Waiheke Marketplace : November 24th 2010
2 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 24, 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 Boards look to the future By GEORGE GARDNER Town hall briefing: Waiheke Local Board chairwoman Faye Storer touches base with Great Barrier Local Board chairman Paul Downie The Waiheke Local Board will be calling for public input into the Waiheke plan early next year after a council brief- ing has shown tight time frames. Board chairwoman Faye Storer joined 21 other local board chair- persons for a briefing at the town hall at which Auckland Council board services management urged all boards to get their plans up and run- ning. Ms Storer says the briefing provided a plat- form for discussion on the proposed local board plans and budgets across the region. She says although the system that has been set up is complex, both staff and elected members are working their way through it. The Waiheke Local Board was updated at a briefing on Thursday. The Waiheke plan will include key objectives and projects for the island and will last for at least three years, Ms Storer says. The draft plan will go out for consultation at the end of June. Formal hearings will be held and the final plan will be adopted on October 31, 2011. Right now we re doing direction setting so we ll be talking to the public about their aspirations and key priorities early next year, Ms Storer says. In March to June we ll bring out the detail and look at budgets and funding options which will be implemented after July 2012. The two opportunities for people to have input will be February and March when residents can offer their vision and values, and then in June when the draft document goes out for consultation. Parallel to this process the board must come up with a local board agree- ment which it will be negotiating with council. Ms Storer says the agreement process is also about key aspira- tions and how these will be carried out. These first three years are all about set- tling down in the new system which has to prove it can work, Ms Storer says. By GEORGE GARDNER Board pay rise on the cards A pay rise is on the cards if board members decide to take advantage of an offer from the Remuner- ation Authority. Local Board chair- woman Faye Storer received a letter from the authority last week say- ing it intended to make available to board members an amount calculated on the basis of $2000 per board mem- ber . Waiheke Local Board is one of the lowest paid in the region. While board member salaries across Auckland range from $20,100 to $37,100, Waiheke representatives receive $20,800. And while chairper- son s incomes range from $38,900 to $78,400, Faye Storer receives $40,500. She says she welcomes the increase that is in recognition of the extra workload of Local Boards. The authority is say- ing it s because of our additional responsibili- ties -- and in our case our small community brings its own extra workload, Ms Storer says. She believes the fairest way to allocate it would be to give an additional $4000 to the deputy while the other three board members -- Denise Roche, Don McKenzie and Jim Hannan -- receive $2000. I think this would recognise the higher work load that Waiheke Local Board members now have, and also the additional responsibili- ties our burgeoning visi- tor population brings. This effectively means Ms Storer would be pass- ing her own $2000 to deputy chairwoman Jo Holmes. Ms Holmes says while she welcomes any extra income it s not about the money . It s never been an issue -- that s not why I stood. But I m sure it would help, and we do have an awful lot of extra work. Ms Storer says all board members are aware of her view but the matter will be formally discussed at their first business meeting on December 7, when a rec- ommendation will be made. The authority has requested an answer by January 31. Phone lines and internet down Affected area: Palm Beach, from Matapana Rd through to Cory and Junction roads, have been affected by the landline and fixed broadband outage. Map: CHORUS FROM Page 1 Things are no better for Palm Beach Store, which has lost its eftpos connection along with the phone. Owner Roland Huang is trying to make the most of the situation. We are extending the store so I have decided to close the shop from Tuesday to Friday to do the building works, but I don t want to imagine the same kind of problem arising at Christmas time, he says. Mr Kelly has apolo- gised on behalf of Chorus to customers experienc- ing disruptions. He says Chorus technicians are working as quickly as they can to get people back online. For those customers without telephone and broadband services, Chorus recommends the use of a mobile phone in the case of an emerg- ency, he says. Alternative services such as mobile broadband may be avail- able while repairs are being completed and customers should contact their service provider to find out what options are available to them. One Palm Beach resi- dent, who does not wish to be named, says the situation is ridiculous because mobile coverage in the area is virtually non-existent. Board to hold first meeting The first business meeting of the Waiheke Local Board will take place at 4pm on December 7 at the council offices on Belgium St. Those wishing to speak at public forum must register by phoning Auckland Council Waiheke committee secretary Prebashni Naidoo on (09) 301-0101.
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