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.

Update from The Vic

Hello everybody,

We hope you have all been doing well and staying safe during the extended Alert Level 3 lockdown here in Auckland. Following the government’s announcement today, we can confirm that will be back screening movies from Monday 31st August!

In anticipation of opening our doors once again, we’ve put together a timetable for Monday through Wednesday featuring the new Christopher Nolan Film Tenet plus a range of New Zealand and international films.

Under Alert Level 2 we will be reinstating all relevant Level 2 precautions such as social distancing, contact tracing (via NZ COVID Tracer App) and strict hygiene practices. 

We hope to see you again very soon, 

Level 3 Devonport Takeaway & Cafe Options


Please see the latest list here

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:

Lily Cafe – Will be open from Tuesday for pick up only, order via their website

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

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

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

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 –…/slash-and-burn-the-story-of-joseph-…

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

Maurice Sharp

CALL OUT: Pre-loved Re-loved



Paintings, prints, objects and vintage fashion.

Depot Artspace’s first Pre-loved Re-loved exhibition, an exciting project inspired by our local community, was held in 2014 to assist owners to find a new home for their once-loved fine art and objects. We are excited to re-introduce the exhibition in February 2020. You can expect to see a large variety of art works including painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture, vintage clothing and more, available for sale at the Depot directly from their previous owners.

Pre-loved Re-loved is also an opportunity to advocate for the introduction of Artist Resale Royalties legislation. Artist Resale Royalties entitle the artist to receive a royalty payment (normally a percentage of the sale price) from the sales of their artwork on the secondary market. Of any works over $1000 sold 5% is to the artist or to their estate.

Depot Artspace produced the initial ARRA publication in 2015 and this has been revised and will be available for purchase during the exhibition.

Vintage fashion: 

Must be bespoke garments

Items of the highest quality

Ready to wear

Collectible items

Can also include accessories such as hats, bags, ensembles and gloves

*The Depot Artspace reserves the right to select/make conscientious choices towards selection 

Download the Artwork Submission Form here

Balmain Reserve gets a makeover

Balmain Reserve on Devonport’s Cheltenham Beach has been given a makeover by Auckland Council that includes the addition of a mechanised filtered water bowl for thirsty dogs. Pressing a button under the human’s drinking fountain releases water into the ground-level bowl for the canines, presumably so they are not forced to salivate in envy as their owners take liquid refreshment.

Another addition is a small bike rack on the northern border of the domain. The changing rooms have been spruced up and the shower outside the ladies has been replaced with one that can’t be left on, as the old one was so often – creating a big muddy pool.


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Sun out for Parking Day Devonport

We were blessed with a warm, sunny spring weather for International PARK(ing) Day on Friday, as Devonport’s businesses and community celebrated by taking over the carparks along the roadside.

A fun, engaging and thought-provoking redesign of our built environment.

International Parking Day Devonport
International Parking Day Devonport
International Parking Day Devonport
International Parking Day Devonport
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Vic Road team to open fish restaurant on Devonport Wharf

Vic Road Kitchen’s front of house Harriet Byrnes, head chef Ian Shields and backer Paul Byrnes (former Turners Automotive CEO and current Deputy Chairman) have agreed a lease with Auckland Transport to operate a fish restaurant on Devonport Wharf, in the space next door to the Tui Gifts shop.

Operating as Ship to Shore Restaurant Group Ltd, the planned business will be trading as Fish Kitchen. They are currently applying for a license to serve alcohol seven days a week between 8am and 1am.

At a planning committee hearing on 2nd July, Auckland Council approved the granting of a nine year tenancy to Ship to Shore Restaurant Group Ltd at Unit 3, Devonport Wharf, for a seafood restaurant and takeaway.

An email to Vic Road patrons reads:

We are excited to formally announce that the team at Vic Road Kitchen are opening a new venture – situated in the Devonport Wharf.  The space will operate as a casual all-day eatery featuring fish ‘n chips, New Zealand seafood, freshly shucked oysters, burgers, soft-serve ice-creams and more. 

As with Vic Road Kitchen, you can expect the same attention to detail and high quality, seasonal and sustainable ingredients.  And of course, a wine and beer list to compliment this including three wines on tap!

The space will also feature a take-away fish ‘n chip hatch and a wet fish counter selling fresh and sustainable fish to take home.

Chris Derby: Update on Lake Road

The Lake Rd Improvements project (Hauraki to Belmont) has been resuscitated after a thunderous silence over the last six months. So let me outline.

Since Richard Hills and I secured budget of $47m last June we have kept regular contact with Auckland Transport (AT) officials to ensure momentum was maintained. In late 2018 we became concerned over the time it was taking NZTA to confirm their share of funding – about $1.2m all up – for the Developed Business Case (DBC). It’s a long and laborious process but as co-funders NZTA calls the shots. We were aware of staff departures at AT possibly putting the handbrake on but in early February we learned that NZTA’s Wellington office was the go-slow culprit.

Upon hearing that we intervened again through informal discussions with senior NZTA staff and Minister Twyford. In March the chocks were pulled and it was back in AT’s court for progressing. The NZTA delay ran to an incredible 12 months.

Mindful of community and local board expectation Richard and I then wrote to AT’s CEO (attached). Subsequent to that the project is back on track and an experienced transport engineer from Jacobs is now working up the DBC.

The DBC builds on the base evaluations that informed the Indicative Business Case and with more detailed technical evaluations leads to a preferred layout. This ends with detailed design and further application to NZTA for their share of construction funding.

Going forward AT will be re-engaging with key community stakeholders on issues in the next quarter and undertake wider community consultation late in the year.

By May-June 2020 the final design on the main project will be confirmed and then it’s back to NZTA to get over the final hurdle – to secure their share of construction funding. Thereafter we go to tender followed by the first stage of delivery.

Behind the scenes there’s been some stern but constructive words exchanged. We now have real traction.

Apology for the long outline but this has been a long and laborious few months and I thought it needed a bit of depth to the story.

Of course there’s a lot more detail I could expand on and will do so over coming months.

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.