Waiheke Marketplace : February 16th 2011
3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 NEWS OPEN DAY MARCH 2 BOARDING AVAILABLE for Boys & Girls BR - j5765/02 Saint Kentigern College SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 APRIL Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com EASTER WEEKEND 22-24 APRIL EARLYBIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! Gas prices hurting families By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Walkers: Debra Wallis and her son Everett, 6, prefer walking to using their gas guzzling car. PETROL prices are forcing some families off the road and on to the footpath as filling up gets more costly. The price of petrol on Wai- heke Island has peaked at an all-time high with one litre of regular 91 costing $2.16 at Shell Onetangi, $2.14 at the service station at Ostend, and $2.15 at the Oneroa BP. Debra Wallis and son Ever- ett prefer walking to using the car these days. My older make car just guzzles gas and I have to carefully think about every trip we make, Ms Wallis says. Pensioner Christine Curtis has been finding the cost of filling her car is getting more and more expensive and she has had to dip into her savings to get by. She used to lived on the island of Sark in the English Channel which has no cars. We used to walk or bicycle, she says. Ms Curtis has considered buying an electric-powered bicycle to get around Wai- heke but feels the roads are too narrow and unsafe. Others are choosing to use scooters and motorbikes, despite the bumpy roads. Art- ist Matthew Muir rides a 1960s Vespa scooter and says $4.33 worth of petrol can last him a week. One Rocky Bay mother says she has started to put her five-year-old on the free school bus. We were going to wait a couple of years until he was a bit older but the cost of petrol to and from school each day is just too much, she says. Shell Onetangi petrol sta- tion owner Steve Appleford says the price rises are not just due to the recent peak in oil prices. Added ACC levies and GST increases have pushed the price beyond pre- vious peak oil prices. It s a case of supply and demand -- we have no control over it as it s a global phenomenon, he says. He suggests having your car tuned regularly, checking tyre pressures to ensure they are not too soft, easing off the accelerator, and coasting to a stop as fuel-saving measures. I hope the price of petrol will not rise again, but there are no guarantees, Mr Appleford says. Transition Towns member James Samuel says: What we are seeing is the result of wildly fluctuating oil prices -- this is just the beginning. Waiheke Local Board mem- ber and Green Party candi- date Denise Roche says the cost of oil will continue to escalate as it gets harder to find and harder to retrieve. Ms Roche encourages using public transport, walking and cycling. She says everything freighted to Waiheke is also affected by fuel costs. We need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and grow as much food as we can. Cruise alert after SuRi spotted off bay By GILL ALCOCK Tomkat alert: The island went Cruise hunting after The SuRi moored off Sandy Bay. With a helicopter regularly mak- ing use of the boat s heli-pad and the immediately recognisable name, speculation was rife a cer- tain Mr and Mrs Cruise were visiting the island in a luxury yacht moored off Sandy Bay. But as islanders went on Tomkat alert, the couple and their daughter Suri who shares her name with the yacht were, according to the Vancouver Sun, visiting a science museum in Canada. The Cruise alert follows the yacht wherever it drops anchor says Mr Antrim, the owner of Yacht Escort Ships that built the luxury vessel. While he will not reveal the real owner s full name, Mr Antrim says he is a wealthy American who works in the financial sector and the yacht is named after the first two letters of his wife s name, Susan, and the first two letters of his own name, Rick. The yacht is actually a support vessel for the family s superyacht, the JeMaSa. Visit www.waiheke marketplace.co.nz to hear the concept of peak oil explained by the Sons of Liberty Academy. Half a dozen arrests Police made six arrests last week. On February 8, a 40-year-old Surfdale man was arrested for threatening another man. On February 9, a 49-year-old Onetangi man was arrested for contravening a protec- tion order. He appeared in court the same day and has strict bail con- ditions until his next court hearing. The following day a 59-year-old man from Wellington was arrested for being unlawfully in a building. On February 11, a 40-year-old Kapiti Coast man was arrested for contravening a protec- tion order, plus two counts of assault with a weapon which all took place off the island. He was arrested after a war- rant had been issued from the court. On the same day an 18-year-old man was arrested for the pos- session of a knife in a public area. On February 12, a 43-year-old Auckland woman was arrested after being found on a property while intoxicated. She was held in the cells to detox then released. On February 12, a 19-year-old man was stopped and breath- alysed on Onetangi Rd. His breath alcohol was 247mcg.
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