Why I Love the Shore - Dianne Hale
Devonport resident Dianne Hale has long been a tireless worker in the community. She is currently an elected member of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and was for nine years a North Shore City councillor, which included a three-year term as Deputy Mayor. Dianne has been married to Dennis for 40 years, and they have two adult children, Nathan and Kelly and two beautiful grandchildren, Cooper (5) and Samantha (2). Dianne and Dennis have lived in Devonport all of their married life and have owned and operated their family business, Fleet St. Panelbeaters Ltd in Devonport, since 1971. She tells Channel Magazine why she loves the Shore and has absolutely no intention to leave.
Channel Magazine: How long have you lived on the Shore? Where were you before? What was it that brought you to the Shore?
Dianne Hale: I have lived on the shore for 44 years, before that I lived at Whenuapai with my parents - I moved to the Shore after Dennis and I got married.
CM: What’s your favourite Shore restaurant and why?
DH: Dennis and I tend to eat mainly in Devonport, as it is within walking distance of home, and the two restaurants we tend to frequent the most are Manna Thai and Buona Sera, where the food is always enjoyable and flavoursome. If eating in Takapuna my favourite is Pinot Plus – the ability to mix a number of high quality and tasty small dishes is fantastic.
CM: What’s Saturday morning North Shore style for Dianne?
DH: Saturday mornings tend to be my personal catch-up time. Whether it is hair or nail appointments, or just a morning coffee with friends.
CM: What’s your favourite Shore beach and why?
DH: I love my local beaches – Cheltenham and Torpedo Bay. Having been very involved in the sanding of Torpedo Bay it is personally fantastic to see so many people enjoying and using it, particularly when the wind is blowing into Cheltenham from the north east!
CM: Where do you go to relax on the Shore?
DH: I love North Head and walk up there most week mornings irrespective of the weather. It is an amazing place to go to relax and exercise. It is so close to amenities but with a majority of the mountain surrounded by the beach and sea one can easily forget that the urban environment is so close.
CM: What’s the Shore’s best kept secret?
DH: I consider that one of the North Shore’s best kept secrets is Mt Cambria. Nestled between Vauxhall Road and Church Street, it is amazing how many people are not even aware of its existence.
CM: Have you ever found anywhere else in the world that reminds you of the Shore?
DH: I have recently enjoyed a trip to Canada and parts of it reminded me very much of New Zealand, and the North Shore.
CM: Finally, what do you love most about the place you call home?
DH: I love living on the North Shore and have absolutely no intention of moving away. Having lived in Devonport for so long, naturally it is and always has been my preferred place to live. Dennis and I have lived here since we got married, have our business of 40 years here, raised our two children here and we now enjoy sharing our special environment with our two grandchildren Cooper and Samantha. We are very fortunate in that our children are both happily married and live close by so we have regular contact with them.