Waiheke Marketplace : January 18th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 9 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JANUARY 18, 2012 NEWS Cosmetic surgery | Appearance medicine | Dermatology Call us today: 372 2011 153 Ocean View Road, Oneroa Visit our Waiheke clinic • Medical grade IPL • Dermal rolling • Microhydrabrasion • Laser hair reduction • LiLash® (eyelash lengthening) • Cosmeceutical skincare Book a FREE cosmetic consultation with a Registered Nurse. www.skininstitute.co.nz LETTERS Long way home As a boatie and Albert Cres resident of coastal Ostend, by location I have also found myself on the council s get fit scheme. The track from the end of Albert Cres down to Wharf Rd unfortunately washed away during Cyclone Wilma in late January 2011, and although during the past 12 months tunnels have been created and opened under Victoria Park, World Cups have been won, and governments re-elected, I still have to walk the long way around, carrying paddle, lifejacket, plus extra provisions for a longer journey to get to Wharf Rd ramp on a loop walk because the top track still doesn t quite meet the bottom track. It s only a 10-feet or so foot gap, so if the council had fixed just one foot per month we would be done by now. What happened to naughty folk work schemes -- this is the perfect project -- and what satisfaction the workers would reap knowing I would save over half a kilometre and at least 15 minutes on my return walk to check my boat. Even the dog is over it! Come on council. Do I really pay all those rates just to get the rubbish collected and the road verge mowed but once a year. We have no footpaths in Albert Cres, so the track is all we ask to keep maintained, or is the 12-month council get fit scheme set to trundle on for another 12 months, and one more pair of jandals?D Priestley Ostend Supermarket folly I find it hard to believe the owners of the Countdown supermarket are planning to move it to Belgium St from its present site. Don t their planners realise that there is no electricity generated on Waiheke? Zero. What on earth is the point of burrowing into the earth to install an underground carpark, and travelators, when they already have an adequate carpark all on the flat? Especially as we are running out of oil now and cars are an endangered species. There must be some mantra among their Auckland gurus that it would get more customers from being on a main road. The original supermarket destroyed all the local village shops. Now the denizens of Rocky Bay are talking about a volunteer-run local shop. A move for Countdown to Belgium St will not change that, nor will the food bill discourage local farmers markets. I am sure the Local Board will not encourage this folly by granting resource consent for this absurd idea. Julia Meek Onetangi Editor's note: Resource consents are granted by Auckland Council, not the local board. The Belgium St supermarket resource consent will be processed on a limited notified basis, with some neighbours and Ngati Paoa being asked for their input. Taking a break Friends of the Street hope that you all had a good start to the New Year and are enjoying the summer holidays. We will be extending our holiday break until Friday, February 3 to spend time with our families and friends. At this time, we ask the families of our young people and the wider community, to take responsibility for their well- being. Friends of the Street started working 10 years ago on January 10, 2002, with the aim of listening to our young people, ensuring their safety and well-being and taking them home if needed. At the time we started, there were problems with vandalism from young people walking home after partying. Our priority is to ensure the safety of our youth -- up to the age of 18. We look out for and will run home older youth to keep them safe, but priority is given to younger people. We have had some upsetting incidents from over 18s abusing us in the past. Most of these people are working, are visiting licensed venues and should be paying for a taxi. We would like to point out to these people that, at 18, they are adults and need to take responsibility for themselves and their friends. We would also like to confirm that there will be no Little Day event this year, our main fundraiser, as the workload is immense and the attendance and support from the community has been limited. In previous years the consumption of alcohol, never supplied or sold by us, has been extreme. It has caused us problems and criticism from the community. We are endeavouring to plan an event for next year with a different format which we hope will work better and gain more support. We would like to thank all our past and present volunteers, supporters, sponsors and the wonderful young people who are so polite, grateful and a pleasure to be around. Hera Mohns Friends of the Street Correction Last week we published the incorrect phone number for Ostend Community Garden co-ordinator Val Larkin. The correct number is 372-6479. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused. Free of charge: Guided walks and hikes around Waiheke are back for the summer. Walks return for summer Auckland Council is offering free profession- ally guided walks for people wishing to explore Waiheke by foot this summer. There are two types of walks -- one to cater for people with a short amount of time or lim- ited fitness, and the other for those wanting more of a challenge. The Saturday walks, which start on January 21 are easy walks suit- able for all ages and levels of fitness, and dogs are welcome. They will last about 40 minutes, starting from the Matiatia ferry terminal and finishing in Oneroa Village. No booking is necessary. Meet at 10.45am at Matiatia wharf, where the guide will be meet- ing passengers off the 10am Fullers ferry from Auckland. For hardier walkers, the guided hiking series takes place every Mon- day from January 23. Hikers can access some of the best and most remote walkways on Waiheke using the Fullers Hopper bus ser- vice. Most walks will last about two hours but allow extra time for connecting to the Hop- per bus service which costs $12 return. Guide Janine James says: Be sure to bring water, sunblock, food, a rain jacket, swim gear and appropriate foot- wear, plus money for an optional wine tasting. Those coming for a hike from Auckland should catch the 9am Fullers ferry to Wai- heke then catch the cor- rect Hopper bus which departs at 10am from Matiatia. Locals can jump on at Onetangi at 10.30am. Both walks and hikes take place whatever the weather. Visit eventfinder.co.nz and search Free Walks Waiheke for information. Call Fullers on 367-9111 to book the Hopper bus. • Architectural building and renovation • Experienced Waiheke building team • Professional project management • Registered Master Builders Ph Geoff Whelan 0274 720 139 www.whelan.co.nz RETRACTION Regarding our story about commuters on January 4, Koos Schipper was not interviewed for the story. He says: ''I never travel through Devonport and have never parked my car there. ''If, and that is only if, it does rain and the conditions are not the best for a two-wheeled vehicle, I take my car to the ferry and pay my fair share for parking it. I have no experience of parking at Devonport at all. ''I also travel from outside Auckland but foremost I don't consider a day's work on Waiheke a holiday. That would be an insult to my customers.'' HIKE SCHEDULE Walk 1, January 23: Orapiu to Pearl Bay. Hopper bus to Orapiu Wharf, hike to Pearl Bay. Walk 2, January 30: Te Matuku to Awaawaroa. Hopper bus to Passage Rock Vineyard, hike to Poderi Crisci Vineyard. Walk 3: February 6: Awaawaroa--Trig Hill Track. Hopper bus to Poderi Crisci Vineyard, hike the Awaawaroa--Trig Hill Track through to Peacock Sky Vineyard. Walk 4: February 13: Cross Island walkway. Hopper bus to Peacock Sky Vineyard, hike part of the Cross Island walkway to Te Whau Vineyard. Walk 5: February 20: Mt Maunganui, Awaawaroa. Hopper bus to Poderi Crisci Vineyard, steep hike to Mt Maunganui and back. Walk 6: February 27: Park Point Coastal walkway. Hopper bus to Jurassic Ridge Vineyard, hike the Park Point Coastal walkway returning to Church Bay for a pick up from Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant. Email letters to editor@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz or sent to Editor, Waiheke Marketplace, PO Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1840, by Monday 9am.
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