Waiheke Marketplace : May 4th 2011
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Richie McCaw is get- ting behind this year s Chopper Appeal chal- lenging schoolchildren around the country to raise the most money for their local rescue helicopter. Richie will make a special visit in a res- cue chopper to the school that raises the highest amount per pupil before May 31 -- so any school, big or small, has a chance. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter makes around 240 missions a year to Waiheke and is the island s vital link to Auckland Hospital. It is not government funded. Westpac funds the marketing and admin- istration costs of the appeal so that all money raised can go straight back to the local rescue helicopter trusts. I m looking forward to touching down at the winning school -- wherever in New Zea- land that may be, McCaw says. Schools have until May 13 to register for Richie McCaw s Chop- per Challenge. Donations for the appeal can be made at any Westpac Branch, by texting CHOPPER to3181tomakea$3 donation, by phone on 0900-4246-7737 to make a $20 donation, or at www.chopper appeal.co.nz. Email westpac_ chopper_appeal@ westpac.co.nz for more information and to register. Hearing deals with seal By GEORGE GARDNER Under debate: Some are saying the Esplanade should be left unsealed and closed. Others are advocating for an upgraded mixed-use of the coastal lane. Making her point: Larissa Wallin puts across her case for the continued closure of the Esplanade. The unsealed road between Surfdale and Blackpool became a hot topic during a day of annual plan hearings at the Ostend War Mem- orial Hall. The Waiheke hearing, attended by all five local board members and councillors Cameron Brewer, Cathy Casey, Alf Filipaina and Wayne Walker, was one of 22 held throughout the region during April and May to hear verbal submissions on the Auckland Council draft annual plan. Following a com- munity survey by the last Community Board, the Esplanade between Surfdale and Blackpool was partially closed to motorised traffic for a year s temporary trial until November 30. Part-time filmmaker and mother Larissa Wal- lin made a verbal sub- mission against sealing the Esplanade saying she did not want to see the road reopen in the future. Ms Wallin said it was stressful to have to watch a small child out- doors and the closure of the Esplanade meant she could go for a walk with her son and relax. I do support the par- tial opening of it so people can still experi- ence the views and go fishing. But the part- closure means cars can t tear through it. I love the peace down there now. Ms Wallin said the Esplanade route would be an integral part of a new transport plan adopted by the three island schools encourag- ing children to walk or cycle to school. She said the closed route would also encourage tourists and that it needed to be seen as an off-road cyc- ling route as part of the island s bid to become part of the national cycleway network. This view was backed by Tom Ransom from Cycle Action Waiheke who claimed the Espla- nade was one of the best used reserves on the island since its trial clos- ure. He advocated its permanent closure. Lannan Rd resident Rosemary Baragwanath echoed these arguments so children could bike in safety. When council closed the through-road it was a gift to see people going through with their kiddies. Over Easter there were numerous parents with children on trainer-bikes. If that road is tar-sealed it will become like the Eastern suburb road around St Heliers. But Cory Rd resident Tony Pope, who has lived on the island for more than 65 years, said the Esplanade should be reopened to all traffic and upgraded to include access for all users -- motor vehicles, pedes- trians, cyclists and horses. This issue is critical to the future of transport needs on Waiheke. Mr Pope said since the City Council took over from Waiheke County Council in 1989, no money had been spent on the upgrading of the Esplanade, which had caused its current state of dilapidation. He said the traffic flow from Matiatia to the rest of the island was critical to its economic wellbeing and the council had an obligation to provide a safe alternative route from east to west. He said if a landslide or acci- dent were to block Ocean View Rd for an extended period there would be no alternative route. It s the lifeblood of Waiheke. It should be upgraded to carry mixed use traffic. Sure, it would cost money, but it could be one of the most pictur- esque attractions on the island. Claudia Lapp, who spoke with Katrina Pow- ell on behalf of horse riders, said the Espla- nade was the only safe route between Surfdale and Blackpool for horse riders. She said two-lane vehicle traffic was not safe, but one-way traffic might work, with the other lane designated for horse riders, pedestrians and cyclists. But it needs to be designed properly. Deputy chair and transport spokeswoman Jo Holmes says the sealing of the road is a separate issue to the trial closure. She says the trial clos- ure has cost ratepayers around $30,000 so far in works like bollards, signage, and the effects of vandalism. There are obviously some people who are really upset it s closed. Before council reports back on its monitoring of the closure towards the end of the year, we need to think about the long- term implications and take everyone s views into account, while being responsible. People want to get around there safely, she says.
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