Waiheke Marketplace : June 27th 2012
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THURSDAY 12TH JULY - Dynamic Dali - Paint and collage a Dali Masterpiece with Kirsten Simmons (zebezcreative) FRIDAY 13TH JULY - Fun with Clay - Use the potting wheel or roll your own bowl, plate or vase with Kirsten Simmons (zebezcreative) LETTERS RULES Letters of 150 words or less can be emailed to editor@waihekemarket place.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 edit, abridge or withhold any correspondence. CORRECTION In the June 20 edition of the Waiheke Marketplace, the story about Dr William Wong said that he is one of only four nephrologists in New Zealand. It should have said he is one of only four paediatric nephrologists in New Zealand. The error is regretted. Rosella disease Regarding your story last week about parakeets and rosellas, how sad to hear of a disease attacking these lovely birds and not the dreadful mynahs. I would be more than happy to see a disease attack the ever- increasing number of mynahs. There seems to be more and more flocks of mynahs everywhere on the island and on discussing this with Forest & Bird I am told that flocks will only be seen at certain times of the year. I find this very hard to believe as there are huge flocks all year round and I have watched them take baby birds from nests and attack them. The sooner mynahs are declared a pest and permanent, legal steps can be taken to try to eradicate them, the better. Chrissy Barrett Surfdale Sharing roads Herb Romaniuk has complained about the loss of car parking spaces near Morra Hall. He suggests cyclists use the footpath. It is obvious he has little knowledge of the real needs of cyclists. The footpath is far too narrow to share with pedestrians. The original cycleway marked on the road was perfectly useless, as soon as one car was parked there. There were only two possi- bilities -- reduce the width of both lanes by at least half a metre to allow sufficient width for a use- able cycle lane or remove car parking. Personally I favour reducing the lane width on many Waiheke roads to three metres as this would slow traffic and make the roads safer for all road users who are not encased in a steel shell. John Smeed Enviro aware It was World Enviro Week from June 5 to 8 and here at Waiheke Primary School we celebrated every day with different activities to save our environment. On Tuesday the focus was saving energy so we turned off lights and shut down electronics from stand-by. Wednesday was a car-free day where more than 100 students walked or took sustainable transport to school. We also wore green on Wednesday to celebrate World Environment Day. Students brought a gold coin donation to wear mufti and we will be using that money to buy trees for our school. On Thursday it was no work- sheet day and teachers were not allowed to use the photocopier in a bid to save paper. Finally, Friday was waste-free lunch day; more than 60 students had no rubbish in their lunch boxes. Soon the youngest girl and boy at our school will get the privilege of planting a tree at school bought by the fundraising from Enviro- week. Those trees will grow with them through their school journey. Andrada Marincas Kiri Hannaford Students Waiheke Primary School Alternative route Having attended the Waiheke Local Board Meeting on Thursday I want to express my gratitude that the professional council staff and the local board have both affirmed the importance of The Esplanade remaining open as our only alternative route in the event of accident or civil emergency. While it would be lovely to have a nine-metre wide carriageway around The Esplanade, the economic realities of the world today preclude that option. As a windy coastal horse and cart track in my childhood, the road was then, and will always be, constantly degraded by cliff falls and sea erosion. Only Auckland Transport funding will keep it open as a public road. The cost is significant and the recommendation respects the equal rights of all users. These are the realities explained by the council engineers. My thanks to those who presented this data clearly at the meeting and recommended the reality-based option. Anne Kilgour Oneroa Sensible course How reassuring it is to have a local board that makes sensible decisions, based on reasoned considerations, rather than being bullied by a small, but strident group on this island. I understood roads were built for cars, and am delighted with the board s decision to support Auckland Transport s recommendation to open The Esplanade for all road users. An alternative road is required in the event of an emergency and the main road being closed. I understand that the plan is for a shared space solution, meaning walkers, cyclists and mothers with prams and children walking to school, etc, can use the road safely. If Auckland Transport does nothing, not one of these groups will be able to use The Esplanade anyway as it is unsafe now and falling into the sea, unless it is prepared to spend $l.8 million to upgrade it. I don t think so. If this sensible course had been adopted two years ago the ratepayers and taxpayers would not be having to fork out so dramatically now. E Collings Coeliac thanks As a coeliac, I find it difficult to find products on the island that are nice and cost efficient and are gluten-free. Although the supermarket stocks a range of gluten-free products, I don t always want to go there if I am just picking up a couple of things on the way home. I was absolutely delighted when stopping into the dairy in Surfdale -- I call it the Coca-Cola dairy -- and found them to have quite a good range of gluten-free products at reasonable prices. They even had gluten-free soya sauce which is really hard to find. So, thanks to the people at the Coca-Cola dairy who have seen a need on the island and not taken the opportunity to significantly increase the prices for something that is not a choice but a medical condition. Sarah Pocklington Ostend Community voice I am delighted to learn that The Esplanade will be open again, not only for the pleasure of everyone but as that all-important escape route in case of an emergency on the main road. We are fortunate indeed that as a community we can have our say by attending local board meetings and I thank the board once again for the opportunity to speak and for engaging our community in discussion on what affects us as islanders. Conversely, I find the manner in which some of our community address the board quite disgraceful, and I am proud of the dignity Faye, Jo and Don kept when confronted with these out- of-line lobbyists. I am glad that representatives of our two newspapers were there to witness it. S Williams Blackpool Olive picking a good lesson for pupils Life skills: Manurewa High School student Ryan King hand-picks olives from atop the olive trees at The Estate. Seven year 13 students from Manurewa High School took up a unique challenge and came third in a Dragon s Den styled competition thanks to the involvement of two Waiheke Island olive groves. The students took up the chal- lenge laid down by Life Edu- cation, a voluntary organisation delivering positive health based education to a quarter of a million Kiwi kids each year. Members of the organisation spent the month of February teaching students on Waiheke, along with its mascot Harold the giraffe. Following its vision to Leave No Child Behind , the students, through their Caring and Co Young Enterprise Company, set to work to develop a product and deliver a brand. They began working and nego- tiating with suppliers and came up with two olive estates on the island. They hand-picked the olives at a donated grove at The Estate in Church Bay and followed the production cycle at Azzuro Grove in Te Whau to produce a Special Release Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The students have pre-sold more than 300 bottles of the olive oil with each bottle funding one child through a life edu- cation programme.
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