Queensland fruit fly found – Devonport under Controlled Area Notice

***Update 22nd March 2019 –> the Controlled Area Notice for Devonport has now been lifted ***

Biosecurity NZ have found a Queensland fruit fly in one of its surveillance traps in Devonport on February 14th.  

Queensland fruit flies spoil many horticultural crops, and were last spotted and eradicated in Auckland in 2015.

Devonport has been issued with a Controlled Area Notice (CAN), which effectively restricts the movement of certain fruits and vegetables out of the area.

There are two zones, one the wider Devonport area and the other a more defined zone around the trap centred around Kerr and Rattray Street. More information and maps can be found here. Home-grown fruit and vegetable produce cannot be moved out of the wider area (Zone B), whilst NO whole fruit or vegetables (except leafy and root vegetables) can be taken out of Zone A.


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/

Freedom swimmers take on North Head

A record number of ‘birthday suit’ swimmers joined the epic Round North Head Classic on Saturday.

The annual open water swim event, run by Devonport Swim Club, is a firm fixture among peninsula swimmers and open water competitors from around Auckland.

At around 9.30am 25 swimmers made their way to a floating IRB anchored just of Windsor Reserve Beach, where they ‘de-togged’ and passed their kit to the crew who stored it in numbered bags. The boat then took off to wait just in front of Cheltenham Beach, ready to meet the swimmers before they swam the last 100 metres and ran to the finish line.

In all there were 200 swimmers on the day, most swimming the 2.5km from Windsor Reserve Beach around North Head to Cheltenham Beach. Some chose the alternative, shorter 1.3km course that started from Torpedo Bay.

Conditions were near perfect, with the sun shining, a water temperature of just over 18 degrees, and a slight tail wind. The outgoing tide gave all swimmers some extra acceleration, whipping the fastest swimmers home in just over 24 minutes. The event attracts a loyal following, and all enjoy the hot bacon and egg pie and plentiful spot prizes in Balmain Reserve. The club also puts on the annual Cheltenham Swim, which covers 2.4k from Narrow Neck Beach to Cheltenham Beach. March 9th is the date for the next event.

Round North Head swimmers

Round North Head Swim 2018

Rocking out at Devonstock

What better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than chilling out in Windsor Reserve on a rug, eating ice cream and enjoying the sounds?

And all for free. Yay. Well perhaps not the ice cream.  But the ambience and music was, at this year’s Devonstock Music Festival.  Set by  the beautiful Devonport waterfront, the festival was organised by local teenagers to showcase the music of young artists like: SKILAA, Munkhouse, Daffodils, Gretel (and The Handsomes), Masonic Silk and Ben Glandfield.

So many talented young musicians got the crowd smiling and bouncing their feet to the beat.  Nearly every act attracted a swarm of fans to dance in front of the stage.

There were a range of food and craft stalls at this smoke-free and alcohol-free event in Windsor Reserve, so people were able to hover round and enjoy the afternoon, fully sated.

A fantastic effort by the organisers,  the Devonport Youth Forum and Devonport Peninsula Trust. Special thanks to Devonport-Takapuna Local Board for their support.

A message to Peninsula locals

Have you used a service around Devonport recently? If you paid good money for a service, you’d expect to get what you paid for, right?

Cleaning houses, cutting hair, home renovations, repairing your car…these are all examples of common services that many households around Devonport regularly use.

But what happens if a service doesn’t turn out the way you expected? Don’t worry – you’ve got rights and I’m here to share a little more about what they are.

When a business in trade supplies you with consumer services, you are legally covered by four guarantees (or promises) under the Consumer Guarantees Act. Here’s what they are and in general terms what they mean…

Reasonable care and skill
When you hire a service provider to carry out work for you, they must do it to a competent level and with reasonable care.

Fit for a particular purpose
When you’ve told your service provider what work you want them to do and they accept the job, they must make sure you get what you were expecting.

Reasonable time
It’s always best to agree on a timeframe, but even if you don’t a service provider must complete the work in a reasonable time frame. ‘Reasonable’ is determined by the time it would take a competent person who works in that field to complete the same work.

Reasonable price 
As above, it’s always best to agree on the price before work starts, but even if you don’t a service provider must only charge a reasonable fee. ‘Reasonable’ is determined by what other providers in your area would charge for the same or similar services.

If you hire a business or trader to carry out a service that doesn’t meet any of these guarantees, you can ask them to resolve the problem. And don’t worry, even if you don’t have a written contract with the business who provided the services, you’re still covered. They’re obliged to fix their work at no extra cost. If they can’t or won’t, or it isn’t fixed within a reasonable time frame, you can ask someone else to fix it for you then pass the cost onto the original service provider. You can also cancel the contract and obtain a full refund, if the work is substantially unfit for purpose and can’t be easily fixed.

If you can’t reach an agreement about your complaint you can still take things further, such as an industry dispute resolution scheme or the Disputes Tribunal.

We hope you never have to deal with poor or faulty service – but if you do, find out more about your rights and the Consumer Guarantees Act here.

Mark Hollingsworth
Manager, Consumer Protection
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Two new retail tenants at Devonport Wharf

New signs have been spotted on the closed-off retail spaces on Devonport Wharf, announcing who the new tenants will be.

Maru Sushi & Don already have two branches in Bombay and Takanini. This will be the first outlet on the North Shore. As well as a large range of sushi, the restaurant will offer hot eat-in meals including Chicken Don, Teriyaki Salmon, Pork Katsu, Chicken Karaage and Seafood Yaki Udon.

The other new tenant is Tui Gifts, a new retailer targeting the tourists arriving off the ferries.

The new shops are believed to be both launching later next month.

Iconic ocean swim event enjoys support from local businesses

A dozen local businesses donated prizes for the the annual Cheltenham Swim, an annual fixture in the calendar of ocean swimmers across the peninsula and from outside Auckland.

The 2.1km swim is run by the Devonport Swim Club which operates from the navy pool at HMNZS Philomel on Queen’s Parade.

Around 150 swimmers set off on the starter horn at 9.30 am on Saturday morning, 5th May, from Narrow Neck beach. Aided by the current, the quickest swimmers were out of the water and bounding up Balmain Reserve on Cheltenham Beach in less than 22 minutes.

The annual Cheltenham Swim and the Round North Head Classic swim, held in November, have established a reputation over the years as being very well organised, and particularly friendly events, with little of the aggressive jostling often seen at larger ocean swim meets. This is also to do with the mix of entrants, which include many local swimmers out to enjoy a scenic swim around the coast.

Sponsors this year included Baked Devonport, Vondel restaurant, Skin Sense, Makoto Japanese restaurant, Cosi fan tutte, The Vic Cinema , 2 degrees mobile, Glengarry Wine, Just Workout Devonport, Riba Fish n Chips, Corelli’s Café, the gift shop Nord and Devonport Hammer Hardware, who also put on a mobile warm shower.

Devonport Swim Club had been running at half steam for the past two years while the navy pool had a complete upgrade and the steep bank directly behind it secured.

Regular swim squads have only been able to run sporadically over the period as the club has had to rent lanes from Takapuna Primary School and Takapuna Grammar School. Unfortunately, the TGS pool is only swimmable in February and March as it is unheated and exposed to winds.

However with the navy pool recently open again, swim squads have filled up quickly. The junior squads were at capacity within a week of the club’s relaunch.

Brothers in Arms

From idyllic Devonport to the trenches of France, take in the wartime stories of Alban, Ernest and Gainor and Gainor’s brother-in-law Jack Parsons at this Takapuna Library exhibition.

With war records, notebooks, instruction manuals, sketches and commemorative quilts, three generations of the Jackson families pay tribute to these young servicemen.

At Takapuna Library, 9 The Strand.

Composite image supplied by the Jackson family.

Visitor Numbers up at Devonport Museum

Visitor numbers at the Devonport Museum have risen sharply this summer.

Although some of this may be down to the general increase in tourists, the museum revamp and subsequent publicity of the Choice TV’s programme Heritage Rescue has been the biggest driver.

People have been coming from all over Auckland and further afield to see the results of the total redesign of the museum.

The team from Heritage Rescue did a fantastic job of revitalising the displays and brightening the museum’s interior. This involved many hours of painting and shifting items in the collection to make a more cohesive and visitor-friendly museum. If you missed the on-air programmes featuring our museum you may view them on Choice-on-demand at www.choicetv.co.nz/#!/browse/tv/350/season/2/heritage-rescue. (programmes 7 and 8).

In response, the museum has been open longer hours over the summer (from 12 – 4 pm) thanks to those loyal volunteers who are on the roster*.

President of the Devonport Historical & Museum Society, Alistair Fletcher, together with Secretary Gail Griffin, have been busy on their latest project of creating a historical database of Devonport streets. At present they are documenting the movements, occupations and the history of families from the early 1900’s to late 1930’s in Allenby Avenue and Buchanan Street.

Says Alistair, “it really is like a huge jigsaw being pieced to together and it offers an invaluable insight with regards to occupations and social comment on the people who made up our community over those years.”

*Do contact Coralie (445 1900) if you or your friends could spare two hours every couple of months in the weekend to open the museum.