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History uncovered in TGS renovation… p3

Election special - the candidates… p6-11

Backgrounder: changes at the Wilson Home… p22

Six-storey retirement complex a step closer The proposed six-storey Ryman Healthcare facility overlooking Ngataringa Bay is moving a step closer to reality. Ryman has now lodged a second resource consent application for the development of the

4.2 hectares of the former Wakakura Block. The application has been publicly notified but residents have only until October 13 to make submissions. The proposal appears practically unchanged

from its original version, with 120 care beds, 78 assisted-living suites and 269 car parks. The number of proposed apartments has been dropped by one to 195 since the initial appliTo page 14

Devonport Community Garden springs into action

Smiling Smythes… three-year-old twins Georgia and Ethan Smythe were enjoying face-painting with mum Raewyn at last Sunday’s Devonport Community Garden Spring Open Day. Phil Clark P 09 446 2125 M 021 940 041 E phil.clark@harcourts.co.nz Peter Ayton P 09 446 2109 M 021 336 300 E peter.ayton@harcourts.co.nz

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Around $4500 for two new rubbish bins on Mt Cambria Another $2000 will go towards two bike With a growing number of dog owners and cyclists using Mt Cambria Reserve, the racks near Devonport Museum and Devonport Devonport-Takapuna Local Board is putting Kindergarten. Just over $9000 has been budgeted for new signs throughout the reserve. $17,000 towards a park upgrade. Roughly $4500 will go towards two new rubbish bins and an additional two dog-bag Great-escape art dispensers to help dog walkers dispose of raises $4000 for dog waste.

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New petanque court for Devonport

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A petanque court will be added to the North Shore Croquet Club. The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board has granted $3500 for the court’s construction, near the club entrance on Wairoa Rd. North Shore Croquet Club’s new president Garth Cumberland says the grant will fund specialist landscaping. Club members will help with the general work.

Artworks donated by Devonport admen featured in the Depot’s recent Escape Artists exhibition raised $4000 in an art auction. Each artist donated a piece of work for the auction, with proceeds going towards a suicide prevention book The Roaring Silence, to be published by the Depot later this year. The Roaring Silence is being compiled by the Depot’s media producer Amelia Harris. It will use photography, poetry, painting, short essays and interviews to talk about a once censored issue.

Devonport Heritage wound up after 22 years

Toy library gets a hand with rent

Devonport Heritage was wound up at a special meeting last week. It had been operating for 22 years. The decision to close down came in the face of a courts-costs bill for more than $20,000 from the losing fight to retain the Masonic Tavern building on Devonport’s waterfront.

As membership of Devonport’s Play-AWhile toy library dwindles, the DevonportTakapuna Local Board is supporting the struggling organisation with a $1500 grant towards rental costs for the library’s space at the Devonport Community House.

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Renovations unearth old archway

Old arching over new... a hidden archway delighted new TGS principal Mary Nixon A long-forgotten piece of Takapuna Grammar TGS Principal Mary Nixon said: “It was a School history has been revealed during the lovely visual surprise and shows that the building renovations of the school’s historic main block. was built with care and pride.” When workers demolished sections of the The school is now working with its architect school hall (built around 1965), they came across a stone arch leading into the northern wing of the original 1927 building. The arch had been concealed for half a century and was a revelation to those currently working at the school.

and heritage advisers on finding a way to incorporate the arch into the design for the new hall. A Ministry of Education spokesperson told the Flagstaff a proposal was in its early stages.

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RE-ELECT MIKE

COHEN ‘‘Community Before Council” My guiding principle has always been to put the community first. Where did Auckland Transport’s $54 million go? We are all frustrated over the traffic congestion on Lake and Esmonde Roads. Therefore it’s essential to get AT to start making meaningful progress. I believe that a permanent, fit for purpose, ferry terminal at Bayswater and more frequent services is a priority. I say no to the sale or privatisation of Public Land, whether its a golf course or any other public open space without working with the local community. I support the Arts, sports clubs and local community organisations that make our communities friendly, vibrant and safe rather than dormitory suburbs. I say no to further reclamation into the Waitemata Harbour by Ports of Auckland.

I want progress on the Francis to Esmonde Road walking/cycle bridge to achieve the completion of the green walk/cycle way from Devonport to Esmonde Road. I do bring a wealth of experience, proven expertise, and an ability to make great community initiatives happen. I have been serving our local community for 18 years. Firstly, on the Devonport Community Board, most of the time as its Chair and now on the Local Board being its Chair for its first 18 months. I progressed our DCB projects to fruition, for example our Devonport Library, both Devonport Wharf improvements, and Marine Square. I was recognised by “Stuff” in July as one of the six hardest working politicians in Auckland. I will continue to make a difference.

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Yachtie runs like the wind to claim half-marathon

Sailor wins road race… Sam Barnett (right) receives the North Shore half-marathon trophy from race organiser Dion Jelley I also love it for what it is. I have done it longer than sailing too,” he says. Barnett finished secondary school in Tauranga, but returned to Devonport 18 months ago to study Law and Commerce at the University of Auckland on a Prime Minister’s Scholarship.

He trains on the water with Merton most days. When Jelley handed him the trophy, Barnett politely apologised for not attending the prize-giving and said it probably wouldn’t happen again. “I’ll be 20 tomorrow, and next year it will be a lot harder to win a trophy,” he said.

DARBY FO R CO U N C I L Taking the Shore Forward “With your support, I will continue to tackle the tough issues: reining in rates, transforming Lake Rd, sorting the Port and progressing rail to the Shore”. – Chris Darby

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Sam Barnett sees himself foremost as a sailor. So he was as shocked as anyone when he won the under-20 half-marathon title at the North Shore Marathon. Barnett didn’t make it to prize-giving after the 11 September race, as he charged back down to Narrow Neck Beach to attend the Wakatere Boating Club opening. Last Friday, North Shore Marathon organiser Dion Jelley made a special trip to Narrow Neck Beach to present Barnett with the Jack Ralston Memorial Trophy. Barnett has been in Yachting New Zealand’s fast-track squad for the last two years. He sails a 470 class with sailing partner Zak Merton. Barnett was chuffed with his half-marathon success and five days after the race he was still buzzing from it. “I ran it in 1:27 hours flat. I improved my PB by 6:20 minutes. It was hard and I am pretty proud of my effort. I enjoyed the competition too. Others pushed me along and it helped me make the best effort I could,” he says. It was only Barnett’s second road race, but the sailor had around eight half-marathon length training runs under his belt. Barnett started running as a Year 4 student at Devonport Primary School, where he won the cross-country in Year 6, his only ever running trophy – until now. He got into sailing at Wakatere Boating Club while at Belmont Intermediate School. “Running is part of my sailing training, but


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Local Body Elections

Candidates for Devonport-Takapuna Local Board MARY-ANNE

KEVIN

GAVIN

BENSONCOOPER

BRETT

BUSCH

Researcher with the late Peter Williams Q.C.

TEAM GEORGE WOOD

I was born in Auckland educated at St Leo’s and Carmel College, Auckland hospital and later Auckland university. Former Waitemata health board member. Current marathon runner. Priorities: upgrade our footpaths so we can walk and run without risk of falls. Develop Milford to Takapuna costal walkways. Keep Takapuna campground footprint. Improve Lake Road. Retain Anzac street car park and Sunday markets. I have energy and experience to help bring changes to the Shore.

The list of problems we face: Endemic traffic problems; Excessively high rates; A destructive Unitary Plan; Insurance is far too expensive; Getting safe cycleways for adults and children; To protect public land including Takapuna Beach and the caravan park; To truly honour our Returned Service Personnel – to exempt them and their widows and widowers from rates. I will try my best to solve these problems.

I am a passionate and proud Narrow Neck resident with a business in Takapuna. Over the years I have been President of the Devonport and Takapuna Rotary Clubs and also ran the Devonport Food and Wine Festival.

Areas I am keen to focus on include resolving Lake Road, helping to manage the effects of the Unitary Plan on our already intensified peninsula, as well as getting a better share from our rates to the proven area. VOTE for the ONLY spend TEAMback withinthe record to fight for retain

SHORE ACTION

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DON

MIKE

CAMPBELL

COHEN

DEANS

INDEPENDENT

Community Before Council

Shore Action

I am standing because I believe that majority opinion should be respected. When 83 per cent of public opinion indicates one view, and your board another, something is wrong. I will seek: A solution for Lake and Esmonde Roads; A long-term lease for the Takapuna caravan park; Additional parking for Takapuna while retaining the Sunday Market; Retention of Devonport’s Victorian character; Strong local communities. .

TRISH

Recognised by Stuff as one of the six hardest working politicians in Auckland, my guiding principle has always been to put community before Council. Council For 18& years I have served Council Local Board our community, bringing a wealth of experience and proven ability to progress successfully Devonport Community Board projects to fruition – namely our library, Devonport’s wharf improvements, Marine Square and community initiatives like Lake Town Green Playground. I will continue to make a difference.

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As a strong advocate for Devonport Heritage, I have successfully pursued the objective of protecting and promoting built and natural heritage in Devonport. With the Unitary Plan coming into effect, we need toBoard have a strong Local community Local Board voice that ensures we plan for muchneeded infrastructure, safeguard our environment and retain public assets. As a former assistant principal, I have learnt and understand what matters most to people.

FAY

GRANT

JOHN

FREEMAN

GILLON

HILL

AUCKLAND FUTURE

Shore Action

Extensive experience in business, local government, sport, community development and the arts. A JP and Rotarian, and skilled sports park and facilities planner. Chair of Lake House Arts Trust and North Harbour Softball. My focus is on working with residents to unlock Lake Road traffic movement, second harbour crossing, quality sports parks and places and spaces for families and children to recreate. Vote Fay Freeman, Auckland Future.

I was raised and educated on the peninsula. I am a battler and tireless advocate for our community.

The creation of the Super City has produced a local board where the apparent culture has developed whereby decisions are made with insufficient or total disregard to the views or endorsement of the North Shore electorate.

I stand for preserving heritage; halting park sales; saving the Sunday market and Takapuna Beach Holiday Park; stopping the Port extension; capping rates; improving public transport and solving Lake Road congestion. With a lifetime of experience working constructively and positively for our community. Please support my Shore Action colleagues for local board cohesion.

I hereby pledge to reverse this undemocratic and unconstitutional culture and direct my vote in accordance with the wishes and directives of the North Shore Ward electorate. Your vote will assist in the achievement of this aim.

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Candidates for Devonport-Takapuna Local Board NICK

ROHAN

JENNIFER

KEARNEY

LORD

MCKENZIE

TEAM GEORGE WOOD

Stands for: NO selling of parks/public assets – saving Takapuna campground, reduced road congestion, zero litter tolerance, rate reductions through council efficiencies, and community sporting/arts facilities. Skills/ experience: strong sporting background (past NZ Laser Champion, America’s Cup, 2012 Olympic Sailing Team Manager/Operations), real-world blue-chip business experience. Interests: participation in many sports and travel to diverse destinations, such as ski racing in Afghanistan, and past Ironman competitor.

TEAM George Wood

IAN

MICHAEL

Nick has lived on the Shore for 40 of his 48 years and had an initial career as a policeman in Takapuna. He is now a partner in a Milford law firm. He was deputy chairman of the Kaipatiki Local Board from 2010-2013. He is currently president of the North Harbour Triathlon Club and enjoys yoga. Nick wants to ensure the area remains the best place in the world to live and play, and strongly believes in positive leadership, and advocates for top-class amenities such as pools, roads, footpaths, parks and beaches.

JAN

Jennifer lives in Milford and has always been involved in community organisations standing as North Shore Youth Co-chairperson, Girl Guide Leader and is President Elect for Takapuna Rotary. Jennifer is community-focused and wants to see our area continue to prosper. Priorities include: traffic on Lake Road, public transport, cleaner beaches, improving the coastal walkways and retaining the Takapuna markets and holiday park. Jennifer offers a younger more diverse perspective for our community.

O’CONNOR

REVELL

SHEEHY

Shore Action

Team George Wood

Auckland’s worst gridlocked arterial Lake Road urgently needs Council’s funding before allowing the intensification of Belmont.

Vote Jan O’Connor and my fellow Shore Action candidates. We promise to listen.

My family was established in Milford before 1900; my first home was in Devonport; formerly CIB Crime Squad Chief. I served as MP for Northcote and Deputy Speaker in the 1990s. A local real estate consultant with Prestige, I understand the important issues. Agendas include undergrounding ugly powerlines, improved maintenance in parks, beach walkways, cleaner beaches and fixing Lake Road! I drive a rechargeable EV. Married to Susan – we are both active on ratepayer committees.

TEAM GEORGE WOOD

BRUCE

GARRY

TUBB

VENUS

I wish to give something back to our community. I have lived in Belmont for 39 years and have no vested interests. I am an urban valuer and resource management planner. For 45 years I worked for the Department of Lands and Survey and then DoC. I have new ideas to sort out:

Shore Action

Shore Action will ensure that the 600sqm of land deducted from the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park will be returned. It will fight to save our open spaces and the Takapuna car park – home of the Sunday market.

# intensification of iwi land in Devonport. # Lake Road. # saving of the Takapuna holiday park and market.# apartments on the bayswater reclamation.# upgrading the Takapuna/Milford coastal walkway # upgrading Wairau Creek.

Mike Sheehy, retailer in Takapuna 30 years. Live in Bayswater. Past President Takapuna Business Association. Served on Bayswater Community Committee and Takapuna Community Board. My vision: to FIX Lake Road, cleaner beaches, development of Milford to Takapuna and North Head coastal walkways, better longterm maintenance of sports grounds as our parks are essential. To keep the holiday park on the existing footprint.

George

WOOD Joseph TEAM GEORGE

BERGIN

WOOD I was born and raised in Devonport. I know We are deciding the area. With over between two clear 35 years’ professional futures; the future environmental engithat Team George Wood advocates of Fair DealtoFor Shore For Council neering and planning developing our North Shore provide www.fairdeal.co.nz facebook.com/fairdeal4shore experience, I know about good decifortwitter.com/fairdeal4shore a positive outlook; or the status quo sion-making and community involvewhich isn’t an option. We must manage ment. We need honest and transparent change in a way that improves our Shore representation on the local board. We way of life. also need to understand and manage Team George Wood has a mix of expeDevonport peninsula issues likely to rience and youth. We will work to build arise from Unitary Plan intensification. strong communities, improve Lake Road, Along with my fellow Shore Action keep the holiday park where it is and members, I believe I can make a closely monitor Takapuna centre growth. difference.

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Local Body Elections

September 23, 2016

Auckland Council candidates MARY-ANNE

MICHAEL

CHRIS

BENSONCOOPER

BUTTLE

DARBY

My goal is to have the council be fiscally responsible whilst maintaining the core services expected and required by the ratepayers.

TAKING THE SHORE FORWARD

A newcomer to local government, my experience has been working in health and safety.

Chris is a tireless champion; transforming public transport, leading SkyPath and challenging port expansion into the harbour.

I will bring enthusiasm and energy to our new council, which faces hard decisions on where our rates will be spent. I would empower local boards to make more decisions. I will provide leadership and ensure a positive future for our North Shore.

I will be actively engaged with the community to be sure I understand their expectations.

FAY

GRANT

DANIELLE

FREEMAN

GILLON

GRANT

AUCKLAND FUTURE

Shore Action

Auckland Future

Extensive experience in business, local government, sport, community development and the arts. A JP and Rotarian, and skilled sports park and facilities planner. Chair of Lake House Arts Trust and North Harbour Softball. My focus is on working with residents to unlock Lake Road traffic movement, second harbour crossing, quality sports parks and places and spaces for families and children to recreate. Vote Fay Freeman, Auckland Future.

Our community needs someone in your corner at the council table. I am that person, raised and educated on the peninsula. I am a battler and tireless advocate for our community. Committed to: a transparent and accountable process, stopping park sales, preserving heritage, saving Takapuna’s Sunday market and holiday park, stopping the Port extension, capping rates, improving public transport, solving Lake Road congestion.

Proudly standing with Auckland Future to deliver a united voice across the Shore. We will fight for Lake Road upgrade, a second harbour crossing and protection of our beaches and green spaces. I’m a successful business woman. As an elected member now with a 100 per cent attendance rate, my commitment to our community is on the record. As a mother, I understand what’s important for family life. Vote Danielle Grant.

My family has been in Campbell’s Bay for more than 50 years, which gives me a keen insight in, and love of, the Shore.

“I want the Shore to be a place where people come first and communities flourish, with thriving town centres, safe cycling and a stunning natural environment.” With your support I will continue to tackle the tough issues; reining in rates, transforming Lake Rd, progressing rail to the Shore and demanding an accountable council.

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for North Shore ward JOHN

RICHARD

LESLEY

HILL

HILLS

KAHN

The creation of the Super City has produced a council where the apparent culture has developed whereby decisions are made with insufficient or total disregard to the views or endorsement of the North Shore electorate.

I grew up on the Shore and have connections across our community. I am a two-term Kaipa-tiki Local Board member and work in health and education. I’ve worked positively with council and community to secure town centre, park and sports field upgrades, and established the first youth facility on the Shore. My priorities are; Shore rail, cycling and public transport improvements, protecting our parks, and efficient use of ratepayer funds.

Having lived in several major cities around the world, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, London and Paris, I have chosen Auckland as my home and in July became a proud New Zealand citizen. As a North Shore ward councillor, I pledge to actively seek the opinions and views of my constituents and represent their collective will, as opposed to my own. In addition to being a committed mother of three, I hold an MBA and an MA from the University of Chicago and will bring years of experience in business and as an Auckland parent to this role.

DAMIAN

TATE

ANNE-ELISE

LIGHT

ROBERTSON

SMITHSON

United Future

The North Shore of Auckland is a vibrant and beautiful place. It is kept this way through the hard work and care of its residents. As one of those residents, I want to give myself to the community as a councillor. In brief, I support affordable housing and improvement of public transport services across Auckland. I strongly support maintaining the beauty of our environment in doing so.

SHORE Action

I hereby pledge to reverse this undemocratic and unconstitutional culture and direct my vote in accordance with the wishes and directives of the North Shore Ward electorate. Your vote will assist in the achievement of this aim.

I bring leadership experience, passion for community and love of my home, the North Shore: I grew up, attended school, started work and bought my house here. Strong communities are those engaged and involved in decisions. I commit to listening to our community and communicating council decisions. As part of United Future, I’m committed to achieving: fairer rates; more affordable homes; and getting Auckland moving through public transport and traffic management.

I’m for a North Shore where our natural and built heritage is protected. I have zero tolerance of selling parkland. Our open green spaces belong not only to us, but future generations who face greater flooding and who may not have backyards to play in. I’m committed to protecting our community hubs, saving Takapuna Beach Holiday Park and Anzac St car park – home of the Sunday market.

SHORE ACTION

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The night the candidates came to town By Rob Drent Pistols were drawn, shots were fired and a few combatants came with spud guns emitting blanks. Welcome to the shoot-out at the OK Community House Corrall, the meeting of the the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board candidates for the upcoming elections. Broadly speaking, the candidates were in two camps. Gunslingers from the left side of town, Shore Action, were Grant Gillon, Jan O’Connor, Trish Deans, Rohan Lord and Garry Venus, with honorary member Mike Cohen who is standing as an independent. From the other side of town came Team George Wood: George Wood, Nick Kearney, Jennifer McKenzie, Mike Sheehy, Gavin Busch and Ian Revell. Major planks for Shore Action include: zero tolerance to selling any parkland, and a commitment to saving both the Takapuna Beach Locked and loaded… the candidates get ready to perform Holiday Park and the home of the Takapuna Then there were the independents: Bruce behind on points. Sunday market; increased investment in re- Tubb, Don Campbell and Kevin Brett. Faye So how did the individuals perform? serves, extension of our park volunteer network, Freeman is also loosely an independent (alKevin Brett: a character who clearly enjoys pest reduction and clean-up of our precious though standing under the Auckland Future standing for local body office. Livened up the bush and waterways; and genuine consultation umbrella) meeting with his colourful attack on the “hated” without the spin. As far as the debate and points scoring went, Unitary Plan. Team George Wood has come up with a Shore Action had the uphill slog – a divided Gavin Busch: the former organiser of the 12-point manifesto, with key aims being: getting and criticised 2013-2016 board, which included Devonport Food and Wine Festival. His frustraa better share of rates for the Devonport/Taka- Gillon and O’Connor. However, in the face tion with the last board was evident. Advocated puna area; sorting out Lake Rd, and retaining of attack from Team George Wood Team, the a fresh approach with George Wood’s team. the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park. Don Campbell: kept his message simple and Shore Action side finished probably only just

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September 23, 2016 direct – local resident for 43 years. Passionate about the area. Mike Cohen: pushed his “community before council” slogan and his vast experience in local government and the need to retain what’s good about the area. Strangely, he went over time twice. Trish Deans: seemed slightly nervous at the start but warmed to her task nicely. Perhaps should have hammered in her extensive credentials as long-time heritage protection advocate more firmly. Fay Freeman: came across well in person, and presented her history and interests in arts sincerely. As one member of the audience noted, she “looked much better without the witch’s hat she wears in her campaign photos”. Grant Gillon: led the Shore Action team competently, giving a punchy history of the achievements and difficulties faced by the 2013-16 local board. Perhaps had the wood on George Wood when the leaders locked heads.

Nick Kearney: a solid performance by the ex-policeman falling back on his experience serving on the Kaipatiki Local Board. Rohan Lord: something of a surprise package, measured the delivery of his message – sporting prowess with knowledge of the issues – well for the audience. Jennifer McKenzie: at 29 the youngest standing, but emphasised her many years’ work in community organisations. Slightly officious, but this could be useful in dealing with council. Jan O’Connor: the least assertive of the Shore Action candidates. Popular with the audience, but seemed to be put on the back foot by the George Wood team. Ian Revell: competent delivery as you would expect from a former MP and deputy speaker of the House. Kept closely to the George Wood team’s line. Mike Sheehy: possibly the least polished speaker from the Shore Action team, but the only one standing with 30 years’ experience as

Voting likely to be close With two strong teams, voting is likely to be close in this year’s election for six spots on the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board. Experience is always key in elections and therefore incumbents Jan O’Connor, Mike Cohen and Grant Gillon have an advantage, although they are tarred with being associated with a divided board, poorly led in the last half by Joseph Bergin. And then there is the George Wood factor. Wood has been elected to North Shore City

Council and Auckland Council and also polls highly. He’s picked a strong team and at least two or three have a chance to get in. The same goes for Shore Action. It all depends on the electorate’s desire for change. Jan O’Connor may be under the greatest pressure to retain her seat. The big challenge is to get people to vote: the turnout in 2013 in the North Shore was only 35 per cent – the second-lowest in the country.

a retailer in the area. Bruce Tubb: wouldn’t every one love to have him as their grandfather? Could see the way the cards were falling and by the end of the night was putting himself forward as the independent option. Garry Venus: another long-time peninsula resident, who spoke passionately about his concerns over the impact of the Unitary Plan. George Wood: the former Mayor of North Shore and an Auckland Councillor seemed to antagonise the audience. Attacked previous board for its divisiveness and lack of ability in getting heard by Auckland Council. Tripped up slightly when he didn’t have full knowledge about moves towards a new visitor information centre in Devonport. Candidates Mary Ann-Benson Cooper and John Hill did not attend the meeting. The big issues were: • Lake Rd, somewhat unsurprisingly. Lots of talk about the best way ahead. Everyone wanted to reclaim the $54 million proposed budget for Lake Rd, which had been sucked into the inner-city train system construction. • Unity and consultation. How well had the last board performed on big issues, in making its voice heard to council to reflect the community. • The Takapuna campground. Still a flashpoint for voters. A crowd of around 60 turned up to the meeting – a good turnout by local body standards. Most though were over 60 – an indication of how difficult it appears to be to get the young to engage in local body politics. • Voting closes on October 8.


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Having lived in the Devonport/Bayswater area for the last 10 years, we had seen Jane and Jackie’s signs around the suburbs a lot. When we decided to sell our house, they were our first choice, because we assumed that they must be good at what they do having survived the ups and downs of the market for over a decade, and also that they would have a good knowledge of the local market. Our assumptions turned out to be totally accurate. On top of that, their attitude and approach makes them very easy to deal with. At the start of the process, they were able to recommend some great people to help prepare the home for sale. Then, through the open home and auction phases (including a pre-auction offer) they offered invaluable support and advice, without forcing us into any particular decision. They made a somewhat stressful process considerably easier through their quiet professionalism and excellent communication, with the outcome of a sale at auction that fully met our hopes and expectations. This was my fifth house sale, and of all the agents I have dealt with Jackie and Jane are by far the most professional and easy to deal with. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell in Devonport and the surrounding suburbs. David and Sandra Pearce

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Butterbee Childcare goes to Environment Court A controversial childcare centre proposed for Devonport, but knocked back by council, will continue its battle in the Environment Court. Jo and Paul Blair have lodged an appeal over the rejection by Auckland Council’s independent commissioners of their application for a central Devonport childcare centre. The Devonport couple wants to establish and operate a centre for up to 50 children in a residential heritage building at 159 Victoria Road. The commissioners found that the planned centre was too big for the site, would impact significantly on neighbours and

compromised the heritage value of the area. But the Blairs are sticking to their guns. With slightly modified plans, the appeal reiterates many of their application’s original points, including that the centre would provide a needed childcare facility in Devonport. They argue the application’s adverse effects can be “avoided, remedied or mitigated by way of conditions relating to the design, layout and operation of the proposed childcare facility.” Some of the submitters have told the Flagstaff that they will be filing with the Environment Court as part of the proceedings to fight the appeal.

Volunteers may provide tourist information A Devonport resident has become so frustrated with the lack of visitor information services that she is about to set up her own volunteer team. Lynn Dawson told the DevonportTakapuna Local Board candidates meeting last week that with the cruise-ship season about to start the fact there was no visitor information in the town was bordering on ridiculous. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) closed down the previous i-SITE on Devonport Wharf months ago. As yet there is no opening date for the new information centre proposed for the

old Devonport Borough Council chambers. Dawson said she had a list of about 12 volunteers ready to help tourists. “I know the ideal solution would be to paint the (borough council) building and pretty it up but I think it should be opened as soon as possible. “We could put up a trestle table as a counter and get things moving.” Another option was an information caravan, which could be parked near the wharf. The main focus should be locals with local knowledge providing information – “not bureaucrats from over the other side” trying to run a moneymaking operation, Dawson said.

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The Flagstaff Notes

September 23, 2016 By Rob Drent

Setting up a new visitor information centre at the old Devonport Borough Council building at 1 Victoria Rd is moving ahead at a glacial pace it seems. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) has put money up for it as has the Devonport Takapuna-Local Board. Support for the centre has also come from the Devonport, Milford and Takapuna BIDs. The sticking point now appears to be council’s property arm – Panuku Development Auckland – needing to transfer the use over. Sources have said while this is in progress, no exact time frame is in place, although it is hoped it would happen prior to Christmas. Is this good enough for Devonport businesses and tourists coming to Devonport? ATEED has already shut down its skeleton information centre on the wharf with nothing else to replace it. With the cruise ship season about to start, Devonport’s Lynn Dawson is moving fill the void by organising volunteers to provide information to visitors. Locals again filling the gaps left by the inefficient provision of councilcontrolled resources.

on the Wharf. Auckland Transport (AT) is refusing to talk about the terms of the lease offered to the restaurant/cafe/bar. But it is not denying the existence of the rent holiday either. Rumours around Devonport say the rent holiday may be for up to three years. If that is true, a huge subsidy has been given – while competitors (other restaurants and bars who are paying rates) are getting nothing. Is this fair? On the other side of the coin, something needed to be done about the wharf and the quality refit conducted by Devon on the Wharf is a much-needed addition to the area and the wider Devonport hospitality scene. However, the wharf is still a ratepayer-owned building so there should be transparency over this. Rent actually charged is sensitive but I think AT can specify if a rent holiday has been offered. It is something the Flagstaff is taking up with the Ombudsman.

The lack of forethought and vision in the Auckland Unitary Plan is likely to be laid bare if the massive 273 apartment, 120-bed hospital retirement village proposed by Ryman Healthcare for Ngataringa Rd gets the go-ahead. Construction is expected to take more than three years. If you thought Lake Rd congestion was bad now, imagine what it will be like with hundreds of truck movements per week. Has Auckland Council/AT got any further towards improving Lake Rd before this I still have reservations around the rent happens? No – that will take some real holiday that seems to have been given to Devon planning.

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Hello readers, Some of you may have seen the Takapuna Community Constable Andy Young and I along with Auckland Transport staff and volunteers down at Devonport Wharf speaking with cyclists on how they can keep themselves safe from being victims of crime. It is important to remember to record serial numbers to ensure we can identify and return your bicycle if it is recovered. Investigations are ongoing in relation to identifying and apprehending offenders involved in recent bicycle thefts. I am pleased to report that over the past month we have seen a downturn in crime in the area. I believe this is due to residents being more aware and diligent in reporting suspicious behaviour. Reports of bicycle thefts were received on 19 August from Devonport wharf (three bikes) and on 28 August from a property on Northboro Road (three bikes). A burglary was reported at a Lake Road, Belmont property during the day on 6 September, in

which ICT equipment was targeted. Vehicle crime reported has included: • A vehicle parked on Rattray Street had its window smashed overnight on 18/19 September. • Tools were stolen from a vehicle parked in a property on Lytton St overnight on 14/15 September. • A registration plate was stolen from a vehicle parked on Calliope Rd overnight on 28/29 August. • A vehicle was stolen from Hart Rd overnight on 24/25 August. This vehicle was later recovered in Orewa. Shoe thieves have been active again with four expensive pairs of running shoes stolen from Bayswater Ave and Vauxhall Rd properties. The most important action you can take to make sure your home is safe is to know your neighbours. Question strangers, write down their description and note the time and date. Write down registration numbers of unfamiliar vehicles moving slowly or stopping in the street. Report any suspicious behaviour to police immediately. Neighbourhood Support helps neighbours to talk to each other and works closely with the police and other organisations in your community to reduce crime, improve safety and prepare to deal with emergencies and natural disasters. If you are not already part of a Neighbourhood Support group, more information can be found at www.ns.org.nz or phone 09 353 0427.

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Letters

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Huge concerns over Wilson Home direction

I am writing with huge concerns about the Wilson Home Trust. I worked at the Wilson Home for two years, until recently, when my job became redundant along with the two family coordinator roles being disestablished. My job was to offer massage to the families (parents, grandparents, at times children) that were staying at the Wilson Home whilst the child was undergoing intensive rehabilitation. I was based in the lounge room in the main trust office building. About a year ago, new management came in, and the whole atmosphere changed. Prior to this, it was a warm and friendly place; everyone would be busy and happily working away, but would always look up and say Hi and ask how I was. Even though I was part time, I felt as if

I was part of a team, whose focus and purpose was the support of families and children with disabilities. I felt privileged to be part of this. I was constantly hearing from clients about how the support they had from the trust, in particular the family coordinators during their time there, was invaluable. Almost all would say that the kind words or practical help or even a place to go for a cup of tea with someone who understood was what gave them what they needed to keep going that day, enabling them to go back to their child and families and carry on giving the best care they can, because somebody cared for them. I witnessed the incredible compassion and help the coordinators gave, week after week; I read the many cards of gratitude and witnessed many emotional moments of true connection.

Whether you have a child with a disability or not, please know how important this place up the road is to so many and that what is happening needs to be addressed. This needs attention, discussion and opinion because it is about healthcare in New Zealand, and the importance of human contact and human values, looking at the whole person as part of their family and community. The Wilson Home was a place where children and families could get support and heal in an environment that encouraged this. That is not the place it seems to be today. This is a tragedy for so many, and for the direction healthcare in New Zealand is going, both locally and nationally. Stephanie Gustafsson

Management group making poor decisions for families with disabled children Thank you for highlighting the current issues shocked and upset at the decisions made over the at the Wilson Home Trust. As a family who have last 12 months. My daughter described it perfectreceived support over the last 14 years, we are ly in a letter she wrote when she heard the news: “I go to the Wilson Home and doctors and physios check to see what they can help with. After I go to my appointments, I would have a chat to Sally and Anne in the office – the people that have been there for longer than I can remember and will always stay. “The Wilson isn’t a hospital it is a home. As well as helping kids physically, the Wilson Home provides a home away from home, family, the people that you know you can always talk to, the people who know exactly what you are talking 3 - 7 OCTOBER about and have been through the same situation Experience the themselves. creative action and fun “It is terrifying to hear that my family is being of making your own movie! taken away from me. It’s not just me, it’s all of the people who need someone to understand. It’s email: filmcourse@thevic.co.nz the parents – I can’t even imagine how scary it www.thevic.co.nz - (09) 446 0100 A T HE EM

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would be to suddenly hear that your daughter has a lifelong condition that requires her parents to wait for her to come out of the operating room. Six times. “My parents were lucky, they could go and talk with the people who knew that exact feeling. I am so worried for the people that will have no one.” Currently we have a management group, none of whom have personal experience of child disability, making decisions for hundreds of families that do. A couple of them – Brian Neeson and Allison Roe – are standing for election for the WDHB. I know who won’t be getting my vote. It’s not a funding issue. The trust provides the support for families, not the WDHB, but when the trustee is the WDHB, then everything gets blurred. This is morally and decently wrong and must be stopped. Diane Eaglesome

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Letters

September 23, 2016

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Airport shuttle should continue to ferry building Responding to Rob Drent’s Flagstaff Notes (9 September) wondering whether others were annoyed about the change in the Skybus stop’s move from the ferry building to Customs St, the answer is a resounding yes. I’ve heard many complaints about the inconvenient change, including an item from Jim Eagles, former New Zealand Herald travel editor, who was left waiting for some time on a cold, wet Sunday night for a Skybus shuttle to take him from the new town hall terminus to the ferry. The old terminus outside the ferry building was indeed most convenient for Shore people wanting to catch the bus to the airport. But perhaps the new upper terminal

is handier for others. We must try not to be too parochial about this! However, as the old route for the bus ran up Queen St, rather than up Hobson St, as with the new system, perhaps that served those from other parts of town equally well from their city bus route stops. The main question seems to be why Skybus is running a separate shuttle from downtown to the town hall terminus? Why not just continue in the same bus to the final drop-off point, as before? It’s not as if the in-between shuttle is a smaller vehicle; it is a large, normal-sized bus, usually with only a handful of people in it. Gretchen Leach

Immediate Lake Rd solutions are possible More letters I see about Lake Rd traffic, as usual debating grandiose gold-plated schemes guaranteed to cost the earth (in both senses of the expression). Lake Rd’s congestion is only severe in one direction at a time – northbound in the morning, southbound in the afternoons. Given the limited width available, and the

Carpooling the only answer to Lake Rd It’s election time and Lake Rd traffic is on the agenda once again. Nobody seems to want to say it, but ultimately the only way to reduce congestion on Lake Rd is to reduce traffic on Lake Rd. We could reduce traffic by 50 per cent if everyone carpooled. And everybody’s petrol, maintenance and parking costs would decrease too. So why not stop moaning and start doing something. Sign up to the council’s carpool website and meet some new people: letscarpool.govt.nz/in-your-area/ auckland/ Allow 2+ car occupancy in the bus lane on Esmonde Rd as an incentive and we might start making a difference.

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desire to retain cycle lanes and footpaths, isn’t the obvious solution to claim the existing median strip for a three-lane ‘tidal flow’ system like they have on Panmure Bridge? A third lane that switches direction depending on traffic flows would have virtually all the benefits of four lanes but without the need for major road realignment. North Shore company 3i Innovation exports its technology around the world to implement these systems – why not use it here? And here’s a really cheap tweak that would make an immediate difference to Lake Rd: mandatory right turns from Bardia and Winscombe Streets would allow their green phases to safely overlap, adding 5-10 per cent to Lake Rd’s capacity at this current pinch point. At least 90 per cent of cars turn right from those roads anyway, and the other 10 per cent have alternatives. Finally, a T2/T3 lane from Lake Rd to the SH1 on-ramp would get carpoolers to work 20-30 minutes faster than singleoccupant vehicles – making it a compelling option and taking a lot of vehicles off not just Esmonde Rd, but Lake and other roads as well (both in the morning and at night). I find it quite unfathomable that this hasn’t been done already – signs and road marking aren’t expensive. Michael Fielding

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Backgrounder

September 23, 2016

Job cuts at Wilson Home spark governance concerns The removal of services at the Wilson Home has raised questions about the structure of its controlling trust. Maire Vieth investigates. The axing of two family support coordinator roles by the Wilson Home Trust (WHT) has put a spotlight on its decision-making processes. Parents affected by the job cuts (reported by the Flagstaff on 9 September) and other people previously involved with the trust, believe the Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB), the WHT’s sole trustee, is exerting increasing control. The job losses are seen as part of a general move away from the trust itself providing services.

Role of the WDHB The WDHB is by far the biggest service provider on the Wilson Home site and it leases most of the trust’s premises. Rent paid by the WDHB is the trust’s main revenue stream. In 2015, the WDHB paid rent of $711,750. The Ministry of Education paid $131,549 rent for the Wilson School on the site. The trust’s total operating income that year amounted to $944,953. The trust deed states that employees of the WDHB are not allowed to become WHT committee members with voting rights for fear of a conflict of interest. However, since last year a member of the WDHB’s senior management team, Linda Harun, has attended WHT committee meetings in the role of “observer”. Critics of the trust’s reduced servicesprovision role believe Harun has been influential in the direction the WHT has taken. They fear the WHT is being reduced to a bareboned operation that only looks after buildings, gardens and its growing endowment fund. The beneficiaries of the WHT are identified in the trust deed as “children with disabilities and/or their families”. Auckland’s leading theatre for children

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Prime site… The Wilson Home, the centre of care for disabled kids since 1937 But other trust papers obtained by the Flagstaff talk about “evolving the provisions of services at the WHT”, and the trust’s primary and constant responsibilities are described as those of a “benevolent landlord” and “asset management”. The trust’s 2015 Performance Report states: “As the Waitemata District Health Board and the Ministry of Education currently provide many of these services, the Trust adopts a collaborative and facilitative approach.”

Legal concerns University of Auckland Emeritus Professor of Law Jim Evans says a conflict of interest is apparent in contracts between the trust and the WHDB. The trust deed authorises “the acceptance of contracts from Health Authorities and other agencies for the provision of services to assist Children with Disabilities living in the Qualifying Area and their Families

PROVIDED such contracts appear at the time of engagement, likely to be profitable.” Evans says a “contract” is a deal negotiated between two parties. In the case of the WHT, however, the WDHB is essentially negotiating with itself. With the axing of the coordinator roles, the sole service retained by the WHT is the provision of grants to families for equipment, assistance and activities. Last year, the grants amounted to $231,000. Each WHT committee member received an honorarium of $6700 for their work in 2015, adding up to $33,500. One member, Fraser Boddy, received an additional $2300 for his financial advice to the trust. Alarm bells over the direction the WHT was taking were activated by management committee minutes, which said that an Australian hospital-architecture firm had been asked to give advice about the “ongoing suitability” of the 5.1 hectare Wilson Home site.

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September 23, 2016 From previous page However, both the WHT and the WDHB have assured the Flagstaff that no such advice has been sought specifically for the Wilson Home. Families with children cared for by the Wilson Home are concerned that the extreme end of the changes could lead to the sale of valuable land at the site. However trust chair Brian Neeson says it “has no current plan to sell or lease any of the Wilson Home site”.

Health and safety compliance Documents obtained by the Flagstaff show that fears over recent health and safety legislation were cited in relation to the disestablishment of the coordinator roles. Committee members were concerned about their personal liability in any form of service provision by the trust. Minutes of trust meetings before the Health

Backgrounder and Safety at Work Act became law in April show growing concerns among committee members over their responsibilities and potential liabilities, especially in the provision of services such as the Family Support Coordinators. Minutes of the January 2016 committee meeting say that Boddy had recently attended a presentation on the new legislation. “The responsibilities borne by the individual committee members are daunting,” the minutes say. Discussion notes of the committee’s review of the Family Coordinator roles a month later state that the roles “provide a hands-on service” and are, among other things, “a health and safety risk”. Another paper states that “committees have low appetite for hands-on service provisions due to H&S liabilities”. By April, a confidential “service review” by the committee concluded that the roles should be disestablished.

The Wilson Home site The Wilson Home Trust (WHT) owns 5.1 hectares of land donated by the Wilson Family in 1937. The land was last valued in July 2014 by Auckland Council at $28.25 million. ($22.05 million for the land and improvements at $6.2 million. The trust’s own assessment of its property, plant and equipment assets is much lower. In its 2015 Performance Report, the trust assesses the land at only $1,165.530, and its buildings at $5,468.092. One-third of the land can’t be sold, including the part that contains the former Wilson homestead, cottage and 1960s chapel. The remaining two-thirds of the site are much less protected. The trust is “free to subdivide, sell, lease (on any terms it shall see fit), develop, exploit or otherwise turn to account” any of the remainder of the site (abutting of Lake Rd/St Leonards Rd).” In 2007, then WHT chair Brian Donnelly seemed to consider these options. Donnelly sent out a survey asking for feedback on what to do with a part of the site known as The Point. “Characterised by its stunning harbour views, this coastal land is obviously very valuable. It is also surplus to current requirements and has the

capacity to generate a large amount of income. This land has no significant trees and could be developed easily,” he wrote. However, nothing came of Donnelly’s suggestions. In the recently approved Unitary Plan, the land is zoned Special Purpose – Healthcare Facility zone and is non-rateable. In 2016/17, the trust paid $91.49 in rates. Building heights in the zone are: • Up to 26 metres as a permitted activity and between 26 and up to 35 metres as a restricted discretionary activity. • Greater than 35 metres as a discretionary activity.

Recent cuts and changes at the Wilson Home August 2016 – Two Family Support Coordinator positions disestablished. Sally King and Anne Nieuwland are let go. May 2016 – Manager Operations and Finances, Linda Worth, resigns in May 2016. Dale Bramley, CEO of the Waitemata District Health Board, commissions a legal review of the WHT trust deed. August 2015 – Director Russell Ness resigns. Earlier – Services get cut, such as Devonport local Maya Nova’s Mindfulness workshops.

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What’s provided at the Wilson Home • W DHB Child Rehabilitation Service, outpatient and inpatient • WDHB (Out of Home) Respite Service • Wilson School (Ministry of Education) • Wilson Home Trust cottage • St Leonards Chapel and Garden • Art Adventure, Spectrum Care Holiday Programme, Touch Compass Dance Co, Northern Health School

Trust finances The Charities Service’s public Annual Return documents show that the WHT is in good financial health. It has recorded an annual surplus every year since it was registered with the commission in February 2008. Over the course of eight years, the surplus adds up to $1,441,821. The 2015 financial year was particularly strong, with a surplus of $461,703. Of that, $414,760 resulted from interest on the trust’s more than $6.5 million investment fund.

The Wilson Home Trust The Wilson Home Trust’s sole trustee is Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB). The authorised beneficiaries under the trust are: “Children with Disabilities and/ or their Families” who live in the qualifying North Island area reaching from from Cape Reinga to South of Hamilton, 21 years and under, whose primary disability must be physical. The current trust members are: Brian Neeson, Chairperson (WDHB nominee); Fraser Boddy (CCS Disability Action nominee); Lynne Coleman (WHDB nominee); Allison Roe (WDHB nominee); Russell Vickery (CCS Disability Action nominee). Vickery is currently also the Interim Manager of the trust and the Flagstaff understands he resigned as a committee member. Management Committee: Made up of three WDHB nominees who can’t be employed by the WDHB, and of three CCS Disability Action nominees, who can be CCS employees.

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1937 – William Wilson hands over the land to the Auckland Hospital Board and the Wilson Home for Crippled Children officially opens 1951 – Accommodation for matron and her assistant built 1966 – Chapel completed; nurses accommodation built 1970s – Recreation hall opened 1977 – Ronald Caughey Assessment and Treatment Centre built 1978 – Eastern Bays Hostel established

1983/84 Six villas built 1993-2011 – Services decentralised 1999 – Major rewrite of trust deed, site leased to Ministry of Education for the Wilson School (opened in 2008) 2009 – Historic cottage re-sited 2011 – Family accommodation units opened (Timeline produced from Patricia Jones’, The Wilson Home: A Celebration of 75 Years, 1937 – 2012, published by the Wilson Home Trust in 2012)


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

The heart of our community We have first-class schools on the Devonport Peninsula and families here are fortunate to have such excellent early childhood, primary, intermediate and secondary schools close by, each with its own character and its own close-knit community of pupils, parents and teachers. I visit our local schools on a regular basis and am always impressed with how the parents and staff work so closely to ensure the very best outcomes for their children and how, for many local families, the school is the hub of their community. Devonport schools have embraced the Government’s initiative to create Communities of Learning where students benefit from shared teaching practices and expertise as teachers work alongside teachers from other schools to help boost student achievement. Our primary schools - Bayswater, Belmont, Devonport, Stanley Bay and Vauxhall are part of the Devonport Community of Learning and have teamed up with Belmont Intermediate and Takapuna Grammar School locally, meaning more than 3,700 students will benefit from this sharing of expertise. St Leo’s has joined with Carmel College, Rosmini College and Takapuna’s St Joseph’s to form a North Shore Catholic Schools Community of Learning. Together these four schools have just over 2,600 pupils. Local government elections are now upon us and the Postal Ballot voting forms have arrived and I urge you all to overcome any feelings of apathy and exercise your democratic right to vote. I'd like to personally thank and commend Dianne Hale for all her tireless work for our community and

for the energy and intellectual rigor she has brought to the role over the past 30 years. We will miss her and with her retirement as our most effective Local Board member there's a clear opportunity to take a close look at what specific skills and talents we really need from our representatives and vote accordingly. I’ve hosted two Seniors’ events in the north of the electorate in the past few months and they’ve proved very popular with around 130 Seniors attending each time. My next Seniors’ event will be an afternoon tea in Devonport on Friday, October 7th at the RSA Devonia Hall. We’ll be discussing scams and what to do if you are being targeted by scammers with representatives from the Commission for Financial Capability. One of my SuperSeniors Champions, North Shore resident Precious McKenzie, will join us with advice on healthy aging. We will also be joined by a special surprise guest and you are welcome to join us, at no charge, so please contact Karen in my local office on 09 486-0005 for catering purposes. As the Minister of Conservation, it was great to see that New Zealand’s commitment to be predator free by 2050 has received global acclaim at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Congress in Hawaii. I’ve just returned from Washington where I headed up the New Zealand delegation to the 2016 Our Oceans conference where I delivered an update on the Kermadec/ Rangitahua Ocean Sanctuary and emerged much better informed about what the rest of the world is doing around the big issues of climate change, sustainable fishing and marine pollution. I’ll be speaking at the next

Devonport Yacht Club’s Seatalks on Thursday, September 29th at 7.30pm to give an update on our predator free goals and current conservation work in the coastal areas including our pestfree islands and mainland coastal areas and I’m looking forward to hearing about how I can help on a practical level with issues of concern to members. It’s been a busy few months attending and speaking at international conferences across all my portfolio responsibilities and in my capacity as the Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage I met with my counterparts from 22 countries at the Edinburgh International Culture Summit. We shared strategies for arts sustainability and funding options and it was an excellent opportunity to learn from the experiences of other countries and to bring those new and inspiring ideas back home. We had an impressive turnout for our Chinese constituents meeting where I hosted my colleagues, MP Dr Jian Yang and the Minister of Health, Dr Jonathan Coleman to discuss issues of concern to the Chinese community in the electorate. Police Area Commander, North Shore, Shanan Gray, attended and explained the most important thing in the event of any crime was to keep yourself safe and to always contact the police and let them know about any concerning incidents or people acting suspiciously. Health Minister Coleman received a hearty round of applause when he outlined the benefits of our North Shore Hospital where recent major building projects has seen more than $75 million invested in our hospital.

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Kevin Brett Kevin Brett, researcher with the late Sir Peter Williams QC “Passion for Justice” I am standing for a position on the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board. Our situation is critical. The traffic problem is out of control. The council want $10 billion from you, the ratepayers. If we don’t come up with a plan to solve this problem, our rates are going to go through the roof. Our rates need to come down. I admit that this is going to be difficult, but I believe it is not impossible. I promise to try my best to solve this problem. 1) We need a better plan than the Unitary Plan, which has the potential to destroy the nature of our area. 2) Charge $10 a day for those who wish to use the bus lanes. 3) Scrap the rail tunnel between Britomart and Khyber Pass, at around $2.9 billion. An electric bus system is a far cheaper option. 4) I will consult Grey Power with a view to substantially reducing the rates for those 65 and over. 5) I will work tirelessly to get rates reduced for everyone. 6) Nil rates for returned servicemen and their widows – they have already paid their dues. Also no rates for RSA clubs. 7) I will work with you to reduce the endemic traffic problems of our area. 8) Keep Takapuna Beach for the people. Authorised by Kevin Brett, 3 Moa Street, Belmont, Devonport. Phone 021 168 5165.

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Playing Michael is mostly fun though, says Christian: “He is a comic character and makes everyone laugh. The thing that’s special about Michael is that he dresses up in his mum’s clothes sometimes. He mostly keeps to himself. It’s Billy who gets teased by the other kids,” he says. Billy Elliot is Lauren’s third professional show. In 2014, she was in Annie at the Civic. Earlier this year, she landed the role of Louisa in The Sound of Music and spent almost five months performing in Queensland. She applied to audition for Billy Elliot while in Australia. Lauren says that after playing serious parts in the three previous shows, the slapstick role of a clumsy dancer was a welcome change. “It’s something completely different, where I get to do lots of expressing, be a bit crazy and there is just so much energy,” she says. Her character Susan is so bad at ballet that she is nicknamed “Spastic Starfish” by the other dancers. Lauren says it is ironic that after years of classical ballet training with Devonport’s Miss Snowball, “I suddenly have to throw all that away and do it really, really badly.” Tap dance routines are instrumental to the show’s high energy, says Christian. “Tap is what our characters do when they are set free from the strict, adult world and when they can do whatever they want.” • Billy Elliot opens at the ASB Waterfront Theatre on 7 October.


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Promising violinist plays to great acclaim The Devonport Chamber Orchestra and solo violinist Maia-Dean Martin performed an inspirational concert at Holy Trinity Church on 11 September. They played two of Mendelssohn’s greatest favourites – the overture Fingal’s Cave and the Violin Concerto in E minor. The concert was conducted with authorative style by the promising young Timothy Carpenter. I hope he can be persuaded to conduct the orchestra again. Maia-Dean Martin, although just 15, played with the technical expertise and emotional maturity of a much older performer. MaiaDean is from Whangarei and has already won a number of competitions and awards. The Devonport Chamber Orchestra (DCO) was fortunate indeed to have her perform. Maia-Dean is a pupil of Mary O’Brien, one of Auckland’s leading violin teachers and a a regular member of the first violins of the orchestra. She must have been justly proud of her pupil’s performance. Maia-Dean’s sensitive interpretation and virtuosic technique brought her a standing ovation. She was well supported by the DCO, ably led by Michael Hunter. Soloist and orchestra were as one and Carpenter ensured the orchestra never overwhelmed the young violinist. The sweetness of her tone was shown most tellingly in the slow movement, while her technique was demonstrated in the rapid fluid runs and double-stoppings in the two outer movements. An inspirational performance – in years to come I hope members of the audience will be able

to say: “I was there when she got a standing ovation for the Mendelssohn concerto when she was only 15.” With such spectacular ability and maturity, what a future awaits her. The concert opened with the Hebrides (or Fingal’s Cave) Overture. The music is truly programmatic with musical depictions of the water – from smooth and peaceful sunlit swirls to dark and threatening breakers rushing through the narrow cave opening. All sections of the orchestra rose to the technical challenges of this musically complex work. Strong violin and viola playing, a warm and lyrical theme from the cellos, the double basses at their best skipping up and down their fingerboards, and the woodwind and brass making a strong ensemble. After the crashing of waves and turbulent seas, a beautiful clarinet solo above the strings saw the crashing waves subdued, and as the rest of the orchestra faded a solo flute remained like a bird disappearing into the distance. After each concert I wonder if the DCO can better their performance – and they do. What an asset this orchestra is to the district. Because of the reputation it is gaining and the audience support, many players travel from quite distant parts of Auckland to play in it. • The DCO’s next performance is on 13 November at Holy Trinity Church. It features Duo Tapas, a violin and guitar duo from Wellington, who will perform with the orchestra. For more information see dco.net.nz Reviewed by Rogan Falla

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Hale and hearty: Dianne farewelled after three decades in local body politics

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The end of Dianne Hale’s 27 years in local government was rung in with a walk down memory lane at the last Devonport-Takapuna Local Board meeting of this term. Board chair Joseph Bergin had put together a slide show of photos of Hale: as a member of the Devonport Borough Council from 1986-89, as a North Shore City councillor from 1992-2010 (nine of those years as Deputy Mayor), and finally as a member of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board. In a Scottish twist, a photo presented to Hale by Devonport-Takapuna Local Board member Mike Cohen revealed the spontaneous and funny side of a woman known for being careful and moderate over most issues in her political career. Cohen called the photo “private” but Hale went on to tell those present in the chamber what it depicted: her and Cohen dressed in plaid Westlake Girls High School uniforms while performing a skit at a Scottish-themed Community Board Conference dinner in Invercargill in 2001. The image also shows then Devonport Community Board chair Paddy Stafford-Bush, together with board member John Duder and his partner Helen Taber in the school uniform skirts and black stockings. Hale explained: “When I heard there was a Scottish theme for the conference dinner, I had one of my lastminute brainwaves to borrow some of the plaid West Lake Girls uniforms for it. They miraculously fitted everyone and a few black stockings were pulled over the guys’ hairy legs. “We made a grand entrance at the dinner, singing ‘We are the tarts of North Shore City. We can’t help it, but we’re so pretty.’The others there were so amused that they asked us to do it all over again, so we gave an encore,” she said. “We were the hit of the evening. The rest of the room was wearing only a few Scottish scarves and brooches.” Bergin praised Hale’s passion for North Shore’s young people, saying she had been a dedicated youth advocate for many years and she encouraged him to stand for the board in 2010, when he became Auckland’s youngest elected member.

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Board member Grant Gillon said he would miss Hale’s “wisdom, insight and measured approach to issues,” even though he didn’t always see eye to eye with her on them. Cohen said he was lucky to have the support of Hale the first time he ran for office in 1998. “There were 35 of us running then and only five got in. Thanks to her help I was one of them,” he says. Several board members remarked on receiving diligently crafted late-night emails from Hale on regulatory matters. North Shore Ward councillors Chris Darby and George Wood also praised Hale. Darby said one of Hale’s less-celebrated achievements was sorting out the North Shore’s waste-water infrastructure deficit. Wood, who as Mayor of North Shore City had Hale as his deputy, thanked her for doing a sterling job over the years. “When Dianne would come into my office and close the door behind her, I always knew I had done something and was in purgatory,” he said, Auckland Mayor Len Brown was also present. “You are one of the straightest shooters I ever met,” he told Hale, adding, as she and husband Dennis left the chamber at the end of the night, “Dianne, love ya!” Hale said her local-government journey had Flowers and memories... Dianne Hale recounts events depicted below, started in 1986 and was interrupted only once to the amusement of fellow local board member Allison Roe by three years out of office. “I enjoyed working for George Wood as his Deputy Mayor for nine years,” she said. Youth advocacy was another highlight. “I met some amazing young people.” Chairing the cross-sector committee around the Northern Busway development, and helping set up the Victoria Theatre, the Devonport Community House and other local projects were also rewarding, she said. “One of my disappointments is not to see Lake Rd resolved in my time,” she said. Hale is looking forward to having some evenings free to herself. But she is also keen to continue her work as a community magistrate and last Monday was elected chair of the Devonport Business Association.

Behind every great woman… Dianne Hale with husband Dennis

It’s not all agendas and long meetings… Dianne Hale, next to Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt (centre), with other Devonport Community Board members (from left) John Duder (with partner Helen Taber at back), Mike Cohen and Paddy Stafford-Bush at the 2001 New Zealand Community Board Conference


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Junior beachcombers collect plenty of plastic in annual clean-up More than one thousand local schoolchildren cast their eagle eyes across local beaches last week during the annual peninsula-wide beach clean-up organised by the Devonport Peninsula Trust. While Stanley Bay School students found large items of foam, iron rods, timber and insulation material washed up along Stanley Point, the peninsula’s eastern beaches were mostly free of large debris, says Devonport Community Coordinator Maria Teape. “But once the kids started looking harder, they found lots and lots of small pieces of plastic,” she said. Vauxhall School students combed through the sand at Cheltenham Beach, picking out plastic bottle tops, spoons, tags and many other small pieces of plastic, as well as glass. “On the plus side, cigarette-butt numbers were down this year,” says Teape. The Devonport Peninsula Beach CleanUp Day is in its sixth year. Every year, during a spring tide, all local schools lend a hand in the project. Bags of fun... (from left) Abby Jenkins, Marcus Dozzi and Maya Willis collecting rubbish on Cheltenham Beach with Vauxhall School teacher Palo Shanahan

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Len to address senior-housing concerns before leaving office When Auckland Mayor Len Brown attended this month’s Devonport-Takapuna Local Board meeting to thank retiring member Dianne Hale for her 27 years of public service. And at the same time, he also agreed to investigate a local political issue.

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What we want (and don’t want) from our representatives

Dear MP, PM and council candidates. We the electors want from you: • Transparency, honesty and integrity in the management of our city’s and country’s assets and cash.This has never occurred in all of history so it’s a big call on you. • Maintenance of public amenities, public transport and assets; clean water and beaches; tidy streets and paths. • Cleaner air and water; more dolphins, whales and fish, birds and trees. But not pohutukawa in footpaths, for God’s sake. • Less rubbish and wastage; more healthy food and better education. • Openly tendered contracts let fairly for all public works and services. • Council to engage dynamic-thinking designers and consultants, by open tender. • Our council to recognise that local issues are directly connected to our national issues. We don’t want: • False promises, arrogance, secret meetings because of commercial sensitivities, and liars and cheats speculating on public assets and contracts. • Vast new subdivisions, Third-World style, using imported poor-quality labour or steel. • Mass immigration crowding our country

and ruining our environment. • Development driven by greed or underhanded insider deals. • Propaganda stories and scaremongering to manipulate the public. • Preferred contractors bleeding the public purse for public works. • Corporates’ giant iron sheds like at Silverdale and Albany. We all have to look at their crap buildings because council allowed it. • BS stories about mum-and-dad investors, and housing our families, while you’re engineering housing to be unaffordable to ordinary people. • Ticket clippers, skimmers and margin makers who add no value to our society. I have spoken to some of our local candidates and the theme seems consistent – that many consider the decisions made by our MPs and those of council are separate matters. These candidates are clearly stupid. Our city’s politics are incestuously intertwined with the policies of parliament. We need to see that what’s good for Devonport is tied to the city, which is tied to New Zealand. We have seen the land grabs and giveaways recently in Devonport involving LINZ and

our MPs and council. The Ryman tenancy, the development of Navy housing land is all under-the-carpet stuff that all those going for council and our MPs should be tipping out in the open and reversing. It’s not done with. The arrogance of trying to give elite people our motor camp and some saying we should give our golf courses to create Stonefields-style housing areas are matters directly affecting Devonport and Auckland. We are gouged for rates and council still runs out of money. These clowns intend to get us in debt tunnelling under the harbour and to Mt Eden. There is no forethought as to the state of our Harbour Bridge, and the Ports of Auckland are still filling the seabed today. Long term they plan to turn the area into housing. In the Navy housing area takeover, the Maori were used to smokescreen the deal and it stuns me that most of you, especially the MPs and council, are silent. It’s time to make this lot accountable. For those of you that have kids, think to the future and demand better. I’m sorry to say that, by and large, our local MP has failed us, as have AT and many council people. You’re all fired as far as I’m concerned. Ron Dykman (abridged)

Developments plus inaction over Lake Rd mean gridlock is coming There is genuine concern that planned developments on our peninsula, with one way in and one way out, could finally create the ultimate gridlock we all fear. Only an irresponsible Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and NZTA would allow this to happen. But looking at how little progress is being made on action to ease transit on Lake Rd, the gridlock will happen. This is not helped by the drive to develop large areas used to settle Treaty claims, and those will need to provide a return to landowners, as soon as possible.

What is truly amazing is that Lake Rd has been identified as one of the worst in Auckland and yet has lost funding of $34 million to the train set, which will not improve anything north of the harbour bridge in any of our lifetimes. That said, where is the research and surveying required to get the facts on how traffic movement improves on the peninsula? And if timing is years away, do the developers realise they will blow out costs of trucking out the unwanted fill and trucking in the building supplies? In the case of Ngataringa, there is the hill start at Belmont traffic lights, and all the pinch

Time to revisit Lake Rd cycle lanes Prior to the formation of the Super City, the Devonport local board expeditiously approved the ‘painting’ of the 1.5m cycle lanes on both sides of the already-congested Lake Rd. At the time, those responsible were culpable of displaying ‘vested interests’ in that they pandered to Auckland’s wellorganised, and vociferous cycling bunch. The Mayor at the time, Andrew Williams, opposed the decision. His Deputy Mayor, Julia Parfitt, correctly said: “they weren’t really lanes at all.” These ‘lanes’ duplicate the already shared/divided paths, and since that time the expensive Green Route to Takapuna via Ngataringa Bay. Funding was contributed by Transit New Zealand. Now, at huge costs to ratepayers, and delays until 2019, the Auckland Transport alignment project bureaucrats will argue, and procrastinate over widening Lake Rd from Hauraki Corner, southbound. It’s a fact

that those elected to council and the local board can’t work as a team. They say: “we can’t remove the painted, unwanted ‘lanes’ – this means we have to refund the money to Transit NZ” (or its equivalent body). What is needed is for the newly elected board to agree to repay the money, and contest to remove the ‘hated lanes’ off Lake Rd from Hauraki Corner southwards. Novice cyclists and school pupils can use the shared paths. Recreational cyclists can opt for the widened Lake Rd. Car owners here have been too tolerant. Yet, at peak times, and in gridlocked conditions, too often cyclists are conspicuous by their absence! Councillors and board members have their pride. They will not admit their mistakes. What is needed is a ‘quick fix’ to please the majority of residents. Get rid of the detested on-road painted cycle lanes. John Hipkins

points along this narrow stretch of road. An estimated 70,000 cubic metres of excavation is predicted. That would be thousands of truckloads to remove, all up and down your main arterial route. If we are to be able to use our own roads, we need the council to take positive action by stopping any development progress until the road system works. Residents should support their local representatives on council and local board as I predict a shit fight of the first order. Ian Ferguson

Politeness to the fore – youth of today not so bad after all I’m a new retiree and today decided that I would make good use of my gold card and take the bus to Takapuna from my home at Narrow Neck Beach. I hopped on the bus not realising that it was full of TGS students. No problem here as I’m ex-TGS so I felt very much part of the scene. When the bus arrived at the school stop and the students departed, I was amazed that every one of them thanked the driver as they left . I couldn’t help feeling that, along with our beautiful country, we also have a next generation of polite young people too. Great stuff guys.

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

A round-up of winter sport Winter Tournament Week is a gruelling competition for our top teams. The Girls First XI Football team lost 0-1 in their last game to finish 10th of 16. Despite only two losses (one by penalty goals), losing the first game in the early stages never gave them a chance at the top eight race. Boys Football lost 0-2 to finish sixth of 16. But for a penalty shoot-out loss earlier, they would have been in the top four.

stronger next year. Meanwhile the Girls First XI Hockey side won their final game on golden goal to finish 14th of 16. The senior netball team had a heartbreaking one goal loss to finish their tournament, and placed 8th of 16. This is another young side with plenty of positives looking forward to next season. The boys basketball team placed 12th of 24.

Outside the tournament environment, cyclists had great success at national The Boys First XI Hockey team lost 2-4 level. Individual national championships in their last game to finish eighth of 16. titles went to Oscar Elworthy, Under-20 This is a young side that will only get Boys; Lucy Buckeridge, Under-14 Girls;

and Sam Dyne, Under-15 Boys. In rugby, three North Harbour Rep sides featuring TGS staffers and students, defeated their respective Auckland opponents for the first time in a number of years. Mr Grant Simpkins coached the Harbour U18s to beat Auckland with a side featuring TGS students Miller Hazelman and Jasper Edgar. PE Teacher Jason Ross coached a Harbour age group side, and Lockie McNair (named tournament captain) and Joe Seufatu featured in a Harbour U16 side that also beat Auckland.

Show me the money This year’s Money Week was embraced by Takapuna Grammar School staff and students from the business department. Money Week is a nationwide annual event run by the Commission for Financial Capability (CFC) to assist people of all ages towards smart financial planning in the future. Organisations and community groups around the country put together a variety of events. for the age groups. But nothing stopped At our Money Mardi Gras, the library students from listening in to the adult was buzzing with hands-on activities run seminars and vice versa. by students, as well as informative sessions There was also the option to talk with featuring guest speakers from companies the speakers one-on-one for those with such as Spark, BNZ, and SavY from the queries or concerns related to money. University of Auckland. This event successfully fostered a strong Attendees were welcomed by Angela Clemens from the CFC, and Simon Neal, the Senior Proposition Manager for Spark. Students could learn about managing their own bank accounts, while adults listened to useful tips for budgeting.

foundation of financial knowledge for anyone who took part.

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A talent for fashion TGS student Maia Baillie has recently received recognition for her talent in the fashion industry, winning the Recyclable category at Walk the Line 2016. Walk the Line is an annual youth fashion show run by the North Shore Raise Up crew. It is the largest show during New Zealand Fashion Week with entries by talented student designers from schools all over Auckland. This year, two TGS students, Maia Baillie and Shanaye Anderson, both displayed excellent fashion skills, as well as environmental awareness, by entering the Recyclable category. Maia’s dress is made out of old trampoline material, and was modelled by her friend Zara Ferguson, who is also a Year 12 TGS student. The sharp-edged cuts and unique hourglass shape made it stand out among the other designs on the runway, winning the prize for Best Design in the Recyclable category. The three judges this year are well known in the fashion industry: Doris De Pont, founder of the New Zealand Fashion Museum; Kris Fox, a fashionable YouTube celebrity; and Antoin’e Ogilvie, winner of Walk the Line 2015, who has since established his own label, AO. Maia won $200 worth of Revlon products, and she says with huge excitement: “I found Walk the Line to be a great opportunity to experience a part of the fashion industry and a professional fashion show. It was fun to meet new people and feel empowered by watching what you made go down the runway!” She is looking forward to entering again next year. And hopefully we will see other authentic TGS designs shine on the runway in 2017 as they ‘walk the line’. The audiences were also awed by Shanaye’s garment, a stunning outfit made up of hundreds of pull-rings from beverage cans, a phenomenal achievement for a young designer and

environmentalist. Three TGS students were also key members of the North Shore Raise Up crew that planned and ensured the successful running of the extravaganza.

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Shorebirds land in Devonport with Eagles’ help More than 2,500 endangered shorebirds are scheduled to arrive on Windsor Reserve this November. They include the bar-tailed godwit, South Island pied oystercatcher, wrybill and knot. What they lack in feathers they make up for in brightly coloured wood – 1540 of them having been painted by Devonport peninsula schoolchildren. The rest are provided by other local groups, such as the Devonport Community House, U3A, and 60s Up, as well as by the Miranda Shorebird Centre volunteers. Shorebirds on Windsor Reserve is the brainchild of local bird enthusiast Jim Eagles. He hopes the wooden flock in the centre of Devonport will raise awareness about the birds’ local habitats along the peninsula’s eastern coast. He stole the idea from a similar initiative in the north of England, where people put bird cut-outs on local beaches. “We started doing it in Miranda at the Shorebird Centre. I thought because I live in Devonport and a lot of people don’t know we have these birds here, I should do something up here,” he says. “We have a flock of about 100 godwit, oystercatcher and wrybill migrating to Ngataringa and Shoal Bay every year,” says Eagles. Knots have not yet been counted locally, but Eagles reckons they may be present here also. He hopes the cut-outs in the shapes of those four different species, although slightly larger in size, will make locals more aware of the birds’ presence, less likely to walk into their habitat when out walking and more inclined to put dogs on leads when going past. The response of local schools to the project has been immense, and all have signed up, Eagles says. “Hauraki School is the biggest school participating. They are located right next to Shoal Bay and will make 480 birds,” says Eagles. Devonport Primary School is contributing 300 birds, Stanley Bay School 260, Bayswater School 230 and St Leo’s

Bringing shorebirds home to roost… Jim Eagles (above) and Belmont Primary School students (below) after their bird-painting project School 100. “The remaining schools have taken on the project on a smaller scale, but it’s all adding up to 1,540 birds,” he says. Initially, local Claystore volunteers provided the cut-outs, but when the schools became so keen, they had to bow out. “They told me they could cut out dozens but not thousands, so we hired someone who cuts them with a laser and can do the lot,” says Eagles. Other community groups can still join in. “We also need volunteers during the time the birds are set up, so anyone keen to get involved can get in touch with me,” he says. The project has also given Eagles the opportunity to tell large numbers of Devonport kids some amazing bird stories. “I tell them about the godwit who fly here from Alaska for eight to nine days non-stop

every year, covering 11,500 km. They often lose half their body weight on the way. It’s the longest non-stop journey by any bird,” he says. The knots come from Siberia each summer. The oystercatchers and wrybill breed in the South Island, but come up north in the winter. “The wrybill is the only bird in the world with a sideways beak,” says Eagles. Eagles, who retired from a 50-year career in journalism four years ago, now volunteers as editor for both the Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary and Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre magazines. “It’s great to work on positive stories about nice people,” he says. • Shorebirds on Windsor Reserve will be set up from 18-28 November. For more information contact Jim Eagles at eagles@clear.net.nz


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Birds of a feather‌ a flock of busy artists (above from left) Grace Lian, Miller Barlow, Molly Zhang and Scott HaveaTuitupou. Harrison Bacchus (left) is free as a bird in his colour interpretation for his wooden cut-out. Kit Brown (right), a Devonport Claystore Community Workshop volunteer, produces a pied oystercatcher cut-out.

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When Neighbours Become Good Friends “They call us double trouble”, Lilian McCloud and Daphne Bennett say in unison and then burst into laughter. If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear these two lively octogenarians are childhood friends, but they

met for the first time seven years ago. Lilian, 83, moved to Lady Allum Retirement Village 10 years ago. Daphne, 88, arrived three years later, moving into the apartment next door. “Her husband passed away

Lady Allum neighbours, Daphne Bennett and Lilian McCloud have a shared sense of humour.

soon after, so I kept my eye on her”, recalls Lilian. Both widows, Lilian and Daphne got chatting in the garden behind their apartments one day and soon found that they had a lot in common - the same middle name for one - but more importantly they have a shared sense of humour. “We like to make people laugh,” says Lilian with a grin. “We’re always coming up with a costume of some sort.” Melbourne Cup Day, the midwinter Christmas dinner, the Spring Fling – there’s always something going on in the village that they can dress up for. While there are plenty of group activities on offer, some residents just like to do their own thing. “It’s as busy or as quiet as you want to make it”, says Daphne, but these friends don’t plan on slowing down any time soon.

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September 23, 2016 ACCOMMODATION Cheltenham Beach Studio. Stunning studio with new fit-out only metres from the beach. Available for short or long-term holiday accommodation. Self-contained with separate access and private garden. Wi-Fi included. Phone Mike 021 747 526. Cheltenham: 2 dbl br. Private Beach access, daily or weekly rent. Fully furnished. ph 445 3008. Classy 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, fully furnished Devonport house on Achilles Reserve near Narrow Neck. More information go to www. devonporttuihouse.weebly.com or www.sabbaticalhomes.com. Ph: 445 7895. Holiday Accommodation, Bayswater. Norwood studio. Private, well presented. $95 per night. Ph 446 1203. flexmans@gmail.com Holiday Accommodation Cheltenham, absolute beachfront. One double and two singles, shady setting, everything supplied. Ph 445 3008. Relatives visiting? Spacious garden studio with en-suite and kitchenette; minutes to Narrow Neck beach. Reasonable rates. Ph Pauline 445 6471. Stunning Cheltenham Beach Cottage, metres from the beach. Available for short or long-term holiday accommodation. Beautifully refurbished, one bedroom, self-contained cottage with a private garden. Phone Rebekah 027 694 3933 or email devonportbeks@gmail.com 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.

SERVICES OFFERED 10 years’ experience. Home cleaning. Husband and wife. Honest, reliable, careful workers. All equipment supplied. References available. Ph Joyce 022 073 1550. 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 Small-job specialist, repairs and maintenance. Skilled, reliable and local. Please phone Clive Melling. Hm 445 2485, Mob 027 29 222 84. Cars wanted dead or alive. Top dollar paid $360 to $1700 for any small car, $800 to $15,000 for vans, utes, 4WD and trucks. Free retrieval 0800 3333 98. Cleaning Maid Easy Use own cleaning products and gear. Reliable/trustworthy/mature lady. References available Please contact Sharon -  021 405 596. 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.

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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. Handyman. Mature professional in Devonport, Bayswater area. Repairs, painting, those jobs you just don’t have time to do. Free quote. References. Ph. Brian 021 150 8898. Hedges Shrubs, lawns and weeding. Experienced. One off/ongoing. Bruce 0275 393 710. Housekeeper. Home cleaning, including windows. Experienced. References. $25 per hour. Ph 442 2273, 027 492 6220. Housewashing, prof. service, 10 years-plus experience, reliable and prompt. Free quotes, also decks, driveways, paths, fences, roof moss treatments etc. Phone Rod 021 390 800. Inside house cleaner Devonport, Belmont, Takapuna and Milford area. Phone Chris at Lifestyle Plus on 09 488-7279 or 027-245-6264. Or you can email chris@ lifestyleplusltd.nz Landscaping – Format Landscapes, 18 years’ experience, Dip. Landscape Design.  Design and build. We undertake all aspects of hard and soft landscaping including decks, paving, fences, retaining walls, planting etc.  Small to large projects.  Free quote www.formatlandscapes.co.nz. Call Matt 021 599 107. Locksmith, Devonport’s own Scott Richardson. Mob 021 976 607.

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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. Stephanie Jane 021 116 8842. 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, Wednesdays 3.20 - 5.30 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. Learning Support Specialist NZ qualified primary teacher and registered teacher of dyslexia. Offering tailored tuition during or after school. Ph 027 391 3716 . www.squigglesdyslexia.co.nzT

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TUITION 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 2015. NCEA 3 calculus specialist. Ph Peter Ridge BE, Dip Tchg (sec) 445 2283. NCEA science/chemistry/biology tutor. 20 y/o, male, studying BSc at Auckland University. NCEA levels 1/2/3 achieved with excellence, prior experience. 020 409 88983. T Piano Lessons. Piano & music theory tuition from classically trained pianist. Devonport-based and can travel to your home. Ph 021 079 0005 or email windarc.darius@gmail.com

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Primary Tutor Maths, English, Health & Wellbeing and Drama for 5-11 year olds. School prep also available. Visit www.gschuwertutoring.com for further details. 027 410 6871 gschuwertutoring@ gmail.com Singing lessons in Devonport. Contract Dr Sue Braatvedt 473 9113 or 027 340 2884. All ages. SLSS Swim School, 11 Evan Street, Belmont (off Eversleigh Road). Specialists in preschoolers. Phone 486 6728 for more info. Stitch Birds Embroidery Class for students 8 to 18 years.  Learn with the experts and create small interesting projects. $10 for 2 afternoons of stitching.  5th and 6th October 1-3.00pm.   Email  stitchbirdscreate@gmail.com

Customer Service Devonport

We are looking for someone who has a natural passion for customer services and is comfortable working in a landscape retail yard environment. Responsibilities are focused around working with customers, understanding their needs and providing purchase solutions. We value a strong work ethic, positive attitude and reliability. Computer literacy is essential and full product training will be provided. The position is 5 days per week, Tuesday – Saturday. Hours of work are 7.45am – 4.45pm. A competitive hourly rate, staff purchasing benefits and a positive company culture will reward the successful candidate. If you are interested in this opportunity please email your resume/details to steve@evets.co.nz. You must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand to be considered for this position.

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But now all the photos I send are going as ‘Photo Albums’ and other people       can’t see them! I also can’t use the Calendar any more. How do I get it back the way it was?         A:  This is an annoying ‘feature’ of Microsoft’s upgrade to the services you are using with them…. To get    the calendar working again, you have to log in and then set up a new calendar. The Calendar function      only works if the calendar is stored on their servers rather than your computer.. For the photo issue,        create the new email with the photo in there in ‘album format’; then double click that photo and you       get a new menu bar appearing at the top. Click onto the paperclip icon and the photo will go back to    Upcycle your laptop    being a normal attachment ! And your friends will be able to view the photos again without having to   Wanted: old laptops still in working      condition to refurbish and donate to the  log into a SkyDrive or One Drive account.    Red Cross Refugee service.   Q:  I can’t seem to scan from my scanner/printer – though I can print OK. Can you help?     A:  Are you trying to scan by pressing the ‘scan’ button on the printer? If so, try it another way. Find the     software that came with the printer/scanner and launch that from your computer. Then initiate the     scan from there. Scanning always seems to work better if you pull the scan from the computer rather        than push it from the scanner.     Q:  I can’t log on to my computer. When I start up and try and log on, I get an error about ‘failing the     log on service’. It was working fine yesterday!       New Windows  A:  This is a relatively common experience with Windows 7 computers and usually happens after a Give me a call if you would like a  Windows Update that has not installed quite correctly. What has happened is the User Profile has custom-built new computer – 

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September 23, 2016

More drama on the wharf

Devonport Drama students recently took over the space outside the main entrance to Devonport Wharf. Their improvisational outdoor performance was called Arrivals and Departures. While busking and various other activities are banned on the wharf, the 10 minutes of sketches and dance numbers went under the radar of Auckland Transport’s security staff.

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Enrolment for Out of Zone Students for 2017 The Board of Trustees has determined that a limited number of Out of Zone places are likely to be available at the following year levels:

Yr 1, Yr 2, Yr3 and Yr 4.

Applications close: Friday 14th October If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot.

Ballot date (if required): Friday 28th October

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Phone (09) 377 4285 www.ovlov.co.nz

In zone applications should also be made at this time. For other year levels there may be out of zone places, however the school cannot confirm until later this year. For application forms, or an opportunity to visit the school, please contact the school office: 15 Russell Street, Devonport Phone: 09 445 2510 or by emailing office@stanleybay.school.nz


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September 23, 2016

White Spirit on the rocks

White Spirit, a yacht with a 30-year Devonport history, was a victim of the storm that battered Auckland earlier this month. Built in 1986, the boat had been owned by at least three sets of locals, including current owners Sarah and Gerard Dwyer. They tried to pull the boat off the rocks the afternoon its mooring (off King Edward Pde) came loose. They had to abandon attempts to save the yacht when it became too dangerous to continue, says Sarah. A salvage company came to pick it up that night. White Spirit is beyond repair, Sarah confirmed.

NOVEMBER EVENTS

Celebrating our 75th Anniversary

Royal New Zealand Navy International Naval Review

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International Street March (Queen Street)

Formation Entry (Auckland Harbour)

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n November the Royal New Zealand Navy will celebrate it’s 75th Anniversary. On 17 November Naval ships from all over the world will arrive in Auckland to celebrate this significant milestone. The highlight event will be the International Naval Review conducted by Her Excellency the Governor General of New Zealand. The five days will also see a formation entry by Royal New Zealand Navy and visiting ships, a 1000 sailor street march down Queen Street and Ships open to visitors day. The Cloud will also host a special exhibition during the period.

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The Royal New Zealand Navy gratefully acknowledges the support of it’s family of sponsors. PRESENTING PARTNER, OPERATION NEPTUNE

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Ships Open to Visitors Day (Auckland Waterfront)

International Naval Review Exhibition (The Cloud)

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