Waiheke Marketplace : May 25th 2011
4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MAY 25, 2011 NEWS • New Homes • Renovations • Additions • Light Commercial Professional, reliable building team from concept to completion. References available. Building Waiheke for 10 years... Kevin J O'Grady M0272733762 P093723324 BUILDERS LTD Lifestyle Solutions E email@example.com www.k2builderswaihekeisland.co.nz Waiheke Island, Auckland 1081 Waiheke hopes to get funding for projects from council Auckland Council rates increases will be lower than originally proposed but Waiheke hopes to pick up some funding for projects in the financial year starting July 1. The projected rates increase resulting from the government s amal- gamation of Auckland Council was 9.3 percent. Mayor Len Brown s target of 4.9 percent has now been reduced to 3.7 percent. Mr Brown says this was achieved through $81 million of efficiencies and savings, without compromising services to the community but that council still has scope to invest in local communi- ties in partnership with local boards. Strategy and finance committee chairwoman Penny Webster says the council has reduced the cost of business-as- usual . This means resources can be freed up for other investments. The Auckland Council s total budget now comes to more than $3 billion, including more than $780 million in capital projects around the region. The strategy and finance committee will meet this week to set funding priorities. It will deliberate on the proposals and determine which to include. Waiheke Local Board chairwoman Faye Storer says the board is hopeful it will get some mean- ingful funding for Wai- heke projects for the coming financial year. One of our biggest drawbacks is the fact that the last Auckland City Council Long Term Plan did not include much for Waiheke and the new Auckland Coun- cil is largely working from these plans. How- ever, the council has already achieved big operational savings and we hope to pick some of this up, Ms Storer says. Campaigners welcomed home By JEROME GAVELLE Home again: Vega skipper Daniel Mares, centre left, and Tiama's skipper Henke Haazen, right, moor alongside Princes Wharf after a seven- week protest trip against deep sea oil drilling off the East Cape. Anti-deep sea oil drilling supporters welcomed the return of a flotilla of protest boats that left Princes Wharf seven weeks ago. The vessels had been protesting against seis- mic testing by Brazilian oil giant Petrobras. Petrobras had author- isation to carry out the seismic study in the basin off the East Cape and has now finished the first stage of its oil explo- ration. Greenpeace and Te Whanau a Apanui rep- resentatives and supp- orters gathered back at Princes Wharf on Saturday morning to welcome the flotilla home. Greenpeace New Zea- land executive director and Waiheke resident Bunny McDiarmid told the crowd of around 300 supporters: We have won the first stage. Vega skipper and island resident Daniel Mares says he took part in the first two weeks of the protest while other boats stayed the full seven weeks at sea in really rough weather conditions . He says the protest was a success in terms of raising public awareness about the issues. He says it has helped polarise the community within which there are still some people thinking that money is worth more than natural environ- ment or the future we want to leave to our chil- dren . I am pretty sure we have not stopped the threat yet but we need the debate to continue, he says. Ms McDiarmid says she hopes Petrobras won t come back but hopes even more that the government has got the message that whatever oil company is interested in deep sea oil off the New Zealand coastline needs to be told to go away. We have started a campaign that is bub- bling up all over New Zealand and that is sig- nalling to our govern- ment that Kiwis don t want to see deep sea drilling happening any- where around our coast. New trustees are a WISH come true Growing together: Creating a veggie patch is just one of the activities WISH Trust residents take part in, trustee and manager David Basham says. By GEORGE GARDNER The WISH Trust is putting out the call for new trustees. The trust was founded in 1993 to provide a community-based rehab- ilitation service for people with mental health issues who have the hope and desire to live out in the com- munity , founding trus- tee and manager David Basham says. The trust property comprises two houses and a flat over two sections on Bay Rd. It houses 10 residents who enjoy a number of activi- ties like yoga, guitar lessons and art classes, as well as looking after the impressive veggie patch and gardens which include banana, apricot, peach, fig and plum trees. We even have our own olive trees and get our own olive oil thanks to the lovely people at Rangihoua Estate who press it, Mr Basham says. He says the trust was set up because in the early 1990s people were being moved out of big mental illness institu- tions like Carrington Hospital. The Auckland Hos- pital Board bought this property as a good idea to move people out in to the community and at that stage it had a local committee who were a wonderful bunch of people. Some of them became founding trus- tees of the WISH Trust and others moved on, Mr Basham says. He was one of the group who formed the trust which bought the property from the hos- pital board. They called it Waiheke Island Supported Homes -- hence the name WISH. I thought up the name but didn t realise it made wish . I can t claim any genius for that, Mr Basham says. We had a mortgage which we still have. We re like an ordinary home -- people live here, and we have expenses like insurances, food and power. But we have staff on site 24 hours, seven days a week. He believes strongly in the work of the trust which he says is well supported by the com- munity. We can move people on from here, transition them into the com- munity. We have done that and will be doing more of it. The com- munity knows our clients who go to all sorts of things -- they are members of the RSA, for example, and are well liked and respected. Now the trust needs two more trustees. I m sure there are people out there who would be interested but haven t even heard of us. New people move to the island all the time. Mr Basham says the commitment would involve one meeting a month which lasts about an hour and a half. There might also be an hour or so of reading a month, and any other time the trustee would like to contribute. Contact David Basham on 372-7925 for more information.
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