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March News, Views, and Information from the Village by the Sea – Devonport.

Hello and welcome to this month’s account of what has been happening in the wonderful community of Devonport.

Devonport is superb at this time of year, it is at is very finest. The flower gardens look spectacular, the beaches and parks are inviting and the mood is relaxed and fun. There is always plenty of things to see and do so if you haven’t visited us for a while then I encourage you to make a day of it and enjoy all that Devonport has to offer.
We are excited and very supportive of Aidan and his team at Channel Magazine for their wonderful promotion encouraging us all to shop and buy local. They have very generously offered a car as the major prize valued at over $25,000.
The heart of our communities is the Town Centre or Mainstreet. This is where we meet friends, share a meal or a coffee, connect with others and go about our usual business. Our Town Centres are made up of small businesses offering personalised service and a huge range of products. The harsh reality is that they won’t survive unless we all make a concerted effort to support them and buy local.
So please shop locally and who knows, you may even win a car!

(See feature on this upcoming event on opposite page)

The Navy Museum at Torpedo Bay is proving to be a real gem and is certainly a Must See for every Aucklander. Entry is free so it represents a wonderful activity for the whole family, especially on a rainy day when the great outdoors are not an option. The Museum has an interesting range of events and displays over the next few months so take time to come and have a look.

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
64 King Edward Parade, Devonport, Auckland
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days (closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Entry to galleries and exhibitions is free of charge.
Salt of the Sea - Specific Pacific Seascapes
Watercolours, oils, pastels, serigraphs, etchings, charcoals and monoprints by the artist Michael B. White
Opening February 29th, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Exhibition March 1st - 31st

2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the Devonport Community. Just before Christmas it was decided that the once annual institution The Devonport Arts Festival, is due a revival and life is this very moment being breathed into the week-long community-run affair.
Co-ordinator Toni van Tonder is bringing a range of events together and support is already mounting from groups such as The Depot, The Business Association, The Michael King Writer’s Centre, The Masonic Tavern, The Victoria Theatre, The Craft Market, Knitty Graffity, Pecha Kucha and others.
But the hunt continues for artists wishing to open their studios, galleries wishing to hold special exhibitions, shops and cafes willing to exhibit or contribute their own special events, artists wishing to lead outdoor art lessons, poets wishing to perform, or any other such activity that will help to create a unique art experience for the villagers, for the wider Auckland community, and for visitors to the area. The whole community needs to be involved to make it happen.
If you would like to be a part of the festival, add an event to the list, sponsor or support this vital resurrection in any way, then please contact Toni at or visit The Devonport Arts Festival page on Facebook.

Must See – Must Do
If you love dogs then make a point of coming along to the annual Devonport Dog Parade, Sunday March 25.
Check out the ‘Salt of the Sea’ exhibition at Torpedo Bay – Navy Museum.

Have a great month.
Eddie de Heer
President – Devonport Business Association


Devonport Dog Parade
– Sunday March 25th, Windsor Reserve, 1pm-4pm


Channel Magazine dog lovers, this is something you won’t want to miss. We’ll be there with bells on our dogs collars!
The Devonport Dog Parade has become part of the Devonport culture over the last three years. Held next to the sea on the beautiful Windsor Reserve, the Dog Parade is a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
The theme of the Dog Parade is to be a fun and educational community event for families and people of all ages to celebrate our love of dogs.
The event was inspired by a fantastic Easter Dog Parade in Long Beach, California, visited and loved by the Dog Parade organiser, Robyn Fond.
“I came back from the Dog Parade in Long Beach so excited about the possibilities the event presented for Devonport. I am an American import, but have lived in Devonport for 23 years, and absolutely adore it. The Devonport Dog Parade has exceeded my expectations, and I am thrilled to be a part of something that is so great for the community.”
This is a wonderful afternoon of shopping the doggy stalls with unique, boutique products and services, watching the endless doggy entertainment and educational opportunities that the presenters bring, and of course the Parade up Victoria Road, with fantastic prizes for category winners such as: Best Smile; Best Tail Wag; Owner who looks the most like their Dog; Best Dressed; Devonport’s Doggy Idol.
There will also be clowns, bouncy castles and face painters for the kids.
The Devonport Dog Parade is a fundraiser for the SPCA. A Gold Coin entry is requested, or whatever people wish to give. All proceeds are donated. The SPCA does great work to help the animals and drive public awareness and education about respect and care for our furry friends.
Bob Kerridge is the MC, a powerful animal voice that has driven the “respect and care” message for decades…
Please join us for a warm and wonderful afternoon!


Devonport Community News
by Maire Vieth - Devonport Community Coordinator, Devonport Peninsula Trust


March throws us into the middle of summer. With the weather (fingers crossed) settled and us all being almost entirely surrounded by water, I reckon that a good amount of March will be spent on the peninsula beaches - ocean swimming, wharf jumping, building sand castles, playing games, walking dogs, catching up with friends and neighbours.
March is also in the harvest season. Our front and back gardens are in full bloom, vegetables and fruit are growing and verge trees are looking good. The Devonport Community House celebrates this with its 3rd annual Harvest Fair on Sunday 11 March from 1 – 5pm. A bit like an old-fashioned A&P fair, the day includes a myriad of competitions, from a giant pumpkin competition, sunflower competition, and scarecrow competition to the best bloom from your garden, most unusual vegetable, best dressed bicycle, baking competition, and more. There will also be food and entertainment, as well as a coconut shy, candy floss and raffle. For more details, please contact either the Devonport Community Garden @ or the Community House @
A family event run by the Devonport Peninsula on National Children’s Day is the Devonport Community Treasure Hunt on Sunday 4 March, 10 am – 1 pm. The event aims to provide quality time for families to spend together as they explore the local community and its dormant volcanoes, from North Head to Mount Cambria. Register at the Tainui Memorial on King Edward Parade at 10 am to pick up your questionnaire. Then walk or bike from there to North Head and Mount Cambria, and finish off with a picnic and games at the Devonport Museum.
The trust is also running its annual Kids Athletics series for all primary and intermediate school children in the first half of March, encouraging children to being generally active and athletic. This happens at the Vauxhall Sports Fields on Wednesdays, March 7 and 14, from 4 – 6 pm. Come along, register on the day, and have a go at long jump, high jump, sprints, agility and shot-put stations.
The Devonport Scouts Venturers will run a sausage sizzle and volunteer as marshals too.
Another lovely local affair this month is the Devonport Dog Parade on Sunday 25 March at Windsor Reserve, 1 – 4 pm, organised by local dog lover Robyn Fond. In its 3rd year, this is a free, action packed day of doggy events, entertainment, goods and services and a chance to showcase our beloved four-legged friends. For more information, please contact Robyn at
April 1 then brings Devonstock, our 4th annual rock youth concert on Mount Victoria, from 3 – 6:30 pm. This event is still in its planning stages. For more info, please contact event organizer Justine Kinsella at
This will be my last monthly column as I am moving on to new challenges. I have enjoyed my role immensely during the last four years and absolutely loved working with all passionate and community-minded people I crossed paths with during that time! Thank you for caring about our peninsula so much. My successor will introduce him/herself to you in the next month or so.
This is it from me! Maire

For more info or to sign up for the Devonport Peninsula eNEWS, please contact or call 445 9533









by Eddie de Heer