Waiheke Marketplace : April 18th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 2 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, APRIL 18, 2012 NEWS Editor George Gardner email@example.com Reporters Gill Alcock firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Sales Gail Hughes (manager) email@example.com Dene Priestley firstname.lastname@example.org Graphics Megan Clark email@example.com Administration, Classifieds, Accounts Maeve Fay O'Grady firstname.lastname@example.org accounts@ waihekemarketplace.co.nz 6,769 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 11) Delivered each Wednesday to Waiheke homes, businesses, the ferries & central Auckland (Foodtown in Quay St, Crown Plaza, CBD & Devonport Library). Ph 09 372 9231 Office: Mon-Fri 8.30pm-5pm 1 Tahi Road, Ostend. P.O. Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke 1840. www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz www.waihekeproperty.co.nz Find out more We need your support and input to help us shape a stronger future for our area and to bring these aspirations to life. To view the Waiheke Local Board Plan and fnd out more about how you can play your part, please contact us. 09 372 9396 email@example.com www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/waihekelb www.facebook.com/waihekelb 10 Belgium Street, Ostend More art for Alison Park Waiheke Local Board did not have to make a choice between form and function when selecting their most recent public art purchase. Two brick and tile chairs, created by renowned artist Peter Lange, have now been installed near the Ocean View Road entrance of Alison Park. The two mosaic-decorated chairs which featured in last year's Headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition, now sit alongside other pieces in a growing collection at Alison Park. "These deceptively comfortable brick chairs were selected by the Board as a ftting addition to the Alison Park sculpture walk," says Waiheke Local Board Chair Faye Storer. "They not only enhance the park environment but also provide a comfortable spot for visitors to sit and refect." This installation is another milestone in developing Alison Park into a unique visitor attraction for the island. Other improvements coming soon include more planting, weed control and a better access path between Mako Street and Kuaka Road. The Waiheke Local Board is pleased to announce that improvements to make Tawaipereira Reserve more attractive and enjoyable to use are almost complete. The reserve is a popular spot for skateboarders and children learning to ride bikes, however much of the reserve has until now been largely underutilised or neglected. "Park users were asked how the area could be improved and overwhelmingly we were told the area should continue to be developed for children's activities," says Local Board Chair Faye Storer. "In response to that feedback, we are pleased to announce that a park upgrade delivering improved youth skate boarding and cycling facilities is now almost complete." Improvements to the reserve include construction of a top-class wooden half-pipe, a 168 metre long young cyclists learners' circuit and a mountain bike track which explores previously unused parts of the reserve. Tawaipereira Reserve improvements almost complete The reserve's wetland has been cleared of weeds and rubbish and new planting is planned over winter. Families can now also enjoy two new picnic tables and the use of a free gas barbeque. Waiheke Local Board parks' spokespersons Faye Storer and Jim Hannan. Comfort Stops by Peter Lange, now in place in Alison Park. Your voice for Waiheke OG_0922H_WM Dog owners bark up right tree Cost concerns: Dog owners like Barbara Wilkinson, who spoke with mayor Len Brown about the huge increases in dog licence fees, have been heard. By MARNIE HALLAHAN Public backlash to proposed dog fee hikes is being heard loud and clear, deputy mayor Penny Hulse says. Auckland Council has been forced to rethink its proposal which would see responsible dog owners go from paying $47 to $120 per year after receiving more than 4000 submissions. It very quickly became clear to us that we needed to take another look at this, Ms Hulse says. Mayor Len Brown was giving out the same message during his Mayor in the Chair visit to Waiheke four weeks ago. He was heckled by a passerby about the proposed dog fee hikes and replied: We re going to sort it. A major concern from those opposed to the new fee structure is the loss of the responsible owners discount. Ms Hulse says the discount was acci- dentally missed out in the haste and rush to get the council s long term plan ready. She cannot give an indi- cation of the revised dog fees but says she would be very surprised if a responsible dog owner discount was not reinstated. Information obtained by the North Shore Times, under the Official Infor- mation Act, says 50 per cent of dogs impounded in 2010/11 were unregistered. The report also says 37 per cent of infringement notices issued were for failure to register and the council estimates that 4 per cent of the 470,000 households in Auckland have unregistered dogs. Many dog owners who spoke out against the increase are concerned figures like this mean they are footing the bill for those who don t play by the rules. Ms Hulse hopes those dog owners realise they have been heard loud and clear. We need to make sure the way we structure our fees encourages the out- comes we would like to see, which is registered, neutered dogs, she says. We also need to concentrate on finding other ways to toughen up on those unregistered dogs. The revision of the fee proposal is already under way but Ms Hulse says the council will still continue the stan- dard submission process.
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