100 Years since Count Felix von Luckner escaped from Motuihe

On 13 December, 1917, the infamous Count Felix von Luckner interned on Motuihe Island, escaped on the Commandant’s Launch Pearl and headed for Coromandel. Three days later he managed to board and capture the scow Moa and head for the Kermadec Islands. To commemorate the centenary of his escape the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum has created an online digital exhibition of some of the artefacts that it has in its collection relating to von Luckner and his time in New Zealand.

Some of the objects are currently on display in the Museum, others are not, so this is a great opportunity to get a closer look at some interesting artefacts. Read more about the daring, yet gentlemanly raider Count Felix von Luckner and view the digital exhibition.

 

Devonstock Music Festival 2017 Showcases New Talent

Devonport locals and lucky visitors were treated to a rocking good afternoon in Windsor Reserve on Sunday 10th December.

Talented local youngsters including  several from Belmont Intermediate and Takapuna Grammar put a series of spectacular performances in which touches of vocal and instrumental genius were witnessed on occasion.

Threatening to drizzle a couple of times the balmy day stayed dry, and with food-stalls set up around the park, most people stayed all afternoon to hear the bands play out.

 

The festival is organised by local teenagers to showcase the music of young artists. This year’s lineup included the smooth, funky rhythms of Molly + The Chromatics, up and coming indie-rockers Dirty Pixels, the local hard hitters Slipstream, talented singer-songwriter FreyaTheo Sawyer’s dynamic and engaging acoustic pop, and youthful local rock combo Neon Flame.

Organised by Devonport Peninsula Trust and Devonport Youth Forum. Special thanks to Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Depot Sound Recording Studio, Music Planet, and Phantom Billstickers for their support.

Lake Road Consultation: Update from AT

A public feedback report for Lake Road Improvements has been collated by Auckland Transport (AT). The Lake Road Improvements Feedback Report can be downloaded here.

In total, AT received 1,131 submissions.

Outcome

After careful consideration of feedback and project constraints, AT’s preferred option is for developing the medium investment approach further in the next phase, the Detailed Business Case (DBC). This phase will involve developing specific design proposals and more detailed costs and benefits.

The proposals will most likely include:

• targeting specific locations for road widening, within budgetary and spatial constraints, recognising that a major road widening project is unlikely to be cost effective but targeted widening may be necessary

• conversion of the existing bus lane along Esmonde Road to a transit lane to the ramp signals, as part of an existing investigation with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)

• targeted use of transit lanes along Lake Road (likely between Roberts Avenue and Napier Avenue)

• continuous cycle facilities (physically separated if possible) along Lake Road (between Seabreeze Road and Hurstmere Road), connecting to a supporting local network being investigated by AT’s Cycling team

• physically separated cycle facilities along Bayswater Avenue (between Lake Road and the ferry terminal)

• technology to assist with real time journey information (e.g. real time journey planner apps and websites, traffic advisory apps, public transport tracking app) and investigating roadside variable message signs

• improved bus/ferry integration and roll out of the New Network for the North Shore

• continued delivery of Travel Plan programmes with local schools and key organisations, in particular the Navy

• intersection improvements.

***Next steps***

Specific suggestions gathered from the public feedback will be further considered in the DBC phase. Please see the ‘Detailed suggestions from feedback’ section of this report for more detailed responses to themes and suggestions. AT will consult further with the community once specific design proposals have been developed.

AT expect to start the DBC in early in the New Year.

If you missed Glow@ArtWeek in Devonport, watch it here

Glow@Artweek Devonport, Auckland 2017
Devonport was treated to an exhibition of fabulous people-friendly light sculptures on October 13th and 14th, 2017.

The second year Unitec Bachelor of Architecture Studies students designed and prefabricated light pavilions in and around Windsor Park, Devonport Auckland, creating a light filled weekend. After a successful four years of designing, building and installing with zero budget and zero waste in Christchurch, in conjunction with FESTA (Festival of Transitional Architecture), the students are looking forward to designing for the third year running in their home town again and building on the success of Artweek Auckland 2016.

2017 Teams
Archisail, Cloud9, Enkindle, Embrace, Liquid Light, Plastic Ocean, Screenshot, Spectacle, Star Track, Willow & YTM

Looking for Outdoor Part-time Work over the Summer?

Looking for part time work over Summer? Love kids?

Summer Fun events assistants are required to work at various park locations from Hauraki to Sunnynook.

Summer Fun is a free preschool programme providing communities with the opportunity to have informal play time at our local parks and reserves. The programme encourages community engagement, connections and active young children. Takapuna North Community Trust is seeking applications from caring, reliable adults to set up and facilitate these programme sessions as well as be available for other community events as they arise. This is a part time, short term contract from November 2017 to the end of March 2018 (closing for a period over Christmas) and does require some weekend work.

Applicants require:
• Demonstrated experience in working with children
• Knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety risk management and safe processes
• A valid clean NZ drivers license and own reliable transport
• Be able to commit to set days and times for the duration of the programme as well as be available for weekend and evening work
• Be prepared to undergo police vetting
• Be physically fit and able to load and unload toys for set up and pack up
• Must have a NZ work Visa or be a NZ citizen to apply (applicants without a work Visa will not be considered)
Person specification:
• Demonstrates a customer service focus
• Excellent communication skills and fluent English
• First aid training or willing to complete
• Be self-motivated, use initiative and have attention to detail
• Inclusive, resilient, trustworthy and reliable
• Leadership skills, ability to work in a team and independently
• Previous experience or studying towards event management, early childhood qualification or social work/ Community Development would be advantageous but training will be given.

Applications must include a Cover letter and CV. To obtain a job description or for further information please email Roanna Pine, Takapuna North Project Coordinator: roanna@takapunatrust.org.nz.

Applications close on 25th September 2017, 5pm.

From the Peninsula – don’t miss this display of young talent

A stunning showcase of student artwork representing seven schools from the Devonport Peninsula is on display at the Lake House Arts Centre on Fred Thomas Drive

Lake House Arts put on a wonderful open day and launch party for the exhibition on Saturday 2nd. The galleries were packed with friends and families of exhibitors and local art lovers.  Takapuna Grammar School Principal Mary Nixon and Cabinet Minister Paul Goldsmith (with Science and Innovation, Tertiary Education portfolios) spoke proudly of the achievements by pupils and schools on the peninsula.

The schools represented are:

Takapuna Grammar
Belmont Primary School
Vauxhall Primary
Hauraki School
Wilson School
Bayswater School
Stanley Bay School

Be sure not to miss this truly visually arresting exhibition,  running until Sunday 24th September.

More info here

Disappearing Gun Makes A Rare Live Appearance

The huge ‘Disappearing Gun’ on Devonport’s Maunganuika North Head reserve was fired on Monday 3rd July, in a very rare event. The firing of the gun was being filmed for the documentary series Heritage Rescue on ChoiceTV.

The British Armstrong 8 Inch Mark VII cannon was was put in place on top of North Head in the late 1800s in anticipation of a possible Russian navy attack.

The “disappearing gun” nickname was so given because the battery gun is designed to retract into the ground after firing in an attempt to conceal its location.

The North Head cannon has only ever been fired a few times – firstly during testing following its original installation, then once or twice for ceremonial occasions in the 20th Century, and most recently in 2011 when the All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup.

Series presenter and researcher Brigid Gallagher pressed the detonator, which funnily enough has seen more action than the gun itself, having been used in the original Suez Canal project.

Though the blast was loud enough, with those spectators without ear muffs holding their fingers to their ears, it only used 10 per cent of the black powder used in 1915, when the exact same model gun that sits on nearby Mt Victoria shattered windows in a ceremonial firing.

Help Protect Our Birds and Collect Your Free Rat Trap

To help us protect our native bird species, free rat traps are being given out for free by Auckland Council to Devonport residents.

1500 rat traps have been kindly donated by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei who are advocates of the Predator Free 2050 initiative and committed to protecting New Zealand’s native bird species and want to see their populations increase.

We all know how special the Devonport Peninsula is – a vibrant seaside community known for its picturesque tātahi (beaches), stunning manga (mountains) and thriving shore, land and migratory birds.

As part of the North-West Wildlink, it is a vital corridor for native birds as they fly from the Waitakere Ranges to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf and back. These habitats act as stepping stones where wildlife can travel and breed safely between the conservation sanctuary of the islands and the ranges.

But introduced predators, including rats, are taking a toll on New Zealand’s native birds. Predator Free NZ estimates 81 per cent of local bird species are endangered.

Starting in July, you will be able to collect your free rat trap from the library between 11am and 1pm on

Saturday 1st July
Saturday 8th July
Saturday 15th July
Saturday 26th August
Saturday 2nd September
Saturday 9th September

You should have received a form in your letterbox from Auckland Council with a unique serial number. If you have not received this form or cannot make any of the above dates, please email enquiries@norats.org to find out how you can collect your free rat trap.

Level One Offers the Perfect Answer to Traffic Woes

Kayaking to work and lunchtime swims are the norm for the residents of Level One HQ on the Devonport Wharf.  A coworking and collaboration space with panoramic views of the Waitemata Harbour, Level One is home to a range of software and professional services companies as well as solo workers who don’t want the hassle or expense of having to travel into the city every day.  Space can be rented on a per-desk basis, and daily rates and part-time rates are also available.

To mark its second year of operation, Level One is offering a special Foundation membership of $30 per month which includes a quick pitstop of coffee and wifi for members travelling to and from the city, as well as access to a boardroom space at preferential rates for meetings and workshops.

To take advantage of the Foundation offer which will be initially limited to 20 members, sign up here or call Simon Lampen on 021 526 736 for more details about desk space.

Level One Coworking Space Devonport

Level One on Devonport Wharf

Have your say on Lake Road

Auckland Transport (AT) is seeking feedback from locals on how to improve reliability and efficiency of travel along Lake Road, between Devonport and Takapuna.

After years of voicing concerns about the state of traffic on Lake Road, mainly during peak times on weekdays but also on the weekend, AT are reaching out to the community to understand what our preferences are.
They are hoping to elicit thoughts and suggestions on a possible solution to the unpredictability of traffic conditions and identify the best way to improve the reliability and accessibility of travel choices to and from the peninsula.

What is Auckland Transport proposing?

AT has found that many vehicle trips down Lake Road are short and local. Their view is that these local trips shouldn’t be made by car, but by ‘walking, cycling or taking the bus’, which would free up Lake Road.

Their approach is to bring in a mix of new transit lanes that would be dedicated to public transport and higher occupancy vehicles, plus expanded walking & cycling facilities and ‘technology solutions’.

They are also proposing that the Esmonde Road bus lane be converted into a new transit lane for public transport and higher occupancy vehicles. The council are saying that this will be supplemented by better ferry and bus services. Technology would be introduced to give travellers more up-to-the-minute traffic information before starting their journey, via smartphone apps and electronic road signs.

They are also thinking about getting rid of all Lake Road street parking.

AT’s proposed options
AT have come up with three alternative plans, each with differing levels of investment and importantly, very different timelines.

The common elements of the plans

All three plans will include these measures:
– New transit lanes (for higher occupancy vehicles and public transport). The Esmonde Road bus Lane will change into to a transit (carpool ?) lane
– More ‘walking and cycling facilities’.
– Improved bus and ferry services
– Greater use of technology, i.e. smartphone apps showing traffic conditions & rideshare opportunities plus electronic roadside signs with traffic info.

which as we understand would be implemented in the relative short term (within 5 years).

The three plans

1. ‘Low’ Investment Level – about $10m
What do we get (in addition to the common elements)?
“Re-marking the road within the existing kerbs to create new segments of transit lanes, whilst retaining the existing cycle lanes.”
How long will this take?
Within 5 years

2. ‘Medium’ Investment Level – between $30 million to $40 million
What do we get (in addition to the common elements)?
“Shifting some kerb lines to create width for extended sections of transit lanes and cycle lanes along Lake Road.”
So certain parts of the footpath will be narrowed and turned into cycle lanes or, perhaps in the odd stretch where the footpath is really wide, into a transit lane. – Ed

How long will this take?
5 to 10 years

3. ‘High’ Investment Level – about $10m
What do we get (in addition to the common elements)?
“Widening Lake Road beyond the current property boundaries to achieve room for all transport modes.”
How long will this take?
Over 10 years

Auckland Transport Lake Road Options

When is the public consultation period?
AT’s consultation period will be open from Saturday 10 June, running until Saturday 8 July. AT will also be at Takapuna Market 18 June from 8am to 12pm.

Are you concerned that AT are seriously considering spending as little as $10m on Lake Road improvements – the cost of 3 or 4 local homes, or perhaps a better comparison, less than 1 per cent of the cost of the Waterview tunnel?

Have your say by giving AT your feedback. Visit the AT Lake Road Improvements website and/or
download the Lake Road Indicative Business Case here and give your feedback (up till Saturday, 8th July 2017) to AT here.