Waiheke Marketplace : January 19th 2011
3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JANUARY 19, 2011 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 Check batteries and fuel, boaties told Boaties are being reminded to check their batteries and fuel before heading out on the water following an influx of calls for assistance. Coastguard president Colin Small says there has been a sharp rise in the number of callouts related to battery and fuel related issues since Christmas, accounting for about 70 percent of all calls. It's great to see Kiwis spending their summer days out on the water however we want to ensure that everyone stays as safe as possible. Many of the problems we are seeing are prevent- able and a bit of pre- planning could ultimately save your life,'' he says. Mr Small advises that before going out on the water boaties should check their batteries or get them tested if there is any doubt. An engine that won't start when the weather changes for the worst can put everyone at risk.'' He also advises to make sure there is enough fuel for any planned trip, as well as extra for contingencies. On the water, always expect the unexpected and plan for it.'' Go to www.coast guard.co.nz to download the free Boating Safety Guide which features a simple check list to run through before you head out on the water for this summer. New look: How a marina at Matiatia Bay would look if a resource consent application is approved. Planning under way for Matiatia marina By GILL ALCOCK ' I've had a lot of goodwill and heard a lot of positives. It is being built for the use of Waiheke people. Already I have received interest from 210 people for the 160 berths -- all of them with property on Waiheke. ' Graham Guthrie of Waiheke Marinas THE VIEW at Matiatia Bay could soon include a marina if a resource con- sent application is approved by the Auck- land Council. Graham Guthrie of Waiheke Marinas says he will be putting in final plans for resource con- sent at the end of this month. The idea of a marina was first mooted several years ago with Mr Guth- rie appearing before the then Waiheke Com- munity Board in July 2009 to discuss the proposed facility. Board members heard that the 460 approved mooring sites around Waiheke were all full and anyone buying a new boat would have nowhere to moor it and would have to join the waiting list. To rectify this situ- ation Mr Guthrie put for- ward the concept of a marina in Matiatia Bay that would allow 160 boats to use the space currently occupied by 50. The plans, drawn up by Axis Consultants, show the development to the right of the old wharf with vehicle access from the turnaround outside the ferry office. Four pontoons protected by a 4-metre floating attenuator act- ing as a breakwater will provide 160 berths from 8 metres to 20 metres in length. The pontoons will be connected by a 3-metre walkway attenu- ator which will offer cas- ual berthage and a dinghy rack. Plans include a marina office and security gates to all four pontoons. The proposed develop- ment includes a landscaped carpark for boaties with spaces for 56 cars, a public viewing platform with tables and seating, and a walkway around the two beachfront pohutukawa that will give easier access to the track that leads to Owhanake Bay, Mr Guthrie says. The development will also provide a new berth for the Coastguard vessel with volunteers able to make use of a meeting room and storage space inside the marina office. Since his community board appearance Mr Guthrie has been busy finalising the plans and producing photographs of how the proposed marina will look. He has sent copies to all the immediate neighbours around Matiatia Bay, and met representatives from the Conservation Depart- ment, Auckland Council, Historic Places Trust, local iwi and members of the local board. I've had a lot of good- will and heard a lot of positives,'' Mr Guthrie says. It is being built for the use of Waiheke people. Already I have re- ceived interest from 210 people for the 160 berths -- all of them with prop- erty on Waiheke. The 20 people who are seed funders will get first dibs on the berths with the exisiting moor- ing owners next. There- after it will be in order of money received,'' he says. Berth costs are expected to be in line with other marinas in the Auckland area and are intended to cover the costs of the development. Once built the marina will be run by a trust and a manager employed to look after the marina. Mr Guthrie says it's taken two and a half years to get to the point of putting the plans in for resource consent. He expects that the council will recommend a notified hearing. Sheltering from the sun: Camille Rope and daughter Tabitha, 15 months, get some reprieve from the heat of the day under their beach canopy. Hot, humid and at times wet By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Temperatures soared into the early 30s on Waiheke in the first two weeks of the year, according to a private local weather station. Reports of children with heat stroke at the Whakenewha camping ground led rangers to recommend campers stay out of the midday sun, stay hydrated and get wet under the sprinklers. However, the La Nina weather pattern has brought a wetter summer than last year, according to NIWA's annual cli- mate report, with 150 percent more rain than average in the Auckland to Coroman- del area in December. Several days of rain helped top up water tanks over the holi- days, meaning fewer people had to buy in water on the island. But Anne Stanimir- off from Waiheke Aqua says despite this week's rain, they expect another surge of water orders if we don't get substantial rain in the next week or two''. Auckland Council arborist Tom Ransom says this summer's weather is somewhat of a relief after last year's five-month drought''. Last year several groups of well- established shallow rooting taraire trees suffered badly, with extensive dieback and some losses'', he says. But they're starting to recover. Hauraki Gulf Con- servation Trust mem- ber Tony King-Turner says: The taraire are the most susceptible species to drought.'' The La Nina wea- ther cycle is expected to last until autumn so we can expect more hot, humid days with occasional rain.
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