Waiheke Marketplace : Nov 3
8 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 3, 2010 LETTERS diverse and distinctive Waiheke gardens • inspiring productive properties • stunning coastal landscapes • Island wine, olive oil and other gourmet treats • live music and unique outdoor artwork • massive plant sale • Tickets on sale NOW at -- SeaLink Half Moon Bay and Kennedy Point; Waiheke Take Note; Kings Plant Barn Remuera and Howick; Central Landscape and Garden Supplies Ellerslie; Fullers Matiatia and on-line from the Waiheke i-site Visitor Information at www.waihekenz.com SEALINK HOT DEAL Only $180 return travel for your car and two persons plus two Early Bird Safari passes saving $72! Visit www.sealink.co.nz RULES Letters of 150 words or less can be sent to Editor, Waiheke Marketplace, PO Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1840, or be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am Monday. Full name, address and phone number should be given. Only the name and suburb will be published. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Monday blues What a fantastic Labour Weekend Waiheke had -- tourists aplenty, a burlesque festival, jazz at Peacock Sky and much more. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, boats in the bays, etc, but what happened on Monday? Happily, Onetangi Beach was crowded with tourists and locals. Many had stayed in the local accommodation and there were massive numbers of day-trippers. To the dismay of many, at 1.30pm sharp, after serving only breakfasts, The Beachfront Cafe ´ closed its kitchen, then the entire cafe ´by 2pm. Charlie Farley s did not open at all.In the heat of the day, with the beach heaving, the only place you could get a cold drink or icecream was the Onetangi Beach Apartments or 500 metres up the hill at the petrol station. I observed the gobsmacked tourists and locals alike -- it was embarrassing. Unsavoury comments were flying around as hungry and thirsty people were everywhere. For island businesses that say they rely on the tourist dollar to break even each year, it is amazing to me that on the busiest day at the beginning of the season, these places could not or would not be available to these people. It s shameful. Tourists comments such as: I don t think I will bother to come back here again, send warning bells about word of mouth and with New Zealand being one of the top 10 countries in the world to visit, if I were a business owner I would be worried. Come on Waiheke, this would not happen anywhere else in New Zealand. LP Culley Onetangi The following is a response from co-owner of Charlie Farley's Helen Carter: Charlie Farley s is closed every Monday. The cost of opening on Labour Day, given the 15 percent surcharge we have to impose in order to pay our staff time-and-a- half plus a day in lieu, as well as the recent GST rise, means we d have to charge $6.50 for a latte. It would upset people even if they took their family out for just coffees and icecreams. Also, Labour Day was introduced in 1840 to celebrate the eight-hour working day, and to give workers a day off. The staff at Charlie s worked 14-hour days on the Saturday and Sunday -- breakfast, lunch and dinner -- and they deserved Monday off. During December and January we will, however, be open on Mondays, except on Christmas Day. We appreciate our loyal customers. Onetangi Beachfront Cafe ´ manager Helen Strange also responds: We closed at 2pm on Labour Day which is two hours earlier than we would normally close on a Monday. It generally quietens down in the afternoon on Labour Day and our staff were exhausted, so this was an opportunity to give them a few hours off with their families. Our opening hours were published in the Waiheke Marketplace and were outside the building as well as on posters inside. Rubbish results Congratulations to the community of Waiheke. A 19 percent increase in our recycling in the year ending July 2010 is a grand achievement. Glenda Andrew-Neal Rocky Bay Street friends It s that time of the year again when we, Friends of the Street, are starting to get organised for our yearly fundraiser, the Little Day In 2011. Our event will be held at the Sports Club in Ostend on February 19.Inorderforourdaytobea success we call upon musicians, volunteers and stallholders to join and support us in our quest. FOTS started nine years ago to ensure the safety and well-being of our young people and our aim is to continue the message of respon- sibility and that we should take care of each other when out at night. We are also promoting road safety messages to the wider community. Our grateful thanks to all those who have contributed in the past. Without you, Friends of the Street would have struggled to survive for this long and we hope for your ongoing support. Those who are willing to help out can contact either Trina on 372-9444 or Hera on 372-7855. Hera Mohns Friends of the Street Poetic thanks Despite the wind in the air, our inaugural Waiheke Poetry Festival -- In the Air over the weekend at Tivoli was successful in drawing more than 50 people on Saturday and Sunday. Fabulous poetry flew around Oneroa. We would like to thank all the participants, authors, readers and listening lovers of poetry. We also have a special thank you for the following people and organisations. Julie Buchanan, for her graphic work on our lovely poster; Calvin Hona, Carol Weitzl and Basil Holmes for their unstinting work on both days; and Kim Wesney and Katy Soljak for the generous loan of their sound systems. Baracka for her contribution to the facilitation of Sunday s open mic; Scott Ewing for his video recording of Sunday s event (people should be alert to cinema shown highlights); Waiheke s media and the community cinema for their promotion of In the Air. Man o War Vineyards for a generous wine discount. Last, but by no means least, friends who offered a helping hand in various ways. In poetry, Liz Eastmond and Sue Fitchett Waiheke Poetry Festival Once again, the issue of selecting the chairperson's role on the local board has caused huge reaction. We have allowed more space for your views to be aired this week. --Ed Democracy It is a pity Denise Roche has showed that she has so little understanding of the democratic process. It seems that the important issue about the voting for the chairperson is one cause of the local dispute in the latest elections. I thought everyone knew that this appointment is made by vote by all elected members on merit, not by the number of votes each person had acquired. Denise and some of her supporters would do well to check the acknowledged rules and accept her place on the local board with dignity. Maynie Thompson Ostend Sickening If the breach of democratic process outlined in Denise Roche s letter to the Waiheke community has any substance, the only correct thing the local board can do now is for Faye Storer to stand aside and allow Denise Roche to take the chair, as she should, being the highest polling candidate by far. Otherwise the board will lose the faith of the people who voted for it before it has even met. This Gang of Four against the one is a sickening sight. Mike Johnson Ostend Mandate The Waiheke Local Board elections was a first past the post poll, and Denise Roche was the clear winner. My understanding of the word mandate is that people put power in someone s hands to do something for them ; they have confidence in that person , they want that person to act for them . I think the vote count shows that the community of Waiheke overwhelmingly wants Denise Roche in a leading role on the new board. They gave her a mandate . If the new board doesn t see fit to acknowledge the community s confidence in Denise then they must accept the consequences, both during their term in office and at the next ballot box. Sue Fitchett Oneroa Furore The recent furore over the local board jobs has resulted in many people jumping the gun and surmising that it is a fait accompli. The election of the local board chairman will take place after the swearing in of the elected candidates. What has been decided at previous unofficial board meetings is not binding until the first official board meeting. So I do not know what all the fuss is about. I can see no reason why Denise Roche cannot ask one of the in- coming board members to nominate her as chairman or deputy at the meeting on November 6. The person with the most experience is usually elected to the chair and this is not necessarily the highest polling candidate. Norman Cameron Oneroa Get over it Congratulations to Faye Storer and Jo Holmes for being elected by the majority of board members to chair and deputy chairpersons. While Mr Stansfield and supporters of Denise Roche may be green with envy, it s called democracy. The five candidates had one vote each. Denise got one, Faye got four. Get over it. Six years ago Dick Hubbard became mayor of Auckland, but had only one vote. His deputy Bruce Hucker had the power because he had the relationships and councillors to back him. Millie Watkins, take note. Faye had six years at local board level learning the ropes, and a further nine years as a successful councillor, getting millions of dollars of council money spent on Waiheke -- 15 years experience compared to three. As a board member now, $20,000 is still twice as much as hard- working Eileen Evans got during her six years on the board. Graham Hooper Ostend. Appalled Like the majority of islanders I am appalled at the behaviour of those who are simply showing themselves up as being bad losers. It is a pity that many people can t think for themselves and not get caught up in this absolute nonsense. We have a team of good sound people who have been elected and all they want to do is get on with business instead of being sidelined by this preposterous behaviour and name-calling. As for the Herald story, from the reaction of everyone without exception who I have spoken to since this was published, the perpetrators of this have severely damaged their cause. The use of gratuitous Maori language in such a vindictive way only confirms that being a loser should not result in this sort of behaviour. What must the new Auckland Council think of Waiheke after this? Now our very capable board will have to spend its time mending fences instead of getting on with the job. For goodness sake let the board get on in harmony and get over your perceived conspiracy theories. R Neilson Oneroa CORRECTIONS Denise Roche has pointed out that the statement in the Waiheke Marketplace, October 13, that ''the board elect swings from far left to centre-right'' is misleading. She says she is not ''far left'', but ''left''. We apologise to Ms Roche for the mistake. Ms Roche also says the ''centre-right'' claim is incorrect. We canvassed the other four board members to ask them where they saw themselves. Faye Storer said she was ''centre-left'', Don McKenzie said he was ''centre'', Jo Holmes said she was ''centre-right'' and Jim Hannan said he was ''centre- right''. Regarding our story on October 27 about school buses, we published an incorrect figure -- Te Huruhi School has almost 400 students not 600. To clarify the zoning, principal Ian Travers says: ''Students who live anywhere on Waiheke may attend Te Huruhi as it does not have a school zone. ''Students in the Waiheke Primary zone have a right to apply to that school.'' Waiheke Primary School has had its zone extended to include Wharf Rd and Orapiu. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused.
November 10th 2010