Waiheke Marketplace : May 23rd 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 8 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MAY 23, 2012 NEWS MONSTER MULCH GRAB $98 for 3mtr3 delivered Thats a truckload of mulch for under $100 OUT IT GOES Phone 372 7614 *Limited Time -- Conditions Apply 4609047AA We have a mountain of mulch ready for your garden so get your Autumn planting done now. We are offering an unbelievable deal! Travelling production: Final touches are being put on the costumes for the Waiheke Choral Society production of The Mikado. Show will go on the road Waiheke Choral Society members are getting into character for the opening of The Mikado on June 1 at Rocky Bay Hall. The Gilbert and Sullivan operetta directed by Alan Knight will be a touring production. It also goes to Onetangi Hall, Palm Beach Hall and finishes at Artworks Theatre on June 16. Tickets are available from choral society members or from Artworks Theatre TimeOut Cafe for the Artworks shows. Pressure mounts to reinstate disabled parks COUNTDOWN TO RESEALING The problem of uneven surfaces, pooling, loose stones and drainage issues should soon be resolved with news the front carpark at Matiatia will be resealed. Local board members learned the process should start soon and will take up to three days. The carpark, or sections of it, will be closed while the work goes ahead. Highlighting the problem: Rob Nicholson continues his protest on the removal of disabled parking spaces from the ferry terminal at Matiatia. Protests over the resiting of the disabled parking at Matiatia were highlighted again by multiple sclerosis sufferer Rob Nicholson at the monthly meeting of the Wai- heke Local Board. Mr Nicholson and others made their concerns known to mayor Len Brown in March. In April, the local board resolved to back the plea to reinstate three mobility parking spots in the turning circle outside Matiatia wharf. But Auckland Transport has not moved them back because of safety concerns. Mr Nicholson told board members of the difficulties disabled travellers face at Matiatia. He says some dis- abled people can walk a long way, some can't and some have diseases like emphy- sema. Moving the disabled car parks 160m away from the ferry has left caregivers having to push wheelchairs over rough and stony ground. I find this quite incred- ible,'' Mr Nicholson says. Mr Nicholson knows of no damage or accidents to any disabled people who had parked next to the terminal before. He was backed in his pres- entation by former Waiheke Community Board chairman Ray Ericson. Mr Ericson says: I'm fully aware of the problems Rob has on a day-to-day basis. Rob couldn't walk 5 metres let alone 105 metres unaided and we can only imagine how difficult it is for him.'' Jessica Russell, mother of wheelchair-bound Waiheke Primary School student Maija Fredrichberg, also gave her support. As a parent and someone who works for the Waiheke Health Trust who provides 300 clients with help with disabilities, we're very con- cerned those parks were taken without any notifi- cation or consultation.'' Auckland Transport's Jonathon Anyon says the best solution is to put two mobility spaces in the moor- ing holders' parking area nearer the terminal. We believe this offers the best solution we can manage at this time. It's slightly further away from the terminal than the ones in the apex of the turn- ing circle.'' Another options is to add two more mobility spaces in the front car park. Board member Don McKenzie says: It's a people-with-disability issue. It would be inappropriate to hold up decision making on the basis of people's percep- tions who are not disabled.'' Mr McKenzie will convene a meeting with the disabled community on the proposed mobility parking options to find the best long term sol- ution.
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