Waiheke Marketplace : April 27th 2011
6 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, APRIL 27, 2011 NEWS 3642350AA Just spend $75 in one day at Westfield Downtown before 8 May 2011. Take your receipts to Customer Service and choose from one of 10 gorgeous OPI Nail Lacquer* colours (valued at $24.90). Limited supply so be in quick! FREE OPI NAIL LACQUER FOR MUM WHEN YOU SPEND $75 WM/1188 School meetings bring benefits for Waiheke Sharing information: Principals and school board trustees of Waiheke Primary, Te Huruhi and Waiheke High School. Representatives of the three schools on Waiheke have been meeting regularly over the last few years to discuss issues and share information. Waiheke Primary School board trustee Lisa Garrity explains how that benefits the island's schoolchildren. What have Waiheke Primary School, Te Huruhi School and Waiheke High School got in common? They are the only schools on the island and they all face similar challenges such as isolation, Education Ministry funding issues and having to keep abreast of ongoing min- istry changes and reviews. The schools first had a combined board meeting three years ago. They now meet two to three times a year to establish better com- munication among the three schools, to discuss island- wide issues and to identify ways to co-operate to the ben- efit of the wider community. The last meeting was in March. Principals and a mostly full contingent of board members from all three schools have been present at each meeting. We have shared how each school has contributed to Christchurch and how we could all continue to support them. The schools IT department heads are meeting to discuss the different packages they use, share tips they have picked up, and to see if there are opportunities to use the same IT strategy. We are also looking to share educational speakers for the ongoing professional development required for staff and boards alike. We have also agreed that the cur- rent travel plan situation for the three schools and the lack of communication and island knowledge by the ministry needed to be addressed in a joint letter and subsequent follow-up. Discussions on the table include a swimming pool that can be used regularly by all Waiheke children, and mod- eration of assessment of students learning to ensure all year 6 to 8 students have a consistent transition into the high school. More than 87 percent of all Waiheke children choose to stay on island and attend Waiheke High School. We have also put together a combined wish list which we will present together to the Waiheke Local Board to ask for assistance and to work more closely with them. What is great about these meetings is that we can act, here and now on some things, and plan for other things together. Meeting together is not only hugely beneficial for the three schools and the students, it s also an oppor- tunity to learn and share ideas with a passionate group of people. Retrofit subsidy aims to make homes healthier Auckland Council is set to roll out a regionwide pro- gramme to make homes warmer, healthier and more sustainable. The Retrofit Your Home initiative will give home- owners financial assistance to help pay for a range of house- hold measures such as insu- lation, clean heating, venti- lation and water efficiency measures. A maximum of $5000 including GST per rateable property will be available and the financial assistance from the council will be paid back through the property rates over nine years. A funding pool of $3 million will be available for the 2011/2012 financial year for the regionwide scheme that begins in July. The initiative will be a two- stage process. Initially the ratepayer should get a quote from an approved service pro- vider and then apply to coun- cil to pay the balance of the insulation cost. If ratepayers want to undertake a second stage of home improvements, includ- ing clean heating, water efficient fittings or double glazing, they must arrange for a free sustainable home assessment and a retrofit plan will be prepared with recommendations. The assessment is required before the council will fund the work. To continue, the ratepayer must sign the ratepayer agreement and submit this to the council for approval. Once approved and assuming the application is successful, the work will be done and the suppliers will invoice the council directly.
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