Waiheke Marketplace : August 17th 2011
3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, AUGUST 17, 2011 NEWS BLUE BUBBLE TAXIS SAT 27 & SUN 28 AUGUST www.waihekeblues.co.nz Weekend Festival Pass All Venues / All Shows $35 Early-bird ticket | $45 on the door $85 Early-bird ticket | $100 on the door Access to special shows is not included Includes access to both special shows The BIGGEST and BEST lineup yet! SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL SHOWS: NEW ZEALAND BLUES BROTHERS TRIBUTE SHOW* PAUL UBANA A S | ALREEVE AND | THE DAVE ALLEY BAND RI ERIWATA AND MOJO RISERS THE FLAMING MUDCATS | HEART ATTACK ALLEY 2011 FESTIVAL WAIHEKE ISLAND BUY YOUR EARLY-BIRD TICKETS NOW AND SAVE! Roadside vandalism costly By GEORGE GARDNER Ratepayers foot the bill: Department manager for Downer road maintenance Martin Reynolds with two of the hundreds of roading pins on Wilma Rd that were rendered useless after being vandalised. ' That s nearly $1000 of damage the first night and half again the next, plus man-hours -- and the ratepayer foots the bill. ' Martin Reynolds Maintenance manager ROADING contractors are calling for a stop to vandal- ism after kerb and channel- ling and drainage works were targeted three nights in a row. Department manager for Downer road maintenance Martin Reynolds is fed up with having to deal with repairs at huge cost to the ratepayer . Downer has been working on concrete kerb and channel- ling at the Te Toki Rd end of Wilma Rd in Palm Beach. Specialist concrete worker and drain layer Johnson Moore-McCarthy arrived at work last Tuesday to find 90 percent of the pins that mark the level of the kerb had been taken out, thrown all over the place, or stolen . The road signs were also upside down in the road -- a danger to traffic and pedestrians, he says. Mr Reynolds says the team redid the work during that day but by the next morning there was more damage. Someone had bent half of all the new replacement pins, rendering them useless. That s nearly $1000 of damage the first night and half again the next, plus man-hours -- and the rate- payer foots the bill. On Wednesday night the same thing happened again, with another $800 worth of roading pins ruined. Mr Reynolds says over- night security guards had to be employed at extra cost to make sure replacement works were not disturbed. Some people might not like like kerb and channel- ling, but in this case Wilma Rd is too narrow to accommo- date swales, which only work with a wider road. Local board transport spokeswoman Jo Holmes says Auckland Transport contrac- ted the Wilma Rd works to be done after complaints from concerned members of the public about the state and safety of that section of the road. But I have also been lob- bied by people opposing kerb and channel being under- taken as part of these road safety works. The fact is, the road was falling apart and the council officers say there was no other solution, Ms Holmes says. A delegation of individuals lobbied the board at its monthly meeting last Thurs- day over the installation of kerb and channelling on the island, which is seen by con- servationists as being insen- sitive to the environment, the wetlands, and the wider Hau- raki Gulf Marine Park in which Waiheke sits. The board acknowledged Waiheke s unique presence in the marine park and requested a full list of trans- port projects on the island. It also resolved to receive prior notification of any road- ing projects with details on the planned use of any non- low impact works like kerb and channelling, and the rationale behind using them. Meanwhile, some drainage works on Natzka Rd in Ostend were also vandalised on the night of August 9. The drainage works were put in place to protect the road side where parts of the road were being lost to erosion. Young drivers caught A call from police for young drivers to recog- nise new zero alcohol laws went unheeded when police caught two males with breath alcohol readings well over the previous legal limit of 150mcg. The law changed to zero breath-alcohol for under 20s on August 7. But when police stopped and breath- alysed a 19-year-old man on August 10 on Seventh Ave, his breath alcohol reading was 529mcg -- still more than three times the previous legal limit. The next day a 17-year-old driver who was stopped and breath- alysed on Seaview Rd had an even higher breath alcohol level of 839mcg -- over five times the previous limit for his age. On Sunday, a 35-year- old man who was stopped and breath- alysed on Ocean View Rd was found to be more than twice the legal limit for adults with a reading of 926mcg. Joy riders rip up reserve and school grounds Rutted and ruined: The grass verge at the corner of Tui St and The Esplanade. Police are looking for witnesses to two incidents in the Blackpool area at the weekend. A silver Toyota hatchback did a large amount of damage to the grass at the old Blackpool school grounds and the reserve on the corner of Tui St and The Espla- nade. Police have identified the 21-year-old driver and his two passengers and will be speaking to them. Police would also like to hear from anyone who saw fireworks being set off on the corner of the Esplanade and Moa Ave.
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