Waiheke Marketplace : April 13th 2011
3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, APRIL 13, 2011 NEWS GROUND STABILIZATION • Up to 900 diameter - 10 meters deep • Slip Retention • Barrier Pile Walls • Retaining Walls • Foundation Drilling & Footing • Pile Ramming Land deveLopers Ltd 372 1115 Mob 027 499 4477 Email firstname.lastname@example.org 0800 00 88 80 FREE measure and quote FREE design consultation Exclusive direct-import fabrics Every style of curtains & accessories Every style of venetian, vertical, roller and roman blind *Some conditions apply. Oﬀer available to 12 May 2011. NOW SERVING WAIHEKE ISLAND EVERY WEDNESDAY Book a FREE in-home consultation today Phone 0800 00 88 80 or online harveyfurnishings.co.nz See our website for more custom making oﬀers 30OFF APPLIES TO ALL FABRICS $24.95 PER METRE AND ABOVE. FRENCH PLEAT CURTAIN MAKING* Tickets $32.50 available from Rangihoua Estate and online at www.waihekejazzfestival.co.nz Relax on the lawn at Rangihoua and enjoy a great afternoon. Licensed Bar and Waiheke Artisan Food delicacies available. NO BYO - NO DOGS. Rangihoua Olive Estate, Gordons Rd, Rocky Bay. Ph 372 6214 Mano Pratt Band 12noon - 1pm Jimmy Garden Quartet 1.10-2.30pm BlackSandDiva 2.30-3.50pm SOLA ROSA SOUND SYSTEM (One Performance Only! 4-5pm) Council moves to mop up used oil ' The council decided it was important to initiate something. ' John Dragicevich Auckland Council environmental services manager Households in the Auck- land region can now dis- pose of their used engine oil for free thanks to a new scheme launched by Auckland Council in con- junction with industry partners and the govern- ment. The new scheme is being piloted in Auck- land for three years. It aims to ensure the majority of used engine oil generated by house- holds in the region is captured and then re- cycled or safely disposed of.Waiheke residents can drop off used engine oil -- two litres or less -- at the transfer station in Ostend. The used engine oil must be in sealed leak- proof containers -- prefer- ably No 2 recyclable con- tainers -- and placed in the drop-off bins pro- vided. Auckland Council infrastructure and en- vironmental services manager John Drag- icevich says Auckland householders produce an estimated 656,000 litres of used oil a year, but only a third of that is believed to be disposed of safely. Given one litre of used engine oil can con- taminate one million litres of water and coun- cil surveys indicated the majority of households did not have access to safe convenient disposal services, the council decided it was important to initiate something.'' Visit www.oilrecycling. org.nz for information. Park wrong at Matiatia -- expect to be towed Residents parking in the wrong spot at Matiatia are being warned they run the risk of having their vehicles towed. Sandwich boards sporting photocopied notices are warning those parking in the wrong spots of the newly created corrals'' that they could find their cars uplifted. Drivers are reminded on the notices courtesy of Auckland Transport that their vehicles will be towed and to collect them from 34 Tahi Rd. Tests driven by road safety By GILL ALCOCK Town tests: The Waiheke Local Board will be looking at ways to help young drivers who now have to go to town to sit their driving test. LEARNER drivers will still have to go to Auckland for their tests after a spokesperson for New Zealand Transport confirmed there would be no backdown on the decision which saw the loss of driving tests on Wai- heke from January this year. The issue was raised by resident Rebecca Potts at the local board's first transport forum on Thursday. It was held as part of a com- munity engagement feedback- gathering drive to find out what matters most'' to residents so it can be included in the board's first local plan. Dr Potts spoke of her concerns that the drop in the speed limit on the Onetangi Straight was being seen as the main reason for the withdrawal of the opportunity to take a driving test on Waiheke. Dr Potts led the campaign for the reduction in the speed limit on the straight, which saw it reduced from 80kmh to 60kmh in 2010 for safety reasons. There was consensus from the police, the community board and the Auckland District Health Board at the time. But maybe we can do something to help our young,'' she said. Board deputy chairwoman and transport spokeswoman Jo Holmes says she has spoken to NZ Trans- port spokesman Jim Furnow who said the tests were stopped not only because of the decrease in the speed limit but also because of safety issues. Ms Holmes says Mr Furnow had informed her the format for driving tests across New Zealand would be getting a shake-up'' over the next two years and Waiheke, along with other rural areas like the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier and Akaroa would all see more stringent rules coming in. It would disadvantage those in rural areas but it was around the issue of safety of young and inexperienced drivers, Ms Holmes was told. She says there are bigger con- siderations for all. It's also about dual carriageways and the amount of traffic at junctions. Before young drivers took their tests on the island and then went into Auckland and were expected to know how to drive in urban con- ditions. Now they will be tested in the city.'' Ms Holmes says Mr Furnow did recognise there was a problem with increased costs and he was looking at ways the expense could be mitigated. She says one suggestion she and other board members will be follow- ing up is financial help from the Department of Social Welfare for those seeking a licence for employ- ment purposes. Another is to negotiate a special package deal with the AA for Wai- heke residents that would see them picked up from the ferry, taken to the test area, use of a car for the test and returned to the ferry.
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