Waiheke Marketplace : December 15th 2010
30 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, DECEMBER 15, 2010 NEWS 2 MARAMA AVE SURFDALE PHONE 372 7108 Christmas Dinner SUNDAY 19 DECEMBER HAPPY HOUR 6PM- 8PM BUFFET FROM 6-15PM ADULTS $25 | CHILDREN $15 | GOLD CARD $20 BOOK YOUR TABLE ON 372 7108 FRIDAY 31ST DECEMBER 2010 AN 'ISLAND' NIGHT WITH DJ OPENS 3PM - MUSIC FROM 8PM SUPPER PROVIDED. PRIZES: BEST ISLAND BULA SHIRT & BEST ISLAND DRESS TICKETS ONLY $20 - ON SALE AT THE BAR New Years Eve Party Wharf 2 Wharf has variety of options On the flat: Runners enjoy the Blackpool Esplanade. By GILL ALCOCK Nineteen years after the orig- inal Wharf 2 Wharf 25km race was started by an enthusiastic Harriers Club captain and his wife, the 2011 race will run on Saturday, January 15, at 8.30am. The route has been used by many elite athletes over the years, as the hilly course is perfect for training for marathons and ultra-running events. Minor alterations have been made to the route in the interests of safety, but the 25km run still remains the most important race of the event. Nowadays the runners are joined by many serious walk- ers competing on the same course. A second race, the less arduous 12km, departs from the Onetangi Strand to Matiatia Wharf and was added in 1993 to attract greater participation. This popular race takes runners and walkers past vineyards and the golf course as well as alongside beaches and bays on their way to the final downhill stretch to the finish. A few years later, the 7km event starting at Kennedy Point Wharf was added. With only a couple of hills to navi- gate and the long flat stretch between Surfdale and Blackpool beaches, many families and young children now join in the fun of the day. In 2008, in response to competitors seeking a more challenging walking course, a strenuous 13km walk was added from Orapiu to the sandy beach of Onetangi. And in 2010, a run along the same route was added to allow middle-distance runners an opportunity to experience the beauty and challenge of the bottom end. The popularity of walking and running in pursuit of fit- ness, combined with the scen- ery and ambience of Waiheke, has seen participation levels increase from around 400 in the early years to nearly 1000 in 2010. Those keen to take part in next year's race can visit www.wharf2wharf.co.nz and enter online. That dreaded word drought With October and November having only half the average rainfall there are fears that this is going to be another very dry summer. Last summer's drought was terrible for some of our native trees, particularly tairaire, and tree ferns, especially mamaku. We did have good spring rain, so at present it is only the first few inches of soil drying off fast. It is not too late to lay mulch and old cardboard is as good as anything around native saplings and trees that are vul- nerable to drought (tai- raire, pid-geon wood, pukatea). Check your soil before laying the mulch to see that it is still damp a couple of inches down or give it a good soaking if you still have plenty of water. Even if we get a good rain between now and January, the soaked cardboard or other mulch will help retain moisture further down. Guided walk Recently, 18 branch members and family enjoyed a guided walk through our branch's least known reserve. Te Haahi Goodwin is a res- erve situated three kilometres past Passage Rock vineyard and res- taurant, opposite the Pioneer cemetery. There is no sign on the reserve fence so it is not easy to find. It has fine bush with lots of tanekaha, native orchids and regenerating kauri seedlings. However, it has steep slopes and no formed tracks. The branch hopes to have further guided walks in the reserve. Email the secretary at email@example.com if moderate difficulty bush walks interest you. Principles for a sustainable water future In the Hauraki Gulf we are very aware of our water use and are pretty good conservators of water. Can we share these skills with the rest of our new supercity family? We rely on water tanks and the aquifer under the island supply- ing our bores. While this aquifer may extend as far as Coromandel, it and all other aquifers are finite supplies. We wonder if islanders can add ideas to the follow- ing list of possible principles that may guide our future use and attitudes to water: Water belongs to the earth and all species; should be left where it is whenever possible; must be conserved at all times; is best protected in natu- ral watersheds; is a pub- lic trust to be guarded by all levels of government and is best advocated for by local communities. Email fitchett@ihug. co.nz with your ideas. Islanders interested in water can also read the Land and Water Forum's recently completed report for the govern- ment at www.landand water.org.nz. Branch website Our branch has entered the technological age with our own website. The address is www.forestandbird.org. nz/what-we-do/branches/ hauraki-islands. You will find infor- mation about reserves and our cottage at 3 Scotts Tce, which can be rented, plus our animal pest management guidelines and branch activities and projects. Check the site for upcoming events. Sponsored day a winner Second place: Rodney Pope collects his prize from Colette Freel. The annual Placema- kers Golf Day enjoyed its usual beautiful weather and ensured a large field of competi- tors took to the greens. Store owner Lee Stickland says it was another successful event in his 11 years of tenure. We do it as a thank you to our customers and it always proves popular. It gives us a chance to catch up with them, and gives them a chance to see guys they don't otherwise see,'' Mr Stickland says. The golfing honours went to Andrew Gor- don, with Rodney Pope second and Paul de Latour third. Craig Gordon took the prize for the most golf, near- est the line was Nick Lomas and closest to the pin was Peter Davidson on No 2 and Neil Toia on No 8. Handing out the awards was Colette Freel of James Hardie. Pairs decided at bowls The men's and women's championship pairs were the first competitions of the season at the Wai- heke Bowling Club in Marama Ave. Mike Haysham with Andrew Cottrell, and Janice Paap with Anita Gibb won the events. Runners-up in the men's pairs were Len Curtis and Wili Etika with Serafina Hall and Janice Hinch runners-up in the women's. There were many good and closely fought games played over the weekend of the championship, club manager Sue Winias says. The winners will rep- resent the club at the Auckland Champion of Champion events later in the season. Anyone wishing to join the bowling club should contact Ms Winias on 372-7108 or email wai hekebowlingclub@xtra. co.nz.
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