Thursday, 30 August 2007

Press release: Community Media Workshop 2007

Media groups in the volunteer/not-for-profit sector in Otago and
Southland involved in publishing small photocopied newsletters,
community internet sites and community radio will meet in Dunedin this
October for a 'Community Media Workshop'.

"We tend to work in isolation on our individual projects," said
'Valley News' editor Geraldine Tait, who is one of the Workshop
organisers. "It will be really interesting to see what others are
doing and to share ideas."

The programme will include shared presentations, a keynote speaker,
workshops and a discussion forum.

The Workshop will be hosted by Blueskin Media and the North East
Valley Community Programme Inc (both are small
volunteer/not-for-profit community newsletter publishers) and will be
held on Saturday, 6 October 2007, 1pm-5pm, at
North East Valley School.

(Please Note: Geraldine Tait is a Dunedin City Council candidate in
the upcoming Local Elections)

Contact
Geraldine Tait
valleynews @ actrix . co . nz
Work phone: (03)473 8614 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
Home phone (03)4822 517

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Meet the Candidates: Waitati Hall, 8pm Monday 24 September

Meet the Candidates: Waitati Hall, 8pm Monday 24 September

Last time Community Board Members were elected unopposed, but this
time each will have to earn their seat. What are their qualities?
That's what we want to find out! Waitati Hall, 8pm Monday 24
September. All voters, Council candidates and Board candidates for our
area are invited.

by Scott Willis
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Hector’s Dolphins in Blueskin Bay

Hector's Dolphins in Blueskin Bay
Waitati Hall, 7:30pm, Tues 18 September 2007

Warrington Reserve Group presents an info evening on Hector's Dolphins

Meet Dr Liz Slooten, from the University of Otago. She has more than
20 years research experience with Hector's Dolphins. Learn about our
local population of dolphins, and find out about the research planned
for our area. There is an opportunity to participate in the research
yourself, and also to comment on how best to protect this endangered
species.

by Karen Hobday

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Monday, 27 August 2007

Blueskin Sports: Table Tennis and Darts

TABLE TENNIS

BBTT Club competitions

The first Thursday of August saw Patrick Oxley
narrowly lose to Steve Peak 2-1, and then win a
friendly 2-1. Baden Oxley won a friendly 2-0 to a
feisty Terese. Digby Hodgson held off a late charge
by Steve to win 2-1 in what has become the top
of the open divison clash. No-one wanted to play
the dog Q on account of him being barkers.

The second August fixture saw Steve win again
at the expense of Baden. Patrick had a competition win
against Hank Haining. Two non-competition games featured
Hank versus Steve then Digby to notably inprove the
former's competitiveness. The highlight of the evening was
the first doubles match ever played at BBTT Club:
Baden and Patrick Oxley beat Digby and Steve to a
jelly 2-0.

On Thursday 9 August Frank O'Niell realised that
well-practised players are hard to topple. Steve was
merciless beating Frank 2-0. Digby beat a quickly
improving Frank 2-1.

Last Thursday one premier grade and one open grade
match were played. The premier game was played at pace
with long quality rallies. Digby won 2 close games to 0.
The open grade game could have gone either way. Digby
beat Hank 2-0 from 18-20 game point against in the first.

BBTT's 2007 tournament will be in October.

by Wendy White

DARTS

Village darts started as singles. Hank Haining won the
most often. Steven Peak was just as often second place.
As more people turned up, doubles was played in order to involve
more players. The winners of doubles on the 9th were
Hank and Digby Hodgson; Wendy White and Steven were second.
The next week Frank O'Niell and Digby were lucky to
just beat Steve and Wendy. This was an upset and there
was an embrassing moment of Hodgson and O'Niell dancing
together.

On the 23rd of August Steve and Wendy finally got up where
they belong with super darting to beat Haining and Hodgson
in the match to decide the best. Steve,m Wendy and Digby
then played singles against each other. All matches were
tight and full of good scores. Digby won twice, Steven
won one for second.

The 2007 Blueskin Bay Darts Tournament will be played after our
World Cup, and will be advertised.

by Wendy White

NEXT MOON

Full season reports and stats on performance:
• Junior Rugby
• Soccer
Reports on Table Tennis competions final matches

Anybody may contribute: editors @ blueskin . co . nz
or talk to Sports Ed Digby Hodgson, 482 2120.

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Saturday, 25 August 2007

Blueskin Sports

RUGBY AT BLAND PARK NO.1

4th August; WAITATI 30 versus PIRATES 10.

The pirates coach described Waitati as having fantastic
defence, and being great tacklers. The half time score
indicated exactly that: Pirates 0 , Waitati 20. Tries to
Jordan (2), Ali and Matt. In the second half Henry and
Ali scored for the locals, and Jamie and Richard scored
for Pirates. A well earned victory and great team effort.

10th August WAITATI 45 versus TAIERI 20.

Our players looked more imposing in a game where the
tackling was hard and the attacking even harder. Monita
Oxley turned defence into attack and was instrumental
in many tries. Ali scored from 25 metres out, Aaron ran
30 metres in sublime fashion from 10 metres out from his
goal line. Despite Dalton of Taieri scoring with an incrediable
60 metre dash, Waitati went from strength to strength.
Scoring a total of 9 tries with a mixture of individual talent
and disciplined ball retention. Monita was Player of the Day.

18th August; WAITATI 34 versus SOUTHERN 34.

This match was a cracker, every player was outstanding
and many were brilliant. Henry preformed an excellent one
armed pass to the wing, followed him up at pace, took the
hand off to score a corker. Monita ran in a 30 metre try with
blistering pace and later showed pure vison with an oppor-
tunist dart wide from broken play to cross the line from 10
metres out. Other try scorers were Jordan, Matt and Reiana;
Matt slotting 2 conversions. Southern were a class act,
Waitati were equal to them and more. Prior to this match
I saw talent and teamwork, this fixture demostrated drive
and determination.

SOCCER

10TH GRADE 8th AUGUST HOME GAME
I would have paid to see this game, there was action and
drama. Georgina Oxley an athlete of the future scored for
Waitati. Kate Guthrey scored for Maori Hill in a 1all draw.
This month I was unable to attend any other matches of
our energetic squad. Next edition it is hoped we will have
season statistics and player info supplied by soccer frat.

GAELIC FOOTBALL Scheduled for October

This game is a cross between soccer and rugby, there are
no rugby tackles but it is more challenging than soccer.
I would like to attempt 2007 as the first year for
annual Blueskin versus Dunedin Irish. Eight to 13 local players
wanted for November fixture. Wait for call up October edition.

APOLOGIES

Because of number of local rugby games, no space is available
for promised cricket interviews or tennis tournament reports –
hopefully next issue.

Touch

Preparation matches for a Blueskin over-35 team for the NZ Masters
in Febuary will be delayed till the spring Touch-5s season.

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No walk for this year's election

Nominations for both the City Council and the Community Board exceed
the number of positions available for our area. Waikouaiti
Coast-Chalmers Ward council candidates (one required) are: John
Neilson, Andrew Noone (incumbent = "inc") and Geraldine Tait.
Community Board candidates are Andrew Barratt, Gerard Collings (inc),
Nancy Higgins, Murray Holland (inc), Mark Shawn Hunter, Alisdair
Morrison (inc), Ron Park and Geraldine Tait (inc).

by the editors

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Friday, 24 August 2007

Candidate statement: Andy Barratt

I have lived and worked in the Dunedin region since 1977. Since taking
early retirement from the University of Otago, where I held a number
of senior academic positions, I have centred my activities in the
Waikouaiti area. My wife, Sue, and I have a small holding in Merton,
where we grow fruit, nuts, vegetables and timber trees. I am a board
member of Dunedin Rural Development and co-chair of River-Estuary Care
Waikouaiti-Karitane.

I believe that the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board has a vital role
to play in the preservation and promotion of the unique character and
values of the communities it serves. I am convinced that the future of
our region will rely on appropriate and sustainable development of
local enterprises. If elected, I would strive to ensure that the Board
operates in an open and responsive manner and deals promptly with the
concerns of local citizens.

by Andy Barratt


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slightly updated: Warrington Reserve Group releases questionnaire results

Thank you to the 40 people who responded to our questionnaire.
Warrington's adult population is about 320, or 220 households, so for
research purposes this is a high response rate. Members of the
Warrington Reserve Group did not take part in this survey.
We have included the exact number of people who responded to each
question, plus the percentage of respondents in brackets. We have also
provided a summary of your comments to give you an overview of the
information we received.
If you would like to see the full 11 page report, which includes all
the feedback we received, please phone Karen 4822 762. We can email it
to you, or you can view a copy at the Blueskin Bay library, Warrington
School, or the notice board by the Warrington Post Boxes.
Copies of the results will be sent to the Parks and Reserves Dept of
the DCC, the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board, and interested groups
in our area for further feedback.
Summarised results
Please note: U/A = unanswered
Do you like the general idea of the planting draft for the playground area?
Yes 32 (80%) No 7 (17.5) U/A 1 (2.5%)
Comments: appreciate the protection from wind; still allowing sun and
open space; beautifies area; preventing destruction from vehicles;
leaves room for car parking.
Concerns: rabbits, sand, and drought could prevent plants from
growing; who will maintain it; less open space for playing and
visibility of children; should put planting on other side of the road
Do you like the lower tussocks/grasses nearest the surf club?
Yes 34 (85%) No 4 (10%) U/A 2 (5%)
Do you like the higher planting on the bay side of the playground?
Yes 31 (77.5%) No 6 (15%) U/A 3 (7.5%)
Comments: appreciate tall trees; don't want trees too tall; plants
that don't require much water; no shading from the sun; needs to be
wind efficient; leave it as it is; would like native trees
We are working with the DCC to create a notice board for information
about the beach and reserve, to be located near the playground. Our
first choice is option A (see draft plan), which is close to where the
road forks (to the bay and to the surf club/playground) because most
people would see it on their way to the beach or bay. Do you like this
site (option A)?
Yes 30 (75%) No 5 (12.5%) U/A 5 (12.5%)
Do you prefer it to be beside the playground (option B)?
Yes 6 (15%) No 22 (55%) U/A 12 (30%)
Other suggested sites: Opposite side of track by the surf club; in the
traffic island; many signs rather than just one; next to toilets and
change shed. Concerns: Vandalism; restricting visibility of motorists
We would like to relocate the campervan sewage dump station away from
the playground for health reasons. We suggest the new location be by
the sewage pumps, on the side of the road to the bay. Do you agree?
Yes 38 (95%) No 1(2.5%) U/A 1 (2.5%)
Comments: Easy access is important; tell DCC move it or lose it;
concerns with cost; leave where is and put fresh water tap close by
with clear signage
What activities do you think are OK on the beach?
Fires: Yes 21(52.5%) No 16(40%) U/A 3(7.5%)
Camping-tents: Yes 14(35%) No 25(62.5%) U/A 1(2.5%)
Camping-campervans: Yes 3 (7.5%) No 35(87.5%) U/A 2(5%)
Horse riding: Yes 30(75%) No 9 (22.5%) U/A 1(2.5%)
Motorbikes: Yes 6 (15%) No 33(82.5%) U/A 1(2.5%)
What activities do you think are OK on the Domain?
Fires: Yes 23 (77.5%) No 16(40%) U/A 1(2.5%)
Camping-tents: Yes 34(85%) No 4 (10%) U/A 2(5%)
Camping-campervans: Yes 35(87.5%) No 3 (7.5%) U/A 2(5%)
Horse riding: Yes 31(77.5%) No 9 (22.5%) U/A nil
Motorbikes: Yes 11(27.5%) No 28 (70%) U/A 1(2.5%)
Comments: No vehicles or motorbikes on beach, estuary or domain; a
designated area for motorbikes in the lupin/scrub area; designated
horse trails; fire signs should change as conditions do; appreciate
having few restrictions
We have a fire risk at certain times of the year, but people light
fires anyway, so we could construct some purpose-built, contained
fireplace areas on the large grassed part of the Domain to minimise
the risk. Do you think this is a good idea?
Yes 27 (67.5%) No 10 (25%) U/A 3 (7.5%)
Comments: this could encourage use of wood from the domain for
firewood; allow fires during low risk periods only – could be
difficult to police
Would you use gas barbecues, if they were installed?
Yes 13 (32.5%) No 22 (55%) U/A 5(12.5%)
Comments: most people have their own; get ones that use charcoal; make
concrete benches for portable barbecues
We think we need more rubbish bins on the domain, and at the car park
area on the bay (back beach). Do you agree?
Yes 33 (82.5%) No 4 (10%) U/A 3 (7.5%)
Other sites for rubbish bins: end of the road to the beach;
everywhere; receptacles and bags provided for dog excrement. Concerns:
vandalism; mess from birds and wind; encourages more litter – people
should take it with them
Do you think our toilet facilities are adequate?
Yes 17 (42.5%) No 18 (45%) U/A 5 (12.5%)
If no, what would you like to see changed/upgraded? more frequent
maintenance; replace gent's urinal; bigger toilets; more light;
upgrade hand basins; shower facilities; better drinking facilities;
love the art
We would like to make the entrance to the bay, at the corner of Bank
and Bay Roads, safer for people by stopping vehicle access. Would you
support this?
Yes 30 (75%) No 9 (22.5%) U/A 1 (2.5%)
Comments: as long as access includes prams, horses and dinghies
If no, why? quick emergency access; we take our boat this way; convenient
We want to protect the wildlife on the beach, such as sea lions, and
birds, especially the rare black oyster catchers that try to breed at
the far end of the spit, the pied stilts, and the Godwits that rest on
the spit every summer before flying to Alaska. We would also like to
protect the sand dunes, especially from damage by motorbikes and four
wheel drives. What do you think we can do to best protect our area?
30 people responded (75%): 16 people want no vehicles on beach or bay;
1 wanted to restrict vehicle access to before first break during
spring and summer; 3 wanted designated areas for motorbikes to keep
them off the beach and dunes. 1 person doesn't think dunes need
protection from motorbikes. 7 people said use educational signs to
raise awareness of wildlife and damage to dunes. 1 person suggested
using local rangers. 1 person said wind erosion is a concern on the
dunes. 7 people mentioned dogs, and suggested better dog control; dogs
banned; discourage dogs from far end of spit; police poor dog owner
behaviour.
What do you like best about our beach and reserve?
29 people responded (72.5%): Peace; space; freedom; quiet;
tranquillity; natural beauty; not many people; wildlife; still
pristine and wild. Freedom of activities: to walk a dog (3 people);
ride a horse (1 person); drive a vehicle (2 people); swimming (1
person); gathering kai moana (1 person)
What do you like least about our beach and reserve?
25 people responded (62.5%): noisy motorbikes and vehicles on the
beach and bay (12 people); uncontrolled dogs (4 people); rubbish (3
people); inconsiderate people (3 people); sewage pond (2 people);
wilding pine trees (2 people); lack of native vegetation (2 people);
exposed domain since pine trees cut down (2 people); lack of bike
trails (1 person); toilets (1 person); bureaucracy (1 person)
Have we missed any area of interest or concern for you?
19 people responded (47.5%): dogs (3 people); wilding pines, cockle
limits; rocks over-harvested; judder bars; supporting carnivals;
replanting where pines were cut down; loss of recreational area for
horse and motorbike riders; power points for self contained campers;
fee for camping on the domain
What do you think are our most important areas of the beach and
reserve and how do you think we can best protect them?
22 people responded (55%): far end of spit, especially protecting
wildlife there (7 people); whole area is important (5 people);
discourage dogs and vehicles (4 people); native plantings (3 people);
rock/rock pools (3 people); protecting kai moana (2 people); education
about wildlife (2 people); support surf club (2 people), dunes (1
person); sign post nesting areas (1 person); continue freedom camping
on domain (1 person); different management for different areas (1
person); hectors dolphins (1 person); minimise erosion (1 person)
Results compiled by Roxy Hesson, Wiremu Bretton and Karen Hobday
(Note from Editors: the planting plans in July Blueskin News were
incorrectly credited – the bird's eye view was drawn by Wiremu
Bretton and the side-on view was drawn by Joseph Dougherty, who
designed the original planting proposal.)

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Candidate statement: Dr Nancy Higgins

I am standing for the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board. I have been a
member of the Board in the past and am keen to be involved again. I
have lived in Blueskin Bay for 15 years and own a small lifestyle
block, where I have alpacas and other assorted pets. I am involved in
the Orokonui Sanctuary, the Warrington Reserve Committee, and the
Warrington Residents Association. I believe that our unique environment
and community are assets to Dunedin, and support democratic actions
that will improve and sustain our area for future generations. In the
past, I initiated and led the redevelopment of the Warrington
playground, which, at the time, did not meet safety standards. I work
at the Donald Beasley Institute as a researcher in education and
disability. I am committed to supporting locally based decisions that
help to create communities where both people and our natural
environment are valued.

by Dr Nancy Higgins

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Telecom's response to Seacliff broadband complaint in Blueskin News

'Right of reply' from Telecom

Approximately 94% of residents and businesses in Otago have
access to broadband over their telephone line (DSL broadband).
Of those customers who can receive broadband over their
telephone line, 33% had taken up the service as at end June 2007.

Broadband is available today to all New Zealanders via a
combination of DSL (copper line), Xtra wireless and satellite
technologies. Approximately 93% of New Zealanders are covered by DSL
through their landline, 2% by wireless and the remaining 5% by satellite
broadband.

Broadband - challenges of extending coverage

The main factor that limits the availability of broadband is
distance from the exchange, or roadside cabinet, from where the
broadband is supplied. This is the same for networks all over the world.

Telecom is continually upgrading and installing more broadband
equipment in its network. Our investment plans for Otago for the
2006-2007 financial year included $3.6 million for projects to boost
broadband services in urban and rural areas throughout the region. This
work included installing new fibre optic cabinets in the Karitane,
Warrington, Waihola, Enfield and Shag Point areas.

The few customers in Otago without broadband coverage are
generally either: served by an exchange or cabinet with broadband, but
beyond transmission range; served by an exchange or cabinet without
broadband; or served by a multi-access radio system or country set
(rural radio) which is incompatible with broadband technology.

Extending DSL coverage can be very costly and generally involves
installing broadband equipment (eg a DSLAM) into an exchange and
installing new cabinets and laying fibre optic cable to the cabinet.

The economics for this investment can be challenging and are
driven by various factors including: level of customer demand,
population growth, subdivision development, and technological upgrades
to improve quality of service. Other technologies such as wireless or
satellite may also be able to provide broadband service more
economically to certain areas.

Seacliff does not currently have DSL broadband coverage and
would require substantial investment to provide coverage for about 40
customers in the area. Telecom does not currently have plans to
undertake this work, but we're always happy to talk with community
groups about broadband coverage and have worked in partnership with
local groups to extend broadband coverage in some areas.

by Brett Jackson
Telecom

Blueskin Playcentre

Kia ora tatou, greetings to everyone

It has been a bit of a quiet time at Playcentre these days. The flu
has been going through the Centre. There has still been plenty of fun
being had by the children who were well enough to attend sessions. We
had some mermaids with beautiful tails running around Playcentre. Some
caterpillars were made by crafty children. This term we are working on
cooperative play with the children. There have been some exciting
games with cards (snap, etc). Whanau/Family books are coming to
Playcentre. There are wonderful pictures to share.

The centre will be exploring Port Chalmers. We will be visiting the
Museum, Library and Hey Tiki. The kids are gearing up for a trip to
Songs of The Sea next month. We have been busy creating sea
creatures. You might get surprised by our visiting octopus. The
children are also enjoying the wonderful books about the sea.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Happy 1st Birthday to Hazel and Sylvia!

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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'Wild Blueskin' feature: Do birds find sanctuary in your garden?

A few weeks ago we went for a walk in the Orokonui Valley through the
gum trees, tree ferns and native fuschia alongside the stream and up
the slope past the few remaining large rimu into the tall old kanuka
forest on the sunny side of the valley. We did see a pair of riflemen
but otherwise in four hours in the bush we saw little more than a
couple of fantails and three or four bellbirds and had to listen hard
to hear tomtits and brown creepers. Near the paddocks a few song
thrushes sang. We could have seen more birds in my back garden in
Waitati.

The following morning I stood on my deck for half an hour. A song
thrush sang from the top of the lemonwood and there were three more
down by the river. A couple of silvereyes sipped what little nectar
there was from the opening plum blossom and a couple of bellbirds did
the same from the flowering currant and japonica flowers under the
macrocarpa hedge. Two chaffinches sang up by the road and a couple
more scrabbled about with a blackbird in the dry leaves under the
walnut. Starlings squabbled over a nest hole under the eaves of the
neighbour's old shed and a bunch of chirping sparrows hung around next
door where the neighbours feed the little black bantam each morning.
Rosellas swooped downhill, two tui chased each other within the bare
branches of the white poplars while three kereru sat sedately on the
power lines.

Just as the frost started to melt in the sun on the horse paddock over
the river a grey warbler sang briefly from the top of a dead flax
stalk, a dunnock flitted up from the bare patch of earth in the
vegetable patch, where it had probably been quietly feeding away
un-noticed for twenty minutes, and a kingfisher sang from the low
branches of the willow draped with the flotsam of the recent flood. As
the half hour came to an end someone took a dog into the long grass
and thistles in the paddock upstream and a flock of finches flew up
onto the telephone lines; twenty or so goldfinches, greenfinches and
redpolls and half a dozen yellowhammers.

That is well over fifty birds of seventeen different species not
including the bantam, the gulls, ducks and harriers that regularly fly
over nor the black and pied pair of fantails which I did not see but
know regularly come to catch insects when the sun strikes the
flowering ivy.

So why was the Orokonui walk apparently so birdless? For a start it is
much harder to see birds in the thick bush than it is in the
relatively open area around my garden, especially when the exotic
willows, plums and poplars have lost their leaves over winter,
something that, of all the local native trees, only the fuschia does
and then in a somewhat half-hearted manner. Surely however you might
expect to hear just as many birds in the bush as outside? But it was
cold in the Orokonui valley; 5°C when we started and probably barely
double figures even on the sunny slopes by late morning. Small birds
like grey warblers, tomtits and brown creepers appeared to be spending
their time silently searching for insects. Once the sun has risen in
my garden it is several degrees warmer. Insects, worms, buds and
flowers, are more readily available and the birds are singing,
preparing to nest in a few weeks time.

And looking at the list of species in my garden you see that ten of
those seventeen species were introduced from Europe and Australia last
century and are essentially farmland rather than forest birds. Only
chaffinches and blackbirds and to a lesser extent thrushes, redpolls
and dunnocks are regularly found in the native bush in the Orokonui
Valley, though on the plus side the reserve has the endemic riflemen,
brown creeper and tomtit, species that only rarely visit my garden.
But unlikely as it may seem the native tui and kereru much prefer my
garden to the native bush.

So what is going on here? What birds can you see from your deck now
and what will happen in your garden when the Orokonui Ecosanctuary has
a surfeit of young bellbirds, newly introduced robins and saddlebacks?
We would like to find out more and complement our monitoring of birds
in the sanctuary with good information from your gardens in the
Blueskin area.

If you can spare an hour to count birds on a sunny morning in October
and again next July we would like to hear from you. If you are not
confident enough to identify those twenty or so species – dunnocks and
finches and brown creepers seem to be especially puzzling – then (if
we get enough takers) we are offering cups of tea and coffee and
training sessions in local gardens during September. Please contact
Derek Onley (482 2831; derekonley@yahoo.com) or Michael Fay (482 2806;
mikeandvalfay@paradise.net.nz).

by Derek Onley

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Warrington Reserve Group releases questionnaire results

Thank you to the 40 people who filled in our forms. Our Warrington
adult population is about 320, or 220 households, so for research
purposes this is a high response rate and we are very pleased. The
seven people in our core organisational group, who designed this
questionnaire, did not participate, so all the replies are from the
general public.

We have included the exact number of people who responded to each
question, plus the percentage of respondents this represents. We have
also provided a summary of your comments, to give you an overview of
the information we received.

If you would like to see all eleven pages of our full and detailed
report, which includes all your comments and suggestions, please phone
Karen 4822 762. We can email it to you, or you can view a copy at the
Blueskin Bay library, Warrington School, or the notice board by the
Warrington Post Boxes. We will be giving copies of these results to
the Parks and Reserves Dept of the DCC, the Waikouaiti Coast Community
Board, and interested groups in our area for further feedback.

Feel free to phone Karen 482 2762 if you wish to discuss these results.

by Karen Hobday

Summarised results to Warrington Reserve Group Questionnaire

Please note: U/A = unanswered

Do you like the general idea of the planting draft for the playground
area? Yes 32 (80%) No 7 (17.5) U/A 1 (2.5%)
Comments: Like the protection from wind; still allowing sun and open
space; beautifies area; preventing destruction from vehicles; leaves
room for car parking.
Concerns: Rabbits, sand, and drought could prevent plants from
growing; who will maintain it; less open space for playing and
visibility of children; Should put planting on other side of the road.

Do you like the lower tussocks/grasses nearest the surf club? Yes 34
(85%) No 4 (10%) U/A 2 (5%)
Do you like the higher planting on the bay side of the playground? Yes
31 (77.5%) No 6 (15%) U/A 3 (7.5%)
Suggestions: Like tall trees;don't want trees too tall; plants that
don't require much water; no shading from the sun; needs to be wind
efficient; leave it as it is; would like native trees.

We are working with the DCC to create a notice board for information
about the beach and reserve, to be located near the playground. Our
first choice is option A (see draft plan), which is close to where the
road forks (to the bay and to the surf club/playground) because most
people would see it on their way to the beach or bay. Do you like this
site? (option A) Yes 30 (75%) No 5 (12.5%) U/A 5 (12.5%)
Do you prefer it to be beside the playground? (option B) Yes 6 (15%)
No 22 (55%) U/A 12 (30%)
Other suggested sites: Opposite side of track by the surf club; in the
traffic island; many signs rather than just one; next to toilets and
change shed.
Concerns: Vandalism; restricting visibility of motorists.

We would like to relocate the campervan sewage dump station away from
the playground for health reasons. We suggest the new location be by
the sewage pumps, on the side of the road to the bay. Do you agree?
Yes 38 (95%) No 1(2.5%) U/A 1 (2.5%)
Comments: Easy access is important; tell DCC move it or lose it;
concerns with cost; leave where is and put fresh water tap close by
with clear signage.

What activities do you think are OK on the beach?
Fires: Yes 21(52.5%) No 16(40%) U/A 3(7.5%)
Camping-tents: Yes 14(35%) No 25(62.5%) U/A 1(2.5%)
Camping-campervans: Yes 3 (7.5%) No 35(87.5%) U/A 2(5%)
Horse riding: Yes 30(75%) No 9 (22.5%) U/A 1(2.5%)
Motorbikes: Yes 6 (15%) No 33(82.5%) U/A 1(2.5%)

What activities do you think are OK on the Domain?
Fires: Yes 23 (77.5%) No 16(40%) U/A 1(2.5%)
Camping-tents: Yes 34(85%) No 4 (10%) U/A 2(5%)
Camping-campervans: Yes 35(87.5%) No 3 (7.5%) U/A 2(5%)
Horse riding: Yes 31(77.5%) No 9 (22.5%) U/A nil
Motorbikes: Yes 11(27.5%) No 28 (70%) U/A 1(2.5%)
Comments: No vehicles or motorbikes on beach, estuary or domain; a
designated area for motorbikes in the lupin/scrub area; designated
horse trails; fire signs should change as conditions do; like having
few restrictions.

We have a fire risk at certain times of the year, but people light
fires anyway, so we could construct some purpose built, contained
fireplace areas on the large grassed part of the Domain to minimise
the risk. Do you think this is a good idea? Yes 27 (67.5%) No 10 (25%)
U/A 3 (7.5%)
Comments: Should we be encouraging wood use from the domain for
firewood? Allow fires during low risk periods only – could we police
that?

Would you use gas barbecues, if they were installed?
Yes 13 (32.5%) No 22 (55%) U/A 5(12.5%)
Comments: Most people have their own; Get ones that use charcoal; Make
concrete benches for portable barbecues.

We think we need more rubbish bins on the domain, and at the car park
area on the bay (back beach).
Yes 33 (82.5%) No 4 (10%) U/A 3 (7.5%)
Other sites for rubbish bins? End of the road to the beach;
Everywhere; Receptacles and bags provided for dog excrement.
Concerns: Vandalism; mess from birds and wind; encourages more litter
– people should take it with them.

Do you think our toilet facilities are adequate?
Yes 17 (42.5%) No 18 (45%) U/A 5 (12.5%)
If no, what would you like to see changed/upgraded? More frequent
maintenance; replace gent's urinal; bigger toilets; more light;
upgrade hand basins; shower facilities; better drinking facilities;
love the art.

We would like to make the entrance to the bay, at the corner of Bank
and Bay Roads, safer for people by stopping vehicle access. Would you
support this? Yes 30 (75%) No 9 (22.5%) U/A 1 (2.5%)
Comments: As long as access includes prams, horses and dinghys.
If no, why? Quick emergency access; we take our boat this way; convenient.

We want to protect the wildlife on the beach, such as sea lions, and
birds, especially the rare black oyster catchers that try to breed at
the far end of the spit, the pied stilts, and the godwits that rest on
the spit every summer before flying to Alaska. We would also like to
protect the sand dunes, especially from damage by motorbikes and four
wheel drives. What do you think we can do to best protect our area?

30 people responded (75%). 16 people want no vehicles on beach or bay;
1 wanted to restrict vehicle access to before first break during
spring and summer; 3 wanted designated areas for motorbikes to keep
them off the beach and dunes. 1 person doesn't think dunes need
protection from motorbikes. 7 people said use educational signs to
raise awareness of wildlife and damage to dunes. 1 person suggested
using local rangers. 1 person said wind erosion is a concern on the
dunes. 7 people mentioned dogs, and suggested better dog control; dogs
banned; discourage dogs from far end of spit; police poor dog owner
behaviour.

What do you like best about our beach and reserve?

29 people responded (72.5%): Peace; space; freedom; quiet;
tranquillity; natural beauty; not many people; wildlife; still
pristine and wild.
Freedom of activities: to walk a dog (3 people); ride a horse (1
person); drive a vehicle (2 people); swimming (1 person); gathering
kai moana (1 person)

What do you like least about our beach and reserve?
25 people responded (62.5%): noisy motorbikes and vehicles on the
beach and bay (12 people); uncontrolled dogs (4 people); rubbish (3
people); inconsiderate people (3 people); sewage pond (2 people);
wilding pine trees (2 people); lack of native vegetation (2 people);
exposed domain since pine trees cut down (2 people); no bike trials (1
person); toilets (1 person); bureaucracy (1 person).

Have we missed any area of interest or concern for you?
19 people responded (47.5%): dogs (3 people); wilding pines, cockle
limits; rocks overharvested; judder bars; supporting carnivals;
replanting where pines were cut down; loss of recreational area for
horse and motorbike riders; powerpoints for self contained campers;
fee for camping on the domain.

What do you think are our most important areas of the beach and
reserve and how do you think we can best protect them?
22 people responded (55%): far end of spit including protecting
wildlife (7 people); whole area is important (5 people); discourage
dogs and vehicles (4 people); native plantings (3 people); rock/rock
pools (3 people); protecting kai moana (2 people); education about
wildlife (2 people); support surf club (2 people), dunes (1 person);
sign post nesting areas (1 person); continue freedom camping on domain
(1 person); different management for different areas (1 person);
hectors dolphins (1 person); minimise erosion (1 person).

Results compiled by Roxy Hesson, Wiremu Bretton and Karen Hobday

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Warrington Reserve Group Notice

Warrington Reserve Group: Marine Mammal Sightings
Are you a regular beach walker?
Are you a surfer or ocean gazer?

Warrington Beach and Blueskin Bay are host to a number of marine
mammal visitors:
•NZ Fur Seals (pointy nose, dark brown; on rocky areas)
•Hookers Sealions (rare and declining in number - blunt nose, males
large brown/black, females smaller cream/silver; on sandy beaches and
surrounds)
•Leopard Seals (sandy grey with speckles)
•Elephant Seals (broad snub nose, big round body, big eyes)
•Hectors Dolphins (endangered - rounded dorsal fin; small pods; patrol
surf zone)
•Dusky Dolphins (pointed dorsal fin; leap and jump more; large pods;
beyond surf zone)
•Southern Right Whales*

The Warrington Reserve Group is keen to develop a comprehensive record
of marine mammal sightings to get an idea of population trends and how
things are changing locally. We would appreciate being informed of any
sightings you make, noting: the date; the species; and time spent
looking.

Contact: Jannine Cunningham 4822 006 (leave a message) or email:
jannjo @ earthlight . co . nz .

* DOC has a national campaign to find out how large the NZ Mainland
population of Southern Right Whales is, and are keen for sightings to
be reported to: 0800 362 468

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Classified ad: cooking demonstration

MIDDLE EASTERN COOKING DEMONSTRATION with Afife Harris. 17th September
2007 at Logan Park High School. Tickets $15, available from school
office, phone 477 3586. A Logan Park High School Parent Teacher
Student Association (PTSA) Community Event.


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Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

Community Clean-up Days

Prior to making a decision on applying current landfill charges to the
community clean up days, Council referred the matter back to the
affected Boards for comment. The issue of charging was discussed by
the Board at our July meeting at which the Board resolved "that the
Board approve the retention of the community clean-up days with no
extra charge but the Board investigate ways of introducing economical,
and financially viable, methods of disposing green waste to reduce the
demand on the skips." The views of all affected Boards will be
collated and presented to Council for their consideration in due
course.

At the same meeting the Board considered underwriting the supply of an
industrial mulcher at the next clean up day; this is seen as a way of
reducing the amount of green waste disposed of through the skips while
also providing an additional service by accepting larger quantities of
green waste. The Board resolved "That the Board agree to underwrite
the cost of supplying a mulching machine at the next community clean
up day, through its discretionary budget; and that a charge of $10 per
load is charged to those using the service; and that the service is
promoted through the usual clean up day notice and the Blueskin News"
The finer details of this trial are being worked through and will be
advertised as outlined in the resolution.

Northern Water Schemes

Staff anticipate 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

Flooding

Recent flooding has further highlighted the need for communities to
prepare for these emergencies. A civil defence training session will
occur on the 27th August involving DCC civil defence staff the Board,
police, fire service and community groups.

Community Plan

The Draft Community Plan is to be issued for comment copies will be
available in our local libraries and through the DCC; comments on the
Plan will be received until 30 September. Comments received will be
considered by the new Board.

Other projects

Pedestrian facilities/Safe Walking Spaces: A staff report is expected
to be presented to the Boards September meeting.

Blueskin Bay Library Upgrade: The community steering group continues
to work with Staff on the details of this project.

Proposed Rural Landscape Plan Change: I have been advised that public
notification of the proposed Plan change is now scheduled for January
2008.

Local Government Elections:

A thank you to those members of the community standing for the
Community Board, City Council, Regional Council or District Health
Board. I encourage all those eligible to, to exercise their right to
vote

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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Candidate statement: Andrew Noone

I'd like another three years as the Waikouaiti Coast-Chalmers
Councillor, as I feel I have unfinished business, particularly in the
infrastructure area.

In the 15 years I've been involved in local Community Boards and
Council, I've taken great satisfaction in delivering improvements to
my community.

Work is still underway in water services, particularly the Northern
Water Upgrades, as well as waste water and solid waste – all projects
into which I've had considerable input in six years as the
Infrastructure Services Committee Chairman.

My passion has always been the core services of Council, while using
my 22 years of experience as a businessman and farmer to responsibly
oversee Council budgets.

I bring good listening skills and leadership abilities to the Council,
and have an ability to work with anyone.

I particularly care about representing the silent majority as we look
forward to a positive future for Dunedin and the wider district.

Vote Andrew Noone Waikouaiti Coast - Chalmers Ward

by Andrew Noone

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Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Opinion: Eco Design for Waitati

Eco Design for Waitati – Power to the People?

Community interest in making a start on the serious work of building
energy security for the future is growing. Perhaps the three keys to
building a sustainable community in Waitati are Water Supply, Food
Security and Energy. Actions have been happening around the first two
key issues, and increasingly we are witnessing a willingness to engage
with the energy issue as well. All three, along with a host of other
associated issues are essential to building resilience and strength in
our community. Of course, nothing is possible without an engaged and
enthusiastic community and the range and breadth of activity within
Waitati (and the greater Blueskin area) is evidence of healthy
community engagement. One example is 'Blueskin Baywatch', a group
interested in promoting appropriate landscape use. Some of its members
are currently liasing with Otago University planning students,
directed by Janet Stephenson on a 400-level assignment, 'Building a
Resilient Community'.

For these students, Waitati is a 'living space' with the human and
material potential to confront Climate Change and Peak Oil creatively.
The students are looking at how we in Waitati can reduce our energy
consumption, produce energy ourselves, lower our carbon emissions,
adapt to climate change and generally become more self-reliant. Over
the next month they will work in groups to identify key issues, and
develop an integrated strategy for implementation in as comprehensive
a manner as possible. They don't have long, but they do have access to
maps, predictions, data and time to construct different visions of
where Waitati might be in 10 years' time, and ideas on ways that we
can put the vision into action.

The students will present the outcome of their assignment at Waitati
Hall at a meeting in early October. (Date to be advised.)

Waitati is unique

Waitati has a long history of trying out alternatives and starting
initiatives for sustainability and environmental awareness. Remember
Mushroom magazine?

Keeping up the tradition, in 1990 a recycling area was set up next to
the skip for glass, aluminium, batteries, etc. A 10-day permaculture
course at Teschemakers in 1992, organised by then Waitati resident
Peter Fuller, evolved into the Environmental Education Trust.
Subsequently, introductory courses to permaculture and aspects of it,
such as earth building and appropriate technology, chooks & worms and
trees for the future, were organised. The Environment Centre in
Dunedin got off the ground with the help of another local resident –
Kyle Mewburn.

Since the amalgamation of Silverpeaks County Council with the DCC,
things have become more difficult: our voice in council has been
diminished and the DCC has not recognised the importance of resilient
and strong local communities. For more than 10 years, for example, we
have been negotiating with the DCC for a good local water scheme.
While the 'Big Pipe' may (eventually) deliver fluoridated water to our
houses instead of filtered clean local water, which most of us desire,
community efforts have succeeded in pushing rainwater harvesting well
up onto the DCC agenda. Both are still active issues.

This being Waitati, sewage has been an ongoing issue. Most locals have
had to learn how to dispose of their own wastewater and take
responsibility for it. A lot of us started with bucket toilets and
most of us have now progressed to either composting loos or septic
tanks. Local initiatives have evolved a system for aeration and
oxidisation that filters wastewater through recycled materials. You
probably have an eco-designer or architect living next door, in fact.
Being aware of our waste makes us much more inclined to try to live
within our means.

Interest in things alternative has not abated – and action on building
resilience into our community has become more urgent, as we are
confronted with increased flooding and higher fuel costs or challenges
related to climate change and peak oil. In 2006 there was a panel
discussion on wind power at the Waitati Hall and also a talk by Sue
Kedgley on food sovereignty in the context of climate change and peak
oil. Earlier in 2007, the documentary 'The Power of Community: How
Cuba Survived Peak Oil' was shown at the hall and in June Jeanette
Fitzsimmons visited Waitati as part of her Climate Defence Tour. And
after the successful Edible Garden Tour and workshops, there are more
planned.

by Wendy Harrex and Leonie Rousselot

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Opinion: options for our future

At Tim Flannery's recent public lecture in Dunedin, the author of 'The
Future Eaters', 'The Weather Makers' and other books on Climate
Change delivered a broad and motivating lecture to about 1000 people.
As the scientific evidence of dramatic climate change just keeps on
getting scarier a common individual response he identified and we all
recognise, is for people to go into denial, or simply refuse to act.

Our highly individualistic society seems ill-equipped to make the
necessary collective adaptations. But is it really so dire? As Tim
pointed out, it is far easier for individuals to take action when
there are structures in place to facilitate action and adaptation. One
of the key structures is politics. If we allow our political
institutions to fill with people who happily flare off methane,
support costly white elephants over basic, resilient infrastructure,
and who refuse to act when the public will is clear, then we limit our
options severely.

Local body elections are coming up and as Tim pointed out to the
audience, this is a moment when individuals can make a difference to
the structures, and change the framework. So we need to ask our local
body candidates where they stand, what they intend to do, and examine
their record if they have been part of the structure in the past. It's
a mistake to think that the Community Board and Council are irrelevant
– just look at our water, and the proposed waste charges. Just like
the household orchard, its time to choose the strong budding branches,
cut out the old irrelevant dead wood and prepare to harvest the new
fruit as the weather warms. It's time to make our votes count.

by Scott Willis

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary issues poison warning

A warning has been issued by the new Orokonui Ecosanctuary near
Waitati as pest poisoning operations begin there. "Do not allow
children or dogs around the Ecosanctuary perimeter. Do not handle any
or remove any bait or dead animals from the Ecosanctuary perimeter,"
Ecosanctuary spokesperson Sue Hensly warned.

The first stage of the pest eradication began with the removal by
trapping of 800 possums, Sue explained. This may be a third of the
total number in the Ecosanctuary. The second stage will be two aerial
drops of a rat poison (brodifacoum) six weeks apart. Signs will be
erected when the poison is laid on or after the 24th August. Sue does
not expect that any of the poison bait will land outside the fence,
and the perimeter track will be carefully checked on the day. However
as a precaution people are warned to be careful near the Ecosanctuary
until the warning signs are removed.

by the editors

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary

The newly completed pest exclusion fence has been tested by the
weather over the last month, with a severe rain deluge and high stream
levels as well as winds gusting up to 120km/h on the eastern side.
Overall it has withstood these events well, although some adjustments
have been made and one area of subsidence has needed more work.

Fifteen of Dunedin's talented young musicians are donating their
talents in support of the Orokonui Ecosanctuary through a fundraising
concert on Sat, Sep 1, 7.30pm at Burns Hall, First Church. Tickets $12
adult and $5 school children. See posters at the shop and library for
further info.

At the recent local meeting our General Manager Chris Baillie spoke
about her Australian experiences and made us realise that while it has
been difficult at Orokonui getting plants established with hungry
rabbits around, our counterparts over the water have to deal with much
worse conditions like salt pans and bush fires that can wipe out all
plantings in one fell swoop.

The first stage of the pest eradication has begun with the removal by
trapping of 800 possums. It is estimated that this may be a third of
the total number in the ecosanctuary. The second stage will be 2
aerial drops of a rat poison (brodifacoum) 6 weeks apart. Signs will
be erected when the poison is laid (the first drop is expected to be
on or after the 24th August). It is not expected that any of the
poison bait will land outside the fence, and the perimeter track will
be carefully checked on the day. However as a precaution people are
warned: DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN OR DOGS AROUND THE ECOSANCTUARY
PERIMETER AND DO NOT HANDLE OR REMOVE ANY BAIT OR DEAD ANIMALS FROM
THE ECOSANCTUARY PERIMETER until the signs are removed.

For further information on the ecosanctuary see our box at the
Blueskin Bay Library or visit www.orokonui.org.nz . A fact sheet on
the aerial drop is available at the library and the shop.

by Sue Hensley

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Blueskin Bay Library

Kia ora to one and all.

September holiday programme:

SHE'LL BE RIGHT MATE! A classic kiwi holiday break

Slap on your sunscreen, slip on your jandals or gumboots and head on
down to your local library for an hour of fun, the kiwi way. Join
Anita Cumming for some great stories, some great fun, and some fine
fare. Win a prize for the best kiwiana outfit! Dress-up optional.
Suitable for primary school aged children. Spaces limited. Book your
place now to avoid disappointment. Our turn is at 2.00pm on Friday 28
September. All are welcome.

Library visits Warrington School

In September, we will be at Warrington School on the 12th and 26th
from 2pm till 3pm, while we are there primarily for the school, other
library members are also welcome at that time.

Poetry Book project

On the 'Poetry Day' held on July 27, the children of Waitati and
Warrington schools wrote some marvellous poems. They were collated
into a poetry curtain which now hangs at the entrance to the
children's corner of the library. When you're in the library, be sure
to spend some time reading and admiring their work. We were so
impressed by the high standard that we thought it would be a good idea
to collect the poems into a book. We would also like to include the
poems of any other local people of any age who would like to
contribute. Some library staff members are keen, and we hope some
school staff members will be equally enthusiastic. Bring us your best
poetic works! We'd like to make three copies of the book, one to be
held at each of the schools and one at the library for borrowing.

Banner project

This beautiful banner needs to be finished. Kate is hoping to contact
those of you who have already done work on it, asking whether you'd
like to give it some more of your time and skill. But even if you have
not been one of the workers so far, and if you enjoy needlework,
painting, and would like to be involved, leave your name and contact
details at the library so that Kate can contact you.

Warrington Children's Book Club

This enthusiastic group will be meeting to talk about the books
they've been reading and to enjoy the activities that Helen has
prepared, on Tuesday, Sept 18.

Storytelling

As usual, we have our stories for little ones in the library every
Friday at 10.30. On every second Friday Heinke tells stories for older
children in the hall committee room. This month she will be there on
the 14th and 28th at 4pm. All are welcome.

Artist of the Month

This month we are featuring paintings by Carla Bennett. At the moment
we have a darkly atmospheric sea-scape which you will be able to
admire as you have your library books issued. Carla's paintings are
for sale.

We still have work by Liz Abbott and Vicki Patten-Burrow on display,
so you haven't missed out on seeing that.

Christmas Angels

We are still taking names for Vicki's workshop on making beautiful
beaded angels for your Christmas tree. Don't miss out.

Bye from Louise, Carolyn, Helen, Mike, Kate and Meaghan

by Louise Booth

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Review: Soul Deep gig in August

Greetings, Earthlings!

The night of Saturday 11 August, the Mothership came to town. Well, to
be more precise, a special tele-portal was set up, entrance via the
doors of the Waitati Hall. Those with advance warning of the
visitation had tickets, others had to find 12 space-credits to get in.
But once inside distillations of little green men and other juices
were served at the bar, and aliens and humanoids mingled in a true
spirit of intergalactic friendship, with lasers kept sheathed (by and
large). Of course, such a gigantic galactic cocktail could not have
successfully occurred without the mixer of Soul Deep, whose funking
rhythms jammed bad vibes and broadcast feel good, on a wide band, all
evening. There is no evidence that unsteady steps later on Sunday
morning were caused by a Time Warp, it seems the computational matrix
was just about perfect. And creative use of a moderated Total
Perspective Vortex ensured this time there was 'space' enough, but
we'll need to consider Mothership (and hall) parameters when the
structure is next modified.

Thank you to all who came, saw and experienced; thank you to all who
helped and did all there was to do; thank you to the sponsors: Taste
Nature, Evansdale Cheese, Blueskin Nursery, Blueskin Café, Goughs
Dunedin, Waitati PTA; and thank you SOUL DEEP.

Please report any unusual births, exploded neurons or alien eruptions
from your abdomen over the next few weeks or the next Waitati PTA
meeting (you might want to make suggestions for next year's 'Bit Of A
Do' at the same time).

Winners on the night included: Raffle 1: Roslyn Hutchison, Tracy
Browning, Monique Bennett; Raffle 2: Tracy and Tony, Jurgen, Rayna;
Best Costume: Beckford; Most Likely to be Beamed Up: Karan; Scariest
Creature: Jurgen; Funkenstein Groovemeister: Marie Lloyd; and one
mysterious lucky ticket holder. However escape pods jettisoned early
put a number of competitors out of the running.

One final sad note: Laika, the Russian Space Dog got lost on the
night. Please report any sightings to Scott (482 2249), or tie him up
at the library. Any sightings of a silver and red Lada flying
erratically around Waitati should be reported to the appropriate
authorities.

by Scott Willis

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Warrington designer wore down the competition

Congratulations to Rowan Holt who took up the challenge of entering
the 2007 Novadown Fashioned Feathers Wearable Art Show. Rowan was
persuaded into entering the competition with only 3 weeks to design
and make her outfit. Designers were given a bag of feathers and white
down-proof cotton fabric - its use was the only stipulated requirement
of entering the competition – the rest was left to each designer's
imagination. There were 15 other entries in the Public Collection
with some truly unique ensembles.

Rowan's entry was aptly named Last Drops of Winter and its description
follows: This three-piece ensemble has used colours from the last days
of winter and celebrates the first signs of spring. The designer has
created a unique paper from the feathers and has used felt, stitch and
shellac to trap feathers and down in layers of thread. The fabric has
been hand dyed and used in the waistband, bias binding and bodice
lining.

The Warrington supporters in the audience loved the beautiful detail
and natural, vibrant colour. Well done Rowan, your outfit was truly
amazing and we are looking forward to seeing another creation on the
catwalk next year.

by Dawn Hope

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(updated) Puketeraki Marae report

Puketeraki Marae

Korero Maori

Puketeraki Marae in Karitane and Otakou Marae have been holding Te Reo
Maori language activities suitable for all levels from beginners in
the language to the more advanced. Of course children are most welcome
and we have special activities for our young ones.

All people in our communities of Karitane, Waikouaiti and Warrington
and Waitati are most welcome.

The course started in August. Dates for the remainder of this year are
as follows:

13 - 14 October at Puketeraki Marae, Karitane
17 - 18 November at Puketeraki Marae, Karitane

It is intended to carry these on into 2008 on a regular basis.

These weekends start on Friday nights at 6pm with a
chance for everyone to get together. The weekend courses start 9am
Saturday and finish 2pm Sunday. Costs are $15 per person and $30 per
whanau.

In 2008 Te Wananga o Aotearoa is interested in running their Te Ara
Reo programme in Karitane. All they require for this free course is to
have 20 students. This course runs for a year and is held one night a
week.

For more info or to book your place contact Te Kore Chisholm: Phone
465 7300, Cell 027 449 5488, Email tereo @ puketeraki . co . nz

by Te Kore Chisholm

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Right-of-reply to Pete Smith's opinion feature on waste disposal

Reply by Dunedin City Councillor Andrew Noone

Pete Smith has given a historic account of the evolution of Community
Clean Up Days, his memory of events date back well before my
involvement as a elected member so I accept his opinion on what's
happened in the past. Looking to the future is where I want to
respond, particularly the issue of charging for Community Clean Up
Days.

We need to accept that the service is not under threat, what is
proposed is a charge yet to be determined as this issue has been
referred back to Community Boards for comment before a final decision
is made. Four Community Boards receive the service.

So why charge? This issue arose 18 months ago during the 06/07 Annual
Plan process, staff were asked (as they are every year) by Councillors
to identify any areas where savings could be made without a reduction
in the level of service. The Solid Waste Department identified this
activity being without a charge, contrary to the New Zealand Waste
Strategy and Dunedin City Council's recently adopted Resource Recovery
Waste Management Strategy.

So what does the Dunedin City Council strategy say? It has a target of
Zero Waste to landfill. It focusses on the need to integrate with
broader resource stewardship, resource recovery and waste minimisation
initiatives. We realise that Zero Waste to Landfill is sometime in the
future so to get to that point there is a need to change our approach
from being a throw-away society to a society that prevents, reduces,
re-uses or recycles waste. How do you change people's behaviour? The
Strategy promotes financial disincentives, ie a charge via the
user/polluter, a targeted or general rate. There is also a push to
full cost accounting in both Strategies, so costs should be
transparent and, where practicable, be charged as closely as possible
to the point at which they occur.

Finally the proposed charges for Community Clean Up Days would not
cover the full cost and a significant subsidy would exist as Council
does recognise the wider community benefits this service provides.
Hence the proposed funding: part user pays, part general rate.

by Andrew Noone

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Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Blueskin Garden Club Report for Blueskin News

The August Meeting of the Blueskin Garden Club was held on August 9th
at Lyne Carlyle's home. There we were taken through the delights of
Vietnam with Lyne Carlyle and Ann Ferguson, two of our members who
have recently travelled to that wonderful country. Lyne travelled with
a group of friends and had a great time trekking in the mountains,
meeting the local people and sleeping in all sorts of different
places. Ann visited Vietnam to attend cooking classes, and at the end
of our meeting we were able to sample a little taste of Vietnam.

Thanks to Lyne and Ann for a very interesting night which was well attended.

Raffles were won by:
Margaret Meder - 1st prize
Ethel Beadle - 2nd prize
Lesley Smith - 3rd prize

Best Bloom competition was won by:
Daphne Henderson and Lesley Smith - 1st equal

Best Vegetable competition was won by:
Daphne Henderson

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday September 13th at the
Waitati Hall at 7.30pm: Val Ransom will be demonstrating flower
arranging and giving us some ideas and hints for our upcoming Flower
Show.
All visitors will be made most welcome. If you are thinking of
entering the flower arranging section of the Flower Show this might be
a good opportunity for you to obtain some ideas.

Don't forget our Spring Flower Show is to be held in the Waitati Hall
the weekend of 22nd & 23rd September.

by Lesley Smith

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Opinion feature: Broadband in our Blueskin Bay area

Are you frustrated with dial up Internet speed in our community? I am!
To be honest I am more than frustrated, I am at my wits end. It's not
like we live in a third world country, yet we have third world
services given to us. The official line from Telecom, is shut up, we
will get to it when we can. Not good enough I say.

I have been trying to get an answer from Telecom regarding broad band
in Seacliff. I am informed that the exchange for the area is capable
of delivering broadband, but wait, our community is too far away from
this modern piece of equipment for any broad band in the area. Then I
was promised that by May, (This is through the Telecom 123 queue and
Xtra sign up centre) that a repeater or like device would be
installed. This means that we would then have broadband.

Well we are still waiting, the issue being not enough demand in the
area according to the call centre. The alternatives are not pretty
either. Bordernet has satellite broadband, or what they call
broadband, it's expensive and well frankly far from being broadband.
Their website says that speeds of 256k are considered to be broadband.
Perhaps in their book, but certainly not in mine. What's more, you
still have to use a dial up telephone to request info and only the
down link is then sent via satellite. Hardly worth all the effort!

What about that magical optic fibre link that runs along the railway
line? Let's not even try and go there! It's owned by the Aussies and
no they don't want any unauthorised access to the line! Then there is
farmside, well for what you get its far too costly.

Are you as frustrated as me? If you have any ideas or suggestions, why
not let us put our heads together and get 21st Century technology in
our area. Let's move from being third world into the first world, and
most of all lets not take no for an answer from telecommunications
companies. If need be lets get the MPs involved. What is our council
doing to support us in this? Why is this our problem, and not the
council's problem too? I would love to hear from you and let's get
this resolved.

by Sean Fordham

(Sean lives in Seacliff and can be contacted at seanf @ ihug . co . nz)

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Candidate statements for Blueskin News: Alasdair Morrison

Alasdair Morrison has been a member of the Waikouaiti Coast Community
Board for the past nine years and is currently Deputy Chairman. He has
lived in the Blueskin Bay area for twenty two years and has a good
working knowledge of all the major issues concerning the Waikouaiti
Coast communities.
Alasdair operates his own marine engineering consultancy company in
Dunedin, having gained wide experience in New Zealand and overseas,
firstly as a Merchant Navy Engineering Officer and then as Marine
Engineering Training Officer. This was followed by senior management
positions in the engineering and ship repair industries in Auckland
and Dunedin.
Alasdair brings sound common sense and experience to the Community
Board and he seeks your vote to enable him to continue with the work
of providing effective representation for the residents and ratepayers
of Dunedin's northern coastal communities.

by Alasdair Morrison

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New Local Business column

The Blueskin Hotel Country Restaurant, Café & Bar

The Blueskin Hotel would like to thank everyone who came along to our
opening weekend, your support was very much appreciated. We aim to
provide good value food, matched with good service, in a warm,
inviting and family friendly environment. We are open Thursday –
Sunday 11.30 till late for café-style brunches, bar snacks and evening
dining around our cosy open fires or, weater permitting, in the Beer
Garden.
We are also happy to host private functions, you can telephone 482
1640 to discuss this.
We look forward to welcoming you all.

by Kayleigh Childs and Jennifer Childs

(Blueskin News welcomes articles on any new business starting in our
area – send to editors @ blueskin . co . nz )
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Candidate blurb for Blueskin News: Geraldine Tait

Geraldine Tait: Candidate for the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board and the
Waikouaiti Coast-Chalmers Ward of Dunedin City Council.

I am a member of the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board. I am seeking
election as your local councillor. I am committed to meaningful
consultation, transparency and accountability while keeping a firm control
on rates rises. The recent stadium debate is demonstrates poor financial
decision making and a failure to listen to the communities views.
Essential infrastructure should be councils spending priority. A proactive
approach is needed to the challenges of energy depletion, environmental
protection and climate change. Dunedin should be a leader in sustainable
development.
Council needs a broader cross section of people with energy and integrity.
I have demonstrated my ability to work with and for this community on a
variety of issues such as; water, road safety, appropriate development and
civil defence.
I am a member of Greater Dunedin, an alliance of independent candidates
dedicated to working as a team to achieve a positive future for our city.

by Geraldine Tait

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Warrington Taekwondo Club column

Thank-you to all who supported the Warrington Taekwondo Club Firewood Raffle
which was drawn Wednesday the 15th August. The winner was Kate Cole.
Congratulations.
This helped three Warrington Club members to attend and compete in the South
Island Taekwondo Championships held Saturday August 18th in Timaru.
Results:
Scott Willis - Gold Medal
Bruno Willis - Silver Medal
Molly White - Bronze Medal
Congratulations.
Please feel free to come along to training classes held each Monday and
Wednesday 6-7:30pm at the Warrington Hall.
There is also a junior class Wednesdays 5-6pm.
If you have any questions contact Tim 0211672510.

by Tim Bain
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Blueskin Garden Club Spring Flower Show

Blueskin Garden Club
SPRING FLOWER SHOW
Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 September 2007
Waitati Hall

Entries accepted at the Hall, Saturday 10:00am-130pm.
Open to the Public Sunday 11am-3.00pm.
Prize Giving at 2.45pm Sunday.
Entries must not be removed prior to 3.00pm but must be removed by 4.00pm.

No charge

Own containers accepted. Some small bottles available
Entrant will be responsible for reclaiming their own containers.
No arranging of exhibits in Hall.

Trophies:
• CHAMPION EXHIBIT
• Champion Bloom
• Family with most points in the show
• Most points in floral design
• Most points in junior section
• Most points in flowering shrub section
• Individual points trophy

Stalls
• DevonshireTea
• Plant Stall
• Raffles

Preschool, Junior & Intermediate
(Entries in the Children's section MUST be the work of the child
named. While Children may enter Adult sections, points gained there
will not be included for the Junior Trophy. The trophy is for points
gained in the Children's section only.)

• Preschool – under 5 years
• Infant – 5 and 6 years
• Junior – 7 and 8 years
• Intermediate – 9 to 14 years

1 Vegetable creation
2 Sand Saucer
3 Animal facemask using a paper plate – any medium
4 Mythical creature facemask using a paper plate– any medium

Saucers may be collected from the library on Friday 21 September only.
Each child who enters and who is present at the prizegiving will be
given a plant. Above entries apply for each age group.

Class A - Daffodils

Daffodil – Trumpet.

1 One stem, petals white trumpet any colour
2 One stem, petals yellow, trumpet any colour

Daffodil – Large Cup (cup more than one third length of petals)

3 One stem, petals & cup yellow
4 One stem, petals yellow, cup any colour
5 One stem, petals & cup white
6 One stem, petals white, cup any colour

Daffodil – Small cup.

7 One stem, petals yellow, cup any colour
8 One stem, petals white, cup any colour

Daffodil – Other varieties

9 One double daffodil – one colour
10 One double daffodil - bicolour
11 One Multi Headed daffodil
12 One any other variety
13 One miniature, any colour
14 3 stems daffodils, any varieties, to be staged in one vase

Class B - Bulbs

1 Hyacinth 1
2 Muscari (matchheads) 6
3 Tulip – single petalled 1
4 Tulip – any other variety 1
5 Anemone mixed 3
6 Ranunculas – any colour 3
7 Freesias mixed colours 3
8 Any other Bulb/Corm flower 1
9 Iris – Dutch, any colour 1
10 Iris – Miniature 1
11 Iris - Bearded, any colour 1
12 Fritillaria – small variety 1
13 Trillium 1

Class C – Cut Flowers

1 Polyanthus– any colour – 1 truss
2 Polyanthus multicoloured – 1 truss
3 Polyanthus 3 colours – 1 truss each colour, one vase
4 Polyanthus 3 multicoloured – 1 truss each colour, one vase
5 Primroses – single one colour, 6 stems
6 Primroses – single mixed, 6 stems
7 Primroses – double one colour, 6 stems
8 Primroses - double Mixed, 6 stems
9 Primula denticulata
10 Pansies – 3 on a saucer – one colour
11 Pansies – 3 on a saucer – any colour
12 Violas, 3 on a saucer – one colour
13 Violas, 3 on a saucer – Mixed colours
14 Violets – mixed, not more than 6 stems
15 Violets - one colour - not more than 6 stems
16 Lavender – any variety, 3 heads
17 Any cut flower not mentioned 1
18 Hellebore – any colour 1

Class D – Flowering Shrubs

1 Rhododendron – one head, large flowering
2 Rhododendron – one head, small flowering
3 Rhododendron – one head, miniature
4 Camellia – Single 1
5 Camellia – Double 1
6 Camellia – Miniature, 1 sprig
7 One branch of Any Other Spring Tree or Blossom
8 One branch Protacea eg Branskia, Protea etc
9 One branch of Any Other Flowering Shrub
10 Any Flowering Climber

Class E – Floral Design:

1 A Cup and Saucer arrangement
2 Petite (over 100mm & less than 230mm)
3 Tribute to the World Cup
4 Unusual Container
5 Weathered.

Class F – For Men:

1 All Wired Up – accessories allowed

Class G – Adult:

1 Vegetable and/or fruit creation

Class H – Adult:

1 Handmade toy
2 Handknitted garment
3 Patchwork item – machined
4 Patchwork item – hand worked
5 Beaded item
6 Embroidered Article

Definition of Flower Types:

All cut flowers – Arrange with face looking at you, use moss or paper
to hold in place. Foliage is acceptable so long as it is off the type
of flower being displayed. Leaves need to be shorter than the bloom.
Display bottles available.
Daffodils – Long Trumpet – the trumpet must be as long or longer than
the petals.
Large Cup – Cup more than one third but less than length of the petals.
Camellia – single – Has only one circle of petals.
Polyanthus – one truss is a cluster of flowers growing from one stem.

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The Blueskin Bayleaf: Eggs

Pretty soon I hope to be the proud keeper of a pair of hens and I
can't wait to be able to collect our own free-range eggs for the
household. Not only are eggs nutritious to eat but it is said that
adding crushed boiled eggshell to the grounds of coffee takes away
some of the bitter taste that can be associated with cheap or
over-extracted coffee. The calcium compounds in the shells neutralise
the acids to create a very smooth cup. Then sprinkle the leftover
grinds in the garden for your spring flowers – good for the soil and
the slugs don't like it!

Why can't you tease egg whites?
They can't take a yolk.

Baked Eggs

Grease with butter an oven proof dish. Break in as many eggs as you
wish, keeping them whole. Sprinkle with a layer of cheese and some
fresh herbs of choice like dill or marjoram. Cover with a 1cm layer of
breadcrumbs, then a layer of sliced tomato. Season with salt & pepper.
Bake at 180°C for 10 minutes or until eggs set. Serve with a rocket
salad and some good chorizo for brunch or a light meal.

Bread and Butter Pudding
• 4 croissants, ripped into 4cm chunks
• 2 Tbsp chocolate chips
• ¼ cup sugar
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 3 eggs
• 2 cups milk (or ½ and ½ milk and cream)

Layer croissants, chocolate chips and sugar into an ovenproof dish.
Beat eggs, vanilla and milk together. Pour egg mixture over
croissants, leave to stand for 15 minutes. Bake at 180°C for 30
minutes or until golden and set. Dust with icing sugar and serve with
ice cream.

Variations: Try adding sliced pears and dried figs, chopped peaches
and walnuts or white chocolate and cranberries with cinnamon.

by Rowan Brendan Holt

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Warrington Surf life Saving Club News

Things are fairly quiet at the moment. We have had two winter get
togethers with a shared tea. This is a great way for members to keep
in touch during the off season. Children have enjoyed looking at the
slide show during these nights. Our club camera has produced some
wonderful photos and good memories for the club wall. By the time you
read this we'll have just had our AGM with another meal together,
cooking marshmallows and hopefully filling all the positions that go
with running the club. The club will be up and running again in early
November and we hope that lots of new families will join us this year.
Finally a big 'thank-you' to Brett Hayes Electrical for the repairs
done recently at our club rooms. Brett is a local so please support
him when you need repairs done, his cell phone number is 021 542170.
by Lyn Hastie and Kaye Burns
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Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Blueskin News Opinion feature: solid waste disposal

A brief recent history of garbage in Waitati and environs

From the mists of the past until about 1970 there was a landfill tip
between Doctors Point Road and the railway near Black's Bridge. This
was reaching capacity and there was also concern about leaching into
the river.
A skip system was begun [here and at Warrington] by Waikouaiti County
and carried on by Silverpeaks County. The skip was emptied when
required at the Waikouaiti landfill. The service ceased a couple of
years after Silverpeaks was taken over by Dunedin City Council. At
this stage a rubbish collection was begun more or less as we have at
present.

There were both advantages and disadvantages with the skip system.
Advantages were that just about anything could be tossed in the skip
[and taken out by someone else] and it thus had a function as a
recycling depot. It also encouraged a higher degree of garbage
processing at household level than now seems to be the case judging by
the interest dogs take in plastic rubbish bags. A disadvantage was
that the skips encouraged an interesting local ecosystem of rats and
cats. Skips also used to catch fire occasionally.

The reason given by the DCC for the skips' demise was that the service
was abused by non-local residents. I suspect there was also political
pressure from people who didn't like the look of the skips despite
considerable local volunteer efforts at landscaping (the remains of
which can be seen at the old Waitati site).

In compensation for the loss of skip service we were promiosed a
drive-by general trash collection approximately three times per year:
one would have been able to put out unwanted items outside one's
property and they would have been taken away.

This of course didn't happen. Instead we had the skip at Evansdale - a
further dstep in the direction of adddiction to the motor vehicle.
Next step was the abandonment of Evansdale in favour of Warrington
Beach.

See front page 2 July Blueskin News for the latest [proposed fees for
skip use]. I think it sucks especially in consideration of what we
actually get in Blueskin Bay under the regime of uniform rating across
the whole greater Dunedin DCC money mine.

by Pete Smith

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Saturday, 11 August 2007

Letter to the editors

Just writing to say how good the Blueskin News is now. Thanks for all
the energy you are putting into it. Loved the article about Taihen
the chicken. Perhaps you could publish details about how people can
contribute donations to support the News. Maybe a collection at the
Library.

Regards Warren Ebbett

Thanks Warren, it's lovely to receive recognition. We are all really
enjoying ourselves and that's the main thing. Our little team is
financially viable, so donations are not sought. We could do with a
few more advertisers and I've often thought we need some sort of "Hon
President" to keep us all heading in the right direction.

on behalf of the editors,
Peter Dowden

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Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Dog Barking Competition 14th August 2007

Dog Barking Competition

Golden Fleece Hotel, Waikouaiti
14th August 2007, at 7.30pm

Section for working dogs and pet dogs
Entry fee $5.00 Per Dog
Spot Prizes and Raffles

All proceeds to Waikouaiti School PTA

Enquiries; Phone Janette Bezette 4658 091

(from POWA News)

Monday, 6 August 2007

corrected POWA quiz night noitice

The date previously advertised was incorrect. Here are the corrected details:

POWA Quiz Night

Monday 3 September

at 7.30pm, Golden Fleece Hotel, Waikouaiti

to register your team
telephone Thelma on 465 8344

Friday, 3 August 2007

Te Reo Maori studies in Karitane

Korero Maori

Over the next 12 months Puketeraki Marae in Karitane and Otakou Marae
will be holding Te Reo Maori language activities. These will be
suitable for all levels from beginners in the language to the more
advanced. Of course children are most welcome and we will have
special activities for our young ones.

All people in our communities of Karitane, Waikouaiti and Warrington
are most welcome.

Dates for this year are as follows:

11 – 12 August

1 – 2 September

Date tba – October - Otakou Marae

17 – 18 November

It is intended to carry these on into 2008 on a regular basis.

These weekends will start on Friday nights at 6pm. This will be a
chance for everyone to get together. The weekend proper will start 9am
Saturday and finish 2pm Sunday. Costs are $15 per person and $30 per
whanau (family).

In 2008 Te Wananga o Aotearoa is interested in running their Te Ara
Reo programme in Karitane. All they require for this free course is
have 20 students. This course runs for a year and is held one night a
week.

For more info or to book your place contact Te Kore Chisholm: Phone
465 7300, Cell 027 449 5488, Email tereo @ puketeraki . co . nz

(from POWA News)

POWA Quiz Night

POWA Quiz Night

Monday 1 September

at 7.30pm, Golden Fleece Hotel, Waikouaiti

to register your team
telephone Thelma on 465 8344

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Police impressed by flood of helpers

Waikouaiti Police were impressed with the help given to stranded
motorists when July's bad weather brought about road closures
throughout Dunedin and the wider area including Waikouaiti and
Palmerston. State Highway One between Waikouaiti and Cherry Farm was
closed just after 6.00pm on Monday night the 30th of July 2007, and
did not re-open until about 4.30am the following morning. At its peak
the water level was over the Waikouaiti Bridge, Coast Road was swamped
which meant access to Karitane from State Highway One was cut off. The
road was also closed at Goodwood.

"We would like to take the opportunity to thank the people,
organisations, and businesses for their help and generosity,"
Constable Jon-Paul Tremain of Waikouaiti Police said.

Several motorists were stranded in Waikouaiti, and while many managed
to book accommodation at local motels, many were left without a place
to stay. Although a civil defence emergency was not declared at
Waikouaiti, the local Returned Services Association building was
opened and those motorists caught out were encouraged to go there for
warmth, shelter and refreshments. Kind locals provided blankets;
pillows and mattresses while others opened their homes to stranded
motorists which included elderly persons. Between 20 and 30 people
used the R.S.A for shelter during the evening.

The helpers Jon listed were: Waikouaiti Returned Services Association
and its President Jim McCabe and his wife Pat, Len and Lynn Cross,
Alan and Vicki Hall, Margaret Robertson, Anthony Nally, Golden Fleece
Tavern, Beach Street Tavern, and Beanos Bakery.

Other matters Police dealt with in July included assisting Emergency
Psychiatric Services with two cases, theft from a car and shed in Bay
Rd (Warrington) in late July, and several crashes (but no serious
injuries) due to icy conditions.

by the editors

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Police Community Report August 2007

Tena koutou katoa,

The recent bad weather brought about road closures throughout Dunedin
and the wider area including Waikouaiti and Palmerston. State Highway
One between Waikouaiti and Cherry Farm was closed just after 6.00pm on
Monday night the 30th of July 2007, and did not re-open until about
4.30am the following morning.

The road was also closed at Goodwood, which meant several motorists
were stranded, and while many managed to book accommodation at local
motels, several people were left without a place to stay. Although a
civil defence emergency was not declared at Waikouaiti, the local
Returned Services Association building was opened and those motorists
caught out were encouraged to go there for warmth, shelter and
refreshments. Kind locals provided blankets; pillows and mattresses
while others opened their homes to stranded motorists which included
elderly persons, between 20 and 30 people used the R.S.A for shelter
during the evening.

At its peak the water level was over the Waikouaiti Bridge, Coast Road
was swamped which meant access to Karitane from State Highway One was
cut off.

Police would like to take the opportunity to thank the following
people, organisations, and businesses for their help and generosity:
Returned Services Association President Jim McCabe and his wife Pat,
Len and Lynn Cross, Alan and Vicki Hall, Margaret Robertson, Anthony
Nally, Waikouaiti Returned Services Association, Golden Fleece Tavern,
Beach Street Tavern, and Beanos Bakery.

Road surfaces throughout the area have been damaged, some
significantly; patience will be needed as it may be some time before
the appropriate repairs can be carried out in some areas.

Other matters Police dealt with this month include, assisting
Emergency Psychiatric Services with a man at Seacliff, assisting with
transportation to EPS Dunedin of an intoxicated local man who harmed
himself after an altercation with a female associate at his address.

Police also dealt with three juveniles for throwing stones at an
address along Beach Street, Waikouaiti. Two of the boys involved
apologised to the homeowner for their involvement.

Waikouaiti Police attended two burglaries in the area; the first
occurred at the Waikouaiti Tennis Club storage building. White paint
and a roller were taken and used to decorate the play hut and swings
at the Sports Grounds, the second occurred at a rural address at
Palmerston where an electric fence unit and beer were taken from a cow
shed and house.

The Waikouaiti Sports Grounds toilet block was tagged on the evening
of the 28th of July 2007, black and blue spray paint was used to tag
the toilets, and the wall facing the sports fields was sprayed with
the word "BAM". Any information regarding this or the identity of the
culprits will be gratefully received.

In late July a car and shed were broken into at an address along Bay
Road Warrington, a chainsaw, petrol, and lollies were taken. If anyone
has any information regarding this theft or saw someone or something
suspicious on the evening of the 28th of July 2007, please contact the
Waikouaiti Police.

Police also attended two domestic disputes this month, both occurring
at addresses at Waikouaiti.

On the 31st of July 2007, road workers at the northern end of
Waikouaiti were confronted with an erratic driver who appeared to have
been consuming alcohol. After a short conversation with the driver the
workers managed to secure the car keys and contacted police. The
driver was transported to Dunedin Central Police Station and later
tested positive for excess breath alcohol. a Dunedin man will appear
at the Dunedin District Court later this month regarding this matter.

Lastly, Police attended several crashes this month; however, the
majority have been largely due to icy conditions. Thankfully, those
involved did not sustain any serious injuries as a result of the
crashes.

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. In
emergencies dial 111. Until next month, take care.

by Constable Jon-Paul Tremain
New Zealand Police, Waikouaiti

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