Sunday, 29 July 2007

Evansdale pub reopens

The Blueskin Hotel at Evansdale has recommenced trading with teas,
coffee and cafe-style food. The proprietors Kayleigh, Stacey and
Jenny, of Maidenhead near London, are getting ready for the Opening
Night on Saturday 4 August. The first Blueskin Hotel opened here in in
1862.

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Thursday, 26 July 2007

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board column

Community Clean-up Days

As reported in last month's newsletter, the 18 June 2007
Infrastructure Services Committee resolved to charge for use of the
skips on Clean-up Days.

At the City Council meeting on 9 July 2007 this decision of the
Infrastructures Services was delayed to allow Community Boards the
opportunity to provide comment. The issue of charging is to be
discussed at the Board's meeting on 25 July 2007.

Also for discussion is the possibility of underwriting (through our
discretionary fund) the hire cost of a commercial-grade mulcher, with
the view to having this available at the October Clean-up Days. The
intention would be that any mulch created would be used within the
Warrington Reserve, it would therefore be important that the mulch did
not contain any invasive weeds. Any decision on this initiative will
be reported in the August report.

Northern Water Schemes

Staff intend to issue tenders early August 2007: it is anticipated
that award of contract will occur early in October. This project
currently targets commissioning for Waitati in March 2008, Warrington
June /July 2008, and Karitane October 2008. Commissioning of the
upgraded Waikouaiti treatment plant is programmed for October 2008.

Transit road closures

The recent spell of bad weather has highlighted issues with
notification of road closures for the Northern Motorway. In particular
substantial delays in updating Transit's automated telephone condition
report information, and overloading of the same. Transit's local
staff are disappointed about the system's performance and are seeking
improvements to the service levels.

Community Plan

At our 25 July Meeting the Board is to consider issuing the Draft
Community Plan for comment.

Other programmes underway

Staff are continuing to work on the following projects and programmes:
• Pedestrian facilities/Safe Walking Spaces
• Rural Road Safety
• Blueskin Bay Library Upgrade
• Proposed Rural Landscape Plan Change

Local Government Elections

Nominations for the October 2007 elections open on the 27 July and
close on the 24 August. The DCC are holding an information evening at
the Skeggs Gallery, Municipal Chambers in Dunedin on Monday 6 August
2007 at 7.00pm. I strongly urge members of the community to consider
standing for the Community Board, City Council, Regional Council or
District Health Board.

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.

by Gerard Collings
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

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Blueskin Sports

TABLE TENNIS

The first Thursday table tennis session involved seven players. Digby
Hodgson was unbeaten, Terry Shephard was clearly runner-up, but there
was no official scorekeeping. Good performances were given by Hank
Haining, Peter Dowden, Steve the dart player, Peter Smith and Frank
O'Neill. Eight players fronted for the first week of what looks like
a two-divison competion with five to six matched exponents in each.

Being a small Table Tennis competion means only one table is required,
in the whole area of the village hall. This allows play well beyond
the twelve-foot zone, Digby was smashing from at least ten foot and
Rakeesh was easily belting them back. Rakeesh won comfortably two-nil,
the same margin he beat Stuart Griffiths by. Stuart is a very
experienced left hander, almost impossible to beat. Until this fixture
this reporter had never seen him beaten. Rakeesh is a quality
preformer and has set the Blueskin Bay standard. Stuart played four
matches and lost only to Rakeesh. Digby Hodgson played three matches
and lost to Stuart and Rakeesh. Jonathan Appleby lost to Hodgson and
Stuart 0-2, then dismantled Gerry 2-0. Terry Shephard again played
well in losing to Stuart 0-2 and defeating Gerry 2-0. Gerry's play
improved noticably.

The next Thursday of competion was held on an icy cold evening and had
six players: Digby Hodgson beat Jonathan Appleby and Steve 2-0 . Terry
Sheppard showed grit in finishing Steve 2-1. Jonathan played well
to capitalise on an understrength Hank Haining (with a dodgy back).
What was evident in this round was the potential of Steve and the
application and drive of Jonathan. The closeness of the players was
demonstrated in a friendly between Terry and Digby; the score went to
26-24.

Blueskin Table Tennis is likely to run another eight weeks. We advise
attending soon at 8pm Thursdays if you want to be in competion. Casual
players welcome anytime.

BLUESKIN BAY VILLAGE CRICKET PRIZEGIVING 2007

The 2007 player of the year was Brent Bell. His batting average is
68, with best scores 57 and 55 not out. All Brent's innings resulted
in a 50-plus partnership, and he shared a 100 partnership with Rakeesh
in the club finals. There are a handful of Blueskin Bay village
cricketers who could foot it in high-level club cricket . There is at
least one who could reach rep standard: Brent Bell of Castle CC.

The captain of the year was Jonathan Appleby. To be judged best over
Frank O'Neill is an extraordinary achievement. Jonathan always
conducted himself in a manner serving only the intersets of the game,
his character is impeccable and his success was shown in a classy
victory over the club champions in round play and in taking his team
to the club finals.

Peter Appleby was a controversal Most Improved Player. Terry Sheppard
had rewarded Castle's confidence in keeping him as openning batsman
all season. Terry jumped from defending his wicket for less than one
over duck to staying the distance of 40-odd balls and a partnership of
twenty. Peter started from the reserve bench to almost 'player of the
day' for his side on his last appearence.

Best-dressed player had to be Hank Haining. He was a treat to behold,
always turning out in pressed whites, apart from the final when he
wore his pinks due to a laundary error. Chris Robinson (Castle) was
highly commended, as was Chris Hanning for their exciting use of
women's undergarments (Robinson) and towelling bathrobe (Hanning).

NEXT MONTH

Don't miss these features and reports in Blueskin Sports next month:
• Interviews with some unsuccessful nominees of cricket prizes will
provide a complete picture of the agony and ectasy of the 2007 season
• Gaelic Football: Blueskin Bay versus Dunedin Irish
• Darts on Thursdays 8pm Waitati Hall: coverage from a new dedicated
reporter starts in the next issue
• Watati Tennis Open match reports
• Practice schedule for our local over-35 Touch Rugby team for the NZ
Masters tournament in Feburary

Sports news by 'Blueskin News' sports editor Digby Hodgson

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Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Blowtorch of public scrutiny to be applied to media moguls

Bluskin Media (publishers of Blueskin News and blueskin.co.nz) are
holding their AGM on Tuesday 14 August at 7pm, at the Blueskin Bay
Library. All readers, contributors, advertisers, volunteers and other
members of the public are welcome to attend.

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Warrington School's learning at the beach

On Friday the 20th of July Warrington School went for a trip to the
beach. We had lunch very quickly and then got into pairs and walked
excitedly to the beach. First we explored the little rock-pools, and
then worked our way up the beach to the larger rock-pools. We saw
starfish, limpets, tuatua, crabs, mussels, barnacles and lots of
seaweed. The strangest find was the sea tulip and we found that this
was an animal.

On Monday the 23rd we classified these animals when Matthew White came
to our class. He helped us to put them into their phyla.

by Izzie Locker and Florence Sorrel

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Warrington Reserve Group August contribution to Blueskin News

Planting Proposal

We have had a great response to our questionnaire, so thanks go to all
of you who participated. There is a
wonderful diversity of suggestions and feedback, and some clear themes
on what is important to people. We
are in the process of collating the results, and will have them in the
next Blueskin News for you. If you
still have a filled-in questionnaire and want to get it to us, please
phone Karen Hobday 4822762 or put it
in the return slot at the side of the Warrington Postal Boxes
building. It's never too late to have
your say!

Community Consultation

There was a good turn out to the Coastal Dune Reserve Management Plan
meeting with Ruth Mckain. It was run as a public workshop, where we
divided into smaller groups to record all our ideas on what we value
in our
reserve, what we want to see in the future, difficulties/issues, and
options/solutions to these difficulties. She has simular meetings in
other areas, as there are 11 coastal reserves between Waikouaiti and
Kuri Bush. DCC staff will then develop a management strategy, and
there will be another opportunity for the public to have their say in
response to the new strategy.

Hector's Dolphins

In May several members of our group participated in a consultation
meeting about Hector's Dolphins, with
Dept of Conservation, Ministry of Fisheries, Forest and Bird, and
others involved in research of Hector's
Dolphins. This is because the government is looking at a new strategy
on how best to protect them, as they
are a small population and very vulnerable. A discussion document is
anticipated at the end of August, looking at how best to manage the
threats to Hector's dolphins. Afterwards we discussed having a public
meeting in our area in Spring, with some researchers from the
university, so Blueskin Bay residents have the opportunity to learn
more about our local population of dolphins.

We are working with the DCC to create information signs on our local
wildlife and activities at the beach, for both locals and visitors.
Preparatory processes continue, so that the archaeological work needed
at the site where the pine trees were cut down can progress, and then
we can get on with fencing and planting. We still hope to be ready to
plant soon. We'll keep you posted.

by Karen Hobday
Warrington Reserve Group

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Ecosanctuary article for Blueskin News August

There are three talented newcomers to welcome to the Ecosanctuary this
month – Mrs Roto and her family, Kelly Gough and Neville Peat.

Neville Peat, a noted author and conservationist has been elected to
the vacant Trustee position.

Kelly Gough, a local girl with a farming background and recent
graduate of the DOC Conservation Corps course has been employed as a
Ranger. Kelly, Elton and a group of volunteers have been busy with
beginning the massive task of cutting the tracks for pest monitoring.

You may remember reading about Mrs Roto. She is the kaka from the
Botanic Gardens who last year successfully raised four chicks with a
little help from a band of huhu grub hunters. She and some of her
family have moved into the Orokonui aviary. After the pest eradication
and a period of familiarisation with their new home range some of the
kaka will be released. They will be encouraged to stay around by
supplementary feeding.

The next local meeting is on Wed, August 15th, 7.30pm at the Hall.
There will be an opportunity to meet and talk with the new General
Manager, Chris Baillie. She will be giving a talk on the environmental
projects that she has worked on in Australia.

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

website.

by Sue Hensley

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Sunday, 22 July 2007

Blueskin Playcentre column for August

Kia ora Tatou, greetings to everyone

Welcome back from your school holiday break. We would like to thank
the community for coming out and supporting Playcentre at our Jumble
Sale. We had a wonderful result and look forward to seeing you all
next year. Congratulations to the raffle winners: Donald McTaggart
won 1st prize and Sandy Gorman won 2nd prize in the family raffle.
Scott Willis won the 'Night Out' prize and Frances Baeumer won the
'Organic' prize in the second raffle. Thank you again to all the
wonderful sponsors that gave generously to make the raffles: Arden
House, Blueskin Nurseries, Blueskin Mowers & Chainsaws, Blueskin Bay
Library, Hey Tiki, Taste Nature, Goughs CAT, Cargill Contracting,
Moana Pool, Arthur Barnett, The Body Shop, Discovery World, Rialto
Cinemas, Westpac Aquarium, Whitcoulls – George St, Paasha Turkish
Café, Bowl Line, Rockgas, Mitre 10 Mega, Cadbury Confectionery,
University Book Shop,Chipmunks.

Term 3 will be a fun relaxing term. The children can't wait to get
outside and watch Spring come along. The popular room at Playcentre
right now would have to be the Hall. The supervisors have set up a
wonderful obstacle course for the children to enjoy. We are planning
a visit to Waitati School, which the children always enjoy.

BIRTHDAY WISHES

Happy Birthday to Courtney who is turning 4. A big Happy Birthday to
Lauren who is turning 5. We will miss you and wish you all the best
at Waitati School.

Playcentre is a wonderful place to gain new friends and retouch with
old ones. Feel free to stop by for a cup of tea and see what we are
all about. We're open on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings, 9:30 –
12:00 noon. 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.
Our Centre ph 027 427 1727, during session times.

by Frances Baeumer

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Saturday, 21 July 2007

Blueskin Bay Library column

It's that time when, just when you think Winter will last forever,
there they are again, more signs of Spring! Are you ready yet to
venture out of doors? If you are, come down to the library where
there is always a lot going on. Some examples are: a workshop in
making Christmas angels, the Writers in Winter series, computer
classes, the library goes again to Warrington, displays from our
artist of the month, and more.

Making Christmas Angels with Vicky Patten-Burrow

One of our well known local artists, Vicky has generously offered to
take a tutorial/workshop helping you to make your own beaded angel.
We have some of these angels on display in the library, if you're
looking for inspiration. The library is collecting names of
interested people, and noting the night each person would prefer the
class to be. Registration is essential, and there will be just a
small charge to cover the cost of materials. Everyone is welcome, so
make sure your name is down.

Library at Warrington

We are enjoying the response we are getting from Warrington people
when we put the library on to wheels. In August, expect to see us
near you at Warrington school on the 1st, 15th and 29th. We are there
primarily for the school from 2pm till 3pm, although other library
members are also welcome at that time, and we stay there till 3.30 for
anyone else who needs to return or borrow books, CD's, DVD's, or to
register as a new library member. Warrington people, be sure you try
us out.

Children's Book Club

The thriving Warrington Children's Book Club will meet at the school
at 3pm on the 21st August. Everyone is welcome to come and tell us
about the books you've been reading, hear about the books everyone
else has loved lately, and enjoy the activities that Helen arranges.
It's fun. Come and join us.

Writers in Winter Programme

There is a great programme planned for the whole library network, but
two in particular might be of interest to Blueskin Bay people:

Acclaimed crime fiction writer, Vanda Symon, will be visiting us at
Blueskin Bay library at 7pm on Thursday, August 23. If you haven't
read 'Overkill' yet, we thoroughly recommend it. Come and hear Vanda;
she is a warm, lively, entertaining speaker.

The poetry night at 7pm, Tuesday 28 August has a local touch. One of
the poets included in 'Upfront – 10 Poets Celebrate Janet Frame's
Birthday', will be Carolyn McCurdie from Blueskin Bay library.
Everyone is welcome to the 4th floor of the City Library. And it's
FREE!

What's Inside your Computer?

Please see last month's Blueskin News for full details of the course
content. Tentatively we are planning this for the first week in
September as an evening session starting with soup and bread from 6.00
with the session (including question and answer segment 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. The Library cannot offer this programme without firm
expressions of interest. There is no charge but a gold coin donation
per family will be appreciated.

Heinke Traditional story telling

Friday at 4pm. 3, 17 and 21 August at the library. This is always
popular with children from the youngest to the not-so-young. You too
will love it.

Artists of the Month

Double the riches – this month we have two artists exhibiting some of
their work in the library! On the wall behind the desk, we have
cards, pockets and patches by the incomparable Liz Abbott. And
beneath these, beautiful and delicate, are beaded Christmas angels by
Vicky Patten-Burrow. We have so many talented and generous people in
our community. Come and see their work.

The Staff Bookshelf

Carolyn recommends:
• 'The Mariner's Star' by Candida Clark. This is the powerful, poetic
tale of a woman's recovery from the loss of her man at sea.
• 'Minimum of Two' by Tim Winton. Short stories set in the author's
home of Western Australia. Beautiful, compassionate.
• 'The Machine Gunners' by Robert Westall. This story for young
adults is excitement and humour on every page. In England at war, the
young characters find a machine gun and plan to use it against the
enemy. Boys (and others) would love this.

Staff News

Welcome back, Kate! Kate returns this month from maternity leave. We
have missed her. Come in and say hello, and get the latest news about
Hazel.

by Loise Booth

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'Wild Blueskin' feature: Rosella Ridge Track

Like Rocky Ridge track, this is quite challenging and requires some
little skill in route-finding and sense of direction. It is a six to
seven hour tramp and requires a good level of fitness.

From Waitati take the first left to the north of the Blueskin General
Store, Double Hill Road. Take special care on this gravel road: keep
to the left and be prepared for locals' vehicles. After approx. 7 km
from the turn-off, park on the right by pine trees about 200m past the
second DOC sign to 'Green Hut and Silverpeaks'.

Walk north until you see a sign on your left, 'To Possum Hut'. Go up
the rough clay track and turn left to commence an undulating walk down
'Hunters Access Track #1'. After half an hour you'll see a sign
hanging in the larches on your left, 'Possum Hut'. Ignore this and
carry straight on down into bush to the Waikouaiti stream. Move north
following markers which will guide you over several river-crossings.
After about half an hour you'll see a weathered sign hanging in the
bush, 'Rosella Spur'. A steep, narrow track leads steeply up through
manuka to join the main Rosella Ridge track at a well-marked junction.

Now follow a long undulating track along the ridge to the intersection
with the Green Hut/Pulpit Rock track. Turn left and you'll be back at
your car in about an hour. In summer take plenty of liquid, and in
winter, plenty of warm clothing, food, and drink. Carry a charged
cell-phone, first aid kit, and a sense of adventure.

by George Sutherland
Green Hut Track Group

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Waitati School column for August

Term 2 proved to be a very successful with excellent work and high
achievement in the two Inquiry Based Learning topics of Transportation
and The Human Body.

A highlight of the term was the Maatariki celebrations which resulted
in a hangi put down very ably by Bernard Muilane, Brett Fairweather,
Peter Woods and Nathan Clark with food being prepared by Nicky Clarke,
Louise Burnside, Steph Kelly, Jenna Packer and Ruapuke Parata. The kai
was outstanding. Thank you to Kerri Cleaver for delivering the
karakia. Also as part of the proceedings was a lantern parade fronm
the school down to the hall. Special thanks to Mandy Mayhem, Sandra
Feint and Karan Snow for all of their time and skill in the making of
the lanterns and the lantern parade. Thanks to the Waikouaiti
Community Trust for donating funds to assist with the hangi.

The Waitati seniors went on another mountaineering adventure when they
conquered Swampy with their colleagues from across the Bay at
Warrington School. Thank you Nathan Parker for organizing this for us.

Term 3 promises to be busy, exciting and stimulating. This term the
children are preparing for the whole school production of "The Pirates
of Ben's Aunts", an amusing tale of pirates, including singing dancing
and overacting! The whole school will also participate in a 5 day
Aquatics programme at Moana Pool, covering swimming, diving and water
safety. Week 2 sees the Year 7-8 class off to Coronet Peak for a week
of skiing for their senior class camp.

Very busy on top of all of the Numeracy, Literacy, Inquiry Based
Learning and sports practices.

by David Grant
Principal

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Thursday, 19 July 2007

The Blueskin Bayleaf column for August: Beetroot

Beetroot are beautiful and delicious and are easy to grow from seed.
It's a perfect time of year to use up those beetroot still lurking
around in the garden or they are available at a good price at the
Farmers Market right now. Try these tasty winter treats for something
divine and different.

BEETROOT GNOCCHI

Fun to make with kids!

3 small fresh beetroot, peeled and chopped
1 large potato, peeled and chopped
1/6 of the combined weight of the potato and beetroot in plain flour,
approx ¾ cup
75g butter
4 tsp fresh sage, chopped
50g Stilton cheese, crumbled
salt and freshly ground black pepper
extra flour, for rolling

1. Fill two medium pans with salted water and bring to the boil.
2. Cook the beetroot and potato until tender separately in the two pans.
3. Drain, return to one pan and mash.
4. Beat in the flour.
5. On a floured surface, knead the mixture for 1-2 minutes.
6. Divide into strips, roll and cut into 3cm cubes.
7. In a separate pan of salted water, boil the cubes for 2-3 minutes,
stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
8. Meanwhile, in a small frying pan gently melt the butter. Stir in
the sage and season with black pepper.
9. Drain the gnocchi.
10. Serve drizzled with sage butter and a scattering of stilton.

CHOCOLATE BEETROOT CAKE

¾ cup oil
¾ cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 medium beetroot, peeled and grated
½ cup currants
1¼ cups plain flour
½ cup walnut pieces
¼ cup cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon

1. Heat oven to 160°C. Grease a 20cm ring tin and dust with flour.
2. Combine oil, sugar and eggs in a bowl and beat until pale. Stir in
grated beetroot, currants, sifted flour and remaining dry ingredients.
3. Spoon mixture into prepared tin and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or
until a skewer inserted comes out clean but moist. Cool in tin for 10
minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Ice with
chocolate icing once cold.

Chocolate icing:

1 cup coarsely chopped dark chocolate, or 'Chocolate Melts'
½ cup cream
¼ cup strong coffee

1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and over a saucepan of gently
simmering water or microwave in short bursts to melt. Stir until
smooth, cool a little, then drizzle over cake.

by Rowan Holt

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Blueskin Garden Club's latest news

The Blueskin Garden Club held its monthly meeting on Saturday 7 July
2007 which was in the form of a felting workshop. The workshop was
held at the Warrington Hall starting at 10am with a cup of tea and
chat.
Selma Simmons then took us through the process of "felting",
commencing with the wetting and matting of the wool. When dried this
was then made (with lots of laughter and enjoyment) into small animal
creatures, pictures and for the more ambitious handbags. During the
construction of our works of art, lunch and more cups of tea were
partaken and of course more talking! It was a most enjoyable day and
many thanks must go to Selma for all her preparation and enthusiasm.

The next meeting of the Garden Club will be held on Thursday August
9th when we will be taken through a tour of Vietnam, and watch
Vietnamese food being cooked by one of our members. We will then be
able to sample some of the flavours of Vietnam.
This meeting is to be held at Lyne Carlyle's house at 12 Station Road,
Warrington, where new members would be most welcome. Phone Lyne on
4822 822 for more information.

by Lesley Smith

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Warrington Surf Club latest column

The 2007/08 Surf Club season is nearly upon us. Although we still
feel in the depths of winter there is plenty happening, and something
for you all, for current members and people considering joining us
this season – winter training, swimming, a coaching course, a VHF
radio course, and the Become a Lifeguard programme are all underway.
Should you wish to find out any more about these activities please
feel free to ring Lyn 4822896 or Kaye 4822494. We would welcome your
calls.

2008 will be a busy season. Otago Surf have their 75th anniversary
celebrations which will involve a whole weekend of entertainment,
get-togethers and fun. The New Zealand IRB Surf Rescue boat
championships are going to be held on the last weekend in March at
Warrington Beach, which promises to be an exciting event for
competitors and spectators.

Our club's ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Friday 24th August 7.30pm at the
clubrooms. There are many positions needing to be filled, please
remember that many hands make light work.

by Kaye Burns and Lyn Hastie


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Waitati Toy Library

It is nearly Toy Library Awareness Week: 6th - 12 August 2007

Every child has the right to play. Toy Libraries provide vital
opportunities for play for every child. Play is crucial because it
is the first step in children's education and development. Toy
Libraries provide access to a wide variety of toys that are otherwise
unaffordable to many families.

As children play, they learn. Variety in the items they play with
broadens their learning. What they learn is shown in their physical,
emotional and social development. This is especially important in
the early years of life. Toy Libraries play an active role in
preschool education and child development.

Join a Toy Library gives your child the chance to try a huge range of
different toys - without costing you a lot of money. A Toy Library
is an excellent way of finding toys that are exactly right for each
stage of your child's development.

Parents, caregivers or grandparents wanting to find out more about
your local Toy Library can contact Liz 482 1450 or Jo 482 2174

Opening Dates and Times

Saturday 10.30 - 11.30 am
Monday 6.30 - 7.30 pm

Saturday 4th August
Monday 6th August

Saturday 18th August
Monday 20th August

Saturday 1st September
Monday 3rd September

by Liz Ward


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Monday, 2 July 2007

Re: FW: Final copy

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board of the Dunedin City Council has
released the results of their "Your Community, Your Future, Your
Vision" survey of local residents. Their summary of comments follows.


1. PUBLIC TRANSPORT

1.1 What changes to the current bus service would encourage you to use
it more often?

This question was answered by 54 people.

Nineteen respondents suggested that frequency was the most significant
factor that would encourage them to use the bus service more often. Of
these people, four would like a shopping bus on one or two weekday
mornings and three would like a timetable more suited to the working
day (8am – 5.30pm).

More pick up and drop off points was the next most popular request:
eleven respondents said this would encourage them to use the bus more
often. Seven people would like the bus to go along the Coast Road to
Warrington.

Lower fares might persuade ten respondents to travel by bus more regularly.

Eight people consider the bus system to be fine as it is while four
will never use it - regardless of any changes made.

Other suggestions for change included: more readily accessible
timetable information, a train service, seatbelts for children, a
shorter journey, a more current model bus, concession cards with
discounts, and door-to-door service for the elderly.


1.2 What are your views regarding lower bus fares for school children
and elderly persons, if that meant a slight increase in fares for
others?

This question was answered by 55 people

Twenty three of the respondents indicated their support for this. An
additional three people agree as long as fares for everyone continue
to be affordable.

Eight people believe that fares should stay as they are because age
should not be used as a price discriminant.

Five people responded that the fares should be lower for everybody,
four want lower fares for beneficiaries, two people think that fares
should be lower for Community Service Card holders, while another two
people suggested lower fares for low-wage earners. Another suggestion
was a fare reduction for frequent users. Four people felt that fares
should be lowered for the elderly but not for children as they have
access to the EOHS bus for free.

Other suggestions include: that the bus driver should decide, lower
fares for school children and the elderly but don't increase other
fares, decrease fares for children during the school week only, and
confusion – don't these groups already have concessions on fares?

2. FOOTPATHS

2.1 There is currently a footpath upgrading programme underway. How do
you think footpath upgrades should be prioritised? What standard of
footpath should be provided – asphalt, gravel, concrete kerb, etc?

This question was answered by 69 people

Four respondents believe that footpath upgrades should be prioritised
according to safety; another four believe that it should be according
to usage. Two think they should be prioritised according to the most
densely populated areas.

Respondents identified many specific streets and places that they
would prioritise in regard to the footpath upgrading programme. Four
people identified Warrington; three people identified each of the
following: Karitane, McGregor Street, and Collins Street; two people
identified each of these areas: the main shopping area, Beach Street,
Thomas Street, and Doctors Point Road; and one respondent suggested
each of these streets: Stewart Street, Lower Kildare Street, Upper
Kildare Street, Pratt Street, Henry Street, and Ferguson Street.

Sixteen people would prefer asphalt footpaths. Another fourteen would
like asphalt footpaths but with a concrete kerb. Some of these
respondents gave reasons for their preference such as asphalt is
suitable for prams, bare feet, and other mobility devices. Some of
these respondents felt that gravel washes away in heavy rain, that it
is dangerous, and that it causes problems with lawn mowing.

Ten respondents would be happy with gravel footpaths. Two people
suggested asphalt for footpaths in high usage areas and gravel in
others. One person commented that they would add to the country style
of the place.

Other suggestions included concrete footpaths, concrete kerb with
bricks in the main shopping area, and no kerb. One person felt that
the footpaths are OK as they are, while another warned against
spending too much money on this project as there are hardly any
pedestrians in Warrington.


3. ROADS

3.1 We continue to monitor road safety issues throughout the ward.
Please identify any sections of road you are concerned about, and
explain your particular areas of concern.

This question was answered by 69 respondents

Speed was the biggest issue for those who took part in this survey.
Twenty-eight people were concerned with speed in various parts of
Waikouaiti. Eight respondents felt that motorists drive far too fast
along Coast Road and of these people, three suggested that the speed
limit should be reduced. Five respondents were unhappy about the speed
along the Main Road in Waikouaiti; three felt that too many motorists
speed in each of the following areas: Sulisker Street (Karitane),
Beach Street (Karitane), and Waitati. Speed bumps and pedestrian
crossings were suggested to alleviate these situations. Other areas
where speed is a concern include Doctor's Point Road, SH1, Collins
Street, Henry Street, and Bourke Street.

The next most pressing issue for respondents was visibility. Sixteen
people identified this as an issue. Six people stated that the turn
from Mount Street into Collins Street was dangerous in terms of
visibility because of the trees. Five respondents felt that visibility
is an issue at various points along Coast Road, Karitane. Other places
that visibility is a problem include the turn from Jefferis Road onto
Highway 1; the Main Road south of Waikouaiti; the end of Quarry and
Ramrock Road; Edinburgh Street; and the corner of Geelong and Bourke
Street.

The third road safety issue, identified by seven respondents, was the
quality of the road. Three people would like Short Cut Road to be
resealed and two would like the same done for Henry Street. State
Highway 1 from Waikouaiti to Dunedin is also an issue as is McGregor
Street.

Five respondents found that the lack of footpaths in certain areas is
a road safety issue. Two people identified Doctor's Point Road and one
identified McGregor Street. Other areas of concern were the road from
Waikouaiti to Karitane, Waitati, and Warrington.

Narrow streets are also a road safety issue in the Waikouaiti area.
Three respondents think that Beach Street is too narrow especially
with the amount of heavy vehicles that frequent this stretch of road.
Coast Road was also identified as being too narrow.

Three respondents think that cycle tracks should be built in the
general area to keep a growing number of cyclists safe from other
traffic.

Other issues include: Beach Street due to parking congestion; Main
road, Kildare Street, and the Evansdale turnoff due to "danger"; the
sharp bends after the bridge at Carey's Creek and at Waitati's
Blueskin Store; the road to Buckland's Crossing due to drivers on the
wrong side of the road; several railway crossings are dilapidated;
there are no "Children" signs around Warrington School; and the give
way signs at the corner of Hill and Station Road and at the corner of
Coast and Park road are both considered unsafe.

Other suggestions include: opening Thomas Street at the railway line;
having a roundabout at Waikouaiti school; and having a pedestrian
crossing outside the dairy on the main street of Waikouaiti.

4. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

With a steady increase in visitor numbers to the ward area, what are
your feelings regarding:

1. Promoting Coast Road as a scenic route, with increased
high-profile signage detailing attractions and services in our area?

This question was answered by 68 people

Thirty-seven people indicated that they are in favour of this idea.
Three would prefer the road to be upgraded first and two would rather
have low-profile than high-profile signage. Other suggestions include:
promote history with murals; have a sign in the Domain about Truby
King; plant topiary shrubs in planters on the main road; promote the
lagoon; make a map of the area available; and put 'Slow Down' signs
along Coast Road.

Thirteen people oppose this idea. Three respondents would rather keep
the traffic down while two believe that the signage equates to "visual
pollution" and another two think that the project will be too
expensive. Other issues include: the road is too narrow; it would be
better promoted as a cycle route; the road quality is too poor; the
river and beach are polluted; and Waikouaiti citizens would lose their
privacy.

Sixteen respondents have reservations but did not have an entirely
negative response to the idea. Seven people commented that the road
would need to be improved first and three feel that the road is not
appropriate for heavy traffic. Another three respondents feel that the
idea is of low priority with the suggestion made that it would be
better to attract tourists to local businesses rather than to Coast
Road. Two people think that facilities such as the toilets at the
Domain would have to be improved before the project went ahead.
Another respondent thinks that the idea should be promoted for
cycling, walking, and riding only.

4.2 The potential for new businesses to develop in our area?

This question was answered by 56 people

Thirty people believe that the potential for growth in Waikouaiti is
good. Seven respondents would prefer small, local businesses that
serve the community and four people are only interested in economic
growth if the environment is not put at risk. Two comments related to
the idea broadband coverage is needed before businesses can flourish.
Other relevant issues to consider are government assistance, revamping
of the town centre, and safety.

Three people would like a supermarket. Other business suggestions
include: accommodation (an overflow area for Dunedin perhaps); cafes
and restaurants; eco-tourism; arts; historical tours; and a weekend
market at Waikouaiti.

Seven respondents do not think the area has much potential for growth
because it's a small seaside village; the water quality is poor;
Dunedin is too large a competitor; and the District Plan will not
allow development.


4.3 The overall effect of more visitors coming into our area?

This question was answered by 58 people

Twenty seven respondents think that the overall effect of more
visitors would be positive. Seven of these would like more visitors
because they bring income and opportunity for local businesses. Three
people prefer low-key visitors and suggested that motorbikes, boats,
and cars be restricted in certain areas.

A significant number of people believe that changes would have to be
made to Waikouaiti to accommodate an increasing number of tourists.
Nine respondents are concerned with rubbish and suggested more bins, a
skip, and more signage. Four people believe the public toilets would
need to be revamped and another four people suggested a facelift to
the area in general with one of these commenting specifically on the
environment. Other considerations included more parking; a camping
ground; footpaths; a decent bus service; more signage; and some means
of encouraging visitors to correctly pronounce "Waikouaiti."

Eight respondents believe the overall effect of more visitors would be
negative, while several others also had reservations. Four people
believe more visitors would spoil the peace and solitude of the area
and another four are concerned with road safety, which is already an
issue that would only escalate with more tourists. Other issues
included disturbance to wild/bird life; an increase in housing prices;
an increase in population (farmland may then become residential); a
dependence on tourism; and a loss of charm.


5. ZONING ISSUES

5.1 Dunedin City Council is currently reviewing the rural and
landscape sections of the District Plan. We would like to hear your
views regarding issues which may arise from this review.

This question was answered by 39 people

Thirteen respondents indicated that they believe that there should be
no change to current zoning. Four people want to keep the area rural
while three believe that development and subdivision spoils the scenic
landscape. Other respondents felt that housing development should stop
or be confined; housing should be built in keeping with the
surroundings; and cluster development around existing settlements is
preferable to changes in zoning.

Seven respondents felt they did not have enough information to comment.

Three people are in favour of development. One said if tourism is to
be encouraged, then the resource consent process should be made easier
and another would like to attract more residents to Waikouaiti.

Suggestions for improvement to the Waikouaiti landscape include: the
provision of adequate water and sewerage systems for what exists now;
an upgrade to the Beach St landscape; a clean up of the gorse in Main
St, opposite the school; and a removal of two containers on the street
boundary in Henry Street, that are ruining the view of a neighbour.

Other comments from this survey include that that committees need to
stop talking and start acting; that the Council should stick to the
District Plan and have the same rules for all; and that these types of
decisions should be done through City Planning.


5.2 Do you feel that the current Coastal Landscape Protection Area is
appropriate? Do you think that it should be extended to include
Blueskin Bay?

This question was answered by 54 people

Thirteen people responded to this question with a single "yes" answer
and it was therefore difficult to ascertain which part of the question
was being answered.

Twenty-four respondents feel that the current Coastal Landscape
Protection Area is appropriate while three people feel that it is not.
Of these people, one person felt that it is inappropriate because of
the 15-hectare lots along the coast and another that the CLPA is too
focussed on amenity rather than normal rural use.

At least twenty-three people advocate the extension of the CLPA to
include Blueskin Bay. One person commented that access could run along
a coastal footpath from Aramoana to Karitane and another urged the DCC
to take more consideration of Seacliff. 3 people do not think the CLPA
should extend to Blueskin Bay as 1 feels that Orokonui Sanctuary will
protect enough land and another feels that this would only impose more
rules and regulations on citizens of Waikouaiti.


6. THE ENVIRONMENT

6.1 The Board is looking at various environmental issues in our area
including coastal erosion, effects of climate change, protecting our
natural environment, etc. What are you concerns regarding these
topics?

This question was answered by 58 people

Twelve people are concerned with the effect that economic development
will have on the environment. Four people stated that the environment
should always come before development and tourism; three people are
concerned with Mainland Poultry – high water use, effluent discharge,
and smell; and two people would like to protect the coast and
foreshore from commercial development. Other comments about
development included: commercial cockle fishing should be monitored; a
mussel farm should not go ahead; and tourism and housing development
should be carefully controlled.

Twelve respondents are concerned with water pollution. Three people
would like the waterways protected from stock; perhaps farmers could
stop their animals from grazing at river edges. Another three people
are more worried about water pollution. Others worry about effluent
discharges near waterways; algae etc. in the creek on Stornoway
Street; the Waikouaiti landfill discharge to the Wetlands; rubbish
disposal that runs off to the bay; pollution at Waikouaiti bay; and
the state of Blueskin Bay (green with moss and aqua life).

Erosion in the area is a concern to ten of the respondents. There were
several suggestions about how to combat this: prohibit motorbikes from
the beach (three people advocate this); build a wooden retaining wall
along the beachfront; and planting initiatives. One respondent pointed
out that building should not be approved on these sites. Two
respondents identified the Spit at Warrington and Blueskin Bay as
problem areas.

Seven respondents have concerns about trees in the area. Four people
would like to see more native trees and one person would like hawthorn
hedges protected. Another respondent views the pine trees on
Waikouaiti beach as an eyesore while another would agree that the
spread of pest tree species is an issue.

Seven respondents commented generally that it is of the utmost
importance to protect the natural environment while five have no
concerns about the environment.

Wildlife is a concern for five people who answered this question. Old
Man's Beard is destroying native bush, home to the bird life; the bird
life on Warrington Spit is also at risk; possums need protecting and
paradoxically, controlling; and the swans at Blueskin Bay have been
driven from their natural environment due to effluent in the bay.

Four respondents feel that rubbish is an issue in the Waikouaiti area.
Three commented that it should be better controlled with more rubbish
bins. The fee for using the dump should perhaps be lowered and the car
bodies scattered about the town should be removed.

Four people are worried about rising sea levels and flooding. Again a
respondent warned that building on these sites should not be approved.

Lack of water supply concerns a total of four respondents. Drought
and, as mentioned, Mainland Poultry are the reasons supplied.

Three respondents commented on climate change. One person suggested
that through the promotion of public transport, local holidays, and
local food production this problem might be alleviated.

Two people are concerned with sewage disposal. One person suggested
that a plan is needed to continue the existing good practice as the
population grows and another advocates healthy septic tanks.

Two people would like a wind farm or solar energy production in the area.

Other comments from this survey include: preserve the views; remove
the sand from Sulisker Road; stop spraying the roadside; and protect
Rabbit Island as a reserve.


7. RECREATION AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES

7.1 This encompasses such things as parks, playgrounds, reserves,
beaches, halls, libraries, community centres, etc. What improvements
would you like to see the Community Board advocating for?

This question was answered by 62 people

Twelve people indicated that they would like local libraries retained
and/or upgraded. Longer hours, more space, and library as an art
centre were suggested. Nine respondents are satisfied with facilities
as they are.

Eight people would like the town hall complex speeded up while eight
believe that the funding for this project would be better spent on
existing facilities that will get more use such as medical rooms.

Seven respondents would like to see changes in Warrington. Suggestions
included: planting, BBQs, and pleasant toilets at Warrington Domain;
an extension of Warrington hall; trees in Warrington playground; and a
cycle track from Warrington to Waitati.

The beach is an area that could be improved according to six
respondents. Three people would like vehicles banned from the beach.
Others would like to see more beach plantings, sheltered areas, and
the brown residue removed.

Six respondents would like work to be done on the current sporting
facilities. Two suggestions were: eradicate rabbits at Waikouaiti
sports ground and put down some more tar-seal.

Five people would like to see more rubbish bins around. Children's
playgrounds are a priority for another five respondents. Four people
are supportive of continued funding for Moana swimming pool. Three
people would like to see an improvement in public toilet facilities.
Other facilities that people would like are picnic areas on Matakana
Drive and elsewhere; a museum; a skate ramp; and an agency of leading
banks in Waikouaiti perhaps once a week.

Other alterations that respondents suggested include pruning the pine
trees on Matakana Drive; maintaining Waikouaiti gardens; and
installing a fire hydrant close to Waitati School.


8. WATER

8.1 The Board is disappointed about the delay in implementing the
Northern Water Schemes Upgrade. So do you have any comments regarding
the upgrade?

55 People answered this question

A large proportion (20 people) is desperate for the upgrade. Six of
these are appalled that they have to boil water. The local supply
should be upgraded at present according to four respondents while
another four believe that the local supply is the permanent solution.

Three people said they require more information about the scheme
and/or previous schemes with one commenting that all the information
received was biased in some way.

Two respondents believe that the community was only consulted as a
formality and that there was no actual listening involved.

Two of the respondents to this question believe that residents should
not be charged for water that they cannot drink and one of them
suggested that the DCC compensate residents for costs incurred.

Increased water taken from the Waikouaiti River is detrimental to the
current and future population according to two respondents. Another
two people mentioned that this is a serious health and safety problem.

One person is happy with the current water supply and one person
thinks the Northern Water Schemes Upgrade is a good idea.

Other suggestions included: put every water user on meters and charge
for using any water that goes over the allocated amount; extend the
water pipe from Dunedin; get more holding tanks; and encourage home
users to collect their own water; and keep residents informed of
developments.

Generally, residents hope that the quality of the water will vastly
improve and that the water pressure will also improve.


8.2 Do you have any comments regarding the concept of charging for
water based on the quantity used?

56 people answered this question

The largest proportion of respondents (one in five people) is against
the user pay system. Their arguments include that it will unfairly
disadvantage poor people, large families and people who stay at home
during the day. Some concerns are also expressed relating to the
implementation cost of the system, and whether these will outweigh the
benefits. Another concern among those who are against the concept is
that the quality of water is so low that it is unethical to charge for
it.

Thirteen people indicated that they support the concept of charging
for water. They see the potential benefits of this, in particular the
way it will prevent water wastage. Another two people say they would
be in favour of this concept if they can be assured that the scheme
will never be privatised. Another person would be in favour if all of
the funds generated from this system will be put back into the
community.

Six people said they would be willing to pay for water only if the
quality is improved significantly. One of these six people also wants
the water pressure to be better. Another five people suggested that
water should only be charged after a certain amount has been used.

Two people felt that people who do not have rain tanks should be
charged because they put more pressure on the water availability.
Another two people made the suggestion that the user pay system should
only be enforced when the available water reaches a certain level.

Nine people made references to rates. Five of these people consider
that the rates they pay should cover the water they use. Another two
suggest that they are willing to pay for their water usage as long as
other Dunedin ratepayers are charged accordingly. The remaining two
people would support the scheme as long as their rates will be
reduced.

In addition to some of the suggestions made above, one person says
that only businesses should be charged. Another person points out that
they do not like to see water being taken from the Waikouaiti River
because it is environmentally damaging.


10. Waste Disposal

10.1 How do you think the Dunedin City Council could improve the
current waste disposal system, and how should they encourage people to
recycle more waste?

This question was answered by 55 people

Eleven people indicated that they are satisfied with the current
system, some of these mentioned that more encouragement of recycling
would be beneficial. Nineteen people explicitly stated that recycling
needs to be promoted, they suggested strategies such as education,
incentives, less restrictive recycling methods, giving businesses
recycle bins, and returning the skip to Waitati, having a recycling
unit at Karitane and opening the recycling bins seven days per week to
assist in higher levels of recycling.

Seven respondents commented on the quantity of waste that is produced.
There were suggestions of a zero-waste strategy, banning advertising
pamphlets, banning plastic disposable containers, and putting pressure
on waste producers such as supermarkets. Three of these seven people
recognise producers rather than consumers being the culprit of waste.

Two issues were raised concerning the dump. One that the dumping
charge is too high, the other concern about matter of leachate seeping
through to the lagoon area. These issues have already been raised and
the respondents questioned where the results were.

Some other suggestions of how to improve the waste disposal system
include: a once a quarter collection of 'other' rubbish, summer
collections for garden wastes, banning wheelie bins, having larger
recycling bins, increasing the price of rubbish bags, decreasing the
price of rubbish bags, free recycling bins and encouraging composting.


10.2 What are your views regarding the continued use of the Waikouaiti
landfill?

Fifteen people are satisfied with the service it provides. They
suggest it assists in recycling. Some people do express concern at the
cost of using it, one person suggests a lower charge would discourage
the dumping of rubbish, which is currently an issue, another suggests
that green waste should be free.

Ten expressed their concern for the environment, recognising that it
is too close to a wetland, and questioning its sustainability. Eleven
people are concerned about non-local people using the landfill. Two
people suggesting that it should not be used as a money making scheme

Three people explicitly state they want the landfill to continue. One
person wants it open mid-week and in the weekend. Another questions
where their rubbish will go if the landfill gets closed.

Other suggestions relating to the landfill include that a recycle bin
should be placed at the entrance, another questions how rodents are
dealt with.


10.3 What are your views regarding the current free provision of
mega-skips three times a year for Blueskin bay residents to dispose of
bulky items?

Forty people commented that they feel this is a good service. One of
these people would like the dates on which this occurs more
publicised. Similarly, a few people were unaware that this happened
and would like to be informed of the dates.

Three people express concerns relating to the recyclability of
materials that are being put in the skips. Two suggest that a
recycling skip should be placed next to it. Two people are critical of
the provision suggesting that it is not needed, and that people should
have to pay for their own skips.

One person would like to see this initiative extended to include Waikouaiti.


10.4 What are your views regarding the most efficient disposal methods
for green waste

Thirty people indicated that is should be used to make compost. A
large number of these people would like to see the creation of a
community compost heap. Two people suggest that this could be sold,
and that it could provide at least three jobs.

Four people think that it should be free at the landfill. Another
person suggests that some sort of arrangement needs to be made with
the landfill.

Other suggestions include a once a month kerbside collection, bringing
in the mobile chipper that the DCC has and having additional skips
available for this type of waste.


11. Energy Conservation

11.1 How do you think that the board should get involved in advocating
for energy conservation measures and local power generation schemes?

This question was answered by 52 people

Five people do not think that the board should get involved,
suggesting that this is a DCC and ORC issue, and that the water
problem needs to be resolved first. Another two suggest that they
should only be involved in making the library and hall more energy
efficient.

Seven people support the use of wind energy. Of these, two people
suggest that wind generation should only be on a minimal scale e.g.
small generator per household. One person explicitly states that they
do not want to see any windfarms.

Ten people want to see an increase in solar energy being used,
especially in new houses. Some people suggest that subsidies would be
required to get people to transfer to solar power.

Other suggestions include: turning the street lights off at night,
incentives for using less energy, subsidising housing
energy-efficiency assessments, holding education seminars on how to be
more energy efficient, having higher standards for new houses, and
promoting higher levels of insulation.

(Summary compiled by DCC staff)

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Waikouaiti Police Community Report June 2007

Tena koutou katoa,

June was a busy month for Police, again with a variety of incidents
occurring throughout the area.

Three reported domestic disputes occurred during June, two of them
occurring at Warrington. From these incidents two people are facing
charges relating to the violence. In the third case Police separated
both parties
and the incident was recorded.

Police take a zero tolerance approach to family violence and where
evidence of an offence is apparent action will be taken. New Zealand
has one of the highest rates of domestic violence against women and
children in the developed world.

This is simply not good enough. Domestic violence is a community issue
and all communities need to rally together to support those that may
not be able to speak for themselves, remember "Safer Communities
Together".

On the 11th of June a pit-bull dog wandered on to an address along
Bourke Street Waikouaiti and attacked a family dog. Police and Animal
Control were contacted and the offending animal was taken away.

Both the family pet and its owner required medical attention for
injuries sustained during the fight. Animal Control notified Police
the dog was not collected by its owners and it was subsequently
destroyed.

On the 16th of June Police were called to an address along Beach
Street Waikouaiti where a man allegedly threatened to harm himself
with firearms.

The incident was resolved by the Dunedin Armed Offenders Squad, a
local man was transported to Emergency Psychiatric Services in
Dunedin, inquiries are continuing in relation to this incident.

On the 28th of June a woman had a lucky escape when she struck a horse
while travelling north along State Highway One at the Kilmog.

The crash occurred after dark, it was fortunate the driver was
travelling in a four wheel drive vehicle, and under the posted speed
limit. Yet another example of what drivers can be confronted with
while using the roadways.

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.

by Constable Jon-Paul Tremain
New Zealand Police
Waikouaiti

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