Waiheke Marketplace : July 13th 2011
6 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JULY 13, 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. Shop owners divided over Kronic sales Still for sale: The Ministry of Health ordered the removal of Pineapple Express brand Kronic from retailers but other flavours are still available on the island. While the debate continues over the use of legal synthetic cannabinoids, Lyndal Jefferies discovers that retailers have mixed opinions on stocking them. All stores were ordered to remove the Pineapple Express Kronic brand from their shelves on June 30 after the Ministry of Health dis- covered small doses of the prescription medicine phen- azepam mixed in with a sample tested. The Juicy Puff brand was also banned but this was not stocked on the island. Several Waiheke retailers are continuing to sell the other flavours of the Kronic product, and other brands. Onetangi Liquorland says it is phasing it out after instruction from its head office while other shop owners boycott the product. Jegtar Singh, known as Jerry to his customers at the Ostend Dairy on Belgium St, says he never thought it was a good idea to stock it. Waiheke Wine Centre co- owner Christine Schwartz agrees. We definitely wouldn t stock anything like that out of principle, she says. But Brent Ivory, owner of The Barn Super Liquor in Ostend, says it s legal and it s people s choice if they want to smoke it. Mr Ivory says he began to sell Kronic two months after its release because people were asking him to stock it. He does not stock Kronic in his other liquor store, Crown Cellars in Oneroa. Our staff are trained to sell restricted substances and I think it is better for it to be sold in a controlled environ- ment, he says. Mr Ivory is also on the board of trustees of Waiheke High School which treats pos- session of the legal substance the same as marijuana , he says. He does not see his position as a conflict of interest. Seventy percent of our Kronic sales are to men in the 35 to 50 age range, he says. Another shop owner, who keeps the product under the counter, says he is very sup- portive of the legal synthetic drug and agrees it s the more mature residents who are buying it. Most people who buy it are older and would rather buy it because it s legal. It s putting pot dealers out of business. He says young people do try to get hold of it, but he is very strict if he sees youngsters trying to persuade someone of legal age outside his shop to buy it for them. I also remind the adults I m watching out. They will be fined if they are caught buying it for youngsters. One mother of a 16-year-old says it s a real problem and her son is hooked on Kronic. The older kids buy it for them -- they are all on it, she says. She says she can t believe local retailers are still stock- ing it. On Monday, Crown research institute Environ- mental Science and Research issued its findings after sev- eral months of analysing 43 legally available synthetic cannabis products to work out what active ingredients they contain. The research identified a dozen synthetic cannabin- oids, which means work- places will now be able to drug-test employees for syn- thetic cannabis. Government clampdowns expected in mid-August should see synthetic cannabis banned from sale at petrol stations and alcohol outlets. It will be packaged in child- proof containers and health warnings and the national Poisons Centre s phone num- ber are expected to be required on the packaging. Molly and moggie mates need love Happy tabby: Molly the cat is looking for a new home. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Molly the cat has been saved by the Waiheke SPCA. The fluffy 14-year-old tabby arrived at the haven in a great deal of pain and discomfort. Staff discovered she had severe dental problems as well as areas of thick mat- ted hair. Centre manager Lesley McDougall says when cats have rotten teeth they pro- duce toxins that travel through their bodies and eventually kill them. Our policy is to save lives and to take a medical option if possible even if it is expensive, she says. A donation box was put outside Molly s cage and funds were raised for an operation to save her life. We are still raising the full amount but decided to go ahead with the oper- ation because I didn t want her to be in pain any more, she says. Oneroa vet Dr Dan Marincas performed the two-hour operation to remove six teeth. Molly also had to have antibiotics, intravenous fluids, anti-inflammatories and several blood tests. The good news is Molly s tests show she has good kidney and liver function and plenty of life left in her yet , Ms McDougall says. SPCA volunteer Carol Pearce says Molly has a beautiful nature. I just love her. She is still on baby food but has improved tremendously and is now a happy, healthy, mature cat. Centre assistant Andrea Nordenstreng says Molly is the cuddliest of the lot and a perfect lap cat to keep someone warm in winter . The centre has a number of mature cats needing homes. Ms McDougall says the SPCA is doing a real push to get them all re-housed with new families in the next few weeks. She also advises owners get regular dental health checks for their cats to avoid the dental issues faced by Molly. Shoppers snap up fundraiser bargains Boots and bling: Asih Bell bags some bargains at the Te Huruhi School fundraiser at The Bay. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES More than 100 women bagged a bargain or two for a good cause at the Te Huruhi School fundraiser at The Bay last Thursday evening. Items of clothing were exchanged for tokens at the door of the Bubbles, Bags and Bling event and then time was allowed to browse the racks before the buying could begin. Asih Bell grabbed some new red snakeskin boots and a striped sequinned frock which she wore for the rest of the evening. Disputes over items were resolved by a throw of the fluffy dice.Two shoppers lost dibs on a coveted white fake fur coat to a lucky lady upon the throw of the dice. Organiser Joyce Deighton says participants were thrilled with their finds. She says many women arrived with five unwanted items and left with five fan- tastic new additions to their wardrobe. Premier items were paraded by model mums Liza McElliot and Leigh Barrett and then auctioned off at the end of the night. Master of ceremonies Den- ise Roche won a floor-length winter coat at auction with fake fur cuffs and collar. I will never be cold again. Ms Deighton says the even- ing was a huge success with over $2500 raised to help fund the upgrade of the jun- ior school playground. Oldies may get financial help to go digital By MATTHEW GRAY Elderly TV fans facing a costly switch to digital may be offered financial assist- ance. The government is con- sidering a proposed limited funding package and is expected to make an announcement within the next two months. Details have yet to be finalised but there could be some form of support offered to those who have no means to pay for the switch over, Martyn Watterson, a spokes- man for Broadcasting Minis- ter Jonathan Coleman, says. Aucklanders will need Freeview, Sky or Telstra Clear to continue watching TV after the region goes digi- tal at 2am on December 1, 2013. Many will need to buy set top boxes ranging in price from around $90 to $400 in order to stay tuned. Others will also require UHF aerials or satellite dishes costing, in some cases, from $280 to buy and install. Grey Power is among groups concerned about the financial impact on its elderly members. National president Roy Reid says costs -- includ- ing technical assistance -- could be prohibitive. And the result could be disastrous for the elderly and housebound. It s amazing how many people are reliant on the tele- vision for company, he says. A lot of older people in par- ticular don t go out very much and will watch it all day. Go online to www.going digital.co.nz for more infor- mation.
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