Waiheke Marketplace : February 22nd 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 9 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 NEWS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 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. Kowhai conundrum: Ostend resident Graham Hooper is concerned the kowhai tree on the council road reserve outside The Rocks on Belgium St will be removed to make way for entry to the new Countdown supermarket. Photo: GRAHAM HOOPER Street trees While most people know about the five pohutukawa trees on Belgium St Countdown wants to remove to build an underground carpark, they may not know that two more trees could go. The magnificent kowhai tree in front of The Rocks is also destined to be axed to make way for the entry/exit point of the supermarket. I have watched this tree grow from the day it was planted. Two kowhai trees were originally planted but just after The Rocks opened, someone backed a truck over the other tree close to the driveway and it was never replaced. The two trees were planted to screen the building from the main road. How times have changed. According to the supermarket application, the new building will fit into the existing streetscape, but it also states no street trees will be affected, or work will be done near the dripline of trees. In the application map, the kowhai tree planted area on the council road reserve is not included on the drawing, as if it doesn t exist. The application also seeks to move the bus stop outside the pensioner village opposite the Ostend shops to opposite the supermarket -- at ratepayers expense? Does this mean another pohutukawa, outside the service centre, will be removed for a bus bay? The application also states that the hearings panel strongly supports the application as it evokes the character of a retail centre such as Newmarket . Do we want that on Waiheke? The application states the two pohutukawa trees that will replace the five that are removed will only be placed in concrete containers which will restrict their growth to a maximum two metres. That means they won t ever become protected native trees of over three metres under our district plan. It also states these five pohutukawa aren t suitable as street trees due to their bushy/shrub-like nature. But they have been wonderful street trees, providing shade and also flowers for the many tui over summer -- just like the kowhai outside The Rocks. Graham Hooper Ostend Dog bylaws Regarding the letter on dog bylaws on February 8, if Name Withheld could see past the tourism dollars, he/ she might discover that people who care for dogs come in all ranges of age, ability, income and general life circumstances. Some have constraints regarding transport or the cost of running a car, some may never get to the off-leash locations. Older and less capable dog owners may habitually rely on a particular local beach which suits their needs for easy access. In addition to issues related to the capacity of dog carers -- remembering that over the period of 10 to 15 years of a dog s life, the carer may suffer ill health, loss of a partner or some other life change and yet still be committed to the welfare of their pet. In order for dogs to engage in natural behaviours, off leash socialising is extremely important. Waiheke must retain current access hours. Eme Kilkenny Sandy Bay Lazy cyclists Would whoever made the decision to put bike racks on our buses explain why? It seems to me that if someone wishes to ride a bike they would not want or need to take a bus. Why would they bring their bike to the island? This attachment defeats the purpose of cycling. If it is so necessary to create additional work for our overworked yet always helpful bus drivers, surely hooks for those ungainly and clumsy oversized pushchairs would have been more appropriate. But did anyone think to ask which should take priority? Alternatively, why not some extra space inside the buses for luggage so during the crazy season people don t use up seats for their huge bags. Whichever is most important as an additional service on our buses, it is certainly not bike racks for lazy cyclists. Polly Nash Surfdale Dogs on buses My husband and I and an Australian friend, travelled to your beautiful island with our little Yorkshire terrier on a Fullers ferry, a trip we have made several times over the last year. Imagine our dismay when we tried to board the bus to Onetangi and were curtly informed no dogs on buses . We politely told the driver we had never had a problem on previous trips. His reply was not on my bus . Apparently this rule is discretionary. After approaching two other drivers who were not travelling to Onetangi, who applied the same rule -- we found a driver who would take us. He stated he didn t have a problem with dogs, in fact they were more well behaved than a lot of his two-legged passengers! Unfortunately, when we tried to return by a further two scheduled buses we were refused permission to board. A young Mexican chef at the Beachfront Cafe, who was finishing his shift, saw our plight and kindly came to our rescue. He took us in his little car back to Oneroa where we had lunch and then walked down to the ferry. This act of kindness on his part was greatly appreciated by three elderly visitors. We feel this rule should be clarified and advertised. Leigh McGowan Titirangi Family meals A story, photograph or drawing of a shared family meal will win three families a meal hamper from Countdown. The Waiheke Youth Initiative is promoting February as sharing a family meal month. Research shows meal sharing has lots of positive effects on health, well-being and nutritional needs, and improves relationships between parents and children. It doesn t have to be an evening meal, it could be breakfast or after school. The important thing is taking the time to sit down and enjoy a meal together with no distractions. Turn off the TV, the computer and leave the phones in another room. Hand in entries at the information desk at the supermarket or at Lazy Lounge by February 27. Optimus Gryme, aka Charlie Brown, and Penny Brown will judge the entries at Countdown on February 29 and announcing the winners at 3pm. Visit the website www.feedingour families.org.nz for meal ideas. Contact Waiheke Budgeting Services on 372-6300 or Piritahi Hau Ora on 372-0022 for advice on preparing affordable, nutritious family meals. Anna Brown Waiheke Youth Initiative Keep away from dotterels BIRD'S EYE VIEW Endangered bird: Residents are reminded to keep themselves and their dogs away from the dotterel breeding grounds at Whakanewha Regional Park. By JULIA MEEK and ANDY SPENCE We all know that we are totally dependent on nature doing its thing and staying healthy, but in the business of getting and spending it is possible to take it all for granted and hope for the best. Some species are glamor- ous, like kereru and kauri trees, others go unnoticed but are just as important like tuturiwhatu pukunui, the New Zealand dotterel. Would anyone notice if the few remaining little brown-and- white shore birds disap- peared from Waiheke and the Hauraki Gulf? Would anyone care? Well, they would when the signs of imbalance become more acute. The waters of the gulf are already showing the signs of stress like the pro- liferation of toxic jellyfish, poisonous sea slugs, dying penguins and so on, which result from over-fishing, pol- lution, dumping of bilge and waste from big ships and lots of small boats and, of course, global warming. There s not much the aver- age Waihekean can do to stop all that. But what each of us can do is to co-operate to treasure what remains of wildlife on those beaches which still have some. What dotterels actually contribute is one of nature s mysteries, as with some of the other small birds like banded rails, pied stilts and oystercatchers, and all those tiny invertebrates and mol- luscs with which a healthy beach teems. But there is no doubt that where they are not, degra- dation has set in. Future Birds Eye View columns will specify how everyone can help. To be get- ting on with, signs are being put up. If you see one of those, please do not go there or land there with a dog, especially between August and March when there may be eggs on the sand. Picnic time for teddy bears Picnic participant: Maija Fredrichberg at last year's Teddy Bears' Picnic. The Teddy Bears Picnic will take place on National Children s Day, March 4, at Te Huruhi School hall and playing fields. The picnic, from 2pm to 5pm, has the theme Treasure Our Children and organisers are encouraging visitors to dress in their royal best. All activities are free and include crown-making, designing and creating a coat-of-arms, running races, the teddy parade, pony rides, the ever-popular slime bin, the Toy Library obstacle course, storytelling, face- painting, Jump Jam, bouncy castle, sing-a-longs, Zumba with Rahman, and discover- ing what lies within The Round Room. There will be spot prizes including a family pass to Kelly Tarlton s and Auckland Zoo -- both with Fuller s ferry passes and Explorer bus tickets. This is a fantastic free day out for the whole family and in keeping with the spirit of family and togetherness, both children and parents are encouraged to get involved in all the activities on the day, organiser Felicity Thompson says. Organisers are collecting children s clothing, in clean and tidy condition, to donate to Women s Refuge and Kidz First Hospital. It is not only a great chance for parents to clear out some much-needed storage space but a way for the children of Waiheke to help nurture other less fortu- nate children in the greater Auckland region, Ms Thomp- son says. A drop-off area will be sign- posted on the day. The event has funding from the Waiheke Local Board and Auckland City Council. Email Felicity Thompson at email@example.com or call 372-3221 or 021-207- 2740 for information.
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