Thursday, 27 September 2007

Daffodil Day goes blooming well in Blueskin Bay district

Congratulations to the Blueskin Bay district from the Cancer Society
for their great effort in raising the sum of $674.20 towards its
Doffodil Day appeal. Many thanks to all those who made donations.

Raffle Results
Flowering shrub:Liz Sumpter
Coffee mugs:Hugh Brown and Betty Moore

by David Sumpter

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Monday, 24 September 2007

TABLE TENNIS

Premier Grade.

On the 30th August Stuart Griffiths took the lead in the Premier
grade, finishing his round-robin games by outclassing Steve Peak 2-0,
and Terry Sheppard 2-0. Stu's only defeat was to Rakeesh on his first
outing. Digby also finished his fixtures by losing to Terry 2-1. This
match was tighter than a Waitatian stonemason's join. There are a
number of match-ups to complete. Rakeesh versus Steve/Terry/Jonathan
Appleby and Jonathan versus Terry and Steve, to determine semi-finals.

Won Lost Bonus Points
Stuart Griffiths 4 1 -- 8
Digby Hodgson 2 3 1 5
Terry Sheppard 2 1 1 4
Rakeesh 2 0 -- 4
Steve Peak 0 3 1 1
Jonathan Appleby 0 2 -- 0

Open Grade

Steve Peak is leading the Open Grade but Digby has a game in hand.
Steve has only to play Jonathan, who could beat Steve but is not the
favourite. Digby has Patrick and Baden to play so is likely to
end up in top position going into semis. Jonathan has Patrick, Baden
and Frank to overpower for a likely 3rd spot. The 4th semi spot likely
to go to Patrick or Frank but Hank and Baden have enough games
of even opponents to theoretically make a semi.

Won Lost Bonus Points
Steve 4 1 1 9
Digby 4 0 -- 8
Patrick 1 1 1 3
Jonathan 1 1 -- 2
Hank 0 4 1 1
Frank 0 2 1 1
Baden 0 1 -- 0

by Digby Hodgson

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Sunday, 23 September 2007

Blueskin Sports: Indoor Bowls

Warrington Indoor Bowls

Our 50th Jubilee Year season has ended and the AGM was held on 12
September. The resignations of Cliff Porteous, President, and Peter
Russell, Secretary/Treasurer, were accepted with regret. We thank them
both for all the hard work that they have done over the last few years
and particularly in this Jubilee Year.

Our new President is Andrew Thompson, Stephne Bennett
Secretary/Treasurer and Ruth Porteous has agreed to remain as Club
Captain.

The club reflected on the success of the 50th anniversary celebrations
and the coming together of so many of our past and present members.
Special mention must be made of Jim and June Ormsby, who travelled
from Australia to be with us.

We must also acknowledge the support from our sponsors, in particular
the Bendigo Trust, and the community at large.

Cliff and Ruth Porteous have now joined Warrington Club's small,
distinguished list of life members.

Our end of season social night held on Saturday 15 September was a
night of fun with bowling games, food and drink. On a serious note,
the trophies won over the season were handed out.

Warrington Winners

Champion of Champion Fours: Cliff Porteous, Ruth Porteous, Colin Thom,
Alison Joyce
Champion of Champion Pairs: Andrew Thompson, Colin Thom
Champion of Champion Men's Singles: Andrew Thompson
Ladies Singles: Stephne Bennett
Ormsby Triples: Cliff Porteous, Colin Thom, Lyn Hastie

Eastern Districts Events
E D Fours: Cliff Porteous, Ruth Porteous, Colin Thom, Alison Joyce
E D Pairs: Bruce Collins, Joy Justice
E D Singles: Cliff Porteous
Interclub Fours: Dunback
Interclub Pairs: Dunback
Interclub Singles: Warrington
Champion of Champion Fours: Cliff Porteous, Ruth Porteous, Colin
Thom, Lyn Hastie
Champion of Champion Pairs: Colin Howard, Lorna Turner
Champion of Champion Men's Singles: Bruce Collins
Champion of Champion Ladies Singles: Stephne Bennett
We congratulate Ruth Stevens, Ruth Porteous and Cliff Porteous who
were made life members of the Eastern Districts Sub-Association.

Even though we are a small club, the results show that we are able to
hold our own. This is largely due to the supportive nature of our
older, more experienced members. We look forward to next season.

by Stephne Bennett

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Waitete Bush (column)

Waitete Bush plantings since 2004 are growing very well with over 1200
natives enjoying their home beneath the old trees. There is still
plenty of weeding of the younger plantings to carry out, but the first
trees are now doing OK well above the reach of the grass. We had a
short-notice planting 2 weeks ago due to some large natives being
delivered ready to plant ASAP, which we hope will survive the shock of
being disrupted.
Weeding days are whenever we can manage to do a few! Next planting
days are the weekend of 3-4 November wet or fine. Ener via the river
end of Bland Park, walking between the river and marker posts. Please,
no dogs as the route passes through private property. There are two
stiles to cross. As always everyone is welcome. Thank You for your
help. You can call us at 482 2338 for any further information.

by Lynley O'Neill and Frank O'Neill

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Local Body Election Candidates' Forum

Waikouaiti Coast-Chalmers Ward and Waikouaiti Coast Community Board Candidates

The Waitati Candidates' Forum committee organised a "Meet the
Candidates" evening for 24 September at Waitati Hall. As part of this
forum we requested Candidates written responses to the following two
questions.
Question One: "What challenges/opportunities do you see for our
coastal communities?"
Question Two: "How would you, as a Community Board Member/Councillor,
work to improve participation in local democracy?"

Andy Barratt (Community Board)
1: Our communities, like those throughout New Zealand and the wider
world beyond, face the enormous challenges posed by the twin threats
of "peak oil" and climate change. At every level, from national and
local government to formal and informal community groups, we will have
to learn to adapt to what may well be quite radical problems. Oil and
petroleum-based products will become more expensive and eventually
more scarce; changes to climate are more difficult to predict, but
sea-level rise and (in our region) greater proneness to drought appear
to be more or less inevitable.
I believe that we can meet the challenge of living sustainably. I also
believe that the need to work collectively towards that goal must also
be understood as an opportunity for us to build on the spirit that has
sustained our communities ever since they came into existence.
2: I really do not know at present what efforts the Board has made in
this respect. I also know that it is extremely difficult, especially
in these days when everyone complains of having insufficient time to
devote to community issues, to find workable solutions to what is a
perennial problem of any democratic system. That said, I think that
the Board has to overcome the problem of how it is perceived by many
of the local residents I have spoken to. I would certainly want to
help explore ways of communicating with our local people, by making
greater use of available media, through the internet and by opening up
fruitful lines of dialogue with local groups.

Gerard Collings (Community Board)
1: Our community (unique in terms of Dunedin City) with a large rural
area, five distinct and diverse townships in, Waitati, Warrington,
Seacliff, Karitane, and Waikouaiti. All with differing expectations
and aspirations, competing with metropolitan needs.
Managing the potential effects of climate change – we must fully
understand the potential implications of climate change on our
communities so that we can provide informed decisions and direction.
Providing for sustainable growth within our communities – for our
communities to remain affordable we must provide for growth, this
needs to be planned so as not to impact on the existing values we all
treasure.

2: Participating in democracy means different things to different
people. Some chose to be proactive, some reactive and some inactive,
yet all play a part in our local democracy. The Board need to obtain a
better understanding of how our Community wish to participate.
Increasing participation is an issue that cannot sit with individual
board members; it is something the Board will have to work at as a
whole. To increase the community's participation in local democracy we
must as a Board increase our participation in the community by
engaging dialogue as part of a team not as individuals.

Nancy Higgins (Community Board)
1: Climate change and peak oil are our biggest challenges as a coastal
community. We need to reduce our carbon emissions and our reliance on
oil, while at the same time improve our environment, in order to
mitigate the effects of these challenges. However, this can also be
seen as an opportunity for us to focus away from 'big' expensive
projects and do more things locally, get to know our community and its
strengths. It also provides us with a clear incentive to clean up and
improve our reserves, local waste, water, and transport services.
2: I would work toward making certain that Board meetings are well
advertised through the re-establishment of the Community Board
newsletter, existing newsletters, and local notice boards. I believe
that the beginning of every meeting should be a half-hour forum in
which members of the Community can come to talk with the Board without
having to be listed on the agenda. I also believe that local groups
(for example POWA, Warrington Reserve Committee, Residents'
Associations) should be asked specifically to meet with the Board at
least once during the year so that the Board keeps up to date with
current community issues.

Murray Holland (Community Board)
1: The Waikouaiti Coastal Community Board comprises several diverse
communities, each with their own lifestyles. A magnificent part of the
country - we are fortunate to live in such an area. The Board's
challenge is to provide D.C.C. core services to all communities at
reasonable cost, also to provide good communication services (roads to
our vast Rural Area), zoning issues and town planning currently
underway are of special interest to me.
Solid waste disposal by way of a new transfer station should be
centrally located to cover the Wards area. Roading and Footpaths are
being improved as funds allow. Opportunities – endless! (Eco Tourism,
Arts and Crafts, Forestry).
2: Democracy is "the peoples choice" and their right to vote. I will
always uphold this principal and consult with the Ward's Residents.

Mark Shawn Hunter (Community Board)
1: As elected representatives, we need to be accountable and work as a
team in offering common sense solutions in the best interest of the
wider community. While continuing to deliver essential services that
are of importance to the Waikouaiti-Coast area, we need to satisfy the
wants and needs of the diverse communitites which make up the area
while keeping environmental issue in mind. Assisting to promote
employment opportunities through the development of new and support of
existing local enterprises to keep the community sustainable, alive
and vibrant.
2: We need to encourage and engage more constituents in the local
process, this can only happen if they are advised in advance upcoming
events, what and when they are, this giving them time to prepare and
participate fully. I see my role in this by being visible within the
community and available if and when required.
We need continue the work already underway by the existing board of
advising highlights, recent and future events via the local news
magazines, but adding the representatives contact details so their
issues can be addressed.

Alasdair Morrison (Community Board)
1: Mitigating effects of climate change, particularly regarding
coastal erosion, exploring more efficient waste disposal methods, more
efficient use of water supply, including some use of rain water, safe,
sensible and sustainable policies regarding land use and development,
Exploring the establishment of new and sustainable businesses,
building on the establishment of the Orokonui Ecosanctuary to increase
public awareness of our natural environment, fostering a greater sense
of 'community', providing more facilities and opportunities for our
young people, improving traffic and pedestrian safety and comfort,
improving our community civil defence preparedness.

Ron Park (Community Board)
1: Problems to be sorted are sewerage, water, transport, law
enforcement, the attraction of new local business.
2: Work under the current Government Regulations, but locally the
forum needs to be held later in the meeting. Better reporting in the
media of the meeting's proceedings plus a newsletter for the notice
boards.

Geraldine Tait (Community Board)
As Geraldine is also standing for Council, we have chosen to place her
responses later

John Nielson (Council)
1: Natural Challenges: coastal erosion, protecting sand dunes. Human
Challenges: coping with a static/declining population, urbanisation of
low lying coastal areas, establishment of new industry, for example
tourism associated business (ecosanctuary), intensive horticulture
(grapes) and aquaculture, expansion of existing industry for example
poultry; possible SH1 re-alignment (Waitati, Waikouaiti, Leith
Saddle), treatment of human generated effluent in small urbanised
communities viz sewage treatment plants v septic tanks; seal extension
and widening of Shortcut Road Waitati, upgrading Green Road, Waitati,
making sure the area is not forgotten by the urban city councillors.
2: Having been on the Chalmers Community Board for 11 years there
seems to be a lot of public apathy to use the council facilities
already provided to improve public participation in local democracy.
Very few members of the public bother to attend the local Annual Plan
meetings even though these are well advertised, relevant material is
presented professionally and the public are encouraged to use the
community board's Public Forum to address local concerns. This is not
solely an elected member's responsibility to improve public
participation in local democracy it also requires a positive response
from the public to make it happen.

Andrew Noone (Council)
1: One of the greatest challenges I see for our whole ward, and
particularly the coastal areas, is effective administration of the
District Plan, to support and cater for appropriate development while
retaining our key characteristics. The Waikouaiti Coast-Chalmers Ward
is spread from Logan Park to Flag Swamp and each of its different
areas are facing the same challenge.
Effective and grounded consideration of those key characteristics is
vital especially when we consider the potential impact of climate
change. Our vulnerable coastal settlements need robust decision making
when it comes to building and maintaining infrastructure and assets.
2: I believe the most effective way to encourage such participation is
to ensure opportunities to take part are widespread and easy to
access. It is always up to individuals whether they choose to voice
their opinion on local government matters, but I work hard to ensure
everyone has an opportunity to be heard, at least by me, if not
through a formal process. I am available around the clock and always
take care to listen to the community when I am out and about, even if
residents don't wish to make their comments official.

Geraldine Tait (Council)
1: Global challenges: climate change, rising transport fuel prices and
the resulting economic and environmental impacts.
Dunedin challenges: the climate will be drier with more frequent heavy
rain events, coastal erosion, cost of living will rise hugely creating
stresses for many families, need to find better solutions for waste.
Local challenges: providing good public transport so people can get to
work and school, finding local solutions for cheaper energy, good
quality water and food
Local opportunities: great environment, many resources, a community
which is able to work together, exciting projects like Orokonui
Ecosanctuary, which help to protect and enhance biodiversity.
2: Democracy is best fostered by firstly people being well informed
about issues which may have an impact on them. Both the Community
Board and the Ward Councillor have an important role letting local
people know about actions and polices of council. I have a long
history of organising public meetings, putting up posters and
generally sticking my neck out. Once people know about the issues then
they must get an opportunity to have their say, to be consulted and
listened to! I have encouraged many people to bring concerns to the
Community Board and write submissions to the DCC.

From the Candidates' Forum organisers: Please make an informed choice
and exercise your democratic right! It is time to vote!

Questions and answers compiled by Sue Hensley, Darryl Short, John
Kaiser, Wendy Harrax, Derek Onley, Rosemary Penwarden and Scott
Willis; edited by Peter Dowden

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Saturday, 22 September 2007

Advertisement for Blueskin Hotel Country WESTERN NIGHT

Country WESTERN NIGHT
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Chips, Nachos, Pizza Slices and lots more

KEG BEER – Only $3 a glass, $8 a jug
6th October, From 5pm

Adults $18, Children under 12 pay by age
Strictly Limited Availability
Book Now to avoid disappointment

Raffles Lucky Dip

BLUESKIN HOTEL
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State Highway 1, Evansdale
Just Before the Warrington turnoff

482 1640

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary column

The ecosanctuary office is up and running and is being housed (until
the visitor centre is built) in the garage on Blueskin Rd. The garage
is in a lovely sunny spot with a fantastic view, but unfortunately for
Chris our General Manager, has no north-facing windows to take
advantage of this. Most of the office equipment has been generously
donated and Paul Clements provided valuable know-how and labour to
install it. The phone number for the office is 482 1755.

The first aerial drop of brodifacoum (rat poison) on August 21st went
well. The second drop is planned for the middle of October. Remember
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.

One of the big tasks at present is the cutting of pest monitoring
tracks. The 300 ha of the ecosanctuary is being divided up into a
network of 50m x 50m grids. Monitoring tunnels will be placed in each
grid with a lure of peanut butter and an ink pad to record any
footprints. This way we will know how successful the eradication has
been.

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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Girl finds boy; boy seeks skirl

Future husband Ricky Green is looking for a bagpiper. Sonia Williams
(daughter of Les Williams of Waitati) and her fiance Ricky will marry
in January 2008 at St Barnabas Church in Warrington. "We are seeking
someone who can play the bagpipes for this special occasion," Ricky
said.
Sonia, Ricky and their children are coming to live in Warrington in
December 2007 and are really looking forward to living by the Bay.
Sonia, after moving away from Waitati when she was 15 years old, has
wanted to come home for a very long time.
If you can help Ricky and Sonia to find a bagpiper please call 027 538 7627.

by the editors

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Gardeners do the Monster Mash on Clean-up Days

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board is providing a commercial mulcher
for the 6 and 7 October 2007 Clean-up Days to dispose of green waste
such as hedge clippings and prunings.

The mulch generated will be used within the Warrington reserve area.
Pest plants such as gorse, broom, ragwort, thistles and other invasive
will not be accepted. The charge for this service will be $10 per
load..

Members of the public will be directed to the appropriate drop off
point on the day. Operating hours will be the same as normal: 10am to
5pm.

The vegetation will be stockpiled and mulched at the end of each day
by about 5.30.

The Community Board hope that the service will be well received, at
this stage it is considered a one-off. Any future service will depend
on its success.

Other Community Board news:
• the Board received a petition requesting a reduction in speed limit
for Coast Rd at Seacliff
• the draft 2008/09 Community plan is currently available for comment
through our libraries and the DCC

by the editors

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Opinion: more thoughts on Broadband

I understand that work will shortly start on the installation of a
pipeline to bring drinkable water from Dunedin to the Waitati to
Waikouaiti areas.

While the equipment is doing all that digging, would it be possible to
drop a fibre optic cable in the trench alongside the pipe and bring
broadband to Waitati, Warrington, Karitane and Waikouaiti areas. This
would also contribute positively to the council's, plan for a 'wired
Dunedin'. After all we are still part of Dunedin City!

Then, perhaps, how about wireless internet access from the local
council centres, for example wireless internet hubs on the Blueskin
Library and the Waikouaiti Library.

by Mike Bown, Merton

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Fwd: Opinion: Market proposal for Evansdale

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From: Blueskin Media <blueskin.input@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 10:08:51 +1200
Subject: Opinion: Market proposal for Evansdale
To: Ro & Brendan Holt <fantail@callsouth.net.nz>

Now heres an idea in the pipe line worth considering...an arts and
produce market in Blueskin Bay. How great would it be to buy and sell
our produce and art locally from the greater East Otago region?
Expressions of interest are sort from all food producers, artists,
designers, writers, musicians and performers to be involved in this
project. The market would be held on a Sunday morning in the Blueskin
Hotel car park... sounds great huh? If you are keen call Jenny 482 1640
for a chat – let's get this off the ground!

by Blueskin News food editor Rowan Holt

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Friday, 21 September 2007

Waikouaiti-Karitane Plunket

Families of the Blueskin Bay area have been missing out for the past
few years on the great services and support that Plunket Volunteers
can provide for families with young children. The Waitati-Warrington
sub branch of volunteers was amalgamated with Waikouaiti-Karitane,
leading to the group now being mainly based in Waikouaiti, We would
like this to change with more people on board south of the Kilmog.

Plunket is a national organisation that employs Plunket nurses, staffs
helplines, runs parents centres, lobbies governments and raises funds.
All activities at a local level are organised by volunteers.

It is the goal in our area that no parent/caregiver finds themselves
isolated and without a way to meet others. We provide activities and
support available to all parents: playgroups, coffee mornings, music
groups, opportunities to socialise our children and have some fun for
the adults too!

We give parents of all new babies in the area a pack of useful local
information and product samples. We facilitate swimming lessons for
the under-5s at Hawksbury Village pool subsidised by a grant from the
Bendigo Trust. We have car seats and Portacots available to hire. We
organise parenting courses, speakers, volunteer training and
conference participation.

We are looking forward to celebrating Plunket's first 100 years at
Karitane in December, watch this space for details.

Our annual appeal is coming up 13-21 October, please look out for our
door to door collectors, and collection containers. Funds collected in
the area stay in the area! If you are able to help collect we would
love to hear from you.

We have 4-5 volunteer committee meetings per year and have 3-4
fundraisers. If you would like to talk to us about becoming a Plunket
volunteer or offer any help, please contact us or come along to our
next meeting: Mon 8 October 7.30pm Waikouaiti Library.

Contacts: Lyane Jones, President 465 7360, rljones @ clear . net . nz,
Greer Prebble, Appeal Coordinator 465 7088, bandgprebble @ xtra . co .
nz.

By Lyane Jones


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Warrington Memorial Hall AGM

Warrington Memorial Hall Committee

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 25 October, 7.00pm
at the Hall. All hall users and other interested people are welcome to
attend.

Rowena Park

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The Blueskin Bayleaf (column)

Gorse Cake

Spring is here and flowers are all around. This is an interesting cake
using flowers we have in abundance – just be careful when you are
harvesting and have plenty of sticky plasters in your pocket!

Beat together:
• 1 ½ cups of oil
• 2 cups raw sugar
• 4 eggs
• 2 tsp vanilla

In another bowl, sift together:
• 2 cups whole meal flour
• ½ tsp each cinnamon, fenugreek, mixed spice, allspice

then add and mix in:
• 3 cups clean fresh gorse flowers
• 1 cup shredded coconut
• 1 cup chopped nuts

Add in the wet mixture and mix.

In a cup, dissolve together:
• 2 tsp baking soda
• 2 Tbs warm milk.

Add to cake mixture and mix.

Bake at 180°C for around 1 ½ hours.

Mix together:
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• ½ cup icing sugar
• ½ tsp vanilla
• warm water to mix

then drizzle over the cake.

Sprinkle with gorse flowers and coconut. Serve with a cup of tea on a
pretty plate.

by Rowan Holt

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Warrington Surf Life Saving Club

The days are getting warmer and it is almost time to dust off those
wetsuits and hit the surf again.
Warrington Beach will start being patrolled on Saturday 27th at 12.00
by our great team of volunteer lifeguards with a little help of
numbers from Town. It's fantastic to have these people watching over
us to keep us safe. Thank You for volunteering your time.

We have another pot luck tea get together coming up on 5 October at
6.30pm. These events are great for catching up for a chat and enjoying
some time together.

Thank you to Rebecca and Talia for representing us at the Southern
Pool Champs, they had a great time participating in lots of fun as
well as competitive activities.

28 October at 10.00am is our Opening Day were everyone is welcome to
come and see what we are about, sign in for the year's club
membership, get their rash tops and have a fantastic time. This year
our Opening Day will also be an official 'Push Play' event in
conjunction with Sport Otago. There will be a fun-filled afternoon
from 12-5pm. Everyone can come along, locals or townies and whether
they want to be surf club members or not. See elsewhere in the
'Blueskin News' for details.

A special mention goes to our long standing surf club member Lyn
Hastie who received a distinguished service award at the Surf Life
Saving Otago AGM for 25 years of service to the life saving movement.
Thanks Lyn for all the years of hard work that you have done for
Warrington Surf Club. Your award was very well deserved.

Contact details phone Kaye Burns 482 2494 or 027 482 2494 or Lyn
Hastie 482 2896.

by Christine Rainbow

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Thursday, 20 September 2007

Playground sewage pits residents against Council

The Dunedin City Council has pooh-poohed the proposal to relocate the
Warrington Playground sewage pit. Blueskin Bay residents were nearly
unanimous with 95% of respondents to the Warrington Reserve Group's
recent survey asking for its removal.

DCC city environment manager Tony Avery told 'Blueskin News' "I can
report that in response to the issue being raised previously at the
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board, about 12 months ago a cover was
placed on the dump site, a tap has been fixed as requested by the
Board and signage of the dump site has been improved. There are no
current plans to relocate either the dump site or the playground.

"If there are further issues around the location of the dump site that
the community want considered, they should raise them with the
community board and/or make a submission to the Council's annual plan
round where they will be able to be considered," Tony said.

Warrington resident Tony Brett has seen untreated sewage ponding on
the ground on several occasions. "It overflows around the whole area.
It flows down the path and pools in the vehicle ruts. I've even seen
sewage splashed on to the tap. Kids drink from that tap. There's
always going to be a degree of spillage. To have this happening metres
away from a children's playground is a gross and unacceptable health
hazard, verging on ludicrous."

The sewage pit is for campervan users to empty their toilets. The
Warrington Reserve Group proposed relocating it to the sewage pumping
station on the gravel drive to the Bay. "It needs to be as far as
possible from where children are playing but have easy access for
motor homes," group spokesperson Karen Hobday said. "We just want to
meet everybody's needs." Karen pointed out that the survey gave high
approval of campervans (87.5%) and tents (85%) on the Domain.

The Warrington Reserve Group survey, which also covered landscaping,
environmental and recreation issues, took place in June. The survey
results were published in last month's 'Blueskin News'. The playground
sewage pit drew the highest response to any question in the survey,
with one respondant commenting "tell DCC [to] move it or lose it."

by the editors

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Semple question proves tricky to answer

Family researcher Sarah Semple has been trying without success to
identify the origins of the naming of Semple Rd in Upper Waitati. "My
great great grandfather Alexander Semple and his family lived up
there, and I am trying to confirm whether Semple Rd was named after
them," she said. Sarah is writing a book about the Semple family of
Waitati, and would like to include this in the book.

"I have tried the Dunedin City Council and the Settlers Museum,
without success," Sarah said. Readers who know of someone that she
could contact to find out this information can email: sarahsemple @
clear . net . nz.

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Betrothed exile returns

Sonia Williams (daughter of Les Williams of Waitati), her fiance Ricky
Green and kids are coming home to live in Warrington in December 2007
and are really looking forward to living by the Bay. Sonia, after
moving away from Waitati when she was 15 years old has wanted to come
home for a very long time, and now she is – and over the moon about
it.

Sonia and Ricky are getting married in January 2008 at the little St
Barnabas Church in Warrington. "We are seeking someone who can play
the bagpipes for this special occasion," future husband Ricky said.
"If you can help please call Sonia on 027 538 7627."

by the editors

Blueskin Bay Library

Kia ora once again. Isn't Spring wonderful! Are you all blooming and
colourful and so energetic you might be dangerous? Of course you are.
So you will want to know what's new at the library. Read about our
proposed new hours. We need to know what you think. Poetic energy is
always high in Blueskin Bay and we hope you will contribute to our
poetry book, with a poem, or a bright idea for a name, and/or a
beautiful cover design. There will be prizes as well as the honour
and glory. The Art and Craft Exhibition is on this month., so watch
out for that. Work on the banner continues, as does storytelling,
book club and reading, reading.

Proposed Changes to Opening Hours
Based on staff observation, discussions with customers and the
findings from previous surveys, the Library wishes to undertake
further consultation with the Blueskin Bay community on possible
changes to library opening hours:
Monday
Current hours: 2.00pm-5.30pm
Proposed hours: 2.00pm-7.00pm
Thursdays
Current hours: 2.00pm-5.30pm
Proposed hours: 2.00pm-6.00pm
Fridays
Current hours: 10.00am-12.00pm and 2.00pm–8.00pm
Proposed hours: 10.00am-12.00pm and 2.00pm–6.00pm
Saturdays
Current hours: 11.00am-2.00pm
Proposed hours: 10.00pm–1.00pm
Please send your comments on these proposed new hours back to the
Blueskin Bay Library by Wednesday 31 October.

Poetry Book 2007

The staff of Blueskin Bay library were so impressed by the excellence
of the poetry written by the children of Waitati and Warrington
schools for the poetry curtain, that we would like to put them into a
book. We are planning three copies, one for each of the schools, and
one for the library for lending.

We have asked the community to contribute poems, but we would
particularly like to challenge the staff of the schools to write
something. Members of the library staff are also being pressured to
write. Something brief would be fine. We thought of a deadline of
October 19, but extensions would be considered. If this is
successful, we could make it an annual event, and give some focus and
reward to the children's efforts.

Naming our book

Our poetry volume would need a name, something we could use each year.
Suggestions are invited from everyone (adults and children). A prize
will be given for the best name. We will collect entries at the
library. Please have them to us by October 19.

Designing a cover

We could have a different cover every year, to be designed by local
children. A prize will be given for the chosen design. We will
announce the name, because that will need to be on the cover, and two
weeks later, (exact date to be announced) you can drop your brilliant
design into the library.

A big thanks to the team at Blueskin Nurseries who will be donating a
prize towards this competition - thanks guys we really appreciate your
support!

Arts and Crafts Exhibition

You will be eagerly awaiting this famous event with all its variety,
originality and consistently high standards. Make a note of this date
so that you don't miss it!

• 15 - 20 October
• Set up at Waitati Hall Sunday 14 October, 2 – 4pm.
• Opening 5 – 6pm.
• Light refreshments will be served.

Better still – be in it: Artists, craftspeople, children, please
contact Louise to register by Sunday, October 14. Phone 482 2444,
email: lbooth@dcc.govt.nz or call in to the library.

Banner project

The completion of this beautiful banner is well in hand. But more
hands would be welcome. Even if you have not been one of the workers
so far, and if you enjoy needlework, painting, and would like to be
involved, leave your name and contact details at the library so that
Kate can contact you.

Storytelling:

As usual, we have our stories for little ones in the library every
Friday at 10.30. Come along and enjoy.

Heinke's session:

On every second Friday Heinke has been telling stories for older
children in the hall committee room. To help us organise this, we have
decided to take registrations, so that Heinke can respond to interest.
If you intend to come, please give us your name at the library. The
dates are Oct 12 and 26, 4pm.

Christmas Angels

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

The Library at Warrington

This month we will be in Warrington on Thursday 4 October 2 – 3pm,
Wednesday 17 October, 2 – 3pm, Wednesday 31 October, 2 – 3pm. We hope
to see you there.

Warrington Book Club

Our members meet Helen and Kate for book talk, activities and
refreshments on Tuesday 23 October 3.15 – 4.30. All are welcome.

Staff News

Welcome back: Amanda comes back from maternity leave on Friday 26
October. We are looking forward to having her rejoin our team. Come
in and say hello!

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

by Louise Booth

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Warrington Reserve Group launches rare dolphin survey

Hectors's Dolphins are endangered and we need your help!
Warrington Reserve Group is keen to tap into local knowledge so that
we build up a resource of sightings of our rare Hector's Dolphins. Not
enough is known about the Hector's Dolphins along the South Island
East Coast, which is why we are asking for your help. You can
participate in protecting these dolphins by helping us understand more
about them.

We want to get an idea of population numbers, and their movements up
and down the East Coast. We don't want anyone to change their regular
behaviour, but if you are on the beach most days, walking or surfing,
or out in boats regularly, fishing or kayaking, we want to give you an
opportunity to record what you see. The survey forms are an easy way
for your information to be collected. A couple of minutes of your time
would help us build up a better picture of our dolphin population.

Warrington Reserve Group has teamed up with Associate Professor Liz
Slooten, from the University of Otago, and Jennie Upton, who is a
long-time Blueskin Bay resident, (previously from Waitati and now
living on the Kilmog). Jennie is currently an environmental education
head teacher at Port Chalmers School, and she has been awarded a
Teaching Fellowship for 2008. She will work with Liz who has been
researching Hector's Dolphins since 1984. They will be observing and
photographing the population of Hector's Dolphins between Oamaru and
Dunedin.

Liz and Jennie gave a very informative talk about the dolphins, their
planned research, and threats to the population. Submissions for the
draft Hector's Dolphins Threat Management Plan close on 24 October
2007. Both DOC and Ministry of Fisheries acknowledge the need for more
research on Hector's Dolphins.
Warrington Reserve Group wishes to support any research that can
contribute to our understanding about these dolphins and keep them
visiting our beaches.

We are hoping people in other coastal areas will also be keen to
record what they see, so if you know anyone between Oamaru and
Dunedin, who is on a boat or at the beach regularly, and is interested
in being involved, please contact Jennie 4658318 or Karen 822762.

Please remember to fill out each section of the survey, so that the
information you collect is scientifically valid.
Liz and Jennie are equally interested to know when the dolphins are
and are not sighted, so please record when you don't see them also.

If you walk on the bay side of the spit, do not include that as 'time
on the beach', just record the time spent on the beach side, where
dolphins would be visible to you.

Please include your name and phone number, so that we can contact you.

Survey forms will be collected on a monthly basis, and you can drop
the forms off at Blueskin General Store, or the return key slot at the
Warrington Post Office.

Forms are available from Jennie 465 8318 and Karen 482 2762

For more info see DolphinsDownSouth.wikispaces.com

by Karen Hobday

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Blueskin Garden Club

The Blueskin Garden Club held its monthly meeting on 13 September 2007
at the Waitati Hall at 7.30pm. The meeting was well attended.

Our guest speaker was Val Ransom from St Clair. Val is a floral
artist who is well versed and experienced on the art of floral design.
Val went through the list of categories that is in the schedule for
the forth coming Spring Flower Show, and gave us suggestions and ideas
in which to interpret the different categories. For example in the cup
and saucer category one should use small and delicate flowers for a
china cup and larger bolder flowers for a heavier pottery cup and
saucer.

She suggested different leaves that could be rolled or folded, and to
introduce different textures of plants, eg lambs ear which is grey and
fluffy, or Chatham Island Forget-me-not that is green and shiny that
give different prospective to the arrangement.

It was a very informative night and inspired several of us to enter
this section of the Flower Show – some of us for the first time.

Our October meeting will be a visit to the Lawrence and Tapanui area
to view the daffodils and tulips. If anyone is interested in joining
us for this occasion please contact Lyne Carlyle on 4822 822.

Raffles were won by Glenys Barnett 1st prize; Daphne Henderson 2nd
prize; Rowena Park 3rd prize.
Best Bloom: Robyn Ellison 1st prize; Rowena Park 2nd prize; Glenys
Clements 3rd prize.
Best Vegetable: Glenys Clements 1st prize (broccoli); Glenys Clements
2nd prize (celery); Lyn Hastie 3rd prize (carrots).

by Lesley Smith

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Community Media Workshop press release

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' publisher 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 community newsletter
publishers) and will be held on Saturday, 6 October 2007, 1pm-5pm, at
North East Valley School.

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

ends

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

Push Play 'Fun in the Surf' day at Warrington Beach

'Push Play Month' October 2007 will be celebrated at Warrington Beach
on Sunday 28 October, 12 Noon to 5pm with a 'Fun in the Surf' day.

In conjunction with the 'Push Play' programme promoted by Sport Otago,
Warrington Surf Life Saving Club will provide a safe swimming zone
with flags and qualified Surf Lifeguards.

The Club's experienced surf sports athletes will be on hand to help
members of the public try out boogie boards, long boards, surf canoes
and the inflatable rescue boat, for a gold coin donation. The Club
hope to be able to give people that don't normally use our facilities
ideas about activities they can get involved in at Warrington or other
Surf Life Saving clubs.

There will also be a sand castle building competition, spot prizes,
and a sausage sizzle.

Sport Otago are organising a similar event at Moana Pool earlier in
the day so people keen on water sports can
try out both events.

contacts:
Dwayne Donovan, Sport Otago: ddonovan @ sportotago . co . nz
Lyn Hastie, warrington Surf Life Saving Club: warringtonslsc @ xtra . co . nz

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Blueskin Bay Poetry Book 2007

Poetry Book 2007

The staff of Blueskin Bay Library were so impressed by the excellence
of the poetry written by the children of Waitati and Warrington
schools for the poetry curtain that we would like to put them into a
book. We are planning three copies, one for each of the schools, and
one for the library for lending.

OFFICIAL CHALLENGE
We have asked the community to contribute poems, but we would
particularly like to challenge the staff of the schools to write
something. Members of the library staff are also being pressured to
write. Something brief would be fine. We thought of a deadline of
October 19, but extensions would be considered. If this is successful,
we could make it an annual event, and give some focus and reward to
the children's efforts.

NAMING OUR BOOK
Our poetry volume would need a name, something we could use each year.
Suggestions are invited from everyone (adults and children). A prize
will be given for the best name. We will collect entries at the
library. Please have them to us by October 19.

DESIGNING A COVER:
We could have a different cover every year, to be designed by local
children. A prize will be given for the chosen design. We will
announce the name, because that will need to be on the cover, and two
weeks later, (exact date to be announced) you can drop your brilliant
design into the library.

Many thanks from
Louise, Carolyn, Helen, Mike, Kate and Meaghan

by Louise Booth

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Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Working Bee on Church Track

Working Bee on Church Track, Warrington

Saturday 13 October, 10am

What to bring: any tools you like, but in particular spades, shovels,
strength and stamina

Last spring a big group of helpers opened out the track through the
brambles and one or two people have been working on it since then. Now
it is very clear and in good condition, but the recent rains have made
the lower part very boggy. This time we will dig a short drain to keep
the track dry, and perform any other general maintenance on the rest
of the track.

Enquiries: Mike Fitzgerald, 482 1002

Library not merely focussed on the needs of youth; seeks adult input

Residents of Blueskin Bay are urgently needed to participate in two
group discussions at the Blueskin Bay Library about the proposed
extensions, librarian Louise Booth said. "If you are available on
Wednesday 26th September at 7.30pm or Saturday 29th September at 11am
for approximately 45 minutes, please give me a call on (03) 482 2444
or 0276817481," she said. Refreshments will be provided.

by the editors

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Library issues focus on youth needs

Children between the ages of 8 and 16 are needed to participate in a
group discussion to find out what they want from Blueskin Bay Library,
librarian Louise Booth announced. "If your child is available on
Monday 24th September at 4pm for approximately 45 minutes, and would
like to take part in this fun discussion at the library, you can
contact call me on 482 2444 or 027 681 7481," Louise said.
Refreshments will be provided.

by the editors

contact: Louise Booth < lbooth @ dcc . govt . nz >

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Uni students present a master plan for Waitati

University of Otago students will explain their 'Strategies for a
Resilient Waitati' at a public presentation as part of their Planning
courses. The presentations by Masters of Planning students will take
place at 6.30 – 8.30 pm on Monday 1 October at Waitati Hall, Harvey
St, Waitati.

The students will be presenting the results of six group projects,
where they have been asked to come up with a strategy to help the
Waitati community move towards greater resilience - including lower
energy consumption, local energy production, lower carbon emissions
and adaptation to climate change

Each group will have 10 minutes to present their concept, followed by
an opportunity for questions and discussion.

by Scott Willis < scott . willis @ stonebow . otago . ac . nz >

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Tuesday, 4 September 2007

No stock answer to road safety problem

Waikouaiti Police have attended several incidents involving sheep
becoming loose and making their way onto State Highway 1, local
constable Jon-Paul Tremain reported. "Police make every effort to
return the stock, however if we believe the stock is or may be
endangering motorists, these animals will be destroyed and stock
owners will be prosecuted for their part," Jon warned. "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."

by the editors

Waikouaiti Community Report August 2007

Tena kotou katoa,

This month the annual Undie 500 event took place at Dunedin, as most
people are aware it did not go without incident. Many students and
other young people will be appearing before the Courts on a variety of
charges. Unfortunately Waikouaiti and Palmerston did not escape the
effects of the event.

An incident occurred on Friday 24 August 2007, a Palmerston teenager
threw eggs at a passing car containing students from Lincoln
University, the students retaliated by firing numerous paintballs at
the group of teenagers. Both parties should be disappointed with their
behaviour which occurred in the centre of Palmerston, a Palmerston man
has been charged with disorderly behaviour and wilful damage, while a
Lincoln University student faces firearms charges. Enquiries are
continuing.

On Sunday 26 August 2007, a group of twelve persons which included
students from Lincoln University were returning to Christchurch, they
stopped outside the Golden Fleece tavern and went about smashing the
windows of an abandoned van parked nearby. Two men will be appearing
at the Dunedin District Court in September for disorderly behaviour in
relation to this incident.

During the months of July and August 2007, the Warrington community
has been the victim of a spate of property thefts, thefts from cars,
and burglaries, a young person residing at Warrington has admitted to
committing a number of these crimes and enquiries are ongoing to
determine the extent of his offending.

This is a reminder to the community to be vigilant and to note
suspicious activity and report it to the police immediately. A
concerned neighbour was able to provide police with important
information regarding one of the burglaries which occurred along Bay
Road in mid August.

Several members of the public were given a fright when a bomb was
discovered in the toilet block at the Warrington Domain on the 11th of
August 2007, police were called, the area was evacuated and the bomb
squad was notified. Thankfully a short time later a Warrington youth
admitted to making the "device", and all emergency services were stood
down. The young person was spoken to and warned of the consequences of
his actions, his parents were notified.

Finally police have attended several incidents involving sheep
becoming loose and making their way onto State Highway One, police
make every effort to return the stock, however we believe the stock is
or may be endangering motorists, these animals will be destroyed, and
stock owners will be prosecuted for their part.

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

Remember 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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