Waiheke Marketplace : April 25th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 9 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, APRIL 25, 2012 NEWS Vote TRACEY MANCER For Waiheke Local Board Z Make a Difference Authorised by T Mancer, 18 SeaView Rd, Ostend 4538304AA 4546053AA VOTE WALDEN -- THE LISTENING CANDIDATE Authorised by P Walden, 65 Sea View Rd, Waiheke Island "Being a member of the Waiheke Local Board is about listening to all points of view and serving the interests of our community," says Paul Walden. "As a husband, a dad, a local builder and a conservationist I want to voice all our views. I will work together with the other board members -- all of whom are dedicated people." Come and meet me for a free cuppa at Ostend Market, each Saturday morning during the campaign between 10am and noon to share your vision. Cash boosts for community groups Cash boost: The Rocky Bay hall will have a new outside covered area thanks to local board funding. The Rocky Bay hall will get a spruce-up after the local board awarded discretionary funds to the project and several others at its monthly meeting. The discretionary fund aims to assist groups to provide activities, projects, programmes, initiatives, and events that make a positive contribution within each local board area. The Omiha Welfare and Rec- reation Society was awarded $2559 of the $4000 requested towards the building and refurbishment costs of Rocky Bay hall. The money is to be spent on the new outside covered area of the building. The Artworks Theatre was given $4500 of the $5963 it was asking for to move the theatre office inside the building. A new office has to be built because the Artworks studios will be demolished to make way for the new library. The board made the offer of funds on the condition that Artworks Theatre has a signed lease with Auckland Council and the project has the written approval of the property portfolio lease co- ordinator. Storyteller Tanya Batt from the Once Upon an Island Trust was given $500 for her accommodation costs at the Australasian Small Island Forum on Lord Howe Island. The Waiheke Community Art Gallery was awarded $1979 to help put on three shows -- Mataraki, Jostle and Members -- plus $1925 towards staging its Reclaim to Fame exhibition. Waiheke Golf Club s $1000 request for its Community Open Day was turned down because retrospective applications cannot be accepted for discretionary funding. The Waiheke Resources Trust was awarded $1500 of the $2877 requested for its Toward Zero Waste kits for public events. And the board granted Waiheke United Association Football Club $1920 towards coaching courses for volunteer coaches. It was not awarded the full amount it had asked for because part of the appli- cation was retrospective. The last round of funding for the financial year closes on May 11 for consideration on June 14. 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I worked in local body politics myself and thoroughly enjoyed every challenge that was placed in front of me. I lived for a long time in the Bay of Plenty and that is where I put my efforts, and all the hard work was extremely rewarding. I wish our present councillors and all their governing bodies would seriously look into the possibility of constructing another rest home on Waiheke Island. There is such a vast need for this to happen. Over 20 years ago I said how much we also need a hospice. I often walk up to my local dairy in Ostend and glance across at the bare land there, and in my opinion instead of another supermarket, how fitting it would be to have both an operable hospice and rest home, but of course that isn t going to happen now. It makes me wonder when construction for the new supermarket will actually start, and what is the hold up. Perhaps the mayor may know? I see he has been over to see our beautiful island, to inform our media and public we have more rates this year, again. I have sometimes thought how wonderful it would be to turn back the clock and disassociate Waiheke Island as part of Auckland city. It was great back then. I know it would never happen but it would be marvellous if we even had our very own mayor. My choice would be Mike Lee. Anyway, don t forget to vote, everyone. May the person who gets elected enjoy their 18-month term. Dale Fleetwood Ostend Bowled over What fantastic letters of praise and response in last week s edition, relating to the variety night at the Waiheke Bowling Club to raise funds for a new green. On behalf of the Waiheke Bowling Club members I would like to give my sincere thanks to the Wai Wai Productions group, helpers and entertainers all responsible for an amazing event. We haven t set a date yet but we ll be doing another fundraiser as the last one was so successful. Watch this space. Len Curtis President Waiheke Bowling Club Donations flood in for Fiji Flood relief: Fina Hall, centre, and friends still have more than 100 boxes to pack for Fiji. Residents have been more than generous after a call went out for donations to help flood victims in Fiji. Fiji-born Fina Hall says a big thank you to the community which has inundated her with household goods and clothing for people affec- ted in the flood-stricken country. The first shipment was 75 boxes of donations, or two truckloads, which were shipped off Wai- heke in four Fullers con- tainers, and transferred to one big container bound for Fiji last week. Ms Hall and friends have another 100 boxes to pack up and ship in a second container. We d like to say thank you to Rod and Andrew for the trucks and Fullers for freighting, and to the people of Wai- heke for their dona- tions, she says.
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