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The first of the Pohutukawa blossoms are just starting to announce the beginning of summer and Christmas in Devonport.
This is a special time of year bringing family and friends together to relax and celebrate the festive season.
The pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) with its brilliant crimson flower is part of New Zealand Christmas tradition. In 1833, the missionary Henry Williams described a service under a ‘wide spreading pohutukawa’. In 1867 the Austrian geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter observed: ‘The pohutukawa, about Christmas … are full of charming blossoms; the settler decorates his church and dwellings with its lovely branches’. Other early references described the pohutukawa tree as the ‘Settlers Christmas tree’ and ‘Antipodean holly’.
In 1941 army chaplain Ted Forsman composed a pohutukawa carol and today many school children sing about how ‘the native Christmas tree of Aotearoa’ fills their hearts ‘with aroha’.
Devonport embraces the spirit of the Pohutukawa and is bursting with family summer fun and activity over December and January.
Take the time to enjoy the pohutukawa blossom, shop at a more leisurely pace, and find that special gift in one of the many stylish boutique stores. Enjoy a break in a Devonport café and wind up at the end of the day in a Devonport bar or restaurant.
Don’t miss the wonderful Devonport Christmas Parade & Festival on Sunday 7 December. The parade starts at 11am and finishes at Windsor Reserve with a children’s entertainment and activity area, craft market and Dance in the Park during the afternoon. Make a day of it, catch up on your Christmas shopping and stay on to enjoy Devonport’s summer evening ambiance.
Devonport is Auckland’s favourite summer destination and boutique shopping experience. Shop in Devonport during November and December and go into the draw to win $2000 worth of travel vouchers. Simply spend $20.00 or more at any participating Devonport store before Sunday 21st December.
Some of the big projects that have dominated our town centre, over this last year, are starting to take shape. We look forward to celebrating the opening of our exciting new architecturally designed Devonport Library in January. Also the completion of Marine Square and the redesigned Devonport Ferry Terminal will provide a dynamic and welcoming gateway into the village.
Explore Devonport’s wonderful parks, beaches and many heritage sites.
Take the opportunity in January to escape the city. Within easy reach of the CBD and the rest of the shore Devonport provides a welcome summer escape.
Explore this charming historic suburb with a selection of self-tour options. Try a Segway from Magic Brookstick (Segway) Tours, hire a bike from Cycle Auckland located n the Devonport Ferry Terminal or take a spin around town on a scooter from Scootours Devonport.
January National Chess Championships
The new New Zealand National Chess Centre at 100b Victoria Rd, Devonport is the superb location for the 2015 National Open Chess Championship from the 1st - 9th January.
Overseas masters and grandmasters will include Grandmaster Allan Stig Rasmussen (reigning Danish Champion), Klaus Bischoff (reigning German Champion), and Indonesia's 22-year-old chess superstar WGM Irene Sukandar.
The main event is one round per day. Over the final weekend, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th January, the New Zealand Chess Federation Rapid and Lightning Championships will be staged.
The event is free for spectators. Games start 1.30 pm daily in the main championship and generally last 3-4 hours.
There is also a display of chess books and tournament quality chess sets for sale.
Channel Magazine: Issuu 50 December 2014 | January 2015