Waiheke Marketplace : February 16th 2011
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' Tony Fraser Tony Fraser has spent more than 15 years mowing the council reserve in front of his property. Now he is facing the pros- pect of a telecoms cabinet --- as long as he is tall --- being plonked'' in front of his house. The Oneroa lawyer took his troubles to the Waiheke Local Board and asked for help at its monthly meeting last week. Mr Fraser said a letter he received in August from tele- communications company Chorus informed him an antenna would be built on top of the street lamp next to the Red Cross opposite his prop- erty in Ocean View Rd. He said once it was installed, the antenna would be three metres higher than the street light and six metres higher than the Red Cross building. Council planners later visi- ted and decided to put a 1.8 metre-wide telecoms cabinet --- associated with the antenna --- on the council road reserve outside his house without even knocking on the door''. They are just going to bung it there. Their idea of consultation doesn't even involve knocking on your door and asking you if you want one of these dinosaurs on your road frontage. You can bet John Key wouldn't want one outside his house. There will be more and more of these being installed around the place,'' Mr Fraser says. He asked the board if there was anything it could do to get the proposed cabinet moved to the neighbouring council reserve which would still be within 20 metres of the aerial it had to talk to'' over the road at the Red Cross. A number of other cabinets are installed at the reserve, behind the bus stop. The board agreed to look into it. Chairwoman Faye Storer said: My question would be why that (reserve) location was not acceptable in terms of public street scapes. It's not just affecting Tony --- it's affecting everybody, being in Oneroa.'' Two-year air quality study shows good results By GILL ALCOCK Getting located: The air quality monitoring unit was moved into position in 2009. A two-year project to moni- tor the quality of air on Wai- heke has come to an end with results showing the island suffered a spike in pollution levels as a result of the Australian dust storms in September 2009, but gen- erally enjoys lower levels than most urban areas of Auckland. The air quality monitoring unit was located within the council reserve at the corner of Beatty Pde and Hamilton Rd in Surfdale. The council is required to monitor air quality under the Resource Management Act and the National Environmental Standards to see if air pollution levels exceed guidelines and standards. Results also show whether air pollution is improving or getting worse. The council uses the results to guide policies on pollution control. The project involved moni- toring air pollutants includ- ing PM10 and PM2.5 (fine particles less than 10 microns and 2.5 microns in diameter), nitrogen dioxide and ozone. Various meteorological parameters, such as wind speed and wind direction, were also measured to pro- vide data for investigating the effect of weather con- ditions on air quality. According to researchers, fine particulates can be inhaled easily and lodge deep in the lungs where they can adversely affect human health. Nitrogen dioxide can irri- tate the lungs and increase susceptibility to, and severity of asthma, and can lower resistance to infections such as influenza. The high ozone layer protects the earth from ultraviolet radiation from the sun, but ozone is not so helpful lower down. Ozone monitoring data can also be used to under- stand the processes of pro- duction and depletion of nitrogen dioxide. The monitoring results for the past two years show the pollution concentrations on Waiheke are lower than most of the other urban air quality monitoring sites in Auckland, although the island suffered a spike in pollution levels because of the Australian dust storms on September 25, 2009. In general, the data shows a similar pattern throughout the year whereas other monitoring sites in the Auck- land region have higher par- ticle concentrations during winter. Waiheke has similar pol- lution sources, such as vehicles and home heating, but has fewer of them. The report concludes that the pollutant concentrations meet both the national standards for air quality and the air quality targets set by the former Auckland Regional Council. School to close early Waiheke High School will be closed from 11.40am on February 22, as a result of a union meeting of the PPTA. High school principal Neil Watson says: Due to the unavailability of staff, the school will operate normal classes until 11.40am after which students will be allowed to leave.'' School buses will be leaving at 11.40am. Parents are asked to assist the school by ensuring their child or children can get home, or to make alternative arrangements for their care. The tuck shop will also be closed.
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