The Ostend Market is a Community Market operated by the Waiheke Community Childcare Centre. Our Vision is to provide a Market that is a friendly, vibrant, diverse and an interesting place for young and old and people from all walks of life. We welcome all Stallholders and in particular community groups, at the discretion of the Market Coordinators, that wish to use the Market as a forum to introduce their services and community initiatives free of charge. Children and Youth may have a stall at a discounted rate. We believe if the Market is flourishing it will benefit all of our Community including all the traders and visitors of the Market.
We welcome entertainment and activities for both children and adults and wish to provide a peaceful, safe, and supportive environment for all our visitors and stallholders at the Market. We endeavour to become sustainable and earth friendly, minimising any negative impact on the environment.Our Philosophy is to be transparent and fair and we have a set of policies supporting this practice also enabling our Co-ordinators to move forward in developing the Market further.
The Waiheke Community Childcare Centre cares for the health of the planet and the world our children will inherit. The Ostend Market is our mainstay fundraiser and key public event. We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of the Market even both as a way of role modelling to our children and the public and in keeping with our philosophy of caring for and protecting our island and planet. With support and guidance from the Waiheke Waste Resources Trust and Auckland Council, we have developed Zero Waste Stations at the Market. With co- operation we are working towards Zero Waste at the Ostend Market.
In 1975 the Ostend Market was started by Putiki School, a private school promoting alternative education, and was held on the property of Don and Barbara Chapple, Hekerua Bay. As a fundraising venture the parents of Putiki School held the Ostend Market once a month on a Saturday. They did so for several years.
In 1981 Jenny Barre was approached by Don Chapple and asked if the Waiheke Community Creche (later called Waiheke Community Childcare Centre) would like to take over the running of the market as Putiki School numbers were dropping and there were fewer parents available to work the market day. The Creche was in its infancy. There were no government subsidies then and parent fees could not possibly cover all expenses so fundraising was imperative. The Creche Committee accepted willingly and immediately went to holding the Market fortnightly. We did so for six months from June 1981.
Over the summer of 1981/1982 we ran the market every Saturday permanently. At that time the Creche sold refreshments from the hall kitchen, collected stall fees and had a stall of its own. This was very successful for several more years.
In October 1995 The Ostend Market was included in the Anzac Reserve Management Plan with Auckland City Council and a Licence to Occupy part of the Ostend Reserve was formalised in the Auckland City Council District Plan.
Our Philosophy is to be transparent and fair and we have a set of policies supporting this practice also enabling our Co-ordinators to move forward in managing the Market and developing it further.
Please speak with one of the co-ordinators before you set up your stall. Market co-ordinators are responsible for allocating all stalls.
Funds raised by the Ostend Market are spent at the discretion of the centre management, in the best interests of the children attending the Waiheke Community Childcare Centre. Typically this would include the purchase of toys, equipment, teaching aids and projects aimed at upgrading the service. Waiheke Community Childcare Centre remain indebted to years of contribution from the community of Waiheke that have made it possible to sustain this valuable income for a much needed service on the Island. Funds are also allocated for the promotion of the Market, such as regular advertising, maintenance and equipment to support all stallholders.
Please read through the Ostend Market Handbood carefuly and contact one of the Market co-ordinators to get started, be safe and have fun.
Our Market co-ordinators will guide you through the policies and regulations that Market stallholders must comply with including: Auckland City Council Licences, Stallholder Fees, What We Expect from You, Food Licences and the Second Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act.