Devonport has a long reputation for having vocal and motivated residents with a strong commitment to the area and to preserving Devonport’s identity.
Devonport was the first place in the world to declare itself a nuclear free zone and the first area to pioneer a recycling programme in the 1970’s.
Local people fought to prevent the reclamation of Ngataringa Bay and to save Stanley Bay and the waterfront from high-rise development. It was this same fighting spirit that saw the birth of Devonport Heritage in 1994.
Many locals were concerned about the number of old villas being demolished to make way for new developments and realized there was no protection for the vast bulk of villas, cottages and bungalows that gave Devonport its character.
They formed Devonport Heritage to act as champion, lobby group and guardian of the area’s historic identity and buildings. The society pushed for the introduction of heritage protections rules into the council district plan and these ensured pre-1940 buildings could not be demolished without a resource consent.
Over the years Devonport Heritage continued to lead the fight to preserve and enhance the area’s heritage buildings but it was one of these battles that led to its demise.
The society’s unsuccessful battle to save the historic Masonic Hotel led to the group being dissolved in 2016 over Environment Court costs. However within a year a new protection society was launched.
Devonport Heritage (2017) Inc continues to be a guardian for the protection of Devonport’s unique heritage together with a renewed focus to raise awareness and understanding of the area’s historic value.
Chairperson, Devonport Heritage (2017) Inc
- Banner image on this page - thanks to Mark Bishop and Auckland Libraries Sir George Grey Special Collections 35-R220, looking in a northerly direction up Victoria Road c. 1925 . The image has been merged by Mark with an image taken in 2015.