Waiheke Marketplace : June 13th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 10 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JUNE 13, 2012 LETTERS Sponsors: Waiheke Local Board, Auckland Council, Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust, Creative Communities, Waiheke Rotary, Fullers, Sealink, Tots on the Rocks, Countdown Waiheke, Oneroa BP, Gulf News, Goldie Room, The Marketplace, Food Mechanix, Pukeko Signs and Graphics, Imagined Worlds, Waiheke Community Cinema, Whittakers Museum, Loose Change, 360 Discovery Cruises, Goldie Room, Goldwater Wines, Whakanewha Regional Park, Take Note Waiheke. Performers & workshop leaders: Paolo Rotondo, Stephen Hollins, Cindy Peterkin, Warwick Broadhead, Bruce and Jemima Davis-Goff, Zebez Creative, Larissa Wallin, Waiheke Circus, Darren Shevlin, Waiheke High School, Waiheke Kindergarten, The Red Shed, Luis & Norma Bernal Troyo and children, Puawai Ormsby, Dorian Brown, Jacqueline Josephs, Mike ODonnell, Soul Samba Circus, Festus McBoyle. Festival Team: Jenness Reeve, Kirsten Simmons, Prashanti Lovegrove, Georgina Cox, Baraka, Wendy English. Volunteers: Jacob Nixon, Dorte Wray, Vibeke Brethouwer, Stu Bird, John Smeed, Theresa Grantham, Nora West. Supporters: Gary Wilton, Tom Ransom, Otherworlds Productions, Rotoroa Trust, Salisbury Family, Robbie Bus Company, Dan Beauchamp, Beatty Wiggenhauser, Waste Resource Trust, Whakanewha Regional Park, Debbie Sheridan and all those who lent us treasure boxes, Waiheke Sea Scouts, Elizabeth Alexander, Awaawaroa Eco Village and Don and Di Stodard, Trish & Robin From Heartsong. Friends: Bill Carrig, Ruth Foreman, Lesley Webster, Warren Batt, Zack McKracken, Phil Cockfield, Charlotte Parkes, Randall Farrant and Mike Taylor. If we have over looked anyone, please know that we wish you all love and laughter and happy ever afters. Back by popular demand, 3 pleasurable winter dinners with the entertaining John Hawkesby A fun and relaxing evening, with the warmth of the fire place, wonderful food, interesting wines and an extravagant mystery wine selected by John Hawkesby! Polish your knowledge and be prepared to guess the mystery wine, described by John as unaffordable, unforgettable and a remarkable glass of wine. Wine lovers may be left speechless by the experience but no doubt John will have plenty to talk about! Each evening will have a different mystery wine, specifically selected to impress and wow our guests. winter pleasures and mystery wine at cable bay 6.15pm start, Friday 29th June 2012, Friday 20th July 2012, Friday 31st August 2012 Tickets are $99 inc. drink on arrival, canapés, 3 course meal with matched wines and a tasting of a mystery wine. Receive $10 off per person for bookings of 10 persons or more. Tickets are limited book now! 09 372 5889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.cablebay.co.nz 12 Nick Johnstone Drive, Oneroa, Waiheke Island GUIDELINES Letters of 150 words or less can be emailed to email@example.com 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. Kowhai concerns: Ostend resident Graham Hooper says the kowhai tree outside The Rocks on Belgium St has been deliberately damaged. Horse damage Early on Saturday morning, someone took their horse for a stroll on the golf course, taking what appears to be great care to walk on all but three of our greens. There are two options. Either it was an act of wanton vandalism or it was an act of astonishing naivety. Either way, we at the golf club would like to extend our thanks to the perpetrator of this act for providing photographic evidence of the unquestionable folly of giving riders free rein on a golf course. Consider the first option: if this was an act of vandalism, there is clearly an element who appear to have a vendetta against the golf club. This obviously makes negotiations with them impossible. Option two would indicate a lack of understanding about the damage horses can do to a golf course. Either option provides compelling evidence that horses and golf don't mix. As leaseholders for the land upon which the golf course sits, we feel sharing our course with horse riders is clearly counterproductive to providing a much loved and well used facility of which the island can be proud. We have been very patient to date. Our patience has run out. Graeme Orr President Waiheke Golf Club Golf green Saturday was a day of contrasts, from the best to the worst of our community. I had come to the golf course from Onetangi Sports Park where rugby and soccer codes were celebrating the presence of the Webb Ellis Trophy, sharing a common delight in the nation's triumph in the Rugby World Cup. At the golf club the bright, beaming faces of a few minutes before were replaced by sombre, shocked stares of disbelief as one member after another arrived to behold the damage caused by horses' hooves to most of their greens. A group of golfers visiting from Te Kuiti had come to enjoy a friendly game of golf on our paradise island only to be shocked by this vandalism. If someone did this on purpose, as an elected representative I feel particularly ashamed of their behaviour. Such wilful damage would be an assault on the whole community. The police were there and the matter is in their hands. There may be people who know what happened. I implore them to help the police. As that great Irishman Edmund Burke said: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.'' Jo Holmes Deputy chairwoman Waiheke Local Board Hoof damage Words truly fail me regarding the damage done to our golf course. Firstly, I cannot comprehend anyone being idiotic enough to ever considering riding their horse on a golf green especially when we have beaches, riding trails and other areas open to horses and secondly, what on earth would our visitors to this lovely isle think of the folk small-minded enough to do such a thing? It is important we all recognise this as exceptionally bad behaviour and that young riders do not follow in their footsteps. We pride ourselves on being green'' -- well, to me this was a black'' deed and we must make those responsible pay both with punishment and reparation, so we don't have to wear this cloak of shame again. S Williams Blackpool Distressed I was distressed to hear of the damage that occurred to some greens on the Waiheke golf course prior to a tournament. We have viewed the damage and, after some investigation, I have learned of a horse that broke from his paddock and was found roaming on Onetangi Rd around this time, which might have been the one causing the damage. I contacted the president of the golf club, Graeme Orr, to offer our club's assistance to remediate the damage. It is regrettable but a fact of life with animals that sometimes they escape. The riding club has worked hard throughout the lifetime of the park and in particular over recent years to maintain and provide for greater equestrian and public access throughout the park that we share with the golf club. I do not believe any horse rider would jeopardise this work by riding over the greens. Claudia Lapp President Waiheke Island Riding Club Tree fears The new Countdown development will have minor adverse effects'' -- yeah right. The artist's impression in last week's Waiheke Marketplace shows a massive pohutukawa tree which appears to be as high as the present ones on Belgium St. According to the plan Progressive submitted it will replace the five trees with two trees to be placed in concrete containers which would restrict their growth to a maximum two metre height. Has that been changed now? Will the replacement'' trees be free to grow to 10 metres like the tree outside the Ostend medical centre? The resource consent conditions state the kowhai tree outside The Rocks will be protected during the supermarket construction. But I am concerned it will be gone before construction even starts. I believe the tree has been deliberately attacked with either a knife or chisel, and either insect damage or a battery powered drill has meant that it is now starting to rot in places. I think it will eventually have to be classed as a dangerous tree. Once the council arborist re- inspects it, it could be deemed a danger to the public and will need to be removed. My question is: Will council replace the tree? Graham Hooper Ostend The resource consent conditions state the five pohutukawa trees on Belgium St will be relocated to the back end of the property by Putiki Rd. The two new pohutukawa at the front of the supermarket will be in addition to the five already there. -- Ed Lola found I would like to thank the following for all the help, care, and understanding in finding our little 4-month-old Maltese puppy Lola who was missing for seven days from the Matiatia terminal. First to the The Bay and the car hire firm at Matiatia, my family and I can't thank you enough for catching her and helping in her safe return. Also to Fullers staff, parking wardens, courier, bus, and taxi drivers, and the SPCA. To the Waiheke Marketplace for running the missing ad for her at such a late date. To all professional and private people who helped in a variety of ways you have our heart-felt thanks. The one disappointment we did have was the lack of response from the Waiheke branch of the Auckland Animal Control Centre. Tony the Pirate On the move The Waiheke Resources Trust has moved from its Artworks studio to make way for the new library to be built. We still do not have a new home confirmed but we are aiming to have a weekly stall at the Ostend market starting from June 16 where we will be talking to the public and selling our bulk BEE cleaning products and Bokashi composting products. We're aiming to reopen a small shop and office in Oneroa within the next month, so watch this space. In the meantime, the public can still get hold of us on firstname.lastname@example.org, 372 2915 or through our website,www.wrt.org.nz. Anna Lowe Waiheke Resources Trust Too smug I read with interest John Colling's I'm alright, Jack'' letter on June 6. I wonder if he would be so smug if suddenly one morning he awoke to the sound of bulldozers working next door to his home unannounced because some foreign tycoon using some smartalec planner had effectively wrangled the right from the council to build a time-share apartment block with a de facto change in the zoning to coastal high rise''. In Onetangi and Wharetana Bay houses being constructed in the coastal protection zone have effectively given rise to a new de facto category coastal residential''. Those of us who respect the environment and the science behind global warming resent this potential damage to our sensitive coastline which geographically defines us. Wake up Mr Colling before progress'' and environmental creep'' catches up with you too. Janet Moore Winter arts Waiheke Winter Arts Festival participating artists would like to thank Fullers and the Waiheke Community Art Gallery for making the Open Studio weekend at Queen's Birthday such a success. The festival, an initiative of the gallery, was especially created to be mid-winter when inspiration and a good reason is needed to bring visitors to the island. Twenty-two studios and galleries were open. Feedback from visitors was very positive, many saying how much they enjoyed getting into the studios and talking with the artists. Many of the artists had work in progress. Comments included: I learnt so much'', It was inspiring'', It was a wonderful day out on the island and I saw so many different artists working.'' New to the festival this year was the Sunday Wine and Cheese and the Out of the Box auction. The uniquely created wine boxes added a real spark to the festival. We would like to thank the vineyards who provided wine including Mudbrick, Peacock Sky, Miro, Kennedy Point, Stonyridge and Obsidian and The Waiheke Island Cheese Company. The wines were matched with award winning speciality cheeses from the Waiheke Island Cheese Company. Katie Trinkle Legge and Emma Wright Festival Artists CLARIFICATION With regard to our story about Seaside Sanctuary last week, people should note that the Royal District Nursing Service mentioned is not the district nursing service that operates from Waiheke Health Trust. The Royal District Nursing Service operates from Auckland. Anyone interested in the pilot for assisted living can call Pat Orchard on 021 333 088 or Sue Wood on 027 449 0313.
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