Better bus connections for Devonport

by Chris Darby
A vastly improved local bus network is coming soon to Devonport, to better connect locals to village shopping and the Devonport ferry.

In October 2020, Auckland Transport (AT) asked locals for their feedback on two options for the future of local bus services – enhanced bus services; or whether to convert the AT Local on-demand trial into a permanent solution with reduced bus services – on the Devonport Peninsula.

After considering local feedback and ideas, and under the financial constraints of the COVID-19 emergency budget, AT will be proceeding with Option A: Enhancing the local bus network and removing AT Local from the Devonport Peninsula.

The enhanced local bus network will see the 806 and 807 running more often at peak commuting times.

From 1 March 2021, the 806 and 807 will run every 20 minutes and connect with every Devonport ferry at peak times on weekdays. Buses will run every 30 minutes at all other times on weekdays until at least 8.45pm.

On weekends, the 806 and 807 will continue to run every 30 minutes until after 7pm, extending until almost 9pm, from Sunday 25 April 2021.

A new bus service will cover some areas that aren’t currently served by buses.A new 805 will connect the Belmont shops, Ngataringa Road, Lake Road and the Devonport village and Ferry Terminal and run hourly, Monday to Friday, from approximately 9.15am until 3.55pm.

Changes mean that most locals on the peninsula will now be within walking distance of a reliable bus service connecting to village shopping and the Devonport ferry.

As a daily Stanley Bay ferry user and regular AT Local passenger, I lament the loss of those services but acknowledge that numerous options have been thoroughly canvassed. Insurmountable cost implications in the face of COVID-19 affected budgets mean that dramatically better bus services are the answer for now.

Bus-ferry connections have previously been problematic, so it’s good to see that both the 806 and 807 will now meet every Devonport ferry at peak times. This will also minimise the impact of the removal of the Stanley Bay ferry, a service that saw declining patronage prior to COVID-19 and even more drastic reductions since.Combined with the recent introduction of integrated bus/ferry fares, bus travel to or from a connecting ferry is now free and frequent.

Important Dates:
From Sunday 21 February: AT’s Journey Planner and AT Mobile will be updated so travellers can plan their journeys using the new bus service and timetables.
From Friday 26 February: The AT Local trial on the Devonport Peninsula will end. AT Local will not run on the Peninsula after this date.
From Monday 1 March: The 806 and 807 will start running to new weekday timetables.
From Monday 1 March: The 805 will start running.
From Sunday 25 April: The 806 and 807 will start running to new weekend timetables.

Level 3 Devonport Takeaway & Cafe Options

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UPDATE:

Please see the latest list here
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As we transition from Level 4 Lockdown to Level 3, the following Devonport takeaways & cafes will be opening as per follows.

Devo Coffee – Open daily from 7am Tuesday 28th April for takeaway coffee & beans. Paywave only, call or text your order to 021 040 8209 or order at the takeaway window.

Narrow Neck Beach Cafe – Open from 8am Wednesday, 29th April. Phone/txt orders only. Reduced menu, details TBC.

Corellis – Open from 7am Tuesday for coffee and salads, pizza & burgers. Phone orders on 445 4151 – pay by cash (no change given) or card.
Menu is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/104887609666091/permalink/1591862897635214/

Lily Cafe – Will be open from Tuesday for pick up only, order via their website www.lilyeatery.co.nz

Manuka Cafe – Open from Tuesday. Order via the shopfront walkthough window or phone orders on 445 7732 . Menu is here: www.manukarestaurant.co.nz

Esplanade Hotel Bar & Restaurant – Developing a new lunch & dinner express menu for delivery & takeaway. Phone orders 445 1291 or email reservations@esplanadehotel.co.nz

Portofino – Open from 5pm Tuesday 28th. Phone orders on 445 3777 Menu is here: www.portofinodevonport.co.nz

Vondel – Will be open, details TBC

Sigdi – Will be open, details TBC

Harry’s Burgers – Open from 5pm Tuesday for burgers, details TBC

Devonport’s infamous execution

This little plaque approximately halfway along King Edward Parade in Devonport marks the location of a dark event to have occurred in the village – the first European to be judicially executed in New Zealand.

How did sleepy Devonport become synonymous with this event?
Joseph Burns was hanged on the 17th June 1848 after confessing to the murder of naval lieutenant, Robert Snow, his wife and daughter, for £12 in naval pay kept in their house on the 22nd October 1847.

Burns was born in Liverpool in 1805 or 1806. He joined the Royal Navy as a ship’s carpenter at about the age of 20, and arrived at the Bay of Islands, on the Buffalo in 1840. Following the wrecking of the ship at Mercury Bay, and Burns took his discharge moving to Auckland where his foul reputation often found him in between jobs and short of money.

The guilt of Burns’ crime had devastating effects on him and his family – his long-term partner, Margaret Reardon and their two sons, fled him. In turn Burns bolted from the country only to return in December 1847 and seek Margaret out. An appalling act of domestic abuse on Margaret was his undoing. Convicted of grievous bodily harm on her and sentenced to transportation for life, Burns manipulated her in backing up a false confession in which he accused others of the murder of the Snow family. Burns subsequently withdrew the confession and was in turn charged and convicted of the murders.

In September 1848 Margaret Reardon was convicted of perjury for her part in the confession and sentenced to seven years’ transportation – the final victim of Joseph Burns.

The plaque incorrectly dates the murders to 1848 rather than 1847 and is not actually on the site of the murders.

An excellent podcast on this event can be found on the Radio New Zealand webpage – https://www.rnz.co.nz/…/slash-and-burn-the-story-of-joseph-…

This site is protected as a historic heritage place in the Auckland Unitary Plan UPID01161

Maurice Sharp

100 Years Ago: Influenza pandemic hits the Navy hard

As we commemorate the centenary of the German Armistice we also remember the influenza pandemic. By October 31st 1918, the H1N1 Influenza virus had spread across the world. Primarily seen as a civilian tragedy, its effect on the war and the military forces should not be forgotten.

The non virulent wave of the pandemic began in early 1918 and by the end of March it began to appear in American army camps. In early 1918, those infected with the virus had a low mortality rate, with sufferers left incapacitated for a few days. The virus quickly spread to Europe and the Western Front. In May, the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet reported over 10,000 cases of influenza, enough to form ship’s companies for ten battlecruisers like HMS New Zealand.

By mid August, the influenza outbreak had reached HMNZT Tahiti. The ship’s medical facilities were overwhelmed with over 90% of the men catching the virus.

Read the full article, written by Michael Wynd, Navy Museum Researcher, at http://navymuseum.co.nz/the-influenza-pandemic/