Waiheke Marketplace : February 9th 2011
2 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 9, 2011 NEWS Editor George Gardner editor @waihekemarketplace.co.nz Reporters Gill Alcock news2@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz Jerome Gavelle firstname.lastname@example.org Lyndall Jefferie s email@example.com Sales Manager Gail Hughes sales@ 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 EASTER WEEKEND 22-24 APRIL EARLYBIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! Resident speaks out over slip Disappointed: Ruth Gracie stands above the damage caused at McKenzie Reserve by the slip from the bottom of her garden and the council road reserve, and the stormwater which rushed over the road on to the replanted forest. By GEORGE GARDNER The cost of roading repairs will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars after cyc- lone Wilma dropped 151mm of rain on the island during a 16-hour period on January 28 and 29. Culverts, road surfaces and some berms have been washed away, and after the initial clean-up of floods and slips, at least two homes are now in danger of the road slipping on to them, according to roading manager Ron Leonard. We have major issues. We haven't collated all the figures yet but it will be running into the hundreds of thousands,'' Mr Leonard says. One islander is calling on the council to act fast over her five-and-a-half-year battle to retain a section of road reserve that collapsed and devastated part of a native forest. Ruth Gracie says she con- tacted the former Auckland City Council in 2005 to fix a slip caused by stormwater run-off on the council berm at the end of her garden on the high side of Great Barrier Rd. She says the council put her on to the Earthquake Com- mission which visited the property promptly but told her there was nothing it could do as it was out of their area''. She planted native trees on her boundary to stabilise the soil but these have now been washed away by the effects of cyclone Wilma. The stormwater took away the bottom of Ms Gracie's gar- den and the council road res- erve. The slip covered halfway across Great Barrier Rd and the water and clay flooded into McKenzie Reserve on the opposite side, uprooting young native trees and collapsing a pathway. The reserve project, for- merly a pine forest, has been planted out in young native trees by members of Friends of McKenzie Reserve and corpor- ate volunteers over the past five years with the intention of making it an educational eco- forest. Ms Gracie says: Not only did I lose about 100 native plantings and the bottom of my garden, but what about those volunteers who spent hours and hours planting out the reserve?'' Ms Gracie says she was told last year that council would build a retaining wall on the council road reserve to stop any further slips but she is still waiting. Roading manager Mr Leon- ard says the process involved waiting for a design for the wall, and had to be postponed due to other major issues. He says the wall will be built, but because of the dev- astation caused by cyclone Wilma, there are higher priorities right now. I have designs for a retain- ing wall and it will happen,'' he says. All slips are taken seriously, but when you have houses in danger of slipping we have to consider these over a slip on the roadside that does not affect a dwelling,'' Mr Leonard says. Len comments on local board powers By JEROME GAVELLE ' Unless the council can prove it's regional, it is local. The boards legally have the power. ' Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye Coming over on the ferry for the official opening of the new track that links Passage Rock to Awaawaroa, Auckland mayor Len Brown had time to read last week's edition of Waiheke Marketplace and was asked to react to Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye's defi- nition of local board powers. In an interview with Prime Minister John Key, Ms Kaye had said: Unless the council can prove it's regional, it is local. The boards legally have the power.'' Mr Brown's response to Ms Kaye's statement is: It is a very vague definition and that's not dissimilar to the legislation. I always say that parliament will do its best and it will come back for we in Auckland to actually finally interpret that legislation. We've had the same type of challenges interpreting the legislation relating to the Maori Statutory Board. I am mindful of some of the views coming, but I am the leader of this city, appropri- ately given over to provide the vision for Auckland and that needs to be born in mind when we are working through the issues of governance with the governing board, governing body and the local boards. My view is we want every- one working as a team towards the delivery of the vision that I am bringing to our city. Within that con- straint I'll be working very closely with the boards, and particularly with the Waiheke board.'' Asked if he had already an idea of the time frame when local boards powers would be clearly defined, Mr Brown said: We will work it out in the next weeks and months in terms of final definitions, but the boards' delegations are already in place. My real focus is not to spend too much time trying to define, and let's just get on with the job.'' We are going through the process of finalising the budgets and the board's plans. I'll try and find the very best clarity I can to ensure that we deliver on the vision of Auck- land being the most liveable, most beautiful city in the world -- and if we can all achieve that by working collec- tively then we will have done a great thing for the inheritors of our place.'' IN BRIEF Police report Police arrested two Waiheke men in separate domestic incidents last week. A 28-year-old from Surfdale was arrested on February 6 for assaulting a woman and breaching bail conditions. A 49-year-old, also from Surfdale, was arrested after a domestic and for failing to comply with a police safety order. A 25-year-old Ostend man was also arrested for wilful damage in Mt Maunganui.
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