Waiheke Marketplace : April 25th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 7 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, APRIL 25, 2012 NEWS Diocesan's impressive academic performance continues at our all-girls independent school. One senior student won the Prime Minister's 2011 Future Scientist Award for her remarkable research. No matter what your daughter's aspirations are, Diocesan creates more opportunities for her future. You're invited to come and see how Diocesan girls, from Foundation Class to Year 13, are equipped to succeed. Feet on the ground. Eyes on the future. Clyde Street / Epsom / Auckland / Phone 0800 346 4475 www.diocesan.school.nz DIO6731_EYE_20x3 Year 13 Diocesan student Nina Huang won the 2011 Prime Minister's Future Scientist Award for her research into a potential link between early onset short sightedness and mental concentration. THERE'S MORE TO THE STORY AT OPEN DAY Saturday 5 May 10am -1pm We look forward to welcoming you. 4537518AA No Cutting Corners Waiheke Island's newest local business, On the Spot Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning is the brain child of long-time local Ken Anderson. After spending the past 20 years in commercial kitchens and since becoming a father, Ken wanted a change of lifestyle and the flexibility of being self employed was appealing. When looking at his self employment options, Ken realised Waiheke was lacking a much needed ser vice and after training in Auckland he came back and went about setting up a mobile carpet cleaning business that would be suitable to Waiheke's needs. "While it is only early days, the response has been encouraging with many happy customers," says Ken. The positive comments and feedback received recently on a social media website are testamenttothis. Ken is looking for ward to getting out in the local community providing a professional and valuable ser vice to both residential and commercial clients. Ser vices offered range from steam cleaning carpets, r ugs and mattresses to emergency flood restoration, stain treatment and car upholstery using only eco friendly products and top of the line commercial equipment. On the Spot Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning isa6dayaweek service. Ken can be contacted on 372 9995 or feel free to drop him a line at info@onthespot. net.nz for a no obligation quote. "We don't cut corners, we clean them!" Advertising Alby Mitchell 027 4384687 MITCHELL EARTHMOVING LTD PO Box 662, Oneroa, Waiheke Island Tel. 09 372 9808 firstname.lastname@example.org ww w.mitchellearthmoving.co.nz 3 REASONS WHY: 1. We maintain the quoted price (quotes free) 2. You'll get a detailed plan of action 3. All jobs are super vised start to finish CALL US FIRST FOR ALL YOUR EARTHMOVING NEEDS... HOUSESITES DRIVEWAYS FOOTINGS DRILLING RETAINING WALLS SUB-DIVISIONS SECTION CLEARING LANDSCAPING TRUCK HIRE Mitchell EARTHMOVING LTD WE ARE YOUR LOCAL ...So call us NOW for your free quote from Sustainable solution: A new solar power system has been installed at the Conservation Department's Okiwi base, pictured, and Port Fitzroy on Great Barrier Island. DOC runs on solar power The Conservation Department is celebrating the completion of one of New Zealand s largest off-grid solar power systems on Great Bar- rier Island. The two new solar power systems installed by Vector cost $500,000. They provide cheaper, cleaner and quieter electricity at the department bases at Port Fitz- roy and Okiwi where 11 DOC staff are based. Power at the two sites was pre- viously provided by four diesel generators. The new solar power systems have been installed as part of DOC s sustainability pro- gramme. This aims to halve DOC s use of diesel to generate power -- at places like Great Bar- rier Island that are not on the national electricity grid -- by converting to renewable energy systems such as solar power. DOC s Warkworth and Great Barrier Island area manager Tim Brandenburg says the Great Bar- rier project is one of the largest off-grid solar power installations in the country. The 138 solar panels are expected to generate at least 37,000kWh per year, and to pro- vide up to 80 per cent of the power needed to run DOC s two bases. The system is expected to save the department about $45,000 a year as well as reduce DOC s diesel consumption on the island by up to 80 per cent. In addition, the lower maintenance required on the new diesel back-up generators, two of the old Lister generators had clocked up an impressive 125,000 hours each, will free up staff to work on other conservation priorities. An added benefit of the new systems is how quietly they run in comparison to the old diesel generators. Visitors to DOC s campground at Akapoua Bay are enjoying the peace and quiet now that the old diesel generators at the DOC workshops have been switched off, Mr Brandenburg says. DOC staff living in houses at Okiwi station are not only celebrating the demise of the noisy generators, but also the improved supply of electricity the solar system provides. With the diesel generators, the system would fall over if they all ran their vacuum cleaners and washing machines at the same time. They even avoided everyday appliances such as toasters and jugs to conserve electricity. Now the supply is much better and our staff can join the 21st century. Some cheaper trips on ferries planned Daytrippers could be in for a cheap ride to Auckland at weekends next summer if new ferry plans come to fruition. Tour operator Graeme Ransom charters boats to Waiheke that seat up to 49 tourists but the boats go back to Auckland empty. Mr Ransom plans to offer the seats to island residents who want to travel to Auckland at around 10.45am on Saturdays and return at 4pm. There may also be a Sunday service. His company Around Waiheke Tours will operate with Belaire Ferries which has services to west Auckland and Rakino Island. Our goal will be to offer a return trip to Auckland for under $20, Mr Ransom says. Residents can take part in a short charity trip to Rakino on April 29 and May 6. All proceeds from the $10 fee will go to the Waiheke SPCA. The ferry departs the old wharf at Matiatia at 12.20pm and will return by 1.20pm. Phone Graeme Ransom on 021 252 5593 to book.
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