Waiheke Marketplace : March 9th 2011
34 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MARCH 9, 2011 SPORT Know how. Can do. New roofng provides garden centre protection Straight from Israel, the new roof at Placemakers Garden Centre is proving to be a winner for both plants and people alike. Placemakers owner Lee Stickland says the old roof was more than 20 years old, and a new roof plus shade sails are part of the investment he is making in the popular garden centre. Manager Geoff Willsher explains the new roof lets in more light but cuts out more UV, making it cooler and more comfortable for the customers. And it's not just better for the clientelle, he says. "The plants will now last longer once they are in fower and not go all 'leggy'.'' Mr Willsher says over the next six months a flm will form naturally on the roof that will keep even more of the heat out. He is also excited to be making more use of the extension that took place last year. "The garden centre is looking brighter and more appealing with lots more stock,'' he says. "My main aim is to give the customers the service they want. If they are interested in gardening, I want this to be their frst port of call. "There is a range of plants here most people won't see anywhere in Auckland. It's my passion sourcing things that are different and good value for money.'' Plus if there is a plant a customer wants they shouldn't be afraid to ask, Mr Willsher says. "Whether it's one plant or 200, we can get it. And we're happy to give advice on what's right and what's wrong for your section.'' Keeping cool: New roof and shade sails provide protection at Placemakers Garden Centre. Fullers Announcement! Rugby World Cup 2011 Special Sailings Special late night sailings have been added to the timetable, and will be bookable in advance. Tickets for these sailings will be released on 9th May 2011. Get regular updates at www.fullers.co.nz/rugby-world-cup.php. Full Rugby World Cup timetables, ferry ticket information and other rugby news will be posted on a regular basis. Waiheke Special Sailings - Rugby World Cup 10th September, 25th September (early kick off times) Normal timetable applies. All other Auckland match days and quarter finals 11.45pm sailing from Auckland to Waiheke will be delayed until 12am. 12.30am from Waiheke to Auckland will be delayed until 12.45am. 1.00am special sailing from Auckland to Waiheke. Semi-finals, Bronze final, Final As above; and 2.00am special sailing from Auckland to Waiheke. © Fullers group limited Coastal Classic 'easier, simpler' Celebrating: Finishers at last year's Coastal Classic. The Coastal Classic fun run and walk this Sat- urday promises to be the biggest and best yet with entry numbers up over previous years. Organiser Gary Wilton says Waiheke Sports Club club members will be assisted by members of local club Brazilian Jujitzu who will be man- ning the water stops. Wilton puts the grow- ing popularity of the fun run down to the new course, which has a few less gut-busting hills and an easier, simpler Matiatia to Oneroa route for all events. With 5km, 10km and 18km courses he says there is something for everyone, from a half- hour run to a three-hour walk. Those who decide to take part this week can enter online at www. waihekecoastalclassic.co. nz until March 11 or at the wharf between 4pm and 8pm. Participants can also enter last minute on Saturday morning, from 9am at the Matiatia start line. Walkers will be starting at 10.30am and runners at 11am. This year all profits from the event will go to Waiheke youth sports teams and Chris Bailey s Brazilian Jujitzu club which is offering young people a new sporting discipline. Sponsorship from Kiwi Minidiggers will help boost the prize and charity funds, Mr Wilton says. Gymnasts out fundraising On a mission: Waiheke Gymnastics Club members are hoping to raise $4000 for new equipment. By JEROME GAVELLE The 150 gymnasts at Waiheke Gym Club are looking to raise $4000 to buy new equipment. Club members will be selling the Waiheke Dis- count Card. Head coach Kashka Babushka says: The club will get $10 for every card we sell, and this will get doubled by a separate sponsorship deal we have with Vodafone so we have the potential to make a lot of money for the club. She says that the club needs a new set of asym- metric parallel bars and more play shapes. The club has 14 coaches, including four coaches in training, who teach gymnastics to 150 boys and girls aged from two to 14, five times a week. A Waiheke Discount Card costs $30 and is valid for 12 months. It is accepted at 70 busi- nesses on the island and gives discounts varying from 5 to 15 percent on the retail price. Business owner Simon Norton says the gym club will receive $10 per card for up to 100 cards it sells, then $12 for up to 200 cards, and $14 per card thereafter. 100 metres: Rosie Finau, year 9, leads Kendall Beale, year 10, and Gaia Rowntree, year 9. Javelin: Leroy Whiu, year 13, lets fly. School athletes in brilliant form By GILL ALCOCK Shot put: Ryan Walton, year 13, shows his technique. The sound of records breaking reverberated across the playing fields at Waiheke High School on Wednesday at the annual athletics day. The whole school was out on the fields and in the recreation centre taking part in all the track and field dis- ciplines. While Piripi Ihaka came very close to breaking the previous school record for the 400 metres, head boy Ryan Walton smashed the school s javelin record of 47.55 metres -- which he achieved last year -- extending it to an impressive 53.98 metres. Saul Auberton broke the school high jump record of 1.60 metres, raising it to a huge 1.77 metres. The high school ath- letics team represented Waiheke at the Auck- land secondary schools championships held yesterday at Mt Smart Stadium.
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