Waiheke Marketplace : February 9th 2011
8 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 9, 2011 NEWS ... try some local flavour ... Available at your nearest liquor store Alby Mitchell 027 4384687 MITCHELL EARTHMOVING LTD PO Box 662, Oneroa, Waiheke Island Tel. 09 372 9808 email@example.com ww w.mitchellearthmoving.co.nz 3 REASONS WHY: 1. We maintain the quoted price (quotes free) 2. You'll get a detailed plan of action 3. All jobs are super vised start to finish CALL US FIRST FOR ALL YOUR EARTHMOVING NEEDS... HOUSESITES DRIVEWAYS FOOTINGS DRILLING RETAINING WALLS SUB-DIVISIONS SECTION CLEARING LANDSCAPING TRUCK HIRE Mitchell EARTHMOVING LTD WE ARE YOUR LOCAL ...So call us NOW for your free quote from 372 3080 Filtered bulk water deliveries 7 days BOARD TALK WITH LOCAL BOARD CHAIR FAYE STORER It's good to hear Prime Minister John Key say: It's clear in the legis- lation that Auckland is responsible for macro issues in Auckland and the community issues are run by the local boards (Waiheke Mar- ketplace, February 2).'' It's good because the detail surrounding the new co-governance model of local boards being equal (rather than subservient) to council isn't quite so definitive. Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye is quoted as saying: Unless the coun- cil can prove it's regional, it's local. The boards legally have the power'' -- and she should know because she sat on the supercity select com- mittee. If the local board's new powers are that simple and clear-cut, then there should be no question as to who is responsible for the new library project in Oneroa -- the Waiheke Local Board. There should be no need for legal opinions and there should be no holding the plans close to the council's chest. The need for the board to take a back seat to the council, council commit- tees and management should have been swept away with the old local authorities and the old hierarchical structure. We all appreciate the scale of the supercity changes, the shift in mindset that is required, especially by manage- ment, and the associated difficulties of restruc- turing a large organis- ation. But three months has now passed and the co- governance model needs to start proving itself. Boards across the region can act as though they have the authority to govern but the reality is that unless the legis- lation says so, and unless the necessary powers have either been allocated' to them by the Auckland Transition Authority, or are delegated' from council level, then their powers are limited. What they decide to do won't necessarily be done. If a vacuum is created the bureaucracy will always -- of necessity -- step in. It appears that the CCOs (council controlled organisations) are the only sectors of the new Auckland Council that have clearcut areas of control. To date all boards have acted with goodwill and members are com- mitted to making the new structure work but the promises and the generalisations about how much power the new boards and their com- munities will have needs to be quickly turned into clear, legally sound instructions, otherwise known as delegations', so that the other major players -- the boards, council and bureaucracy -- all know where they stand. There should be no question as to who has jurisdiction over the local community library -- the community. Round the Bays the way to go By JUSTIN LATIF Champion effort: Nick Willis celebrates Olympic success in Beijing. Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis is urging people to sign up for the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run on March 13. The 1500 metre run- ner will be racing in Christchurch on Febru- ary 26 and says register- ing for the event could be the first step towards a fitter lifestyle for many people. Having a race as a goal -- where you line up with thousands of others -- provides the daily motivation to get out there and put in the work on the roads, trails, or treadmill,'' he says. Willis, who grew up training around the hills of Lower Hutt, says run- ning is an easy sport to get into to. It is the most simple form of exercise as it requires the least time, equipment, and you can run virtually anywhere I love the experience of exploring new trails and bush tracks when I'm training.'' And you don't have to be born with a particular body type to be good at running. t's not solely genetics that decide who's the best - it's who trains the smartest and hardest.'' Willis will also be pres- ented his silver Olympic medal at the Christ- church athletics event. He originally finished third in the 1500m at the 2008 Beijing Games but was awarded the silver after gold medallist Rashid Ramzi was dis- qualified for testing posi- tive to drugs. The Ports of Auckland Round the Bays has been an annual event in Auck- land since it was started by the Auckland Joggers Club in 1972. The first run attracted 1200 participants. It has now grown to nearly 40,000 registered participants. The run is 8.4km, stretching from Quay St to the waterfront at St Heliers Bay. This year's event starts at 9.30am. Go online to www.round thebays.co.nz for details. Go to www. waihekemarket place.co.nz to see a video of Nick Willis claiming a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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