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The Fine Homes Tour of Devonport provides a rare opportunity to visit 10 Devonport homes of distinction, plus an extra bonus garden in Spring 2017!

Devonport Rotary, with the generous support of Devonport Bayleys Real Estate Limited and local businesses, have set their target sky high to raise funds for Devonport Rotary Charitable Trust, Dementia Auckland, Cure Kids and Plunket NZ through the third Devonport Rotary’s Fine Homes Tour of Devonport.

The experience will provide a wonderful opportunity for all architecture and interior design lovers and those with curious minds to see some of the most stunning homes in Devonport, allowing access to 10 exceptional homes plus an extra fabulous bonus garden, on Friday 27th October 2017, 9.30am and 4.30pm.

This prestigious event, endorsed by patron Maggie Barry MP, will raise much-needed funds for these four worthy charitable organisations. This year the target has been increased to raise at least $40,000 clear profit to distribute equally between the four chosen beneficiaries. Tickets will cost $60 each (with no added costs) and of the strictly limited 700 tickets that will be available from 1st September and with the generous support of local sponsors, it is guaranteed that 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the four charities.

This great day out in the beautiful seaside suburb of Devonport is made possible by home owners who have generously opened their 10 very special homes and bonus garden to the public for one day only. Each property will be sponsored by a variety of local businesses and ticket holders will be able to relax and enjoy a fabulous day out in Devonport that includes the famous hospitality of a selection of our wonderful local cafes and restaurants, with amazing prizes up for grabs through a fundraising raffle as well.

Sponsors include: Platinum Sponsor Devonport Bayleys Real Estate Ltd; Gold Sponsors Peter Wolfkamp and Places and Graces; and Silver Sponsors Coast and Country, Designworx, Devonport Flowers, Cosi Fan Tutte, Thomson Property Services, Muddy Wellies and Lynda Betts of Devonport Bayleys, with more local businesses set to come on board. In addition the selected local restaurants and cafés located on the route will offer a 10% discount to participants on the day. 

Paul Treacher, President of Devonport Rotary Club says, ‘We will be delighted to welcome you to the Fine Homes Tour, which promises to be a superb day of entertainment for those people who love heritage design, authentic beauty, modern style and the opportunity to tour our special village and see some fabulous homes, not to mention a visit or two to the many boutique cafes and restaurants.’

Hayden Stanaway, General Manager of Bayleys North Shore, continues to support this wonderful event, saying ‘Bayleys has loved being involved in the very successful first and second FHT of Dvt. We feel it is important to contribute our efforts in the Devonport community to these very worthwhile causes and create benefit to all the recipients.’

Tickets will cost $60 (no extra charges) and are strictly limited to 700. Buy online from 1st September at www.devonportrotary.co.nz/fht or www.eventfinda.co.nz


Community is everything. And when someone has dementia, they need a community of people who care around them.  

That’s why, this September, we invite you to Get Together For Dementia – bring together family and friends for morning tea, potluck dinner, or a BBQ, and raise money for Dementia Auckland to help people with dementia live well.  

To register for Get Together For Dementia, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today. 


Many thanks to our amazing sponsors, Dilmah and Avalanche Coffee:







Dementia Auckland’s annual Symposium, sponsored once again by Westpac, is a highlight of the calendar every year, with experienced and interesting speakers sharing their stories and expertise with us. This year, with a ‘Practical Information’ theme, it looks to be even more valuable.

Speakers are experts in their field, and will share informative, thought provoking discussions about their studies, experiences and knowledge of dementia – a must for anyone with an interest in dementia, or for those working with, or supporting people living with dementia.  

Topics will include:

  • Enduring Power of Attorney – giving practical advice on how to develop and enact an Enduring Power of Attorney.
  • Communication Strategies – practical advice on conversations and communication difficulties
  • Enablement – staying independent and engaged
  • What Dementia Auckland can offer

Join us on Sunday August 27th from 1-5pm at Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre for this fantastic event. Entry via koha (donation). Register now by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A huge thank you to our sponsor, Westpac:


2 in 3 New Zealanders will be affected by dementia in some way throughout their lifetime; the impact of dementia is so much wider than just those diagnosed. That’s why this July, Dementia Auckland will again be collecting outside Countdown branches across Auckland to raise money that will help them to support carers of people with dementia.


Being a carer for someone with dementia can be challenging, and while the bulk of the strain lies on those with a dementia diagnosis, carers also require support and assistance from time to time, to ensure they can maintain their support without undue strain and difficulty.

Dementia Auckland is looking for volunteers to collect donations outside Countdown branches from 30 June - 2 July. The money raised goes towards our comprehensive range of dementia support services for more than 1,600 people living with dementia. These services provide information, education and on-going dementia support for those living with dementia and their carers and communities.

If you’re interested in helping support Dementia Auckland (and the work we do for people with dementia and their carers) by volunteering outside your local Countdown from 30 June - 2 July, contact Sarah Knight on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

We especially need more helpers on Sunday the 2nd of July. Even two hours of your support would be a huge help!



It's hard to imagine a comedy show about dementia, but British comedian Gordon Southern has done just that, with his one hour stand-up show Long Story Short. In it, he focuses on the experience of dealing with his dad's dementia in a light-hearted and poignant way.

Read more about Gordon's take on writing comedy about dementia here.

Gordon Southern - Long Story Short; Comedy About Dementia

Long Story Short is a beautiful show about families, day trips, and how you shouldn’t always meet your heroes. A joke packed narrative that swoops between Edinburgh and Wellington, with a funny and moving look at Alzheimers and Dementia this is comedy for the heart and the head. It's being performed right here in Auckland as part of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. 

"This is a fast, smart and very funny show"★★★★ – Edinburgh Fest Magazine, UK

“Comedy that hits you right between the eyes" – Dominion Post, NZ

“One of the most talented comedians on tour at the moment”★★★★1/2   – The West Australian

Gordon Southern: Long Story Short

Dates: Tue 3 – Sat 7 May, 7pm
Venue: Vault at Q
Tickets: $20 – $26
Bookings: comedyfestival.co.nz // Q Theatre Box Office // 09 309 9771


Some of you may have seen in our most recent edition of Mind Matters our call out for twiddles - knitted blankets or tubes with beads, buttons, toys, ribbons or other trimmings attached to them. They provide a warm and calming distraction for busy or agitated hands. One of our amazing volunteers, Carol, has been making some of her very own twiddles for Dementia Auckland clients to try, and asked for others to join the twiddle team. The response has been outstanding, and we were thrilled to deliver our first batch of twiddles to Selwyn Village recently. 

Says Carol, "I am very pleased that we started our twiddles journey at Lavender Cottage. It was so good to get some positive feedback, encouragement and ideas for what day respite centres need." 

Twiddles, in various forms, are being used with great success by people living with dementia all over the world. Donated by keen knitters for the use of those with dementia, either in their home or in care facilities, twiddles are not yet widely used in New Zealand, however we believe they could be a beneficial tool.

We would love to donate more to Selwyn Village and other care facilities, so would love any knitters (expert or beginner) to donate some. Carol has patterns available, or you can creatively come up with your own. Alternatively, we would love to receive donations of the following:

  • Large bright buttons and trinkets that can safely and firmly be sewn onto our Twiddles 
  • Double knitting wool of any kind
  • Really soft small soft toys
  • Medium sized soft toys that are extremely soft, flexible and fluffy

For more information, or to help, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Central Leader and East & Bays Courier featured our very own Maria Co this week. Maria's just about to take over our Carer Education programme, and has been working as a key worker with us for several years. To read the article, along with the rest of this issue of the East & Bays Courier, visit Neighbourly.




We were thrilled to be featured in the North Shore Times and Stuff recently thanks to the generous efforts of Gemma Cappel, who, after taking part in the search for Pat Wearn, has started creating "Hope Candles" to raise awareness and funds for Dementia Auckland. Gemma sells pillar candles for $25 and candles in a glass jar for $15 and kindly donates 20% of that to our organisation, already raising over $220. To order a candle, contact Gemma on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 021 303 654.

To find out more about Gemma and Hope Candles, visit Stuff.co.nz


Recently we were invited to speak to many media outlets about the importance of wearing a GPS tracking device. Many people with dementia have a tendency to wander, and aren’t always able to find their way home easily. They can become disoriented, even in familiar places, and may not always remember their name or address.

If you are concerned about elderly neighbours or loved ones with dementia who go walking by themselves, we would suggest contacting WanderSearch, who have created a simple radio frequency tracking system for people living with a cognitive impairment. See wandersearch.org.nz for more details.


Below are a couple of the media outlets we were featured in:

One News