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2 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, DECEMBER 8, 2010 NEWS www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/events WAIHEKE CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT SATURDAY, 11 DECEMBER, 6PM -- 9PM LITTLE ONEROA RESERVE Alby Mitchell 027 4384687 MITCHELL EARTHMOVING LTD PO Box 662, Oneroa, Waiheke Island Tel. 09 372 9808 firstname.lastname@example.org w w w.mitchellearthmoving.co.nz 3 REASONS WHY: 1. We maintain the quoted price (quotes free) 2. You'll get a detailed plan of action 3. All jobs are super vised start to finish CALL US FIRST FOR ALL YOUR EARTHMOVING NEEDS... HOUSESITES DRIVEWAYS FOOTINGS DRILLING RETAINING WALLS SUB-DIVISIONS SECTION CLEARING LANDSCAPING TRUCK HIRE Mitchell EARTHMOVING LTD WE ARE YOUR LOCAL ...So call us NOW for your free quote from No road to take practical driving test FROM Page 1 An AA Driver and Licensing mobile unit visits the island every first and third Wednesday of the month, set- ting up in the Old Surfdale Post Office in Hamilton Rd, Surfdale. Until now it has offered the- ory tests and driver licensing administration as well as the practical tests. All those needing to take their practical driving test will have to go to Auckland from January. This will involve the expense of taking a car and licensed driver along with them. Plus the applicant will need to have acquainted themselves with the test centre routes. Former community board chairman Tony Sears says the board didn't consider the possibility of the island losing its suitability as a testing area when it made the decision to decrease the speed limit on the Onetangi Straight. I cannot believe every per- son taking their licence needs to go to an area with 70kmh. That's stupid. The test of a person's ability to drive is not about going 70kmh compared to 50kmh, it's whether they can drive well to the conditions. There are other areas that are 70kmh where they could be testing, it's bizarre. Te Whau Lane isn't that far from the Onetangi Straight -- it's 80kmh. I would hope the new local board will be working hard to get the decision revoked,'' Mr Sears says. Local board chairwoman Faye Storer is shocked by the news. It's the first I've heard of it. It's a shame the last board wasn't given that information as it might have made a differ- ence to their decision. I really feel for the parents who will have to foot the bill to take their children to town for a test. We'll certainly have to look at it. My first thought would be to investigate past Pie Melon Bay.'' Mr Furnow says a new driv- ing test is being developed which is going through the legislative process. The Waiheke route doesn't meet the required standard for the current test but we will be reviewing all the sites when the new test comes into force.'' The new test will involve gaining 120 hours of practice in a range of situations includ- ing a significant amount of freeway driving. Mr Furnow says the island may not have sufficient traffic flow and the right types of speed zones to meet the requirements of the new test. All the current sites around the country will be checked to ensure they are suitable for the new test with Waiheke only a medium priority when it comes to this process, he says. In the meantime, Mr Furnow says tests could con- tinue if the Onetangi Straight speed limit is increased to 70kmh. An idea being mooted for several sites around the country that could be implemented on Waiheke would be for the AA mobile unit to move somewhere on the island which better fits the new test's requirements. 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Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke 1840. www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz www.waihekeproperty.co.nz Honoured for a winning attitude Outstanding achiever: Waiheke Local Board member Don McKenzie, centre, is inducted into the Attitude Hall of Fame by Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, left. They are pictured with Don Judkins from the Lion Foundation. By GILL ALCOCK Don McKenzie has been given a huge honour for his out- standing attitude. The local board member was inducted into the Attitude Hall of Fame by Governor- General Sir Anand Satyanand at the Attitude Awards last week. The awards celebrate the achievements of New Zealand- ers living with a disability and have grown out of the Attitude television series, which screens on TV One. Mr McKenzie has never let his blindness hold him back and has spent many years enjoying a career as a physio- therapist. He had one of the largest physiotherapy prac- tices in the country, operating in south Auckland. Personal attitudes over which each of us has control, determine how caring, inclus- ive and responsive our com- munities can become,'' Mr McKenzie says. He spends a good portion of his time helping the blind community and has worked in a number of blind support agencies and advisory committees. He was the first blind chairman of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, holding the role for 18 years. He was awarded an OBE for his service to the blind. He is a past president of Waiheke Rotary and was recently voted on to the local board. I've been very privileged to have had a most fulfilling career, and having a job made a huge difference to life -- and that is down to the edu- cational opportunities I was given back in the 60s.'' He says being inducted into the hall of fame is enor- mously humbling''. I'm totally honoured. It reflects what I've been doing most of my working life -- to better the lives of the vulner- able. All we're looking for is a fair go and equity with the guy next door.'' Mr McKenzie is not the first Waiheke resident to receive an Attitude Award. In the first year of the scheme Charlotte Cleverley-Bisman won the Attitude Spirit Award. Attitude TV executive pro- ducer Robyn Scott-Vincent says the awards celebrate people who deserve greater recognition. We hold these awards with a very clear purpose -- to con- tinue to support the drive for inclusion and acceptance of people who live with dis- ability.''
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