Waiheke Marketplace : February 16th 2011
10 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 LETTERS WAIHEKE COMMUNITY EDUCATION SUMMER-AUTUMN COURSES Public Speaking with Waiheke Toastmasters - Tue 7pm to 8.30pm. 8 weeks from 22 Feb. $130. Write A Business Plan with Helen Oakes - Thu 7pm to 9pm. 4 weeks from 3 Mar. $80 Website Design with Wordpress with Brent Simpson - Thu 7pm to 9pm. 5 weeks from 3 Mar. $110. Digital Photography with Bob Scott - Wed 6.30pm to 8.30pm. 6 weeks from 2 Mar. $120 Travelling Sketchbook with Lubica Lucina - Tue 6.30pm to 8.30pm. 6 weeks from 22 Feb. $120. Experimentations in Paint with Alison Blanchard - Thu 7pm to 9pm. 6 weeks from 24 Feb.$120. Woodwork Skills with Paul Rhind - Tue 7 to 9pm. 8 weeks from 22 Feb. $140. So You Want To Be A Film Maker? with Bridget Quick and Scott Ewing - Sat 21 May & Sun 22 May 10am to 4pm plus editing sessions. $175. Making Comics : A Course for Women with Josephine Tetley- Jones - Wed 10am to 12pm. 8 weeks from 23 Feb. $40. Simply Delicious Everyday Food with Heidi Link - Thu 6.30pm to 8.30pm. 4 weeks from 24 Feb. $120. Italian for Travellers with Michelle Chote - Mon 7pm to 9pm. 8 weeks from 21 Feb. $140. French for Travellers with Brigitte Houvenagel - Thu 6.30pm to 8.30 pm. 8 weeks from 24 Feb. $140. Te Reo Maori with Cheryl Rahui and Alix Paterson - Wed 10am to 12noon OR 6.30pm to 8.30pm. 8 weeks from 23 Feb. $50. English for Communication (ESOL) with Marilyn Todd - Tue 6.30pm to 8.30pm from 22 Feb. OR Fri 10am to 12pm from 25 Feb. $70. Computing Skills with Richard Jude - Mon 6.30pm to 8.30pm. 6 weeks from 28 Feb. $50. First Aid Certificate with 1st Response - 3 Mar to 5 Mar. 2 Day Certificate or 1 Day Refresher available. $220 or $120. Community Education phone 372-6417 or visit www. waihekecommed.co.nz. Brochures available from Library, CAB and High School. Pre-enrolment essential. 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! THE RULES Letters of 150 words or less can be sent to Editor, Waiheke Marketplace, PO Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1840, or be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday morning, 9am. Full name, address and phone number should be given. Only the name and suburb will be published. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Headland Once again we have a wonderful exhibition in what must be one of the most unique and beautiful locations in the world. Headland -- Sculpture on the Gulf has a very diverse range of artworks -- some easily understood, some that make you think, some that make you wonder and some that will never be understood. I ask, through your paper, the selectors to explain to the world why they select artists again whose work from previous exhibitions has not been understood and please explain why The Tangler's Cave has been given the supreme award this year? There has been a lot of comment on the track and around the island as to how a second-hand horse float should have received this award when, from the general public's point of view, there are many others scattered along the headland that are far more deserving. Charlie Deam Palm Beach Editor: We asked the Headland selectors to comment on the above letter. They responded through Headland event director Juliet Mon- aghan: Your correspondent rightly notes Headland is a wonderful exhibition in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. It draws a large audience from residents and outside of the island, many of whom are familiar with and excited by contemporary art here and internationally. Accordingly, the selectors chose a full range of artworks, including very fine submissions we were aware might be challenging. The role of art in the world is not just to decorate, but to also stimulate, challenge, provoke and even confound. The calibre of artworks was such that choices for the awards were extraordinarily difficult. While many artists produced excellence, finally we rewarded Denis O'Connor for the absolutely masterful extension of his existing art practice achieved with The Tangler's Cave. The second-hand horse float, through clever, judicious customisation of the exterior and a magical populating of the interior with paintings on slate, becomes a resonant, poetic environment. The Tangler figure, a go- between at sensitive moments in horse sales, becomes a metaphor for the artist as intermediary/translator. All aspects of the work have been deeply considered by O'Connor. It is a thoroughly satisfying artwork that impressed each of us, and we were unanimous in granting the award. Onetangi bach I am the great- granddaughter of Ruby Criket, who with her husband built the iconic bach at Onetangi that collapsed down the cliff. My family always named it the Honeymoon Cottage, and it has been in my family for five generations. As we are a large extended family, I can say that we are totally in shock over this tragedy. This small home protected and nurtured many, young and old. It gave us memories, laughter, and it brought us together. It watched over my family in good times and in bad. It will be sorely missed by many. Ruby, my great-grandmother, was a suffragette. A strong determined woman, just like her continuing generations. No longer are we able to teach our future generations with the presence of our Honeymoon Cottage. Cynthia P Watson Melbourne Chorizo truck I was sad to hear that the El Sizzling Chorizo truck in Oneroa at the Presbyterian Church was forced to shut shop, apparently because of one person complaining, reason unknown. This was not just a barbecue outlet -- it was the work of an artisan foodmaker and wonderful chef who brought something new and affordable to the community. Even if you are not a meat eater, you'd have to agree that at least it's not deep-fried processed rubbish and something that added to the food scene on the island. In Argentina, asado can often be bought at roadside outlets so I thought this was super- authentic and cool. The Presbyterian Church venue worked for both the church and the vendor. Instead of more dead suburban space, life was added that is sometimes sorely missing from our public spaces. I understand someone was against the Chorizo truck moving to Oneroa Beach, but as a mother I'm delighted to have a few choice food outlets on our beaches, each and every one of them small- scale, artisan, handmade good quality foods. These small entrepreneurs have high standards, good looking stalls and offer a wonderful variety. It means I don't always have to drag my sandy tired children off the beach after a swim for some sustenance. Sure Kiwi beaches are beautiful and wild, but just one little food or drink outlet can make the place, if it's done with care and con- sideration. I hope people agree that well thought-out initiatives like El Sizzling Chorizo should be supported and fit beautifully with the good-life, foody, artsy, quirky, international atmosphere of Waiheke Island. Vibeke Brethouwer Palm Beach Nice changes Having recently moved away after 10 years living on the island, it was with great delight we saw changes to the Oneroa village area. We were truly pleased with the amazing new complex on Ocean View Rd, the view still being there for all to see and enjoy. There have been some big ownership changes in many of the cafes, and all appeared fresh, clean and busy. My only negative comment would be where to get a sausage roll, bread rolls, sandwiches, donuts, pies and so on. For families with children this is the food they look for -- Oneroa Fish and Chips I guess reaped that benefit. An Oneroa bakery, anyone? My biggest delight was seeing the visitor information (I-site) office located right in the heart of the action in Oneroa. I worked in the office at Artworks for over three years, and knew then it was located in the wrong place for visitors -- particularly those who come by vehicle. It was not an easy location for many folk. The next thing would be to have toilets alongside the information office as they find this is one of most asked questions for direction. We noticed the Island Hopper buses, we did the Ostend market, and walked the Headland -- Sculpture on the Gulf walk -- always excellent. We also drove out to Orapiu and caught up with many friends and generally enjoyed the wonderful beaches. We wanted to share our impressions after our departure eight months ago. Kindest regards to all. Berris and Ian Anderson Pukekohe Light pollution As I walked past the new improved footpath works at Matiatia today my heart sank as I noticed what look like more upward-facing lights laid outtobeputinthenew footpath. I thought Waiheke was supposed to be an environmentally aware island but our council seems hell bent on doing the wrong thing as much as possible. Light pollution is increased greatly by upward facing lights. To quote Wikipedia: Light pollution poses a serious threat to wildlife, having negative impacts on plant and animal physiology. Light pollution can confuse animal navigation, alter competitive interactions, change predator-prey relations, and cause physiological harm. The rhythm of life is orchestrated by the natural diurnal patterns of light and dark, so disruption to these patterns impacts the ecological dynamics.'' It is bad enough stepping off a darkened bus to be hit in the face by an upward aimed light outside the ferry terminal -- at least I can claim from ACC, the wildlife can't -- without adding more non user- friendly and environ- mentally damaging in- ground lights to green Waiheke. John Sweet Ostend Mayor Len Brown comments In our cover story last week about the open- ing of the new Awaawaroa track we quoted Te Matuku land owner Rob Fen- wick as saying he wants people to come into Auckland rather than bypassing the city. It was in fact mayor Len Brown who said this, as well as the fol- lowing paragraph about people staying on the island and ex- periencing its extra- ordinary beauty''. We apologise for the error. Teddy bears get their special day Teddy bear lover: Harry Callaghan enjoys last year's Teddy Bears Picnic. By GILL ALCOCK National Children's Day will be celebrated with the traditional Teddy Bears Picnic on March 6 at Palm Beach children's playground from 2pm to 5pm. The Auckland Council- funded event is free for families to enjoy. National Children's Day was founded in 2000 to celebrate and nurture children, Child and Fam- ily health nurse Cathie Williams says. In preparation for the day, children are being invited to present an essay or art impression to illustrate How love and affection could best be shown in families''. Entries can be dropped off at Te Huruhi School office or Waiheke Health Trust Office, 5 Belgium St by February 28 for judging. The age categories are five to seven, eight to nine, and 10 to 12 years. Entries must have the child's name, address, phone number, school and class, and parents' signature. The picnic will have activities for different ages including a Wai- heke has Talent, Song and Music Quest for chil- dren under 12. Talent quest appli- cations close February 21. Forms are available from Te Huruhi school office or Waiheke Heath Trust Office. Phone Ms Williams on 372-6837 for infor- mation.
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