Waiheke Marketplace : June 15th 2011
10 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JUNE 15, 2011 NEWS Any issues you would like to talk to Labour MP Jacinda Ardern about? Jacinda Ardern Labour List MP based in Auckland Central Jacinda.co.nz Jacinda is holding a Waiheke Clinic Monday 20th June 2011 12 - 1.30pm Citizens Advice Bureau 141 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa For more information phone 09 360 1641 Tibetan student seeks help for Waiheke study By GILL ALCOCK ' She loves maths and science and says she would like to become a nurse so she can help back in her village. ' Bruce Mills The genes in Rainbow Warrior crew member Margaret Mills have been passed on with her son Bruce Mills taking on the challenge of bring- ing a young Tibetan student to New Zealand to further her studies. Mr Mills arrived back in the country from India last week and contacted Waiheke High School deputy principal Tony Sears to ask if 17-year- old Kelsang Choedon could attend the school. Mr Mills has watched Kelsang grow up in the village of Bir in the Himachal Pradesh region of northern India which is home to a large number of Tibetan emigres -- her mother among them. His association with the village began after he set up a paragliding business, making use of the nearby foothills of the Himalayan moun- tains, in 1997. He says Kelsang s family established a cafe to service his growing number of clients and he saw her yearning for learning . Mr Mills says he wants to help as he can see she is desperate to get an education . She loves maths and science and says she would like to become a nurse so she can help back in her village. Discussions with the New Zealand consulate have confirmed that although Kelsang doesn t have a passport she will be able to use a refugee document known as a yellow book . The high school has agreed to waive the usual international student fees so Mr Mills is now looking for some- where Kelsang can stay. I m after a place where she can board or help with sponsoring a place where she can stay. It will be about $200 a week, he says. He also needs help with the cost of school uniforms and books. Any donations towards her airfare would be appreciated, he says. Anyone wishing to help Mr Mills bring Kelsang to Waiheke to study can contact him at email@example.com or by calling 021-182-1860. LETTERS WE WANT YOUR VIEWS Letters of 150 words or less can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to Editor, Waiheke Marketplace, PO Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1840, by Monday morning, 9am. Full name, address and phone number should be given. Only the name and suburb will be published. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Lost parks Suddenly Rugby World Cup funds of $200,000 are released to spruce up the entrance to Matiatia, and carparking on both sides of Ocean View Rd is lost for four days. I would have expected the local board to have used the opportunity to lobby urgently for funds to provide temporary alternatives, eg, free parking at the old Blackpool School and running shuttle buses from there to say the 6.40am, 7.15am and 8am ferries and return from 4pm, 5pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm. It would have shown that the local board appreciated the efforts that commuters make and their contribution to the island s economy. Sadly no proactive action was taken. Then again, no members commute daily. My household is fortunate to be able to walk to the ferry and bus back. However, there are those who, for a variety of valid reasons, need to take a vehicle to and from Matiatia. Lynette Reed Oneroa We asked transport spokeswoman for the local board, deputy chairwoman Jo Holmes, to respond to the above letter. Here is what she had to say: Auckland Transport is providing shuttle buses for commuters from Oneroa and has given the local board an undertaking to complete the work as quickly as possible with the least disruption. Auckland Transport has yet to delegate any functions to the local boards. Until this happens the most wecandoistryand establish effective relationships with Auckland Transport to ensure local input into decision making. The lack of progress by the governing body in giving any delegations to the local boards does nothing to encourage others to do likewise. Jo Holmes Waiheke Local Board Fundraiser Well, what can we say? Waiheke Island rocks and everyone did for Sahara. Mike -- it was just amazing what you took upon yourself to do, and to all the members of Full Stop who came to the party and reuniting for Sahara, thank you so much. Thanks to The Bay for providing the venue, the Gulf News and Waiheke Market- place for articles and advertising. To all of you who bought tickets and danced your socks off for Sahara -- thank you. The love and support we feel from the Waiheke community is immense and gives us the strength we need to deal with this difficult journey. Thank you each and every one of you for caring about our beautiful Sahara. Sandra Adams, The Adams family Skahara Thanks to the generosity and energy of Waiheke last Saturday night, the fundraiser known as Skahara raised $4125. I would like to thank the following who contributed in some way, and mostly for free: Darren, Lise, Mano, Narki, Manuel, Phil, Jerome, Kev, Skip, Doug Jerebine, Jen, Lily, Emma, Ben and Ray, Frankie, Ady, Sergio, Sylvan, Baz, Hooper, Brent, Peter, Peter, Steve and The Bay, Jenness, Timberworld, Dene and Megan, Max, Pukeko Signs, Copy Expresso, Take Note, and the punters who bought tickets and gave all their energy on the night. Lastly thanks to Sahara s family -- Sandra, Sanchia, Karen and Russ, but most of all to Sahara who, despite all that s happening, still manages her beaming smile. Thank you -- you re the star. Mike Brennan Skahara organiser Scenic drive The Esplanade is a scenic drive which should never be closed to any age group or visitor. There have been several attempts over the years to close this road to all vehicular traffic. During the last 50-odd years I have suggested several times that it be restricted to smaller vehicles, easily controlled by strategically placed and locked bollards, that large no exit signs -- no through road -- be placed at both ends. A good speed bump here and there should bring any hoons into line. I believe there should be access with passing and parking bays from both ends and a suitably located picnic/amenity area with views but no vehicle through-way -- emergency use only. I would anticipate the seaward side being a promenade for pedestrians only then a cycle track. Plus a 2.4-metre paved roadway, eventually, and at the rear a grassed track suitable for horses. Hitching rails should be provided well away from the public amenity/picnic area which of course must be zoned as smoke and animal free at all times. Not everyone likes the smell and flies of horse or doggy poo or, for that matter, on their shoes either. People come first in my book and we have a wonderful God-given asset going to waste. Catamaran Ernie Lomond Ostend Kindness The past weekend was very difficult for us when we had to say goodbye to our beloved rottie Sophie. The care and compassion shown to us by Dan Marinkovich of Waiheke Vets in Oneroa through the last months of her life and during our final goodbyes was absolutely outstanding. The same care was afforded to our 18-year- old cat when she died in 2009. We simply could not have asked for more and we thank Dan, Linda and their team for their kindness. Wayne Eagleton and Jean Goodbrand Oneroa Island respect As a child of retailer parents, I was taught to shop local and we always try to purchase first from Waiheke businesses. My elderly mother, a local identity in her home town, came to live here a few years ago and the transition was difficult for her. I promised her the elderly were treated with respect on Waiheke and I was right. I would like to single out Jenny and staff at New Gen who are wonderful to her, including ex-employees Nick and Shane, now doing a great job in their positions at Fullers and The Waiheke Wine Centre. The front-line staff at Gulf Sound and Vision always go out of their way for me and even substantially undercharged my mother for some repairs, as the charge was more than she was expecting. The explanation to me was: That s the way I would expect someone to treat my mother. My mother s hairdresser of 46 years was always going to be a hard one to replace but I just knew that Elizabeth at Cut and Curl would be spot on, and she is. Wai Kitchen never fails to deliver with courteous efficient staff and Dennis at Get Stuffed is always efficient and welcoming. Our library makes a great effort to find that elusive book and Shop the Rock, Escapade and Island also deserve a mention for smiling service. Where would we be without Mike Jarvis and his punctual appliance repair services? Te Tahi Jewellers were helpful when my mother needed watch repairs and Liz at the Family Barber is always obliging. The Carpet Court has also gone well beyond the call of duty. Sue Wilson Surfdale Thanks guys Waiheke Playgroup would like to say a huge thanks guys to Timberworld for your generosity in donating timber and installing our new sandpit lids. Special thanks to Paul for your handiwork and Ben for project managing. Good on you for supporting your community s children. Timberworld, you rock! Kristin Busher Co-ordinator Waiheke Playgroup After a new violin: Jessica Alloway. Violin recital raises funds Visit www.waiheke marketplace.co.nz and follow the link to see Jessica play. A limited number of tickets have gone on sale for an exclusive violin recital on July 23 at one of Waiheke s finest homes -- the Pie Melon Bay estate. Event organiser Alan Smythe, who is also a trustee of the Waiheke Youth Music Trust, says the even- ing offers two rare opportunities. It s not only a chance to hear one of New Zealand s finest young talents, Waihe- ke s 22-year-old Jes- sica Alloway, but it s also being presented in one of our most beautiful properties, thanks to the generos- ity of Bruce Plested. Due to the event taking place in the house lounge at Pie Melon Bay, only 100 tickets are available at $100 each -- wine and finger food included. Ticket holders will be supporting the trust project to raise funds for a quality violin for Jessica, Mr Smythe says. She needs a better instru- ment than the current modest violin that she has owned since child- hood. Jessica was concert- master for the New Zealand Youth Orchestra, is a current member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and past winner of the NZ Secondary School Chamber Music Com- petition. She has won many awards and achieved top examin- ation marks both in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. She will be travel- ling to Europe in Sept- ember to pursue post- graduate study. Tickets are avail- able from Robin Fraser on 372-6394, Rob Nicholson on 021-706-639, PO Box 332, Oneroa, or by dir- ect bank transfer to 020108018726800.
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