Waiheke Marketplace : September 26th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 5 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 NEWS FOR FULL EVENT LISTINGS, PLEASE VISIT www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/heritage festival OG_AC1315_SUB Benefits of Shed 10 upgrade touted By EMMA WHITTAKER Artist's impression: Shed 10 on Queens Wharf is to be converted into a multi-purpose cruise ship terminal and events centre. A multi-million dollar refurbish- ment will see a relic of Auckland s industrial past converted into a world-class cruise ship terminal and events facility. Work started last week on the $14.6 million conversion of Shed 10 on Queens Wharf, next to the Wai- heke and Devonport ferry termin- als. Built in 1913, it was used as a cargo shed until the 1980s. Last year it became a centrepiece in the Rugby World Cup Fanzone. This will build on the legacy of the Rugby World Cup and further develop the Waterfront to unlock the potential of it as an asset. It s fundamental to the continued econ- omic growth in Auckland, Water- front Auckland manager of plan- ning and design Rod Marler says. The bottom level of the shed will serve as a luggage collection area for cruise ship passengers and also as an event venue in the off-season with the capacity to hold up to 2000 guests. Upstairs will be a passenger handling area and capacity for events of 1500 people. Cruise ships make up New Zea- land s fourth largest inbound tourist market. The market is expected to grow to the third largest with 206,000 people anticipated to arrive as pas- sengers in the coming season, Auck- land Tourism Events and Economic Development chief executive Brett O Riley says. Sydney s capacity for cruise ship arrivals is constrained, partly because many can t sail under the harbour bridge, and the completion of the Panama Canal upgrade later in the year will see liners sailing in the Caribbean entering the Pacific, Mr O Riley says. It s an opportunity for Auckland to make a case for cruise ships to be based here. He says the economic benefits of the terminal for Auckland s busi- nesses will be vast. The replenishment of the vessels that are visiting is a huge business in its own right. We re now talking to sectors like the food sector, the marine sector and the cosmetics sector to make sure they are aware of the oppor- tunity. There are more than 1000 food companies in Auckland and this is a chance to showcase their products and if it stacks up it s big business. Part of the refurbishment project has involved investigating the building s past. The site was a popular place for trading between Maori and the first European settlers. It s fitting that over a century and a half later it will become a centre for Auckland s economic development, Mr Marler says. Upstairs is a ramshackle of offices and other structures all nod- ding to different chapters in its his- tory, including a cafeteria that is thought to have been built for work- ers as a result of the 1951 water- front strike. Mr Marler says as much of the original materials as possible will be used in the new building, includ- ing the shed s solid wooden floors which will be restored. Oneroa Bowling Club has water problems By GILL ALCOCK Former glory: The Oneroa Bowling Club before a lack of membership forced its closure. Filled in: One of the two water bores at Oneroa Bowling Club. Both have been filled with concrete. The future use of the Oneroa Bowling Club as a community asset is in doubt after all sources to water were dis- covered to be damaged or removed. The premises have been empty since the club handed back its lease to Auck- land Council. Now members of Waiheke Bowling Club in Surfdale are keen to use the Oneroa green while their own on Marama Ave is replaced but several issues have been raised. The use was tabled by Waiheke Local Board chairwoman Faye Storer at the monthly meeting of the local board and questions were raised as to the legality of issuing a temporary per- mit. Ms Storer says council property lease adviser Dave Bailey has con- firmed the board has the authority to grant a temporary permit because it is for use as a bowling club. If it had been a yoga group it would be different. It s because it s bowling, Ms Storer says. She says council contractors are keeping the greens to a general parks standard and the Waiheke Bowling Club will keep the greens maintained while they use them, so there will be no extra cost to the council. But while necessary repairs will be undergone, not all areas of the club are available for use. There is no guaranteed access to toilets or water, Ms Storer says. The property s water tank has been removed and the water bores have been concreted in. A hand basin in the ladies toilet has also been removed, Ms Storer says. The Auckland Council property department will put in a water tank in the meantime.
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