Waiheke Marketplace : April 6th 2016
stuff.co.nz APRIL 6, 2016, WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE Still time to speak on future DIANAWORTHY People who love Waiheke and care about its future are being urged to get online and take part in long-term planning for the island’s growth. The Waiheke Speaks project is the brainchild of the Waiheke Local Board and launched at the end of 2015 so key planning document Essentially Waiheke, last published in 2005, could be updated. Residents of all ages and eth- nicity have been taking part in a series of community meetings in halls, schools, the library, the marae, and Ostend market. They’ve been giving their views on what makes the island special and how it can be preserved stretching as far ahead as 2035. People have also been putting forward their ideas about how the island should develop its economy, environment, community and infrastructure and saying In the swim for chopper A 20k swim from Matiatia to the Westpac rescue helicopter base in Mechanics Bay has already netted thousands for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust with potentially more to come. Thirteen people took the plunged early in the morning on March 31. They had raised $33,468 by April 5, but donations are still coming in and people have until May 31 to contribute. First home, Brent Foster says the conditions started off beautifully in the first kilometre before it started to get choppy. ‘‘By about 15km I was starting to feel pretty knackered and actually a little bit sick towards the end. I was just hanging on for grim death for the last 3km – everything seemed to be falling apart but I managed to come in OK.’’ Putting his body on the line The swimmers are ready to set off from Matiatia. was worth it for the fantastic job the Westpac helicopter does and to have that resource there, he said. He says having the crew in the water and knowing that support was there was a lifesaver in itself. Foster says the swimmers would not have been able to do it without the donations pouring in. ‘‘Over the last couple of weeks we all received some great support and great sponsorship from a variety of people from all walks PHOTO: AUCKLAND RESCUE HELICOPTER TRUST of life which is fantastic. Extremely motivating, extremely inspiring.’’ ❚ Donations can be made at everydayhero.co.nz/event/ChopperSwim-Challenge-Waiheke-to-Auckland. A stand at Ostend market attracted interest and input from around 30 shoppers and tourists but there were fewer people at meetings in Onetangi and Ostend. The final public meeting, in Surfdale, drew just three people unconnected with the project – one was a resident from Onetangi and there were two holiday home owners. The rest of the people there Darleen Tana HoffNielsen and Raul Sarrotatthe Surfdale meeting on March 30. PHOTO: DIANA WORTHY what would be acceptable and what wouldn’t. Ngati Paoa has been consulted and Waiheke Speaks’ organisers will be talking to members of the island’s social services and Rotary Club at the beginning of April. The meetings have been organised and led by Darleen Tana Hoff-Nielsen, Raul Sarrot, Julio Bin and Sandra Otto who responded as a job-share group to Auckland Council’s advertisement for someone to manage the project. But attendance has been gener- ally poor, with Rocky Bay drawing the highest numbers. Twentysix people showed up at its hall. were either board members or members of the job-share group. The next step will be to collate all the material gathered during the exercise so a draft document can be drawn up by local experts such as planners, lawyers, or others working in one of the category areas, Hoff-Nielsen says. But there’s still time for people to contribute online, she says. ‘‘There’s been positive reactions, I’m loving the feedback.’’ ❚ Visit waihekespeaks.org. nz to take part. A middle-aged driver who was breathalysed after he crashed his car at the weekend was found to be more than six times over the drink-drive limit. Waiheke police sergeant Chris Kerekere says the 52-year-old man from Orapui was breath-tested after the car crash at 4.30pm on April 2. He blew 1590 mcg/l. There were no injuries resulting from the crash. Early the next morning, at 12.25am, police breathalysed a 38-year-old driver after he had a left a bar in Surfdale. He blew 1078 mcg/l – more than four times the limit of 250 mcg/l. Kerekere has already warned that police will breathalyse anyone they stop, for whatever reason, so the community is kept safe on the roads. Arrests over the weekend included a 43-year-old Papatoetoe man who was intoxicated and acting in a disorderly manner at Matiatia ferry terminal. He allegedly smashed a stranger’s phone and is facing a charge of intentional damage. He was sent to Auckland, where he was kept in custody to detox, and will appear in court on April 8. Waiheke police also collabor- ated with South Auckland police at the weekend by arresting three men wanted for failing to appear in court. Two were Waiheke residents and the other was described by police as a recidivist offender from Papatoetoe. Police work also included res- ponding to calls over vandalised bus shelters, with their windows smashed. Kerekere says there were eight damaged at different locations on the island between April 2 and the early hours of April 4. Call Waiheke police on 372 1150 with any information. Meanwhile, the public is being asked to report any suspicious behaviour in the Onetangi area, particularly in Waiheke Rd, Victoria Rd, View Rd and Trig Hill Rd. Kerekere says there have been property and vehicle break-ins. ❚ People who see anyone hanging around the area or acting suspiciously should call 111 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111. Driver well over limit 3 Ellerslie Event Centre, Ellerslie Racecourse Sat 9 - Sun 10 April 2016, 10am - 4pm DAILY An exhibition of the Best Products, Services, Travel and Entertainment for Retirees, Baby Boomers and their parents or families! • Travel and Tours - “Special Deals you won’t find anywhere else” • Health Products • Investment & Asset Protection • Lifestyle Planning and more... • Unique Destinations • Show Only Specials! • Hearing Specialists • Cruising • Coach and Rail Tours • CAFÉ on Site! 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