Waiheke Marketplace : July 25th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 5 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JULY 25, 2012 NEWS Why wax or shave again? FreedomTM from Caci is an innovative laser hair removal program that promises results.* For a limited time Caci are giving you twice the FreedomTM, by treating your second area of unwanted hair for free when you purchase an annual laser hair removal program. Ask about our exclusive guarantee* and easy payment plan. Plus, sign up for this limited time offer today and receive a complimentary magazine subscription of your choice!* FDMHP20120625V6 *Conditions apply, see full terms and conditions in clinic. Offer ends 25 August 2012. **While stocks last. One subscription per person. a * free SUBSCRIPTION* * For a limited time treat 2 areas of unwanted hair for the price of 1 phone now 0800 458 458 Caci Auckland CBD 43 High Street, Auckland Tel: 09 357 4343 (Only 3 minutes walk from downtown ferry building!) caci.co.nz MP visits tourism sites By GILL ALCOCK Promised visit: Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye visits Wild on Waiheke and meets owner Rob Webb. Nikki Kaye made good her promise to visit any tourism operators who asked her, when she returned to the island on Friday. The Auckland Central MP made the promise when she visited with associate minis- ter for tourism Chris Tre- main in May. Ms Kaye says the trip was a bit of a marathon effort as she visited five tourism operators in two and half hours. I realise that this is just a small snapshot of the operat- ors on the island. Those included were the i-Site in Oneroa, Delamore Lodge, Waiheke Unlimited, Wild on Waiheke and the organisers of next year s headland -- Sculpture on the Gulf event. There were several recur- ring issues, she says. They included attracting more high-end tourists, bet- ter promotion of the island domestically and inter- nationally, more work to be done attracting visitors from parts of Asia like China and the need to ensure Waiheke s attractions are highlighted to cruise ship passengers. I have written to ATEED (Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development) and the associate minister of tourism raising some of these issues including whether there could be ben- efit in support for a more col- laborative effort to bring together tourism operators to promote the island. Ms Kaye says tourism is a major source of employment and revenue for many resid- ents. I know it is really diffi- cult, particularly in the win- ter months. I recognise the huge contribution that many islanders make in organising events to keep the tourists coming. Islanders know how much Waiheke has to offer New Zealanders and inter- national visitors but it s im- portant we keep reminding them by working together to promote the island. Changes at centre New way: Users of the recreation centre on Donald Bruce Rd will have to book on a new system. By GILL ALCOCK Residents wishing to use the Waiheke Recreation Centre will have to use a different booking system because the current management con- tract will not been renewed. The Waiheke Recreation Trust has had to come up with a new model to operate the facility after Auckland Council said essential main- tenance work must be car- ried out. The council contributed $1 million plus officer time and legal support towards erect- ing the centre in return for community time for both groups and individual use, Waiheke Local Board chair- woman Faye Storer says. Since the Auckland Coun- cil amalgamation, the grant is now budgeted from local board funding. Ms Storer says the trust has had to rethink how the facility could be run in order to find the money to com- plete maintenance work. The current model is not affordable or sustainable because of the cost. Paying a company to man- age the centre left no money for maintenance, she says. A significant amount of the grant has had to be re- assigned and that, along with a contribution from a major user Waiheke High School, will be put towards maintenance. The drop in income means the trust can t re-sign with manager New Sports Gener- ation when its contract runs out at the end of September. The new operating model will see a custodian lock and unlock the facility, and com- munity groups and individu- als booking the centre directly. Trust chairman Greg Dav- enport says once the contract ends there will be three jobs on offer -- custodian, cleaner and accounts person. For more information phone Mr Davenport on 372 6756.
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