Waiheke Marketplace : January 12th 2011
3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JANUARY 12, 2011 NEWS $10 Mention this ad to save $2 mob: 021 2657587 Meditation Music Vegetarian Feast Hardest-hit Cantabrians have weekend in the gulf Holiday respite: Canterbury earthquake victims the Keenan family enjoyed a visit to Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf as part of their trip. From left: James Keenan, Emily, 11, Jesse, 10, Rachel, Jane, 14, and in front with the dog, Mary, 9. Photo: BRUCE JARVIS A group of residents hardest-hit by September's earthquake in Christ- church were given a holiday in Auckland late last month. The 29 Cantabrians were the recipients of Westpac's Canterbury Care Fund which offered them some respite after months of stress and hardship. For nine-year-old Mary Keenan, the trip to Auckland was her first time on a plane. Activities included a boat trip across to Motuihe Island in the Hau- raki Gulf. They were also given gifts by a Santa suit-clad Sir Peter Leitch, and enjoyed a morning at Kelly Tarl- ton's. Westpac's South Island regional manager Gina Dellabarca says the bankwasproudtobeapartofa weekend giving some of those people worst affected by the quake some- thing to smile about just before Christmas. Village busy but not booming Holiday trade: Businesses in Oneroa are making the most of the summer season. By GILL ALCOCK TRAFFIC jams and empty cash machines would suggest Oneroa is enjoying a bumper summer season but most business owners say the vil- lage is busy but not booming. Proof that a lot of money has been changing hands over the Christmas and New Year break came from reports by members of the public that all the banks' cash machines in Oneroa had run dry on December 30. Megan McCullum of BNZ confirmed this was the case at her bank but she says that was quickly rectified. We weren't out of money for long but the fact that it happened meant an incred- ible amount of cash had been withdrawn.'' She says it was the first time she could remember the machine ever running out of money but she felt it might have been something to do with where Christmas had fallen in the week. Many Oneroa businesses have reported an increase in the number of visitors but not a huge jump in the level of spending. Eve Richardson at Wai- heke Unichem says the shop has been pretty busy -- defi- nitely busier than last year''. This is echoed by Sharon Clarke from the clothing store Chances. We've been really busy all over Christmas and New Year.'' The store was still proving popular on Monday, defying reports that many holiday- makers had returned home. Up the road at Take Note, Koos Schipper says business has been a little up on last year with the shop getting extremely busy after Christmas. Before Christmas it was all locals and now it's all Aucklanders.'' Next door at Studio Con- nections, artist Gabriella Lewenz says the gallery has seen several pieces sold, mainly to customers from overseas, with last weekend the busiest yet. Visitors to the art space have also taken the trouble to visit the contributing artists' personal studios which has resulted in sales. I've sold work to visitors from as far away as Sweden and India.'' Sue McCann from Shop the Rock feels business has been much the same as last year although she has observed the numbers of people through the village as defi- nitely higher. I don't think we are seeing so many international tourists yet. I think they're waiting till the Rugby World Cup. These are mainly Auck- landers at the moment,'' she says. Lazy Lounge co-owner Nick Saunders agrees, saying his cafe has been pretty busy but business has been the same as every other year''. Dino and Andrea Taylor, owners of clothing shop Salt, say they are seeing really good trading this season. It is absolutely better than last year,'' Mr Taylor says. So much so his wife is having to go on an overseas buying trip this week to restock the shop. We are hearing lots of accents, lots of Americans and day trippers,'' Mrs Taylor says.
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