Waiheke Marketplace : February 2nd 2011
5 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 2, 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. EARTHWORKS • House Sites • Driveways • Section Clearing • Demolition • Underhouse Excavation • Excavators • 1½ ton - 20 ton • Bulldozers • Trucks • Graders • Rollers We guarantee our work! No mess - less stress. Land deveLopers Ltd 372 1115 Mob 027 499 4477 Email email@example.com 372 3080 Filtered bulk water deliveries 7 days Cycleway money still on the cards Prime Minister John Key visited Waiheke last Thursday to have tea with National Party members before the official opening of headland -- Sculpture on the Gulf. He gave some time to Waiheke Marketplace editor George Gardner and reporter Gill Alcock who quizzed him and MP for Auckland Central Nikki Kaye on a number of issues. Question time: MP for Auckland Central Nikki Kaye accompanied Prime Minister John Key on his visit to Waiheke. ' We can't guarantee it will happen but Waiheke is a long way up the list. ' John Key The island s bid to become part of a national cycleway network could still come to fruition despite initial rejection. In an exclusive inter- view with Prime Minis- ter John Key, Waiheke Marketplace discussed the cycleway scheme -- having raised it with the prime minister initially in 2009, before bids went in from around the country to be part of the National government- funded cycleway initiat- ive. Backed by Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye, Waiheke went through the application process for government funding, but was rejected. Mr Key says despite 18 cycleways being funded in the first $50 million round, there are some isolated cases that would still fit into the overall picture . Waiheke would be part of making that com- plete, he says. We can t guarantee it will happen but Waiheke is a long way up the list, he says. Mr Key says there is a strong disposition towards Waiheke s inclusion in the network due to its tourism indus- try and the fact that the island is eco-friendly. It would still be part of the first round of funding -- it would come out of what s left. Ms Kaye says she is waiting on an answer and expects to hear in the next couple of months . Discussing the island s desire for an indoor swimming pool, Waiheke Marketplace highlighted the need for a purpose- built all-weather pool for health, safety and rec- reational reasons. Mr Key says he has every confidence in Ms Kaye s ability to make progress with the 10-year effort to secure funds to build an indoor pool. This follows mammoth community fundraising efforts of around $100,000. Ms Kaye says she has spoken to mayor Len Brown about it and is happy to advise the local board on the mix of funding that could be applied for, and the dif- ferent funding processes involved. The local board needs to lead on it, Ms Kaye says. Regarding asset sales, Mr Key is standing by his state of the nation speech which introduced the idea of a mixed- ownership model for power companies and some Air New Zealand shares to reduce debt, with the government retaining the major shareholding in all com- panies. We can t continue to borrow $300m a week. Interest rates will go up. We need to reduce the amount of debt we carry, he says. Mr Key says Labour leader Phil Goff s plan for a $10 tax rebate per person is a disaster . He s writing cheques he can t afford to cash. If he borrows that money, interest rates will go up. Getting to grips with co-governance Waiheke Marketplace asked Prime Minister John Key to explain the government's intention around the co-gover- nance model set out for the Auckland supercity and its local boards. If co-governance means local boards working alongside, rather than under the mayor, that has not been the case in the first three months of the new Auckland Council, leading to some frustration at the level of local boards -- including Waiheke's. Mr Key says the council has had a degree of finding its feet and a Christmas break and ''it's now getting back to work seriously''. ''These concerns have been voiced by others. Len [Brown] is conscious of that. It's clear in the legislation that Auckland is res- ponsible for macro issues in Auckland and the community [issues] are run by the local boards,'' Mr Key says. Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye, who sat on the supercity select committee, says: ''Unless the council can prove it's regional, it's local. The boards legally have the power.''
January 26th 2010
February 9th 2011