Waiheke Marketplace : April 6th 2011
3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, APRIL 6, 2011 NEWS April and May SPECIAL OFFER Re-invent your skin today Book a Full Face Medical Grade IPL/Laser treatment during April or May and receive a complimentary hand or neck treatment. Phone: (09) 372-2011 153 Ocean View Rd, Oneroa Open Tuesday - Saturday Exclusive offer for a limited time only. EASTER WEEKEND 22-24 APRIL THE DIXIELAND GIPSY BAND (DENMARK) • NATHAN HAINES SOLA ROSA SOUNDSYSTEM • NAIROBI TRIO • HOT CLUB SANDWICH GRAND CENTRAL BAND • THE JEWS BROTHERS BAND • CAITLIN SMITH GRAHAM WARDROP • MANO PRATT BAND • NIGEL GAVIN • CHOCOLATE FISH BLACKSANDDIVA • THE JIMMY GARDEN QUARTET • BRIAR ROSS ALAN BROWN TRIO • THE MOONLIGHTERS • SHAYNEE RAINBOLT (USA) • & MORE... Engaging: Waiheke Local Board member Don McKenzie addresses Rocky Bay residents at the Omiha hall. More talks with locals By GEORGE GARDNER Talks in the round'' between residents and members of the Waiheke Local Board have been proving fruitful'' with more to come during the month. The community en- gagement sessions are a bid to find out what matters most to resi- dents so their ideas can be considered for inclusion in the board's first Local Plan under the supercity which will outline the community's vision for the next 10 years. The sessions have been mostly hosted by three board members but all five turned up to the Rocky Bay Hall meeting on Sunday, which saw the biggest turnout yet. Residents voiced their concerns over a number of issues like storm erosion, weed spraying, footpath priorities, dangerous intersections, the importance of view- shafts, the erection of sculptures, and noise control -- noting they valued the current levels of tranquillity''. Other meetings have related specifically to business, tourism and arts and culture. A transport forum to- morrow night will form part of the feedback gathering process, and still to come are com- munity engagement ses- sions at Morra Hall on Saturday, and at Onetangi Hall and Palm Beach Hall on Sunday (see advert P2). A session for volunteer groups will take place on April 19 and a further business and tourism meeting is being planned for those who didn't make the first sessions. Local board chair- woman Faye Storer says the meetings so far have been really fruitful''. They've been like informal conversations but they've been pro- ductive. People have some great ideas and a lot of them are do-able. They've also told us their concerns, particularly over current service levels.'' Deputy chairwoman Jo Holmes says the qual- ity of input has been thoughtful and useful. Some attendees have been very specific, offer- ing us their ideas of how they want to see the island in one, three and 10 years. In particular, one idea was a concept for a centre of excellence' for all the arts that goes way beyond the Art- works concept. It's been really good to chew the fat' with people and we're taking on board what they're saying,'' Ms Holmes says. Ramp damage causes ferry delay Stuck on board: Passengers on SeaLink's Seacat on Friday. Photo: STU STIMPSON By GILL ALCOCK It was no April Fool's joke when passengers were forced to remain on board a SeaLink ferry for an extra two hours after a failure of the vessel's ramp. The April 1 incident caused the ramp on the Seacat to drop into the sea before berthing at Kennedy Point. And while no one was injured and no vehicles damaged, SeaLink staff were unable to offload passengers and vehicles. It took until 5pm before staff on the ferry which had left Half Moon Bay at 2pm were able to disembark the passengers from the side of the vessel onto Kennedy Point wharf. Customers with vehicles were offered the option of transfers to their destination or to wait for them to be unloaded which occurred at 6pm. A crane SeaLink had transported to the island earlier in the day was used to lift the ramp and allow the vessel to berth. General manager Donna Gauci says the damage to the ramp was extensive. While Seacat was out of ser- vice until yesterday, SeaLink's services were operated by Seamaster and Seaway. FREIGHTLINK CARTAGE'S NEW MANAGER SeaLink's New Zealand acquisition of Big B Cartage two years ago -- now branded FreightLink Cartage -- has a new man at the helm with Greg Collins appointed manager. Mr Collins may be familiar to SeaLink customers from his time as one of the crew on Seacat, however, he comes from an extensive freight background. Part-owner Andrew Sims will continue as a member of the board of directors.
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