Waiheke Marketplace : February 6th 2013
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 7 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 6, 2013 NEWS • Is the current earthquake-prone level (one-third of new building requirement) about right? • The cost of dealing with earthquake-prone buildings will be felt by ratepayers, taxpayers, tenants and property owners alike. What do you think about this? • Is 15 years the right length of time to identify and strengthen or demolish these buildings? • How do we deal with older, heritage buildings? • What is acceptable in terms of safety? The fatality risk from earthquakes is much lower than other causes, such as road accidents -- but major earthquakes have a huge impact on communities. RISKS VS COST - IT'S A BALANCING ACT. WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE YOUR SAY ■ Consultation document, video and questionnaire now at w w w.dbh.govt.nz or Google "earthquake-prone buildings" ■ No decisions have been made yet -- tell us what you think by completing the online questionnaire by 8 March. HOW SAFE SHOULD OUR BUILDINGS BE? - AND AT WHAT COST? Since the Canterbury earthquakes, building safety has been in the spotlight. A consultation document published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment proposes the following actions for all non-residential and multi-unit, multi-storey residential buildings in New Zealand: • Assessing all these buildings over five years to identify those that are earthquake- prone (less than one-third of the requirement for a new building), followed by • Strengthening or demolishing all earthquake-prone buildings within ten years of being assessed. This is estimated to affect 15,000 -- 25,000 buildings throughout the country -- so the real costs are likely to be significant. 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We would also like to extend an open invitation to any Adult who would like to make a difference in a young person's life. For further information go to www.stjohn.org.nz/ youth or call 0800 ST JOHN. St John Youth Date: 12 February 2013 Time: 6.00 pm Place: St John Hall, 5 Belgium Street, Ostend n n n u u u u un n n fu f fu fu d d d d d di i i is s sc co o o o ov ve e er r ryyy v ve er r r d d d d d d di i i i i is s s s sc c co o o o o o o ov ve e e e e e e e e e e e e e e No plastic: BYO Bag founder Deb Lyttle models a couple of the BYO bags at a Rocky Bay Hall sewing bee. BYO Bags end plastic waste By GILL ALCOCK A community group has come up with a novel idea in its efforts to stop the use of plastic shop- ping bags. BYO Bag Waiheke Island is launching a multi-pronged campaign to raise awareness of the problem of plastic pol- lution and urge island businesses and residents to stop using single-use, disposable plastic shop- ping bags. Citing the success of South Australia's 2009 ban on the plastic bag which has seen plastic rubbish reduced by almost one third, BYO Bag supports removing plastic bags from the island completely. The group is holding sewing bees at the Rocky Bay Hall, creating fabric shopping bags to replace plastic ones. More than 150 have been sewn and labelled with the BYO Bag logo. The working bees will continue through Febru- ary and distribution of the fabric bags is due to start in March. As part of the cam- paign to convince Wai- heke to ban the bag, the group and the Waiheke Community Art Gallery will be hosting an exhi- bition titled Out of the Bag from March 8. Waiheke Island artists and photographers will join with California- based multimedia artist and anti-disposable plas- tic pollution advocate Dianna Cohen to provoke people to rethink their use of plastics. An auc- tion of artist-created reu- sable bags will feature alongside art work and sculpture made of discar- ded plastics and paper shopping bags. Ms Cohen says: The plastic bag has one of the shortest intended life spans. Everything I cre- ate challenges that on multiple levels.'' Also taking place are a children's workshop run by Ms Cohen on March 3 and two public showings of Stephanie Bennett's documentary Bag It: How Plastic Is Your Life? in the community cin- ema in Oneroa on March 9 and 19. Open discussion will follow the film to con- sider ways to reduce usage of plastic shopping bags and keep bags out of the waste stream. BYO Bag founder Deb Lyttle says: Plastics are forever. A plastic shop- ping bag breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces which become toxic in sun and waves. It takes more than 500 years to degrade and never totally disappears. The best solution is the one that more than 15 countries and 50 major cities have chosen. If South Australia, China, Italy, France, Samoa, Burma, Tanzania, Mexico City and Korea can live with- out plastic shopping bags -- so can Waiheke. And the time to start is now.'' Those wishing to take part in the working bees should head to the Rocky Bay Hall on Fridays from 9am till 1pm. For more information on the initiative check out BYO Bag Waiheke Island on Facebook.
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