Waiheke Marketplace : March 23rd 2011
4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MARCH 23, 2011 NEWS Saturday 26 March - Thursday 7 April 2011 Opening Saturday 26 March, 3:00-4:30pm Chalk & Cheese Fanciful and functional ceramic work by Lois Jameson and Suzy Dünser 28 Clarence Street Devonport, Auckland www.depotartspace.co.nz Phone 09 963 2331 Opening hours: Monday 12noon-5pm Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm Sundays and Holidays 10am-4pm 2011 SeaLink Jassy Dean Trust Waiheke Island Garden Safari 12th & 13th November 2011 Following on from the successes of the tenth annual Safari in 2010, the Jassy Dean Trust requires suitable gardens for the 2011 Garden Safari. WE NEED YOUR GARDEN NOW! The Jassy Dean Trust is a Waiheke Island volunteer trust raising money to support Waiheke Island children with a medical condition and families where a child has a medical condition. The trust relies on the annual Garden Safari to raise the funds to support Waiheke Island sick children. The 2010 Safari raised $65,000. To repeat this outcome, the 2011 Safari gardens need to be found now. Please contact us if your amazing garden or someone's amazing garden you know about, may be suitable for our event. Ph Greg Dean on 372 7106 or email email@example.com Under sail: Some of the 14 yachts that took part in the Round Waiheke race set off from Kennedy Point. Race helps quake victims The Round the Island yacht race at the week- end saw14 boats enter and enjoy the con- ditions with just four retiring. First home and first on handicap in the open division was Red Rum, captained by Steve Hood, who crossed the finish line in seven-and-a-half hours. Second place went to Euphoria, third to Sheilla II, Kliss II came fourth, Einstein was fifth, Panui sixth, Free Willy seventh and Scandal came eighth. In the cruising div- ision Alberti came first and Sponulies second. Good News, Shad- rach, Te Patu and Eshara were the four retirees. An entry fee was charged for the first time to support victims of the Christchurch earthquake Kettle's on for Christchurch evacuees Christchurch evacuees are being invited for afternoon tea and a chat at the Red Cross in Oneroa. The tea, at the Wai- heke Red Cross building at 132 Ocean View Rd, is at 3.30pm on March 24. International story- teller Tany Batt will be on hand to tell stories to the children. Come and meet each other in the comfortable surroundings of our tea room upstairs, organ- iser Penny Pharo says. Phone 372-7172 for more information. Firms feel pressure as fuel costs rise By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Working smarter: Maria Heer and Lennin Dabb from Gulf Island Foods are doing deliveries in fewer runs to save petrol. Business owners have been feeling the pinch as fuel prices continue to increase. Many have been hesitant to pass on the costs to customers and are bearing the brunt of higher fuel costs. But most say price increases are on the horizon. On Monday Fullers an- nounced it would be putting up fares on April 1. Gulf Island Foods owner Maria Heer says she hasn t put prices up yet but has noticed the cost of some wholesale goods increasing. We are trying to work a bit smarter to reduce the number of runs we are mak- ing, she says. FreightLink Cartage oper- ates seven trucks and vans on the island and another five in town, and is a subsidiary of ferry company SeaLink. We try and cover the ups and downs in fuel prices within our margins, Freight- Link Cartage manager Grant Glazer says. But continued increases will make head office rethink our pricing. SeaLink general manager Donna Gauci says the ferry company s fuel prices have increased 36 percent since September. This rapid increase will have a significant effect on the cost of running our ferry services. We have not experi- enced this level of diesel costs since 2008, she says. The last SeaLink price increase was last October when GST rose to 15 percent. We will do everything we can to try and absorb these current increases and protect our customers from the effect of escalating fuel. However, we need to keep a close watch to ensure we manage the situation and maintain a sustainable business, Mrs Gauci says. Taxi companies are also feeling the pinch. Waiheke Taxis owner-operator Leonie Robinson runs a turbo vehicle which uses premium petrol at $2.36 per litre. Increasing fares is a com- plex business, she says. Per- mission needs to be granted by the Land Transport Auth- ority, fare meters must be recalibrated and all the signs have to be changed. Waiheke Executive Taxis owner James Bailey says: If crude oil continues to sell for record highs taxi and charter bus fares will have to increase. But the prices are set for the season in brochures and advertisements so Mr Bailey won t be changing fares until next summer. Fullers price increases P1 Moves afoot to return driving tests to island By GILL ALCOCK An investigation is under way to see if driving tests can be resumed on Waiheke. Local board member Jo Holmes placed a notice of motion at this month s board meeting. The board heard the island was withdrawn as a driving test location by the New Zea- land Transport Agency after the reduction in the speed limit on the Onetangi Straight left it unable to meet the test requirements. The loss was an unin- tended consequence of the decision by the last Waiheke Community Board to reduce the speed limit from 80kmh to 60kmh. The transport agency decided this left the island with no suitable testing place that met the testing require- ment for restricted and full licence holders. As a result, from January all those wanting to take their driving tests have had to travel to Auckland. Board transport spokes- person Ms Holmes says the cost of taking a driving test is now very high, both in time and travel, for learner drivers -- many of whom are teenagers -- and their famil- ies.She says it involves the expense of taking a car and licensed driver along with them to the test plus the cost of going over to Auckland to get to know the test centre route. With this adding many hundreds of dollars to the cost of taking a test, Ms Holmes believes some young drivers may give up on trying to take their tests. This could pose increased road safety risks to the public as well as the learner drivers themselves. Trying to solve this problem by imposing legal remedies is unsatisfac- tory if we can find an alterna- tive solution that meets NZTA requirements, Ms Holmes says. The board agreed to ask council to look at the possi- bility of moving the AA Driver and Licensing mobile unit to a different location on the island where all the elements of the test could be delivered in the right order and within the time con- straints of the test. Relationship manager Anna Bray will investigate and report back at the board s April meeting.
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