Waiheke Marketplace : November 10th 2010
4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 10, 2010 NEWS Headland independence bid Popular trail: Walkers enjoy the coastal sculpture along Church Bay walkway during the 2009 headland exhibition. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Organisers of the biennial headland coastal sculpture exhibition are calling for a rethink over its status in relation to the Waiheke Com- munity Art Gallery. Issues were raised about the relationship of the two entities that operate under one umbrella at the gallery s annual general meeting. Without the inclusion of headland 2011 income, the gallery had an operating loss of $31,000 in the past year. Headland contributes 50 percent of its commissions to the gallery, and this has covered the gallery s operat- ing loss in previous years. Now the headland com- mittee says its future could be compromised if the gallery and headland are not sep- arated legally and finan- cially. Committee chairwoman Kay Peterson says one of headland s major granting bodies has signalled head- land needs a clear commer- cial and legal status in order to receive future grants. The event is responsible for large amounts of donated and sponsorship funds which need to be secured against risk. The turnover for the biennial event also exceeds the annual turnover of the gallery, Ms Peterson says. A founding member of headland -- then known as Sculpture on the Gulf -- Jackie O Brien says the relationship between head- land and the gallery needs to be reviewed. In a letter read out at the meeting, Ms O Brien says: Perpetuating the notion that headland is a gallery fundraiser has the potential to seriously jeopardise its funding options in the future. A number of funding organis- ations, Creative New Zealand included, do not support fundraising events. Given that this event is now as big if not bigger than the owning organisation, with larger financial respon- sibilities than the gallery, headland poses, potentially, a much greater risk to the society should it fail in some way or its costs exceed its income, the letter says. Gallery director Linda Chalmers says a discussion would be healthy but sees headland as being originally conceived as an extension of the gallery s activities. I think it s an issue the members of the gallery and the greater community need to debate. But as far as headland being perceived as a fundraiser for the gallery, I don t see it that way. The gal- lery receives a 50 percent split of income from the sale of any works. All the head- land sponsorship, as well as donations from friends and patrons, is spent on the head- land event. Nor does the gallery rely on a fixed income from the head- land event, Ms Chalmers says. The commission is differ- ent every time. For example, for the first three events, the gallery received around $60,000 but for 2009 it received around $20,000. It all depends on how many works are sold. Ms Peterson says after the 2011 headland event which opens in January, the head- land committee will begin consultation into making headland s legal and financial status more secure and transparent . However, it is still our intention that headland would continue to contribute financially to the gallery in the future, Ms Peterson says. For now we are focusing on the upcoming exhibition. We have 38 artists on board, national sponsorship and a wonderful organising team, she says. Cyclists peddle new bike map Ready to ride: Cycle Action Waiheke chairman Tom Ransom and his daughter Esme, 4, at the launch of the Fullers Bike Waiheke Map. Cyclists gathered at Matiatia to peddle their approval of a new map that aims to help cyclists navigate Waiheke. Cycle Action Waiheke chairman Tom Ransom and Fullers representative Jim Hannan -- who is also on the local board -- launched the Bike Waiheke Map at Matiatia on Sunday morning. The tourism map is the result of a collaboration between the ferry company and the action group. The launch was also attended by new board members Don McKenzie, Denise Roche and deputy chairwoman Jo Holmes. Mr Ransom says the map will raise the island s cycle tourism profile and add value to any biking trip to the island by showing some of the best routes and attrac- tions to visit . The funding and delivery of the Bike Waiheke leaflet is a wonderful example of Fullers commitment to the idea and one that Cycle Action Waiheke strongly endorses, Mr Ransom says. Ms Holmes welcomes the initiative. Tourism is a vital element in Waiheke s future pros- perity and cycling tourism is a sustainable option that s good for everyone. Mr Ransom says: The Waiheke Local Board was joined by two members of the Waitemata Board so it was a real political jamboree show- ing cycling is not a red or blue issue -- we all love it. Free school buses roll into next year Free ride reprieve: The Education Ministry has agreed to hold off the recommended axing of most free school bus services until term 2 next year. School buses will run as they are for the first term next year. The message comes from MP Nikki Kaye who says the Education Ministry is holding off its implemen- tation of changes recom- mended by transport agency Multiserve until term 2. In a recent report Mult- iserve recommended the axing of most free school bus services on Waiheke from the beginning of next year. Ms Kaye met with school principals, board of trustees chairs and the Education Ministry on Monday. She says: I am pleased because this gives me more time to work with the schools, the ministry, Mul- tiserve and possibly other agencies to work out how we can find a way forward to ensure safe and reliable transport for Waiheke kids. Ms Kaye informed the schools that the ministry s goal is to move quickly with the review of isolation funding for Waiheke schools by reporting back to the minister in early 2011. Isolation funding recog- nises the additional costs of accessing the goods and services needed to operate a school in isolated areas such as rural communities. POLICE BRIEFS A series of domestic violence incidents kept police busy last week. One, on November 4, resulted in a 22-year-old man going on a rampage through Oneroa. He was charged with two counts of driving while dis- qualified, careless driving, burglary, theft, two counts of intentional damage, unlaw- fully in an enclosed yard, and unlawful interference. Police say he had been drinking. He has already appeared in court and is set to reappear in February 2011. The previous evening a 40-year-old Surfdale man was arrested for obstructing the police while they were breath-testing a driver not associated with him. Police say the man tried to interfere with the breath-test process and had words with the drink-driver before punching him in the face. Police say he too had been drinking. In another domestic inci- dent on November 7, a man was taken into custody and served with a police safety order which prevents him from returning to the prop- erty for a few days. There were two cases of drink-driving on November 6. The first involved a 25-year-old man who was stopped and breathalysed on Ocean View Rd. His breath alcohol level was 1048mcg. The legal limit is 400mcg. The second was a 49-year- old man stopped and breath- alysed on Hooks Lane. His breath alcohol level was 1320mcg -- over three times the legal limit. The following day a 25-year-old woman stopped and breathalysed on Weka Rd was found to have a breath alcohol level of 667mcg. A sea kayak was nabbed from an Onetangi address on Tuesday or Wednesday of last week. The hard plastic kayak is orange, red and yellow and very distinctive. If anyone has seen it they are asked to phone the Waiheke police on 372-1150. Over the last month a couple of iPods, keys, glasses and some jewellery have been handed in. Police ask anyone missing any such items to check at the station. Police have received a number of calls about a run- ner on the causeway around 5.30am. The person was wearing black clothing and no reflec- tive jacket. Police ask that any person out while it is still dark to wear some sort of reflective jacket for their safety or carry a torch to avoid being hit by vehicles.
November 17th 2010