiful building though and we look forward to seeing its restoration,”

Possible sale…the Takapuna Boating Club-owned building at Bayswater he says. Devonport-Takapuna Local Board member Mike Cohen said he was aware that several parties looked at the building about six months ago. He hoped the club would talk to the board over the proposed sale, since the ownership of land and seabed had been transferred from Takapuna Borough Council to the club in 1926, he said. The building dates from 1923 and is an old Panmure tannery that was barged across the harbour in pieces. In 1979, the building received a Category B listing on the District Plan. The club kicked off a large-scale restoration project more than 10 years ago, spending $25,000 on a conservation plan and $15,000 on resource consent applications. It later worked with a heritage architect on a restoration plan and replaced the club’s roof only late last year. The Special General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 26 October at 6 pm in the clubrooms at 39 The Strand in Takapuna.


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October 21, 2016

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The battle of the two tickets standing for the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board effectively ended in a draw and a split board. The right-leaning Team George Wood got three members onto the board, while leftleaning Shore Action got two members. But top-polling candidate Mike Cohen, while independent, has voted alongside Shore Action candidates Jan O’Connor and Grant Gillon on key issues during the last term. Whoever is elected chair in the current term will have a major bearing on board decisions, as the chair’s casting vote will be key. Mike Cohen and Joseph Bergin shared

Incumbents re-elected from the left… Mike Cohen, Jan O’Connor and Grant Gillon

the chairmanship last term (half a term each). However, this proved a poor compromise, particularly under Bergin’s leadership. The board was split on a number of key issues – including the Takapuna campground. Team George Wood would be disappointed with the result, as in overall voting the sixcandidate ticket posted 33,820 votes against the 28,659 for five Shore Action candidates. Cohen topped the polling with 8687 votes – 1615 more than he had in 2013. Former councillor George Wood came second with 8099, followed by Grant Gillon with 7,640 – up 450 on his 2013 total. The ever-consistent

Darby returned to council with strong mandate Incumbent Auckland councillor Chris Darby swept back into city hall, but it was a tight battle for the second North Shore Ward seat. Darby was streets ahead in the polling with 19,396 votes. Richard Hills with 12,651, votes was just ahead Returned of Grant Gillon on 12,523. to council… Council websites noted Chris Darby that the provisional results

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October 21, 2016

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October 21, 2016

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Chilling on Clarence St… anticlockwise from front: Noemie Thomas, Annabelle Morrison, Shanae Hooker and Marianna Howden made the most of the street closure on Saturday afternoon. Below, Va’se Ngaro-Tali enjoyed the playscape installation at the Depot Artpace, which was part of his mother NiaVal’s exhibition This Woman’s Work is a Woman’s Worth.

Hundreds of people flocked to central Devonport last Saturday for Glow Open Street, which was part of Auckland Artweek. Closing off part of Clarence St to cars from 11am to 10 pm proved a big drawcard, with table tennis, face-painting and games taking place in the day and music (the Nathan Haines Band and others) performing on an outdoor stage into the night. Fire dancers and light installations at Windsor Reserve also drew the crowds. The historic Morton Bay fig tree next to Devonport Library was also lit up, in what is believed to be the first time in its 150year life. Other events were held at the Depot Artspace and galleries around Devonport, including a community orca sculpture at the Flagstaff Gallery.

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leases for years. The Flea radio host Murray Inglis said two Auckland Transport (AT) managers told them in a two-hour meeting that they had chosen to give three months notification rather than just one. But Inglis says there were tears nevertheless. “Everyone was very upset because for some it’s about their livelihoods.” He says the casual meeting didn’t match how seriously the forced vacation affects some tenants. And while all were told they could reapply for a new lease agreement, some businesses don’t feel wanted in the refurbished space. “They said they were going for something more classy and that it would be at market rate,” said Brazen Burgers co-owner Sharky

Barber. Many of the tenants felt this was unfair as Devon on the Wharf has reportedly been given a three-year rent holiday. Blank says she can take her cycle business online for a while but others don’t have that option. The owners of Red Queen are still considering their options. The Flea is moving to a community space at Fort Takapuna. Anne Stewart of the hat shop plans to retire after 21 years on the wharf. Brazen Burgers co-owner Joshua Macdermott said he had only taken over his aunt’s lease in June and despite recent refurbishments and relicensing, he would move on. “It’s just not financially viable for us to come back,” he said.

No budget confirmed yet for upgrade A budget has not been finalised and plans are still being drawn up for the second stage of the Devonport Wharf refurbishment, says Auckland Transport (AT) spokesperson Mark Hannan. But plans shown to the wharf tenants, however, show public toilets relocated into the wharf’s corner and a reconfigured 565-square-metre retail space. A letter sent to the tenants speaks of “a new glazed northern façade, a new entrance from the west walkway and substantial changes within the ferry terminal to improve the passenger queuing areas and waiting zones.” AT General Manager Metro Mark Lambert said the refurbishment will kick off in early 2017 and the new retail space will open after June. The refurbishment follows council’s $5.5 million Marine Square upgrade, linking the wharf to Victoria Rd.

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New council by-law delivers another blow to local businesses Local business owners have described a new by-law that prohibits signs on footpaths as another blow, coming after the recent closure of Devonport’s visitor information centre. Two council by-law officers told local businesses earlier this month that their footpath signs had to disappear within a week. The edict was due to a citywide by-law drafted by Auckland Council and Auckland Transport and passed in October 2015. However, those instructions fell on deaf ears with local retailers. New Devonport Business Association chair Dianne Hale has written to officers asking for a by-law exemption, due to “the uniqueness of the area, its heritage value and the high visitation by visitors.” Following ATEED’s recent closure of the i-SITE on the wharf, it is planned to reopen a visitor information centre at 3 Victoria Rd. But an opening date has yet to be finalised. Premises not on Victoria Rd feel hardest hit by the closure, and now the sign ban. Devonport Chocolate’s Caroline Everitt called it a “double whammy”. The Wynyard St business simply can’t afford to be losing foot traffic, she said. Her mother Stephanie Everitt adds: “Fifty per cent of those coming to the shop are tourists. Our staff surveys them constantly on how they found us and they always mention the signs and how they follow them.” The Depot Artspace, at the far end of Clarence St, uses a sign on Victoria Rd to Sign of the times… Lynn Lawton and Emma Badeia from the Depot attract gallery visitors. ArtsLab manager Lynn Lawton says Clarence St doesn’t look inviting enough and lacks parking near the gallery. “I realise that the signs aren’t ideal, but in terms of health-and-safety hazards council should be much more worried about the potholes and lack of pedestrian crossings on Clarence St,” he says. Business owners recognise that sign pollution is an issue. Anne Hocking from Firefly in Wynyard St says: “It wouldn’t work if every business has one, but those off the main road rely on the ones they put at intersections. Signs right outside your shop are totally unnecessary because people have already found you,” she says. Lawton and the Everitts would be happy to explore alternative signage options for all businesses. “We asked council about that ages ago, but never got anywhere,” Stephanie Everitt says.

Council signage remains While Auckland Council is trying to get rid of footpath signs, ironically the sign at Devonport Wharf advertising the now-closed i-SITE is still in place.


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Grass-roots democracy... Melany Raynes, Brad King and daughter Nikita filling in submissions beside the duck pond Locals young and old sprang into action I spoke to was against a retirement village on at a pop-up booth at Devonport’s duck pond, the site at all. But many of them are against the set up for people to make submissions on size Ryman is proposing or the fact that there Ryman Healthcare’s proposed retirement-home has been no consultation with locals about what development on Ngataringa Rd. they actually want,” she said. In true Kiwi style, they handed out cups of A number of Devonport seniors voiced their tea and home-baking along with the submission doubts as well. Goldingham’s mother Jean Day forms and information sheets at the “Have Your (88) owns a small house in Narrow Neck. “I Say” table. wouldn’t want to live in a place like it. It looks Within two hours, 50 submissions had been a bit like a prison and the sun won’t get into a made, said Jacqui Goldingham, one of the lot of the rooms,” she said. organisers, who lives on Bulwer St. “No one Stanley Bay resident Rixt Brownlow and her


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Devonport submits against Ryman proposal father Menno Riegstra (77) said the complex was too big. Riegstra still lives independently but is exploring a move into a retirement village. “It’s a good location but I wouldn’t want to go into a big place like that and destroy the way of life for people here,” he said. Victoria Rd resident Elaine Sawyer said she was bothered that Ryman was trying to sneak the proposal through as having a “less than minor” effect on the environment. “I think that’s not remotely accurate,” she said. Cheltenham resident Denise Isaac said the proposal reminded her of Australia’s Gold Coast. Lake Rd traffic was a common concern mentioned by those attending. Kawerau Ave resident Melany Raynes wrote her submission about it. “I am afraid if we don’t say anything we’ll regret it later. Getting out of Ngataringa Rd in the morning is hard enough as it is right now,” she says. Kawerau Ave resident Lucy Phillimore said Ryman didn’t care what other people think. She said: “I hope we get a high number of submissions and that they will make a difference. My mum in Milford is putting one in too because she says the traffic is so bad when she comes to visit.” Concerned locals... (from top) Rixt Brownlow and her father Menno Riegstra, who is looking at retirement homes; Jacqui Goldingham and mother Jean Day studying the Ryman plans. (“I’ll put you in this dark, wet and windy one on the ground floor,” joked Goldingham); and Di Humphreys (left) and Lucy Bucknall offer tea and home baking.

Ryman upbeat Ryman says its village will provide care for more than 200 residents, including a muchneeded dementia-care unit. “There are no dementia beds in Devonport at present, so families with relatives suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia have no choice but to move them out of the area. “Sixty thousand Kiwis have dementia, and this is expected to triple by 2050,” a Ryman spokesman said. The village will also provide homes for other residents who are in good health now but want the security of knowing that help is at hand if they need it, he said “We have had an overwhelming level of interest in the village since we acquired the site, including inquiries from more than 300 potential residents. We have more than 50 people who have put their names on our waiting list for apartments. “We want to provide a home for Devonport locals so they do not have to move out of their neighbourhood where they have lived for decades, and in some cases, all their lives,” the spokesman said. The village will also provide at least 100 new full- and part-time jobs, as well as freeing up more than 400 houses for resale, the spokesman said.


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October 21, 2016

Lizard emerging from Polly’s Park tree N g a h i w i Wa l k e r c l i m b s a l a rg e pohutukawa tree most days to work on a lizard he is carving from one of its branches. The tree stands at the entrance of Mary Barrett Glade, commonly known as Polly’s Park. Walker, an experienced carver, walks past the tree every day on his way home from work. “One day I saw this branch sticking out and I thought it needed to be carved. Now I stop for about half an hour on my way home from work and chip away. I joined the old fellas who have been working at the glade for years and am making a kaitiaki, a guardian for it,” he says. Walker expects the project to take a while. “The wood is very hard so it takes time. It’s also ruining my chisels a bit,” he says. He has just made the lizard’s pauashell eye and is planning its tail. He hopes his carving will raise local awareness of the rare native moko skink. “My carving won’t have a mouth because the skink can’t speak for itself and needs our help. It won’t have a hand either, because it needs a hand to survive,” he says. Walker’s wife Teresa likes to keep him company while he chips away at the tree. The carving could attract more visitors to the glade, she says. “There is an abundance of things here that people could use. There are the kawakawa leaves for tea, there is flax to make bracelets out of, pine cones for Christmas and lots of little things to make mobiles with,” she says. The carving might also draw other artists to the glade, she says. Their grandson Lyrakai (11) has taken up the challenge and is also doing some

Close supervision… Ngahiwi Walker works on the carving under the watchful eye of grandson Lyrakai Posimani carving. “It’s my first carving but I want to learn how to do it properly when I’m older,” he says. Walker is a long-time Devonport resident with Ngati Parou ancestry. He was in the Navy for 30 years before teaching at Kelston Boys’ High School and Hato Petera College. He recently returned to the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer and Combat Specialist and works with the Sea Cadet Forces as Northern Area Advisor. Both he and Teresa oppose the Ryman proposal for the land near the glade. Teresa says: “I am a hospice nurse and see a lot of rest homes, and this one is just too big. Plus it will create a lot of traffic and spoil the view. It’s a real shame.”

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Nanny state: Devonport awash with au pairs Corelli’s Café has become a home away from home for Devonport-based au pairs. On Wednesday nights, up to 30 young nannies – working in homes from Devonport to Hauraki – like to meet up once they have tucked their charges in for the night. They come from Finland, Germany, Denmark, the UK, Sweden, the US and France. Some are straight out of school and want to spend a year abroad before university, and for others nannying is a career. Some used nanny agencies, others organised their own stay. All of them love children, Devonport and New Zealand. Amy Gianfrancesco from Somerset, UK, was travelling when she landed a job as a nanny. “Now I don’t really want to leave,” she says.Regina Salmena from Helsinki said that if people smile at you in Finland, “it’s a bit weird usually. In Devonport it’s okay and I really like it.” Anna Erdman, from Eisenach in Germany, has returned for a visit after nannying locally earlier this year. “Devonport is the best spot to be a nanny and I wanted to come back to see all my friends,” she says. A strong sense of community exists among them all, says Katie Barraclough from Yorkshire. “We live near each other and meet up for big play dates at each other’s houses or the playground most days. Or we go to Mainly Music together on a Wednesday or to Rhymetime on a Monday, and all our kids have become good friends. At birthday parties, their friend group is huge as a result,” she says.

A smorgasbord of au pairs…time out at Corelli’s The au pairs also look after each other. “If one of the other girls is busy with something, we often step in for each other,” says Barraclough. They talk about Kiwi culture. Rebecca Strandberg from Sweden says she is working on her Kiwi accent. “I started saying aye, keen, reckon and jandals,” she laughs. Laura Janssen from Koblenz, Germany has fallen in love with Tim Tams and had brought her own packet of biscuits along. The group is constantly evolving. Anna

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Brockmeier from Germany’s Munsterland says: “Last month about half of the people left and every time you come you meet someone new. It’s cool.” Corelli’s manager Chris Priestley says the Wednesday au pairs meet-up has been happening for some time. “Many of them buy a Corelli’s T-shirt. We get postcards from all over the world from them after they leave. It’s nice to look after them while they are here and see that they feel at home,” he says.


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Apartment building set to cast shadow over pensioner homes A three-storey apartment building threatens to overshadow the council flats at 65 Lake Rd after the flats have been now been included in a commercial zone. Jim Douglas (85) has lived in one of the 12 Kings Court units for the last four years, in a small one-bedroom apartment with a north-facing back garden. A resource consent application for two

three-storey terrace-apartment blocks next door, at 67 Lake Rd, includes a 10.2 metre high, 13.1 metre long wall along Douglas’s garden edge. Each unit has a double garage on the ground floor, with living spaces two floors above. The pensioner flats are tucked between commercial buildings. Under the current District Plan, their residential zoning protects them from encroaching development with a four-metre side yard and height-to-boundary rules. The Unitary Plan zones the pensioner flats in a Business Neighbourhood Centre, removing such protection, while also increasing the permitted building height from eight to ten metres.

The application cites similar developments nearby to support it, saying that the plan is consistent with development patterns of the area. It lists apartments built at 38 – 44 Regent St, and a recently approved application for apartments at 69 Lake Rd, as examples. The application for Terra3 Ltd, whose sole director is Chang Liu, states it should not be notified as “no affected parties have been identified.” Grey Power spokesperson Bill Rayner said: “This is really not on and needs to be challenged.” The question is by whom; the flats are owned by council and the residents are vulnerable people who don’t have the ability to respond like a private owner, Rayner says.

Housing NZ tops up its Lake Road SHA plans Housing New Zealand’s has added a third storey to its plans for the small Special Housing Area on Lake Rd. The two brick houses at 100 and 102 Lake Rd are now likely to be replaced by a three-storey apartment block, containing nine two-bedroom apartments instead of the originally planned two-storey block with six units.

The revised application comes after the Auckland Unitary Plan changed the zoning for the 2,568 square metre site – from the originally proposed Residential Mixed Housing Suburban to Residential Mixed Housing Urban – thereby allowing developments to increase from two to three storeys. The same change applies to all lots on Lake Rd between Kings Store and Belmont.


The Flagstaff Notes

October 21, 2016 By Rob Drent

Ryman should have consulted the Devonport public over its plans to develop a 600-bed retirement complex at Ngataringa Bay. It would have done a lot to educate the residents about its plans and perhaps lessened the sting of opposition that is building quickly and strongly to the six-storey village. Ryman’s lack of presence is seen by many as a snub: yet another outsider coming onto a sensitive peninsula, dropping a large preconceived development on locals, who have to deal with the scale and transport congestion that will result. Whoever is advising Ryman has done a poor job. Now all it would take is a local barrister to get on board to help the opponents pro bono (like the late Rob Fardell did over the Tamaki Land), and court action could come into play. Once the development eventually opens it will be interesting to see what the uptake is among Devonport residents. There will be some, but I predict fewer than many think. The Glow event as part of Auckland Artweek – including part of Clarence St being closed off for arts and entertainment – injected a slice of spring life into Devonport. It would be good to

have more of the same over summer for locals ,and to attract tourists to the suburb. The local body elections are over and a tad disappointing on the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board front. The board was split going into the election and two tickets – Shore Action and Team George Wood – were formed in an attempt to get a clear mandate. It didn’t happen, with Team George Wood having three members elected and Shore Action two. The other member, Mike Cohen, traditionally votes along Shore Action lines. So a split board again, with an unclear way ahead – a chair will have to come from one side or the other. Some would say its all grist to the mill of local body politics. But it is not the result many would have hoped for. A united front is what is often needed when dealing with the officerdominated culture of Auckland Council and council-controlled organisations like Auckland Transport. This summer, the Flagstaff is launching a new publication, Destination Devonport, which is aimed at tourists and visitors. It will showcase the best Devonport has to offer and hopefully get some foot traffic through businesses that have endured a long and wet winter. It will be published on December 16 and be available through cafes, stands, the visitor information centre (which will hopefully be open by then) and outlets on the city side.

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Devonport Chocolates still innovating after 25 years

Family business… (from left to right) Devonport Chocolates’ Stephanie, Caroline and Terry Everitt

Handmade chocolates, handmade machine… Terry Everitt

Terry Everitt is incredibly proud of a cocoabean processing machine he made from a fruit juicer, vacuum cleaner and spouting. And he should be. It cost Devonport Chocolates $1000 – compared to the $15,000 plus shipping it would have cost the company to buy the equivalent in Europe. The machine is used in the production of cocoa from Samoan-sourced beans. It says a lot for a small company that has been going for 25 years that it is still prepared to innovate. And there has been more than one reason to celebrate at Devonport Chocolates just lately. In addition to the business racking up 25 years, in August it won a gold star in the Great Taste Awards from the Fine Food Guild in the UK for its 80 per cent cocoa solids Single Origin Samoan Dark Chocolate. Stephanie and Terry Everitt bought Devonport Chocolates in 1999. Daughter Caroline has worked there since she was a student, coming back full-time around eight years ago. Caroline is in charge of branding, range development, the company’s two shops and the online business. An online manager will also come on board soon. Stephanie looks after sales and budgets, while Terry is the chocolatier and engineer.

Most of the maintenance of the chocolatemaking plant is done in-house. Apart from the quality of its chocolate, a key to Devonport Chocolates’ success is its branding and marketing. “We do a lot of work on our point of difference,” says Caroline. And Devonport features strongly in the mix. Later this year, a new line of labels is being rolled out. These will include Devonport images, sourced from old photographs, some of which have rarely been seen. Designed by local Aaron Pollock, they will go on packaging for chocolates that will be available for purchase prior to Christmas. The family model seems to work for the Everitts and they have no plans to change anything soon. Devonport Chocolates has always funded its growth through cash flow rather than debt. The company opted against launching multiple shops or creating a franchise operation. “It’s your name out there and you lose a lot when someone else represents your name,” says Stephanie. Chocolate is still manufactured at its Wynyard St factory and the firm employs 24 full-time-equivalent staff. Devonport Chocolates once had a shop on


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For more than 10 years, Devonport Chocolates wanted to make a South Pacific chocolate. Samoa has grown cocoa trees for more than a century, but its cocoa industry remained static. Devonport Chocolates made contact with Nusi Moa Maualaivao, a trained soil scientist, agronomist and owner of the Moa Estate Plantation. He has been growing cocoa trees for over a decade. Terry and Stephanie visited him and his daughter Mele about two years ago. “Upon meeting Nusi, we found that as family businesses we shared similar  principles around sustainability and  fair trade and faced very similar Taste of heritage... business challenges,” says Stephanie. “We a new line of Devonport Chocolates spent time on his plantation, obtained Da r k some Cho c o l atlabels e has been from photographs samples, and returned to New Zealand. Terry sourced C r erayold my M i l k C h o c o l at e w ith an explosion of Raspber

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Ponsonby Rd, but it has consolidated back to stores in Devonport and Queens Arcade (in the CBD). Online sales have delivered strong growth and the company’s website is effectively its third shop. Chocolate consumption has changed over the last 25 years. Since the Everitts took over, dark-chocolate sales have grown and Caroline says customers are more concerned about the health benefits of eating dark chocolate. Chocolate remains a popular part of life – despite concerns about sugar. The Devonport Chocolates philosophy is that it’s fine to eat as a treat. The company has a chocolate of the month, and due to popular demand has reintroduced Rose Rabbit, which is made with Cardrona Distillery orange liqueur.

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Concern remains over high-rise stance I read in the latest edition the piece referring to Devonport Inc. You came to the meeting a little late, after there had been some discussion about the DBA submission on the District Plan and building heights in the village, as minuted in the last AGM. Chris Sharpe from Firefly moved that the minutes be amended to show that there was dissent from the business owners in Devonport and that they did not have anything to do with the submission. Most, like myself, were not members at the time and had no idea that the DBA (pre BID) was taking this action and on whose behalf. I did try and ask a question as to who did this submission serve, as it did not serve most of the members. Now with the

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BID we are all members of the DBA (Inc or whatever) and any blowback from the submission is on all of us ‘conscripts’ . Any high-rise or medium-rise rebuild of Devonport village will be for private gain and put major stress on the nearby businesses, as we saw with the Marine Square work. At least Marine Square improved the front of Devonport for the whole community. The new extra floor plate model currently in play for the village will, in my opinion, only benefit the handful of building owners and the architects and builders they employ. I can see a time where people will say: “Those greedy DBA members have ruined Devonport!” When the real culprits are yet to be named. Peter Raos

I support John Bryant’s letter (Flagstaff, October 7) called Time for drastic action: ‘The Inner Shore Road’. Only I would add a cycleway. This is a great opportunity to connect a cycleway from Devonport to the future Seapath cycle/walkway, which then connects to Skypath over the Harbour Bridge. The paper road, which has been on a number of transport plans over the decades, provides the alternative route down Lake Rd by connecting the isthmus between Esmonde Rd (turn-off by Assembly of God) through Francis St, which links to O’Neill’s Point Cemetery footbridge. However, John’s idea may be a lower-impact option due to the gradual intensification over the many years down these North Shore peninsulas. Surely this is a more cost-effective and lower-impact option than facing the issues of widening Lake Rd upgrades, whilst catering for other forms of transport options. It could be an opportunity to establish a truly dedicated cycle/walkway alongside the Inner Shore Road, which skirts along the edge of Hauraki peninsula. All you need then is the cycleway to continue from O’Neill’s Point Cemetery around the edge of Ngataringa Bay to join up with Ngataringa Park on the corner of the walkway. This avoids the difficult hilly and winding Green Route and provides a real cycle/ walkway to form part of the Great Inner Harbour Circuit, or Waitemata Harbour Loop, as Waterfront Auckland calls it.

Good luck to the new local board incumbents always hold the advantage, and the indifference of most voters to understand the real issues and care to engage with the candidates, are the biggest hurdles. As such I would encourage more of our local resident voters to interact with candidates so they can make an educated and informed decision through the noise of election politicking. Finally, I do wish our new board all the best and look forward to watching how they engage, not only with each other, but with the real power-holders – the council officers and CCOs – to progress our area in a positive manner. Gavin Busch

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who voted for me at the recent elections. While I didn’t get across the line this time, it means a lot to see the level of support and hear the encouraging words from so many of you. There is a lot the local board now has to achieve, including getting some finality on fixing Lake Rd, progressing the Takapuna and Milford Centre plans as well as engaging with the CCOs and other stakeholders in a more cooperative fashion. It will be interesting to watch how it performs in light of its continued split between two clear camps. As someone new to any involvement in politics, I can also appreciate why people are reluctant to run for these positions. The

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October 21, 2016

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Issues more important than candidates I disagree that people do not vote because they don’t care and therefore should not complain. Other reasons that people might not vote are because: • they think the system is broken • all the candidates seem equally useless • they want to vote on issues, not people In this day and age, democracy should not be a popularity contest; we have an entire media industry providing that type of entertainment. We now have the tools and resources for every constituent to have their say on every issue (should they want to). I, for example, think voting was a waste of my time. What I wanted to vote for was: A T HE EM

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• Smaller carbon footprint; good planets are hard to come by • Lower environmental impact • Political reform • High-density inner suburbs, especially expensive ones like Devonport • Motorway tolls • Effective public transport; cheap/free and frequent • Less roads and car parks • Rail investments for city transport as well as commuters from Whangerei to Hamilton • Improved cycle facilities • Better education at all levels • More aggressive forced property acquisition • Exceptionally high rates for houses that are not owner-occupied • Working with central government to better manage immigration; spread immigrating population to other centres As for who facilitates these changes, I don’t really care. Bevan Rudge PS Ron Dykman actually said something that was both useful and correct for once. None of the candidates were talking about their strategies, at least not that I could find in the hour I dedicated to voting. PPS Ron, your rants have lost their flair. They used to have me laughing out loud at the absurdity and soul you poured into them. I miss the entertainment.

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Mount your witch’s bike and put on your ghost shoes and explore our green route! Register between 5:30pm-6:30pm at Bayswater Park by the playground – to avoid the queues, bring along your already completed registration form. Forms can be downloaded from our website: www.devonportpeninsulatrust.nz

SUMMER FUN PRESCHOOL PLAY MORNINGS Starts Tues 1st November until Thurs 15th Dec, resumes Tues 10th Jan until Thurs 30th Mar 2017 Tuesdays 9:30am-11:00am at Windsor Reserve Thursdays, 9:30am-11:00am at Bayswater Park A FREE fun time for preschoolers to play with big toys, be active and to make new friends. Bring your toddler and a coffee and enjoy our beautiful parks! Caregiver supervision is required and sessions are weather dependent. For more info, contact Carolyn or Maria on ph: 445 9533 or email: maria@devonportpeninsulatrust.nz

TGS GOLF DAY Thurs 3rd Nov, 12pm start Waitemata Golf Club, 15 Derby St, Devonport

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Devonport foster-child years inspire film-maker Sydney-anne Martin spent some of her teenage years in Devonport as a foster child. Now she has made a film about it the experience of fostering. She spoke to Maire Vieth about the difficulties and rewards fostering holds for parents and children alike. Sydney-anne Martin was 14 when she ran away from home for the first time. Within the year, she started living with local families from her church. Now 23, Martin is in her final year of a Communications degree at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). With a week of classes to go, she is busy completing her final project, a nine-minute, short-film drama she hopes will give viewers an inside look into fostering. Amelia Speaking is the story of a girl who moves from one foster home to another. She is a challenging child, doesn’t talk much, gets angry at small things and shows her emotions only in secret. “In the first foster home, the mother is a lovely woman but it’s just not working out. In the second, the mum is quite persistent and doesn’t let Amelia push her away,” says Martin. “I wanted to show that if foster parents just keep trying and keep pushing, things are going to work out eventually. And I wanted to show foster children that if they slowly learn to trust other people again, they can have a second chance.” “As a foster child, you have confusing emotions. It’s almost like you are underwater, where everything is blurry and slow. And it takes a special kind of person to endure that kind of confusion in a child,” she says. For Martin, those people were Holy Trinity Church vicar Charmaine Braatvedt and husband Geoff. Initially, she didn’t want to live with them at all. “Charmaine was just my vicar and I didn’t want to live with her. I thought it would be boring. I wanted to stay living with my friend Olivia. She was one of my best friends. I had lots of freedom in her house and

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October 21, 2016 Her old bible teacher and father figure, Steve Fell, passed away. “I lost my confidence, quit uni and just started working in Devoport cafes,” she says. A year later, Martin was feeling better, moved back in with Geoff and Charmaine and enrolled at AUT. “I felt I needed their support to push myself. I have always wanted to do really well for them, as a way to repay them, I guess. The same goes for all the other Holy Trinity families who took me in.” Martin says the Braatvedts have acted as her parents. “And they are just the sort of people I hope to be like. Maybe a little funnier than Geoff, because he’s not that funny,” she laughs. “But it’s not like living with them has healed everything in me, either. I’m 23 and I still sometimes struggle with feelings like whether people care about me, feel sorry for me or obligated to look after me. It is why Amelia Speaking isn’t ending on a sicklysweet note but a real one,” she says. Devonport and the Holy Trinity community feature in the film. Martin used the homes of church members as locations and shot footage at Torpedo Bay beach. Devonport actors Isla Stangl and Kylie Cushman are cast members and local children are the extras. “It’s a blessing working as a nanny or babysitting because I know so many children,” Martin says. Devonport Drama’s Geoff Allen helped with casting. “I asked him to come on board. I was aware that as a young and inexperienced director, I was auditioning adults who had been working in the field for longer than I have lived,” she says. Martin arrived in Devonport when her mother joined the Navy. Her family attended Holy Trinity Church, where Martin slotted into the youth group and quickly made new friends. “When my family fell apart and none of them went to church any more, I kept going because I really liked it and it felt safe to me,” she says. Martin started jumping out of her bedroom window to run away from home. When she was 15, she moved in with a youth pastor and his wife. “I had run away from home many,

Local talent... Devonport actors Kylie Cushman (left) and Isla Stangl in Sydney-anne Martin’s short film, Amelia Speaking many times before. But this time I ended up at their house for about two months over Christmas,” she says. After another stint at home, she went to live with a different family, who had three young girls.

Martin’s life. “I am still very much part of it, try to go most Sundays and only stopped teaching Sunday School a year ago,” she says. For the last two years, Martin has been living with a Holy Trinity family, working as a live-in nanny. Martin says it has been a healing time for her. “Before, I was fearful that I would be a “I wanted to show foster bad parent, would be mean or just wouldn’t be able to look after kids that well. So it was children that if they slowly very nice to prove to myself that one day, learn to trust other people when I am a parent, I will do a good job,” says. again, they can have a second she“My absolute dream is to turn Amelia chance.” Speaking into a feature film or a TV series or a Broadway musical one day. “My favourite movies are Annie, and Matilda and Madeline. And, guess what, they At the end of Year 12, Martin decided to all get a new set of parents at the end. I want return to England to live with her father. “But to give other children hope just like those that didn’t work out, and by the time Year 13 movies gave me hope,” she says. started I was back in Devonport,” she says. During her last year at school, she lived with another Holy Trinity family, and finally the Braatvedts. Holy Trinity Church remains a big part of

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October 21, 2016

Complicity and “racism” of council planners I have no problem with government giving blocks of under-valued land to Ngati Whatua as part of a Treaty settlement. But when Auckland Council planners put a new zoning in the Proposed Unitary Plan (precinct overlay) exclusive to these blocks of land, apparently to enable the iwi to maximise their investment, to the disadvantage of all those who live in the immediate vicinity, it can only be viewed as complicity and racism at its worst. Many people have objected to this zoning. But the process of objecting is so cumbersome that the objectors lose complete track of what is happening to their objection and whether or not they can be heard, by the volume of information sent by email, couched in a language and terms hard for laypeople to comprehend. Further, my suspicious mind sees three recent council decisions/activities as being designed to further enhance the Ryman proposal and therefore demonstrating further complicity: • A deep groundwater interception drain has recently been installed adjacent to the road channel along the site’s boundary, presumably to reduce water flow across the property. • The adjacent sewage pumping station in Lake Rd has been upgraded. • The Lake Rd improvements, which were on the back burner were suddenly brought forward to the top of the list. There is no doubt in my mind that Ryman Healthcare assumed that their proposed retirement village would get a smooth path through the planning process, probably engendered by advice given by their own planners and council’s planners too.

Their confidence was misplaced. Ryman Healthcare is in the business of farming old people for maximum profit and to this end they need to get the most number of units on any given site for efficiency and profitability. Ngati Whatua are also in the business of maximising the return on their investments. I am convinced that this first, appalling, out-of-scale proposal is intended to soften us up for a slightly lesser proposal. So that at the end of the process, when they fall back on the lesser proposal, we will all be delighted and pat ourselves on the back for effecting such a change, when the end result will still be too monstrous for the location. To propose a development such as this, on a water’s edge site surrounded by singlestoreyed dwellings, mostly pre-war, is totally inappropriate in scale. Lake Rd is already considered one of Auckland’s most congested roads, and the additional traffic created by this proposal during construction and when in business can only make the congestion issue even less tolerable. Despite the various proposals for Lake Road and the comings and goings of its place on the “to do” list, there is no actual effective plan to deal with the problem. The intensification of the other Ngati Whatua blocks of land with the precinct overlay zoning, together with the large state house areas also being intensified, all accessed by Lake Road, will only make the situation considerably worse. Ngataringa Road is one of Devonport’s hidden secrets. When you crest the rise at the

beginning of the road, there are magnificent views of the city. It also enjoys a beautiful view of the Harbour Bridge when you drive down its lower half. When returning back up Ngataringa Road, and cresting the rise, there are superb views of the volcanic cones, Mt Victoria and North Head. With the scale of the proposed project, these views will be lost forever. The site is a historic one, originally having a large brickworks on it and there is evidence of this in the bush walk below. To put a high-density, multistorey development on this site is totally inappropriate, and once it is there, the valuable amenity will be lost forever. As a location for a retirement village it is quite unsuitable. The proposed development is completely out of scale with the surrounding environment and should be restricted to an 8-metre maximum height of the operative plan’s 4B zoning as is imposed on the surrounding areas. I am surprised that the whole of Devonport is not up in arms about this proposal, as they have been in the past, when the multistorey Devon Park was constructed, stopping any further similar development. And when Robins Holdings proposed a Marine subdivision, which was quashed at some cost to the community, and when the almagamation into North Shore City was planned and everyone had “Independent Devonport” flags and banners on their houses? Being an early baby boomer, I acknowledge the need for retirement complexes, but one on this scale and in this location is totally inappropriate. Keith Humphreys

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“Every item represents either an intrinsic part of Navy life or an important moment in our history,” says Ms Boos. “This is a rare opportunity to see life in the Navy as it really is and hear the stories behind the objects.” The exhibition runs until February 2017 and entry is free. What: 75 years, 75 objects Where: National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Devonport When: 10 am – 5pm, 7 days Cost: Free

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Update from Honourable Maggie Barry ONZM Member of Parliament – North Shore Minister for Conservation, Arts Culture and Heritage and Seniors

A big afternoon out with the PM in Devonport Along with many of us fortunate enough to live in Devonport, I’m keen to show off our outstanding environment and heritage character buildings to visiting friends, and it was an added pleasure to recently host our Prime Minister John Key. It was a very busy afternoon with four separate functions and I introduced him to more than 220 business owners, seniors and supporters in Devonport and Takapuna. As a member of the club, we always enjoy the food and ambiance at the Devonport Yacht Club, so I chose it as the venue for a convivial lunch where the PM’s speech on our strong economy and the Government’s investment in health, education and infrastructure was enthusiastically received by 80 guests. He emphasised the importance of our Predator Free 2050 strategy noting that recent scientific breakthroughs will now allow the dream to come true, something that couldn’t have been contemplated even five years ago. The PM was impressed with his tour of the Navy Museum, where director David Wright and Commodore David Gibbs, Deputy Chief of Navy, guided us through their excellent 75th anniversary exhibition and its superb WW100 Commemorative Pavilion. We also decorated a wooden Godwit, Red Knot and Wrybill to support The Flock, a project being carried out by the Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalists’ Trust, which aims to raise awareness about the threats facing our migratory shorebirds. They expect to have around 2,500 painted cut-out birds, many done by local schools, which will be on display at Windsor Reserve from November 18th.

The Commission for Financial Capability came to an afternoon tea for around 70 Devonport seniors at the RSA Devonia Hall for a talk raising awareness of scammers and how to detect them. It was topped off with some practical exercises on staying fit and healthy from our SuperSeniors Champion Precious McKenzie. The PM made the point that it’s a sign of a successful country that people are living longer lives and by 2035, more than 1.25 million of us will be aged over 65, and more than 400,000 will be over 80. Within two decades, Auckland will be home to more than 350,000 seniors, the size of the city of Christchurch, so it’s important that we plan ahead carefully now to ensure that older people have the facilities and services they need to be active members of our society, leading meaningful lives. It’s great to see such strong local enthusiasm adding to the groundswell of interest supporting our Government’s vision to make New Zealand Predator Free by 2050. As both North Shore MP and Minister of Conservation, I spoke at the Devonport Yacht Club SeaTalks about the devastating impact that rats, stoats and possums have on our vulnerable birds. One of my priorities is to make sure that community groups are well supported and I will be making more detailed announcements next month. A special fund is being set up for community-led predator control projects to improve access to traps, and we’ll also launch a “toolkit” which will have all the information people need to set up groups and start eradicating.

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There’s some commendable work already being done by various local conservation groups and individuals, on public and private land across the wider Devonport community, with rat trapping to help protect our shore birds. As a narrow peninsula, once we’ve successfully repelled the predators, it’s relatively straightforward to stop re-invasion. If you would like to know how you can be involved to help make our community predator free, please contact Monika in my Takapuna office on (09) 486-0005. I’m a big supporter of National Honours at Queen’s Birthday and New Year and it’s great to see so many from the North Shore recognised and acknowledged. Warm congratulations to Jan Dawson, Ray Beatson, Dawn Jones and Annette Presley who were recently invested. If you know someone you think is worthy of an honour I would encourage you to nominate them and feel free to contact my office for more information about the process. My regular constituency meetings are a good opportunity for people to discuss local issues and concerns including immigration and benefit entitlement issues. I was impressed with the work done by St John Ambulance on the North Shore when I met with District Operations Manager Doug Gallagher and Mike McAulay and Peter Loveridge. The service has 5,000 call outs a year in the region and the ambulances are on the road 70 percent of the time. St John’s are a busy team and they do great work to keep our community safe and healthy. Funded by Parliamentary Service and authorised by M Barry, 15 Anzac St, Takapuna

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Ryman development needs to fit with environment I endorse the significant investment by Ryman in Devonport, provided there is robust local consultation that results in the developers better recognising community interest, particularly the pride and passion residents have for our landscape and architectural heritage. There are an abundance of existing features that Ryman will inherit on the public land surrounding their corporate development. The adjoining parkland and skateboard park, created in an area that was once our rubbish dump, is now an asset; and I’ve always admired the 17 years of toiling by Mabel Pollock to create the secluded Mary Barnett Glade that borders the Ryman site. The Ngataringa Rd land offers magnificent views, spreading 180 degrees from the Harbour Bridge to Rangitoto, taking in Stanley Point with the night lights of Auckland City and the Viaduct as a stunning backdrop on the southern horizon. There are also emotions involved in the Ryman plan, notably the fact that this prime land was given to Ngati Whatua by the government under a Treaty of Waitangi settlement and is being leased to Ryman for 150 years. This development should provide enduring benefits for all parties. Therefore, I hope Ryman will view their long-term Ngataringa Bay investment slightly differently than their other retirement villages. This is probably one of the finest and most picturesque sites they have ever contemplated, so the exceptional character of the setting deserves something special. I understand commercial reality and acknowledge that Ryman has evolved

a successful business model that usually reproduces similar construction designs to reflect their brand. However, does Devonport provide an opportunity for Ryman to design and build something different; an asset that better reflects the distinctive environment and provides a true legacy – to endure for at least 150 years? The challenge for Ryman is to build a Devonport community retirement village for the third millennium – a complex that reflects the nature of this wonderful setting. The people of Devonport were given very little time to comment on the current design, which looks not appreciably different than most other Ryman facilities. These days, my 87-year-old mum resides very happily in a town house at the Ryman Lady Diana Isaac retirement village at Mairehau in Christchurch. It’s an impressive modern facility and I enjoy staying there whenever I visit. However, the flat landscape of the Canterbury Plains ensures this village – one of 30 operated by Ryman throughout New Zealand – has minimal impact on the local community. Our family love Devonport. We have lived here for nearly 30 years; and our three children share our desire to preserve the peninsula’s special qualities for their young children. I hope Ryman will build a village retirement facility that enhances the character of our caring community and is closely integrated into Devonport’s natural environment. Murray Taylor

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with Devonport Community Constable Jasmine Bundle Hello readers, Since I last wrote we have had a surge in crime on the peninsula. Burglaries have included: • 27 September - Lake Rd, Belmont and Derby St • 30 September - Roberts Ave • 2 October - Arthur Cres • 3 October - Vauxhall Rd • 4 October - Lake Rd, Hauraki • 11 October - Jutland Rd and Clifton Rd In most occurrences, the offender/s have taken small items – jewellery and cash. In two of the burglaries, offenders have stolen vehicle keys from the address , which they have

then used to steal the vehicles. One vehicle was recovered in Bayswater three days later and the other is still outstanding. To protect yourself from being a victim of burglary, lock your doors and windows, record serial numbers of electronic items and photograph these and other valuable items. Keep all valuables out of sight. Invest in an alarm system and get sensor lights fitted. Keep garden sheds and garages locked and ensure ladders are stored away. Trim hedges and plants around doors and windows (don’t give burglars a place to hide). Keep your house secure when you are working in the garden. Use a chain on the door and don’t open the door to strangers. Note down registration numbers of suspicious vehicles and report them to police. Subaru vehicles have been targeted. Of five reports of attempted unlawful takings of vehicles – from Eversleigh Rd (two), William Bond St, Mays St and Kiwi Rd – overnight between 15-17 September, four were Subarus. All vehicles had the ignition barrels damaged and small items taken. We have received three reports of thefts from vehicles parked in Shoal Bay Rd, Norwood Rd and Vauxhall Rd. Small items were taken. Please remember to never leave anything visible in your vehicle, remove all items of value and always lock your vehicle. Install an alarm, immobiliser and use a steering lock – these are all great deterrents for car thieves. Thankfully, a group of young bike thieves was not successful after an alert neighbour phoned

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October 21, 2016 police when he disturbed them attempting to steal bikes from an Albert Rd property. On 4 October, police apprehended a known offender who unlawfully entered an Albert Rd property during the day. He is also facing other unrelated charges and we are pleased he was unable to commit any further offences in our community. If you witness a crime or suspicious activity please phone 111 immediately. Remember to use our Crime Reporting Line (where there has been an offence committed but there is no immediate risk to any person or property) on 09 477 5000 or Crime Stoppers (if there is no immediate risk to any person or property and you wish to remain anonymous) on 0800 555 111.

Bennett takes New Zealand squash title for second time Devonport Squash Club player Diana Bennett won the New Zealand Masters over-65 title at the recent national champs in Dunedin. Bennett took the title unopposed. She had previously won the title in Palmerston North in 2014, when she beat Pauline Stachurski.

Fullers’ day in court drags on for two years The case against Fullers – whose ferry the Kea crashed into Devonport wharf in February 2015, injuring around 20 people – has been set back yet again until February 2017. The case was called before an Auckland District Court judge last week. But Fullers and Maritime New Zealand (MNZ), who brought the prosecution, could not agree on the contents of the summary of facts, according to a memo from MNZ to crash victims obtained by the Flagstaff. “The summary of facts is a document that is read out in court outlining the circumstances of the events and the offences committed. It becomes part of the public record. “As a result of the impasse, the court has ordered a disputed-facts hearing, which will not be heard until next at least February next year,” the memo said. “The facts in issue are the ones that demonstrate the culpability of the company. “This is important, because at the moment they are suggesting that the accident was only contributable to the actions of the master and that they could not have prevented the accident from happening. “Naturally, MNZ has a very different opinion,” the memo said. Earlier, an Auckland District Court hearing had ruled that any fine payment from Fullers should go to those who were affected by the crash.


October 21, 2016

Opinion

Devonport Heritage went into liquidation after the developers of the Masonic Tavern took the charity to court over a $25,000 legal bill. The Flagstaff asked longterm member Margot McRae to look back on the group’s 22-year life. I sometimes wonder what Devonport would look like if Devonport Heritage had never existed. Most likely, many old villas and cottages would have been demolished, apartment blocks might line the waterfront and old homes would have been badly modified. But instead, Devonport has a strong recognisable heritage flavour. Its low-rise nature has been retained and its cottages, villas and bungalows are largely respected and appreciated. This wasn’t always the case. The society started in 1994 because some locals were concerned at the numbers of old houses being demolished. Through the 1970s and 80s, Devonport was Auckland’s best-kept secret. It attracted artists, writers, academics and journalists. There were food co-opts, the country’s first recycling centre and a strong anti-nuclear sensibility. History was appreciated. Firsthome buyers could buy an old villa for a reasonable price and gradually do it up over many years. Some were never really finished. Change was gradual. But there was nothing to stop people pulling down old houses or ruining them with odd additions, and in the early 90s this was happening more often. When Devonport was amalgamated into the North Shore City Council in 1989, a new district plan had to be written. Passionate heritage enthusiasts Trish Joughin, Trish Deans and others, formed Devonport Heritage to pressure the new council to introduce heritage-protection rules. They succeeded, and the new rules protected pre-1944 houses from demolition

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Retirement Gives John his Second Wind Music has been part of John Shears’ life since he was a boy. “My mother tried to teach me to play the piano when I was 6 years old”, recalls John. “I wasn’t particularly good at it, but it taught me how to read music.” In high school, John took up the cornet and later, the trumpet.

Career and family took centre stage and it wasn’t until he was in his early 80’s that John got his second wind, responding to an advert looking for new players for the North Shore Concert Band. He also plays for the Sails City Stompers, an old time jazz band. “It’s really more of an old boys

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Geography Borneo trip 2016 Seven geography students and two geography teachers embarked on the adventure of a lifetime this holidays. Mr. Smith and Ms. Kelly took the group to the Malaysian island of Borneo, where they stayed for five nights on the Kinabatangan River. Initially, the group stayed at the Kinabatangan River Lodge, where they spent two days cruising the river animalspotting. Leaving at dawn and dusk, they saw a fantastic variety of animals, from orangutans to monitor lizards. At Abai Lodge, they spent another two days looking for animals, visiting a local village, and also doing some tree planting. Fruit trees grown in the villages were planted in a small clearing, to provide more food for the local animals, and lessen the impacts of deforestation in the area. Students and teachers went for a night walk at Abai Lodge, where they saw hand-sized scorpions, and other nocturnal creatures. The team then transferred to Kuala Lumpur, staying in Chinatown for two nights. They spent their last two days visiting monuments such as the King’s Palace, Batu Caves, and the National

Mosque, whilst learning about Malaysian history and culture. They got to experience the city first-hand by catching the monorail and walking to different sites, all the while battling 34-degree heat. The group also spent a couple of hours at the Petaling Street flea market. “It was an unforgettable experience, and

we certainly all learnt a lot about the issues facing Borneo, and also how accepting and diverse the city is,” says Grace Cowley, one of the students who travelled to Borneo. The students would like to thank Ms.Kelly and Mr. Smith for organising such a fantastic trip for them. BY GRACE COWLEY

Dobson had the most difficult task of selecting the winners from within such a talented group of students. In third place was Angus Fotheringham, followed by Lillie Brewer in second place with her speech “Why failure leads to success”. With the winner and second place both awarded full marks, the judges’ call was ultimately to award first place to Barnaby Watts. His speech was

about proving “Why New Zealand is the best country in the world.” This adds to Barnaby’s win in the Year 10 final in 2015. One of the other finalists, Luke Patterson, shared his thoughts: “I always look forward to the speech competition as I see it as an opportunity for me to enhance my speaking skills. I really enjoyed today and am proud of myself and all the speakers.” BY KATE LEE

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Seven exuberant pupils delivered their individually enticing speeches in the Year 11 Speech Competition at the end of August. Within the vastness of the school sports hall, students and teachers were impressed by each finalist. All students who were awarded Excellence in their NCEA English Level 1 speech assessment were given an opportunity to enter the semi-finals, from which the seven finalists were selected. From exploring the wonders of music to guilt-tripping students addicted to their phones, each speaker had carefully crafted their speech with a compelling message for their peers. Judges Mrs Roe and Mrs


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October 21, 2016

Takapuna SCHOOL NEWS

Grammar OCTOBER 21, 2016

Nanogirl makes science exciting Eight female students were treated with a pleasant getaway from the stress and pressure of exams when they attended the annual L’Oréal for Girls in Science forum in early September. Gathered at the Science Centre of the University of Auckland were powerful and passionate female representatives from various high schools. All students were welcomed with warm muffins for morning tea and guided into a lecture theatre to begin four fulfilling hours of scientific thrills. Host Dr Michelle Dickinson, also known as Nanogirl, introduced two L’Oréal fellows who shared their experiences in science and empirical research. A live interview was conducted where students could put any question to both scientists. The highly anticipated laboratory tours provided a glimpse into the inner workings of undergraduate chemistry, physics, environmental science and computer science. One of the students, Anna Jacobs, remarked: “This event reminded me of

why I truly enjoy science. It was also really interesting and motivating to see such intelligent women making a change in a field that is dominated by male scientists.” Upon completion of the event, TGS students left the university with rapt smiles, optimistic minds and a L’Oréal goodie bag. BY KATE LEE

Chafing the dream Adventure racing is not a sport most people are aware of. Mentioning the premier event GODZone may ring a bell for some, but is generally met with a confused look and the phrase “Don’t you mean Godzilla?” Takapuna Grammar has been steadily improving its reputation in adventure racing, having competed in the finals for both junior and senior competitions for four consecutive years. This year, Aidan Nicholas, Jonathan Kemp, Sean Green, Francis Bilham, Saskia Vosper, Julia Giurgiu, Lily Jervis and Jamie Eichmann competed in the prestigious Genesis Energy Hillary Challenge Grand Final. The week in Tongariro began with two days consisting of twelve one-hour challenges, such as a building a catapult

to launch a tennis ball as far as possible; performing an abseil and downstream river trek; and performing a search and rescue on an “injured” kayaker. Teams were scored on their overall performance and teamwork. Two days were devoted to the challenging, wilderness rogaine in the mountainous terrain of the Tongariro National Park. Teams started at the Turoa mountain road, traversing as much as 70 kilometres to reach the finish at Whakapapa village. Their goal was to navigate successfully to as many checkpoints as possible in order to build the biggest score they could, to add to their team total. With winds gusting up to 100 kilometres an hour and torrential rain, Takapuna tackled the overnight with as much cheer as possible. “It was definitely hard to sleep when eight of us were

crammed into one tent and worrying every second that the tent was going to be blown away,” said Saskia Vosper. On the final day, the 52 kilometre multisport event was divided into a run, kayak and mountain bike. Downpours caused the running leg to have patches of shin-deep mud and crossings of overflowing rivers chest-deep. “The chafing was probably the worst part,” said Sean Green. “On the day you’re cold, hungry and tired, but chafing and blisters stay with you for weeks.” Takapuna ended that day in fourth place and placed sixth overall, improving from two ninth places in previous years. This achievement was highlighted by the team’s third place at the Taupo six-hour qualifier, earning themselves entry to the final next year to improve their standings. The junior team followed up this success recently by qualifying for the junior Get-2Go competition taking place in December on Great Barrier Island. BY JULIA GIURGIU


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BUSINESS FOR SALE Lawnmowing Round. Devonport and lower North Shore area.Established for over 20 years.$750 weekly for 25 hours work weekly. $12,500 Plant and goodwill. Owner retiring.Excellent business with great potential for further expansion. Contact David 021 212 3555 or 09 445 1131(evenings). REST HOMES Ascot House Retirement Home, quality care with dignity in a friendly, family atmosphere. Phone Shona, 445 2518. 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. PUBLIC NOTICE Vauxhall School is no longer accepting out of zone enrolments for Year 3 in 2017. If you require any further information please email, o r G a r y L a w r e n c e o n garyl@vauxhall.school.nz. SERVICES OFFERED At Your Request Home Cleaning. Our local team is ready to deliver 5-Star services in your home for weekly cleaning, spring, moving or open-home cleaning. Call Yvonne for a free quote 415 0028. Builder available Smalljob specialist, repairs and maintenance. Skilled, reliable and local. Please phone Clive Melling. Hm 445 2485, Mob 027 29 222 84. Cleaning Maid Easy Use own cleaning products and gear. Reliable/trustworthy/mature lady. References available Please contact Sharon -  021 405 596.

Classifieds SERVICES OFFERED Curtains & Roman Blinds Free measure, quote and design advice. 20 years’ experience. Phone Sara 027 625 5844. Devonport upholstery. Recover specialist. Antiques and contemporary styles. Recycling furniture for 36 years. John Hancox, phone: 446 0372. Devonport Window Repairs. Sash and casement windows, wooden doors. Rotten sills and window components repaired or replaced. General carpentry. For your local window specialist. Phone Hubert Strang 446 6174 or 021 274 4191. Diggadrain. Drain unblockers and drainage experts. CCTV drain locating. Repairs. New drains. 0800 your drain. Dog grooming available. Full groom, bath and blow dry, puppy introduction to grooming. Devonport-based. Call Barbara 021 141 0331. Gardener Available Qualified  and experienced landscape designer. Enjoys getting his hands dirty. Good plant knowledge. Hard-working, reliable and creative with plantings. Contact Paddy 022 502 2122 or 446 6188 paddyvogt@gmail.com Gardening. Do you need regular help? No time for a tidy-up? Let me help. Experienced gardener. Ph Carolyn on 446 6517 or 027 292 8167 for a free on-site consultation.

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October 21, 2016 SERVICES OFFERED Master painter Qualified and experienced. Water-blasting and licensed waterproofing.  Quality craftsmanship guaranteed, interior/exterior work.  Phone Chris 027 385 0406 FREE QUOTES Professional Make-up Artist - School Balls, Weddings, Fashion & Special Occassions. Phone Stephanie Jane 021 116 8842 or email SJASharp@gmail.com Tagbuster, graffiti looked after Devonport to Hauraki Corner. Call the Tagbuster 0800antitag, 0800 2684 824. TUITION Art Classes @ D’Port Community house: Wednesday night, life drawing; Friday morning, mastering art. Ph Lucy Bucknall – 446 0389. Art Classes for Children, We d n e s d a y s 3 . 2 0 - 5 . 3 0 pm, Devonport artist’s studio by the sea. Term 3: Maps and Travel. Contact Erica Soman MFA, Dip Tchg, 021 127 9671, erica_artist@xtra.co.nz. Adult classes also available Wednesday, Friday mornings. 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.

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  have to. A local account is infinitely preferable as the security settings are stored locally on the computer.       With a Microsoft account, you have to be able to go online to verify your password in order to get access to     your computer. If there is some problem with your ability to access the internet, then this ‘security strategy’       can effectively lock you out of your own computer!        Upcycle your laptop Q:  I am having trouble with my wireless printer and can no longer send documents to it….    Wanted: old laptops still in working      If you get this kind of failure to  A: Wireless technology is very appealing, but it is also frustratingly irritating! condition to refurbish and donate to the     Red Cross Refugee service. communicate, then usually what you end up having to do is to uninstall the printer and the software and load     it all on again. That usually solves the problem….. until the wireless connection decides it does not want to     work again! Far better – and far more reliable – is to connect your printer to your laptop or workstation with     a USB cable. Always use a cable if you can. You will also find printing is faster this way.     Q:  My hard drive is full! Nothing works! Help!!!!!       I see that your computer has two drives in it – a smaller SSD C:\ Drive of 120GB and a larger SATA drive A:      of 1TB for data storage. Problem is, the computer is configured to store all your files on your C:\ Drive so     you have run out of room!! It is possible to move the My Documents and My Pictures folders onto your D:\       New Windows drive and that’s what you should do for starters. What you need then is to use a program called CCleaner,  which you can get from download.com. This will clean out all the rubbish collected by Windows such as log Give me a call if you would like a   custom-built new computer –  files, installers, windows updates, and also all the Temporary Internet Files that have accumulated on your this can be with Windows 10,   computer. If you have never cleaned up your computer, run this and you will easily free up 20GB of hard Windows 8 or even Windows 7   drive space and you will be back running smoothly again. if preferred!    Serving Devonport Businesses, Home Users and the Devonport Community since 2001  


October 21, 2016

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FREE FAMILY EVENT

BAYSWATER HALLOWEEN TRAIL FRI 28 OCT 5:30-7:30PM

BAYSWATER PARK

walk or ride! bike

MOUNT YOUR BROOM, PUT ON YOUR GHOST s e sho SHEET AND EXPLORE OUR GREEN ROUTE! REGISTER BETWEEN 5:30-6:30 AT BAYSWATER PARK BY THE PLAYGROUND. THERE WILL BE TREATS, TRICKS, LOTS OF PRIZES, COFFEE FOR SALE & A FREE SAUSAGE SIZZLE! SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR PRIZE CATEGORIES & TO PRINT REGISTRATION FORMS:

www.devonportpeninsulatrust.nz Caregivers are responsible for children under the age of 14 years attending this event. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: 445 9533 OR EMAIL: dportcomm@xtra.co.nz


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October 21, 2016

Prime Minister gives North Shore seniors a rundown on the economy Prime Minister John Key paid a visit to the Navy Museum and Devonport RSA Hall while Parliament was in recess, accompanied by North Shore MP Maggie Barry. Barry and Key addressed around 80 invited North Shore seniors at the RSA, and mingled with them over afternoon tea. Key gave them a rundown of why New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy was booming. He was challenged by some of the audience, who said low interest rates may be good for young people and their mortgages, but not for the elderly, who want to supplement their superannuation with interest from investments. In her role as Minister for Senior Citizens, Barry spoke about her aim to make New Zealand a more positive place to age. The seniors also wanted to know about the closures of banks and post offices and how to be safe from scammers. Economy the keynote of PMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit to Devonport... Maggie Barry MP and Prime Minister John Key stroll up Victoria Rd (top). Key addresses an invited audience at the RSA hall (below).

North Head and Fort Takapuna Historic Reserves Weed Spraying The Department of Conservation wishes to notify its neighbours and regular users of the above reserves of its intention to carry out maintenance spraying. Spraying will be undertaken on several days between 1st and 30th November 2016. All spraying will take place during the hours of the standard working week. Spray application will be carried out by qualified chemical applicators. A temporary marker dye will be added to indicate plants that have been sprayed. A notice advising the public of the spraying taking place that day will be erected at the main entrance points Further information may be obtained from the North Head Office by phoning 09 445 9142.

Keith Gell Operations Manager, Auckland


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October 21, 2016

Time to mingle... (from top left) Devonport RSA Secretary Howard Mace, his wife Joy and the Prime Minister; North Shore Youth MP Dani Clements-Levi and photographer Paul Davis; local identities Joe McCallum (left), Peter Burnett (centre) and Alec Hill.

Osteopathy is a hands on therapy that successfully alleviates a wide variety of symptoms. The Devonport clinic has been running for 14 years helping young and old alike. ACC Registered Tel: 09 445 6783 for an appointment 19 Clarence St, Devonport Village


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October 21, 2016

PREMIUM.CO.NZ | FINE HOMES

D EV ON P ORT | 1 2 AL L E NB Y AV E NUE U ncu t D i a m o n d | Ho me an d I n come So much potential, such a central location and what a lot of house â&#x20AC;¦ You need only glance up and down the street to seek inspiration from the neighbours - have no fear of over-capitalising here. This three bedroom villa upstairs, and two bedroom fully self-contained flat beneath, delivers space and options aplenty. Beautiful pressed tin ceilings, character floors and fireplaces - plenty of scope to renovate, recreate and transform whilst retaining original charm. The blank canvas back garden faces north, is flat, and lends itself to a pool or landscaping to create something special. The golf course is at the bottom of the street, and Narrow Neck beach, three primary schools and the Devonport village/waterfront are all an easy walk away. Be quick!

VIEW | SAT/SUN 2 - 2.30 PM OR BY APPOINTMENT AUCTION | MONDAY 31 OCTOBER 2016 AT 6.30 PM PREMIUM.CO.NZ/60510

S H O RT N O T IC E A U C T IO N

GRANT SPEEDY 0800 036 288 GrantSpeedy@premium.co.nz DEVONPORT: 445 3414 PREMIUM REAL ESTATE LTD LICENSED REAA 2008

KATHRYN ROBERTSON 021 490 480 KathrynRobertson@premium.co.nz DEVONPORT: 445 3414 PREMIUM REAL ESTATE LTD LICENSED REAA 2008

UNLESS SOLD PRIOR

EVERY DEVONPORT PROPERT Y M.CO.NZ S E L L I N G ERT T H E F I NY EST HOMES I SP R EAM I UPREMIUM P ROP


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October 21, 2016

PREMIUM.CO.NZ | FINE HOMES

DEVON P ORT | 14 1 V I CTOR I A R O AD V i l l a O n V i c to r ia Professionals looking for an apartment alternative, families wanting a Primary School across the road, or down-sizers needing a perfectly formed villa? Look no further... This alluring home from the street, delivers on promise once inside. Offering three beautiful bedrooms, a brand new contemporary kitchen and bathroom, and soft furnishings to complement. The separate lounge

EX P RES S IO N S O F IN T ERES T

KATHRYN ROBERTSON 021 490 480 KathrynRobertson@premium.co.nz DEVONPORT: 445 3414 PREMIUM REAL ESTATE LTD LICENSED REAA 2008

provides sought after separation for families, whilst the sunny north/westerly deck is the perfect vantage point for summer sunsets and kids at play in the backyard. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all right here for your enjoyment.

VIEW | SAT 2 - 2.30 PM & TUES 2 - 2.30 PM OR BY APPOINTMENT EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST | THURSDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2016 AT 4PM PREMIUM.CO.NZ/60505

UNLESS SOLD PRIOR

EVERY DEVONPORT PROPERT Y M.CO.NZ S E L L I N G ERT T H E F I NY EST HOMES I SP R EAM I UPREMIUM P ROP


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October 21, 2016

PREMIUM.CO.NZ | FINE HOMES

BOUNDARIES INDICATIVE ONLY

D EV O N P ORT | 2 8 & 26 MAY S STR EET Pr i m e L a n d, P remiu m V iew s , Priceless Op p or tunity Here exists a unique opportunity not seen before and unlikely to be repeated – a chance to purchase one or two sites with existing homes, from one of the highest vantage points in Devonport, with inarguably some of the most expansive views in Auckland. A relic from the 50’s, no. 28 Mays St is a solid, well loved three bedroom, brick icon. However, it’s all about the 1743m2 site with the most surreal vista of Auckland’s harbour, Auckland City, the Harbour Bridge and Rangitoto Island. No. 26 Mays St is nestled below no. 28 on its own 743m2 site, and has great views itself – this 1940’s home is cute, full of period, character features and is quite simply, a very special home. On the market and seriously for sale, either individually or as one, both homes are offered to the public by way of Tender. Visit the Council to discuss your options, land bank these two sites, or merely move in and enjoy them as they are. Prime real estate such as this presents an opportunity not to be missed.

VIEW | SAT/SUN 3 - 3.45 PM OR BY APPOINTMENT TENDER | CLOSES THURS 17 NOV 2016 AT 4 PM WILL PREMIUM.CO.NZ/ 60508 & 60507

NOT BE SOLD PRIOR

EVERY DEVONP ORT P ROP ERT Y


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October 21, 2016

28 MAYS STREET

28 MAYS STREET

BOUNDARIES INDICATIVE ONLY

TE NDE R 26 MAYS STREET

KATHRYN ROBERTSON 021 490 480 KathrynRobertson@premium.co.nz DEVONPORT: 445 3414 PREMIUM REAL ESTATE LTD LICENSED REAA 2008

GRANT SPEEDY 0800 036 288 GrantSpeedy@premium.co.nz DEVONPORT: 445 3414 PREMIUM REAL ESTATE LTD LICENSED REAA 2008

26 MAYS STREET

I S A PREM IUM PROPERT Y


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October 21, 2016

PREMIUM.CO.NZ | FINE HOMES

DEVON P ORT | 15 MACKY AV E NUE Inco m p a r a b l e Livin g | Ch elt en h am Beach This stunning four bedroom 1920´s bungalow three doors from Cheltenham Beach maintains its original architectural character despite a complete renovation from the inside out. The kitchen and living exudes comfort and practicality, whilst the master bedroom provides couples with space and luxury, a private courtyard, and a large contemporary ensuite. The fully self-contained ground floor delivers options for the rest of the family or guests with its own kitchen, living area, remaining three bedrooms, bathroom, office and an abundance of storage. Prepare to fall in love ...

KATHRYN ROBERTSON 021 490 480 KathrynRobertson@premium.co.nz DEVONPORT: 445 3414 PREMIUM REAL ESTATE LTD LICENSED REAA 2008

VIEW | SAT/SUN 1 - 1.30 PM & TUES 6 - 6.30 PM OR BY APPOINTMENT TENDER | CLOSES THURS 3 NOV 2016 AT 4 PM UNLESS SOLD PRIOR BY PRIVATE TREATY PREMIUM.CO.NZ/60500

EVERY DEVONP ORT P ROP ERT Y M . C O . N Z IUM P ROP S E L L I N G ERT T H E F I NY EST HOMES I SP R EAM I UPREM

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