Waiheke Marketplace : February 15th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 9 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 LETTERS • Warrant of Fitness • Tune-ups • Servicing • Tyres • Brakes • Clutches 12 Beatty Parade, Waiheke Island 09 372 6409 SURFDALE MOTORS MECHANICAL REPAIRS TO ALL MAKES & MODELS HONEST RELIABLE SERVICE HOURS: MONDAY - FRIDAY 8AM - 4.30PM • FULL MECHANICAL SERVICE & REPAIRS • FIRESTONE & BRIDGESTONE TYRES, FITTING & PUNCTURE REPAIRS • PICKUP & DELIVERY SERVICE • AA BATTERIES • OIL • WOF • LUBE • ACCESSORIES & SPARES • USE YOUR BP OR FLEXIPAY CARD WE ARE OPEN 7 DAYS! Ostend Motors 2007 Ltd 2 Albert Crescent, Ostend Phone 372 8949 Most major tyre brands stocked • If we don't have it we'll get it... ASAP • Passenger, 4x4, light trucks and vans • Free fitting and balancing with each • tyre sold Open 8.30am-5pm Mon-Sat • 2 Tui Street, Oneroa AT ONEROA BP Our advertisers will tell you BEST distribution equals BEST response Promote your business in the Waiheke Marketplace. Phone Dene on 372 9231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Ph Ian on (09) 372 6510 / 0274 393 846 18 Erua Rd, Ostend, Waiheke Island Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm Starter Motors Alternators Car Stereos Electric Windows Central Locking Batteries EFTPOS Available HARRIS AUTO ELECTRICAL Fully-qualifed auto electrician • Over 20 yrs experience SMASH REPAIRS • Panel & Paint • Insurance / Private Work • Windscreens - cracked & chipped repairs & replacement email@example.com / 5 Tahi Rd, Ostend 372 9757 / 027 268 7358 ISLAND MOTORING Join our ISLAND MOTORING FEATURE for less than the price of an oil change! ISLAND MOTORING this weeks tip: When storing car, bike, and boat bateries always fully charge frst, and keep them up of concrete foors by sitng them on wood to avoid the cold concrete foor sapping the charge and draining them prematurely. If in doubt bring them in for us to check performance and charge up. We also have a full range in stock, and will supply and fttherightbatery for you. Ian Harris - Harris Auto Electrical Waiheke Marketplace Advertising Feature YOUR GUIDE TO WAIHEKE'S AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE PROVIDERS LETTER RULES Letters of 150 words or less can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org 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. LETTERS Microlight Club Friends of the Street would like to thank the Gordonton Microlight Club for flying to Waiheke Island to display 10 of their planes to the public. More people than expected made their way up to the airport, admired the planes and were able to question the pilots. It was great to see that many parents brought their young children to find out more about the history of these colourful planes. We also like to thank one of our longstanding volunteers, Russell Duurloo, for arranging this event. We were able to raise $337 from donations by the public. Hera Mohns Friends of the Street Thanks, Waiheke I have moved off the island back to the UK and would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who made my time there so special and my leaving so memorable -- I am proud to have been a part of your lives. I m not very good with goodbyes and feelings. (I will leave you my guitar in my will, Rowan, but you ll have to come and get it.) Love and hugs to all. Martin Reynolds UK Shop local We have received efficient, friendly, caring and courteous service when obtaining certain goods from New Generation, Oneroa 4 Square, Gulf Sound & Vision and Hamills Fishing supplies. We required goods that were not in their stores, so we asked them if they could obtain them, which they did, with a smile, at the same and better prices than in the city. We all need to support our Waiheke Island retailers and producers, so ask them first. I have written numerous letters to Countdown, asking why we are not offered certain and more New Zealand and Waiheke products and have not had one response. The choices of groceries are predominantly Australian produced. The Countdown shelves offer far too much junk food and groceries that are not good for our health. I don t know anyone who leaves feeling satisfied they have had a good choice of groceries. Countdown would do well and have a better relationship with its clientele if the management communicated with the community about its needs and supplied us with a good range of groceries produced in NZ and on Waiheke Island. If there was less junk food on the shelves the need for another industrial barn would not be necessary. Also, why not have a section where damaged grocery waste could be sold for a dollar instead of being classified as no use for anyone and dumped? This dollar could go towards a charity. Susan Williamson Sandy Bay Editor's Note: We offered Countdown the right of reply. Here is the response: We welcome feedback from our customers and apologise if letters have gone unanswered. We will follow that up with our team. Ms Williamson touched on a couple of things, some which we already do and some that we re working on. In December, we launched the Countdown Food Rescue programme which aims to redirect surplus fit for consumption food from going to waste. Groceries that Countdown cannot sell that remain safe to eat are redirected to the Salvation Army and other charities wherever possible. On Waiheke, our team began working with the Waiheke Budgeting Service in December which is now receiving weekly donations. It is our preference to source NZ products wherever possible. The vast majority of our fresh fruit, vegetables and fresh meat is sourced from NZ. We only import fresh products when we cannot source it locally, like bananas, or if it is out of season. On Waiheke, our local store also ranges a number of local products like wine and coffee which are not stocked in other stores. Our supermarkets provide a diverse range of products. With over 20,000 products in your average supermarket, we offer a wide selection, from fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh meat and a good range of grocery items to provide our customers with a wide variety of options. Carparks The park and ride facility at Ostend is probably the best utilised on the island. It is imperative that the allotted carparks adjacent to the bus stop are retained as part of the planning consent for the proposed supermarket. This facility has been in place for some time and if it was lost it will result in more people driving their cars to Matiatia. This flies in the face of council promoting the use of public transport. On another note, please retain the pohutukawa -- they are the one touch of beauty in an area otherwise lacking in aesthetics. The proposed supermarket obviously lacks any green credentials -- at least let us retain the two small contributions to sustainability we have now instead of creating a total brown zone in the heart of Ostend. Jo Davies Media exposure I feel the media are the cause of so much unrest and division in this country. Yes, we know that there are groups of Maori and other activists who spend their entire lives protesting and behaving like rude and disrespectful children, and that some politicians also behave the same way daily, so why do the media give them airtime, or write up their puerile antics in such depth? For example, had the reporters, whether from the papers or the television industry, kept away and reported not a single incident from our embarrassing Waitangi Day where supposedly all New Zealanders should enjoy and celebrate living together in our beautiful country, then these activists would desist from lack of attention and coverage. Talking to most people they agree that the media has much to answer for. Personally, I do the crosswords and watch the 6 o clock news for sport and the weather. Nan Cotter Onetangi Dog bylaws Jo Holmes complains that the supercity is riding roughshod over local communities with regard to dog bylaws. Actually the supercity phoned me last year to offer the opportunity of answering a detailed 20-minute questionnaire on my opinions about dog bylaws. I gladly accepted their offer. In 10 years of residence on the island I have never received such consideration from the Waiheke Local/Community Board. Sue Pockett Rocky Bay Club fundraiser Pony club supporters are being invited to buck up to the Artworks Community Cinema this Friday night for a film fundraiser. There will be wine and popcorn when the doors open at 7.30pm, with a screening of the movie Buck at 8pm. Tickets cost $16 for adults and $13 for children. Money raised will finance Waiheke Pony Club riders to attend the Mercer Cup event.
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