Notes from New Zealand

I gained a true suburban experience in Auckland. These included Ponsonby, Birkenhead and most notably Devonport. Devonport with (probably) 87m tall Mount Victoria overlooking Auckland Central Business District from the opposite side. [According to the National Library Board’s Singapore Infopedia, Bukit Timah Hill is 162.5m.]

Mount Eden is another extinct volcano at 196m (similar to Mount Victoria with scoria cones).

The now grassy crater
The now grassy crater
Distance to Singapore
Distance to Singapore

Devonport is also home to the master glass artist, Peter Raos. (Let the works from the Corning Museum of Glass speak for him!)

In the past, I had encouraged students to digest/analyse/organise information by creating their own ‘content pages’ of texts. Below is my ‘content page’ listing of the fortnightly ‘The Devonport Flagstaff‘. (27 Nov 2015)

  • Prime Devonport sites sell
  • Protesters: weed glyphosate out of Devonport
  • Builder says on yer bike to truck
  • New zone slipped into Devonport
  • Devonport a developers paradise – but no infrastructure / Heritage protection removed in the push for more homes
  • Simon Lamb leaves substantial legacy at TGS
  • The Flagstaff Notes
  • Gardening heroes honoured with medals
  • Devonport’s role in historic vote remembered
  • Cheltenham Beach tree suffering from suspected poisoning
  • $20,000 available to help attract native birds
  • $30, 000 raised from fine-homes tour
  • Depot Sound to get high-quality mixing desk for new studio
  • Bike to the Beach is back
  • Another example of generosity of spirit in Devonport
  • Devonport’s character “trashed”
  • Ban sale of fireworks and encourage charity events
  • New Zealand people and landscapes in Guthrie’s focus
  • Bayswater Kids Duathlon celebrates two decades
  • Len’s transport roadshow stuck in lukewarm lane
  • Council smells rat – rodents to blame for Memorial Drive tree damage
  • Fundraiser to launch Devonport Arts Festival 2016
  • Some undercurrents run deep
  • Licence to thrill at the Vic premiere of Spectre
  • Round North Head Classic launches summer swim season
  • Grace forgoes birthday party to help Syrian refugees

There!

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