Waiheke Marketplace : March 7th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 8 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MARCH 7, 2012 LETTERS Open the door to a whole new kitchen experience KIT3314/WM At Kitchen Studio Greenlane we offer the very latest design innovations. Let us manage your new kitchen project from start to finish and make it a pleasurable experience. Contact Suzie -- 09 579 1243 or mobile 027 255 5061 Showroom -- 415 Great South Rd, Greenlane firstname.lastname@example.org As a Waiheke resident, Suzie proudly offers Waiheke Kitchen buyers the same professional ser vice enjoyed by her Auckland customers. NO1 FRANCHISE 2011 4435403AA WE WELCOME YOUR VIEWS Letters of 150 words or less can be emailed to email@example.com 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 edit, abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Fee hikes: Are dog owners being targeted to help pay for Auckland Council projects? Bus hounds In reply to Leigh McGowan s letter of February 22 about not being able to take a dog on a bus, you don t get off the ferry in Auckland and expect to board a bus with your dog, so why would you expect to do so on Waiheke? Louise Palm Beach Slow down Road users and early morning commuters -- we see you and we hear you. This is Waiheke, not an Auckland motorway, where is your respect? 30kmh means 30kmh, not 40, 50, 60, 70kmh. Wake up earlier to get to work. Families live along the roads that have roadworks. We love living here so please help us by slowing down so we can all enjoy our daily trips around this beautiful island, as you come and go to work. That s why we live here isn t it? Name withheld Wharf Rd Free lunches Since when did a free lunch not have to be paid for? I refer to Auckland Council s Our Auckland brochure in February. On page 12 there are four freebies , on page 13 there are three, on page 15 there are three more, on page 16 there is free Music in the Park, page 17 has free movies, page 18 and 19 list free events and on page 21 there is a free breakfast event. Are all these musicians and performers giving their time for free? Is the food going to fall from the heaven free? Are the organisers of these events doing it for free? Not likely. The ratepayer will be paying for it whether they go or not. Auckland Council should stick to its knitting . Mayor Len Brown wants to raise the GST on rates, increasing the tax on a tax. Let him look at saving our money (because we have to pay our rates), not throw it around trying to buy popularity. Why should Waiheke ratepayers pay for Auckland s entertainment when many of our roads have no kerbing or footpaths? Arthur Moore Surfdale Dog fees To understand the proposed dramatic hike in dog registration fees, please read the Draft Long Term Plan for Auckland to see why the council wants more of everybody s money. Volume 1, section 2.5.2, p44: Re-fit Super Yacht facilities -- $17 million. More development Wynyard Quarter -- $204m. Cruise ship facilities -- $21m. Sporting events -- $256m. In addition, the council must borrow at your expense to meet claims against them for failing us large scale over leaky homes and buildings. Volume 3, page 61, section 3.13, note 3: Council s forecast of costs of $530m relating to its share of residential weathertightness claims. Confusingly, this figure is elsewhere put at $487m. Whatever the figure, the council debt will increase, in the millions, during the 30-year period ahead. What consequences will residents face in Len Brown s world s most liveable city? Call 301-0101 for the three volume plan. Eme Kilkenny Sandy Bay Tangled birds I was saddened by your report of the seagull entangled by a fishing hook in its mouth. Just days before I had myself rescued a juvenile black-backed gull down at Cable Bay that had suffered a similar fate and was hanging from a fence with a particularly nasty hook which had gone right through its lower jaw. Your article implied that carelessly discarded hooks and lines are a common problem, yet made no attempt to educate people about safe disposal. Surely, it s only a matter of time before the next victim of such thoughtlessness is a child playing on the beach. Alison Arnold Ostend Cycle racks Like many of us, I have a sedentary job. I sit at my computer, I think and I write. I do this thinking and writing in the city so travel to and from the ferry is our daily norm. The bus stop is close to our driveway so all the whanau take the bus to and from the boat. Except me. I cycle to work most days and I use the bike racks for the return trip home. This gives me a much- needed 25 minutes of aerobic exercise most days. In the afternoon I can bring the children (aged five and eight) back home on the bus, with my bike. Brilliant and not possible without the bike racks. I confess to also using the bike racks when I don t have to bring the children home on the bus. I m exhausted in the afternoon and I have meals to cook and children to settle. The predominantly uphill ride home (think Matiatia to Artworks, Little Oneroa up to Surfdale followed by our own ridiculously steep driveway -- not good) has twice brought on asthma attacks and a deep reluctance to cook. Sad but true. Someofusarenotfit--I moneof them. However, every bit of exercise that we can include in our day is a bonus. So thank you Fullers and Cycle Action Waiheke. Mauri ora whanau. Robyn Manuel Burrell Rd Families bond over food Three winners: Judges Charlie and Penelope Brown, with their son Te Maania, decided all three entries deserved a prize. By GILL ALCOCK The Waiheke Youth Initiative to get families eating together saw a great response from one family with all three daughters writing a story. The promotion for the month of February encouraged families to eat together and enter a photograph, story or drawing of the shared meal. The reason behind the idea was to show families the benefits of eating together -- better health, increased communication and happier relation- ships between parents and children, and siblings. Charlie and Penelope Brown judged the entries on display at Countdown supermarket in Ostend. The couple decided all three Cullen daughters -- Tilly, 6, Lulu, 8, and Mina, 10 -- deserved to win the three hampers on offer from Countdown manager Jamie Brear. Waiheke Youth Initiative spokes- woman Anna Brown says: I hope the promotion has seen more Waiheke families enjoy a meal together. CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS In last week's story Campaign calls for community pool, Delyth Morgan-Coghlan says a new indoor heated swimming pool would cost around $6 million. Ms Morgan-Coghlan is concerned people will think $6m is the project cost when in fact the amount is hypothetical until she has received expert advice on the matter. She says there is now even more reason for residents to get themselves heard as the submissions to the Auckland Council long-term plan are open and there is a direct link to the Have Your Say page on the council's website on the Waiheke community swimming pool Facebook page. Anyone interested in voicing their support for a community pool direct to Auckland Council can search for Waiheke Community Swimming Pool page on Facebook and follow the link or type in: www.facebook.com/pages/ Waiheke-Community- Swimming-Pool/17491485 9280979.
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