Waiheke Marketplace : August 22nd 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, AUGUST 22, 2012 NEWS Project The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust HELP SUPPORT PROJECT KIDNEY... FRIDAY 24TH AUGUST 8PM "Funny, well-done, and without bad taste ingredients." TICKETS ONLY $20 INCL RAFFLE TICKET TICKETS AVAILABLE WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, 1 TAHI RD, OSTEND (CASH/CHQ ONLY) at Waiheke Island Community Cinema A FUNDRAISER FOR PROJECT KIDNEY * A free spot check appointment is speci cally for those wanting a spot, mole or lesion of concern checked. This is not an o er for a free full skin check. Spot check not available at Albany. **Where medical necessity criteria apply. Southern Cross criteria and conditions apply. Free Spot Check* at the Skin Institute Waiheke Island Skin cancer represents a major health issue for New Zealanders who have one of the highest incidences in the world. Early detection and management o ers the best chance of cure. Right now the Skin Institute is o ering a FREE spot check. As the Skin Institute is an A liated Provider to Southern Cross**, we will process your Southern Cross prior approval request and claim for you should you require further treatment. We also work with all other major health insurance providers. Skin cancer | Appearance w ww.skininstitute.co.nz **A liated Provider to Waiheke Island: 153 Oceanview Road, Oneroa Call 372 2011 for a FREE spot check with a specialist doctor. Spinal injury after collision A female driver was air- lifted to Auckland Hos- pital after a car accident on Onetangi Straight. Waiheke police respon- ded to a call at 9.25am on Thursday, when a vehicle was hit from behind by another car. Police say the woman had slowed down to turn left into the entrance to Stonyridge Vineyard and was hit from behind. The first car was shunted into a group of workmen and one of them, a 35-year-old, was hit, causing him to be thrown over the car. He was seen by a local doctor and allowed home after treatment, while the female driver suffered spinal injuries and was taken to hos- pital by the Westpac res- cue helicopter. Sergeant Peter Knight says the police, who had been on speed control work in the same area the previous day, are looking at what charges the man who was driving the second car may face. Green unease tees off By GEORGE GARDNER Regular golfer: Waiheke Golf Club member Matthew Blackmore is one of many players who would like to see the 9-hole course extended to 18 holes. ' It's a desecration to dump the fill. There are wetlands and streams that need enhancing. ' Tony King-Turner IN OPPOSITION DISCUSSIONS over leases at Onetangi Sports Park have sparked concerns over the creation of an 18-hole course at Waiheke Golf Club. The golf club was granted a resource consent by Auckland City Council in May 2009 to extend its 9 holes to 18. The earthworks conditions allowed for 51,775 cubic metres of clean fill, of which 12,914 cubic metres would be sourced from outside the property. An Auckland Regional Council consent was also granted. The course design has been completed but the project has not started because the club wants to secure its lease with Auckland Council first. The lease issue also affects Wai- heke Island Riding Club and the Waiheke Island Histori- cal Society. (See story P4.) Golf club president Graeme Orr says when the project does start, earth would be moved from behind the club house in order to form decent fairways. But submitters at the pub- lic forum of the Waiheke Local Board s monthly meet- ing on Thursday claim the extended course could affect the quality of the water catchment going into Rangihoua Bay. Conservationist and geol- ogist Tony King-Turner says the organisms and trout found in streams coming down from the headwaters of the catchment above the golf club are of "very high qual- ity". "It s a desecration to dump the fill. There are wetlands and streams that need enhancing -- they don t need to be piped and buried under clay." Conservationist and author Janet Hunt says the "hydro- logical significance" from the upper land to Rangihoua Bay would be interrupted by the golf course development. "The already compromised system will be loaded with silt." Submissions were also made by Jacqueline Joseph and Forest & Bird represen- tative Brian Griffiths who says he is "blown away by the magnitude of earthworks involved". But Mr Orr says there is no intention of going near the wetlands. "We are as aware of the wetlands as other people, as is council. There are incred- ibly stringent procedures towards the dumping of clean fill and strong silt measures that would be monitored if the 18-hole course goes ahead. Club member Matthew Blackmore plays most days and would love to see the facility extended to 18 holes. "There are other golf clubs in New Zealand that have areas with endangered spe- cies where you aren t allowed to go. "Having one thing doesn t mean you can t have the other. The wetlands and golf can co-exist." Mr Orr says even if the golf club started the project tomorrow it would take at least a decade to the point when people would be able to play on the course. However, Mr Orr says in the light of the current lease issues, there is no intention to act on any consents until the golf club lease is sorted. "We need security of tenure first."
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