Thursday, 20 December 2007

Letter to the editors: Fluoride Debate

Fluoride will be in our water - unless it becomes a Dunedin wide debate.

The water treatment and addition of fluoride occurs back at the treatment
plant. It is then piped throughout Dunedin. It is not economically viable to
remove the fluoride from the supply to Blueskin Bay, unless it is removed
from all of Dunedin's water supply.

I agree there are two very strong sides to this debate. But talk of
conspiracy is a silly addition to the debate and should be ignored. The main
points are:

1. We (via our rates) spend lots of money on adding fluoride to our water.

2. There is no clear winner on the scientific debate of whether fluoride
should be added.

3. If my neighbours in Blueskin Bay want any chance of stopping the addition
of fluoride they will need to see what other cities in NZ do and to make
this a Dunedin wide issue.

4. Avoid talking about conspiracies; you'll end up sounding like a nutter -
this will side track the debate.

Rhys Owen

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Warrington church on track for Christmas

St Barnabas Church in Warrington is preparing for Christmas Eve and
Morning celebrations.

The festivities commence with Carol Singing at 9pm on Christmas Eve,
followed by a brief intermission, then Holy Communion at 9.45pm.
Everyone is welcome to either or both parts of the Christmas Eve
celebrations.

On Christmas Morning there will be a service at 10am.

Volunteers have been working on the Church Track that connects St
Barnabas Church with the village. It is now suitable for all but the
most extreme weather and vegetation has been cleared to make passage
easier.


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Blueskin Bay visitors' guide launched

A new visitors' guide to the Blueskin Bay area north of Dunedin has
just been launched. Blueskin Media, a small volunteer community
publishing group based in Waitati and Warrington, produced the guide
in response to an increase in travellers stopping to explore the area
rather than simply whizzing through on State Highway One.

Blueskin Bay has a tiny but growing visitor industry with two cafes,
an antique shop and a gallery opening in the past few months. The
hospitality industry is also growing, with new homestay businesses in
the area.

The aim of the visitors' guide is not so much to attract visitors to
the area (more a job for tourism promotors) but to make those who
choose to visit feel welcome and able to find theior way around.

The publication is a plain-paper black-and-white booklet and almost
all the information was downloaded from the copyright-free Internet
sites Wikipedia and Wikitravel. It has been set up to make updates
simple and low-cost. A Dunedin graphic artist designed a double-page
map of the area.

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board provided ratepayer funding for the venture.

Copies of the Guide will be available at Blueskin Bay Library and
Blueskin General Store, both in Waitati.

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Contact: Blueskin Media President Louise Booth, lbooth @ dcc.govt.nz,
027 681 7481 or 482 2444

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Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Christmas greetings from Blueskin Media

Thanks to all our friends, advertisers, contributors, readers,
colleagues and supporters. We are looking forward to another year of
being passionate about sharing local news, information and events. In
2008 we will be moving into Radio in a small way, with a weekly news
slot on a local community station. We have just published our first
edition of the 'Blueskin Bay Free Visitors' Guide' to support our tiny
but growing local hospitality industry. This latest enterprise was
kindly supported by Dunedin ratepayers through the Waikouaiti Coast
Community Board.

We wish every one of you a very happy and safe Summer, Christmas, New
Year and an enjoyable and successful 2008 from all of us at Blueskin
Media.

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Pretty Darn Foolish to forget to attach the file

PDF of December-January 'Blueskin News'

PDF of December January Blueskin News

Have a happy Chistmas and all the best for 2008.

From the Blueskin Media team.

Louise Booth
President

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Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Appealing surf life guards achive grand savings

Warrington Surf Life Saving Club, one of New Zealand's smallest beach
safety clubs, raised over a thousand dollars during last Friday's
"National Jandal Day" appeal.

"We have counted up $976.90. There were also two boxes returned
uncounted so we would have collected over $1000," club vice-president
Lyn Hastie told 'blueskin.co.nz'.

"A huge thankyou to everyone who helped with the collection on Friday.
There were at least 22 collectors from our club which was great," Lyn
said.

by the editors

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Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Letter to the editors: fluoridation

Olive McRae suggests there may be a conspiracy to dumb-down the
population by the
addition of fluoride to our water supply, and that upping the dosage could
quell any "uprising of non-conformists".

Firstly, I don't believe such a conspiracy is at all necessary while
television a
nd gossip-magazines can efficiently fulfil that role; and some would say they
have done a thorough job already.

Secondly the conspiracy theory is rendered unnecessary to the argument by
the references in her own article to the apathy of our city councillors
regards the issue (the deputy mayor claiming ignorance and so upholding the
"expert view", and another councillor too busy to find out and ready to vote
with the majority). If a city's deputy mayor is too lazy or too
unintelligent to read broadly on the subject and thereafter trust his own
judgement, and another city councillor is too "busy" to make time to
research something of such controversial importance, then voters ought
remind them they could see it simply as a philosophical or medical-ethics
issue.

As lay-persons we do well to doubt the efficacy of this insidious additive.
Why? Because even experts have conflicting opinions. And if we must err then
it is best to err on the side of caution.

Mass medication with fluoride, by its addition to the water supply, is
unethical by taking away the right to choose. It is as simple as that. No
other argument is necessary.

Apathy replaces the active conspiracy; and apathy on the part of
some community representatives is only a reflection of the same
apathy amongst voters.

To bring fascism and conspiracy into the argument only opens the argument to
ridicule, or shifts it to an obscure fringe. Our clear and simple right to
an unadulterated water supply has enough clout on its own; if we so much as
dare to wield our pens and our voices.

Or come to think of it, maybe this letter is passionate proof that I don't
drink fluoridated water!

Beckford Ritchie

Waitati

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Saturday, 8 December 2007

Fuel stolen from Palmerston fire engine

100 litres of diesel was stolen from the Palmerston Fire Brigade's
rural fire-fighting tanker
parked outside the fire station between Sunday 2 December and Wednesday 5 Dec,
Palmerston police told 'Blueskin News'. The offenders cut through a
padlock fuel and
would have spent some time siphoning the fuel from the tanker.

"The tanker is an integral part of the service provided by the Palmerston
Fire Service," Constable Stefan Witehira said. "The theft of this fuel
would have delayed
their reponse time to the rural community they serve."

Police are seeking any information of suspicous behaviour or vehicles in and
around the Palmerston Fire Station on Sanday Street and would like to hear from
anyone who may have information that would lead to those responsible.

by the editors

contact: Stefan Witehira, Officer in Charge, Palmerston Police Station
03 465 4270, 027 230 4902, Stefan.Witehira @ police.govt.nz

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Thursday, 6 December 2007

Warrington's Surf Life Guards are appealing

Surf patrols from Warrington Surf Life Saving Club will be out and
about on Friday 7 December for "National Jandal Day", the life-saving
movement's annual fundraising appeal sponsered by the footwear
manufacturer.
Collectors will be wearing the distinctive yellow and red Surf Life
Guard uniform and will be positioned at The Gardens, Waitati,
Warrington, Waikouaiti and Palmerston.

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Monday, 3 December 2007

New Year's Eve in Waitati with Ska Face Claw & friend

"12 Bongs at Midnight" New Year's Eve dance party
Live band: Ska Face Claw
Nice lights & visuals
Ska, Dub, Funk, Breaks, D&B & more
Waitati Hall, 6pm til well late.
Admission by Koha at door.

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Saturday, 1 December 2007

Holiday rental wanted

WANTED TO RENT: Couple require crib/cottage in Warrington for 4-6
weeks around Christmas/New Year. Anything considered. Tel Philip
472-7643 or 021-0227-6361.

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