Waiheke Marketplace : November 24th 2010
8 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 NEWS 3 There's no better place to live your life, than right here! Enjoy your piece of paradise and more at Waiheke Retirement Village Waiheke Retirement Village 37 Natzka Road, Anzac Bay, Ostend. 09 372 2820 www.waihekeretirementvillage.co.nz Waiheke Retirement Village is right on the water's edge at Anzac Bay. With Villa prices starting from just $320,000 you can have the added certainty, confidence and support that comes with a LifeCare Residences Village, without having to give up the island lifestyle that you love. In fact, once you are living in your comfortable, easy-care Villa, you will have even more time to spend with your friends, your community and on your favourite pastimes. To view Villas for sale and to find out how easy it is for you to get the most out of life -- island style, call Libby today on 372 2820, or visit us at 37 Natzka Road, Anzac Bay. energi _10706A CLUB HOUSE LOUNGE AND DINING ROOM • INDOOR HEATED SWIMMING POOL • SPA POOL • BILLIARDS • LIBRARY • PETANQUE TERRAIN • HAIRDRESSING SALON • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM • COURTESY COACH • WORKSHOP Fellowship offers a real boost to Alexei By CATHERINE HEALY Research fellow: Alexei Drummond of Auckland University's computer science department has received a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. Growing up on a 10 acre bush block near Waita- kere Township gave Alexei Drummond plenty of inspiration for an aca- demic career in evol- utionary biology. Like a lot of kids in Waitakere I spent my free time running around in the bush. My grandparents taught me the names of all the plant species and birds. Having a professor of quantum physics for a father helped too. The thing about scientists is, when you ask them a question, they really try and answer it. Everything has to fit together and be consistent. That made a hell of a lot of sense to me as a kid. Now living on Wai- heke and working in the University of Auckland s computer science depart- ment as an associate pro- fessor, he has just received one of 10 inaug- ural Rutherford Dis- covery Fellowships. The scheme provides early to mid-career researchers with up to $200,000 annually for the next five years. Dr Drummond, 34, says it will give him the time and space to focus on his research and work on a book. His work uses com- puter modelling to inves- tigate complex biological processes, like how a virus evolves or an entire ecosystem. In just one or two years, influenza evolves the equivalent distance as the evolution between chimps and humans, he says. After completing post- doctoral fellowships in zoology and statistics at Oxford, Dr Drummond returned to Auckland University in 2005. It was Auckland s amazing natural environment that brought me back. He and his wife moved to Waiheke from the cen- tral city in March because they wanted a bit of a backyard for their two-year-old son Aiden but didn t want to sit in traffic. The com- mute allows time for reading and emailing but also the opportunity to spot sea life and birds. Dr Drummond says the advent of the Rutherford Discovery Fellowships will help New Zealand keep its best scientific brains. I knowalotofmy colleagues are very excited about the oppor- tunity to do their best research in the country they love. There are a lot of very famous New Zealand scientists that New Zea- landers haven t heard of, because they did most of their work overseas, he says. Double winner: Joan Royal accepts her prize giant bromeliad from plant sale organiser Geoff Bullock. Lady Luck strikes plant winner twice in one day By GILL ALCOCK By a big coincidence the winner of the Jassy Dean Trust Garden Safari plant sale raffle was also the winner of the people s choice draw. Joan Royal won a year s subscription to NZ Gardener courtesy of Waiheke Marketplace and Fairfax Media and an enormous bromeliad thanks to the raffle at the plant sale organised by Geoff Bullock. Her name was picked from more than 300, Mr Bullock says. The People s Choice prize is won by lucky dip from all the admission tickets completed by visitors when voting for their favourite garden. Jassy Dean Trust chairman Greg Dean says he delved into a huge box of tickets, pulled out a handful, shook them free and the one that stuck in his hand was Ms Royal s. What are the odds on that? he asks. Mr Bullock says with that amount of luck she should have bought a Lotto ticket. It took three men to deliver the giant bromeliad to Ms Royal s home. The four to five- year-old plant is just about to produce its flower which can grow to two-and-a-half metres high, Mr Bullock says. Mr Bullock asked whether Ms Royal and any other keen propagat- ors could offer their plants to the Jassy Dean Trust plant sale next year. We have a huge total to beat next year so we need lots of good quality plants to sell. We can supply pots and potting mix to all those keen to help, he says. Photo contest celebrates the glory of a Kiwi garden Competition winner: Leila Gilchrist receives her prize from Julia Drawbridge Leila Gilchrist was the overall winner of the Glory of a Kiwi Garden photo competition. The event was a fundraiser for the Jassy Dean Trust and organised by the Wai- heke Photographers Col- lective. Entries were exhibited in the Goldie Room at Goldie Vineyard over the weekend of the SeaLink Jassy Dean Trust Garden Safari. It was judged by Annie Melchior, the head of art at Waiheke High School and an artist, photogra- pher and gardener in her own right. Ms Melchior was very impressed by the overall quality of the images and had to work hard to nar- row them down to the winners. Eventually she whit- tled them down to the water lilies captured by Mrs Gilchrist as the overall winner. Mrs Gilchrist received a Fuji JZ500 digital cam- era worth $450 donated by Gulf Photography and Fuji Image Services. Winners of the other categories were Bob Scott for best unmodified photograph, Roger Brownsey for the best digitally enhanced image and Calla Andrews won the best photograph taken by a child. All entry fees went to the fundraising event so the Waiheke Photo- graphers Collective was able to donate $315 to the Jassy Dean Trust. The collective would like to thank all the entrants, Annie Mel- chior, Jason and Christine Schwartz for the use of the Goldie Room, Kim and Jeanette Goldwater for allowing the holes in their walls to mount the images and prize sponsors Gulf Sound and Vision, Micro- flight, Fuji Image Services and Gulf Pho- tography.
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