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Southern Cross approved. ww w.skininstitute.co.nz Phone: 372 2011 153 Ocean View Road Oneroa Leaders enjoy island retreat Warm Waiheke welcome: Prime ministers John Key and Julia Gillard arrive at Matiatia where they were met by Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye. By GILL ALCOCK ART GALLERY VISIT MOVING' While the heads of state of the Pacific Islands were in discussion at Cable Bay Vineyards, their ''better halves'' were visiting the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. Gallery director Linda Chalmers says the women, led by Prime Minister John Key's wife Bronagh, had a relaxing hour or so meeting Pacific Island artists who have made Waiheke their home. The gallery's guests heard from clothing designer Jeanine Clarkin, who talked about dressing politicians, Luc Tutugoro from New Caledonia, Laloma Andrews and Selina Tusitala-Marsh who recited some of her poetry. ''It was a wonderful morning. Our local artists were very well received. I think the visitors found them very entertaining and actually quite moving,'' Ms Chalmers says. UNPRECEDENTED numbers of police were on watch on Waiheke as the Pacific Island leaders forum spent last Thursday enjoying the hospitality of Cable Bay Vineyards. Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye was on hand to meet the 15 leaders including New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and his Australian counterpart Julia Gillard on their arrival at Matiatia. The MP says it is a tribute to Waiheke Island that the 42nd Pacific Island leaders forum retreat was held here. She felt it was perfect sym- metry to hold a discussion about island needs and issues on an island that understands those issues. Ms Kaye says it is superb'' that the leaders were able to spend time in the peaceful and beauti- ful surroundings'' of Waiheke Island to discuss issues that are critical to the future of the Pacific region. The usual silly shirt'' photo opportunity was transformed into a sensibly warm Icebreaker jacket photo which was taken at Cable Bay with the vista across to Auck- land city as the background. Mr Key says he thought the New Zealand weather warranted something a little warmer than the usual forum shirt. Every leader at the forum was also presented with an All Blacks jersey. Carpark relocated No longer available: Forty-eight hour parking along the southern side of Ocean View Rd has been removed. Additional room has been created at the Owhanake carpark. Parking on the southern side of Ocean View Rd to Matiatia has been perma- nently removed after concerns were raised regarding road user safety and ground instability. The area affected involves the 48-hour parking along the approach road to the wharf which can park up to 45 vehicles. These have been replaced with an additional 60 parking spaces in the Owhanake carpark, a kilometre walk from the ferry building. Auckland Transport, which is undertaking the works, says a recent upgrade of Ocean View Rd revealed the south side bank is unstable. This and parked vehicles are having a det- rimental effect on the road, Auckland Transport's communications manager Wally Thomas says. None of the parks on the northern side is affected. Mr Thomas says the additional off- road parking at Owhanake will relieve some of the congestion of a road already under pressure''. He says: Road user safety is the primary concern. As well as the ground instability, a number of near misses involving cyclists, motorists and pedestrians warranted an urgent assessment of how the road could be improved for all users. We'll be looking at a package of measures over the next few weeks,'' Mr Thomas says. Keeping children safe: Te Huruhi School is warning parking tickets could be issued to keep bus bays clear. School: Don't park on bus bays Parents and caregivers with chil- dren at Te Huruhi School are being warned they may get a parking ticket if they park in the bus bay while dropping off children at the start and finish of the school day. Since the end of the free bus ser- vice the school has seen an increase in the number of vehicles delivering, and picking up students at the school gates. Te Huruhi School principal Ian Travers says this has placed extra pressure on both parking and drop- off facilities. To ensure the four buses have room to park, the school has engaged traffic wardens to monitor the area between 8am and 8.30am, and 2.15pm and 2.45pm. Mr Travers says any car left unattended will receive a ticket. He says the system is being intro- duced to keep traffic flowing quickly, and safely, for the children. Police and traffic wardens will be keeping an eye out for those not using the turning circle at the end of the school grounds and doing u-turns in front of the school plus drivers not keeping to the 40kmh speed limit during the pick-up and drop-off peak periods, Mr Travers says.
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