Waiheke Marketplace : March 21st 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 10 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MARCH 21, 2012 NEWS 4418746AA Dear Customer 360 Discovery would like to inform you of an upcoming change to the Auckland -- Orapiu -- Rotoroa - Coromandel ferry service timetable. The service will no longer operate on Tuesdays and Fridays as in previous years. This is due to the service not being financially viable when it operates on those days during the winter months. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Kind regards The 360 Discovery Team From 23 April -- 19 October 2012, the service will operate on Saturdays and Sundays only, at the following times: AUCKLAND TO COROMANDEL Sat Sun Auckland 8.45am 8.45am Orapiu (approx. time) 9.50am 9.50am Rotoroa 10.00am 10.00am Hannaford's Wharf 10.45am 10.45am AUCKLAND TO COROMANDEL Sat Sun Hannaford's Wharf 4.30pm 4.30pm Rotoroa 5.15pm 5.15pm Orapiu (approx. time) 5.25pm 5.25pm Auckland 6.30pm 6.30pm CUSTOMER ANNOUNCEMENT AUCKLAND -- ORAPIU -- ROTOROA -- COROMANDEL TIMETABLE www.360discovery.co.nz 0800 360 3472 Call for removal of beach bollards Boatie concerns: Sandy Bay resident Paul Cross has given the Waiheke Local Board a petition with more than 200 signatures to remove the bollards at Sandy Bay. By GEORGE GARDNER Boaties are losing out at the best time of the year accord- ing to more than 200 residents who have signed a petition to remove the bol- lards at Sandy Bay. The bollards are raised from lunchtime until 6pm during the eight weeks over Christmas into the New Year and for about five days over Easter, which means fisherfolk must launch their vessels elsewhere if they want to catch dinner. Recreational fisherman Paul Cross thinks that s unfair and presented a pet- ition to get the bollards removed to the Waiheke Local Board at its monthly meeting last Thursday. The Sandy Bay ramp is the only good weather boat ramp on the northern side of the island. The boat ramp at Matiatia only has three car parks and it s so busy -- it s dodgy backing in with all the ferry users coming and going. The Oneroa and Onetangi boat ramps are only set up for tractors or small boats. Mr Cross says when the Sandy Bay boat ramp closes over the Christmas period that s when boaties like to finish work early and head out to dive for scallops or fish for snapper. We like to finish work at 2pm or 3pm and can t launch our boats. He acknowledges some beach users are against removing the bollards because it s perceived as dangerous for children when cars drive forwards down the beach. But we re not there to run people over. We d be happy for a sign to be put in saying cars can only turn right when we go down the beach so the other side is never used by a vehicle. Petrol fumes have also been cited as a problem but Mr Cross says the new boats are getting better all the time. And as for a new boat ramp at Owhanake, suggested by one person against the pet- ition, Mr Cross says it would have to be paid for by rate- payers. We don t need it. We ve got a boat ramp at Sandy Bay. The local board has referred the matter to the council parks officers and will discuss it after feedback. Runners coast to victory They're off: Runners in the Coastal Classic head off from Matiatia on the 15km course. It was the Waiheke Islanders who cleaned up at this year s Coastal Classic fun run and walk. Around 100 runners and walkers took part in the event on March 10, raising more than $2000 for the Waiheke Dolphins netball team. In the 15km run, first overall and first man home was Zeb Stone closely followed by another local, Damian Clarke. The 15km run first woman was Karen Espin. It was a clean sweep for Waiheke in the 10km run with the first man home Nick Hewitt fol- lowed by schoolboys Callum Harris and Harrison Boland. Claire Naden was the first woman to cross the finishline in the 10km women s run. In the 5km run, Jane Glover was first past the post and in the 15km walk first overall was Richard Collins. Waiheke Harriers fielded 11 runners who placed well. Co-organiser Gary Wilton says it was great to see people new to run- ning finish the race. If you live on Waiheke Island and you want to improve your running, you should check out the Waiheke Harriers on Facebook, Mr Wilton says. Fun dictionaries for pupils Lined up: students at Waiheke Primary School sit patiently waiting to receive their illustrated dictionaries. Waiheke Rotary has presented Waiheke and Te Huruhi primary schools year 4 students with illustrated diction- aries. Rotary president elect Greg Ogg and club mem- ber Margaret Hewett say the dictionaries are happy, fun books which would assist fun learn- ing . Rotary has donated dictionaries to the two schools for the last three years and Mr Ogg has indicated this will con- tinue. The process is part of Rotary s $2 million project throughout New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. I hope that these fun dictionaries are in every home in time and it s over to parents, in addition to schools, to help children learn new words every day, Mr Ogg says.
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