Saturday, 30 June 2007

Coop de grace proves fatal for Warrington hen

Taihen, the chicken injured when her Warrington hen house blew away
during the overnight snow and wind storm of 23-24 June, died
peacefully by euthenasia administered by a vet on Friday 29 June. She
had received a severe blow to the upper spine causing paralysis in her
legs and damage to a wing. In spite of maintaining a stiff upper beak
for several days, and eating and drinking well, with the colder
weather late in the week she was exhibiting classic signs of hen
morbidity (drooping tail and comb) in her final hours. Taihen was
interred on Saturday while her four sisters looked on.

by the editors

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Sunday, 24 June 2007

Warrington chickens fly the coop

Five Warrington free-range chickens took 'free range' to a new
interpretation when they aviated along with their chicken house across
a Park Road paddock during the big overnight snow and wind storm of
23-24 June. One hen was injured: lame in one leg, she is recovering in
isolation in a small battery cage. The chickens' owner, who did not
wish to be named, described their predicament as "something like being
in a tumble-dryer set on cold." The chicken house has been set upright
and roped to a nearby tree. What most impressed the owner was the two
eggs (found still intact) laid by the hens during their ordeal.

by the editors

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Saturday, 23 June 2007

Garden Bird Survey

New Zealand Garden Bird Survey Pilot Study, 14-22July, 2007

Eric Spurr of Landcare Research is coordinating pilot studies for a national
Garden Bird Survey. This is the start of a more comprehensive bird
monitoring scheme initiated by Landcare that will include spring breeding
birds, and water birds, as well as garden birds. The survey format is
simple, easy to use and fun. The objective is to monitor common garden bird
population trends and distribution over the years with as wide a coverage of
NZ as possible. The method is; record the highest number of each bird
species seen, heard or flying over, at any one time during one hour from a
fixed observation point looking over a section of your garden. If you are
keen to take part this season then the library has copies of the data record
forms and full instructions or they can be downloaded from
www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/biocons/gardenbird/. The results will be
published on the Landcare website.

The Effect of the Orokonui Ecosanctuary on Birds in your Garden, August 2007

Next month we want to carry out the first measurement to assess the effect
of the Orokonui Ecosanctuary on birds in our gardens. The technique will be
similar to the Landcare survey and we want to have people taking part from
all around the sanctuary. For more information contact Michael Fay at
4822806 or e-mail: mikeandvalfay@paradise.net.nz.

by Valerie and Mike Fay

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Wild Blueskin feature: Possum Ridge Track

Pussum Ridge is a more challenging 4-hour walk with steep descents and
climbs. Fitness is required as are boots, warm clothes, parka, gloves,
hatt, food and drink.

Drive north from Waitati and turn left at Double Hill Road just past
the Blueskin General Store. About 7km from the turn off, leave your
car half a km past the second car-park sign on Mountain Road. Park on
the right.

Walk north along the road about half a km until you see a DOC sign on
the left "To Possum Hut". A steep clay bank with water-filled moat
lies behind the sign. Foot access is to the right of the moat, then
turn left at the top of the initial rise. Follow the well-defined
undulating track (Huinters Access Track #1) through manuka, larch and
cut gorse for half an hour until you see a sign hanging from a branch
on your left: "Possum Hut". Follow the flagged route through the dark
trees and down very steeply to two stream crossings. This is all
clearly defined and you'll reach the air-conditioned Possum Hut about
an hour after leaving the road.

The track continues almost vertically from the front of the hut then
eases off somewhat. Watch for slippery exposed roots, especially after
rain. The track is easily followed right around past the Green Hut
site and on to Mountain Road where you'll be glad to see your car
waiting. Total time for trip about 4 hours.

We prefer the above-mentioned route but it is possible to do this
tramp in reverse order starting at the second car park on Mountain
Road. You then have the slippery roots on the steep descent to Possum
H
ut to contend with and the steep climb through the pine forest.

by George Sutherland
Green Hut Track Group

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Puketapu Radio

Just to let you know, we are happy to do any community notices you may
have. This is a free of charge service. We have a growing following in
the Blueskin Bay area and surrounding environs, and we want to provide
everyone with the best quality service we can. If anyone is prepared
to phone Puketapu Radio in Palmerston with Blueskin Bay temperatures,
weather conditions and roading information such as in a general road
report, we would be grateful, our phone number for service is: 03-465
1660.

by Lawrence McCraw
Puketapu Radio 756 AM

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Friday, 22 June 2007

Blueskin Bay Library column

Hang on to this thought – the shortest day has passed and longer,
warmer days are on their way. So snuggle down, keep warm, and when
you're feeling venturesome, come down to the library for activities
such as the holiday programme at Warrington, a celebration of Montana
poetry day, chocolate story time, and more. Read on.

The Library at Warrington

We will be at Warrington School on Wednesday, July 4, from 2pm till
3.30pm. General members of the public are very welcome to come along
to the school from 3.00 p.m. to take advantage of this outreach. There
will always be a selection of adult stock, fiction, non-fiction,
magazines, CDs and DVDs. There will be a children's activity as well.

Winter Holiday Programme

Watch out for more details about our winter mural project and family
movie night. The family movie night is planned for 14 July at 7pm in
the Waitati Hall as a fun-raiser for Warrington Taekwondo Club. There
will be an animated movie suitable for families and children.

Poetry Day

This is on Friday July 27th, and the Blueskin Bay part of the national
celebrations will be held at the library at 10.30am. We are inviting
Warrington and Waitati schools to contribute 25 poems per school, and
these will be hung on a 'literary curtain' in the library. The
curtain will be opened and launched at 10.30 on the day, by famous
local poet Carolyn McCurdie. We will have poetry readings by all, so
be sure to bring a copy of your poem. Everyone welcome.

Chocolate Story Time

The Chocolate Carnival is from 7th to 13th of July. We will be
holding a chocolate story time at 10.30am on Friday 13th of July. You
can expect to meet a special guest at this event. To find out who it
is, you will have to come to the library. Chocolate lovers will not
go away empty handed. What more could you wish for?

2007 Writers in Winter Programme

Vanda Symon
Murder, She Wrote
Join this popular New Zealand crime fiction writer as she talks about
her passion for life and writing. Vanda's first novel, Overkill has
received wide acclaim by critics and much public enthusiasm. Her
second novel, The Ringmaster, to be published by Penguin during 2008.
An active member of the community, Vanda is Chair of the Otago
Southland Branch of the NZ Society of Authors, has her own radio show,
Write On, for Hills AM Community radio. She is Chair of the PTA at
Arthur Street School, and Co-ordinator of Otago's New Zealand Book
Month 2007. Thursday 23 August 7.00pm

Evening classes: What's Inside Your Computer?

Murray Soal has kindly offered to facilitate this series which we hope
will appeal to quite a wide range of people in Blueskin Bay.

This will basically be a show and tell time with opportunities for
hands on covering the following:
• basic idea of how the computer moves and stores data (layman's language)
• explanation of terms such as gig, meg, kilo, bit, byte etc
• basic explanation (no display for safety reasons) of power supply.
• displays of a working computer, some memory sticks, inside a hard
drive, insides of a cd rom, a motherboard, a floppy drive unit, video
card, sound card, a working computer
• basic description of each unit, what it does and a non technical
description (where possible) of how it does it, how it all fits
together and the interrelationships.

We are planning this for the first week in September, starting with
soup and breads from 6.00pm concluding with a question and answer
segment up to 9.30pm.

Please phone the Library on 482 2444 if you are interested in
attending. Places will be limited to 12 so be in early to ensure that
you have a place. There is no charge but a gold coin donation per
family will be appreciated. The Library cannot offer this programme
without firm expressions of interest.

The Staff Book Shelf

'Lost in Translation: a life in a new language' by Eva Hoffman
'About face: look and feel 10 years younger – naturally.' By Kim
Morrison and Fleur Whelligan
'If you want great skin…throw away your cosmetics!' by Helen Bairstow
and Jennifer Jefferies
Chat to Helen if you'd like to know more about these titles.

Artist of the Month

Featuring this month is the work of Selma Simmons. There are gorgeous
creatures of the sea to view. In addition, Liz Abbott has some of her
cards and pockets available.

by Louise Booth

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A Fable for Modern Times

Once upon a time there was a little city nestled on the hills around a
lovely blue habour. The city was in a country called Kiwiland. The
people of Kiwiland loved to play sport and their favorite sport was
Thugbe. The people of Kiwiland especially enjoyed a good Thugbe
competition with other countries. If they won they were very happy,
but if they lost they were sad and drank too much beer. Each city in
Kiwiland had their own special arena to play Thugbe in.

One day the people in the little city got a nasty shock. Someone
visiting the city said that its Thugbe arena was no good! The changing
rooms were smelly and there weren't enough comfortable seats for
people to watch the games. The Thugbe organizers were very upset and
they went to see the Mayor. They told the Mayor that he was the boss
of the little city so he had to sort out the problem.

The Mayor panicked and said, "We must form a committee, the committee
will tell us what to do". The committee went away and wrote lots of
numbers on bits of paper and drew some interesting pictures. Then they
came back to see the Mayor and said, " The old arena is no good, we
need a beautiful new arena with a roof and the people of the little
city must pay for it". They told the Mayor that the new arena was a
"Vision" and that the wealth and the well-being of the city and all
its people depended on it. The Mayor thought that the people on the
committee were clever and influential so he agreed with them; he said,
"Yes this is a "Vision" and the wealth and well being of our city
depends on it".

The Mayor told the councilors about the new arena, he showed them the
plans and some of the numbers written on bits of paper. They agreed
that it was a "Vision" and that the wealth and well being of the city
depended on it. One Councillor didn't quite see the vision, but that
was because he obviously needed new glasses.

The committee went to see the important business people in the town
and the ones who ran the place of learning. When they were told about
the "Vision" they nodded their heads had a quick look at the plans and
the numbers written on bits of paper and said, "Yes, we see the
Vision, the future wealth and well-being of our city depends on it".

The committee went to see the people who produce the Daily News. They
said "our city needs a new arena, you must tell the people about the
"Vision". So they printed lots of pictures of the new arena and one or
two of the numbers written on bits of paper, and they called it a
"Vision" and told the people that the wealth and well being of the
city and all its people depended on it.

At the same time the Mayor and Councillors did some sums on the back
of a used bus ticket and figured out if they borrowed lots of money
and increased taxes they could offer to pay for at least half the new
arena. Although they were completely sure that they knew what was best
for the city and it's people, they decided that they should ask the
people of the little city if that was ok. So they sent out a form to
the people in the city (well to the ones who owned houses), most of
these were addressed to men, because men aren't silly and love a good
game of Thugbe.

Mean while something strange was happening in the little city. One or
two people were having trouble seeing the "Vision". They looked at the
plans and added up the numbers on the bits of paper, something wasn't
quite right. They met secretly in coffee bars, they whispered at work
and they wrote letters to the Daily News.

When the Committee and the business people and the Mayor and
Councillors found out about these people who couldn't see the
"Vision", they got cross and called them names like "bad" and
"selfish" and "minority" and said they had no idea what was good for
the city and it's people.

The people who couldn't see the "Vision" checked their numbers and
looked at the plans upside down incase they had missed something. Some
of them tried to talk to the Mayor and Councillors, to say perhaps the
new arena was not a good idea because it was going to cost too much
for the city. But the Mayor and Councillors put their fingers in their
ears and turned their backs because they knew the new arena was a
"Vision", the committee had told them so.

The people who couldn't see the vision organised meetings and a
protest march; something that people in the little city didn't do very
often. They hoped to break the spell on the Mayor and Councillors so
that they would realise they had made a mistake. That there was no
"Vision" and the well being of the city and all it's people didn't
depend on building a new expensive arena with a roof on. But the Mayor
and Councillors were too stubborn or too scared to admit they were
wrong. A few months passed and it was time again to choose who would
be the Mayor and Councillors, and some of the people said "We need
councillors who can read numbers on bits of paper and realize when
they were far to big for a little city like our one".

by GeraldineTait

Matariki celebrated in Warrington

On the 19th of June the Warrington community celebrated Matariki. We
met at the four corners of Warrington then we walked back to
school and paraded our lanterns around the netball court. The whole
school did a haka, sung some songs and did a dance based on the story
of Hinemoa and Tutanekai.

The adults all brought a snack for the shared meal. The children
played around and did things like going for ghost walks and seeing how
far they could go in the dark with no torch. Every now and then the
kids would come up to the deck for a snack.

We all had a great time and nobody got hurt except those who tripped.

by Izzie Locker and Eva Stoddart

Council skips consultation on Clean-up Days

Community Board chairperson Gerard Collings will be raising an
unfavourable proposal on Clean Up Days with his City Council
colleagues.

The Infrastructure Services Committee has resolved to continue Clean-up
Days but at those rates that are applied for general solid waste at
the landfills and transfer stations:
• cars $12.00
• Station wagons $20.00
• Cars with trailers, vans and utes $30.00

"I am extremely disappointed that the committee has passed
this resolution without providing the opportunity for comment on the
proposed charging from either the Community Board or the affected
communities," Gerard Collings said. Gerard hopes locals will contact a
Board member to express their views.

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Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

Community Clean-up Days

At our April Board meeting the Board supported the continuation of the
Community Clean Up Days, suggesting that green waste is separated out
from solid waste and other sorting opportunities are explored.
A report from staff was provided to the 18 June 2007 Infrastructure
Services Committee in response to resolutions passed at the
Infrastructure Services meeting held on 20 November 2006.
The report advised that there was a clear desire from affected
community boards that clean-up days be continued but further advised
that providing the service for free was contrary to the New Zealand
Waste Strategy and Council's own Resource Recovery and Waste
Management Strategy. The report recommended that users were charged
for clean-up days in the 2007/08 financial year, with charges being
the same as those applied at the landfills and transfer stations and
that the situation be reviewed at the end of the year. Staff were
asked about recycling options. They advised that they had not been
included at this stage but could form part of the review at the end of
the financial year.

The Infrastructure Services Committee resolved to continue clean up
days but at those rates that are applied for general solid waste at
the landfills and transfer stations:
• cars $12.00
• Station wagons $20.00
• Cars with trailers, vans and utes $30.00

At the time of writing this resolution has not been endorsed by
Council. I am extremely disappointed that the committee has passed
this resolution without providing the opportunity for comment on the
proposed charging from either the Community Board or the affected
communities. I will be discussing this directly with Councillors.
The resolution will be discussed formally at our next Board meeting. I
ask that you contact a Board member to express your views.

Northern Water Schemes

Registrations of interest from potential contractors closed on the
16th of April. The registration of interest have been reviewed by
staff which resulted in four contractors who will be invited to submit
tenders. Staff continue to finalise design specifications and Tender
documents and are targeting tender award in August 2007. This project
currently targets commissioning for Waitati in March 2008 and
Warrington in June /July 2008.

Questionnaire

The Board received a summary of the questionnaire at our June meeting.
This will be available at our local libraries and through the DCC
website, a copy will also be provided to the editors of the Blueskin
News and the POWA newsletter. This information will be taken into
consideration when reviewing our Draft Community Plan in late July
2007.

Blueskin Bay Library Upgrade

The community steering group have been progressing this project and
have recently approached Council to endorse staff finalizing plans and
providing sufficient funds to allow a quantity surveyor to provide
detailed estimates, this additional work has been endorsed by the
Community Development Committee. This additional work will assist the
group in formulating a funding strategy for the proposal.

Funding Request

At our June meeting the Board approved a funding application from The
Waitati School PTA for an up coming function; we wish the school well
with this event.

Other ongoing projects

The Board is still working on Seal Extensions, Pedestrian
facilities/Safe Walking Spaces, Rural Road Safety and the Proposed
Rural Landscape Plan Change.

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

Gerard Collings
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

Blueskin News Sports page

WAITATI TENNIS OPEN 2007

The Waitati Women's Open has expanded to 5 players, just as the two
original competitors were looking to play the final in their first game,
three new combatants put their hands up. Each player will now play two
games to determine the semi-finals draw. The originals Tess and Julie
are now joined by Ali Charlton, Rowan Holt and Nicola Mutch. Rowan and
Nicola as a doubles pair know each other like sisters. With the
woman's events as well patronised as the mens, the justification for
building the tennis court surface at Bland Park must be entrenched. The
men's draw had one withdrawal and three late entries (one of which Jason
Deans needs to call 482 2120, as we need your correct phone number) Mark
Dickson (a handy cricketer too) and our local Junior Champion Henry make up
the newbies.

The first round match between Luke and Marty of Warrington has
produced drama of Shakespearean standard. With a last name of Parry;
Luke would have to be an accomplished player. He is legend for beating
fancied players in his bare feat. When Marty walked on a Warrington
private court he felt the full face of Luke's racquet and capitulated
set one 6-1. Now Marty does not take defeat lightly and is a master at
strategy. In every district there is one "player to the crowd" who, when
the crowd is behind them and a few early shots go their way, feed
off the crowd. Paying for their nourishment by consistent brilliance and
courage. This excites the crowd who in turn rally their already
invincible darling. In the second set Marty was that darling and he
overcame Luke 6-3. With it all tied up bad light stopped play so you
will have to wait for the next exciting issue.

BLUESKIN TABLE-TENNIS COMPETITION 2007

Opening night 8.30 Thursday 5th July at Waitati Hall. All games
will be on a friendly basis as the competition starts the week following.
Bring a bat if you have one. Competition will offer open, gender and
doubles options. Already interest indicates a good number of quality
players and plenty of social players. Any and all players and supporters
welcome.

VILLAGE DARTS

This is not an amateur sport, and is largely a team event however the
season does not conclude without a knock out to decide individual
honours. Some teams are based on cricket club allegiances, but an army
team is likely (Waitati Militia). This sport is the ultimate leveler as
anyone can throw darts with skill. Any and all persons welcome. Play
will start around 8.45pm on 5th July at Waitati Hall and will run
in conjunction with table tennis, facilitating those wishing to compete
in both codes.

2007 VILLAGE CRICKET PRIZE GIVING

Waitati Cricket has a venue and a date for prize giving, thanks to
Louise of the Hall Committee. This noble fixture will occur on Thursday 5th
at 8pm at Waitati Hall. Whilst the dress standard of the cricket
journeymen is impeccable the evening will not be formal. It will serve
as a platform to introduce the table tennis and darts competition formats

by 'Blueskin News' Sports Editor, Digby Hodgson

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Warrington Surf Life Saving Club (column for July 2007)

It's hard to believe we are already thinking and planning for the up
coming summer season. Swimming lessons continue every Thursday night.
Ownership of Becoming a Lifeguard is now each individual club's
responsibility and training for this will commence shortly. If anyone
is interested in becoming a lifeguard or a patrol support person this
season or wish to know more about what this involves please ring Lyn
4822896 or Kaye 4822494. You will need to be 14 years or over, able to
give some of your spare weekend time for this worthwhile community
service and keen to join our very friendly group. Patrol Support does
not involve any swimming which may suit some people.

On Friday 29 June we are having a Pot Luck Tea at our club rooms at
6.30pm. This is for all current families and anyone who may like to
come and join us. We hope to see lots of you there for a good old get
together of young and old. Wrap up warmly and help to celebrate mid
year.

Rowan Carlyle

It is with great sadness that club members present and past have
farwelled a much loved young man, friend and club mate. Rowan recently
lost his battle and will be greatly missed. Rowan was a member of our
club as a junior and came through the ranks as a lifeguard,
competitor and medallist at NZ level in canoe. Our deepest and sincere
sympathy go to Lyne and Gilbert, Natalie, Sharlene and families.
Thankyou for sharing Rowan with us and for alll the good times we had
as clubbies together.

by Lyn Hastie

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Another long serving volunteer firefighter hangs up his helmet

Chief Fire Officer Jim Clark resigned from the Waitati VFB on 30 June
2007. Jim joined the brigade in 1973. He was promoted to Station
Officer in 1980 and then to Chief Fire Officer in 1986.

In his 34 years, Jim has seen huge changes with the Brigade. Going
from very humble beginnings operating from a converted old cottage
with bottle runs as their main fundraiser, to the station as you see
it today totally supported by the NZ Fire Service. The training
requirements have changed dramatically. The NZFS have a high level of
expectation regarding training for volunteers. The brigade currently
has a membership of eleven. Of these, seven joined within the last
five years an have dedicated much time in completing courses and
gaining a high level of competency through what is known as TAPS
(Training & Progression System).

Jim wishes to publicly acknowledge the commitment and dedication of
all members of the Waitati brigade in their achievements as volunteer
fire fighters.

On 1 July Jim handed over the reins to the newly appointed Officers in
Charge, CFO Jeff Burrow. DCFO Lindsay Scott, SO Brett Fairweather.

by Liz Clark, Secretary Waitati VFB

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Thursday, 21 June 2007

Waitati Film Society Programme for July 2007

The 'Second Half of 2007' programme started midway through July, so
for clarity, here's the Waitati Film Society's July programme -the
editors

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Half year memberships are now available at $30. Drama, comedy,
history or just plain entertainment in a warm, pleasant environment
with convivial company. Membership allows you free entry to screenings
of Film Society as well as discounts at Film Festivals and some
Dunedin cinemas.
Ring: Brigitte 482-2829 or Leonie 482-2508 for more info or check out
our website: http://www.nzfilmsociety.org.nz/waitati.htm

Tuesday July 3
THE MAGDALENE SISTERS UK/Ireland 2002
The Irish Catholic church, sanctioned by the Government, decreed
unmarried mothers as in moral danger (no mention of their boyfriends)
and for 150 years sent them to the Magdalene Laundries for their
protection and punishment. With nuns acting as virtual jailers,
generations of girls endured slave labour and were deprived of their
freedom and contact with family and society, some, for all of their
lives. This film dramatisation follows the fates of three such women.
114m

Tuesday July 11
HOUSE ON 92ND STREET USA 1945
Head of the FBI, J Edgar Hoover himself introduces this film
confirming that the Bureau provided files used to construct a tale of
Nazi spies who provided their German masters with details of the
development of an atomic bomb in USA. Novel for its time, the
presentation is as a documentary thriller with voice-over narration,
newsreel shots, use of actual FBI agents as actors and meticulous
attention to detail. 88m

Tuesday July 18
PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET USA 1953
Skip McCoy, a petty crook driven solely by greed, steals a wallet
containing a highly secret microfilm. In the seedy underworld of New
York with its shadowy world of federal agents and communist spies,
neither of whom can persuade Skip to part with the film by either
appealing to his sense of patriotism or offering what he sees as
insufficient money. The story is reminiscent of McCarthyism in its
strong anti-communist theme. 80m

Tuesday July 24
SOFT SKIN (France/Portugal 1964)
A superb tragi-comedy of adultery in which a middle-aged intellectual
ducking out from under a demanding wife tries to turn a casual affair
with an air hostess into the love of his life but succeeds only in
triggering a calamitous crime of passion. 113min.
(This has been changed from 'Stolen Kisses' previously announced.)

Tuesday Aug 14
IMAGINE (USA 1988)
Named after his last solo album, this is an insight into the real John
Lennon and his influence on the 20th century through his music and
very public promotions of peace and love. Edited from over 100 hours
of film and tape donated by Yoko Ono, and with largely Lennon's own
commentary, it exposes us to many aspects of the man and the personal
history that made him what he was. 100min.

by Leonie Rousselot

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Warrington Reserve Group column

Thank you to everyone who has filled out one of our 'Planting
Proposal' questionnaires. We have had lots of responses, and your
feedback and suggestions are much appreciated. We want to hear from as
many people as possible, so if you haven't filled one in yet, we will
leave the collection boxes at Warrington Post Boxes and Blueskin
General Store until Saturday 7 July. There are extra copies of the
questionnaire at these collection
points, or you can cut it out of last month's Blueskin News. We will
let you know the results in an upcoming Blueskin News.

There has been some preliminary work at the archaeological site where
the pines were cut down, and
we hope the rest of the work will be completed soon, so that the
rabbit proof fence can go up and we can
plant by the end of winter. We will let you know as it progresses. Any
questions, phone Karen 4822762.

by Karen Hobday

Soul Deep returns to put the "Blues" back in to Blueskin

The eleven-piece wall-to-wall sound of R&B band 'Soul Deep' returns to
Waitati for an August 'fun-raiser' for Waitati School. Following the
booking for 'Bohemian Nights' in Warrington this is the second encore
announced to rock the Bay in the last week or so. Looks like there
will be a few hot August nights this winter. More details next month.

by the editors

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary closed for good

Warning Note: this article contains Anticipatory Retrospection
(content date = 21 June 2007 Publication date=2 July 2007)

On the 24th of June members, volunteers and friends of the
ecosanctuary, accompanied by the drummers of the Waitati Militia,
closed the gates to the 320ha Orokonui Valley forest ecosystem. Those
who went on the "closing walk" were given a taste of one of the new
tracks through lizard habitat-to-be and into a podocarp type area
including rimu, miro and pahautea the mountain cedar.

For the next 6 months or so until the pest eradication is completed,
the area will be closed to all except staff and volunteer workers
(ring Val 482 2806 for planting and elton@orokonui.org.nz for other
work).

However the perimeter track is open and is now gravelled. This track
offers a 10 km walk around the outside of the ecosanctuary and
includes a close-up look at the historic 1880s stone wall on Mopanui
Road. Walkers may also choose to walk from Mopanui Rd over to Osborne
and round the headland to Mapoutahi and back along to Doctors Point
beach. Please be aware that there is a very steep section of the
perimeter track along the north-eastern sanctuary boundary and this
can get very greasy in wet weather.

A very big thank you goes to the Green Hut Track Group who mowed the
track along the stream to the fence (first having to remove hundreds
of flax leaves). Great job!

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

by Sue Hensley

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Waitati Film Society announces Programme for the second half of 2007

The Waitati Film Society has announced its programme for the second
half of 2007. The previously announced film for 24 July has changed
from 'Stolen Kisses' to 'Soft Skin'.

Half year memberships are now available at $30. Drama, comedy,
history or just plain entertainment in a warm, pleasant environment
with convivial company. Membership allows you free entry to screenings
of Film Society as well as discounts at Film Festivals and some
Dunedin cinemas.
Ring: Brigitte 482-2829 or Leonie 482-2508 for more info or check out
our website: http://www.nzfilmsociety.org.nz/waitati.htm

Tuesday July 24
SOFT SKIN (France/Portugal 1964)
A superb tragi-comedy of adultery in which a middle-aged intellectual
ducking out from under a demanding wife tries to turn a casual affair
with an air hostess into the love of his life but succeeds only in
triggering a calamitous crime of passion. 113min.
(This has been changed from 'Stolen Kisses' previously announced.)

Tuesday Aug 14
IMAGINE (USA 1988)
Named after his last solo album, this is an insight into the real John
Lennon and his influence on the 20th century through his music and
very public promotions of peace and love. Edited from over 100 hours
of film and tape donated by Yoko Ono, and with largely Lennon's own
commentary, it exposes us to many aspects of the man and the personal
history that made him what he was. 100min.

Tuesday Aug 21
FORTY GUNS (USA 1957)
A rare film that left critics wordless because of its audacious,
pre-Women's Lib depiction of Jessica (Barbara Stanwyck), a
leather-clad cattle baroness who wields her whip against the most
masculine of cowhands. With the dialogue's many phallic references to
guns, this movie has been dubbed by some as a Freudian western.
80min.

Tuesday Aug 28
FIXED BAYONETS (USA 1951)
The most effective war films are not those of machines killing the
unseen masses but instead come close up and personal to those killing
and being killed. Surrounded by the enemy and trapped in a snowbound
cave, a platoon of US soldiers fight a rearguard action during the
Korean War. 92min.

Tuesday Sept 4
DRY WOOD/HOT PEPPER (USA 1973)
Wti Film Soc. members have become familiar with Les Blank's style -
documentaries with no narration, few explanations, no interviews; he
just lets us blend in with the lives of his subjects through their
music. Tonight's two films visit the French speaking Afro-Americans of
southwest Louisiana's Cajun country. 105min.

Tuesday Sept 11
THE LODGER (USA 1944)
Like Jack the Ripper, a secretive man rents a room from the beautiful
singer Kitty (Merle Oberon) and her father (Cedric Hardwicke). During
the day he paces his room, at night he darts between the shadows of
the damp cobblestone streets of foggy Victorian London. 84min.

Tuesday Sept 18
THE YES MEN (USA 2003)
These men are forever being invited by global trade advocates to
travel the world to give their slick PowerPoint presentations on free
trade to government and industry representatives, people ready to
accept anything from the mouths of those from a seemingly
authoritative institution. We follow them performing to CNN, USA
students, textile conference delegates in Finland and accountants in
Sydney. 80min.

Tuesday Sept 25
THE MURDERERS ARE AMONG US (East Germany 1946)
This film, with THE BRIDGE on Oct 30, comes from a "German Cinema
after the War" series all of which face the raw realities of immediate
post-WWII still with its guilt and overpowering feeling of defeatism.
A concentration camp survivor returns to find her apartment taken over
by a shell-shocked surgeon. 91min.

Tuesday Oct 2
SPELLBOUND (USA 2002)
In the USA there are many ways in which young children find themselves
involved in the sort of extremes of competitiveness that most adults
would find impossible to cope with. Be it fashion modelling, singing,
dancing, or as in this film, spelling, the kids are mere vehicles for
their parents' aspirations. 97min.

Tuesday Oct 16
RUBY AND RATA (New Zealand 1990)
Gaylene Preston's justifiably cherished comic drama framed around a
between-generations conflict, and ultimate compromise, between Rata,
Ruby (Yvonne Lawley) and Willie (Lee Mete-Kingi) - the last two
bringing us one of NZ cinema's most memorable odd couples. 111min.

Tuesday Oct 30
THE BRIDGE (West Germany 1959)
Any intensely nationalistic regime, surroun-ded by its enemies, facing
previously unthin-kable defeat, throws every imaginable thing at the
advancing forces, including its innocents. So it was with Germany in
1945. Indoctrinated teenagers were put into the fray and made to
throw their lives away on futile, and often stra-tegically
unim-portant, mis-sions. 104min.

Tuesday Nov 13
THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR (France 1981)
Truffaut's contemporary domestic drama set in a provincial town is
drawn from the bourgeois milieu in this tale of amour fou. Depardieu
(plus wife and kid) moves in next door to a newly-married woman with
whom he had an obsessional affair eight years earlier. 131min.

Tuesday Nov 27
13 RUE MADELEINE (USA 1947)
This WWII thriller centres on a training course for USA agents who are
to be dropped into occupied Northern Europe prior to D-day. Sharkey
(James Cagney) pushes his recruits hard, giving them near impossible
tasks, all the while suspecting one of them is a German agent. 95min.

Tuesday Dec 11
COPS (USA 1922)
Buster Keaton does it again - sheer genius in every frame. 24min.
THE CURE ( USA 1917)
Classic Chaplin short set at a spa. 26min.
DOUBLE WHOOPEE (USA 1929)
Laurel and Hardy, two doormen at a swank hotel, encounter a young Jean
Harlow. 26min.
EASY STREET (USA 1917)
Possibly Chaplin's greatest film, this small epic features Charlie the
policemen over-coming a daunting thug. 22min.

by Leonie Rousselot

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Blueskin Garden Club

The Blueskin Garden Club held its monthly meeting on Thursday 14 June
2007 at the Waitati Hall. At this meeting the following office
bearers were elected:
President: Lyne Carlyle
Secretary: Lyn Hastie
Treasurer: Glenys Clements
There are 8 committee members.
Our guest speaker was Gwen Pullar from Waikouaiti who gave a very
informative and interesting talk on old roses. Gwen shared her
passion and knowledge of Heritage Roses with us. She discussed the
different varieties of old fashioned roses, where to plant them and
how and when to prune. We all went home determined to plant at least
two in our own gardens and promised to visit her in the summer to view
her garden when it is in full bloom.

The raffle winners were:
Lyn Hastie - 1st
Rowena Park - 2nd
Margaret Meder - 3rd

The winner of the Best Bloom was Lesley Smith and the winner of the
Best Vegetable was Daphne Henderson.
A sales table was also held, and the meeting finished with a cup of
tea and home baking.

Our next meeting is to be held on Saturday 7th July in the Warrington
Memorial Hall commencing at 10am, when we will be having a felting
workshop. Bring along a lunch to share.

If you would like further information regarding our Club and would
like to join us please contact Lyn Hastie on 4822896.

by Lesley Smith

Monday, 18 June 2007

'Bohemian Nights' booked for Warrington encore

Bohemian Nights
Australian musicians Ernie Gruner (violin) and Phil Carroll (accordion), who last performed in Warrington in January 2006, are participants in the lively multicultural scene around Melbourne, and regularly perform at festivals all over Australia, both as a duo (Bohemian Nights) and with other artists. They have a wide-ranging repertoire which includes French, Italian, Hungarian, Gypsy Swing, Jewish, Arabic and Russian music.

Bohemian Nights (formerly known as Gypsy Nights) toured NZ in 2002, 2003 and 2005, including appearances at Wellington Folk Festival and Christchurch Jazz Festival. They have gained many enthusiastic fans of their toe-tapping music and relaxed, engaging stage presence. Bohemian Nights tour New Zealand from 27 July - 12 August 2007, including Monday 6 August 7pm, Warrington Memorial Hall, Warrington and Tuesday 7 August, The Penguin Club, Oamaru.

by Gill Winter

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Thursday, 14 June 2007

House-sitting advertisement

If you are going away and your home and animals need tender loving care, please contact Louise at the Blueskin Bay Library on 482 2444 or cell phone: 027 681 7481.

I exercise dogs, feed hens and give lots of love and attention to all your pets as well taking good care of your home.

I am interested in both short and long term house sitting and am available immediately.

Louise Booth

'The Blueskin Bayleaf' column: Cockle and Corn Chowder

We know it is a little bit chilly to go out wading in the bay right
now, but if you're feeling brave, try this recipe using our local
seafood delicacy: good enough to warm the cockles of your heart! Can
be made in 20 minutes.

For 4 large servings:

2 bacon rashers
1 onion or leek
1 Tbsp butter
1 carrot
1 potato
1 cup water
2 tsp instant stock powder or salt
450g can whole kernel corn
1 – 1 1/2 cups milk
50g butter
3 Tbsp flour
2 cups cooked cockles (shelled & rinsed)

Finely chop onion or leek and bacon, sauté for 4-5 minutes in first
measure of butter.

Scrub and cut the carrot and potato into 1cm cubes, then cook in the
water until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the cooked bacon and
onion/leek.

Strain the liquid from the canned corn and make it up to 2 cups with milk.

In another pot melt the second measure of butter and stir in the
flour. When the mixture bubbles add half of the milk mixture. Stir
frequently until boiling. Add the remaining milk and cook until the
sauce is smooth and thick.

Stir the sauce into the cooked vegetable mixture. Mash or puree if
desired then add the corn and cockles. Reheat before serving.

Top with a sprinkle of chopped fresh herbs. Serve with toast or crusty
bread for a complete meal.

Cooking cockles:

• Be fussy when collecting your cockles – get only the ones which are
well sealed closed and are of a decent size. I tend to avoid ones with
a lot of green tinge on the shell, although it is probably harmless.
• Bring a pot of clean fresh water to the boil and put the cockles in.
Keep a rapid boil until the shells open. The trick is to cook them
quickly at a high heat so as they don't get too chewy. Any unopened
shells should now be discarded.
• Give them a thorough rinse in running water to wash out any grit.
• Shell the cockles; eat them whole, mince, slice or dice.
• Never cook any seafood twice as it ruins the flavour and makes the
texture tough.

by Rowan Holt

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Letter to the editors from George Sutherland

As an outsider who works in your area every Wednesday, I am very
impressed by the number and quality of the activities offered in your
"Blueskin News." You obviously have a large number of very keen
volunteers who get stuck in and think of interesting things to do and
who try to ensure that others join in to enjoy them. Highly
commendable. Also, we are very impressed with the Eco-sanctuary. What
a marvellous asset for the whole area.

George Sutherland
Green Hut Track Group


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Saturday, 2 June 2007

Warrington Surf Life Saving Club report for June 2007

Swimming continues each Thursday night at Hawksbury Pool. If your
child would like to join in then please contact a club member for
details. Swimming lesson participants must also take part in regular
club activities.As the weather continues to be warm and sunny several
hardy members are out there in the waves and keeping up with board
training.

Rowan Carlyle

It is with great sadness that club members present and past have
farwelled a much loved young man, friend and club mate. Rowan recently
lost his battle and will be greatly missed. Rowan was a member of our
club as a junior and came through the ranks as a lifeguard ,
competitor and medallist at NZ level in canoe. Our deepest and sincere
sympathy go to Lyne and Gilbert, Natalie, Sharlene and families.
Thankyou for sharing Rowan with us and for alll the good times we had
as clubbies together.

by Lyn Hastie

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