Waiheke Marketplace : August 17th 2011
6 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, AUGUST 17, 2011 NEWS Marine park act needs 'more teeth' By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Politicians are calling for changes to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act after worry- ing results were released in the Hauraki Gulf State of the Environment report this month. The report shows declining fish and crayfish stocks, toxic metals and organic contami- nants in estuaries, huge amounts of plastics reaching the gulf via stormwater out- lets, and Bryde's whales in decline. MP for Auckland Central Nikki Kaye says she has asked for a review of the legislation that may lack the teeth'' needed to be able to adequately enhance and realise the potential of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, in which Waiheke sits. I believe the fundamental principles of the legislation are sound and visionary, but after 11 years of experience I believe we need to review it to ensure it is effective''. Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf Mike Lee says the gulf has major problems but something can be done about it. The vast extent of the gulf is not toxic and unpolluted but it is terribly overfished. The islands, especially the conservation islands, are in good shape. So there is no cause for dismay or gloom but there is cause for action.'' Mr Lee believes rather than a lengthy and expensive review of the legislation, three simple amendments to part three of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act are all that is needed. He is calling for a park board to provide leadership and advocacy for the marine park, a statutory manage- ment plan and the addition of the word national'' into the title to become the Hauraki Gulf National Marine Park. Hauraki Gulf Forum chair- man John Tregidga says: If gulf eco-systems were re- turned to a healthy state, it would improve the outlook for tourism, recreational and commercial fisheries, and farming. If we invest in improving the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, then that has a direct economic benefit.'' And after controversy over kerb and channelling work on Wilma Rd last week, the local board has resolved to get prior notification of roading projects before being carried out by Auckland Transport. The board has asked the agency to include the ration- ale for works in relation to low impact solutions that pro- tect the marine park. Reserve revamp gives skaters a half pipe Coming attractions: The Tawaipareira Reserve will soon include a half pipe and two cycle tracks. By GILL ALCOCK The half pipe at the Tawaipareira Reserve skatepark will be built for a new generation of skateboarders more than three years since it was first mooted. Requests for the im- provements to the skate- park on Ostend Rd were first made to the Wai- heke Community Board in 2008. Despite many meetings and designs being drawn up, per- mission and costs were not finalised. Now a younger gener- ation of skateboarders will enjoy the facility after funding for the half pipe was agreed to by the Auckland Council. The money will come out of the 2011/2012 Small Local Improve- ments Projects budget. The design will be the same as used for Grey Lynn Park. It will be 9.6-metres long by 7.2-metres wide and 1.5-metres high. It is designed to sit on top of the ground to reduce digging and re- quirements needed for resource consent. The news will be warmly greeted by mum Giselle Shaw who made a representation at the Waiheke Local Board meeting last week in support of the half pipe to entertain the older teenagers who use the skatepark. She said the facility was good for smaller children but boring for older children. Ms Shaw said despite the older children being respectful to the younger ones it would be good to give them their own space''. The older kids are tol- erant but if there was a half pipe that was much more tricky it would be a good thing and they could take that space.'' Tawaipareira Reserve will also benefit from some new attractions after funding was granted for other im- provements including a 100-metre concrete cycle track for learners with bilingual signage, and a separate 700-metre long mountain bike track around the edge of the reserve. Weeds in the wetland and at the stream edges will be removed and natives will be planted. Two picnic tables will also be added. Anti-violence group moves Living Without Viol- ence has found new premises after having to move from its old offices in Oneroa. The service will soon be available at the former Physio- therapy Clinic at 59 Ostend Rd. Although the mov- ing date is August 29, renovations mean the office will not be open for business until September 5. An application by Living Without Viol- ence for financial help for the building work from the Waiheke Local Board was turned down at its meeting because the building is privately owned. People needing help from Living Without Violence should con- tinue to phone or email them. Messages will be cleared daily and com- munications attended to as quickly as poss- ible, staff say. The phone number remains the same at 372-9220 and the email is lwv.waiheke @xtra.co.nz. People dealing with an emergency should immediatedly call 111 for the police. For help or infor- mation call SHINE on 815-4601. Smart boys: Year 7 Mathex winners, from left: Mitchel Griffiths, Tom Burn, Jaz Caitcheon and Harry Numans. Mighty week for maths Maths Week kept Wai- heke High School stu- dents busy solving Su- dokus, breaking codes and answering quizzes. About 167 entries came in for the daily logic quizzes and lots of prizes were given out. Year 12 student Harry Heath set a school record for solving the Rubik's Cube in 43.1 seconds. In the Guess-the- numbers-in-the-jar com- petition, 96 chocolates were correctly guessed by Aurora Wood and Connor Traill. Head boy Ryan Walton calculated the closest combined height of the teaching staff, while Miriam Robson and her team of four won the Maths Amazing Race in a time of 18 minutes. Harrison Boland and Trent Coleman won the Codebreaker challenge and in the Sudoku chal- lenge, memory sticks and graphics calculators were given to junior and intermediate winners Sian Green and Georgia Boland. Senior Sudoku champ Bonnie Watts completed her game in the school's fastest time of six minutes and 15 seconds. In the Mathex chal- lenge Tom Burn, Jaz Catchieon, Mitchell Grif- fiths and Harry Numans won the year 7 compe- tition. Sahara Adams, Lily Brennan-Town, Alicia Fenton and Megwyn Wolmarans shared the year 8 Mathex honours with Josh Denize, Jesse Meighan, Maddy Craw- ford and Jordan Linnett. And in year 9 the winners were Rosie Finau, Gaia Rowntree and Aurora Wood. The high school has four junior teams in this week's Auckland Mathex event at ASB Stadium in Kohimarama. Visit www.waiheke marketplace.co.nz to see Harry do the Rubik's Cube challenge.
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