Waiheke Marketplace : November 17th 2010
2 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 17, 2010 NEWS Editor George Gardner editor @waihekemarketplace.co.nz Reporters Gill Alcock news2@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz Jerome Gavelle firstname.lastname@example.org Lyndal Jefferies lyndaljefferies@gmail com Sales Managers Gail Hughes sales@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz Vivienne Picard info@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz Graphics Megan Clark graphics@ waihekemarketplace co nz Administration, Classifieds, Accounts Maeve Fay O'Grady classifieds@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz accounts@ waihekemarketplace co nz 5,921 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Wednesday) to Waiheke homes, businesses, the ferries & central Auckland (Foodtown in Quay St, New World in College Hill & Devonport Library. Ph 09 372 9231 After Hours News Hotline: Ph 027 230 3103 1 Tahi Road, Ostend. P.O. Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke 1840. www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz www.waihekeproperty.co.nz Library opens new chapter Super library: From left: Community librarian Fiona Kralicek, library assistant Lynn Jude and customer services librarian Di Stodart celebrate new resources. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES The new Auckland Coun- cil has connected Wai- heke library to a super- library network larger than any other in Aus- tralasia. The library now has access to a resource of 3.5 million items from 55 libraries across the Auckland region. Community Library manager Fiona Kralicek says the response from library users has been overwhelmingly posi- tive . The library services amalgamated without a hitch on November 1. Auckland Libraries group manager Allison Dobbie says this involved a massive effort and co- operation between coun- cil officers . Due to its small size Waiheke library often had to order books online for users. This used to cost $1 a book, but the service is now free. People who reserve books can now find them on request shelves within the library which they can self-issue. Books returned to the library become part of the library s collection until requested by another library. Charges have been dropped for overdue children s books and audio books have also become free. DVDs have been reduced from $5 to $2 and CDs are now available for two weeks for $2. Magazines can also be reserved. It is free to join the library which regularly hosts literary events and children s activities and also offers free computer and internet access. Plans for the new Wai- heke library building on the old Anglican Church site at Artworks are progressing and will see the library floor space more than double. IN BRIEF Police report Driving issues which kept the police busy this week have led them to remind the public to keep their speeds down and to wear seatbelts. Plus with summer approaching they ask for an increased awareness of cyclists and horse riders whose numbers increase at this time of year. ''Cyclists and horse riders are also entitled to use the roads. ''Patience and courtesy will keep everyone safe and the blood pressure down,'' a police spokeperson says. Police arrested and charged a 17-year-old youth with sustained loss of traction and dangerous driving on November 8. A 17-year-old youth from Ostend was arrested for driving while disqualified on November 9. The same day a 21-year- old Ostend man was arrested for being unlawfully on property and on November 11 an 18-year-old Surfdale woman was arrested for failing to appear in court on two shoplifting charges. She was sent to Auckland to appear in court the same day. On November 14 a 30-year-old Ostend man was arrested for driving while forbidden. There were no drink- driving arrests last week. Closure date set for esplanade Trial closure: The Esplanade will be closed for one year from December. By GILL ALCOCK The start date for the trial closure of a scenic coastal route has been confirmed by Auckland Council. The closure of the Esplanade between Surf- dale and Blackpool ap- plies to all motor vehicles (except for emergencies) and will be introduced on a trial basis for 12 months from December 1. The unsealed road is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders who lobbied the com- munity board and coun- cil to close the road to vehicles. This proposal was put forward by outgoing com- munity board member Eileen Evans and Cycle Action Waiheke. Following this public pressure, a survey by Auckland City Council was sent to all house- holds asking if a trial closure would be supported. Although the results from the 3023 respondents were less than overwhelming (53 percent for closure and 47 percent against), the decision to go ahead was made with backing of the majority of the outgoing community board. The close result led to a compromise being agreed whereby the road between Surfdale Beach and Matangi Point will remain open to allow vehicles to access about 300 metres of the road. High school damaged A night of cel- ebration for the departing students at Waiheke High School ended with two 18-year-olds arrested for wilful damage. The school s foot- ball field suffered the most damage after a large group went on a rampage on Wednesday, November 10, according to a police spokesperson. The school s caretakers cleaned up the mess before school started the following morning in the interests of health and safety. The two men, one from Awaawaroa Valley and one from Onetangi, were arrested for the damage done to the electronic speed reduction warning sign positioned at the beginning of Donald Bruce Rd. The damage to the football field is being investigated by the high school. Recount of local board votes will go ahead An application by Wai- heke Local Board candi- date Andy Spence for a recount will go ahead. Mr Spence came sixth in the elections with 1356 votes -- five votes behind Jim Hannan, who has been sworn in on the board. Last week we published a story saying the recount would not go ahead because the dis- trict court had not noti- fied election services. Hauraki Gulf Islands Local Boards adviser Steven Boyd says the council has now been advised by the chief elec- toral officer that a recount application has been lodged and the judge has accepted the application. The recount will now take place and the results will be announc- ed by the Auckland Council Chief Electoral Officer as soon as the process has been completed, Mr Boyd says. An election services spokesperson says the judge has not set a date but expects the recount to be fairly soon . The voting documents have been through three processes. They will all go through those three processes again, the spokesperson says.
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