Waiheke Marketplace : June 29th 2011
7 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JUNE 29, 2011 NEWS Get to and from the rugby games with Fullers. BOOK YOUR SEAT ON THE VERY LATE NIGHT AUCKLAND - WAIHEKE ISLAND SAILINGS NOW! Early bird fares available. Tickets are limited in number. Visit www.fullers.co.nz or call 09 367 9111 for more information and bookings. Our drinking attitudes must change Strong message: whether fine dining or at the pub, police say ''Don't drink and drive''. OVER THE LIMIT June 21: A 47-year-old man was stopped and breathalysed on Mitchell Rd. His breath alcohol level was 700mcg/l. The legal limit for adults is 400mcg/1. June 22: A 50-year-old man was stopped and breathalysed on Belgium St. His breath alcohol level was 460mcg/l. He also elected to have a blood sample taken for which police are awaiting the results. June 23: A 17-year-old man who was stopped on Putiki Rd was found to have a breath alcohol level of 400mcg/l -- the legal limit for his age is 150mcg/l so he was nearly three times the legal limit. June 25: A 48-year-old man who was stopped on Belgium St blew a breath alcohol level of 480mcg/l. He elected to have a blood sample taken. June 25: A 46-year-old woman was stopped on Ocean View Rd. Her breath alcohol level was 660mcg/l. June 26: A 43-year-old man who was stopped on Miami Ave blew a breath alcohol level of 642mcg/l. He also elected to have a blood sample taken. On the same day, an 18-year-old woman who was stopped on Ocean View Rd blew a breath alcohol level of 298mcg/1 -- nearly twice the legal limit for her age. ' People blame the younger ones but five out of the seven drivers caught last week were over 40 years old. ' Sergeant Peter Knight Police are speaking out over people s attitudes to drinking and driving which they say is not changing for the better. In the last week, while no other arrests were made, seven drink- drivers were caught -- with some blowing nearly twice the legal limit of breath-alcohol. Sergeant Peter Knight says some Waiheke drivers not only don t appear to be worried about their own safety while driving under the influence of alcohol -- they also disregard the safety of other road users. Some drivers haven t even considered the thought that they could injure someone else while intoxicated. That person or their family then has to live with the injured person or, worst case scenario, the death of the family member, while the drunk driver receives a loss of licence, a fine and in some cases imprison- ment, he says. This is a very short- term penalty compared to a life-long injury. Mr Knight is urging residents who are going to drink to make arrangements to get home without driving. People blame the younger ones but five out of the seven drivers caught last week were over 40 years old. Rock stardom awaits teens Teen music will be on show again at the Bruce Mason Centre onJuly9and10atthe Smokefreerockquest, and representing Wai- heke will be high school students Ben and Julz. The event includes the Smokefreerock- quest Circus, an expo- style addition to the main stage with workshops, hands-on displays and give- aways. This year in the nationwide, live, orig- inal youth music com- petition entrants get the experience of rock stardom -- performing on the big stage in their region s major venue. Co-founder and director Glenn Com- mon says interest in the event keeps grow- ing with this year s entries topping last year s record of 800. The music starts at 1pm with the top eight bands called back for a final, beginning at 8pm. Tickets are $20 at Bruce Mason Cen- tre or at the door, and are valid for both the afternoon and even- ing. The two top North Shore bands go into the final selection pro- cess for the national final at the new 5000-seat Claudelands Arena in Hamilton on September 17. Mum's centre a 'really popular space' Safety first: The Waiheke Family Services Team promoting car seat safety and family activities at the Kids Gear Market at Surfdale Hall on Sunday. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Parents and kids flocked to a huge Kids Gear Sale at Surfdale Hall to fund- raise for a new family centre in Oneroa on Sunday. The Waiheke Family Services Centre is a non- profit mum s initiative designed to connect fam- ilies with services and activities on Waiheke. Waiheke mum Kirsten Rudd set up www.waihe kefamily.com over two years ago and her online initiative found a land- based home when Tanya Batt s Story centre stu- dio in the Artworks com- plex in Oneroa became available this year. A dedicated committee of six Waiheke mums has been manning the centre and providing children s activities including Spanish and French lessons, sewing and craft mornings. Committee member Cathie Jones says it s already proving a really popular space . Parents and caregivers with children comeinforaplayanda chat and receive and share information from our volunteer team about what s happening on the island. This month Waiheke Family Services also launched a car booster seat initiative. Getting kids in good quality well fitted car seats can help save lives, Ms Jones says. The group has organised good quality, affordable car seats for families to purchase for their children and free bulk freight to get their order to the island. It has also been pro- moting the regulations for car seat use through its website to make more parents aware of how long their child needs to be in a car seat for. With many families visiting the island regu- larly and the recent influx of families from Christchurch, the centre has been proving an invaluable source of sup- port and information, Ms Jones says. It s wonderful to be supporting new families from around New Zea- land and overseas to find groups and networks that connect them to the island, giving parents new people to meet and the kids some fun places to go. Visit www.waihekefa- mily.com or the Story Centre studio at Artworks in Oneroa on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to noon, and Saturday from 10am to 2pm for information.
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