Waiheke Marketplace : February 2nd 2011
4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 2, 2011 NEWS AVAILABLE 31 JAN 2011 - 13 FEB 2011. TRADE NOT SUPPLIED. WHILE STOCKS LAST. PHONE 372 5555 scoot into 'The Barn' IN OSTEND Jacinda Ardern Labour List MP based in Auckland Central Jacinda.co.nz Labour NEW ZEALAND Jacinda is holding a Waiheke Clinic Monday 7th February 2011 11am - 1pm Citizens Advice Bureau 141 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa For more information phone 09 360 1641 Any issues you would like to talk to Labour MP Jacinda Ardern about? Phones work again By JEROME GAVELLE Phone lines and internet services are back in working order after 13 long days without them for 35 residents of Awa- awaroa Valley. On January 12 the local telecommunications cable which provides fixed-line phone and internet services to the area was damaged by severe weather, and the affected residents couldn t use their fixed- line telephones while repairs were under way. Resident Sue Philcox says the valley often has telephone faults and she suspects the cables and posts are getting old and are worn out. Spokesman for tele- communications network operator Chorus Robin Kelly says the repairs were completed by Janu- ary 25. Chorus apolog- ises to those customers who were affected over the two weeks. If customers are still experiencing disruptions to their service, they should contact their ser- vice provider to report a fault, Mr Kelly says. Mrs Philcox received compensation from Tele- comintheformofa month s free line rental and a $50 top-up on her prepaid phone. 'Millions' of mussels pose problem HORSE MUSSEL FACTS According to New Zealand Fisheries, horse mussels can grow to a maximum length of 400mm, but on average only reach lengths of 260-300mm. They live in groups of up to 10 metres square and can live for up to 15 years. Horse mussels inhabit muddy-sand substrates in shallow intertidal and sub-tidal waters to depths of 50m. The horse mussel is a filter feeder and usually lies buried vertically in mud or sand. Hold your noses: Tai Spencer, 6, and Jona Hartmann, 11, knee deep in horse mussels washed up on Onetangi beach during last week's storm. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES AND GILL ALCOCK Parks officers are investigating ways to get rid of an unprecedented stinky phenomenon that has washed up at Onetangi beach. Beach-goers were agog at the knee-deep piles of horse mussels that washed ashore early last week following the king tide and low pressure storm. Onetangi resident Mike Shaw estimated upwards of two million of the mussels came to land as the stormy seas with three-metre swells and winds up to 120km hammered the beach. The mussels provided a feast for gulls with many left empty after the initial drop. But by Thursday the stench was palpable, causing onlookers to block their noses as they looked on in amaze- ment. Long-term resident Sheryl Butler says she had never seen anything like it. But the sea was churning like a washing machine for days, she says. The beach was still litter ed with the mussels at the king tide mark after Friday night s deluge that saw 150mm of rain drop on Wai- heke. Members of the public and media had to navigate them on their way to view the old iconic bach that had crashed down the cliff. Auckland Council manager of local and sports parks Mark Bowater says officers have consulted marine experts who believe the occurrence of the mussels is unprecedented on this scale. He says park officers are investigating ways of dealing with the shells. Some have washed away with subsequent tides but council s marine biologists have told us that the shells could take several months to break down naturally. There is no best practice or case study available for the removal of shells on this scale so we re putting our heads together to find a solution. Mr Bowater says clearing beach debris requires costly specialised equipment. The most troublesome shells are the small sharp pieces which mix with sand and cannot easily be col- lected." Island parks officer Gary Wilton met with the Waiheke Local Board parks spokes- people Faye Storer and Jim Hannan last week to pass on the information he had gath- ered and to discuss the prob- lem. He says one solution could be to bring over from Auck- land a beach grooming machine which sieves the sand, collecting anything larger than a grain of sand. However, with the enor- mous number of shells, the machine would be full every hundred metres, he says. Another problem would be the cost which could be as much as $15,000 to remove all the shells and transport them to a landfill site in the Waikato. The whole problem could take two to six months to be resolved, he says.
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