Waiheke Marketplace : March 21st 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 6 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MARCH 21, 2012 NEWS AVAILABLE 19TH MARCH - 1ST APRIL 2012. TRADE NOT SUPPLIED. WHILE STOCKS LAST. You can't beat IN OSTEND 'The Barn' PHONE 372 5555 LETTERS LETTER RULES 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. Nuclear free This letter is regarding the international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons, or ICAN New Zealand. Next month a parliamentary select committee will consider the proposal that our government join with like-minded governments of the world to abolish nuclear weapons. Although three- quarters of all the world s nations support this proposal, little progress has been made -- over 20,000 nuclear warheads remain in the arsenals of the eight nuclear nations. Also, each stage of their production causes immeasurable harm to health and our environment. One nuclear weapon is too many. Waiheke Peace Group and all who signed the proposal Woollen I would like to thank the lady or ladies who have donated wool to the RSA after a story was published in the Waiheke Marketplace. We have a team of ladies who knit squares which we sew together to make blankets which are donated to causes like the RSA, Waiheke Budgeting Services, Hospice, the Starship and Middlemore children s hospitals. Some have been sent to the Soloman islands. Any spare wool can still be taken to the RSA but if you can t get to Ostend please take it to the Red Cross in Oneroa. Thank you so much. Louise McKearney Onetangi Foreshore In this edition of the newspaper we are promoting our Citizens Initiated Referendum to restore Crown ownership of New Zealand s foreshore and seabed. We are making an appeal to Waiheke Marketplace readers to sign the petition and send it in to us. Running a Citizens Initiated Referendum is extremely difficult as the 320,000 signatures that are needed is an enormous hurdle. But if everyone who reads our ad responds, we will have a very good chance of success. Dr Muriel Newman CIR Petitioner Whangarei Hero set on helping others Local hero: James O'Malley was nominated for his commitment to overcome challenges. James O Malley was among the 27 Local Heroes from the Auck- land and Northland regions recognised as part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2012. He received his Kiwibank Local Heroes medal from Auckland Council deputy mayor Penny Hulse at the Telstra Clear Events Centre in front of more than 250 supporters, community leaders and dignitaries last week. The medals recognise everyday New Zealand- ers who through various endeavours have made outstanding contribu- tions to their own com- munities. Mr O Malley was nominated for showing how with determination and commitment people can overcome challenges and go on to achieve. He struggled with learning difficulties but it wasn t until he was 40 that he plucked up the courage to attend liter- acy classes. He became determined to help others in the community. He joined the volunteer fire brigade, Sea Scouts as a parent leader and has been on the Tertiary Education committee as a student representative. He has completed fire brigade courses and gained a tutor certificate. Don McKenzie OBE, also a local hero, was a runner-up in the senior New Zealander of the Year category, anno- unced last month. Mr McKenzie lost his sight at the age of five and has dedicated his life to serving on more than 15 organisations in the physiotherapy, blind and disabled sectors. At 71 he still works as a physiotherapist and on the Waiheke Local Board. He has been on the board of the Royal Foundation of the Blind for 28 years, 18 of those as chairman. He is chair- man of the Vision 2020 Trust which is commit- ted to the prevention of blindness and vision loss. New Zealander of the Year Awards manager Emma Mcdonald is impressed with the cal- ibre of this year s award recipients. Many of these medal winners are unsung heroes whose charity and selflessness are not only inspirational locally but often have a profound effect provincially or nationally. We're a generous bunch according to Oxfam gift list Waiheke is the 16th most generous town in New Zealand according to the first ever Oxfam Unwrapped generosity list. By looking at the numbers and locations of gifts given through the Oxfam Unwrapped appeal, the organisation has named the most generous towns in the country. The list was topped by the South Island town of Upper Moutere. Over the last five years, Waiheke residents have donated more than $25,000 to Oxfam s work in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. The average gift value was $24.17 -- far above the national average of $18.60. Oxfam s direct market- ing manager Karen Wat- son says the list of top towns reflected the wide- spread generosity of Kiwis. We already know that New Zealanders are some of the most giving people in the world but this list shows that gene- rosity isn t limited to the cities. It shows just how big the hearts of small towns are. Oxfam Unwrapped works by people choosing something from the Oxfam Unwrapped cata- logue. Oxfam then sends a card to the gift s intended recipient but the actual gift goes to people in the developing world who need it most. Ms Watson says the impact of Oxfam Unwrapped is massive. Through the generos- ity of thousands of Kiwis, toilets have been built, gardens have been planted, clean water systems have put an end to hours of walking to collect dirty water, live- stock has multiplied, farmers have gained organic certification, trees have been planted and small businesses have been given success- ful starts. Oxfam Unwrapped gifts can be bought online or by calling 0800 600 700. Check out oxfamunwrapped.org.nz to find out more.
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