Waiheke Marketplace : December 12th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, DECEMBER 12, 2012 NEWS GLOBAL EDUCATION REFORM MOVEMENT THE GERM FIGHT The Government is imposing standardisation and competition on our primary schools, claiming this will make schools and teachers more accountable. These failed policies from overseas, known as the "Global Education Reform Movement" (GERM), are infecting our schools through the introduction of National Standards, school league tables, charter schools and performance pay for teachers. New Zealand has a world-leading education system. It does better than countries where the GERM has been introduced. When a GERM infection arrives, schools and centres get ill and kids learn less. New Zealand educators have an antidote to the GERM. We want fair and equitable education for everyone. We pledge to work together with parents and our communities to make sure all schools are great schools. And we will continue to work to ensure every child gets the education they need. To find out more visit www.standupforkids.org.nz Team of 7000 needed for 2013 census Statistics New Zealand is looking for 7000 census col- lectors to work in every part of the country. Collectors will be visiting every home and dwelling in New Zealand leading up to census day on March 5. They will deliver internet access codes and paper forms to 1.8 million homes. Census 2013 general man- ager Carol Slappendel says the job will involve part-time paid work during a six-week period from February 11 to March 24. Census collectors will work flexible hours from home, although weekend and evening work will be required. Full training will be pro- vided. The information collected will be used to make deci- sions that will shape our future, including hospitals, schools and roads. Go online to http://jobs. census.govt.nz to apply for a census collector role. Public safety is reason for bollards staying Difficult debate: After receiving two petitions -- for and against the seasonal closure of Sandy Bay to boaties at peak usage times -- the Waiheke Local Board has decided to retain the bollard closure times in the ''interests of public safety''. By GEORGE GARDNER The bollards at Sandy Bay will remain closed at peak summer times after a long wait by residents adamant to have their say over the use of the busy beach. A petition of 175 signatures was presented by Paul Cross to the Waiheke Local Board in March from boaties want- ing the bollards to be removed so they can launch and retrieve their boats dur- ing peak summer periods at the only north-facing boat ramp on the island. Another petition with 53 signatures, presented by Garth Harris in November, made a plea for the status quo, with several residents coming forward with a raft of reasons why the bollards should close the beach to vehicles and boats during peak times, including the danger to small children. Mr Harris says he now has more than 300 signatures on his petition. The board also received 19 letters supporting his view. The board s suggestion to create a walking ramp away from the boat ramp as part of the solution was rejected. Wheelchair user Rob Nich- olson says the beach is sub- ject to the vagaries of wild weather. Sand level can change up to a metre. I think you would be creating a more dangerous structure with a new ramp. Board members agreed despite the differing viewpoints they had to make a decision at the final meet- ing of the year as the matter had gone on long enough. Member Paul Walden says: If there was an easy answer it would have happened some years ago. There is going to be a group of unhappy peo- ple. Board chairwoman Faye Storer says petitions have a legal status so the board had to come up with a response. It decided, in the interests of public safety, to retain the bollard closure times. They are from noon to 6pm from December 24 to Febru- ary 6, and the same time from Easter Friday to Easter Monday. The board also allocated $4000 for a second locking system for the bollards and other measures to discourage four-wheel vehicle drivers from off-roading past the bol- lards onto the beach. It is also asking Auckland Transport to look at trailer parking options along the road. CENSUS WAIHEKE There hasn't been a New Zealand census since 2006 because the 2011 one was abandoned after the Christchurch quake. The population count on Waiheke Island on census night 2006 was 8049 but the ''usually resident'' population was 7689. The ''usually resident'' population count for 2001 was 7137. In 1996 there were 6285 residents.
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