Waiheke Marketplace : November 21st 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 21, 2012 NEWS Come join us for one of the happiest nights of the year! Saturday 8th December Auckland Domain 7:30pm www.christmasinthepark.co.nz © 2012 THE COCA-COLA COMPANY. 'COCA-COLA' IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF THE COCA-COLA COMPANY. "CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK" IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF COCA-COLA AMATIL (N.Z) LIMITED. Offcial Charity Partner Swimming pool valeting Complete range of pool and spa care products Spa covers Ring Steve Marshall on 372 9012 or 027 442 9012 Agent for Bioguard Spa & Pool Products Whale hit and killed by vessel By GILL ALCOCK Ship strike: A dead Bryde's whale undergoes a necropsy at Calypso Bay after it was found washed up near Wharf Bay on Motuihe Island. Photo: DOC THE death of another Bryde's whale in the Hauraki Gulf is high- lighting the pressing problem of ship strikes says the Department of Conservation. A necropsy on the female Bryde's whale found dead on Motuihe Island last week has confirmed it was hit by a vessel. The Hauraki Gulf is one of the few places in the world with a resi- dent population of the critically endangered whales. DOC estimates there are fewer than 200 living in the gulf. The 14.5 metre long whale was found on rocks near Wharf Bay on Motuihe on November 11. The fol- lowing day DOC towed it to Calypso Bay on Motuihe. The necropsy was completed on November 14 and the whale was buried at Calypso Bay after a bless- ing by Ngai Tai representatives. Calypso Bay is a suitable site for the necropsy and burial because it is rarely used by visitors to Motuihe and has no archaeological sites. DOC Auckland area biodiversity manager Phil Brown says: The nec- ropsy has confirmed the Bryde's whale was alive when it was struck by a vessel and died as a result of the injuries it received. Ship strike poses the greatest threat to Bryde's whales in the Hau- raki Gulf Marine Park. This latest death highlights the urgent need to take action to address this prob- lem.'' In the last 16 years there have been 42 confirmed deaths of Bryde's whales in the gulf. Eighteen were examined and 16 are most likely to have died as the result of being struck by a vessel, he says. DOC is working with a wide number of organisations and agen- cies to address the ship strike issue.'' The Environmental Defence Society, the Hauraki Gulf Forum and Auckland University convened two workshops which were attended by shipping interests, iwi, DOC and other government agencies to develop a plan of action. As a result shipping representa- tives agreed to implement measures including slowing ships in the Hau- raki Gulf when schedules permit, shipping lanes to reduce the area of the gulf in which ships travel, watching for whales while ships move through the gulf during the day and establishing a Hauraki Gulf large whale warning system. It will involve commercial whale and dolphin watching operators, and other boats in the gulf, report- ing whale sightings to Ports of Auckland who relay the sightings to all shipping in the gulf. Mr Brown says the shipping industry has also agreed to contrib- ute funding for research focusing primarily on reducing ship strike. Last-ditch effort to allay quarry issues An air of conciliation is blowing over the future of the Stoney Ridge quarry. A panel of independent hearings commis- sioners resolved last month the quarry should close down, a decision which is being appealed by Auckland Council Prop- erty Ltd, the council controlled organis- ation that is responsible for the island's only quarry. Its spokesman Peter Burn told members of the Waiheke Local Board at its monthly meeting the intention is to get some mediation'' with Auckland Council and solve some of the issues raised by the hear- ings commissioners. If talks are successful, the matter will not have to go to the Environment Court. ACPL has taken the view the quarry is an essential service to Waiheke and the costs of bringing raw material is probably five times the cost it is now.'' Mr Burn says ACPL has offered up sev- eral ideas in terms of mitigation in order to keep the quarry open. We would limit the landscape gardening hours to six days a week, closed on Sunday, and seal the road to the landscape garden centre to ensure we've done a good job in terms of mitigating the dust.'' He says ACPL has moved the crusher back into the amphitheatre of the quarry to lessen noise. It is also working with Ngati Paoa to resolve their concerns. We are doing all we can to eliminate the environmental impact at this stage.'' If the mediation is unsuccessful by December 20 the future of the quarry will be resolved in the Environment Court. GIVEAWAY Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park takes place at Auckland Domain on December 8 at 7.30pm. It's the biggest outdoor family event of the year with heaps of fantastic entertainment to get you in the festive mood. Suburban Newspapers, publisher of Waiheke Marketplace, is the major print media sponsor of Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park and Waiheke Marketplace has two front of house family VIP passes to give away to the event. Simply email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer to the following question, with your name, cellphone number, address and ''Christmas'' in the message box, by 5pm, Wednesday, November 28. Question: Where is Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park held?
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