Family upset after “friendly” Remy shot
A Palm Beach family is very upset after their 14-month-old miniature Schnauzer, Remy, was shot last Sunday. Although Remy has survived, earlier this week he was on a drip and was expected to need surgery to remove a pellet from his body.
“We can’t believe this has happened on Waiheke,” said the family. “We have owned this house for nearly 13 years and have never had any issues.”
They say Remy is friendly and has often been walked on Palm Beach where he loves interaction with people and other dogs. He was a Christmas present in 2013 to the three children, Maddy (10), James (7) and Will (5).
The drama began when Remy wandered off a few houses away in Cory Road as the family were cleaning the inside of the car.
“We were leaving to go to the beach for the afternoon and he came running back up the drive,” said Colin Downing.
“At this stage we had no idea what had happened and my wife Donna put him on a long leash on our deck and we left about 1.30pm.
Skidder’s dangerous move
A log skidder – a large piece of heavy equipment used for removing entire trees – crashed though bush from a work site on Trig Hill road; flattening a full-grown plum tree and narrowly missing a house and parked car below at the property of Julie Ingham, on Eden Terrace, Onetangi.
Ms Ingham says “Jon Crowhurst, my boarder, was sitting three feet from where the machine came to rest and would have been killed. The machine missed my car by two feet.
“The company were cutting down trees on a very steep section above on Trig Hill Road. There is a major problem with water runoff and soil movement.”
The machinery was being used by Island Tree Care and Sergeant Peter Knight of the Waiheke Police said the skidder was “unattended at the time.” The incident has been referred to Worksafe New Zealand, he said.•
‘Wharf 2 Wharf’ more than a race
“A splendid day!” is one version of the Wharf 2 Wharf Run held on Saturday 17 January.
“Bloody hot!” was the view of a runner in the feature race, from Orapiu Wharf to Matiatia. He suggested the organisers look at starting closer to the cool of dawn, as is common in most half-marathons. This year the long run of the Wharf 2 Wharf started at 8.15am, and it was already pretty warm by then.
Times were generally slower in the main race this year, with most locals from the Waiheke Harriers running club taking 20 minutes to half an hour longer along the course – which is regarded as one of the toughest middle-distance road races in New Zealand. Even so, the 25 kilometer race-winner posted a quicker time than in recent years.
The work’s done: time for the sculptures to shine
headland Sculpture on the Gulf starts tonight, with a gala opening event at the headland pavilion at Matiatia. 31 works have been installed along the walkway – and all these selected pieces will all be considered for the Lexus Premier Award award, of $30,000 cash. The judge for the show, who works independently of the selectors, is this year Derrick Cherrie, Associate Professor at the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.
The 2013 winner of this was Gregor Kregar’s Pavilion Structure, a work that achieved the rare double of also capturing the Fullers People’s Choice award. Kregar is an invited artist this time around, and so his contribution is outside the competition for the premier award. In 2011, the premier award went to Waiheke Island artist Denis O’Connor, who is a selected exhibitor on the walkway again this year.