Waiheke Marketplace : March 27th 2013
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MARCH 27, 2013 NEWS 0800 366 878 footsteps.co.nz FREE in-home learning from birth to 5 Quality 1:1 teaching Regular home visits Free learning resources Learning journal Access to subsidies Footpaths on track Work starts on a new programme this week that will see four new sections of footpath along Waiheke roads. The new sections will be on Ostend, Puriri, Te Toki and Korora roads. Auckland Transport is footing the bill and its community transport manager Matthew Red- nall says the roads have long been identified by the community as need- ing safety improvements. They have relatively high pedestrian volumes and they connect to bus routes, beaches and com- munity and recreational facilities. The footpaths will be a significant safety enhancement for pedes- trians on these routes. Waiheke Local Board transport spokeswoman Jo Holmes welcomes the works. The local board has worked successfully with Auckland Transport to identify new footpaths that would meet the funding criteria and in doing so we attracted a large part of the money available from a new regional footpath fund. A further nine foot- paths have been sched- uled for construction in the next two financial years. The first stage, on Ostend Rd, should be done by the end of May. Pasifika festival raises a big cheque for big cause Team work: Carolyn MacDonell, Virginia Terpstra and David Penny with a $15,000 cheque for Make-A-Wish New Zealand. What a partnership -- what a cheque! The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust tea- med up this year with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) to promote the first ever two-day Pasifika Festi- val at Western Springs. And both organis- ations decided it would also be a great chance to raise money for a great cause. That s why the grand sum of $15,000 donated by festival goers during the event has been donated to Make-A-Wish New Zealand -- the char- ity that makes a huge difference in the lives of seriously ill children. The trust is chaired by David Penny, general manager of Suburban Newspapers, publisher of the Waiheke Market- place. Our news group is 100 per cent behind Auckland so to be a media sponsor of an event like Pasifika is a great fit. Our trust is equally pleased to see Make-A-Wish benefiting through that relation- ship. ATEED manager of major events Virginia Terpstra agrees: We are absolutely delighted with the results and the opportunity to provide such a great financial return from Pasifika Festival to continue the work of Make-A-Wish New Zealand, she says. This year s Pasifika festival was extended for the first time to include two days and featured a combined Sunday church service. Record sized crowds braved the heat to soak up a cultural smorgasbord of song, dance, art and food across ten sites represen- ting a mixture of Pacific Island communities. We had a fantastic weekend at Pasifika 2013, Make-A-Wish chief executive Carolyn MacDonell says. Not only did we raise a fantastic amount of money but we also raised the profile of the charity hugely with the Auck- land population. We were blown away with the generosity of the fes- tival goers and would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated. Your con- tribution will really make a difference to the lives of sick children in New Zealand. Still no end to drought Residents are still being mindful of water consumption after a bit of rain gave water tanks some small res- pite this month. The March 17 down- pour saw 12.5mm drop on Waiheke but rain monitor for Niwa Mal- colm Philcox says the drought hasn t broken yet. The weather has changed, the nights are cooler and I believe we ll get into our reg- ular weather pattern shortly. The four days of sprinkles last week totalled 17mm. But I d still be careful until the next lot drops.
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