Waiheke Marketplace : May 9th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 10 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MAY 9, 2012 NEWS Read the Waiheke Marketplace in print and online www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz Print Tablet Phone PC 4580098AA THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL NURSES IN RECOGNITION OF INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY SATURDAY12TH MAY THIS FABULOUS GROUP OF PEOPLE: • Have a high level of expertise and are extremely committed • Have had extensive training • continue to upskill with ongoing education Emcompass a huge variety of roles across age span • Have a unique role dealing with patients and Whanau, often over generations • Waiheke nurses are committed to going the extra mile Living and working in the community, our nurses understand the difficulty of accessing services off island so they go above and beyond the call A SALUTE TO OUR DEDICATED NURSING PROFESSIONALS ON WAIHEKE ISLAND WAIHEKE HEALTH TRUST l l a c e e t d d d n n n o o o y e b b b d d n n a a a e v o b b a a LETTERS RULES Letters of 150 words or less can be emailed to editor@waiheke marketplace.co.nz or sent to Editor, Waiheke Marketplace,PO Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1840, by Monday morning, 9am. Full name, address and phone number should be given. Only the name and suburb will be published. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Letters may be edited for sense, paper's style, brevity and good taste and to protect the rights and reputations of individuals and groups. We discourage personal attacks -- try to advance the debate.Opinions expressed must be genuinely held by the letter writer. By-election Congratulations to the winning candidate and his support team. The fact that nearly 60 per cent of eligible Waiheke voters never bothered to vote is sad. We ended up with the best candidate that money can buy . It is sad that like American politics, and also after the John Banks scandal, that money can often have the greatest impact on an election result. If all candidates played on a level playing field then the result may well have been different. Alan Knight s blog site said the community seemed to be equally divided on candidate Paul Walden . There are those who loved him and those opposed to him. It is kind of like the closure of Esplanade Rd when the vocal minority became the majority as many people never bothered to vote. I don t even own a car but I felt as a walker the road could be shared. The next 18 months will show how effective one person can be if he can prove to us that he is either a team player or a time waster. I wish to thank the other candidates for putting their names forward and having a go, and also those who supported me with their vote and financial contributions. Graham Hooper Ostend Festival help Adult storytelling evening, Tanya Tells Tales, is a major part of the fundraising for this year s Festival of Story and enables the Once Upon An Island Trust to put on most of the children s shows for free or koha. Dinner and storytelling, both of which will be heart-warming and passionate, will be at the Goldie Room on June 2 from 7pm. Tickets are $75, limited and now available. Please contact me on 372 4459 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Don t miss this chance to have a great night and contribute to our children having a great festival. Thanks for your support. Jenness Reeve Festival of Story 2012 Back in focus A most grateful thank you to the person who found my valuable monocular and handed it in at Countdown last Friday. Your thoughtful honesty is very much appreciated. What a caring, considerate community we have on Waiheke. Rosemary McKenzie Rocky Bay Roadside weeds I was interested to read the April 18 story about Dr Meriel Watts verbal submission to the draft Auckland Council Long Term Plan. I have some questions about the non-toxic, non-chemical control of the roadside weeds on Waiheke. What is the cost of the spraying on Waiheke per year, using coconut/ pine oil versus glyphosate use in a similar size area in Auckland? It should be noted that coconut oil is expensive, heavy, and you need to use a lot of it in solution, you also need to spray quite intensively, and this would mean the spraying vehicle would need to clock up many hours on the road, filling and re- filling. The oil itself is very hard on the spraying machinery, which would add to the cost. I notice that the spraying area usually includes the drains, and roadside, and this is quite slippery as a result. This must then have an impact on the waterways and wetlands of Waiheke. How toxic is it to the fish and eels? Pine oil is terribly toxic, even though it is non chemical. Pine tree plantations as a result of their pine needles have minimal weeds. In my experience, when using pine oil, an accidental splash burns the skin. Where is pine oil being used on Waiheke? How long does it take to spray the whole island with non-chemical weed control, and how often does the spraying need to be done? Is the whole of the North Shore using the steam method? I don t think so, I notice even Waiheke doesn t use this method any more, as it didn t kill kikuyu, which would then break up the sides of the roads -- another cost to us all.Sarah McLeod Onetangi Local Board chairwoman Faye Storer has confirmed that pine oil is not used on Waiheke Island as a method of weed control. We asked Auckland Council to respond to the above letter, which was passed to Auckland Transport. Here is its response: Auckland Transport is responsible for the control of weeds on our roadsides and berms. The policies used by legacy councils are still in place. A review is under way into the practices of the previous councils from there we will be creating a policy for weed control for the Auckland region. Auckland Transport doesn t know yet if there will be one policy or variations between areas -- that depends on the results of the review. The former Auckland City Council policy (which covers Waiheke) is a predominantly chemical free vegetation control programme method. This is achieved by using mechanical, manual and/or organic herbicide control methods. The most common herbicide currently used is Greenscape -- a fatty acid product derived from coconut oil. Sharon Hunter Communications manager Auckland Transport Pink Ribbons Firstly and foremost I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the wonderful support that the Suburban Newspapers publishing group gave towards the Pink Ribbon Breakfast that I hosted at Sir Peter Leitch s Sports Museum on May 5. The publicity that you kindly gave assisted in making the day a rousing success. I originally planned hosting a breakfast for Breast Cancer Research Pink Ribbon as a very small modest event at my home. I approached family, friends and volunteers, of whom I am also one, at the museum to attend. To have Sir Peter come on board and assist and guide me with his bountiful knowledge and contacts made what I can only say was a tremendous day and one I thoroughly enjoyed. My own mother lost her battle with throat cancer after 18 years and over 125 operations, including the loss of one breast. For me to be able to give back towards the research of eliminating such a crippling, disfiguring disease was an honour. I cannot express my thanks to you for your assistance, for without it, the results would have been very minor. The total raised was over $2000 which was beyond my wildest expectations, compared to the goal I lodged of $250. There are not enough words in the dictionary to truly express my thanks. Somehow the two little words of thank you do not sound enough. Yvonne Lowe Papakura Online opshop is a winner Budding businesswomen: The girls behind the Opshop Online website. From left: Ebony Kitching, Genevieve Richardson and Taylor Bainbridge. A new website has gone live selling everything a teenage girl could want and it s all part of a course being run at Waiheke High School. Year 13 business studies students were put into groups and given the task of cre- ating an innovative and sustainable business model as part of their NCEA Level 3 course. One group developed a business plan which involved creating a web-based shopping outlet for surplus and outgrown clothes. They narrowed it down to just clothes for teenage girls and set about setting up a website. It has been over a month since Opshop Online was launched and as part of their course, which asked for the business plan to be constantly redefined and improved, the students have designed a new layout. The website proved an instant hit with girls emptying their ward- robes of old outfits. It has five pages of clothes online at any one time. Such is the success there is always a fast turnover of items. Visit wix.com/ waihekehigh/opshop- online to see the new website and snap up a bargain.
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