June 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 village of Devonport.
Here we are in the month of June already, half way through the year. In fact it’s only around 200 days until Christmas! Now to be frank June and July are challenging months for many businesses, from retailers to accommodation providers and those in the hospitality industry. It’s the time of year when we most need the support of the local community. Your patronage of local shops and businesses helps to ensure that they continue to provide the level of products and services that make our local business centres the heart of our communities.
As I have mentioned before, this is why I am so supportive of what Channel Magazine is doing with their Buy Local & Win campaign. As they say so well “Channel Magazine is encouraging you to always consider ‘buying local first’ to support your local businesses”. The truly amazing thing is that they are ‘putting their money where their mouth is’ by offering a 2012 Toyota Yaris car valued at over $25,000 as a prize to a lucky winner.
Spending your money locally does make a huge difference and we all thank you in advance for your valuable support during these challenging times.
Auckland Photographic Festival – June 1st-30th
The month of June will see Auckland come alive with New Zealand’s largest Photographic festival which spans across the whole Auckland region.
The festival not only draws in a large number of photographers, but it opens the doors to a large number of individuals and groups locally, nationally and internationally who visit the festival every year.
This is the first time that Devonport has been a part of the event and we are excited to be involved as it represents a chance to add to our visual identity as an Arts destination, as well as to show that we as a community are forward thinking, open to collaboration and are keen to build on our proud arts history. Don't miss the following in Devonport:-
Looking at Auckland Through the Windows of Devonport
1st-24th June – Throughout Devonport
Camille McCawley: 365 Commercial Rd – Squatter Series
1st-24th June – Side door Gallery, The Depot.
Julia Durkin, Elaine Smith: Occupy
1st-15th June – Outerspace Gallery, The Depot.
Clare Goodwin: Picnic at Waiau Pa
16th-30th June – Outerspace Gallery, The Depot.
Devonport Business Association
– AGM (June 11th)
The Devonport Business Association will be holding its AGM on Monday June 11th starting at 6.15pm at the Esplanade Hotel on Victoria Road. We are delighted to advise Maggie Barry, MP for North Shore, will be our guest speaker. The meeting is open to all business and building owners in the Devonport region and we would love to see you there.
Brainy Business Breakfast (June 21st)
Thursday June 21st is the date for the next ‘Brainy Business Breakfast’ held at Torpedo Bay Cafe from 7.30am to 9am. The topic is ‘How to Massively and Immediately Grow your Business’ presented by guest speaker Alistair Ness – Alchemy Network. Not only are these popular breakfast meetings a wonderful opportunity to learn some vital tips and skills from the experts but they also create wonderful networking opportunities with other like minderd business people. Some powerful ideas and partnerships have been born in these meetings. To confirm you place email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Jill on 021 410797. The investment is $20 for DBA members and $25 for non members.
Steve Wozniak ‘glides’ around Devonport
Steve Wozniak the co-founder of Apple Computers has been in town delivering a seminar on the Apple Story, Disruptive Innovation and the legacy left behind by Steve Jobs.
Wozniak's favourite mode of transport is the Segway. Also a mad keen Segway Polo player, he captained one of the teams, as did New Zealand’s Segway distributor Philip Bendall, at the world’s first international champs held in Auckland in 2006.
So being tipped off several months ago that he would be in town Bendall offered a Segway that was delivered to his Hotel to be there on his arrival. The very next day he received a very grateful email from Wozniak do he invited him on a Segway Tour of Devonport.
"I was at his Hotel by 10am and we Segway’d around the Viaduct and had a takeaway coffee while we waited to board the Devonport ferry," says Philip Bendall. "By 11am we were at Magic Broomstick Tours office in the Devonport Ferry Terminal where we were joined by Ian Watson, Professor of Computer Science at Auckland University, Shaarina Taylor, Environmental Scientist and Segway Tour guide with Magic Broomstick Tours and friend Jackie Goldingham. We went for an exhilarating ride to the top of North Head through the village and to the top of Mt Victoria. Later in the day Woz told me that Devonport was the most beautiful place to see by Segway."
Have a great month.
Eddie de Heer. President – Devonport Business Association.
Key dates to remember:
June 1st-30th: Auckland Photographic Festival – Mainstreet Devonport and The Depot Artspace.
June 11th: Devonport Business Association – AGM
June 21st: Brainy Business Breakfast – Torpedo Bay Cafe.
Devonport Community News
By Maria Teape - Devonport Community Coordinator,
Devonport Peninsula Trust
Now June is here there is no escaping the fact that colder, wetter weather will be setting in during the coming weeks. But don’t let that stop you getting out and about on the Devonport Peninsula as there is plenty to see and do this month.
The Bayswater Community Committee (BCC) is holding their biennial meeting on Tuesday 12th June, 7.30pm at Bayswater School Hall. The new team to manage BCC’s activities for the next two years will be elected at the meeting and enquiries of interest are welcomed. The only requirement to join is that you live or work on the Bayswater peninsula. For more information contact Gay Richards, phone 445 6568 or email: email@example.com
Matariki is a special time of the year for many and the Michael King Writers’ Centre (MKWC) is marking the occasion by offering poetry workshops in schools, continuing the Million Poems for Matariki workshops which have been held in North Shore and Auckland schools since 2009. Also MKWC is organising a screening of the television documentary film ‘Lines in the Sand’, followed by a panel discussion on Monday 25th June, 7pm at The Victoria Theatre, Devonport - admission is free. Contact Karren Beanland, phone 445 8451 for more information on these events.
A slightly different take on marking Matariki is Katelyn & Co’s Upcycle Fashion Show, being held on Wednesday 20th June, 7pm at Victoria Theatre, Devonport. Upcycling is the creative process of altering, decorating or redesigning preloved garments to give them a new lease of life. The aim of the show is to raise awareness of the ‘green fashion movement’. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased from Katelyn & Co in Belmont, phone 027 671 9091 or from the Victoria Theatre.
Devonport Chamber Orchestra performs their second concert of the year on Sunday 24th June, 2pm at Holy Trinity Church, Devonport. Beethoven's Emperor Piano Concerto will be featured with well known local pianist Patrick Cornfield and conductor Ashley Hopkins. Admission is $20, children under 12 free.
Further up the Peninsula, Cutting Edge Drama Community Theatre presents ‘The Sex Fiend’ at the Rose Theatre, Belmont. The play is written by Stephen Sinclair (of ‘Ladies Night’ fame) and Danny Mulheron and directed by Sioux Smith. The show is touted as “a hilarious, politically incorrect comedy about the age old battle of the sexes and mistaken identities”. Show times are Saturday 23rd June and Monday 25th to Saturday 30th June, 8pm. Tickets cost $20 or $18 concessions (seniors or groups of 6 or more) and are available from the Rose Centre,
phone: 445 9900. That’s all from me for now. – Maria
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Now at Devonport Lingerie
Devonport Lingerie now stocks the Trulife range of products, Trulife are dedicated to improving life for women who have undergone breast surgery and have been for the past 50 years.
Trulife breast forms are created in a wide range of shapes and sizes to compliment a womans natural beauty. They are made by hand by a dedicated team of specialists in Dublin Ireland. There are different forms for everyday, swimming and sport.
"After nearly eight years in Devonport we have been asked all-too many times if we provide breast forms and pocketed bras for women who have undergone breast surgery," explains owner Donna Gustafson. "Recently another local woman who we know well has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer and this has inspired me to provide a service to survivors of breast cancer. We are also now registered with the Ministry of Health and are able to make a claim for Breast Prosthesis on customers behalf."
In late June (Thursday 28th and Saturday 30th) Devonport Lingerie will have a Trulife product and fitting specialist in store from Australia and they are now taking appointments for this service on these days.
"As a thank you for coming for a fitting on one of these days the attendees will receive a gift of either a Jockey, Triumph or Berlei brief," adds Donna. "They will also receive a discount of 20% on any purchases made during the visit."
Donna, Ann and Sioux at Devonport Lingerie are excited about providing this new range and are really looking foward to helping women who have had breast surgery to feel confident and comfortable in themselves. Phone them on 445 8347 for more information or if you would like to book a time to see the Trulife product and fitting specialist on June 28th and 30th.
Devonport Lingerie also provide a large range of lingerie, underwear, New Zealand made merino, night wear and robes. They now have Arianne lingerie from Canada and are one of Auckland best independent lingerie stores. All their prices are recommended retail so cost no more than the local department store and you get specialist fitting advice. So if it's for everyday, a special occasion, sports or maternity – Donna and her team will get you fitted!
Devonport Lingerie, Shop 2, One Queens Parade, 13 Victoria Road. Devonport.
Phone 445 8347.
Sisters in Style
Creativity and practicality make a winning team at Designworx.
Sisterly love and sibling persuasion brought design team Amanda and Debbie Neill together to pursue the ultimate interiors at Designworx in Devonport.
These charismatic siblings are vastly different characters and their skills bases complement each other perfectly. Designer Amanda’s foresight in enlisting the help of her younger sister in business turned out to be a wise move.
“She coerced me to work with her!” office manager Debbie explained, which prompted a move from the South Island to the North Shore five years ago.
Her practical sense balances well with the creative vision of owner and leading Auckland interior designer Amanda.
Amanda studied design in London and Sydney, and completed a Bachelor of Education before embarking on her diploma of Interior Design in New Zealand. Subsequent time spent teaching design and gaining a wealth of practical experience, left Amanda well placed to launch Designworx in 2003.
A move across Vauxhall Road in March 2011 proved a fortuitous one and the interior design business with the enticing retail store hasn’t looked back.
Some of the exquisite items within the store are designed by Amanda, and made here in New Zealand.
Stand-out ‘wow’ pieces that dazzle would-be customers as they enter the delightful den include the award-winning ‘Evoque’ Indoor/Outdoor table - a stunning black and white table designed by Amanda. Not only did the piece help to claim an Ellerslie Flower Show gold award but it is currently attracting interest from Dubai.
The ‘Evoque’ Lowboy with interchangeable panels can be custom-made to compliment any interior colour and design palette. In white, with red feature panels, the bespoke piece in the store really is worth a look for anyone wanting to add a flourish of furniture colour to their living space.
As well as large show-stopping pieces such as the huge locally made fabric lightshades that boldly adorn the store, there is a range of smaller design accessories for the home, including gorgeous costume jewellery.
There is also a range of bespoke greetings cards hand-made by another creative family member, the sisters’ mum Cushla.
“Our store attracts magpies!” laughed Amanda, whose interior design and colour consultancy credentials are as impressive as her retail goodies.
“We’re told we’re a bit eclectic and like to be a bit quirky with what we offer. We’re definitely ‘one out of the box’!”
Not all the treasures in the Devonport store are inanimate. The sisterly double act adds significant value to the Designworx experience.
Designworx, 64 Vauxhall Road, Devonport. PH: 445 1098.