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.
Mrs Hobson’s sad farewell from Waiheke in 1843
Paul Monin recounts Waiheke’s important role in the sad, final months of Mrs Hobson in Auckland, after the death of her husband William Hobson, our first governor.
Quite by chance, on a trip to Ireland a few years ago, I happened upon the non-conformist chapel in Waterford where William Hobson was baptised in 1792. A thrill for any New Zealander with a sense of history. So this is where the story of our first governor began. Where it ended was the Waiheke Channel, the departure point to England of his widowed wife Eliza and children on board HMS Tortoise in June 1843.
William Hobson joined the Royal Navy before his 11th birthday, a young lad propelled into a man’s world: a commonplace of the age. An elementary education in no way hampered his career. In 1824 he took his first command, deemed by a superior to be ‘an officer of great merit and intelligence’.
Alcohol message coasting into island bars
A local initiative aimed at “tweaking” our drinking culture in time for the busy visitor season is already getting a positive response from island bar and restaurant owners.
Attractive blue table coasters featuring a lifebuoy printed with messages about the harmful effects of drinking too much and how to recognise an intoxicated person will be scattered around Waiheke businesses this summer.
A pro-active ‘ambulance at the top of the cliff’ approach to the issue of alcohol abuse, the coasters are the idea of Senior Constable Wayne Stevenson from the Waiheke Police, whose background before joining the island force has been in liquor licensing.
Speedy choice for city SeaLink passengers
Offering a speedy and efficient trip for weekend visitors to Waiheke, this Saturday 25 October SeaLink will be launching their Waiheke ‘Express’ fast ferry service from downtown Auckland to Matiatia.
This passenger-only service will run on Saturdays and Sundays with the company utilising their smaller 50 and 100-seat jet ferries, capable of making the journey from Auckland city to Waiheke in under 35 minutes.