Mini truckers get into the driver’s seat
Little truckers, fire engine enthusiasts and big machinery fans of all kinds were spoilt for choice at Sunday’s Touch a Truck event at the Onetangi Sports Park.
An impressive range of ‘big rigs’ were on display and children were encouraged to get into the driver’s seat, try out the levers and sirens and have plenty of noisy fun.
Aside from diggers and tractors, emergency services vehicles were out in force, with the fire brigade trucks particularly popular, while the Truck Stop Café did a bustling trade in sweet goodies.
Kiwi take up residence on Rotoroa
Kiwi will soon be roaming Waiheke’s near neighbour, Rotoroa Island.
Three kiwi chicks, hatched at Auckland Zoo from eggs collected from Te Mata in the Coromandel, were released onto the 83 ha island last month, with more due for release in coming weeks.
The introduction of kiwi marks the start of a new programme between Rotoroa Island Trust, Auckland Zoo and Thames Coast Kiwi Care aimed boosting the population of Coromandel North Island brown kiwi.
Vintage Austins 7s take an island spin
Vintage car enthusiasts will have noticed a convoy of 14 Austin Sevens winding its way around Waiheke back roads on a recent weekend.
The Auckland branch of the Vintage Austin Register had its ‘spring sojourn’ on the island, with one driver saying the unsealed roads posed no problem for the hardy vehicles.
“These cars are made for these roads. They hold the road really well and don’t mind the corrugations.”
The two-day event featured a rally day – designed like a treasure hunt on four wheels – on the Saturday, and a day out around the Loop Road on the Sunday, with stops for refreshment at Man O’ War Tasting Room and Passage Rock for pizza.
Lifejacket law now in place
From this weekend all boaties in vessels of under six metres in length will have to wear, with very few exceptions, properly sized and secured lifejackets at all times.
The new Auckland Council Marine Safety Bylaw is already in force and aims to ensure almost universal wearing of lifejackets or personal flotation devices, known as PFDs, in small vessels.
Another new requirement is the carrying of a means of communication with the shore at all times.