Waiheke Marketplace : December 22nd 2010
8 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, DECEMBER 22, 2010 NEWS No booking required. Takeaway available. 11 Belgium St, Ostend Ph 372 3722 AUTHENTIC JAPANESE OPEN HOURS LUNCH: Wed to Fri 12pm - 2pm DINNER: Wed to Sat 5pm - 9pm Christmas Hours: Open 26 & 27 Dec for lunch & dinner Happy holidays to our advertisers and readers! We look forward to seeing you in the New Year! Waiheke Unichem Pharmacy Oneroa 372 8312 Open 7 Days - extended hours for holidays: Mon-Fri 9-5.30pm / Sat 9-5pm / Sun 10.15-4.30pm MASSIVE SUMMER SUNGLASS SALE ...New styles in store ...Great brands, great style and quality lens ...Great prices up to 50% off Crimson of Christmas Blaze of Christmas colour: The ancient pohutukawa on Onetangi beach provides shade, shelter and a place for children to swing and climb. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES All over Waiheke ancient pohutukawa have been ablaze with crimson flowers this month, heralding the festive season. At Onetangi beach giant specimens cling to the roadside providing shade, shelter and a place for children to climb and swing. At Te Toki reserve some of the island's largest pohutukawa tower over the land- scape, continuing to grow after they have fallen on their sides or been split by lightning. The pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) is known as the New Zea- land Christmas tree. Council arborist Tom Ransom says some of Waiheke's pohutukawa may be thousands of years old. As a species they have a layering habit. Individual trees can be up to 600 years old, how- ever, the new trees regenerate out of the old trees and could be con- sidered to be the same plant,'' Mr Ransom says. This kind of regener- ation is obvious in places like Kennedy Point on the southern side of the island, he says. Trees can also be found to be growing in circles after an old tree has dropped its branches to the ground and new trees have regenerated,'' he says. He likes to call them the walking trees'' as they slowly move over the landscape. As they fall they re- generate and even slip down cliffs to re-grow at the bottom. This can be seen at Whakenewha Regional Park where the large pohutukawa at the end of the first beach is said to have moved from the top of the hill in a land- slide hundreds of years ago, according to former park ranger Andy Spence. Mr Ransom says older trees have the ability to grow new lungs''. They send out air roots that look like beards and when they touch the ground they can re-root and grow another tree, he says. Pohutukawa are also significant for Maori. Legend tells of Tawhaki, a young Maori warrior, who attempted to find heaven to seek help in avenging the death of his father. He fell to earth and the crimson flowers of the pohutukawa are said to represent his blood. A gnarled, twisted pohutukawa on the windswept cliff top at Cape Reinga is known as the place of leaping'' for Maori. It is believed to be the place that the spirits of the dead begin their journey to their tra- ditional homeland of Hawaiiki. Big names for Barn opening Chocolate Fish Pat Urlich The grand opening of The Barn at Stefano's on Sunday saw a Scan- dalicious'' CD launch by a Latin jazz band, statu- esque Roman goddesses, zumba dancing, burlesque, and a guest appearance by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash that had one particu- lar table of women scream- ing in their seats. Pictured here are Chocolate Fish with guest singers Simonne and Deb, and Pat Urlich as Johnny Cash.
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