Waiheke Marketplace : August 10th 2011
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Ron Martin Sandy Bay Esplanade use I was interested to read in last week's Waiheke Marketplace that an independent survey was carried out to ascertain the use of the Esplanade between Blackpool and Surfdale. The findings are in direct contrast to my experience this week. I walked this road every day at varying times of the day and on each occasion I encountered no less than six people and on one day 12 people -- this was at varying times of the day -- and given that it only takes about 20 minutes to walk back and forth I find it incredulous that the surveyor only observed five children cycling. With respect, I suggest that had I taken the time to observe the road for the extended time as the surveyor did it would be reasonable to expect that I would have met many more people. I concur that there were no horses but each day I met at least one young woman pushing a pram. If the local board is serious about gauging the usage of this road a proper survey should be undertaken. Nina Barnao Blackpool It is understood Auckland Transport officers are doing an official survey during the year's temporary trial closure and will report back to the board -- Ed Name and shame Perhaps many residents may agree that it is time criminal offenders were named and not just a summary of their offending and what arrests were made on the island, as at present. Some discretion could be exercised not to publish names until conviction. Residents are entitled to know who the burglars and recidivist drunk drivers are and where they live. Most provincial newspapers publish offenders' names. Why should it be different on Waiheke? Knowing who the rat-bags are might result in reduced offending. Known disqualified drivers would be better monitored. It is surely a community interest to prevent damage to life and property. J H Wiles Kennedy Point Latch On Soul Kitchen was busy with breastfeeding mothers helping to break a world record at the Big Latch On last Friday, August 5. Eight Waiheke mothers, with babies, children, supporters and La Leche League leaders gathered at the Ostend cafe ´ for the event. Six little ones were willing to breastfeed and be part of achieving the goal of breaking the world record for the most women breastfeeding simul- taneously. Organisers Women's Health Action, say 1564 women breastfed during the national event. For breastfeeding advice or support, contact Waiheke La Leche League leaders phone Helga on 372-2210 or Bea on 372-2691. Rose Davis La Leche League Lucky stars Daily we thank our lucky stars that we live on Waiheke surrounded by such a caring community, with amazing friends and family. But recently we have had even more reason to be grateful. For events that took place a week ago last Saturday, special thanks to Waiheke St John, Fire Brigade, Coastguard, Dr Carol Nicolson and staff at the Ostend Medical Centre, Mike Stevens (sent from heaven) and, for Saturday just gone, the friends who performed the Extreme Makeover -- Dave Harold, Liz and Jeff Mitchell, Chardy and Neil Hefford-Parkes, Megan Clark, Graeme Orr, John and Gill Farmer, Gary Wilton, Maree and Glen O'Brien, Colin and Sanne Williams, Lynsey Hutton, Drew, Elisha and Alice. You guys really make a difference to our lives, we love you and thank you so much for helping us through. Al and Jenness Reeve Surfdale Correction The caption for last week's photo of the Mack family from Auckland should have read: Ben Mack from Auckland enjoyed the surf while Kirsty Potton and her daughter Sinead from Ostend enjoyed a paddle.'' Ferries chief moves on Saying goodbye: SeaLink chief executive Donna Gauci with Waiheke Island Rugby president Vern Whitehead. Donna is heading off to become general manager of SeaLink Travel Group based in Adelaide. Businesswoman Donna Gauci is finding it hard'' to leave Waiheke after colleagues farewelled her at a low-key function at Charlie Farley's. Mrs Gauci fell in love with the island after joining SeaLink as its chief executive six years ago and a year later she moved to Waiheke with husband Tony and their two boys. The ferry company boss has forged strong relationships with Wai- heke Island Rugby and other causes the com- pany has sponsored, including the Jassy Dean Trust. Waiheke Island Rugby president Vern White- head says she will be missed. Donna has been great. We have a good relationship with Sea- Link who provide a sub- sidy for Waiheke players as well as a cash spon- sorship and discounts for visiting teams who bring their families for the weekend, which is great for tourism.'' Mrs Gauci is taking up the position of general manager of SeaLink Travel Group Adelaide but is vowing to come back and see friends. It's hard to leave, but we lived in Adelaide for 10 years before coming to New Zealand so we have a great network there.'' Her position is being taken up by Todd Bolton. Small bus plan for busy period The idea of a small sweeper'' bus to pick up shoppers in Oneroa who may get left behind in busy holiday periods has been put to the Waiheke Local Board transport for- um. Resident Basil Holmes says in busy summer periods and sunny weekends, shoppers in Oneroa cannot get on the buses due to the numbers already on board from Matiatia. He says the problem is particularly bad after the arrival of the 9am and 10am sailings from Auckland. He is suggesting a small bus could leave Artworks at a quarter to the hour to pick up residents. Transport spokes- woman Jo Holmes says she will pass on Mr Holmes' suggestion to the island's bus company.
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