Waiheke Marketplace : September 7th 2011
10 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 In conjunction with TransPacific Industries are pleased to announce their 7th gifting to the Waiheke community:- $5000.00 Living Without Violence Towards refit of new premises $500.00 'Dogs Are OK' Safety pamphlet for children $499.00 Waiheke Playcentre Attachments for swing $2500.00 Waiheke Health Trust Four separate health items $1000.00 Hey Dads Portable generator $380.00 ACTiv8 DRAMA Costs toward short movie $500.00 Waiheke Playgroup Equipment and excursions $170.00 Outdoor safety rails for disabled person Total given to the Waiheke community to date is $41,260.30. The Baptist, Anglican, Presbyterian, Catholic and Assembly of God churches are delighted to be able to serve the local community through the New Hope Shop. We thank the local community and the staff at the Transfer Station for their support. Revd Tony Watts, Baptist Church, phone 372 9099. NEW HOPE SHOP, TRANSFER STATION, OSTEND. HOURS: Monday - Saturday 9am-3pm Call goes out for lost painting Lost: The first painting of Nora West's Jack Russell looks exactly like this one. By GEORGE GARDNER Art lover Nora West is putting out the call to help a friend and col- league find a missing painting. Nora s 14-year-old Jack russell Hector died in February and artist Winnie Mitchell offered to paint her a memento of her favourite pet. Two weeks ago Winnie had fin- ished the painting and set off to deliver the gift. Nora says: Unfortunately Win- nie put it on the roof of her car and lost it on the way to my house. It could be anywhere on the side of the road between O Brien Rd in Rocky Bay and Onetangi. Undaunted, Winnie went back home and repainted another acrylic-on-canvas canine master- piece. The original is still lost, but it looks a lot like the second, pic- tured. It s 26 square centimetres. Nora says: I was totally sur- prised at the academic quality of Winnie s painting. Winnie is known for her whim- sical imaginative compositions that she calls her second child- hood , but with this painting she has revealed another side to her talents. If anyone finds the painting of Hector, call Winnie Mitchell on 372-5280 or hand it in at the Wai- heke Marketplace. WE WANT YOUR VIEWS Letters of 150 words or less can be emailed to email@example.com or sent to Editor, Waiheke Marketplace, PO Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1840, by Monday morning, 9am. Full name, address and phone number should be given. Only the name and suburb will be published. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Safer roads I read with some disbelief the statement by Downer s Martin Reynolds that kerb and channelling would work to create a wider, safer road for all users in Te Toki Rd where major upgrades are planned in January . It s simply not true that making a road wider makes it safer. What it does is allow vehicles to feel that they can travel more quickly. The linear edge to the road that kerb and channelling provides adds to that psychological effect on the driver. Given that the buses barrel down that road as it is, would we like to see them travelling 10kmh faster as they take that corner? I doubt that cyclists, or people exiting driveways would welcome that, but they are also road users. Does anyone remember the surprising result of sealing the road down to the sports ground -- people driving faster? Can we please look at the vast body of research and international example before making changes? And can we do that before January when Te Toki Rd will be subjected to major upgrades ? My advice is to add two very wide cycle lanes, or combined non- motor-vehicle lanes, and remove the central dividing line. If that sounds odd, then look it up. They re doing it all over Britain and Europe with great success. TeTokiRdsitsattheheadofa significant wetland, which is where the kerb and channelling would carry pollutants directly. I also question the implication that the road is inadequate or unsafe and therefore needs upgrading -- there s plenty of space on that corner for two buses to pass. I find it ironic that just as Auckland is finally curbing (sorry) the excesses of the motorcar in the city with shared spaces, in which kerbs and signage have been removed, Waiheke seems to be out of step. The Auckland Council website says: Due to lack of conventional street cues such as kerbs and road markings, it is proven that shared space streets often become safer environments. This time we re not far enough behind to be ahead -- unless we stop all this widening and kerbing now. Craig Brown Palm Beach Lights, please I encountered what looked like an entire family -- six or seven cyclists of all ages -- on the Causeway early on Sunday evening, just after dark. None of them had lights on their bikes and two were riding next to each other. I only just saw them. Our roads are bad enough. Please use your lights, cycle in single file, and keep us all safe. H Sandhurst Oneroa Landfill site In response to your August 24 story, Concerns at Landfill Site, this is a classic example of the council making its own rules to suit itself. This fill site, on the corner of Onetangi and O Brien roads, has been used in the past as a temporary fill site if no others are available. Just imagine the costs to the ratepayers of firstly dumping it there and then having to remove it again at a later stage to an appropriate fill site. What would happen if the public started dumping fill, rubbish and road material next to sensitive wetlands? You can bet your dollars you would be shut down and slapped with a massive fine. There is no signage and other requirements that the council demands from other people operating a fill site, let along the dangerous corner trucks are operating at. Was there a traffic impact report done? Let s not also forget all our tourists visiting Onetangi, Te Whau, Rocky Bay and our regional parks. What is their first impression of our clean, green image? It s about time the council found a piece of Waiheke Island out of sight from the public to use as a clean fill site for the next 10 years. This could then be used afterwards for a park, sports ground, etc. It would save ratepayers millions every year because there would be no cost to dump the fill from council operations and it would also make money from private users of the fill site. Let s get it right once and for all. B Marshall Rocky Bay Too expensive Unfortunately my wife and I are having to leave the island as our family, who all have mortgages, can no longer afford to visit. SeaLink has lost its opposition, Waiheke Shipping, and prices have gone up. Fullers has had no competition since Pacific Ferries -- I remember back to when Pacific started up in opposition and a return fare to Auckland was $9. I believe we re suffering from corporate communism. No monopoly should be in private hands. Graham Wheaton Ostend Peace students Over the last two weeks, Waiheke Primary School students have been digging deep into their pocket money and their hearts to raise money for Volunteer Service Abroad. Every morning , senior students Mac, Dylan, Jake, Marino, Edda and Case gave up their playtime to collect $3 from students wanting to buy a friendship bracelet in order to help children in countries less fortunate than themselves. Some children were buying a bracelet for all their friends and these were proudly worn on wrists and ankles. The students combined this generous-spirited initiative with a huge campaign for peace. Peace Week was celebrated with talks, stories and poems and art about peace. Drawings, peace cranes and even a peace chandelier were hung in the library. Older students painted peace signs on the faces of little ones. The younger students drew peace signs in chalk and decorated tiles, robots and huts with flowers, peace signs and love hearts. The whole experience had a profound effect on teachers and students alike and the school finished the peace initiative feeling ecstatic that they had raised $969 for children who are in real need of true friendship. Cathy J Carroll Waiheke Primary School Correction In our story about stolen cars last week, we would like to point out that the Silver Toyota Cynos found burned out on Man O War Bay Rd, was in fact locked, when it was stolen. Sgt Peter Knight says: The message we are trying to get across is that thieves are more likely to steal a car that is unlocked than a car that is locked. New Onetangi Beach care co-ordinator: Craig Balme Beach care co-ordinator appointed The Onetangi Residents Association has appointed a new co-ordinator for Onetangi Beach Care. Sixth Ave resident Craig Balme is a daily walker along the beach and believes he is ideally suited to checking the pulse of this ever- changing environ- ment . His passion for the sea is a quality the Onetangi Resi- dents Association hopes will refocus the energy needed to help preserve the iconic stretch of Waiheke coastline. A photographer for 26 years, Mr Balme has always appreciated the challenge of main- taining threatened ecosystems such as Onetangi Beach where nature and people often collide . Gaining a post-graduate Diploma in Environmental Science in 2009 and with a stint as an Honorary Fisheries Officer in 2009 and 2010, he hopes to rekindle debates around dune restoration, erosion control and managing water run-off. He says: The problems of storm water run- off were highlighted in January by the extreme storm events that caused significant damage on and around Onetangi Beach and the washing up of millions of horse mussels. Mr Balme s first task is to co-ordinate the dune grass planting this Sunday, September 11. Those wishing to help should meet at 10am at the Onetangi barbecue and come equipped with a small spade or digging stick. Plants will be supplied by Auckland City and a sausage sizzle organised by the Residents Association will follow the planting at about noon.
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