Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Letter to the editors: Stadium funding

Dear Editors,

The Dunedin City Council is about to make a final decision (probably
irrevocable) about funding for the proposed new stadium. I'm sure I don't
need to go into any detail about the arguments against this project. If your
readers are opposed to major Council funding, either through rates or asset
sales, of a new stadium this may be their last chance to voice an
opinion.

According to the grapevine some councillors are not as sure of their
'pro-stadium'
status any more. If one or two more councillors vote against the proposal
it could be stopped.

I urge your readers to either phone or email their local councillor or
councillors
and clearly state why they should not vote for council funding of a new
stadium. It would be good to suggest a couple of other projects
or services that they would rather see council funding go towards. A
friendly but well informed approach is more likely to be listened to.

The Councillor for the Waikouaiti Coast/Chalmers area is Andrew Noone.

Geraldine Tait
Warrington

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Tuesday, 27 November 2007

COMMUNITY SUSTAINABLE LIVING COURSE 2008

COMMUNITY SUSTAINABLE LIVING COURSE 2008
Venue: Warrington School

This course will assist you to
a.. Learn and share practical tips that make a difference and can save
you money
b.. Meet others in your community who are interested in living more
sustainably
c.. Gain support for introducing lifestyle changes you want to make
Facilitated by Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin
City Council.

Duration: Eight weeks. Start Date: Wed 13 Feb. Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $40
Registration and enquiries to Maureen, Phone 473 9967, Email
mhoward @ slingshot.co.nz

PLEASE REGISTER TO GET A PLACE ON THIS COURSE

Comments from Previous Participants have included:
"I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in taking
practical steps toward an more sustainable lifestyle."
"It is inspiring and motivating to learn about sustainable living with a
friendly group of people and excellent tutor."

Please note that there is a similar course at Logan Park High
School around the same dates.

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Community's first aid skills get a kick start tomorrow

Warrington has been donated a Heart Defibrillator to be kept at the
Surf Life Saving Club for use in emergency situations.

Unlike the club's other rescue and first aid equipment, intended for
use only by qualified Surf Patrols, this simple to use, but hi-tech,
instrument is for
use by the whole community, and could save a life not only
at the beach but anywhere in the village.

"We want to invite ALL Blueskin Bay residents to learn how to use this
valuable piece of equipment," club Vice President Lyn Hastie told
Blueskin News. "Feel
free to join us."

St John's latest newsletter describes the defibrillators thus:
"Smaller than a laptop and very easy for members of the public to use,
defibrillators can literally mean the difference between life and
death for someone in cardiac arrest while an ambulance is on the way."

The workshop/demo will be held in the Surf Club rooms at Warrington
Domain tomorrow (Sunday 2nd
December) at 5pm. Lyn said there will also be time to refresh your CPR skills.

by Peter Dowden

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Monday, 26 November 2007

What goes around comes around

Local energy production is a part of New
Zealand's heritage (Christchurch, ca 1880)

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Blueskin Bay man joins local force

Blueskin Bay resident Nigel Voice now has a shorter commute. "I would
like to welcome Senior Constable Nigel Voice to the district,"
Jon-Paul Tremain of Waikouaiti Police told Blueskin News. "He will be
relieving full time while Constable Eason is on maternity leave."
Nigel worked in the Dunedin police before taking up this temporary
position on his home patch.

by the editors

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Police Community Report for Movember (sic) 2007

Tënä koutou katoa,

On the 8th of November Police were contacted in relation to a middle
aged male who was witnessed walking naked along a track which leads to
the beach at Warrington, the man was apprehended by Police a short
time later just south of Palmerston and was subsequently arrested. He
could not provide an adequate explanation for his actions and the
witness was disgusted by what she had observed. A 48 year old farmer
from Kakanui Valley will be appearing at the Dunedin District Court in
December in relation to this.

On the 9th of November an incident occurred at Waikouaiti involving
two young persons and a sling shot. The pair fired several stones at
passing motorists along Beach Street, hitting at least four moving
vehicles. It was fortunate no one was injured or serious damage caused
to the victims cars. The youngsters were spoken to by Police and
admitted to causing the nuisance; as a result one young person has
been referred to Dunedin Police Youth Aid.

A truck crash occurred on Monday the 19th of November along State
Highway One just south of Hawksbury, the truck left the road and
struck a power pole causing several homes in the area to experience a
strong power surge which interfered with electrical appliances. No one
was injured in the crash which took emergency services most of the day
to clear; Police are continuing to make inquiries in relation to this
incident.

A dispute between a woman from Palmerston and her ex partner occurred
outside the Waikouaiti Police on Sunday the 4th of November, the
matter was relatively minor however the female party would not remain
to speak with Police. She was located a short time later along State
Highway One just south of Waikouaiti, and received almost $2000 worth
of infringement notices.

Other incidents this month include the theft of an electricians work
vehicle and tools from outside an address at Warrington. It appears a
related vehicle, stolen from North Dunedin was abandoned nearby.
Fortunately for the tradesman some of his tools were recovered by
Police at Oamaru, Police however continue to investigate this matter.

Lastly I would like to welcome Senior Constable Nigel VOICE to the
district, before coming to relieve at Waikouaiti Senior Constable
VOICE was based at Dunedin, he will be relieving full time while
Constable EASON is on maternity leave.

Remember if you require information regarding road conditions
telephone Transit New Zealand on 0800 44 44 49.

If you see anything suspicious or if you wish to speak to the Police
regarding any other matter you can contact us on 03 465 9127. In
emergencies dial 111. Until next month, take care.

Constable Jon-Paul TREMAIN


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Sunday, 25 November 2007

It can be fun to share, even more fun with a photo

Children may safely enjoy a beach environment shared with New Zealand sea lions.
Photo by Shaun Templeton, Elm Wildlife Tours (c) reproduced here by
kind permission
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It can be fun to share

Children may safely enjoy a beach environment shared with New Zealand sea lions.
Photo by Shaun Templeton, Elm Wildlife Tours (c) reproduced here by
kind permission

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Adult male sea lion

Adult male sea lion
Photo by Jim Fyfe (c) reproduced here by kind permission.
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Wild Blueskin: Sharing the beach with New Zealand sea lions

The return of New Zealand sea lions to Otago is a good news story for
a threatened endemic species which was hunted to the point of
extinction, first by Maori for food, and subsequently by sealers. New
Zealand sea lion behaviour is very different from the fur seal
behaviour most people are familiar with. It is worth taking time to
reflect on this, because understanding sea lion behaviour will have a
huge bearing on your experience during an encounter.

Firstly, sea lions have a strong preference for sandy beaches which
they use to rest, sleep, mate and play. They will often interact with
each other socially while ashore, but they also need to sleep. As
people also frequent sandy beaches, many folk have now encountered sea
lions, even though there are less than 150 of them in Otago.

Secondly, unlike fur seals, New Zealand sea lions are not afraid of
people. Rather than run away, they will charge at you if you get too
close. Keep a reasonable distance and they are unlikely to bother you,
especially when they are resting. It is important to realise the
charge is usually a bluff, indicating that you have invaded their
personal space. Back off slowly and they are unlikely to pursue you
far. It is also worth emphasising that you CAN walk between sea lions
and the water. A widely known rule for fur seals specifies not to get
between them and the water because when fur seals are disturbed they
will race back to sea.

New Zealand sea lions can move quickly and reasonably effortlessly on
land, allowing them to roam considerable distances inland looking for
that 'perfect quiet spot'. People can get a fright when they stumble
on a sea lion unexpectedly. Be aware of the possibility that there
might be sea lions when you are walking through the dunes.

Sea lions can be curious, and they like to play. This is particularly
true of the younger ones. Try not to get into a situation where you
are running away from a young sea lion; they think it is a game. Back
away slowly, and get right out of their space. Often, with playful sea
lions, the trick is about timing; they are easily distracted. If you
wait out of view for five minutes they are likely to have moved on.

Sea lions are truly in their element when in the water, and those
engaged in water sports will know you cannot hide from a sea lion that
has taken an interest in you. Remember they are usually just curious.
Sea lions approach people in the same way they would approach another
sea lion, but they have a way of saying hello that tests your nerves.
Once you are approached at close quarters it is important not to
engage, even if they are just playing. Would you play wrestle with
someone who weighed over 200 kg? Avoid engaging by not making eye
contact and by moving slowly away. Do not race away in a panic, or
try to push the sea lion. Stay horizontal in the water. The sea lion
may try to mouth your fins (or the end of your booties); ignore him -
this is his ploy to get you to engage. Be really boring. The sea lion
will divide his attention between everyone in a group, so there will
be more time to relax and enjoy the experience if you are swimming
with others. Some surfers who are familiar with sea lion antics claim
there is a local advantage when they turn up during surfing
competitions.
Special care is needed not to encourage sea lions to view fishing
boats as a source of food. Please clean fish well out to sea, or keep
the offal on the boat until you get home. It is well known that
feeding wild animals can lead to problems; spare a thought for people
on smaller boats who get approached by a sea lion with high
expectations of being fed. It is an offence to feed marine mammals.

And of course the usual rules apply in respect to dog control around
sea lions as for other wildlife species. Unlike most other wildlife,
sea lions may choose fight over flight � an added incentive for you to
carry a lead and to ensure your dog is under close supervision when
visiting the beach. Vehicles should also take particular care not to
impact on wildlife. The use of trail bikes on the beach or in the
dunes will disturb sea lion rest. It is an offence to harass sea
lions, or to drive a vehicle within 50m of them.

To summarise, sea lions behaviour is different to that of fur seals,
but is also quite predictable. They are New Zealand's own unique sea
lion, recovering from near extinction, and this requires that they
re-establish on the mainland. Your tolerance and willingness to learn
about sea lions will help minimise conflict on the beaches.
Please contact DOC if you do have specific concerns.

What should I do if I encounter a sea lion?

Please follow these simple guidelines:

∑ Always stay at least 10m away (10m from sleeping sea lions and 20m
from active sea lions). If you come across sea lions on the track,
back off and find a different route.
∑ Do not disturb sea lions � do not make loud noises, throw things at
them or drive vehicles in their vicinity.
∑ Keep dogs well away from sea lions, preferably on a lead.
∑ Keep children under close supervision.
∑ If you are in a group, do not surround sea lions � keep a low profile.
∑ Be prepared to back away if a sea lion takes an interest in you.
∑ If a sea lion approaches you in the water, avoid looking it the eye
and move slowly away.
∑ Never attempt to handle sea lions (they will bite if provoked, and
can carry diseases such as TB and salmonella).
∑ Do not feed sea lions.
∑ Let DOC know if there you are concerned about the safety of a sea
lion, or to report inappropriate behaviour around them.
∑ Enjoy these impressive animals!

More information is available about sea lions from the New Zealand Sea
Lion Trust website www.sealiontrust.org,nz Jim Fyfe
Coastal Ranger
Department of Conservation


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Fwd: Blueskin News in the News!

The Blueskin News gets a mention on the 'Be the Change' website, see:
http://www.bethechange.org.nz/blogs/bus-crew/waitati
Probably too late to stick it in the print edition but I thought it is a
nice short piece on their experience of Waitati and good that they
recognised the quality media we have in Blueskin and the important role it
plays!
Cheers,
Scott Willis


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Warrington's first aid skills get a kick start tomorrow

Warrington Surf Life Saving Club have been donated a Heart
Defibrillator for use in emergency situations.

Unlike the club's other rescue and first aid equipment, intended for
use only by qualified Surf Lifeguards, this hi-tech instrument is for
use by the club and by the community, and could save a life not only
at the beach but anywhere in the village.

"We want to invite ALL Blueskin Bay residents to learn how to use this
valuable piece of
equipment," club Vice Persident Lyn Hastie told Blueskin News. "Feel
free to join us."

The workshop/demo will be held in the club rooms tomorrow (Sunday 2nd
December) at 5pm. Lyn said there will also be time to refresh your CPR
skills.

by the editors

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Waikouaiti Karitane Plunket (column)

A big thank you to all those who helped to collect, and to those who
generously gave to our door to door collectors. $250 was given in the
Blueskin area. These funds will be put towards the cost of the Plunket
Nurse visiting families in their own homes, and holding clinics within
the area. Thank you.

A plaque is to be unveiled at Karitane on December 13th to commemorate
the work of Sir Truby King and the Plunket Society. This will be
followed by an afternoon tea for invited guests who will include past
volunteers, nurses and other VIPs.

We have just completed a series of swimming lessons for the 1-4 yr
olds and it has been fabulous to watch their skills and confidence
grow. We look forward to another series next year and thank the
Bendigo Trust for subsidising the lessons.

If you would like any information about Plunket volunteers, please contact us.

We hope you all have a fantastic holiday season with your families.

Lyane Jones, President
Greer Prebble, Appeal Coordinator

465 7360, rljones @ clear.net.nz 465 7088, bandgprebble @ xtra.co.nz

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Friday, 23 November 2007

Opinion: With the pipeline comes Fluoridation

Dunedin's public water supply is currently receiving the addition of
silicofluoride at the rate of 0.85 parts per million. Waitati,
Warrington and Karitane are going to be next. Water fluoridation has
strong links to osteosarcoma (bone cancer) particularly in young boys,
Thyroid hormone disturbances, (fluoride has been previously used as a
thyroid suppressant), increased rates of bone fractures, and numerous
other alarming health affects. Yet our water is about to be
contaminated with this unprocessed, industrial waste product of the
phosphate fertiliser industry! This may lead some to question, "How
does this happen & why?

The practice of artificial water fluoridation first started in Dunedin
in 1967 (after a referendum that ironically showed that the Dunedin
population was against fluoridation!) and has continued to occur on
the recommendation of the New Zealand Ministry of Health, with support
of the city council, who are meant to be representing the interests of
the constituent.

It is the aim of the Ministry to systematically lobby each local
council to vote in accordance with the government's view that "the
practice of fluoridation of public water supplies is an effective,
efficient and safe means of preventing dental decay." Our council
decided that due to a so-called increase of a non-contagious,
non-inheritable disease called tooth decay, they would medicate the
entire population with or without consent from cradle to grave.

However, they neglect to inform the public of extremely important
health warnings in regards to water fluoridation. For example the
American Dental Association who regard water fluoridation as their
baby, were forced due to overwhelming scientific evidence to release
the following warning to parents in November 2006 "Infant formula is
the primary source of nutrition, mix with water that is fluoride
free."

The Ministry claims that this warning only applies to the USA, not New
Zealand. They claim that water fluoridation was allowed for when
setting the allowable level of fluoride in formula – impossible when
it is the water itself that is the problem, not the formula.

Breast milk filters out fluoride so surely that should give some
indication that babies are not meant to be receiving this toxic waste.

Water fluoridation has an extremely sinister background and the
further the practice is examined, the more horrendous the findings
become.

The addition of fluoride to our water supply raises many concerns. All
people are dependant on pure uncontaminated water. The addition of any
substance to a public water supply for the purpose of affecting the
bodily or mental function of the consumer establishes a dangerous
precedent and pre-empts the inalienable right of the individual to
determine what shall be done to and with his body as long as in the
exercise of the right he has not to infringe upon the equal right of
his fellow citizens.

The purpose of a public water supply is to deliver sanitary water to
the citizens as apposed to being the vessel for medication that
unmedically qualified council members deem fit for consumption. When
contacted Deputy Mayor Syd Brown acknowledged his inadequate medical
education on such a matter and therefore chooses to uphold the
"expert" view held by our Ministry of Health while another council
member confided while she had supported the practice, now feels after
adverse side affects to heavy metals and toxic chemicals she now found
herself to be "unsure on the issue", the last council member contacted
confessed that unless information presented to him was "less than an
A4 sheet of paper, he was simply to busy to even read it" and would
therefore vote according to majority.

For local council members to be placed in the position where they are
to resume control of a medical decision that affects each and every
individual in their constituency, without any medical background or
comprehension of the scientific nature of such a decision is perhaps
one of the most unprofessional, unethical, objectionable practices
that the Ministry of Health promotes.

A background check into the practice of water fluoridation will
unearth many interesting facts, like the use of water fluoridation in
the ghettos of Germany and the infamous Nazi prison camps and in
Russia in order to induce a passive, submissive, calm state in order
to reduce resistance of both citizen and prisoner alike.

This would also be of some benefit to the government today should the
need arise to 'dumb' the population down to some degree, such as civil
unrest or an uprising of non-conformists in the community. If the
water supply is already fluoridated then it would be a simple matter
of adjusting dosage.

Such prospect may sound a little far-fetched to the average person,
but do try to take in to account the fact that medicating an entire
population via the public water supply was also once seen as
far-fetched and absurd!

Sodium fluoride's strong affinity to 'bond' with aluminum is also of
great concern considering the source of the industrial grade fluoride
used is none other than the aluminum industry itself!

Whether a water consumer is concerned about fluoridation due to the
ethical reasons such as unmonitored mass medication, (as confirmed by
my own health care professional when I inquired about registration of
my own child's adverse reactions to fluoridated water) or the growing
list of health concerns associated with this outdated practice, the
important thing is that there is public debate and public concerns
raised in order to educate the population of the discreet (bordering
on secret) practiced in regards to our public water supply that we all
rely upon (or at least would like to be able to rely upon!).

"A truth's initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply
the lie was believed….When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold
gradually to the masses over generation, the truth will seem utterly
preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic." – Dresden James

by Olive McRae

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We're all going on a summer holiday

The next issue of Blueskin News will be published on 1 February 2008.
This is a good time to wish all our readers, advertisers, writers and
supporters, including Dunedin City ratepayers, all our best wishes for
Summer, Christmas, a safe, relaxing holiday and the New Year with all
its challenges. Please remember to swim between the flags and keep
your skins blue not red this summer; we will catch up with you all in
2008.

Craig, Louise, Peter and Polly

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary (column)

The Orokonui Valley may now be free of possums. Jess, a trained possum
dog belonging to Operations Manager Elton Smith has not detected any
for the last six weeks. The fuchsia is flowering profusely this year
and without being munched by possums will have much more leaf and
nectar to sustain the birds.

It is likely that there will be a spillover effect from the
ecosanctuary as bird populations build up and some species are likely
to appear in adjacent areas. With this in mind I thought it was timely
to find out about the bird predators in our backyards. Yolanda van
Heezik has been studying one of these predators and I invited her to
come along to the November meeting.

Her research has been into the impact of cats on the bird populations
of Dunedin. Information was collected from cats wearing GPS collars
and the prey items they brought home. It was fascinating.

Statistics from various studies show that:
• The most common prey taken by cats is rodents (60-80%), followed by
birds (20-35%).
• Cats may take approximately three times more prey than what they bring home.
• Young cats (under a year old) take more prey than older cats.
• 34% of the cats from Yolanda's study brought home no prey, 45%
caught prey infrequently and 21% were frequent takers (one cat brought
home 60 prey items over the year).
• Silvereyes were the most common native bird caught.

If the number of prey caught by cats in the study is extrapolated to
the entire estimated urban population of cats, then about 50% and 20%
of the estimated fantail and bellbird populations are likely to be
killed by cats each year respectively. This is a pretty significant
chunk of these populations killed every year considering their
breeding patterns have not evolved to compensate for mammalian
predation.

On the good side though Yolanda's work estimated that 20 838 rats and
33 346 mice were also likely to be killed by cats over a year and
therefore possibly lowering the numbers of other bird predators.
Whether this is a significant number compared to actual rodent
populations is the subject of a research project for 2008.

2007 has seen a major step forward for the ecosanctuary with the
construction of the fence. The next big milestone hoped for is
pest-free status in 2008. Early signs are encouraging with the only
footprints on the monitoring tunnel ink pads so far being those of a
skink.

For further information on the ecosanctuary see our box at the
Blueskin Bay Library or visit www.orokonui.org.nz. Merry Christmas!

by Sue Hensley


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Thursday, 22 November 2007

A note about contributions to Blueskin News and blueskin.co.nz

Several months ago we deleted the words "...or drop it off at the
Library" from our instructions on how to contribute articles to
Blueskin News. The words recently accidentally crept back in, and have
caused no end of trouble. The editors apologise to all those
inconvenienced by this mistake.
We welcome articles, columns, pictures and notices by email. You can
email us any time: we update the website every day or two and we
produce each magazine just after the 22nd of each month.

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An appreciation

To all the perky party people who came along to celebrate our
wonderful wedding recently, thank you for making it such a splendid
occasion.
We were overwhelmed by your love, your kindness and your creativity.
To the happy helpers, we were humbled by your generousity and amazed
at your energy.
For all the donations of beautiful flowers, thank you.
For the fabulous photos, thank you.
For the big clean-up the following day, thank you.
We could never have done it so stylishly without you and are eternally grateful.
Cheers,
Gerry Thompson and Therése Hailes

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The Blueskin Bayleaf (column)

Sea Shore delights

Summer feels like it is here already and I know many of us are making
the most of our beautiful beach and bay. I wasn't intending to
re-visit cockles so soon, but the conditions are so good that I
recently invented these recipes.

Last month I also attended a seaweed culinary workshop out at the
Portobello aquarium which they run from time to time. Seaweed is so
cool! Did you know we can eat every type (although some are tastier
than others) and that they are packed full of nutrients?

Try collecting some good looking kelp. Bring home and give it a good
rinse in fresh water, then dry it (the clothesline works for me), chop
it into little bits and add to soups, quiches, casseroles or salads.
It's yummier than you might think!

Cockle Fritters

• 1/2 bucket of cockles.

Soak them in fresh water for a couple of hours and they will spit out
the sand. Then steam open in water.
De-shell, remember to discard any un-opened ones.

•1 cup flour
• ½ cup mashed potato (or kumara, pumpkin)
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 egg
• Salt & pepper
• 1 tsp fresh chopped garlic
• ½ chopped fresh coriander
• 1 red capsicum, roughly chopped to size of cockle

Mix flour, mashed potato, baking powder, and egg together. Add salt,
pepper, coriander, capsicum, garlic and cockle meat. Mix to combine.

Heat a frying pan over medium high heat with some olive oil. Place a
dob of mixture so that the fritter is the same size as a pikelet and
cook until the underside is golden brown. Turn over and do other side
(approx. 3 minutes each side).

Neptune's Necklace Salsa

• 1 cup rinsed and chopped Neptune's necklace
• ½ cup capers
•½ cup olive oil
• 2 tsp chopped chilli•
½ cup chopped fresh parsley

Mix it all together and enjoy on the side!

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Warrington Reserve Group (column)

DOLPHIN SURVEY
Thank you to everyone who is filling in the Hector's Dolphin Survey
forms. Jennie is keen to receive
completed forms even if you haven't seen any dolphins, as all
information is helpful. Please return completed
forms through the return key slot at Warrington Post Boxes, or the
cardboard box at Blueskin General Store.
If you need more Survey sheets, we have put a wooden box containing
survey forms on the left side of the
Warrington Post Boxes. They are also available at Blueskin General Store.
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Waitati School ponders future of bonfire night

The Waitati School PTA would like to put forward the idea of establishing a
community based committee, to help in the running of the annual Bonfire and
Fireworks Night.
It has become a huge job for just one or two people (although
enthusiastic), to run
on their own. We think the establishment of a community committee, with
a representation from the school PTA is a way to continue this great event.
The Waitati School is still very keen to have the event held in the grounds.
A small public meeting will be called in late February 2008 asking for
volunteers.

by Louise Burnside

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Waitati Volunteer Fire Brigade (column)

We are currently over 50 fire calls for the year and still have one
month to go. This is generally our busiest time of year for fire
calls so we would like people to be extra careful and vigilant over
the coming months.

We will soon be losing a very valued person of our team and I am sure
everyone in the brigade and also the community will be extremely
sorry to see her go.

The volunteer brigade is always looking for people to join its team of
fire fighters, especially day time members. If you are willing to
give up some of your spare time and energy to help protect the
community and others please do not hesitate to get in contact with
Chief Fire Officer Jeff Burrow on 482-2233 or Deputy Chief Lindsay
Scott 482-1660. We also practice every Monday evening at the Waitati
Volunteer Fire Brigade in Harvey Street, at the time of 7.30, so if
you want to come and meet the members and find out what we do, please
do not be shy.

We would also like to thank the Blueskin community for the very quiet
Guy Fawkes season and long may this trend continue.

The Fire Brigade will be involved with the Community Can Appeal again
this year so when you hear the fire appliance coming around the
district please delve into those cupboards and give generously.

From all of us at the Brigade have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

by Aaron White
Fire fighter/Secretary

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A&P RIP? Next March is a no-show

The Blueskin Agricultural and Pastoral Society has cancelled its
popular 'clearing sale and family
fun day' usually held at the end of March. "There are two reasons for
this: our usual date clashes with
other significant local activities and with the Easter weekend; the
other reason is that there has been little community support shown for
the A&P AGM," President Alasdair Morrison said. "There are simply not
enough people we know of who are available to assist with organising
such an event."

The Society propose to hold a clearing sale in Spring next year,
around mid November. "Whether or not other activities are held on that
day will largely depend on the level of community support we receive,"
Alasdair warned. "Our next meeting will be held on 26th February and
we would encourage people to come along and let us know how the A & P
Society can help with the type of community activities they would like
to see."

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Blueskin A&P Society column

Blueskin A & P Society – AGM Report

Our AGM was held on 20th November and the following office bearers
were elected :
President – Alasdair Morrison
Vice President – Paul Clements
Secretary – David Sumpter
Treasurer – Stephanie Mc Connon
A number of committee members were also elected.

The prime function of the A & P Society is to keep Bland Park in good
order so that it can be well utilised by the community. And we now
have a slightly larger Bland Park. The area behind the hawthorn hedge
used to be a 'paper road' called Danford Street. This area has now
been amalgamated into the park and the hawthorn hedge will soon be
removed to create more room for community sporting activities.

It was decided that we will not be holding a clearing sale and family
fun day at the end of March, as has been the case for the past couple
of years. There are two reasons for this:- our usual date clashes with
other significant local activities and with the Easter weekend; the
other reason is that there has been little community support shown for
the A&P AGM and there are simply not enough people we know of who are
available to assist with organising such an event.
We propose to hold a clearing sale in the spring of next year, around
mid November. Whether or not other activities are held on that day
will largely depend on the level of community support we receive.
Our next meeting will be held on 26th February and we would encourage
you to come along and let us know how the A & P Society can help with
the type of community activities you would like to see.
So for now, and on behalf of the A & P Society, I wish you all a safe
and happy Christmas and New Year.

by Alasdair Morrison

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Blueskin Garden Club column

The Blueskin Garden Club's November meeting was in the form of a
garden ramble. The evening was pleasant with just a "gentle breeze"
blowing. We started off at Doris and Bruce Foster's on the Kilmog.
Their place was a picture of colourful flowers – pansies, aubretia,
rhododendrons and azaleas to name but a few . Then it was off to
Warrington – firstly to Linda Thomson's place on Porteous Road.
Linda's place is a huge garden with hundreds of beautiful
rhododendrons all in flower and some very special peony roses. Every
time we visit Linda's place it has grown more! Then it was off to the
Carlyles' little piece of paradise. Lyne's garden is a picture with
delphiniums, rhododendrons and roses all of which makes for a riot of
colour and a picture of beautiful healthy plants. After all the
"rambling" we had worked up a good appetite to enjoy a scrumptious
supper to celebrate Lyne C's birthday.

Our December meeting is our Christmas gathering: a progressive dinner
to members' houses in the Evansdale and Doctors Point area. This is
to be held on Saturday 15th December 2007.

Our first meeting for 2008 will be held on February 14th.

by Lesley Smith

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More energy project pics

PowerHouseWind's single-blade turbine design

by kind permission of Bill Currie of PowerHouseWind

More energy project pics

PowerHouseWind's the single blade turbine design

by kind permission of Bill Currie of PowerHouseWind

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board (column)

Following the recent election we have a new Board in place. We are
here to represent you and we are keen to hear from you on any issues
you may have which are within our jurisdiction. We are also most keen
to hear your opinions about how we can best communicate with the
residents of the north coast area.
Meetings
As in previous years the location for our formal Community Board
Meetings will be shared around the different townships.
The schedule for 2008 is :
23rd January - Waitati Hall
5th March - Waikouaiti Golf Club
16th April - Warrington Surf Lifesaving Club
11th June - Karitane Hall
16th July - DCC Civic Centre
3rd September - Waitati Hall
8th October - Waikouaiti Golf Club
19th November - Warrington Surf Lifesaving Club
Our meetings are held on Wednesdays and commence at 5.30 pm with a
Public Forum. If you would like to speak at the public forum please
contact Rebecca Parata on 477 4000 at least a couple of days in
advance to make arrangements.
Water upgrade
It is expected that the tender for the Northern Water Schemes Upgrade
pipeline will be let later this month, subject to satisfactory
pricing. Construction is expected to start in January. The upgrade of
the Waikouaiti water treatment plant will be put out to tender prior
to Christmas.
Visitor stragegy
The Board has made a submission to the DCC Draft Visitor Strategy.
This is a comprehensive document which looks at many aspects of what
the wider Dunedin area has to offer visitors to the area, both now and
well into the future. The document is available at the Waikouaiti and
Blueskin Bay Libraries and also on the DCC website –
www.cityofdunedin.co.nz
Landscape Plan
We look forward with interest to the release of information relating
to the proposed Rural/Landscape Plan Change. It is likely that there
will be keen interest in this and we would expect to be involved in
significant public consultation.
Other projects
We are looking closely at all aspects of roading, road safety,
pedestrian and cyclist safety and pedestrian access throughout the
north coast area. We propose to have information relating to road
safety issues on Beach Street, Waikouaiti displayed at the Waikouaiti
library prior to Christmas and we will be seeking public comment on
this.
Some of our Board Members attended a Climate Change and Peak Oil
Symposium in Dunedin on 30th November. We will provide a summary of
this in our next report.
Recycling
The Bottle Bank which was previously located at Evansdale has been
removed to storage in Dunedin until a suitable alternative site can be
found. (Bottle bank = glass recycling bins). We would welcome any
constructive suggestions or offers for a new location.
In October the Board provided a mulching machine for the Warrington
Community Clean-up days. This was to encourage people to dispose of
green waste to the mulcher, rather than into the rubbish skips. We
would like to hear your views on how this went.
Contact us
Please feel free to contact any of your Board members with any issues,
comments or suggestions you may have.
Alasdair Morrison, Chairperson - Ph 482 2505
Geraldine Tait, Deputy Chairperson - Ph 482 2517
Andy Barratt - Ph 021 890 048
Gerard Collings - Ph 465 7604
Nancy Higgins - Ph 482 1198
Murray Holland - Ph 465 7482
Cr. Andrew Noone - Ph 465 7157

And finally, on behalf of the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board, I wish
you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
by Alasdair Morrison

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Power to, for and of the People

Energy! Carbon! Eco-design! This is a description of a proposed
applied research project. The project will pilot dispersed,
appropriate scale energy production and enhanced energy efficiency in
the Waitati community. Lets make Waitati a case study of how to make
the world more sustainable!
� It is Waitati initiated and led
� It is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City (Incorporated Society)
� The OU Centre for the Study of Agriculture, Food and Environment
(CSAFE) will provide oversight
� The Otago Energy Research Centre (OERC) is interested in
establishing research partnerships
� We are exploring partnerships with business
� We are applying for government funding
What we want to do:
1. Examine 'Demand Side' energy (consumption) in Waitati at the
household level; identify existing policies and initiatives (both
public and private) to greatly enhance energy efficiency and reduce
energy consumption per household; construct a comprehensive programme
to ensure wide implementation of reduced energy consumption strategies
within Waitati; make our homes healthier, more energy efficient, less
carbon costly, and cheaper to run.
2. Explore 'Supply Side' energy (production) in Waitati, in the
context of both households and the community. This will involve:
assessing technical options for production; examining regulations and
possibilities for 'distributed generation'; establishing partnerships
all the way along renewable energy supply chain
3. Document the process. We will keep a web-log of the process to
trace policy in practice. The pilot is aimed at exploring, testing
and showcasing a community-based response to enhanced energy security,
addressing climate change issues in a reflexive way
What we are not going to do:
1. We are not going to deal with transport (at this stage)
2. We are not going to deal with waste (at this stage)
We are primarily talking about energy within households in our
community. This is a deliberate choice in order to make the pilot
manageable, as is the designation of a bounded community (Waitati).
Where it is at now
This project is going ahead. We are applying for funding and exploring
partnership possibilities. The level of funding will determine the
scale of the pilot project.
Goals
1. Reduction of energy use
2. Increasing energy efficiency
3. Making our homes healthy places
4. Reduction of community carbon footprint
5. Appraisal of local energy reticulation
6. Assessment of production potential
7. Developing new renewable distributed energy production
8. Building a more resilient community
9. Establishing relationships with the Energy Industry and OU researchers
10. Providing a model for change, providing a model for policy in action
Summary
There have been many eco-initiatives in Waitati and around Blueskin
Bay in the past, and this project builds on them. Recently in
September 'Planning 438' students from University of Otago presented
eco-design proposals for Waitati to the community; the 'Be the Change'
Bus visited on the 11th of November accompanied by a whole host of
presentations around the theme of sustainability; and early in
December representatives of the Energy Pilot in Waitati are to meet
with Otago Energy Research Centre researchers to discuss research and
pilot study partnerships. It is all coming together. There is much to
be gained from this project and we need wide community input. If you
would like to get involved, please contact me on scott . willis @
stonebow . otago . ac . nz , or call 4822249.
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Wild Blueskin: Hoki mai nga kuaka

Sunday November 18 was a special day in the ornithologist's calendar;
the day all the kuaka/godwits in New Zealand were counted. Godwits
have a high profile this year - they even made it onto Campbell Live
with the return to Miranda in the Firth of Thames of a female carrying
a satellite transmitter that had recorded its 55000 km round trip from
NZ to Korea, on to Alaska then back non-stop across the Pacific to New
Zealand. Here at Warrington spit, the first sixty or so kuaka had
arrived back by September 25. By October 7 there were about 180, by
the tenth 290. Numbers reached a record for Blueskin Bay of 730 on the
Sunday census day. Amongst them were a dozen or so young who have
flown non-stop from Alaska for the very first time at the tender age
of 4 months and 15 or so birds which were colour banded two years ago.
Two, banded in Australia, have been returning to Blueskin Bay for at
least 5 years and we also saw a small male (males are a lot smaller
than females) who was photographed last autumn in an estuary on the
Korean Chinese border, on his way back to Alaska.

It felt like the second day of summer and the surf clubbers were out
in force, picnickers were picnicking and walkers and their dogs were
out on the beach too. The godwits snoozed in the sun over high tide as
people strolled quietly past and it was great to see the dogs keeping
their owners under control well away from the nesting oystercatchers.
In contrast, Saturday afternoon, the first day of summer, was one of
the scariest ever for the Blueskin Bay birds. A trail bike was doing
wheelies around the oystercatcher nesting sites at the end of the
spit, and something out of Star Wars, resembling a black airborne
ride-on lawnmower, swept low across Rabbit island and Warrington spit,
terrifying everything in its path. We thought it may have been the
armed offenders' squad looking for Waitati insurgents, but it was only
an airborne human, enjoying the fine weather in his own way, like the
rest of us.

We are coming up to the most stressful season for toreapango/black
oystercatchers which have paired off and are squabbling over their
patches of beach. A few younger birds look as though they might try
nesting nearer the surf club, while the older established pairs have
grabbed the best real estate with the finest views, right on the end
of the spit. Unfortunately come a sunny weekend and everyone agrees
with their choice and oystercatchers, dogs and vehicles don't go
together well. They all seem to prefer the same wide open habitat and
the same summer season. An oystercatcher's nest is a simple scrape in
the sand and the eggs sit there for a month, then the chicks take 6-7
weeks before they fly. That's two and a half months during which
virtually everything will have a go at them; they can be run over or
eaten by dog, stoat, black-backed gull or harrier. No wonder the
parents appear so neurotic.

We are lucky to live in this beautiful landscape and to share it with
so many other creatures. Understanding the habits of godwits,
oystercatchers and other species adds to our own enjoyment of the
area. For example, godwits fly to the end of Warrington spit at high
tide to rest after feeding in the estuary. It's an amazing site to see
them gracefully lifting up and circling around as the tide goes out,
but they deserve a sleep at high tide; they have come a long way and
have another unbelievably long journey ahead in five or so months.
Oystercatchers need a safe place to raise their young, and it would be
great if vehicles stayed away from the end of the spit, and if your
dog is bouncy, it should be on a lead; one out of control dog can ruin
one years nesting in a second or two and toreapango will not try again
until next summer. There are only about 1200 of these birds in the
whole of the South Island so we need to look after our resident
regular nesting pairs.

Could we make the end of Warrington spit a "give way to godwits and
oystercatchers" area for the summer?

by Derek Onley and Rosemary Penwarden

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Monday, 19 November 2007

Poem for Blueskin news

What is the point of the Kakapo?

Given how hard it is to survive
What's the point of the Kakapo being alive?
Blind, can't fly and extremely fat
Can you please tell me why you think there's a point in that?
They're quite slow
This Kakapo
They don't frighten predators; they're not gnarlers and snarlers
Instead they try to hide up trees like huge feathery koalas.
I don't even think they can make babies anymore!!
Actually, I believe I am sure
I've heard they need a DOC worker with a very clean jar
Who comes along and takes the sperm very far
And even though
That kakapo
Are on the brink
Of being extinct
They act cute and funny
So people donate lots of money
And they certainly should.
Who'd want something so crazy to be gone for good!!!

by Eva Stoddart

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Bowling personality will be missed

The Warrington Indoor Bowls Club wish to express their
appreciation to Selma Simmons for her support and assistance
to indoor bowls both locally and with Eastern Districts.
We wish her well with her move to Wellington and she will be missed.

by Stephne Bennett

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Saturday, 17 November 2007

Board gives support to media volunteers

On behalf of Blueskin Media I extend grateful thanks to the Waikouaiti
Coast Community Board for providing a very generous grant of $1,000 to
Blueskin Media. This grant will help with editorial costs, the
publication of bumper issues and an annual tourist visitors' guide.

Louise Booth
President, Blueskin Media

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Blueskin Road proposed for scenic highway

Blueskin Road, the newly upgraded back road from Waitati to Port
Chalmers, is being investigated as an extension of a popular South
Island touring route.
"We are planning to talk to Waitaki District about extending the
Southern Scenic route from Dunedin to Oamaru. It is envisaged Blueskin
Road would be part of this route," Don Hill, Manager, Transportation
Planning, of the
Dunedin City Council told 'Blueskin News'.
The highway proposal has already influenced the Otago Natural History
Trust in its selection of a site for the Orokonui Ecsanctuary visitor
centre. In June 2007 'Blueskin News', Ralph Allen described the chosen
site as "... on a road that is likely to become part of the Southern
Scenic Route, with relatively slow-moving traffic that will be able to
see the visitor centre and stop to investigate."
The Southern Scenic Route is a tourist highway linking Te Anau and
Dunedin via Fiordland, Invercargill and The Catlins.
The Route and its name were conceived in Tuatapere in 1985-1986. First
of its kind in New Zealand, it opened officially on 6 November 1988,
initially from Te Anau-Balclutha and was extended to Dunedin in 1998.
Blueskin Road was recently upgraded to a two-lane sealed highway from
a rough gravel road, and recently attracted controversy as its use by
empty "piggy-back" logging trucks returning from Port Chalmers
increased.
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Blueskin Bay Library (column)

Proposed Changes to Opening Hours
Possible changes to library opening hours include staying open until
7pm on Mondays, until 6pm on Thurdsys and cutting back to 6pm (from
8pm) on Fridays. On Saturdays we would open and close one hour earler,
that is 10am-2pm. Please send your comments on these proposed new
hours back to the Blueskin Bay Library by Friday 14 December.
Banner project
The completion of this beautiful banner is well in hand. But more
hands would be welcome. Even if you have not been one of the workers
so far, and if you enjoy needlework, painting, and would like to be
involved, leave your name and contact details at the library so that
Kate can contact you.
Rhubarb Cake
Here is the rhubarb cake that some of you have already sampled. It
also tastes nice made with raw sugar and wholemeal flour. Bon Apetit!
1 pound fresh rhubarb
4 ounces butter
3 ounces sugar plus extra for sprinkling (It's nice with raw sugar.)
2 eggs
4 ounces flour. (It can be made with wholemeal flour)
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Prepare the rhubarb by trimming off the leafy tops and the pale pink
root slivers at the base of each stalk. Rinse and chop into 1-inch
chunks.
Cream the butter and sugar together and when light and fluffy, add
eggs one at a time beating well. Fold in the flour and the ground
ginger. Spoon the mixture into a greased and lined 8-inch tin. Cover
with the prepared rhubarb and sprinkle with sugar.
Topping
3 ounces butter
4 ounces flour
2 ounces sugar
Icing sugar to finish.
Make the topping by rubbing the butter into the flour until it
resembles breadcrumbs and stir in the sugar. Spoon the crumbs over the
rhubarb. Bake for _ hour until firm and springy to the touch.
Allow to cool. Dust with icing sugar before serving.
Storytelling
As usual, we have our stories for little ones in the Library every
Friday at 10.30. Come along and enjoy.
The Library at Warrington
This month we will be at Warrington School on Wednesday 12 December
2-3pm. We hope to see you there.
Poetry Book (WIN A PRIZE!)
This is taking longer than we thought, but will be worth the wait.
We have a title. Frances Russell won the competition to name our book
with her suggestion, 'Blueskin Poets'. We liked the simplicity and
directness of Frances' idea. Thank you to Blueskin Nurseries for
donating the prize for this competition.
The poems themselves are collated, typed, and ready for printing. Now
all we need is a cover. The competition calling for children to design
the cover has not had many entries, and so we are extending the
deadline to Friday, November 30. There is a prize for the winning
design. Be in! Be sure that your design is on the historic first copy
of 'Blueskin Poets'! Any design will be considered, as long as it is
on an A4 sheet, and has the words 'Blueskin Poets 2007' prominently
displayed. Good luck!
Bye from Louise, Carolyn, Helen, Kate, Amanda, Mike and Meaghan.
by Louise Booth

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Friday, 16 November 2007

Fwd: WEGgies tour Waitati Edible Gardens (a new regular column)

Hello and summer welcome to/from all WEGgies. This year is set to be a
busy one with the edible gardens tour coming up, to inspire you all
into food sovereignty and home growing nutritious-ness.
For those of you who don't know us and a quick recap for those who do
the WEGgie vision is this: We want to confront the emerging challenges
of post-peak oil by strengthening our community in the immediate
future with an emphasis on food production. As energy availability
contracts and Global Storming/Warming pressures become more acute we
need to establish local food sovereignty or semi-autonomous food
production.
So basically, politrickeral linguistics aside, that means we want to
help the community to grow vegetables, in a grass-roots-kind-of-a-way
(excuse the pun), to feed ourselves, our families and our greater
community. Starting with the Waitati Edible Gardens Tour (see our big
ad, book now to avoid disappointment), we will be organising
educational/inspirational/vegetational events throughout the year, to
help you grow your food.
We also aim to start building a big list of who knows what in our
community, so if you need a hand, we can put you in touch with the
right folk with the right experience, expertise, tools or just time
and energy to help you get growing , in a friendly villagy way. Our
community is rich is growing power, and we want to link it all up,
share strengths and weakness' and get productive.
So – call to the large: All of Ye who are interested/might become
interested in growing food/learning how to grow food/getting better at
growing food/growing more food/eating home grown food please express
your interest so that we can organise things specially for you:
• community links
• specific workshops (no-dig/biodynamics/fruit trees, pruning, bee keeping)
• working bees
• vegetable emergency advice line
Tell us what you want.
Come on our tour and get on our contacts list by calling Lucy on 482
1773 or email: misslucyjack @ hotmail . com.
We intend to make this column a regular feature of Blueskin News
including an edible gardeners' calendar and 'Ask a WEGgie' agony aunt
column.
In the meantime: Happy Christmas and peas to all beans on earth

by Lucy Jack

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Waikouaiti PTA 'Christmas Ramble' – gardens, lights, fun

The Waikouaiti School Christmas Ramble will be held on Friday 30 November
from 7.30pm. Starting at the school library, tour four fabulous
private gardens then
enjoy supper at the school and when dark visit houses and gardens that have
been festively lit. Adults $10, children $2.

OR for supper and lights tour only start at the school at 9.30pm. Adults
$5, children $2.

Tickets from the school on the night. Also will have stalls at school
from 7-9.30pm.

Contact: Lyane Jones rljones @ clear . net . nz

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Friday, 9 November 2007

Waitati School Fair, Sunday 25 November

Waitati School's Country Fair will be held on Saturday 25 Nov at the
School, 11am-2pm.
featuring:
•craft stalls
•plants and produce
•wine and beer tasting
•book stall
•spit roast
•quality jumble
•pony rides
•pie-baking competition
•dessert tent
•devonshire tea
•barbecue and nachos
•bicycle jousting
•good food and coffee
•prize wheel
•archery
•children's medieval games

Medieval dress encouraged.
Stalls available, with tables provided, at $10 ($2 for children).
Contact: Nicky 03 4822433

Postponement date is Sunday 2 December

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Tuesday, 6 November 2007

MP for Dunedin North (column): Orokonui vision impresses

Photo: Orokonui Valley viewed across Blueskin Bay (Otago Natural
History Trust/Wikipedia)

I recently went to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary . Over the months I had
watched the big fence go up, because I head across that road (from my
home in Sawyers Bay) whenever I go north.
When Andrew Noone approached me for a letter of support, I seized the moment.
"A letter of support?" I protested "I haven't even seen over the
place. I can't sign my name in support of something I have not seen."
So it was arranged. Anne, my wife, seized the moment too and we spent
a pretty special time taking a look and understanding the project's
origins.
The breadth of the vision is impressive, and easily discerned. This
many hectares, that many species, the other number of dollars, or
visitors, or fence posts or trees needing planting.
But the depth is even more impressive. The depth of the science and
ecology expertise, the depth of business planning and the depth of
community and volunteer support and effort.
The people at the centre of this ecosanctuary already know they are
going to succeed. Their sights are set on the ecosanctuary becoming
sustainable for decades and centuries to come.
And by sustainable they are true triple bottom line thinkers –
ecologically sustainable, financially sustainable, socially
sustainable.
We donated a fence post, naturally. It won't be the last thing I do to
support this project. It is magic.

by Pete Hodgson

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Police Community Report (column): Hot on the trail of inconsiderate beach users

The arrival of Summer means the parks, reserves, and beaches in our
area will be used more often by families, their pets and other members
of the public, including those on trail bikes. The Police recognise
that the public exercise a great deal of patience in relation to trail
bike users, and riders are generally considerate of those they share
the reserves and beaches with.

However it appears there are some members of the community who do not
respect the safety of others or road user rules when riding these
motorbikes. I am going to take this opportunity to make it very clear
where the Police stand in relation to this issue.

Firstly, the parks, reserves and beaches are a public place and are
open to everyone. Secondly, the beach by definition in the Land
Transport Act 1998 is a road, so those riding bikes, driving in 4x4s,
or driving off-road vehicles are subject to all the rules and
regulations as when they when travelling on a road.

Any vehicle which is not licensed to be on the road is not exempt when
it is on the beach, so if a vehicle does not have a current licence
label, warrant of fitness or licence plates then it shouldn't be on a
road. If the rider or driver is not licensed or is intoxicated then
the police will take the appropriate action, these rules and
regulations also apply to the reserves and parks.

It is only by the grace of the local council and the public that these
activities are tolerated in these places. Any person caught committing
an offence in these places will be dealt with by Police and may be
issued with a Trespass Notice.

Remember if you see anything suspicious or if you wish to speak to the
Police regarding any matter you can contact us on 03 465 9127. In
emergencies dial 111. Until next month, take care.

by Constable Jon-Paul Tremain
NZ Police, Waikouaiti

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Thursday, 1 November 2007

Blueskin A&P Society AGM

The Blueskin Agricultural and Pastoral Society Inc will hold its
Annual General Meeting at Waitati Hall on Tuesday 20 November, 7.30pm.
The Society is looking for some more enthusiastic members after the
successful Blueskin A&P 'Country Fair and Clearing Sale' in April this
year.

Contact:

Alasdair Morrison

Phone +64 (0) 3 482 2505

Fax +64 (0) 3 482 2507

Mobile +64 (0) 274 354 384

Email info @ calmarine . co . nz


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Global warming bus roadshow visits Waitati

On Sunday 11 November the 'Be the Change' Bus will visit Waitati. The Be
the Change bus and its passengers will demonstrate that many solutions to the
problems associated with climate change are entirely practical and
achievable on an individual level. Moreover, they'll demonstrate how
personal action is crucial to inciting action on larger level. There will
be interactive presentations on Climate Change with demonstrations of
renewable energy (the bus runs on bio-diesel, has photovoltaics for power,
has a small turbine) and lots of info from campaigners from
Greenpeace, in collaboration with other prominent organisations such as
Oxfam and Forest and Bird. At present it is likely that the bus will be in
Waitati from 2-5pm at the hall. Accompanying the bus will be some local
displays in the hall by solar hot water installers, eco-sanctuary
information, info on retro-fitting for effiency and a computer model of
sea-level rise in Waitati as seen as the recent presentations on 'Waitati
2017' (I hope all that will be there, no guarantees as yet).

by Scott Willis
email: scott . willis @ stonebow . otago . ac . nz

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