Local lads take on Cure Kids challenge
In 1993, the $10 Queenstown Challenge was conceived and initiated thanks to an audacious dare between two Queenstown locals. The challenge? To make a return trip from Queenstown to Auckland with no money or assistance from friends and relatives, engaging in mayhem and mischief along the way.
Each competitor gets $10 to survive on throughout his or her travels. Cure Kids provides accommodation each night as well as dinner and breakfast each day.
The route is kept top secret, with travel between destinations largely reliant on the kindness of strangers – no sneaking off to call mum or Great Aunt Jenny to pick you up!
Along the way competitors are set various dares and challenges designed to test each team’s brain, body and creative bent.
Points are awarded based on each team’s performance in the challenges, with first place awarded to the team with the most points.
Food and company at island’s soup kitchen
Waiheke’s soup kitchen, after its first year of service, usually attracts about 30 people every Monday.
Many elderly people enjoy the company at the soup kitchen and families also regularly visit for a meal, says Living Waters Church soup kitchen coordinator Wiremu Te Taniwha.
“Older folks are often alone, so it’s an opportunity for them to connect with other people.
“It provides a sense of belonging, a sense of community – it’s really lovely,” he says.
Counting down to new supermarket
Work on the new supermarket in Ostend is “progressing well” and the store is likely to open between April and June next year.
The Countdown on Belgium Street will be 150% larger than the current store with a floor area of 3490 square metres.
The supermarket will take up about half of the site and will have a maximum height of 10.2 metres.
Progressive Enterprises has resource consent to cut 7780 square metres of earth and to remove 4036 cubic metres of material from the site.
Auckland Transport drops objection to marina
Auckland Transport has withdrawn its objection to a proposed marina at Matiatia.
The Auckland Council organisation had opposed a marina because it would generate extra traffic that would put pressure on the wharf area and parking, but has now reached an agreement with Waiheke Marinas Limited to drop its opposition based on certain conditions.
The conditions include that construction traffic does not damage Ocean View Road, and that Waiheke Marinas Limited would pay the council for repairs to any damage to the road.