Waiheke Marketplace : November 14th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 11 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 14, 2012 NEWS ONE DAY ONLY SUN 18 NOV, 10am-5pm *Terms & conditions apply. Go to www.flightcentre.co.nz for full details. Expert advice from our consultants SAVE on flights, tours, cruises, accommodation & more Book for your chance to WIN YOUR HOLIDAY BACK!* BOOK EXCLUSIVE EXPO DEALS Lisa Holmes email@example.com 021 274 5555 Register your interest before the day with your local Waiheke consultant : You can get the same deals without having to leave the island! Athlete takes big week in her stride Final sprint: Triathlete Veronika Ziemke heads for the finish line at the XTERRA challenge in Hawaii. Going well: The bike run suits Veronika after all her preparation round the Loop Rd on Waiheke Island. It was two world cham- pionships and a near miss with a tsunami in seven days for Waiheke Island triathlete Ver- onika Ziemke. The first race was the ITU world champion- ships in Auckland that had lots of wind and was really cold. Veronika was happy with her mid-field finish as she wanted to conserve her energy for the XTERRA challenge in Hawaii and she could not wait to get to Maui with its hot climate and water 10 degrees Celsius warmer than in Auck- land. Once there, it was time to recover on the beach, surf with the kids in the waves, and have an exploratory ride on parts of the race course. Soon after I returned, covered in dust and hav- ing drunk two litres of water in a little over an hour, just coasting with the bike, I realised more recovery was required,'' Veronika says. The excitement moun- ted the night before the race after an earthquake in Vancouver caused a tsunami to head directly for Hawaii. Veronika says the foreshore was evacuated and the family ended up with Kiwi com- petitor guests camping in their lounge for the night, as their home was up on a ridge. This is not the sort of race preparation you would expect,'' she says. In the early morning of race day the tsunami warning was called off and the race began despite a rough sea. Ver- onika says the swim went surprisingly well and she finished 13th in her age group. Next it was the moun- tainbike section which went straight up into the hills. It was steep and dusty with some sandy soft corners, making the ride interesting. The downhill sections were cleared from the sharp lava rocks the previous year, allowing daring passing manoeuvres. The bike ride really suited me with the end- less climbs of a combined 1000 metres elevation over 30 kilometres. I just kept on passing com- petitors. Thanks to the loop road on Waiheke, I had the perfect prep- aration,'' she says. Veronika worked her way through the field to finish the bike section in fifth position and main- tained the spot through- out the 10km offroad single trail run with another 300m elevation. I am really happy with my fifth age-group placing. I improved in all three disciplines and beat last year's time by 10 minutes when I was seventh,'' Veronika says. Husband Sebastian finished midfield in his age group, keeping his promise to the family not to come last. The best family result, however, belongs to daughter Kyla who won her age group of 5 to 9-year-olds in the 5km off-road XTERRA race. Son Finn also did well, coming home in sixth place taking five minutes off his last year's time. Alert after toxic tins wash ashore Police are warning the public to be careful after 23 tins of a toxic substance washed up around Matiatia and Park Pt. They were found by a walker at the weekend. The man saw them floating in the sea and retrieved 15 of them,'' a police spokesperson says. He brought two into the police station and the fire service has retrieved the rest.'' The tins have had their labels removed but police believe they contain a fibre glossing liquid or polyfiller and all but one tin had passed its expiry date. Despite this the tins were in good condition and showed no signs of leaking, the spokes- person says. Anyone seeing more of the tins should inform the police. Men fail to appear in court Police have arrested two men after they failed to appear in court. A 41-year-old Surfdale man was transported to Auckland on November 8 to appear in court the same day, and a 49-year- old Auckland man was transported to Auckland on November 9 and also appeared in court the same day. On November 5, a 40-year-old Onetangi man was arrested after a domestic incident for breaching his court bail conditions and contra- vening a protection order. There was one case of drink driving. It involved a 48-year-old man who was stopped and breath- alysed on Wilma Rd on November 6. His breath alcohol level was 555mcg. The legal limit is 400mcg. Police are looking for a Samsung Galaxy 5 cell- phone for a young lady from Auckland who lost one in the Tahi Rd area on Sunday morning. She would dearly love it back,'' a police spoke- person says.
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