Waiheke Marketplace : June 1st 2011
3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JUNE 1, 2011 NEWS Ostend Motors 2007 Ltd 2 Albert Crescent | Open 7 Days Ph 372 8949 Fax 372 6045 PETROL, DIESEL, SERVICING, REPAIRS, LUBE, FIRESTONE & BRIDGESTONE TYRES, WOF, BOTTLE SWAP, PICKUP & DELIVERY SERVICE, BATTERIES, OIL, USE YOUR BP OR FLEXIPAY CARD. Go the Warriors! PURCHASE $40 OR MORE OF FUEL DURING JUNE AND JULY AND GO INTO THE DRAW. PRIZE DRAWN MONTHLY. ENTER AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT. SEE INSTORE FOR DETAILS. GROUND STABILIZATION • Up to 900 diameter - 10 meters deep • Slip Retention • Barrier Pile Walls • Retaining Walls • Foundation Drilling & Footing • Pile Ramming Land deveLopers Ltd 372 1115 Mob 027 499 4477 Email email@example.com Ultra-fast broadband rollout includes Waiheke Island Waiheke will be included in the rollout of ultra-fast broadband to 75 percent of New Zealanders. The government reached agreement with Telecom New Zealand s telecommuni- cations arm Chorus last week. MP for Auckland Central Nikki Kaye says the announcement comes on top of a $1m package as part of the rural broadband fund to Great Barrier Island. It is really positive that we are bringing ultra-fast broadband to Waiheke Island. Broadband speeds of 100 Mbps and more will help enable more islanders to work from home. This is an important development for our schools and businesses on the island as well, she says. The agreement with Chorus covers 24 towns and cities. Ms Kaye says fibre will be rolled out to the most populated part of Waiheke, in the west from Oneroa to Onetangi and from Palm Beach to Kennedy Point, also taking in Anzac Bay. Fibre will be delivered to the door of around 230 busi- ness premises, the schools and around 20 medical and other healthcare services, as well as more than 60 other premises of mixed use. It is expected that the five- and-a-half year build pro- gramme will begin in August. Ms Kaye says extending the reach of broadband services tends to be correlated with increasing business productivity and economic growth. Improved learning out- comes and more effective assessment practices can be expected at schools. In the health sector, poten- tial uses of the service include tele-health technologies allowing patients to self- monitor their health from home and electronic transfer of advanced medical images. This package will give many islanders more opportunities to be connected in both work and education, Ms Kaye says. Visit www.crownfibre.govt.nz for more information on the broadband rollout. 'Emergency' tests team By GEORGE GARDNER Civil defence exercise: in the community response centre, from left: Coastguard skipper Robb Henry, medical liaison Tina Hall, Auckland Council emergency management co-ordinators Dale Ramshaw and Donna Murray, board chairwoman Faye Storer, radio controller John Martin and board deputy chairwoman Jo Holmes. THE island got to test its pre- paredness in the event of a Civil Defence emergency when the Waiheke Neigh- bourhood Response Plan was activated for the first time. The tabletop exercise involved key Civil Defence stakeholders being alerted by text message on Friday morn- ing to a dummy accident scenario where a charter boat had collided with a launch and 140 survivors had to be taken care of. Auckland Council emerg- ency management staff oversaw the response by local board members who arrived at the service centre board rooms on Belgium St and set up a community response centre within minutes. In the event of a real emergency, the community response centre would only be activated if required. Board chairwoman Faye Storer says: The lead agency is the police. Police, fire and Coastguard are alerted and they then tell the Civil Defence controller in town whether they need assist- ance. If they do, the board is called in. During the exercise, the board was supported by Coastguard skipper Robb Henry and fire chief Ron Leonard. Waiheke Radio was on standby to broadcast to those able to tune in and radio con- troller John Martin was in charge of the battery-powered radio communications for the exercise which might be managed by a board member or Mr Henry during a real emergency. Tina Hall from Waiheke Health Trust acted as medi- cal services liaison, and updated the information boards for the unfolding situ- ation. Board chairwoman Faye Storer took on the role of communications and liaison, deputy chairwoman Jo Holmes became incident controller, feeding infor- mation to and from the Auck- land Emergency Co- ordination Centre and board member Denise Roche went out into the field to provide communications and liaison from the evacuation centre. For this exercise, the evacuation centre was Morra Hall. Ms Roche reported in to say the hall was open and 140 survivors were having their names taken and needed blankets and a cup of tea. In the control room, there was a glitch contacting the Red Cross, which is the sup- plier of the blankets. Ms Storer says the contact details were not clear on the stakeholder s contact list. This is why this exercise is so good. Until you do some- thing like this, you don t know which bits are missing. We had contact details for Red Cross members, but not the Red Cross building. But what did work was our phone tree contact with Morra committee members who provided volunteers to open up the hall and run through the exercise. Ms Storer says as well as clearer contact lists for every- one, the board needs to work with one of the Civil Defence officers to meet the wider membership of the rate- payers halls. We need to work with them to produce a checklist and a list of things they can do if called upon. All of that is fed into our response plan. The neighbourhood resp- onse plan is very much a draft, but it s getting there , Ms Storer says. But nationally, Waiheke is well ahead of other neighbourhoods. It has a stakeholders group of relevant organis- ations who have been meet- ing every two months for some years. And because of this, Emergency Management Co- ordinator for Auckland Coun- cil Dale Ramshaw says she is in support of a full, rather than tabletop, exercise on the island. We hope to do a full exer- cise on Waiheke later this year, purely because this community is so engaged and willing to be prepared and we re more than happy to support that, Ms Ramshaw says. BE PREPARED In a Civil Defence emergency, power supplies could be cut off and people need to listen to the radio for news. Waiheke Rotary, supported by Lee Stickland from Placemakers Waiheke, has come up with a solution for householders. It is selling a combined LED torch, AM/FM radio, siren and mobile phone charge unit for $30, which is powered by a dynamo crank handle. The profits will raise funds to buy a worldwide disaster relief shelter box. Residents can order a torch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning on 372-7729 and leaving a message. Ms El-Bakary says: ''I feel that every home should have one. My desire would be to see Waiheke lead other communities in New Zealand to be really prepared for an emergency -- especially because we are cut off from the rest of New Zealand by our moat.''
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