Waiheke Marketplace : February 2nd 2011
2 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 2, 2011 NEWS Editor George Gardner editor @waihekemarketplace co nz Reporters Gill Alcock news2@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz Jerome Gavelle firstname.lastname@example.org Lyndal Jefferies lyndaljefferies@gmail com Sales Managers Gail Hughes sales@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz Vivienne Picard info@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz Graphics Megan Clark graphics@ waihekemarketplace co nz Administration, Classifieds, Accounts Maeve Fay O'Grady classifieds@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz accounts@ waihekemarketplace co nz 5,921 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Wednesday) to Waiheke homes, businesses, the ferries & central Auckland (Foodtown in Quay St, New World in College Hill & Devonport Library. Ph 09 372 9231 After Hours News Hotline: Ph 027 230 3103 1 Tahi Road, Ostend. P.O. Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke 1840. www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz www.waihekeproperty.co.nz Topps pay tribute to fallen bach Topp entertainers: Camp Mother and Camp Leader Linda and Jules Topp. Bach farewell: At 11am on Wednesday. By GEORGE GARDNER The Topp Twins paid tribute to the iconic bach that col- lapsed down the cliff below Garrett Rd in Onetangi and are urging well-wishers to attend a farewell to it. The pair dedicated the song New Zealand Icon to the for- mer owner of the old house with the red roof, the late Sha- ron Oulston, at their Cable Bay Vineyards concert on Sunday and told the audience there would be a final farewell to it at 11am this morning at the beach. Go and say goodbye to Sha- ron Oulston's house. It's been there for a long time. It's the history of Waiheke, so go and say goodbye.'' The 1000-strong audience howled with laughter as soon as the sisters hit the stage at 6pm as Camp Mother and Camp Leader, picking on audi- ence member Owen from Telecom'' as their sidekick. Later, as characters Ken and Ken, they had him -- and the entire audience -- making waves with their arms along to a rendition of Da Doo Ron Ron. The Hoe Down performance featured a number of memor- able moments including some outstanding yodelling by Linda Topp. The twins were joined on stage in the second half by Canadian country star Tammy Nielson, award-winning fidd- ler Marian Burns, the Hamil- ton County Bluegrass Band and 15-year-old performer Cameron Luxton. And in true Topp Twins style the concert was not with- out political overtones, with the song Holy Cow bringing home the message the MacKenzie County must not be made into dairy country''. A serious message was also offered by cancer survivor Jules Topp before a rendition of their hit Honky Tonk Angel. I'm glad I'm still here -- that's worth having a hoe- down for. If you have someone in your family or a friend who has cancer, don't let them give up. Because we don't know what cures cancer -- and it might be love.'' Two flee collapsing house By GEORGE GARDNER Two Auckland women are counting themselves lucky to be alive after escaping from a house just minutes before it disinteg- rated down a cliff face. Shirley Harris and her friend, who does not wish to be named, were staying overnight in the iconic 1920s bach at the eastern end of Onetangi Beach. Their friend, Rocky Bay resi- dent Coralie Edwards, says she got an emergency call at 2.30am from the women asking her to pick them up. She says one of the women's dogs had woken them and they had thought it wanted to go to the toilet. Then they heard a noise, and a crunching as one of the cottage walls was giving way,'' Ms Edwards says. They told us water had been pouring into the bottom part of the cottage and a retaining wall was cracking open. They ran up the path to escape. They only had one carrier bag with them which got abandoned because the track up to Garret Rd was like a river.'' Ms Edwards says she and her partner Liz Sadler went to pick up their friends, who had managed to make the emerg- ency call as they had found someone checking houses on the road and asked to use their cellphone. They were absolutely drenched and frozen and quite shaken. But they got out safely with their two dogs,'' Ms Edwards says. Fire chief Ron Leonard says he received an emergency callout to the collapsed house at 4.40am. It was dark and we didn't know the occupants had got out. Police, Westpac and the ambu- lance came out and special equipment was going to be sent from the mainland to search for anyone missing. We found out the women had escaped at about 7.30am. Then we were able to cancel the back- up and any more helicopters from the mainland.'' Architectural designer Greg Dean says he was not surprised to see the disaster as historically the cliffs around Onetangi Beach have proven to be unstable. That bach has been on that cliff for 70 years or more. The only difference in the last couple of years is that a house has been built above it and all the trees have been taken away. Where is stormwater going to run? Down the hill.'' Flooded: stormwater collected in the lower half of Tahi Rd. Huge clean-up job ahead FROM Page 1 Muddy job: Contractors clear a slip on Ocean View Rd Cut off: This major slip rolled across Palm Rd. on Friday night, working right through Anniver- sary weekend. Waiheke Local Board deputy chairwoman Jo Holmes says the response of emergency services, council staff and contractors was swift and efficient''. They are to be commended for their magnificent efforts in this crisis.'' Mr Leonard says: I'm proud of the work the brigade members were doing and Downer was extremely helpful.''
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