Waiheke Marketplace : December 8th 2010
3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, DECEMBER 8, 2010 NEWS GROUND STABILIZATION • Up to 900 diameter - 10 meters deep • Slip Retention • Barrier Pile Walls • Retaining Walls • Foundation Drilling & Footing • Pile Ramming Land deveLopers Ltd 372 1115 Mob 027 499 4477 Email firstname.lastname@example.org 'CHEE'LL OUT! It's nearly time to... Wishing you a healthy summer, great holidays and a relaxing break. PONSONBY 1 Maidstone Street WAIHEKE 7 Weka Road, Oneroa P. 09 372 7090 www.qia.co.nz INGRID HAUGE Jim is in Long haul: Board member Jim Hannan. Jim Hannan will remain on the Wai- heke Local Board for the next three years after a recount of election voting papers saw no change in the results. Candidate Andy Spence applied to the district court for the recount. His 1356 votes were just five votes behind Mr Hannan in the October local body elections. The recount took place last Wednesday, December 1, between 10am and 1pm, and was overseen by Judge Mathers. Auckland Council electoral officer Dale Ofsoske says the recount process was the same procedure that had been undertaken during the original count. There was no change so it's status quo,'' he says. IN BRIEF Childcare break-in Waiheke Community Childcare's outdoor playground area was broken into over the weekend. Centre manager Ute Hoffman says staff arrived on Monday morning to find wine bottles and a wine cask strewn about, and the outdoor playground and sandpit area in disarray. Two childrens' wooden balance bikes were also stolen. The police found the wooden bikes abandoned on Donald Bruce Rd. A police spokesperson says: ''We are going to have a look at the wine cask and see if we can get fingerprints off it.'' Call the Waiheke police on 372-1150 if you have any information about the break- in. Drink driving On December 3, a 17-year-old girl was stopped and breathalysed on Tetley Rd. Her breath alcohol level was 239mcg/l. The following day a 17-year-old youth was stopped and breathalysed on Orapiu Rd. His breath alcohol level was 400mcg/l. The legal limit for this age group is 100mcg/l. Found items A video recorder, shoulder pack complete with school lunch, and a tent that was on private property have all been handed into the police. Anyone who may have lost one of the above is asked to call the police station on 372-1150. Push for night booze ban Clamp down: Police say alcohol-related incidents in Oneroa are keeping officers busy on weekends. By JEROME GAVELLE POLICE could be clamping down on unruly drinkers in a drive to clean up the streets at night. A letter and questionnaire has been passed to around 60 business owners in Oneroa to canvas their opinion on a proposed liquor ban between 10pm and 7am, seven days a week, in the village centre. Because of the new supercity council reorganis- ation it is not clear who will make the final decision on whether to impose the ban but local board chairwoman Faye Storer says she strongly suspects it will be down to the board. She is hoping to have an answer to that question soon. Alcohol Harm Reduction unit officer Joshua Ballan- tyne, who handed the letters to Oneroa business owners, says he is gathering infor- mation for a report that will be given to the local board. Ms Storer says before having had any discussion with business owners or fel- low board members she thinks it sounds like a good idea in principle''. I've personally seen fairly young people -- possibly even too young to be drinking -- in an inebriated state in the streets of Oneroa.'' But she does believe a ban won't affect the businesses or the venues selling alcohol. On the contrary, people will enter their premises if they want to have a drink and no longer drink their own alcohol in the street which would prevent a lot of nuis- ance,'' Ms Storer says. In the letter to business owners, police say the suggested liquor ban would directly target the increase in alcohol-related incidents in the Oneroa shopping area. Waiheke police staff have received a total of 64 calls for service as a result of alcohol- related disorder during the previous nine-month period.'' The letter goes on to say this disorder leads to other anti-social behaviour such as assaults, drink-driving, dam- age to property, graffiti, pub- lic urination and littering, creating an unsavoury environment''. The area to be covered by the proposed ban would include Ocean View Rd between Puriri Rd and Artworks, and it would also include the two adjoining ser- vice lanes parallel to Ocean View Rd. Skinny Sardine manager Nic Clancy says he is backing the ban 110 percent''. Too often we have youth drinking their own alcohol in the street and then coming into the bar to cause problems and we take the blame for their behaviour.'' Sandbar manager Kim McMahon also supports the ban. Every morning we find broken bottles in the street around our entrances -- mostly from stuff we don't even sell.'' Both venue managers say neighbours complain about the public nuisance street drinking creates, and have been putting the blame on them. First Stop Liquor manager Sue Hazel says she would also welcome the ban because having drunken people sit- ting on the pavement in front of her shop is not a pleasant sight. But not all business owners agree that a liquor ban will solve the problem. Studio Connections gallery co-owner Olivier Duhamel believes it will be ineffective in solving the root cause of the problem, simply dis- placing it somewhere else''. Mr Duhamel fears busi- nesses in the proposed ban area such as the four art galleries that run regular opening functions, or wine shops organising wine tast- ings, will end up having to apply for a liquor licence twice a month or more, which, he says, would be an impracticable, costly and unnecessary hurdle''. Waiheke is a small enough community and a ban is per- haps a necessary evil in a city environment such as Auck- land central but a complete overkill for Oneroa village,'' he says. Mr Duhamel suggests cars should be banned from Ocean View Rd instead. It would then become a beautiful and vibrant ped- estrian mall attracting a large number of visitors to enjoy a glass of wine to the sound of the waves while watching the crowd stroll between shops, galleries, bars, restaurants, book stores, and the magnificent views. Business would explode. This is perhaps too radical a proposal for many, but over- seas experience demonstrates that making the central dis- tricts car free is always extremely beneficial for local businesses.'' Mr Duhamel says.
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