Waiheke Marketplace : January 5th 2011
5 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JANUARY 5, 2011 NEWS TRUST EXPERTISE Barry Curle Marketing Consultant -- Real Estate Bus 372 0005 Mob 0274 944 990 A/h 372 8037 firstname.lastname@example.org CURNOW REALTY LIMITED MREINZ, A MEMBER OF THE BAYLEYS REALTY GROUP • 14 years with Bayleys on Waiheke • Sold over 200 properties/over $125m Trust someone with knowledge, experience and a proven track record to market your property. Residential • Waterfront • Lifestyle Absolutely no obligation free appraisal and consultation. All price ranges. 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 email@example.com Politicians tell us their wish lists We asked local board members, our councillor and our MP what their wishes are for Waiheke in 2011. Here's what they said. Faye Storer: Waiheke Local Board chairwoman. Mike Lee: Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf. Nikki Kaye: MP for Auckland Central. Jo Holmes: Waiheke Local Board deputy chairwoman. ' I hope that the huge cost, disruption and sacrifices made by many people to achieve the supercity does pay off and we soon see a large degree of self- government returned to the island, represented by the new Waiheke Local Board. ' Mike Lee Faye Storer, chairwoman, Wai- heke Local Board: I'd like some delegations from council for the local board. When we have these we can start making real decisions. The new structure is complex and proving a challenge to every- one. To date, we've kept busy being briefed on every aspect of council and meeting the myriad of staff. Right now, there's a lot of paper being shuffled about and we're charged with preparing agreements and plans, reviewing policies and bylaws. That's fine. It has to be done. But the real work needs to start soon and the New Year is a good time to do it.'' Jo Holmes, deputy chairwoman, Waiheke Local Board: My wish list is quite long but here are my top three, bearing in mind our budget constraints and lack of delegations as yet by the council. Firstly, I'd like Matiatia con- firmed as the island's transport hub so it can be future-proofed for the benefit of all users -- commuters, locals, visitors, motorists, cyclists and buses. In doing so I want us to bear in mind the mayor's vision of making Auckland not only the world's most liveable city but also its most beau- tiful. I would also like a reduction in our stormwater problems, and a robust civil defence plan understood by all so we can be prepared in any emergency.'' Mike Lee, councillor for Waite- mata and Gulf: First of all I hope that the huge cost, disruption and sacrifices made by many people to achieve the supercity does pay off and we soon see a large degree of self- government returned to the island, represented by the new Waiheke Local Board. That the Waiheke community faces the challenges and opportunities of the future united in solidarity. That we continue to protect and enhance the island, and that the bellbirds released by the ARC here and on neighbouring Motuihe last March, which are now in low numbers (because of dispersal and rat predation), breed successfully this summer. I hope we manage to get kiwi (which can't fly away) released on to the island in February or March next year. I also hope that across the water some time this year we see the gov- ernment announce its support for the CBD rail link, and that I get to take my grandchildren on a restored waterfront heritage tram by August. In the meantime I'm enjoying the holidays in Rocky Bay. This felt like one of the longest years of my life. I wish everyone a happy and very successful 2011.'' Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central: Recently I launched a campaign called Thrash the Trash -- A Smarter Cleaner Auckland. I feel passionately that Auckland can do better in the area of waste and I know that Waiheke can play a big role in getting the Auckland Council to make changes to waste policy. The current situation whereby rubbish flows freely from stormwater drains into the Hauraki Gulf is not acceptable. It's not contributing to a healthy harbour and it has a lasting impact on the environment. The people who call the gulf and its surrounding islands, such as Waiheke, home, deserve better. Those who want to help the cam- paign, please go to Thrash the Trash's community page on www.facebook.com and get involved. Cycling is another issue close to my heart when it comes to Waiheke Island. The island now has over a million visitors every year and a dedicated cycleway on the island is an important step in Waiheke's future development from both a local and tourism perspective. Best wishes for a relaxing hol- iday season and a safe and happy New Year.'' IN BRIEF Boaties rules Seafarers are being asked to stick to the rules this summer as the Auckland Harbour- masters' office warns boaties to think before they act this summer. Bruce Goff of the maritime care division of the office outlines the rules for boating safety this summer. He says boats may only travel at 5 knots within 200 metres of the shoreline or a dive flag, and they must also stick to 5 knots within 50 metres of a person or another boat. ''If you are unsure, get off the gas -- then you have more time to think and act,'' he says. Special rules apply around Matiatia which has a fairway for the safe passage of the ferries marked by yellow buoys. And boats cannot moor within 200 metres of the wharf. Mr Goff warns recreational boaties to tell someone of their passage plan and ''take a handheld VHF radio or cell phone in a watertight bag with them''. He also warns people to be sensible around the use of jet skis, sea-biscuits and waterskis, asking everyone to ''always wear a lifejacket and be careful of swimmers, giving them a 50-metre berth''.
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