Waiheke Marketplace : April 20th 2011
Quake visitors' smiles Happy to be here: Priscilla Cowie and her three children, Tamati, 4, Aoife, 5, and Kewa, 7, enjoy afundayoutat Wild on Waiheke. By GILL ALCOCK The families from earthquake-ravaged Christchurch were all smiles while enjoying an afternoon out at Wild on Waiheke on Monday despite heavy showers and blustery winds. Learning archery at the fun-filled location on Onetangi Straight was one of many activities put on for the families during their four-day break on Waiheke, which started with a welcome at Matiatia and a powhiri at Piritahi Marae on Sunday before heading to their host families. The trip, which has seen 17 adults and 24 children make their first visit to Waiheke, was organised by Te Huruhi School teacher Marie- Anne Theurezeit and Judy Denny. It has been funded by the Jassy Dean Trust, with help from many island busi- nesses, and food and accommodation given free by island families. Miss Theurezeit s desire to give a change of scene from the hardship caused by the September and February quakes couldn t have come at a better time, as a 5.3 aftershock -- the biggest since February -- took place the day before the trip began, Pines Beach resident Priscilla Cowie says. Ms Cowie and her three children brought photographs showing the devastation on their street: Many of the houses have got red notices, she says. The local store was red-stickered and the local paddling pool was removed by the army after it filled with liquefaction. It will take years to get back to normal. Ms Cowie says some of the families who made the journey to Waiheke are from hard-hit Aranui and are still without proper toilets. She says coming on the trip has been awe- some and she marvelled at the island being able to make it possible. The greeting we got when we arrived was a real highlight -- we were made to feel so special, she says. It s just amazing that Waiheke could do all this for us. Arrivederci to Viola Popular: Italian restaurant and wine bar Viola has closed. Italian restaurant Viola has closed its doors after less than six months in busi- ness. The Oneroa res- taurant owned by Rochelle Gallagher occupied the building at 122 Ocean View Road which used to house the Schooner Cafe. The property is owned by the Alberon Trust. The site was exten- sively remodelled last year, turning it into a typical Italian-style eatery and wine bar. Viola was expected to open in mid-October 2010 ready to take advantage of the sum- mer influx of visitors but delays meant it opened in early December. The island wel- comed the new res- taurant into its stable of eateries and the Italian menu proved popular with locals and visitors. Viola Trading Lim- ited went into liqui- dation on April 13. A sign on the door stated the landlords had re-entered the property and all inquiries should go to the landlord s lawyer, Glaister Ennor. Phone 356-8243 or email paul.mckendrick @glaisterennor.co.nz. Get your votes in There is just nine days to vote in the NZ Post Children s Book Awards which feature an island author among the 20 finalists. Following on from Janet Hunt s success last year, Mark Sommerset is looking for similar glory with his book Baa Baa Smart Sheep. The book, illustrated by his wife Rowan, is one of five finalists in the pic- ture book category. All those who have read the new book and enjoyed it should post their votes to Freepost #87153 by 5pm, Friday, April 29. 4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, APRIL 20, 2011 NEWS Alby Mitchell 027 4384687 MITCHELL EARTHMOVING LTD PO Box 662, Oneroa, Waiheke Island Tel. 09 372 9808 firstname.lastname@example.org ww w.mitchellearthmoving.co.nz 3 REASONS WHY: 1. We maintain the quoted price (quotes free) 2. You'll get a detailed plan of action 3. All jobs are super vised start to finish CALL US FIRST FOR ALL YOUR EARTHMOVING NEEDS... 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The ministry proposed withdrawing its free school bus services on Waiheke two years ago but extended the services after lobbying by then MP for Auckland Central Judith Tizard, followed by MP Nikki Kaye. Now the deadline for the end of the current shared free bus service in July looms. Ms Tolley s letter states: The ministry has confirmed suitable public transport does exist for students who go to Te Huruhi which has been told its bus service will stop at the end of term 2. But councillor for Wai- temata and Gulf Mike Lee says a solution might still be found. He told the board one potential outcome was that Auckland Transport might take over respons- ibility for the service from the Ministry of Education. He said Auckland Transport was awaiting the results of a travel survey that was sent out to parents with children at all three of the schools, after which it will make a decision on whether to take over the service. But I resent it. Why should our ratepayers pay for something that was originally paid for by the government? It s not fair is it? It all comes down to the rate- payers.
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