Carnival atmosphere at beach race day
Perfect conditions for a day at the races attracted around 3500 people to Onetangi Beach on Sunday.
From around 11am, the Strand’s food and drink stalls were doing a decent trade, while race goers also packed out nearby Charlie Farley’s and Fourth Avenue ahead of the starting gun.
A high tide at 11.30am meant the popular Sealegs amphibious boat race was first off the sand, followed by the tractors and later in the afternoon, the Kidz Kartz and horses had their turn.
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.