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Coastguard is more than $20,000 better off thanks to the generosity of the Waiheke community. Wai Wai Productions-Raewyn Neilson, Sarah Williams and Marg Graydon otherwise known as the Wai Wai Girls, had the bright idea of staging a rerun of the hit 1960's TV show C'mon as a fund raiser for Waiheke Coastguard.
Last night's show proved a great hit. C'mon stars Ray Woolf, Shane, Tom Sharplin and Suzanne Lynch gave freely of their talents to entertain a full house at Te Huruhi School Hall. There was dancing in the aisles as the stars proved they've still got that C'mon appeal.
Money was raised through admission, a charity auction hosted by Chris Reeve with prizes donated by many local businesses plus bar sales. Other donations included ferry transport, food provided by local suppliers and wine from local vineyards.
The Wai Wai Girls with Coastguard volunteers hosted the stars by providing accommodation, sightseeing transport and a substantial champagne breakfast.
The show was an expression of community spirit that is the true heart of the Island.
Whaleoil is worth reading because he often gets right to the core of an issue and exposes the sloppy thinking behind some of the dafter ideas of Auckland Council.
This time he's unmasked Auckland Transport who are planning to set up a bike market.
WHY IS LEN BROWN’S COUNCIL SETTING UP A BIKE MARKET?
Cycling has become one of those ‘holier than thou’ issues so loved by the Greens. I have no problem with encouraging cycling to work, it makes sense to cycle if it gets people there quicker than slow moving traffic, but I object when ratepayers money is siphoned off for hair brained schemes like this that are not core Council business.
And talking of hair brained schemes, I’ve been told that there are local board members who thought it a good idea to go on a junket to find out more about cycling solutions. If I were living in central Auckland I wouldn’t be happy to find out that the Green, cycling fanatic, members of my Board have used my hard earned rates to go on an overseas trip at my expense, aided and abetted by a first time Councillor from the north shore.
There’s scarce enough money for local boards to do good in their own communities without Waitemata Local Board members Pippa Coom and Chris Dempsey wasting ratepayers money by taking a trip to Adelaide to improve their knowledge of cycling solutions. Their role is as advocates not decision makers.
Isn’t it typical that it’s the Green party members who are so befuddled by their sanctimonious belief in their own righteousness that they don’t even consider their carbon footprint and the damage they do to the environment by this one selfish act. And who knows what Councillor Chris Darby is getting out of the exercise. He’s in danger of being regarded as a self-serving, ambitious politician with delusions of grandeur.
I wrote yesterday about Mayor Len Brown’s desperation to shore up his voter base in his home territory of south Auckland, so it comes as no surprise that Council is planning to follow suit. The latest proposal by Auckland Council is to impose divisive rules and regulations that limit the scattering of ashes. With a need to involve local iwi, this short-sighted and insensitive move will appeal to the Maori vote in south Auckland. It smacks of racism to me.
In the Herald today:
Bid to limit scatter of ashes
First Council tells ratepayers we can’t have a resource consent for even the smallest change to our own land, without crossing iwi palms with silver, and now this bombshell that those already in mourning will have to pay Maori for permission to scatter their beloved’s ashes.
The proposal, which could come into effect as early as November, has angered many people who feel the act doesn't harm anyone and often helps grieving families to find closure by honouring a loved one's final wish.
This latest move by Council is political correctness gone mad. It also illustrates how political correctness has morphed into outrageous racism in a country that once prided itself on its class-less society and egalitarianism.
The proposal is deeply offensive to our increasingly multi-cultural society and needs to be stamped on sooner rather than later. It is unworkable as a by-law and will simply lead to resentment and people flouting the law. Bad laws lead to bad outcomes.
What do you do to regain votes when you’ve lost the trust of the Auckland people through a sordid affair, refused to hand back money stolen from the ratepayer, bankrupted the city with debt, failed to deliver a single promise on which you were elected? You buy votes at any price, that’s what. And that means shoring up your voter base in South Auckland.
You do this by ensuring rates go DOWN in Manukau and UP everywhere else, including less well off communities like Waiheke. You tell your Manukau electorate they will soon be home to a northern Te Papa. You even spring a surprise on them by saying you’ll give them a Manukau light rail loop.
What? Where did that come from? It wasn’t in any plan amongst the mile high stack of plans already paid for by ratepayers. No, it was announced by Brown in one of the local rags, without any consultation with the Governing Body, with Auckland Transport or even the people of Manukau.
"We want to run light rail from Manukau up through Clover Park, all along Te Irirangi Drive, up to Highland Park, up Panmure Highway and back to Manukau."
Notice the royal ‘we’. After all, he must only be referring to himself.
Councillor Cameron Brewer responded
"I seriously think the Mayor has lost the plot. He keeps dreaming up all these projects with no idea of where the money is going to come from. He’s flying all over the place. Delivering a funding plan for his City Rail Link is where his focus should be, not dreaming up local light rail projects with the sole hope of winning back some support in the south."
This is one seriously flawed individual who’s let power go to his head. He needs to be careful it doesn't get the chop before he's able to act out like Emperor Napolean, and crown himself.
A golf green at the Waiheke Golf Course has been damaged by young, high school age hooligans who thought it was fun to tear up the surface with the sprigs of their football boots. You can see for yourselves the damage caused by this mindless vandalism.
Why would any teenager think this was a fun, perhaps even acceptable, thing to do? I venture to suggest it’s because they’ve been given a wrong message through our current community leaders, the High School, the local Green party propaganda sheet - the Gulf News, and despicable social media pages such as the so-called ‘Waiheke Island Peoples’ Parliament’ (WIPP), that the Golf Club is somehow fair game, ‘unfriendly’ to the environment and open to abuse. Clearly, such misinformation about the Golf Club couldn't be further from the truth but, leaving that aside, this is the message these schoolchildren seem to have received. Why else would the Golf Club be a target?
Cowardly actions such as this can be expected when the local paper thrives on pitting Islander against Islander; when community leaders rewrite history and their political propaganda seeps into the fabric of a community. Both Waiheke Local Board Chairman Paul Walden and his Deputy Shirin Brown found it amusing to hold a tea party on the golf course greens with their children as part of their election campaign, putting their children in danger and thumbing their noses at the golfers. Childish behaviour, which we now see emulated. Remember too the clever (riderless?) horse that found its way onto the Golf Course on the morning of a tournament, rode in neat circles and damaged the greens and then made a quick getaway over neighbouring properties.
This bad behaviour and bullying by adults has now been picked up on by the children. There is a very nasty Green underbelly to Waiheke, which bodes ill for the future.
A fire on the Boat Club yard on the Causeway has totally destroyed a vessel. I hope no-one was hurt.
I also hope it didn't belong to one of the many vagrants now living on boats in and around the Causeway attracted there from around the Auckland region and beyond by the generous Council facilities on offer on Waiheke. These include a public toilet, regularly cleaned by Council staff, safe drinking water, a playground for their children, Council collects their rubbish, and its all rent and rates free. There’s a burger cart and coffee cart on hand, also similarly funded by Waiheke ratepayers by having to pay no rent or rates, to provide their hot meals, drinks and social gathering place.
Many of the boat dwellers have severe mental health issues. Conditions on board are often a health and safety hazard. They risk damage to themselves and to others housed in the boats around them.
Council needs to take responsibility for the situation they have created on the Causeway.