Waiheke Marketplace : July 4th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JULY 4, 2012 NEWS Prime waterfront living for only $360,000 Waiheke Island -- there's no better place to live your life. Enjoy your piece of paradise and more. 37 Natzka Road, Anzac Bay, Ostend. 09 372 2820 www.waihekeretirementvillage.co.nz Waiheke Retirement Village is right on the water's edge at Anzac Bay. The village offers an independent retirement lifestyle with a range of top quality facilities within a relaxed and supportive community environment. You can experience coastal retirement living for yourself by calling Libby on 372 2820. She can give you a tour of the village and show you a selection of spacious and affordable villas. energi _J13242WMP CLUB HOUSE LOUNGE AND DINING ROOM • INDOOR HEATED SWIMMING POOL • SPA POOL • BILLIARDS • LIBRARY PETANQUE TERRAIN • HAIRDRESSING SALON • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM • COURTESY COACH • WORKSHOP It's Business Time for Larissa Camera time: Larissa Wallin gets to meet Jemaine Clement backstage at Vector Arena. By GEORGE GARDNER It was Larissa Wallin's white jumpsuit that scored her a coveted photo opportunity with Jemaine Clement. Larissa and her boyfriend Michael had row-four seats to the Saturday evening show of Flight of the Conchords at Vector Arena. They were invited back stage for drinks by a friend who was working in the tech- nical department and it was there Larissa got up close and personal with one half of the famous duo for a chat. Larissa is known for her whacky documentary-style film-making on Waiheke so was naturally prepped to ask a few key questions. Among all the questions I asked him was what he was going do with all his money now? He just said, quite honestly, that he planned to do what he always has done -- till his money runs out -- but not be such a poor struggling artist.'' She says the comedian was delightfully warm and down to earth''. I was relieved to know that fame and fortune hadn't fazed him. He joked that I won best dressed' for my white jumpsuit, and I said that for my prize I wanted to have a picture with him.'' Larissa got what she wanted. We dragged him into the kitchen of the backstage party for a photo, as the light was better there.'' Roading improvements add to student safety By GILL ALCOCK A new plan to get kids to school safely will be officially launched by mayor Len Brown at Te Huruhi School next month. Mr Brown will attend a special assembly in the school's hall on August 3 to unveil the new TravelWise pro- gramme for both Te Huruhi and Wai- heke High schools. The TravelWise programme follows discussions with representatives from both schools, school boards of trustees, the Waiheke Local Board and the TravelWise parent group. The discus- sions also led to a raft of upgrades that are now being actioned. Principal Ian Travers says the school is grateful for the ongoing upgrading of the roads and footpaths, particularly on Donald Bruce Rd. An additional length of footpath has been completed outside Te Huruhi School, designed to allow parents to get out of their cars on to the footpath and not into the street and oncoming vehicles. The increase in parking also allows parents to access the school crossing, which avoids having to cross the road through parked vehicles where there is limited visibility. Mr Travers says the Surfdale shop- ping area is still an area of concern. We wish to acknowledge Auckland Council and our local board for the gradual improvements, most recently the application of red rumble strips leading into the village to alert you to the crossing at the midway point of the shopping area.'' He says he and local board members have been looking at the crossing, from the bus stop in the centre of the shop- ping area, and are trying to make that a little clearer'' for both students trying to cross the road and passing vehicles. There are also plans for easier and safer access into Donald Bruce Rd at the roundabout. Mr Travers says given the position of the roundabout the changes planned are as good as they can be. Short of ripping up the whole roundabout that's the best they could do.'' Among the changes is a new foot- path which will take students from Wilma Rd along to Jellicoe Pde from where there will be a crossing access- ible to walkers, cyclists and parents with pushchairs. Mr Travers would also like to see the 40kmh warning sign that is currently just inside Donald Bruce Rd moved onto the main road to slow down traffic around the roundabout. He is also voicing concerns about the safety of students who cycle and walk to school using the Esplanade once it is reopened to shared use. Pooling resources: The Tepid Baths and Fullers swimming lesson offer for children was oversubscribed after just a few days. Photo: PHIL DOYLE Demand for swimming lessons starts to heat up KIDS' OFFER Eleven lessons at the Tepid Baths every Friday from July 20: $60, after 50 per cent discount. Swim ferry ticket: $80 ($4 per trip). The combined price of $140 for the term can be prepaid at Matiatia ticket office. An initiative to provide half-priced swimming lessons for children has proved so popular that a new sol- ution has had to be found to accom- modate the take-up. The Tepid Baths and Fullers Fer- ries created the swimming lesson and ferry package for Waiheke Island youngsters because there is no indoor heated pool on the island. The offer was for children to travel on the 3pm ferry for arrival at the baths by 4pm for the first of two 30-minute classes every Friday dur- ing term-time. Waiheke Marketplace published a story about it last week but with the offer selling out within days, organ- iser Delyth Morgan-Coghlan had a problem on her hands. We were already over-subscribed by 17 so I had to do something. I did have a plan b' up my sleeve so I took it to the principals of Te Huruhi and Waiheke Primary Schools. They spoke with their boards of trustees and have given their approval for up to 36 children to leave school early, at 1.30pm on a Friday, so they can catch the 2pm ferry for an earlier lesson.'' Ms Morgan-Coghlan says the Tepid Baths has come on board once again with the half-priced offer. It's brilliant. Ideally if the lessons work well I'd love to see the schools adopt swimming lessons as part of their curriculum during win- ter. The popularity of these lessons doesn't detract from the need for a public swimming pool on Waiheke, it just highlights the need and desire that residents have.'' Fullers will provide a free return ferry ticket to each volunteer adult who accompanies six children on an arranged rosta to Auckland. Parents who want to register their children should head to the Matiatia ticket office, Ms Morgan- Coghlan says. They will need to pay and regis- ter for the package at the wharf and take their child to the Tepid Baths during the school holiday for a free assessment so they can be in the right group. I will be sending out the volunteer rosta to all the children's parents and guardians.'' Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be on the volunteer rosta.
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