Waiheke Marketplace : January 11th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 6 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JANUARY 11, 2012 OPINION Departs Waiheke (Orapiu) to Rotoroa Island (approximate times) MTWTFSS 3Oct-24Dec 9.50am 9.50am 7.05pm 9.50am 9.50am 26 Dec - 6 Feb 9.50am 9.50am 9.50am 9.50am 7.05pm 9.50am 9.50am 7Feb--9Apr 9.50am 9.50am 7.05pm 9.50am 9.50am Departs Rotoroa Island MTWTFSS 3Oct-24Dec 3.45pm 3.45pm 9pm 5.15pm 5.15pm 26 Dec- 6 Feb 3.45pm 3.45pm 3.45pm 3.45pm 9pm 5.15pm 5.15pm 7Feb--9Apr 3.45pm 3.45pm 9pm 5.15pm 5.15pm Departs Waiheke (Orapiu) to Coromandel (approximate times) MTWTFSS 3Oct-24Dec 9.50am 9.50am 7.05pm 9.50am 9.50am 26 Dec - 6 Feb 9.50am 9.50am 9.50am 9.50am 7.05pm 9.50am 9.50am 7Feb--9Apr 9.50am 9.50am 7.05pm 9.50am 9.50am Departs Coromandel: Hannaford's Wharf MTWTFSS 3Oct-24Dec 3.00pm 3.00pm 8.15pm 4.30pm 4.30pm 26 Dec - 6 Feb 3.00pm 3.00pm 3.00pm 3.00pm 8.15pm 4.30pm 4.30pm 7Feb--9Apr 3.00pm 3.00pm 8.15pm 4.30pm 4.30pm Prices (Orapiu - Coromandel) Ferry One Way Ferry Return 10 Trip Orapiu-Coromandel Adult $43.50 $77.00 $336.00 Child (5-15 years) $21.20 $39.00 $166.00 Senior $39.00 $66.50 N/A Family (2 Ad+2 Chd) N/A $193.00 N/A Prices Ferry Return Adult $21.00 Senior $18.00 Child (5-15yrs) $13.00 Family (2 adults+2 children) $55.00 Enjoy a Day-trip or Break to the Coromandel or Rotoroa Island, with 360 Discovery Cruises COROMANDEL TOWN ROTOROA ISLAND A ferry bus shuttle will transfer you to and from Coromandel Town (Samuel James Reserve car park) and Hannaford's Wharf. 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Let Nysa Léon Blinds design for you an aesthetic window solution that provides the best in functional heat, light and privacy control 021 280 2553 | 0800 100 763 | email@example.com WELCOME BACK MELANIE! Now a qualifed Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist Bookings now being taken for 2012 For enquiries phone 372 7422 Rested, restored and back to board business Waiheke Local Board chairwoman Faye Storer looks ahead at the year. Future plans: Faye Storer, right, hands out copies of the first Waiheke Local Board Plan under the supercity. She is pictured with Kara Nelson, left, and Lomond Brown. BOARD TALK It would be hard to find a more perfect place to spend Christmas and New Year than Waiheke. So I didn't try. I was here for the dur- ation, enjoyed quality time with friends and family and watched the steady parade of visitors who are so important to our island economy. Many readers, I think, will have done much the same -- rest, relax, restore. It's been a busy, sometimes tumultuous year for us as a country and I think we all needed a bit of rest and rec- reation. For the Waiheke Local Board, it has been non- stop and we have seen the first year of the new Auckland Council pass by at a fast rate of knots. While we have enjoyed the holiday break, board business was never far from our minds. I went into Christmas knowing this past year has been a solid start for the board, setting down firm foundations. Elected representa- tives, council staff and the Council Controlled Organisations have all worked tirelessly to make this new Auckland model of local govern- ment work. It hasn't been easy but there has been goodwill in abundance. Working with the mayor, council- lors, other local boards, Auckland Transport, and the various CCOs we have achieved a lot. Local boards still need more delegations, more control over our own budgets and better recog- nition and implemen- tation of our so-called co- governance role but we're well down the track to achieving these. The board's most sig- nificant achievement has to be the negotiation of a new library in Oneroa. This project, which will begin construction in June, is the culmination of many years work by community boards, local board and community. It has been batted about by various political factions in former councils and, finally, common-sense has won the day. It will be four times larger than the current library and will house a range of services. The Auckland Council inherited an astounding number of plans, poli- cies, bylaws and other documents from former councils, all needing to be sorted through and re- formulated into some- thing that serves the whole region. This keeps board members busy, not only to ensure that Wai- heke ends up with the best possible solutions but also to make sure the baby isn't thrown out with the bath water'' on important issues. All local boards are charged with producing a Local Board Plan and we are pleased with what Waiheke has delivered. This plan, which drew heavily on community input, sets the direction for at least the next three years and sometimes beyond. The board has also produced two Local Board Agree- ments that specify which capital and operational works will be under- taken in a 12-month period and we will be on constant alert to drive these projects forward. As long as the board can access some dis- cretionary money (Small Local Improvement Pro- jects) we can continue to respond to community needs and deliver more bus shelters, parks and track upgrades, ped- estrian safety measures and other amenity improvements. This momentum will continue. Some of the projects and issues we want progressed in 2012 are stormwater improve- ments, wetland resto- ration, safer roads, bet- ter transport solutions for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, more weed control and better community facilities. We will also be advocating for solutions to the State of the Gulf report, like more marine reserves. There will be chall- enges and different, sometimes conflicting, perspectives on issues. That's to be expected. Butitisanewyear.A new year I am looking forward to as board chairwoman and particu- larly as a Waiheke resi- dent. As I said at the out- set, I can't think of a better place to spend it.
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