Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board Update

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board Update

Northern Water Schemes

Staff provided an update on progress and a revised programme to the
Board at our March meeting. The current programme indicates work
commencing on the Waikouaiti treatment plant upgrade in October 2007.

The programme also targets August 2007 for the commencement of works
on the first stage of the pipeline. Stage 1 includes the pipeline to
Waitati and storage for Waitati and Warrington. The programme targets
commissioning for Waitati in March 2008 and Warrington June /July 2008

DCC staff have advertised for registrations of interest from
appropriately experienced contractors, with the view to involving the
preferred contractor/s in the detailed design phase of the project.
Registrations of Interest close on the 16th April.

Questionnaire

The Board would like to thank all those who took the time to complete
and return the questionnaire. Staff are assisting the Board in
collating and summarising the questionnaires.

Seal Extensions

Staff are in the process of preparing for next years works programme
and have contacted residents of the streets affected by the works for
comment on the proposed works.

Streets targeted for the 2007/08 year are Halkirk, Dunnet, Rona,
Kamura, Bernera Streets and Parata Avenue.

Road Safety

The Board are meeting with Staff in Early April to discuss safe
walking spaces within our communities with the view to prioritising
work required and appropriate standards. The Board will also be
discussing various road safety issues within our area.

Blueskin Library Upgrade

Board members have been provided with an update on the proposed
upgrade for the Blueskin Bay library. Concept plans are well
advanced, the community steering group will be seeking feedback on the
concept plans from the community over the next couple of months.

Finally just a reminder if you have any issues you wish to raise with
the Board please feel free to contact any member directly.


by Gerard Collings, Chairperson, Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

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Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Warrington Playcentre news

Kia ora koutou

Term 1 has been a busy time for the children. We have been bike riding
at the domain, swimming at the school pool and had an awesome
storytelling session with Katrina McMullan. Our four-year-old sessions
continue to run every Wednesday morning and are proving to be fun and
informative for the 'bigger' children.

At the end of this term we farewell Tallulah and her family, as she
moves onto school. Thanks to Susie and Mark for their contributions
during their time with the Playcentre.

In March Jacob, Zach, Hailee and Brooke celebrated their birthdays.

Session times are 9:00am-12:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Playcentre contact number is 027 227 7329.

by Carol Forbes


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Sunday, 25 March 2007

Blueskin A&P Country Fair and Clearing Sale, Saturday 31 March at Waitati

Blueskin A&P Country Fair and Clearing Sale
Bland Park, Waitati (Beside SH1)
Saturday 31 March 2007
9.30am until 4.00pm

Enquiries Mike Thomson 482 2883 or 027 265 2637

A Family Fun day together with a Clearing sale – come along and sell
all that unwanted gear while the family enjoys a fun-filled Saturday.

Admission Free

Programme

Clearing Sale

Entry to ground from Midday, Friday 30 March – 24-hour security in
place throughout Friday night. All items for sale to be on the ground
by 9.00am on Saturday 31 March. Auction starts at 10.30 am. Potential
buyers must register at the Secretary's office. Enquiries: George
Terry 482 2721.

Pets' Corner

Have all pets ready for judging by 11am.

Fun and Mayhem with Mandy

In progress throughout the day. Prizes will be awarded shortly after
each event. 3-legged race, Sack race, Wheelbarrow race, Egg and Spoon
race, Egg throwing, Gumboot throwing, Tug o' War

Best dressed Cowboy or Cowgirl

Judging at 11.30am

Possum Tossing
First national Real Estate International Possum Tossing Championship
Teams competition – 3 people to a team. Each person gets two throws,
longer throw counts. Highest team total wins the trophy. Prizes also
for best individual man and woman. Minimum age: 15 years. Competition
starts at 2.30pm. Registrations on Show Day until 2pm. Entry fee $2
per person.

Photography

5 categories: Landscape, People, Pets, Local and Unusual. Standard
size prints, colour or Black & White. Please ensure that your name and
telephone number are on the back of your photos. Entries accepted
until Midday on Show Day.

Children's Art

Entries accepted at local schools prior to Show Day and will be on
display in the main marquee. Prizes will be awarded around Midday.
Theme for this year: "Inspired by creatures of the Bay".

Best-Dressed Bicycle/Tricycle

Entries accepted until Midday. Prizes awarded around 1pm.

Also

Horizontal Bungy, Bumper Cars, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Rugby
Ball Throwing, Lawn Mower racing, Book Stalls, Jumble Sales.

Country & Garden Produce

Entries accepted on Show day until 10am. Entries to be grown or
produced by Exhibitor.

Vegetables (must be home-grown)

3 potatoes (same variety)
3 carrots
3 onions
3 tomatoes
3 Brussels sprouts
3 beetroots
1 cabbage
1 bunch silver beet
1 cauliflower
Basket or Box of Mixed Vegetables

Novelty

Ugliest potato
Carrot with character
Fattest stalk of Rhubarb

Vegetable creation

5 years and under
6-10 years
11-14 years
15-100+ years

Fruit

3 apples, same variety, cooker
3 apples, same variety, dessert
3 pears

Various

1 jar home-made pickle
1 jar home-made jelly
1 jar home-made jam
One bottle sauce
3 home-produced eggs
1 bunch fresh herbs in a jar
Bunch of cut garden flowers in own container

Home baking (open ages)

Half-dozen biscuits
1 loaf
3 muffins
3 scones

Children's baking

(same age groups as 'Vegetable creation')
1 Gingerbread man
3 Pikelets

Refreshments

The 'Flying Possum' cafeteria will be open all day for tea, coffee,
soft drinks, hot dogs, burgers, savouries etc. (provided by TV
Turn-off Week committee and Friends of Warrington School)

Please Note

There are no Eft-pos facilities at the showground.

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Friday, 23 March 2007

Motor mower racing 'Waitati Garnd Prix'

Please register your interest and watch notice boards for details.
This is an exciting event for drivers andspectators alike. Motors from
stables such as Morrison, Masport, De Villiers and not so revered
Honda. Please phone Digby 4822120 to organise your pits position and
qualification. Ride-ons and modified rollers with sulkies allowed.

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Blueskin bay Touch Rugby 5s

Still time for competition inclusion as a player or team. Flexible
days. Currently three teams (one from Warrington and two from
Waitati). Open to all ages and genders, but this is competitive and
will be organised and refereed.

A tournament will be organsied open to town and country teams of five
players. Please watch notice boards and publications. Contact Digby
4822120.


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Lawn Bowls in Waitati

Waitati's Lawn Bowls club 'Templeton Heights' had a tournament in
December 2006 and a number of tournaments in 2007.

Arthur Templeton was the pick of the bunch, winning the first two 2007
tournaments, beating off six competitors in the first and eight others
in the second.

D Hodgson won the 2006 tournament with five competitors and the last
tournament of February with six players.

Janette has been a consistant finalist with real skill. Bill Maslin
was finalist to Templeton and Hodgson and brilliant as best player on
Club nights. Stu Griffiths is the most improved player and another
best player on Club nights. Lynley O'Neill has always looked likely
and will be one to watch out for.

A Waitati Rep team has been selected to play a Warrington private
club. The Reps are Arthur Templeton (Capt), Jeanette, D Hodgson, Bill
Maslin; Reserves Stu Griffiths, Lynley O'Neill.

Any other tournaments and club nights will be advertised. New players
are always welcome and balls available.

by Digby (4822120)

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'Buy Local' community meeting with Sue Bradford MP - 12 April

'Buy Local' community meeting with Sue Bradford MP

8 PM, 12 April 2007, Waitati Hall

'Made in China' is often written on the clothes we wear, but under
what circumstances are those cheap jeans and T-shirts actually made?
We invite you to to join Sue Bradford for a private showing of the
documentary film 'CHINA BLUE', on the big screen at 8:45 PM.

All welcome. Tea and coffee provided. Admission by Koha.

Your hosts and hostesses foir the evening: Blueskin Bay Greens. More
info: Nancy 482 1198

by Nancy Higgins


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Waitati village cricket report

Game 1: (exhibition match) Wicken Village v Blandings Castle CC

The log was lost but Village won with 169 runs to Castle's 139. Nic
Prosser was Player of the Day for batting and bowling. Brent Bell and
D Hodgson were best bat and bowl respectively for Castle in this
'friendly' (non-competition) match.

Game 2: Wicken Village v Blandings Castle CC

Village won with 104/9 with 2 balls to spare. Blandings castle
achieved 98 all out. Nic Prosser and Brent Bell were the batsmen of
the day; Nic hitting a Six off the hapless Rakish to claim victory.
Brent Bell almost got 50. Village's fielding proved the difference in
this very tight game.

Game 3: Blandings Castle CC v Athletic

Castle climbed to 151, the highest score ever on Bland Park No 1.
Brent Bell was brilliant hitting 57 before being caught by Oxley.
Hodgson hit 39 before Gordon put a stop to him. In a nail-biting
finish James for Athletic smashed a Four to provide a winning 153/8
with 5 balls to spare. Jack hit a magnificent 70 for Athletic but the
difference was Paddy and Baden Oxley who quickly dispatched 20 runs
between them to bring Athletic within striking range. Jordan's batting
was courageous; Jon Appleby's captainship was well deserved.

Game 4:Wicken Village v Athletic

Frank O'Neill was arrogant in deciding Village would not need to play
Athletic in the round to reach the final. The unlikely Athletic win,
follwed by O'Neill's lack of maths acumen led to Wicken Village
defaulting to Athletic. Bonus points gave a final place to castle
against the unbeaten Athletic. Village finish third out of three.

Coming Events

Game 5: Blandings Castle CC v Athletic – likely to be played Sunday 25
March or 14 April 2007.
Game 6: (End of Season) Wicken Village v Blandings Castle CC – likely
to be played Sunday 14 April or 21 April 2007.

Points table

Athletic: 2 wins, 0 losses, 3 bonus; total 7.
Blandings Castle CC: 0 wins, 2 losses, 5 bonus; total 5.
Wicken Village: 1 win, 1 loss, 2 bonus; total 4.

(2 points for a win, 0 points for a loss, 1 bonus for 100 runs, 1
bonus for loss within two overs, 1 bonus for loss within 25 runs, 1
bonus for playing)

report by Digby (ph 4822120)

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Warrington Surf Club news (updated)

The Warrington Surf Life Saving Club has just concluded another very
active and successful season with our closing day on 18th March. In
the last two months our junior athletes have competed at the Ocean
Athlete (South Island Champs) in Christchurch where our juniors
excelled picking up numerous placings. This was a great trip and the
children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, gaining many medals, and all
participated with great enthusiasm. Thanks to Lyn Hastie for her
assistance as Manager, cook, organiser. The Otago Junior Champs and
Kaka Point Carnival were also well attended and and our athletes
competed sucessfully.

The club is working hard to secure funding for the extension to the
clubrooms and to this end a garage sale is to be held at the Blueskin
Country Fair and Clearing Sale, Bland Park, Waitati on Saturday 31st
March commencing at 9:30 am. Goods may be left at the ground either on
Friday night or Saturday morning. To arrange storage or collection of
goods please phone Jane 4822661 or Kaye on 4822494.

The Life Guards finished patrolling the beaches on the 11 March. Thank
you to all our Life Guards for the wonderful job you have done this
summer. We do realise it has been a rather difficult season with our
number of active life guards being low, we do appreciate all you
efforts.

Our existing and future Surf Life Guards are preparing for next season
already. Swimming at the "Moana Gow Pool" at Hawkesbury is up and
running again thanks to our great coach Cherie.

On 10th March the South Island IRB champs were held in Warrington.

Special Thank You to the following people:
• Les Rainbow for fixing the flag poles
• Pru Casey for her continued efforts at obtaining Donations and
Grants to enable us to extend our facilities
• Peter Ibbotson for fixing the taps in the Girls changing room
• Lee Hunter for securing sponsorship from Fulton Hogan, enabling us
to purchase the lovely warm micro fleeces
• Lyn Hastie for the organising and ordering of the fleeces
• Steph Kelly for the organising of barbeques
• Errol Ferguson for the donation of the deep freeze

Huge congratulations to Elise Dickson who was selected as part of the
team in the Otago U14 Development Team. As a result she recently had
a very successful and enjoyable trip to Red Beach in Auckland. A
wonderful achievement, we are very proud of you.

by Jane Hailes, Kaye Burns, Lyn Hastie and Peter Dowden

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Warrington Reserve Group news

ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG AT WARRINGTON RESERVE COMING UP SOON

Further investigations will be carried out into the old Maori village
site located at the north end of Warrington Spit in the next month or
so (depending on the time it takes for the red tape to be cut). This
must happen before the reserve can be replanted.
There is an opportunity for the community to help with an
archaeological dig and for the community to get to know our older
history and to possibly get some of this amazingly untold and ignored
part of our heritage told more widely, eg through proper signs etc.
Look for notices or contact us to find out more.

BAYWALK A WINNER

52 of us attended the latest 'Baywalk' to learn about the huge local
wilderness area just out our back door – the estuary. Jim Fyfe and
Tony Brett provided insight into the animals living in the estuarine
ooze and the water too, while Derek Onley provided his great knowledge
on the beautiful birdlife abounding on the mudflats and the issues
affecting them. Shags are down in numbers over the last few years,
perhaps due to a lack of roosting trees from which to spot prey.
Cockles were discussed in depth, with the walkers keen to know if the
cockle population is healthy, coming away aware that there is some
concern amongst scientists as to whether this is the case or not.

HECTOR'S DOLPHINS: IN TROUBLE?

Two Hector's Dolphins were spotted in the waves on the afternoon of
the Baywalk, but how many there are locally is a burning question.
Reserve group members are suggesting that we need a serious study to
find out, given that in recent years three local dolphins have died in
fishing nets. Eight was the guesstimate of their population before
these three were killed – can they survive? Can local people help
find out? We would like to know. Contacts: Karen on 4822762 or Joseph
on 4822006

by Joseph Dougherty

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Thursday, 22 March 2007

News from the Warrington Surf Life Saving Club

The Life Guards finished patrolling the beaches on the 11 March.
Thank you to all our Life Guards for the wonderful job you have done
this summer. We do realise it has been a rather difficult season with
our number of active life guards being low, we do appreciate all you
efforts.

Our existing and future Surf Life Guards are preparing for next season
already. Swimming at the "Moana Gow Pool" at Hawkesbury is up and
running again thanks to our great coach Cherie.

On 10th March the South Island IRB champs were held in Warrington.

We had a great Closing Day for the Season on Sunday 18 March: handing
out our club trophies to support all our achievers.

Special Thank You to the following people:
• Les Rainbow for fixing the flag poles.
• Pru Casey for her continued efforts at obtaining Donations and
Grants to enable us to extend our facilities.
• Peter Ibbotson for fixing the taps in the Girls changing room
• Lee Hunter for securing sponsorship from Fulton Hogan, enabling us
to purchase the lovely warm micro fleeces.
• Lyn Hastie for the organising and ordering of the fleeces
• Steph Kelly for the organizing of all our current barbeques
• Errol Ferguson for the donation of the deep freeze.
• Lyn Hastie for her assistance as Manager, cook, organizer, on our
very successful trip to Christchurch to the Ocean Athletes Surf Life
Saving Champs. This was a great trip and the children thoroughly
enjoyed themselves, gaining many medals, and all participated with
great enthusiasm.

Huge congratulations to Elise Dickson who was selected as part of the
team in the Otago U14 Development Team. As a result she recently had
a very successful and enjoyable trip to Red Beach in Auckland. A
wonderful achievement, we are very proud of you.

We will be holding a Garage Sale at the up and coming Blueskin Bay A &
P Show. This is an excellent way of raising some funding to put
towards our building. So keep this day free as we will need
everybody's assistance to transport the goodies, to set up, price
everything, clean it etc.

by Lyn Hastie, Kaye Burns and Peter Dowden

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Fwd: Orokonui Ecosanctuary fence nears completion

The earthworks for the predator proof fence are now complete. Just a
little more work on the fence and on a few culverts and the fence will
be closed. An event to mark this milestone will be held at the end of
April or early May.

The Ecosanctuary area will then be closed until all pests have been
eliminated. Initially experienced ground teams will shoot goats,
possums etc. This will then be followed up by poisoning. There will be
an aerial drop in the main area and hand baiting of the stream edges
and inside the perimeter fence.

Lots of other work is happening too. There have been groups preparing
and cleaning seed and pricking out seedlings. Thanks to Blueskin
Nursery for space and Les Cleveland for seed. Groups have also been
working on the Trust's property, planting and releasing native trees
and grasses. If this sort of work appeals to you, ring Valerie Fay on
482 2806 to go on our mailing list.

For further information on the Ecosanctuary see our box at the
Blueskin Bay Library, visit www.orokonui.org.nz or come along to our
next local meeting on May 16th, 7.30pm at Waitati Hall.

by Sue Hensley

"Doctors' Points" column: Influenza vaccines

This year's influenza vaccines have arrived. The peak incidence for
flu in New Zealand is May-October, so now is the best time to be
vaccinated. The vaccine is recommended (and free) for all our enrolled
patients who are over 65 or who have a chronic medical condition. For
all others there is a $20 charge.

Some people may feel mildly unwell or have some discomfort at the
injection site for 1-2 days afterwards but the vaccine cannot give you
the flu. Please phone 465 7599 or 465 1455 for an appointment.
Remember that the Monday afternoon clinic at Warrington is also now by
appointment.

by Dr Jeremy Hay
Palmerston Health Centre


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Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Re: amnesty info

The Blueskin Bay Amnesty International group is holding a fundraising
"Freedom Walk" to Pulpit Rock in the Silverpeaks on Sunday 1st April.
This will be a guided walk led by Waitati ornothologist Derek Onley
and will be held rain or shine.

We are meeting at Blueskin Bay Cafe (next to Blueskin Nursery) at
Waitati at 9am to gather for the walk and to sign Amnesty letters.
There is a suggested donation of $10. Please bring lunch and
protective clothing. If people require any more information or
transport they can ring Angelica (03) 4822538 or Mary (03) 4778972.

by Mary Morwood

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Waitati firefighter concludes 41 years volunteer service

James Gibson White, Jim White as he is known to most, retired from
active duties of the Waitati Volunteer Fire Brigade on 31 March 2007.
This is forty-one and a half years after he joined the Blueskin Fire
Unit as a foundation member in September 1965. Jim held the position
of Deputy Chief Fire Officer for the entire time.
Service to a voluntary community service such as this is outstanding
to say the least.

By Liz Clark
Secretary, Waitati VFB

Work phone 03 4747851
Home phone 03 4822648

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Warrington Indoor Bowls

The Warrington Indoor Bowls Club opens its 50th season in the
Warrington Memorial Hall on Tuesday 3 April 2007 at 7.30pm. New
members and past members are welcome. Come along and keep this dynamic
little club to the forefront of the Eastern Districts Indoor Bowls Sub
Association. Charges are $1.00 per night and an annual subscription of
$25.00. For further information contact Cliff or Ruth ph 482 2849.

by Ruth and Cliff Porteus

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Blueskin Playcentre (Waitati) April newsletter

Kia ora Tatou, greetings to everyone

We are enjoying nice weather at Playcentre. There has been plenty of
water play with some interesting cooking experiments that go with
that. The sandpit is also seeing lots of action. It's nice to be able
to have sessions with all the doors open. Hopefully this can continue
for a bit longer.

There has been some sorting in the Playcentre garden. The children
worked hard with Michelle to get our garden ready for new plants. Once
the garden patch was cleared we planned a trip to the Blueskin
Nursery. The children enjoyed picking out vegetables and we were
gifted some beautiful flowers by the nursery. The children loved
having a shared tea at the Café as well. Thank you Blueskin Nursery
for the warm welcome and wonderful plants. The centre now has some
great colours throughout the playground.

The centre took advantage of the sunny days in Term One. We went for a
walk towards the Tallest Tree. The children worked hard to step
through the tall grass and stopped for a nice picnic on the path. It
was a special walk and we were able to hear the river next to the
path. We also had a lovely sausage sizzle at Doctors Point Beach. The
children enjoyed digging giant holes and just playing with the sand.
We were able to participate in the Pet Day at Waitati School as well.

When not on big adventures the children have been busy exploring and
being creative with boxes and water. There have been box cities at
Playcentre, beautiful shiny box cars and scary buckets of poison.
There were lots of baby washing and cooking up brews.

Our younger members at Playcentre are growing so quickly. There is a
lot of rolling around, crawling and teething. It is all go for these
little ones. It is wonderful to have so many under-2s. There are a few
first birthdays to celebrate within the next few months.

We are planning a town visit to a fire station and a museum. We are
also hoping to have a police visit to our centre to talk about road
safety. There is a possible trip out to Port Chalmers as well.
Playcentre will be selling waffles and running the noddy train at the
A&P Show. We look forward to seeing you all there.

BIRTHDAY WISHES

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY Tat and Albert! They are now big 5-year-olds
and are both at Waitati School. We miss you both at Playcentre. We
look forward to your visits back to Playcentre with your new class.

We would like to welcome Belinda & Tamasin and Jenny & Kezia to our
Playcentre family. We look forward to getting to know you all.

We're open on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings, 9:30 – 12:00
noon. Term 1 ends April 5th. Term 2 starts April 16th. We cater for
children aged from birth right up to 6 years of age, their parents and
caregivers. Come and get to know other parents with young children in
the community. For information you can give our co-presidents a call:
Mandy, 482 2752 or Tracey, 482 1406. Feel free to stop by for a cup of
tea and see what we are all about. Ph 027 427 1727, during session
times.

By Frances Beumer

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Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Waikouaiti Police Report March 2007

This month Waikouaiti Police have dealt with a number of incidents
occurring on our roads and State Highway: non-injury and injury
crashes, drink drivers, loose stock, breakdowns, driving complaints
etc. Most of these incidents are dealt with at the roadside, however
in some instances Police have issued Infringement Notices while others
have been dealt with by way of prosecution.

As most people are aware, road works are being conducted along parts
of State Highway One and Coast Road. Please be patient and adhere to
advisory speed limits and if travelling to or from Dunedin allow extra
time for the possible delays.

With the children back at school we remind parents and others to
monitor their speed when nearing schools in our area, Police are
monitoring the schools and those caught exceeding the speed limit by 5
km/h or more will be issued with an Infringement Notice. When dropping
off or picking up their children from school parents must take care
not to double park, park on broken yellow lines, or park too close to
intersections, or in some instances in the intersection itself.
Children are not always clearly visible to motorists in these
situations, in addition children do not always understand or
comprehend the speeds at which vehicles travel, and so their ability
to safely assess when to cross the road when traffic is travelling
towards them can be impaired. Police will monitor this issue and if
necessary fines of up to $150.00 may be issued, however I am confident
this will not be necessary.

Residents in and around Warrington need to be vigilant and ensure
their homes, vehicles and surrounding buildings are locked and secured
as a burglary occurred recently at a commercial building at Evansdale:
alcohol and a small amount of cash was taken in the burglary. Police
are continuing to investigate this matter.

Remember, be vigilant when travelling and always drive to the
conditions. 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 or 027 436 9302. In
emergencies dial 111. Until next month, take care.

Constable Jon-Paul Tremain
Waikouaiti Police

Dunedin Public Library trials "Book Car" service in Warrington

The Dunedin Public Library, which has operated a successful Book Bus
service for many years, is trialling a "Book Car" service in
Warrington over the next three months. Staff of the Blueskin Bay
Library will travel by car to the school and local hall with several
baskets of books and a portable computer.

"We have been successful in arranging a three month trial period for
the library stepping outside of its four walls and going out into the
community," said Blueskin Bay librarian Louise Sherriff. "We have the
use of a laptop computer to access the library catalogue."

The "Book Car" service will operate at these places and times:

Warrington School, Tuesdays, 3.15 – 4.30: 27 March, 24 April, 22 May

Warrington Memorial Hall, Wednesdays, 2pm – 3.30pm: 28 March, 11
April, 2 May, 16 May, 6 June

Warrington Memorial Hall, Thursdays, 6 – 7pm: 5 April, 19 April, 26
April, 10 May, 24 May, 7 June

Members of the public will be able to issue and return books, place
holds, search the library catalogue and register as new members.

Further information: Louise Sherriff, Blueskin Bay branch of Dunedin
Public Libraries, 4822444

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Blueskin Bay Library News for April 2007

Kia ora to one and all. We hope you are well and enjoying this season
with its none too subtle hints of winter and reminders of what summer
can really be like. Never boring.

Also never boring is our library programme for the coming weeks. In
this newsletter we talk about the next meeting of the adult book club,
the children's reading programme for the autumn holidays, the
children's book clubs in Waitati and Warrington, an exciting new trial
where we bring the library to Warrington residents, the planning of
the sessions for men, a concert at St Barnabas' church, and much more!

Book Club

We invite all adult readers to meet at 7pm on Monday April 16 in the
library to share their favourite books, not necessarily library books,
just anything that you've loved. We have great (always friendly)
discussions, and the food is good too. People pop in on a casual
basis. There's no commitment to come more often than might suit you.
Give us a try. Meet some of your neighbours who also love books and
reading. You can just come and listen. It's a great way to extend your
reading repertoire.

Autumn Reading Programme

Our holiday reading programmes are always so well supported by
Blueskin Bay children that we have them as often as possible. Be sure
to come into the library at the beginning of the holidays to register
and get your free voucher, and also to borrow some books.

Children's Book Clubs

Warrington: Meet with Helen at 3.15pm at the school on April 24.
Waitati: Meet with Carolyn at 4pm in the Waitati hall on April 13, and 27.

The Library Comes to Warrington

We have been successful in arranging a three month trial period for
the library stepping outside of its four walls and going out into the
Warrington community. We have the use of a laptop computer to access
the library catalogue. Here is the timetable:

Warrington School Tuesdays, 3.15 – 4.30: 27 March, 24 April, 22 May

Warrington Hall Wednesdays, 2pm – 3.30pm: 28 March, 11 April, 2 May,
16 May, 6 June

Warrington Hall Thursdays, 6 – 7pm: 5 April, 19 April, 26 April, 10
May, 24 May, 7 June

We will be able to issue and return your books, place holds, search
the library catalogue and register new members. Please, come along and
support us.

Introducing Meaghan our new shelver

Welcome to Meaghan Kelly who is our new shelver. Meaghan will be
working on Monday afternoons and Friday nights. Many of you will know
her as she lives just out of Waitati.

Items for sale

The Dunedin Public Libraries are selling library bags just for $2.50
and we have lots of bags to sell at our library. The bags have been
designed to carry heavy books! We are also selling "Blueskin Days"
for $40. We can accept cash or cheques for payment, but sorry no
ETFPOS.

Men's Wellness Series

Mike Wooliscroft is continuing to work on the planning of this
programme and would appreciate your thoughts. He would like it to be
relevant to men from teenage to senior years. Topics he has planned so
far include: fitness, the changes and issues of puberty, retirement
issues, and issues to do with aging. He would like to invite speakers
with expertise in the areas covered. What feedback can you give us?
Are these topics interesting? Can you suggest others?

by Louise Sherriff

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Sunday, 18 March 2007

Concert at St Barnabas Church Wed 4 April 7pm: Chris Prosser and Susie Mechan

Chris Prosser and Susie Mechan, two musicians visiting from London,
will present a concert in the lovely acoustics of St Barnabas Church,
Warrington on Wednesday 4 April at 7pm. There will be solo violin
works composed and performed by Chris, while Susie will perform
Scottish folk songs in the Burns tradition with guitar and violin
accompaniment. Admission by koha of $6, free for children.

St Barnabas Church is an exquisite little 130-year old Anglican church
with fine stained glass and a polished wood interior. Travelling from
Dunedin it is found on the right side of Coast Road, Warrington,
immediately after the second railway level crossing.

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Wild Blueskin feature: Green Hut Track

>From Highway One, just north of the shop at Waitati, head left up
Double Hill Road, keeping strictly to the left on the brow of hills,
and continue along Semple Road to the large water-holding on your
right, approx 6 kms from Highway One. Park here and take the rough
clay 4wd track opposite up to the Silverpeaks Scenic Reserve. Continue
over Hightop and the Clump keeping to the right at the sign to Swampy.
After about 1 and a half hours' walk you'll be at the site of the
Green Hut from which the track gets its name. Unfortunately, no hut!
It was vandalised and then removed some years back. There is a nice
flat grassy area for your lunch. This is a pleasant walk with grand
views of the lovely bush-clad country surrounding. Be aware that
helicopter weed-spraying might occur at any time until the end of
April in calm conditions. Don't proceed if this occurs. This track is
the backbone track of the Silverpeaks, leading to many exciting
tramps. Boots, hat, drink, food recommended. (Next issue: Swampy
Track)

by George, Green Hut Track Group

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Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Waitati School trials innovative lunch options

Some Waitati School parents and caregivers have expressed a wish for
the children to be able to purchase food other than pies from the
school for lunch. The School's brilliant idea was that some parents
cook up a few batches of something healthy and freeze it in small
containers, but on investigation with the DCC they discovered
something rather interesting: Evidently, in order for us to be able
to sell food, we have to have it prepared on special approved
premises. In this case they said they'd approve the Waitati Hall, and
they would come and teach us how to prepare food hygienically (unlike
the botulism infested food we make for our kids' meals each day! The
weirdest part of all this is that it appears we can cook for our kids
so long as we don't charge for it! I presume that means we're more
likely to give the children food poisoning if we are selling it!

Anyway - to cut a VERY long story short - Waitati School has
negotiated with New World to produce school food in small portions on
a trial basis.

Pies will still be selling at normal prices. New meals will be on
offer in small and large sizes. The small meals will be in normal
pie-tin size and will cost $2.00 each. The large ones are about double
the size and cost $3.00. The flavours (available in both sizes) are:
Spaghetti Bolognaise, Macaroni Cheese (with bacon) and Vegetarian
Pasta (pumpkin).

We are trialling these and will be getting 10 of each flavour in the
small size and the same in the large size to see how they go. The
flavours will change from time to time just for a bit of variety, if
these are not popular we will not carry on with them, but we think
it's worth a try.

By Barbara, Waitati School

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Fwd: Waitati School News

Well done to all who participated in the inaugural Waitati and
Warrington Schools triathlon. Thanks to all of your awesome effort we
managed to win the WaWa Challenge. Plenty of outstanding performances
- the winning teams in the respective grades were: Year 1-2 (Finn
Kelly, Lucan Willis, Kahu iti), Year 3-4 (Ben Carr, Mat Purbrick,
Austin Clarke), Year 5-6 (Bruno Willis, Edan Feint, Tadhg Kelly) and
Year 7-8 (Matt Kelly, Ali Harris, Henry Hailes). Also in the
individual races - Heta Scarf-Matthews first in the Year 4-5, Sarah
Gifford and Minetta Oxley first in the Year 7-8. In general, across
the board, the performance and effort was outstanding.

Pet Day is on March 21.

Waitati School PTA fundraising Carwash - 24 March at Gilmour Motors.
Cost - $5 pre-sold voucher available from the school (includes one
sausage per voucher).

WETSUITS

Calling for any old or unused wetsuits that can be donated to the
school. We are wanting to have a wetsuit pod with a selection of
sizes so any child without one can still enjoy kayaking.

In response to some requests for food other than pies to be available
from school, we now introduce new lunch orders, the pies will still be
selling at normal prices. Now there are meals on offer in small and
large sizes. The small meals will be in normal pie tin size and will
cost $2.00 each. The large ones are about double the size and cost
$3.00. The flavours (available in both sizes) are: Spaghetti
Bolognaise, Macaroni Cheese (with bacon) and Vegetarian Pasta
(pumpkin).

We are trialling these and will be getting 10 of each flavour in the
small size and the same in the large size to see how they go. The
flavours will change from time to time just for a bit of variety, but
we will advise you of that. If these are not popular we will not
carry on with them, but we think it's worth a try.

SHEARING WORK WANTED

Two experienced shearers with all equipment required want shearing or
crutching work
Ph Nick Taylor on 027 428 2287 or email Henry Balfour at balhe017 @
student.otago.ac.nz

By David and Barbara

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Monday, 12 March 2007

Jim Fyffe of DOC, Waitati ornithologist Derek Onley and fisheries expert Tony Brett took a group on a guided walk on the low tidal flats of Blueskin Bay on Sunday. PHOTO: John Kaiser

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Friday, 9 March 2007

Waitati School launches Logo Competition

The Waitati School Board of Trustees has decided to have an updated
School logo. We would like to invite your ideas of a design suitable
for the School letterhead and for use on such things as the new school
van.

The competition is open to all local people. The logo should depict
the local surroundings. The chosen design will be professionally
"worked over" so it's ideas that are being sought at the moment.

Please send in your design idea to the School by 2. April 2007.

by Murray Johnston
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Tuesday, 6 March 2007

'Blueskin Days' history book launched and on sale now

'Blueskin Days - a history of Waitati, Evansdale, Warrington and
surrounding districts'

by Ian Church with Stuart and Jean Strachan
360 pages, 160 illustrations

on sale at Blueskin General Store, Waitati
or by post: send cheque for $40 per copy plus $6 p&h per consignment to

Blueskin History Steering Committee
c/o D Sumpter
211 Doctors Point Rd
Waitati 9085

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