Waiheke Marketplace : May 23rd 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 2 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MAY 23, 2012 NEWS Editor George Gardner firstname.lastname@example.org Reporters Gill Alcock email@example.com Advertising Sales Gail Hughes (manager) firstname.lastname@example.org Dene Priestley email@example.com Graphics Megan Clark firstname.lastname@example.org Administration, Classifieds, Accounts Maeve Fay O'Grady email@example.com 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 Queen's Birthday rubbish and recycling collection changes Due to the Queens Birthday holiday, most* Auckland Council kerbside household rubbish, recycling and paper collections will be one day later than usual. This will affect collections starting Monday 4 June (Queens Birthday). Please see the table below for your new collection day. Usual collection day New collection day Monday 4 June (Queens Birthday) Tuesday 5 June Tuesday 5 June Wednesday 6 June Wednesday 6 June Thursday 7 June Thursday 7 June Friday 8 June Friday 8 June Saturday 9 June Normal collection schedule resumes on Monday 11 June *Exceptions • Parnell/Newmarket area: no changes to Thursday night rubbish collections (red lidded wheelie bins) • North Shore and Waitakere: no change to business' evening kerbside rubbish bag, recycling and paper/cardboard collections • Rodney: contact your local private rubbish collection provider to confirm Queen's Birthday schedule. For more info: phone 09 301 0101 or visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz OG_AC1012_SUB Cosmetic surgery | Appearance medicine | Dermatology Call us today: 372 2011 153 Ocean View Road, Oneroa Visit our Waiheke clinic • Medical grade IPL • Dermal rolling • Microhydrabrasion • Laser hair reduction • LiLash® (eyelash lengthening) • Cosmeceutical skincare Book a FREE cosmetic consultation with a Registered Nurse. ww w.skininstitute.co.nz Times are changing in tourism Blown away: Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye introduces the Associate Minister for Tourism Chris Tremain to members of the industry on Waiheke. By GILL ALCOCK The controversial $350 million SkyCity convention centre would add around 200,000 tourism nights for Auckland and be hugely beneficial to Waiheke, Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye told members of the Waiheke Island tourism industry. The conference centre, ferry charges and the changing face of the country s visitors were some of the topics covered when Ms Kaye and the associ- ate minister for tourism Chris Tremain visited the island for a meet and greet last week. On a blustery, squally day, Mr Tremain and Ms Kaye braved the ferry journey to meet a cross section of tour- ism industry members from vineyard owners and accommodation providers to gift shop owners and travel com- pany CEOs. Mr Tremain has life-long links to Waiheke. His latest visit was with the whanau to celebrate his mother s 70th birthday. The visit had lasted a couple of days and involved lots of walking and lunch at Mudbrick. He says the island is a great part of the world. I need no convincing about how wonderful Waiheke is. The gathering heard that tourism is the second largest industry in New Zealand and the Government s role is to market the country and open the funnel to new tourists. Mr Tremain says the traditional market of travellers from the US, UK and Germany is staying relatively flat but the numbers arriving from China has almost doubled in the last 10 years. We as a nation have to look at the challenges in changing what we pro- vide. Asked about how the island could attract more visitors from the burgeoning cruise ship industry, Mr Tremain says the new terminal should see more getting on the cruises in Auckland rather than in cities like Sydney. Ms Kaye assured the audience she would raise the issue of how to inform visitors about Waiheke with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Devel- opment, ATEED, the council- controlled organisation responsible for tourism in the city. Deputy chairwoman of the Waiheke Local Board, Jo Holmes, asked for assurances the proposed plans to make Quay St pedestrian-friendly would not affect its use as a transport hub for islanders. Ms Kaye responded she had raised the issue formally with Auckland Council and was informed there was a compromise position on the cards. She promised to get an update to the board. Te Whau Lodge co-owner Gene O Neill asked for information on what the new market of Chinese tourists expected from a visit to the country. We re getting a mixed message from Government. Do we give them a New Zealand Aotearoa experience or a little bit of Shanghai? Mr Tremain answered he felt they should have a Kiwi experience but promised to find out. Also being researched is information regarding day-trippers versus longer stayers. Ms Kaye says ATEED has access to such information and Mr Tremain added new information will be accessible soon from the ANZ bank on spending by visitors. The issue of the cost of ferry fares was raised by Shop the Rock owner Sue McCann. Ms Kaye says the res- ponsibility for the subsidy policy is held at regional level with Auckland Transport. She says there is good news coming. It s not a central Government decision but I have asked the mayor about ferry services in the Gulf. She says mayor Len Brown is pro- posing to significantly increase the number of ferry services around the Gulf as part of his vision for Auckland to be one of the world s most liveable cities. If there are more routes then we ll get more competition, she says. As to the much debated conference centre at SkyCity, Ms Kaye says there would be huge benefits to be gained by Waiheke if it went ahead. I personally think it will be ben- eficial to Waiheke in the long term. Win tickets to Nutcracker International ice dance sensation The Imperial Ice Stars makes a tri- umphant return to New Zealand with a dazzling new production of The Nutcracker on Ice. The Waiheke Marketplace has a double pass to give away to the show at Auckland s ASB Theatre in the Aotea Centre on July 3. Simply go to waihekemarket place.co.nz, click on latest edition and check out today s e-edition for your chance to win. You ll have to subscribe first -- if you haven t already -- but it s free to do and only takes a few seconds. The Nutcracker on Ice has been performed to almost four million people across five continents over the last eight years at some of the world s most prestigious venues. Its award-winning troupe comes to New Zealand direct from a per- formance in May of Swan Lake on Ice at the Royal Albert Hall, and a best-ever sell-out tour of The Nut- cracker on Ice in South Africa earlier this year.
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