Waiheke Marketplace : May 11th 2011
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REE Just click on "Latest Edition" at News that you can Read, Hear & Watch! www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz Get more online Board passes agreement By GEORGE GARDNER Local board members have finalised the details of their Local Board Agreement which will be included in the Auckland Annual Plan. The Waiheke docu- ment sets out what initiatives the board will be seeking funding for over the next financial year, starting July 1. Initiatives include the completion of the new standalone Oneroa library building, a pro- gressive upgrade of essential stormwater infrastructure, increased service levels for public facilities like toilets, rub- bish and recycling bins, litter and bus shelters, and increased levels of weed control on roadsides and reserves. It has also marked as a priority a new perma- nent concrete helipad for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, further road works from Owhanake to Matiatia, and the Great Waiheke Walk at the eastern end of the island. It requests that Auck- land Council allocates regional funding for the Community Art Gallery and makes a bid that Auckland Council and Auckland Transport allo- cate funding for cycleways and cycling improvements. The sealing of the Esplanade between Blackpool and Surfdale was taken off the list. Local board chairwoman Faye Storer says the project has been deferred as it would not be taking place in the next 12 months. The proposed sealing project was in no way related to the opening or closing of the esplanade despite the fact that it attracted submissions to this end. It was purely a sedimentation issue based on the board's strong concern about stormwater and siltation of the Hauraki Gulf. The sealing could be included at a later date to address the siltation.'' The long term -- 30 year -- Auckland Plan has also been released for discussion. Ms Storer says: The Auckland Plan is a long- term spatial plan and looks at different areas for different activities, a bit like a district plan. The local board will be reviewing the Essen- tially Waiheke document later this year -- that's essentially our local spatial plan,'' she says. Sky Tower's shroud of fog Barely visible: The Sky Tower peaks out through the fog from the 11am Fullers ferry. Photo: KIM BRINSTER By GILL ALCOCK Ferry customers travel- ling to and from Auck- land were wise to add an extra hour to their trav- elling time after thick fog threw a blanket across the Gulf last Thursday. From the first sailing through to lunchtime, the fog caused long delays because of low visibility. Jo and Dave Ashley were on their way to catch a plane to Vietnam and were caught on the 9am sailing which took an extra hour to reach downtown. They reached the airport just in time only to find their flight had also been delayed. Church Bay resident Kim Brinster says when coming into Auckland on the 11am ferry all that could be seen was the top of the Sky Tower. Fullers Ferries opera- tions manager Warren Fowler says services were delayed all morning but were back to normal by the 1pm sailing. He says the Ports of Auckland Authority was in control of the situation and was monitoring all vessel movements. Not only did the ferries travel much more slowly, the company also crewed up'' each sailing, Mr Fowler says. This allowed for an extra person on the bridge to keep a look out while the captain monitored the sonar. Safety is paramount for our staff and passengers.'' Landline repairs taking days to fix By JEROME GAVELLE Around 30 residents have been waiting sev- eral days to have tele- phone landlines fixed. Network operator Chorus brought three additional technicians to the island last week to fix phone lines damaged due to recent rainfall. One Church Bay resi- dent says it took more than a week for her line to be repaired. Ostend resident Cristina Llanos-Garcia says she was without a landline for more than three days and her phone was finally fixed 24 hours after her pro- vider had scheduled it would be. Chorus spokesman Robin Kelly says: Like other utilities, severe wet weather can force water into the network and cause a variety of service disruptions for local customers. At the moment, our focus and effort is on repairing landline and broadband faults affecting around 30 customers who live in different areas around the island. Chorus is working as quickly as possible to get these customers back on- line.'' He says the majority of the telecommunications network on Waiheke Island is operating nor- mally. Residents experienc- ing disruptions to phone or broadband services should contact their ser- vice provider. They should also discuss any alternative mobile phone or mobile broadband services which may be available to them. Vineyard wins silver at NY contest Silver status: Miro Vineyard's Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2008. A Miro Vineyard vin- tage has brought home a silver medal at a pres- tigious New York wine competition. Miro Vineyard's Cab- ernet Merlot Malbec 2008 won a silver medal at the American Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in New York state last week. Miro winemaker Dr Barnett Bond says he entered the competition as it is the largest wine competition in North America. It not only attracts the most entries but it is also the only one that receives entries from all 50 states as well as from abroad.'' The competition attracted a number of New Zealand wines as well as vintages from France, Italy and Aust- ralia. Peregrine from Cen- tral Otago and St Clair from Marlborough joined Miro to win sil- ver medals. Dr Bond says although his wine has previously won gold and best in show at competitions in New Zealand, putting the wine up against a larger range of inter- national cabernet styles was designed to test its international appeal. Winning any medal at all in this compe- tition is a fantastic accolade and we are absolutely delighted,'' he says. It is a bonus to be sharing New Zealand line honours with two of the country's most highly regarded wineries.'' AUCKLAND PLAN WORKSHOP The Waiheke Island Council of Social Ser- vices is inviting residents to attend a workshop on the Auckland Plan -- a long- term, 30-year spatial plan for the region. It will take place at Surfdale Hall on May 18 from 10.30am. The Auckland Plan will be underpinned by a vision of the city becoming the ''most liveable in the world'', mayor Len Brown says. Pick up a brochure at Waiheke Service Centre or the community library or view the main discussion document online at the website www.theauckland plan.govt.nz. Feedback can be emailed to theauck landplan@auckland council.govt.nz by 4pm on May 31.
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