North Shore Times : January 22nd 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 22, 2013 NEWS CALL 0800-BLINDS 0800-254637 Need Blinds? Order Now! Refresh Your Home With New Blinds This Summer! Call us for Free Measure & Quote NOW www.homevisionblinds.com Sunscreen, Wooden, Holland, Roller, Vertical, Venetian, 25/50 mm 5046315AE Over 40 different models in store! JOHNSON OUTDOORS WATERCRAFT www.johnsonoutdoors.co.nz 2 Furnace Place, Silverdale, Hibiscus Coast 0932 Tel. 09 427 5234 • Frenzy • Double • Fishing • Family and more WATERCRAFT MON-FRI 9-5 • SAT 9-4 • SUN 10-2 4754231A X FACTORY OUTLET STORE FACTORY 2NDS AVAILABLE Death not suspicious A man who died while out cycling with his wife in Bayswater is believed to have suffered a heart attack. The 49-year-old was dead when St John ambulance staff arrived about 4.30pm on Janu- ary 16. Police are investigat- ing the sudden death but North Shore police acting area commander Inspector Jill Rogers says it wasn t thought to be in any way sus- picious. Residents in the area say the man had been cycling with his wife when he suffered the heart attack. Fairfax NZ News Disputes tribunal takes a dim view of condensation problem An Albany car yard has been ordered to repay the cost of a new car to a woman after they could not fix an issue with condensation forming in the head and tail lights. Carol Van Beek bought a 2012 Toyota Corolla for $28,990 in May 2012 and soon after discovered the condensation, a decision by the Motor Vehicles Disputes Tribunal outlines. She asked Albany Toyota to fix the problem and when it failed she demanded a full refund. The company tried to rem- edy the problem -- in June it swapped all four lights with those from another Corolla but within two hours Ms Van Beek phoned to say con- densation was present. In August the company asked Ms Van Beek for the use of her car for about two weeks to try to identify the cause. She was given loan cars and said condensation also formed in the lights of both vehicles -- a Yaris and another Corolla. Albany Toyota contacted Toyota New Zealand for technical assistance but the company said the fault was not a manufacturing defect and it would not accept res- ponsibility. Ms Van Beek complained to the tribunal and said her car would not be able to get a warrant of fitness with the condensation. The tribunal found a new vehicle should be fault-free and Ms Van Beek s car was not . The tribunal does not think that a reasonable con- sumer paying $28,990 for a new Toyota would regard the presence of condensation in the head and tail lamps as acceptable. It ordered Albany Toyota to pay Ms Van Beek $28,990 at which time she would return the car. Yachties jockey for room Space wars: Spectacular Kawau Island is a haven for sailors but often off limits for an overnight stay if you don't have a private mooring. By LIZ WILLIS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE A SAY Lindsay Waugh BACH owners with private moorings are blocking the freedom of other boaties and yachties to anchor in popular Hauraki Gulf bays. Opponents liken the proli- feration of such moorings to roping off big sections of car parking at popular beaches for private use. Keen sailor Lindsay Waugh, who chairs the Kai- patiki Local Board, says that wouldn t be tolerated at regional parks like Long Bay so it shouldn t be in the gulf either. Auckland is in danger of losing one of its biggest rec- reational assets to private use, Ms Waugh warns. It s important Auckland Council designates areas in the gulf for free anchorage only, she says. Some people feel they have the right to a private mooring because they have a bach in the area but that restricts others, Ms Waugh says. Moorings might not even be in use but other sea-goers are forced to steer clear to avoid getting their anchor stuck or damaged. Problems are particularly bad at Waiheke, Rakino and Kawau islands and boaties fear it will spread. Kevin O Sullivan has been battling the issue as a mem- ber of the Auckland Yachting and Boating Association and the Gulf Anchorages Protec- tion Society. Popular anchorages should be for public use and people wanting private moorings must have compelling argu- ments before approval is given, Mr O Sullivan says. One private mooring takes the space of four boats, he says. The Hauraki Gulf has about 30 sheltered anchorage spots for overnight stays so the spread of private moor- ings is a big threat, he says. School House Bay on Kawau Island is the worst case where private moorings lock ordinary boaties and yachties out of the bay. Owning a bach does not give someone the automatic right to demand a mooring, Mr O Sullivan says. Holiday home owners might stay a few times year but private moorings make anchoring off limits to every- one. On Rakino Island 165 land- owners want two moorings, one either side of the island, and if that goes ahead there will be nothing left for anyone else, he says. Public feedback on moorings will be sought from March as part of Auckland Council's Draft Unitary Plan consultation. Auckland Harbourmaster Andrew Hayton says mooring areas are administered to ensure the space is managed effectively, boats suitably positioned, and all moorings are safely and efficiently maintained. Under the current Auckland Coastal Plan, mooring is a permitted activity at the sites specified within 78 mooring management areas across the Auckland region, Mr Hayton says. Anyone who wishes to establish a mooring outside a mooring management area needs to apply for a resource consent. ''Aspects of the current coastal plan including the mooring management areas will be considered further as they are incorporated into the Unitary Plan.''
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