North Shore Times : January 21st 2014
8 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 21, 2014 “ I just wanted to let you know about the exceptional response we had to a recent promotion, run through the North Shore Times.” 13 January 2014 David Penny Northern Regional Manager Fairfax Media Auckland Dear David A Happy New Year to you and all your readers. I just wanted to let you know about the exceptional response we had to a recent promotion, run through the North Shore Times. The aim was to encourage people who had perhaps not thought of using the Northern Express Bus Service before to “give it a go”. Well, that they certainly did. Over the course of the promotional weekend more than 9000 people took the opportunity to use the service to/from the CBD; those numbers are up more than 250% on average customer numbers. The promotion was a huge success in terms of getting people to use this fast, frequent and reliable form of transport. It also shows the breadth of coverage and readership that this newspaper has on the Shore. Kind regards Mark Lambert Group Manager Public Transport www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz Suburban Newspapers Auckland NEWS www.northshoretimes.co.nz Home in family for 62 years By SIMON MAUDE A family with deep roots in Takapuna is saying goodbye to their family home of 62 years. Built in 1952, the de Vere fam- ily’s house, Hedingham, was one of the first built on Pupuke Rd. The street was recently renamed Lake Pupuke Drive. The home is now up for sale. Stanley de Vere and wife Joy (nee Collins) raised their four children, Alison, Elizabeth, John and Lester, on the quarter acre section, then surrounded by bush and farmland. The property was bought for £500, now has a capital value of $910,000. It was in the ‘‘wilderness’’, John de Vere says. Now a Coatesville resident, Mr de Vere says he used to get lost in the nearby lakeside forest. And Alison Welson still remembers stumbling across the overgrown remnants of Governor Grey’s glasshouses on adjacent Lakeview Rd. The family’s ties to the area are well commemorated. A memorial to the Collins fam- ily stands today in Takapuna’s Potters Park. Nearby Collins St is named in recognition of the family’s help in establishing Takapuna primary school. The de Vere siblings remember their parents as a happy couple, but recall their father, who grewup as an orphan and flew in World Siblings reminisce: John, left, Alison Welson and Lester de Vere along with sister Elizabeth hold fond childhood memories of growing up on Lake Pupuke Drive. Photo: SIMONMAUDE War II as a decorated Spitfire pilot, wanting a stable home life. ‘‘His home was his castle and his energy went into this place,’’ Mr de Vere says. Upstanding citizens: Joy and Bruce de Veere were active members of the Rotary Club and the Methodist Church.
January 17th 2014
January 23rd 2014