Tuesday, 30 December 2008

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Seacliff's Coast Road Market day

We are continuing the market in 2009 on the first Sunday of the month
- the next one is January 4th.

by Liz Abbott

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Waitati enjoys Latin sounds

Feet tapping, hands clapping, children happy and running round,
singing and all sorts of musical instruments were on at a free concert
that was offered to our community recently.

The evening of Latin music was performed by Sophia Leon de la Barra
and Miguel Molina and they even came with a band cat, local Libarian
Louise Booth's cat Mimi and local dog, Stella who spent the evening
trying to play with the children to 13 month year old Poppy Forest's
delight.

The evening's purpose was to get people's interests in the music
workshop that Sophia and Miguel plan to run for the community, the
workshop will mostly be working with panpipes.

"Music is really good to explore things about yourself " Miguel Molina says.

The workshops will include piñata making and drawing and all forms of
art and they are being run because they are a great way to explore
different arts and what they involve.

By 2009 they hope to have the funding to get these music workshops off
the ground but until then they are having weekly get together's in
Bland Park that include activities such as dancing, painting mask
making and other things and they are asking for other members of the
community to participate by taking part in it and also just to come in
and join in with the fun as it is open for all ages.

by Stacy-Ann Campbell

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Thursday, 18 December 2008

Event review: Waitati School fair in December

Face painting, clothes, jewellery, food, play dough, horse riding, race
cars, plants, homemade baking, cleaning products, horizontal bungy
jumping, magic shows and musicians, ice-cream, a cycle that grinds coffee
and even scarecrow making. If all this was too much and you just needed a
break there was even a café. All this was at the Waitati primary school
fair that held at the local school last Sunday.

For a dollar you could make your own scarecrow which was then put put in the
community garden at the school. The gardeners use the produce to make a
healthy lunch every Friday for the students.

The café provided training for the older students of the school to
teach them about waiting tables , dealing with money and customer
service.The students sold baked goods that they had made.

The café's profits are being put towards the older students' end of year
activity which this year involves going out for dinner, followed by
paintball and surfing.

by Stacy-Ann Campbell

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Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday December 12

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday December 12

 

Puketapu Radio presents Blueskin Bay local news in association with blueskin.co.nz

 

The Blueskin A&P Society’s annual general meeting is being held on Tuesday at 7.30pm. A new president, secretary and treasurer will all be elected and nominations are currently being accepted. The meeting will be held in the Waitati Hall.

 

Wednesday night will see the final meeting of the consultation phase with the local community of the Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary. It will also be a chance to hear about what’s been going on behind the fence this year, and for an end-of-year celebration of the sanctuary’s many successes in 2008. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

 

Thursday is the last get-together of the year of the Blueskin Bay Craft Group. The group meets in the committee room of the Waitati Hall between 7 and 9pm.

 

If you want to keep your children entertained over the holidays, a visit to the toy library at Waitati may be in order. The toy library is open for the last time this year on Saturday from 10.30 to 11.30am, and again on Monday from 6.30 to 7.30pm. The library can be found in the Waitati Hall.

 

And for those keen on a bit of exercise, Tae Kwon Do is held at Warrington Hall on Monday and Wednesdays at 6pm. While over at Hawkesbury Village, the swimming club is back in action at the Moana Gow pool.

 

To find out about what is going on in your community over the holidays, keep checking this website for updates.

 

Puketapu Radio Blueskin News is prepared by Lynnaire Johnston

 

 

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

(updated version) Christmas at St Barnabas and Holy Trinity

On Christmas Eve our services will be held at 8.30pm at Holy Trinity
(Anglican) Church, Port Chalmers
with carols from 8.00pm; at St Barnabas (Anglican) Church, Warrington
9.45pm, with carols from
9.00pm.

On Christmas Day our services will be at 9.00am at Holy Trinity and at
11.00am at St. Barnabas.

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Thursday, 4 December 2008

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday December 5

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday December 5

 

Bargain-hunters will be spoilt for choice this weekend with two markets being held locally. The Waitati School Fair will be held from 11am to 3pm on Sunday. The fair includes magic shows, horse rides, a scarecrow competition and kids car rides, plus all the usual stalls. Meanwhile, over at Seacliff, the Coast Road Market is being held between 11am and 2pm.

 

This evening sees the opening of a new exhibition of still life studies from the garden, by Jenna Packer. The opening begins at 6pm at Gallery on Blueskin in Waitati.

 

Friday December 5 is also Surf Lifesaving Jandal Day, during which funds are raised for Warrington Surf Lifesaving Club. Despite the variable weather, the club has already begun its summer beach patrols, so swim between the flags to keep safe. The club’s next meeting is being held on Monday at 7.30pm

 

Next Thursday, December 11th, there’s a meeting to look at setting up Neighbourhood Support groups in the Blueskin area. In attendance will be Neighbourhood Support regional coordinator, Sarah Hexamer, the Fire Service and Age Concern. The meeting will begin at Waitati Hall with a pot luck meal at 6pm and will run until around 9pm.

 

The Waitati Film Society’s offering next week is the Australian comedy, Muriel’s Wedding. It’s a good chance for anyone who hasn’t seen it to enjoy some light entertainment. Start time is 8pm, at Bill’s place on the corner of Orokonui and Mt Cargill Roads. It will be the Society’s last movie of the year.

 

Prepared by Lynnaire Johnston

 

 

 

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Christmas Services at St Barnabas and Holy Trinity

On Christmas Eve our services will be held at 8.30pm at Holy Trinity
with carols from 8.00pm; at St. Barnabas 9.45pm, with carols from
9.00pm.

On Christmas Day our services will be at 9.00am at Holy Trinity and at
11.00am at St. Barnabas.

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Saturday, 29 November 2008

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday November 28

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday November  28

 

Puketapu Radio presents Blueskin Bay local news in association with blueskin.co.nz

 

There will be a Waitati Energy Project event at Waitati Hall on Thursday 4th December. 'Waitati Research Feedback: a Public Meeting' will be held from 5.30 – 7pm. Researchers from the Otago Energy Research Centre will present final and interim research results from the research projects completed or ongoing in Waitati.

 

There will be a free performance of folk music from Latin America next Friday, 5 December, from 6.30pm at Waitati Hall. Sophia León de la and Miguel Molina Lagos will be performing. The pair are keen to run a community music workshop on Saturdays next year, primarily working with zampoñas (also called Pan pipes). Through grant applications, they hope to gain sufficient resources for enough instruments to run a full-scale music workshop in 2009.

Work has begun on the Orokanui Ecosanctuary’s visitor and education centre. Heavy machinery is now in place preparing the site with construction expected to take nine months. The Ecosanctuary is open for guided tours at the cost $20 per adult and $10 per child, with half price for members. Tours are for 1½ hours with a maximum of 10 people per guide.  The Ecosanctuary has available gift vouchers for guided tours and fence post plaques. Also available are sets of cards of native birds that are already at home in the sanctuary (from oil paintings of artist Peter Caley) and children’s t-shirts featuring a wood cut of the kaka by Liz Abbott.

Next Friday is national Jandal Day, the major fundraiser for the local Warrington Surf Lifesaving Club. Street collectors will be outside Gardens New World in Dunedin, Blueskin General Store in Waitati, Warrington Post Office boxes and other points north, as far as Palmerston. Also on sale will be the popular jandal key rings.

A meeting will be held on Thursday December 11 at Waitati Hall to look at setting up Neighbourhood Support groups in the area. It has been organised by Louise Booth from Blueskin Bay Library, who hopes people from Waitati and beyond will be interested in setting up groups. The meeting will begin with a pot luck meal at 6pm.

 

 

Friday, 28 November 2008

Party at the Library!

The staff of Blueskin Bay Library has much
pleasure in inviting you to a Christmas party in
recognition of the assistance you have given the
Library throughout the past year.
Wednesday 10 December at 6.00pm

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Puketapu Radio in Waitati

Volunteer broadcasters from Palmerston-based Puketapu Radio celebrate
after setting up a temporary FM radio transmitter in Waitati for the
Dunedin Fringe Festival on Sunday, 30 March 2008. This was probably
the first-ever radio broadcast from the township.
From left: Kevin Kearns, Lawrence McCraw, David Abernethy, Yuleine
Fisk, all of Palmerston (East Otago)

Photo credit: Blueskin News

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Puketapu Radio interested in expanding

Volunteer broadcasters from Palmerston-based Puketapu Radio celebrate
after setting up a temporary FM radio transmitter in Waitati for the
Dunedin Fringe Festival on Sunday, 30 March 2008. This was probably
the first-ever radio broadcast from the township.
From left: Kevin Kearns, Lawrence McCraw, David Abernethy, Yuleine
Fisk, all of Palmerston (East Otago)

Photo credit: Blueskin News

Puketapu Radio is operated by the Radio Puketapu Charitable Trust and
is staffed entirely by volunteers from the local community and beyond.
We offer radio time to those who are interested free of charge.

Puketapu Radio is committed to doing what it can to support the
communities we currently reach and beyond via the airwaves and the internet.

We assist local clubs and charitable organisations with their
fundraising by giving them the best promotional services we can. We
can offer outside broadcasts and we can possibly sponsor teams, clubs
and individuals in their various pursuits.

It is our intention to be the undisputed local radio station in the
areas we currently can be received and beyond. To bring this about
would mean the siting of FM repeater stations in various locations.

It is most beneficial to the charitable community and service groups
if we are in a position where we can without any effort, take our
facility and set it up in an area or at a venue that needs help with
their fund raising whether their need may be urgent or not so urgent.

Our current outside broadcast facilities have been very 'hit and miss'
on many occasions, with a measure of embarrassment. We need to improve
our current mobile studio to a point where we have a purpose-built set
up in an appropriate small bus, caravan, high topped van, camper van
or something similar.

Another major problem we currently have is our roving VHF/UHF mobile
microphone system, as there can be many blank spots at outside
broadcast venues such as fairs, markets, school shows, A&P shows and
other community events. We can not give stall-holders, displays and
service organisations the coverage they need.

So as to be able to cover any location from an outside broadcast, I
would also like Puketapu Radio to invest in satellite equipment and
mobile broadband at a cost of around $5,000.00.

Today's regulations allowing low-powered FM mean we can easily set up
a temporary station in a given location without being required to have
a license. This means we could say set up in an area for however long
a period of time, and fund-raise for a project by getting the
community itself involved with the fund raising effort. Many years ago
I used to go to various locations with a group of friends, operate a
radio station for a week and raise money for local projects.

Of course to do the above requires money, and to this end we need an
appropriately skilled person who would be willing to act as fund
raiser for Puketapu Radio. I need to point out that we do not need to
fund raise for the day to day running of the radio stationl. Any new
fundraising will be specifically to purchase equipment and services
such as to build a
mobile studio to enable Puketapu Radio to achieve the above mentioned
goals. A very possible spin off to all this will be the generating of
extra advertising income.

With things today being somewhat depressed, I see Puketapu Radio being
a beacon of hope in people's lives. With new technology I can see many
possibilities that can only be good for everyone. If you would like to
have a regular radio show, offer to become a possible fund raiser or
if you are just an interested person, you can call Puketapu Radio at
03 465 1660.

by Lawrence McCraw

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Monday, 24 November 2008

Waitati Energy Project (column)

Waitati Energy Project

In the first week of December there's a Waitati Energy Project event
in Waitati Hall. 'Waitati Research Feedback: a Public Meeting' on
Thursday 4 December will be held straight after work, from 5.30 – 7pm.
Researchers from the Otago Energy Research Centre will present final
and interim research results from the research projects done or
ongoing in Waitati.

There have been (or are) four different research projects in Waitati this year:

1. "Is Small Beautiful? Attitudes towards community owned wind energy
in Waitati" is the title of a dissertation by Matthew Hoffman, who
conducted 13 face-to-face interviews in Waitati. This is a really
interesting study because the WEP has been operating for over a year
now, but despite well attended public meetings, successful expos,
support for initiatives, and a big email list, we can't assume that
all of Waitati is supportive or interested. We'll discover much more
about ourselves through Matthew's work. And what would getting a
locally owned and operated wind turbine running involve?

2. "Visualising Home Energy Efficiency" is Jess Hugh's Research
Project. Jess followed the implementation of the government's Home
Energy Rating Scheme in Waitati. Her study took place through an
interesting period – remember the drama? – and should answer some of
the questions aired locally about the usefulness of energy ratings in
general. (I'll have the last of those HERS certificates on hand as
well).

3. Claire Freeman will present on "Children and Transport": research
on children's travel patterns in their day-to-day lives - how they
move around (on foot, bicycle, Mum's car etc). Children at Waitati
School participated in this study, which includes a number of schools
around the Dunedin and Claire will talk about her findings including
differences between Dunedin locations. There are big implications in
this, for children, parents and road users.

4. The "baseline survey" is something Martha Bell is coordinating for
the Otago Energy Research Centre. Janet Stephenson will be on hand to
explain the survey, which has only just begun. It has gone out to 178
Waitati households and in the survey we householders are asked about
how energy is used in our homes and our lives, we're asked our views
on energy-related issues, how we learn new ideas, and if/how we are
making changes in our energy use. This piece of research is very
valuable for the Blueskin area because it will give us hard data and
help the WEP design actions in and for the community. Please complete
the survey! (the OERC is putting completed surveys in for a prize
draw, with prizes to be distribute just prior to Christmas).

Following the presentations we'll have some cups of tea as usual and a
brief WEP get-together to begin forming a more focused steering
group/committee for the WEP. This will be a short meeting of
interested people. So if you have a burning desire to get more
involved, this is the moment!

Library expansion

The Waitati Energy Project is keen to support the project team for the
Blueskin Bay Library Expansion to make the new structure energy
efficient, innovative and local. I'm excited about our community
expertise (engineers, architects, builders, pragmatists) working with
DCC Energy Manager Neville Auton, and the DCC architect in a
partnership as the library is such a crucial local institution and a
public building reflecting our community.

Remember the Bulk Insulation Purchasing offer (the WEP offer to
negotiate and coordinate a bulk purchase if there is the interest
locally)? Well, to date very few people have registered their interest
so we're just keeping the door open. I know it is hard to think
'insulation' when the weather is so lovely, but it really is a bit
late when the house is freezing in winter, or costing a fortune to
heat while the children can't get rid of that hacking cough. Yet how
can the WEP make it easy and attractive to make our houses more energy
efficient, healthy and cheaper to maintain? This is a question we
haven't yet got a full answer for but we're working on it!

Finally, if you want a bigger overview of the WEP than I can provide
in one column, and even if you are on the email list, our web-pages
are a start. For the WEP, go to:
http://www.transitiontowns.org.nz/waitati and follow the WEP links.
And, as usual, if you want to keep regularly up-to-date please contact
the WEP at: scott.willis@otago.ac.nz or 482 2249.

by Scott Willis

Waitati performance is a prelude to workshops

Photos: Sophia and Miguel perform at the Celebration of Culture
organised by ESOL Home Tutors in November.

There will be a free performance of folk music from Latin America this
Friday, 5 December, 6.30pm at Waitati Hall. Sophia León de la
Barra told 'Blueskin News' she and fellow musician Miguel Molina Lagos
are particularly excited about playing for Waitati.

"We would like to run a community music workshop on Saturdays starting
in 2009, primarily working with zampoñas (also called Pan pipes).
These are a good medium for learning music for people of all ages."

Sophia thought a free recital would be a good way to attract interest
in the workshops."We were heartily welcomed into Waitati, and rapidly
integrated into the community life of the small village we now call
home."

Miguel has been a musician for the past 21 years in Chile, working
actively to revive the folk tradition of music from Latin America
through community workshops and recitals. Sophia comes from a Public
Health and Community Development background, and is currently studying
carpentry at Otago Polytechnic.

Together, the two are happily piecing together the framework for a
community-organised and communally-facilitated Saturday workshop,
focused on sharing the wide world of arts with local kids from
Waitati. Through grant applications, they hope to gain resources for
enough instruments to run a full-scale music workshop in 2009.

In the mean time, there will be weekly backyard workshops called 'Art
in the arvo' on Saturdays from 4.30-6pm, exploring the fine arts of
drawing, painting, theatre, music, mask and piñata making and other
crafts. All ages and artistic abilities are welcome, and other
community members are encouraged to join as facilitators to share
their artistic skills and help with the children. Weekly workshops are
held in the back yard of 12 Harvey Street, Waitati, two doors up from
the nursery and across the street from the fire station.

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Visual aids

A Peruvian-American airman of the US Air Force plays a zampoña. Photo: USAF

Jandals. Photo: Wikimedia

You can never have enough parsnips. Photo: Wikimedia

Waitati performance may launch classes

There will be a free performance of folk music from Latin America this
Friday, 5 December, 6.30pm at Waitati Hall. Musician Sophia León de la
Barra told 'Blueskin News' she is particularly excited about playing
for Waitati.

"We would like to run a community music workshop on Saturdays starting
in 2009, primarily working with zampoñas (also called Pan pipes).
These are a good medium for learning music for people of all ages."

Sophia thought a free recital would be a good way to attract interest
in the workshops.

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Derek's Garden Diary (column)

Derek's Garden Diary

December in the vegetable garden is very like November. Early in the
month the last of the real summery things can still be planted. Seeds
of bush or french beans, either yellow or green, the ones that grow
about knee high are often best planted now, and you can still plant
out plants of zucchini and expect to get a good crop by February.

Beans are about the only thing in the garden that you do not need to
water that much in the dry hot and windy weather that we have been
having lately and I also find that they are best sown in bare, sun
baked soil. Mildew-like growths seem to be their main problem down
here, so water them well once after planting and then leave them until
they are well through the soil.

Everything else should be surrounded by piles of mulch to keep down
the transpiration rates and minimise the amount of watering you need
to do. But do make sure that the soil is damp before you pile on the
mulch, for not only does it stop moisture getting out but it can also
stop the little rain we might get from reaching the soil.

Check underneath mulch every now and then for slugs and snails. They
like the damp cool environment as well as your lettuces and broccoli.
Unlike some environmentally friendly gardeners and allotmenteers in
the UK, I squash slugs rather than transport them live down the road
to an empty section.

Now is also the time to think about the winter garden. If you have not
done so already, plant parsnips seeds; they have a long growing
season. You can continue to plant carrots, however, until February and
these can stay in the garden over winter.

You should also aim to have all your winter seedlings - broccoli,
cauliflower, cabbage of various hues, leeks and celery - planted out
by the time your zucchini are morphing into giant marrows overnight.
So plant seeds now.

Leek seed should be sown by mid December. Leeks are usually looked
upon as a Welsh vegetable (though I never saw one in my childhood in
Swansea) and the commonest varieties have names like Welsh Wonder and
Cardiff. There are others like Carentan Giant (French?) and it is
worth experimenting because, as with many other vegetables, you might
find one that better suits your garden conditions.

Any seeds you plant directly into the garden at this time of the year
will have to be regularly watered. In hot, dry weather, the evening is
the best time as the water will not immediately evaporate.

by Derek Onley

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Blueskin A&P announces AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Blueskin Agricultural and Pastoral
Society will be held at 7.30pm, Tuesday 16 December at Waitati Hall.

The President, Secretary and Treasurer are all retiring from office
and nominations for all these positons are welcomed.

In order to comply with the requirements of the Charities Commission,
the rules relating to the winding up of the society are to be altered.

by J D Sumpter

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Warrington Surf Life Saving Club

Warrington Surf Life Saving Club

A big congratulations to our new Surf Life Guards Arthur, Kim and Jake
who board-paddled around White Island off St Clair Beach in October. A
very good paddle from all accounts. Michael also paddled a double ski
with his mate Heath.

Beach patrols are well under way: our Life Guards patrol each Saturday
and Sunday from 12-5pm. There will be extra weekday patrols in the
height of summer. We have gained several new life guards for our club
which will certainly relieve the pressure on the small numbers we have
had over the last year or two.

There have been two camps held recently at Warrington. Both have been
attended by large numbers of junior members and good conditions
weather and surf wise have made for a fun and exciting time for all.
Special thanks to our parents and coaches who helped to make these
events as successful as they were.

A special welcome to our new families who have just joined us. We hope
you have found your way around and will enjoy many years as part of
our club.

Work has continued to add the finishing touches to our enlarged and
revamped club buildings. We have secured final monies to complete the
new kitchen. Hopefully it won't be too long before the kitchen is
complete and ready to use. Gravel has been spread around the buildings
and our new changing rooms have been painted and sealed throughout.

Our club will be used several days during summer for Beach Education,
when school groups visit Warrington to enjoy the beach while keeping in
mind water and sun safety.

Vacuum cleaner

We need a replacement one for the club, mainly to suck up sand. Looks
and age are unimportant but it needs to totally suck. Can anyone help
with one?

JANDAL DAY FRIDAY 5TH DECEMBER: NATIONAL FUNDRAISER

This is the major fundraiser for our club and the whole New
Zealand life-saving movement, to prevent death and injury on New
Zealand's spectacular coasts. Our street collectors will collect
outside Gardens New World in Dunedin, Blueskin general Store in
waitati, Warrington PO Boxes and north right up to Palmerston. We will
also be selling the popular jandal key
rings.

If anyone would like to take key rings to their workplace and sell
them to help out the club please text Kaye on 027 4822494 or phone Lyn
on 4822896.They make a great gift and at only $3.00 each will sell
really easily.

Our famous Garage Sale will be held again early next year. If you have
anything sellable and not too large, the club has storage facilities.
Contact a club member for picking up of goods.

Our next Meeting: Monday 8th December, 7.30pm at the club rooms.

by Lyn Hastie and Peter Dowden

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Sunday, 23 November 2008

Coast Road Market, Seacliff, 7 December 11am-2pm

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

The reintroduction of the kaka to Blueskin Bay is a historic moment.
Kaka have not been seen since the early days of settlement when flocks
numbering in their hundreds were recorded and many a kaka pie was
baked.

The release of the six was a very low key affair with only staff and
minders in attendance. The priority of the day was the birds and Tony
Pullar who has overseen the translocation and release felt it best to
keep things as normal as possible for the birds. After fitting
harnesses and transmitters on the birds the top door of the aviary was
opened and over a period of an hour or more, one by one they climbed
out of the cage down to the ground and walked off into the bush.

Since then they have been spotted tearing into rotten logs, sipping
nectar from a fuchsia flower and ripping into macrocarpa nuts. For the
first two weeks they stayed within a 200m radius of the aviary but
with their flying skills improving a couple are venturing further down
the valley.

The other exciting news is that work on the Visitor and Education
Centre has begun. The survey crew arrived on the 11th of November and
the heavy machinery is now in place preparing the site. Construction
is expected to take 9 months.

The last local meeting of the year is to be held on December 17th at
7.30pm at the Waitati Hall.

The Ecosanctuary is open for guided tours. Bookings are essential.
Tours cost $20 adult $10 child with half price for members. Tours are
for 1½ hours for a maximum of 10 people per guide Come and see this
fantastic forest restoration project in progress, learn about the
changes that have already been made and support the development of the
Ecosanctuary.

Lost for a gift for the person who has everything? The Ecosanctuary
has gift vouchers for guided tours and fence post plaques. Also
available are sets of cards of our beautiful native birds that are
already at home in the sanctuary (from oil paintings of artist Peter
Caley) and childrens t-shirts featuring a wood cut of the kaka by Liz
Abbott. Check out the website www.orokonui.org.nz.

Very best wishes for the festive season and happy travelling to those
venturing into the great outdoors.

For enquiries the office number is 482 1755. For further information
on the ecosanctuary, visit www.orokonui.org.nz or see our box at the
Blueskin Bay Library.

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Blueskin Playcentre (column)

Blueskin Playcentre

Kia ora Tatou, greetings to everyone

We have been looking at healthy food Wellbeing Goal 1: "Children
experience an environment where their health is promoted" to coincide
with our inclusion with the Waitati School's Nutrition funding to
promote healthy eating and growing our own food. In October we
arranged for Kaitrin McMullan to visit Waitati School so the new
entrant class and Playcentre can be involved in a combined puppet show
with a Nutrition theme. The songs and stories were such a delight for
everyone! We are encouraging the children to understand the healthy
food pyramid and have made one so when we eat our lunch we can look at
our pyramid and see where our food fits in. We have enjoyed some
shared morning teas where everyone brings fruit or edible veggies and
dips to Playcentre, fillings to make healthy sandwiches and yummy
pizzas.

We have continued to promote our healthy food goal by growing potatoes
in buckets and planting veggies in the garden, they love pulling out
the radishes and eating them fresh from the garden. Watering the
garden is always very popular. We are yet to see if our sunflower
seeds have survived there drowning!

We went on a combined visit with Warrington Playcentre to the Karitane
Marae. We were welcomed onto the Marae and we sang our Waiata "One
day a Taniwha". Thank you, Tania for providing the Karaka when we
were welcomed onto the Marae. It was a wonderful experience for
everyone to observe the Powhiri and hear Alex's Whaikorero. We had a
wonderful time.

In December we have several trips planned. We are going to the beach
to collect kai moana, hopefully when the tide is out we will find them
and cook them at the beach! We see this as a wonderful experience and
an opportunity to link both goals where children can experience
gathering and eating healthy kai. We also have a trip to the Dunedin
Botanic Garden to admire the flowers there since we have been planting
and enjoying our own garden. The term will end with a trip on the
Seasider train.

We would like to welcome Marion with Francesca and Benedict into
Playcentre. It is great to have Frances with Sylvia and Leilani back
from eight months Sabbatical overseas.

We are sending off quite a few 5-year-olds to school this term. We
will miss you Bilee, Rose, Leilani, Mihai and Lochlan. Have a
wonderful time at Waitati School and we look forward to seeing you on
our school visits. We are also saying goodbye to our Supervisor,
Cathy. We wish you all the best at St Leonards and we thank you for
all the hard work you have put into our centre. You will be greatly
missed by all!

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 are 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 call our centre ph 027 427 1727, during session times.

The last day of term is 17th of December and we return to Playcentre
in February.

by Frances Baeumer

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Opinion article for publication in Blueskin News: Letter to Rodney Hide

Dear Rodney,

Congratulations on your appointment as Minister of Local Government. I
was delighted to hear that one of your proposed polices is to put a
cap on rates rises. Many people down here in Dunedin will be greatly
relieved if the escalating rates imposed by both the Dunedin City
Council and the Otago Regional Council were curbed.

Can I suggest that a "back to basics" policy for local government
might be a useful guide for councils who are tempted to overspend?
Water, waste and roading should be the top priorities for the city
council followed by social polices which meet the needs of diverse
communities. The Regional Council should be focused on the
environment; management of resources and protection of biodiversity.
Large scale projects, which do not fit in with these criteria, and
which require long-term loans and force rates up, should be abandoned.
We would be very pleased if you could help get this message across to
the leaders in local government.

You may have heard that the Dunedin City Council is planning to build
a huge, covered, rugby stadium, which will be a major drain on rates
for the next twenty years or more (and will not be a suitable venue
for ballroom dancing). The present economic situation is challenging
as you know; we have already had hundreds of Dunedin people made
redundant and many other local businesses are struggling. Dunedin has
an aging population and many people are on low incomes. Large rates
rises have a considerable effect on households, which are already
under stress.

The Otago Regional Council has also lost the plot and is spending an
enormous sum building a grand new office block. Many local people do
not support this plan as it appears to be an unnecessary investment.
Its location in the middle of an industrial area far from the centre
of town and any public transport routes is also very controversial.

Rodney, if only you could focus on reining in Local Government
spending and keep your hands off the Resource Management Act you will
make lots of friends down here in the far south.

Are you planning to carry on wearing the yellow jacket? If you were to
tone it down with a bit of blue you might blend in quite well in
Otago.

Yours truly,

Geraldine Tait

(Geraldine Tait is deputy chairperson of Waikouaiti Coast Community Board)


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Waikouaiti Coast Community Board (column)

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

Community Plan

The 2009-2010 Community Plan for our area has been finalised and can
be viewed at any of the DCC libraries, or on the Dunedin City Council
website www.dunedin.govt.nz. In it you will find details of various
projects being considered by the Board, together with details of
upcoming roading and footpath improvements. (Please note that roading
work programmed for completion in this 2008-09 year is not included in
the 2009-10 plan).

Community Clean-up Days

The Mega Skips will be placed at Warrington Domain on the following
dates in 2009: 24th & 25th January; 23rd & 24th May; 26th & 27th
September.

Public toilets

The Board has been giving some thought to the concept of a public
toilet facility in Waitati. We would welcome your views on this. Is it
needed? Where could it be located?

Blueskin Bay Library Expansion

The project team has been making good progress on this and there
should be an updated plan and model available for viewing at the
library in early February. One consequence of enlarging the library is
the necessity to relocate the playground. We would welcome any
comments or suggestions you might have regarding this.

Fluoridation of water supplies

You will no doubt have read that the Dunedin City Council voted, by a
majority, not to undertake public consultation regarding this issue.
The Board has expressed its disappointment to the DCC and has asked
Council to reconsider undertaking meaningful consultation.

Campervan Effluent Dump Site

It is pleasing to note that the dump site has now been relocated at
Warrington Domain, well clear of the playground area.

Funding Opportunity for Road Safety and Sustainable Travel Activities

Funding is available for one-off projects or programmes of up to three
years duration from 1st July 2009 to 30th June 2012. Details can be
obtained from the Community Road Safety Advisors at the DCC :-
Henriette Rawlings henriette.rawlings@dcc.govt.nz or Bridget Smaill
bridget.smaill@dcc.govt.nz

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 28th January in Waitati Hall,
commencing at 5.30 pm, and you are most welcome to attend. If you
would like to speak at the public forum at the start of the meeting
please contact Lynne Robins on 477 4000 at least a couple of days in
advance to make arrangements.

Please feel free to contact any of your Board members with any issues,
comments, concerns or suggestions you may have.

Alasdair Morrison, chairperson, Ph 482 2505 Nancy Higgins Ph 482 1198

Geraldine Tait, deputy chairperson, Ph 482 2517 Murray Holland Ph 465 7482

Andy Barratt Ph 021 890 048

Councillor Andrew Noone Ph 465 7157

Gerard Collings Ph 465 7604

And finally, on behalf of the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board, I wish
you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

by Alasdair Morrison

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The Blueskin Bayleaf Christmas special

Isn't Christmas great? I like to think of it as a season and not just
one day. For me it's the fun of getting food ready, the giving of
plants and books, children's stockings by the fire, my violin and
carols and friends and family sitting around under trees nursing
too-full tummies.

These recipes have been staples on our Christmas menu for the last
three years – they might almost soon count as traditional!

MARMALADE AND WHISKY HAM COOKED IN A SCONE DOUGH

I always use a Havoc-cured, uncooked ham for my Christmas dinners. If
it's prepared right, it is the best ham you can buy for taste and
melt-in-the-mouth texture only surpassed by good wild pork. You need
to order them in advance and pick them up from the Farmers Market the
Saturday before Christmas day.

1 Ham (cured and uncooked)

6-10 cups flour

water to mix

* Mix dough to scone dough consistency.
* Divide mixture into two for easy handling.
* Grease large roasting pan or line with foil.
* Roll out dough to about 1inch thickness to fit the underside of ham.
* Place ham onto first piece of dough.
* Roll out second piece of dough to cover top of ham.
* Seal dough with your fingers around the ham - it should be a
tight fit with no holes.
* Place into pre-heated oven at 350 degrees
* Cook for 1hour per kg plus an extra 1/2 hour at end of cooking
for good measure.
* 20minutes before baking time is completed remove the ham from
the oven and remove the pastry and skin from the ham, cover with glaze
and return to the oven for the last 20 minutes.

Whisky and Marmalade Glaze

I like to make a lot of glaze, as there is no excuse for being stingy
here. Make enough to totally smother your meat a lot.

2 cups of marmalade

1 cup of whisky

1 t salt

1 T grated fresh ginger.

CRANBERRY, CHERRY AND HAZEL NUT CHRISTMAS CAKE

This cake is adapted from a Peta Mathias recipe. I love its
no-nonsense construction sequence. Note, you can easily double the
recipe – if the amount of butter doesn't terrify you too much.

1 kg fruit mix. I like the cranberry, golden raisin and cherry mix you
can get at the bulk bins at Gardens New World. Very yummy, unique yet
still classic.

1/2 cup green ginger wine

250g butter

250g dark cane sugar

1 T molasses

3 large eggs

grated zest of half a lemon

1 1/2 cups flour

1 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

1/2 t mixed spice or ground cardamom

1/2 t cinnamon

1 t curry powder

100g coarsely ground hazelnuts. I am using the terrific Hill Rd
Hazelnuts grown by Neville and Colleen Hastie in Warrington. I am so
excited to have a source of locally grown nuts! And you do too – they
will pack to order by phoning 482 1931.

* Soak the fruit in the alcohol overnight.
* The next day, preheat the oven to 160°C. Cream the butter, sugar
and molasses until soft and light. Add the eggs one at a time.
* Stir in the grated lemon, then add the sifted flour, baking soda,
salt and spices.
* Stir in the alcohol-soaked fruit and hazelnuts.
* Line a large tall cake tin with 2 layers of wet newspaper, and
then one layer of butter wrapper, greasy side up. Pour in the mixture.
A tip I discovered just today. The wet paper stops it drying out on
the edges and keeps it a bit chewy instead.
* Place the cake on the lower rung of the oven and bake for one
hour, then lower heat to 120°C and bake for another 2 hours.

ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL

This is a nice recipe because it's so versatile. Serve a splash with
champagne, sparkling water, gin or simply plain with water, ice and
sprigs of mint. Use as a flavouring in baking or on ice cream.

25 elderflower heads

3 oranges

3 lemons

60g citric or tartaric acid

1.5kg sugar

2.5 l boiling water

*Wash and slice the oranges and lemons, and place in a large container
with the other ingredients.

*Pour over 2 1/2 litres of boiling water and leave to soak for one or
two days, stirring occasionally.

*Strain through muslin and pour into sterilised bottles. Makes 2.5
litres. Keeps for a couple of weeks in the fridge or freezes well.

by Rowan Holt

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Blueskin Garden Club (column)

Blueskin Garden Club

The November meeting was in the form of visits to local gardens in the
Doctors Point Road area. Fortunately the night was warmish with no
rain, and we had a good turnout of members.

We started off at Murray Johnston's garden which was a blaze of colour
with all its rhododendrons and azaleas in full bloom. We were shown a
little bit of local history at the top of his garden where a local
photographer used to develop his photos in a railway culvert.
Fascinating!

Across the road we went to the Sumpters' original garden which was
steeped in history with old rhododendrons, azaleas and magnificent old
maple trees of different colours. One could get the feeling of
wonderful garden parties with ladies and gentlemen dressed for the
occasion in period costumes. It was like entering another world!

Following this we went up the hill to Sumpters' "new" garden, where
David and Liz showed us (with pride) all that they had achieved in the
short time that they had been there. Obviously they are held in high
esteem in the "garden world" as they had been entrusted to look after
several new and different species by some well known plant breeders.
David swears by a certain horse manure from Waikouaiti and judging by
his flowers and vegetables, his plants love it!

We ended the evening with a very short meeting followed by supper,
very kindly hosted by David and Liz.

Our December meeting is to be held on Saturday 13 December starting of
at Lesley and Pete's place for starters and mains, followed by dessert
at Marilyn and Dave's place. Members will be contacted regarding time
and what food to bring.

by Lesley Smith

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OPINION: The tale of the Car Monkeys

The tale of the Car Monkeys

Once upon a time in the leafy lanes of Orokonui, spring branches
dappled the shade in the breeze and the benevolent residents sighed
contentedly. The first spoonbills stretched across the estuary and the
flax blades shone. The residents put down their tea mugs, shirked on
their jackets and poled out the door to their wagon.

But something was awry. In place of the wagon, was a gap, and far away
in a lonely ditch, it sat askew and dejected. They went and got it.
They were glad that it wasn't broken but the residents were confused,
because they didn't know what they had done to deserve their wagon
running away. They must have upset the car-monkey gods, who now were
playing mean tricks on them.

The benevolent residents felt sad and began to sing a song, which went
like this 'Oh Mr Car-Monkey, Why did you have to pick on me, And take
my car from Orokonui, And leave it in a ditch? Why did you put on rap
music? We really think it's crap music, Please leave it on National
Radio.' It wasn't a very good song but it made them feel a bit better.

The benevolent residents settled back into their ways, and grew some
carrots and began to feel a little better. The sky changes from grey
to white to blue and all the colours in between and back again. The
blossoms came and fell and the gorse flowers made everywhere smell of
Hawaiian Tropic sun lotion.

One morning, a little further down the road, some benevolent residents
of Orokonui put down their tea mugs, shirked their jackets and poled
out the door to their wagon. But something was awry. The wagon wasn't
on the drive way, it was on the road, and facing the wrong way, and
parked shamefully badly. The benevolent residents were confused,
because they didn't know what they had done to deserve their wagon
running away. They must have upset the car monkey gods, who now were
playing mean tricks on them. They began to sing a song. 'Oh Mr
Car-Monkey, you probably think that I'm silly, to leave my car in
Waitati, ready for you with the key, but it was up my drive way! Oh,
Mr Car-Monkey, why did you have to pick on me, you took my chocolates
my not my manuka tea. What's wrong with the tea? It wasn't a very good
song but it made them feel a bit better.

The benevolent residents, feeling bitten but not twice shy, because
they knew they lived in a loving neighbourhood, surrounded with
benevolent neighbours, settle back into their ways. The long-tongued
bees arrived and the broad beans threatened a proud glut. Pigeons
swayed on telephone lines.

One morning, a little further back up the road, some benevolent
residents of Orokonui put down their tea mugs, shirked their jackets
and poled out the door to their wagon. But something was awry. The
wagon had all of its inside panels pulled apart. The benevolent
residents were confused, because they didn't know what they had done
to deserve their wagon shedding its insides. They must have upset the
car monkey gods, who now were playing mean tricks on them. They began
to sing a song. 'Oh, Mr Car-Monkey, Why won't you hear my plea? That
ipod was given to me, for Christmas by my Mummy. And you like rap, not
The Grateful Dead. Oh, Mr Car-Monkey, it's not like in a movie, you
know that you won't get far, if you don't know how to hotwire a car,
so don't pull it apart in the first place.

It wasn't a very good song, but it made them feel a little better and
as they sung it, all of the other benevolent residents came out into
the lane, and the sun broke through the clouds and shone in broken
wonder through the leaves, and it was like a old school Disney movie,
and only Julie Andrews was missing as they joined in chorus to sing
together 'Oh Mr Car-Monkey, we beg for you to hear our pleas, we know
that we should, lock out cars in this neighbourhood. But sometimes we
forget. Oh Mr Car-Monkey, why do you have to pick on me, please be
benevolent and you should, and if you want to steal cars go to a posh
neighbourhood.'

by Lucy Jack

Blueskin Bay Library

Blueskin Bay Library

Here we are again approaching the end of the year (yikes) and how many
shopping da …., no, the library is the place to forget about stress.
Walk out of the library with armfuls of goodies that have cost you not
one cent!

'Blueskin Poets 2008'

Do you have a poem you'd like included? The new (and final) extended
deadline is November 28, so be sure to get your contribution to
Carolyn at the library by then. The deadline for the cover design
competition is the same day. Don't miss out on your chance to win a
prize!

Library Extension

Plans are progressing. To keep you up to date on the detail of this,
there will be a public meeting early in the New Year. Watch out for
information about this.

Neighbourhood Support

Louise has organised a meeting to provide information and discussion
about the setting up of groups in the Waikouaiti Coast area. The
initial idea involves a group covering central Waitati, and including
the library, but she hopes that people outside of these streets will
be interested in setting up their own groups. To learn more and
become involved, come to the Waitati hall on Thursday 11th December at
6pm for a pot luck meal followed by a meeting with Neighbourhood
Support regional coordinator, Sarah Hexamer, and local agencies such
as the Fire Service and Age Concern. The meeting is expected to end
about 9pm.

Ride Share Scheme

This has had a great response, which is continuing to grow. The
organisers feel that this is the time to assess progress so far, and
would like feedback. There will be a meeting early next year to talk
about this, so watch out for details. If you haven't joined yet, you
can still register at the library.

Summer Reading Programme

This gets more popular every year and always has a positive, sometimes
dramatic, influence on the reading habits of the children who
participate. We will be taking registrations at the beginning of the
holidays. Children on the programme get a free voucher, and those who
meet their reading goal will receive a prize at a ceremony when the
school term begins again.

Holiday Hours

We are open all through the holiday period, except for statutory
holidays. We'd love to see you. We will be putting signs up nearer to
the time.

Artists – use our walls!

We like to support local artists, and for some years have kept aside
some wall space behind the library desk so that local people can
display their work. Sometimes this has led to sales, and always to
greater exposure of the artist's name. But lately our wall has been
bare. We are keen to resume our monthly artist space and so are
calling you to bring us work that you think the world should see. To
book yourself in as artist of the month, see Louise at the library.

Hot Picks

These used to be called 'bestsellers', and you might have used this
system at the City library, where you jump the queue waiting for new
or popular material by paying a small fee. Until now, you haven't
been able to do this at Blueskin library, but now we have put aside
the shelf just inside the door to display books and DVD's that are in
high demand. They are called 'hot picks'. There is a fee of $5 to
borrow each one. Have a lot at our 'hot pick' shelves the next time
you come.

Posters

We have always had posters for you to borrow, but you might not be
aware that they are FREE, and that you have each poster for eight
weeks. Have a look at those on display in the children's area.

Staff News.

Congratulations to Louise who has been awarded her Library
Associateship at the national library conference in Auckland.
Congratulations also to Avril on winning her Health and Safety Award.

Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year to you all from Louise,
Carolyn, Kate, Amanda, Mike and Bessie

by Louise Booth

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Waitati Edible Gardeners (column)

Waitati Edible Gardeners

Spring tidings! A quick reminder about harvest markets next year - for
local folk to trade local produce. This includes veggies, seedlings, eggs,
dairy, honey, poultry, and all things made from above (jam, drinks, cake,
pickles). Markets will be at the Old Stores, Harvey St Waitati, on every
third Sunday of the month starting in February, so get planting extra
veggies to bring along. For more info, to help or to book a space email
misslucyjack@hotmail.com or call Lucy (4821773) or Rayna (4822504). If
not, just bring a basket or a barrow and show up.

I hope you are all polishing your green thumbs after consulting your newly
acquired planting calendars made by Jason Ross and available at Taste
Nature or the Blueskin Bay Library for a meagre sum. Described by one shrewd
reviewer as 'a consummate synthesis and fundamental contrivance for all
true Waititians'. I have stuck mine on the fridge so all my friends know
how truly eco-chic we really are round here.

And now back by popular demand:

Dear Aunt Lucy

I have recently decided to go "no-dig" and have painstakingly installed
raised beds, lovingly filled with mulch and pea straw. I did it by the
book, but everything I put in there gets eaten by slugs. Its slug heaven,
what will I do? Mulch love, A Keen reader

Dear Keen reader,
I have consulted my dear friend Dell, who once experienced the same
problem but overcame it with devious cunning and great skill. Dell says
that when one first mulches, one changes one's ecosystem balance by
creating a haven for slugs, in the damp and cool, under the mulch. These
pernicious Sigmurethra will prefer one's tender vegetablings over mulch,
if given the chance (they're not stupid you know). Slugs are naturally
eaten by carnivorous insects like voracious centipedes and beetles, which
will cotton on and move in to one's plots in quick succession. Then, one's
slug infestation will be roped under control and subside (sigh). The trick
is not to plant anything until one's ecosystem balance has returned. This
means, put down the mulch, wait a couple of months, then plant stuff. If
you can't wait ('I want, I want') you can use Tui 'Quash' Slug Pellets,
which apparently are made of Bran and Iron EDTA Complex (less toxic than
salt). They don't contain methaldehyde or methiocarb and don't kill other
beneficial invertebrates or your dog - Bonus!

Mulch love,

Aunt Lucy

P.S. Did you know that Zostera (sea grass) makes great mulch and brings sea
minerals into your soil? It banks up along the inside of the harbor if you
are ever that way.

by Lucy Jack

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Waitati Toy Library (column)

Waitati Toy Library

We have had a very busy couple of months buying new toys, games and
puzzles for our Toy Library. We have recently spent over $2000 on new
toys which we are gradually phasing into circulation whilst phasing
out some older ones. If you are a member but haven't visited us
recently, now's a really good time to come in and see what a wonderful
new selection we have. Or maybe you're not a member yet, but would
like to be . . . come on in and join up. New members are always very
welcome.

We are open at the Waitati Hall each fortnight on the dates listed below:

Saturday 29th November 10.30-11.30am

Monday 1st December 6.30-7.30pm

Saturday 13th December 10.30-11.30am

Monday 15th December 6.30-7.30pm

We will be closed during the holidays but will reopen in early
February – see February's issue of the Blueskin News for exact dates.

We would like to thank everyone who supported our very successful
Pre-Christmas Sale.

If you would like any further information please contact Liz on 482-1450.

by Dawn Hope

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Thursday, 20 November 2008

Blueskin Bay radio news

Blueskin Bay radio news: Friday November  21

 

Warrington School is selling packs of greeting cards as a school fundraiser. The designs are the children’s own artwork. Packs of six cards cost just $10 and are available from the office during school hours.

 

Waitati Film Society’s offering next Tuesday is The Moon over the Alley. This movie focuses on a small community of boarders in a rooming house in London’s Notting Hill. It will be shown at Bill’s Place, on the corner of Orokonui and Mt Cargill Roads at 8pm.

 

The Happy Hands Craft Group meets on Wednesday of next week at the Palmerston Community Centre. No matter what kind of craft you do, you’ll find a warm welcome awaits. Phone Lyne on 482 2822 for more details.

 

And, bookings are still being taken for stalls at the Waitati School Country Fair on Sunday December 7. The school is also looking for entertainers, books and items for white elephant tables. Phone the school for more information or to make a booking.

 

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Fwd: BLUESKIN BOOK CLUB

The November meeting was a quiet one as we had more apologies than
members that day. However we were pleased to welcome Karen, a new
member. Those present decided not to review any books but instead
enjoyed an informal chat about our favorite writers and books over our
coffee.

Next meeting will be our last for the year and will be on Tuesday 2nd
December at the Blueskin Bay Cafe, next to Blueskin Nursery at 12
noon. We have decided to finish the year with a lunch meeting.

More members are still required so if you have thought about coming
along, please do. We are a very informal group who just love reading,
and we cover a wide range of books.

If you require more information please contact Elizabeth 482 1025.

by Elizabeth Knife


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Re: classified ad please

BUS PARKING OR COTTAGE REQUIRED for mother with one young child. We
have a small semi-self contained house bus, so ideally we would love a
park up site with access to bathroom and laundry facilities.
Alternatively a small cottage to rent with space to park up our bus.
Waitati area preferred. We are quiet, responsible and tidy tenants.
Please phone 027 529 6887.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Blueskin Bay radio news

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday November 14

 

Puketapu Radio presents Blueskin Bay local news in association with blueskin.co.nz

 

The big event on the Blueskin Bay calendar next week is Two for the Road, a concert by Wayne Mason and Clinton Brown on Thursday night. The venue is the Waitati Hall and doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are just $10.

 

Bookings are now being taken for the Waitati School Country Fair. This is being held on Sunday December 7 from 11am to 3pm. It costs just $15 to have a stall and the school is looking for entertainers for the day, plus books and items for white elephant tables.

 

The Waitati Toy Library has spent more than $2000 on new toys, games and puzzles recently. As a result the toy library is having a sale this Saturday from 10.30 until 11.30am, and again on Monday from 6.30 to 7.30pm. Existing and new members are all welcome to check out the new toys and the sale items.

 

Fancy a work out? Join the Tae Kwon Do group which meets at Warrington Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7.30pm.

 

More about these and other stories can be found on Blueskin Bay's local volunteer news website, blueskin.co.nz.

 

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Waitati Beach Reserve Society (column)

With the arrival of warmer weather more people will be visiting
Doctors Point beach area. We thought that people would like to know
some of the history of the reserve and the Waitati Beach Reserve
Society's plans for the future.

The area behind the beach is private land. Residential land was
bought in the area by a group of doctors for their seaside houses from
around 1918 (hence the name, Doctors Point). They decided to purchase
the remaining sections near the beach and turn it into a reserve. In
1937 further sections were bought that were to the right of the road
going down to the beach. In 1955 the Waitati Beach Reserve Society was
formed with the aim "to retain the land at the beach in its present
state with the intention that it not be sub-divided or built on, and
be preserved as an amenity for the district for all time." This was
further enforced in 1992 when the Society was successful in obtaining
a Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenant on that land immediately
behind the shoreline to protect its special nature. In 1988 Mr Alf
White gifted his triangle of land between the railway land and the
beach to the Society.

In recent years the Society has tried to protect the area from cars
and bikes driving into the dunes, damaging the plants and Māori
archaeological sites. The area to the right of the road as you enter
the beach now has fencing to prevent vehicles entering but we have
maintained walking tracks.. Planting was undertaken with the local
school children and the librarian. We have learnt a lot from that
exercise in terms of what will grow and we plan future planting to
continue to help restore the sand dunes and encourage birdlife.

In the future we hope to fence off the sand dune area on the seaward
side of the road from cars, while still allowing for people to walk
through. The car parking areas will remain. We are doing this to
maintain and restore the sand dunes because without the plants on the
sand dunes the chances of coastal erosion and flooding increases .
This could mean a loss of the archaeological sites as well.

Unfortunately, it is common for people to drive their cars through the
dunes, build fires and dump rubbish.

We want to involve the community and especially the local school
children in conservation projects at the beach. With their involvement
we believe Doctors Point Beach will be an even more enjoyable and
interesting place. We also aim to preserve and enhance the plants and
birdlife. It is hoped that through the engagement with many people in
our community, the beach will be less likely to be damaged in the
future.

If you would like further information about the reserve and future
plans please contact the secretary on ph 4822 775.

Karen Johnston

President Waitati Beach Reserve Society

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Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday November 7

Puketapu Radio presents Blueskin Bay local news in association with
blueskin.co.nz

A new show opened at Gallery on Blueskin on Sunday. Entitled
Landscapes of the Heart, works by Justin Morshuis.

Have you seen any dolphins? It's the time of year when Hector's
Dolphins are often seen frolicking in the surf of local beaches.
Jennie Upton is keen to hear from anyone seeing dolphins with marks or
nicks on their dorsal fins or bodies. Phone her on 465 8318 if you do.

The Waitati Film Society's offering on Tuesday night will be The
Exterminating Angel. It deals with the aftermath of a party which
guests refuse to leave, with dire consequences. Start time is 8pm.

Blueskin Bay Garden Club meets on Thursday the 13th for a tour of
gardens in Waitati's Doctor's Point Rd. The meeting point is outside
number 216 at 6.30pm.

More about these and other stories can be found on Blueskin Bay's
local volunteer news website, blueskin.co.nz.

news compiled by Lynnaire Johnston

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Sunday, 2 November 2008

Classified ad: house for rent

DOCTORS POINT -3B/R, sunny open plan, new kitchen & bathroom, log
burner, garage, sleepout, pets neg., lawns mowed, ref. reqd. $270 p.w.
Ph. 4821660 or 0274 351 072

Waitati Toy Library

We have had a very busy couple of months buying new toys, games and
puzzles for our Toy Library. We have recently spent over $2,000 on new
toys, which we are gradually phasing into circulation whilst phasing
out some older ones. If you are a member but haven't visited us
recently, now's a really good time to come in and see what a wonderful
new selection we have. Or maybe you're not a member yet, but would
like to be, come on in and join up - new members are very welcome. We
are open at the Waitati Hall each fortnight on the dates listed below:

Saturday 1st November 10.30-11.30am

Monday 3rd November 6.30-7.30pm

Saturday 15th November 10.30-11.30am

Monday 17th November 6.30-7.30pm

Saturday 29th November 10.30-11.30am

Monday 1st December 6.30-7.30pm

Saturday 13th December 10.30-11.30am

Monday 15th December 6.30-7.30pm

And don't forget our Pre-Christmas Sale on Saturday 15th November
10.30-11.30am and Monday 17th November 6.30-7.30pm – open to members
and non-members.

For more information contact Liz on 482-1450

by Dawn Hope

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Friday, 31 October 2008

Blueskin Bay local news briefs

November is a big month for music at the Waitati Hall, starting on
Saturday 1 November with the 'Bit of a Revolution' pre-election dance
featuring the wall-to-wall sound of ten-piece R&B band Soul Deep.
Later in the month 'Nature' songwriter and former Waratah Wayne Mason
will showcase his latest album on Thursday 20 November.

The Dunedin City Council's rubbish survey forms have been distributed
to Blueskin Bay residents this week. The survey aims to establish
residents' views on how future rubbish and recycling services should
be delivered. The deadline for returning completed forms is Friday
November 15.

The monthly market at Seacliff is on again this Sunday. Stalls offer a
range of scrummy food, fresh vegetables, plants, clothing and general
bric-a-brac. The market is held at the Art Shed on the main coast road
between 11am and 2pm.

Playcentre's new 'Space' childcare service for East Otago, catering to
babies up to six months old, gets underway next week. Warrington child
educator Christine Rainbow says the service will begin this coming
Thursday at Palmerston Playcentre. Because two child educators will be
commuting from Warrington for each session, parents and babies will be
welcome to car-pool.

The Orokunui Ecosanctuary is now open to the public but for guided
tours only. That's because tracks, maps and facilities are still being
developed. The cost for adults is $20 for non-members and $10 for
members. Bookings are essential.

Members of the Blueskin Garden Club are heading over the hills and
across the sea to the Broad Bay/ Portobello Plant Fair and Garden Tour
on Sunday. They will visit nine local gardens and the Broad Bay china
shop. The garden tour starts at 12.30.

The Warrington Surf Lifesaving Club begins summer beach safety patrols
tomorrow. The life guards will patrol every weekend throughout the
summer from midday until 5pm. Sunday is the club's open day. Everyone
is welcome to go and look round the club facilities and hear about the
club's regular beach fun and sports for children and adults. The open
day starts at 10.30am.

If you are a knitter, stitcher, spinner, beader, felter, crocheter, patch
worker or some other form of craftsperson, the Blueskin Bay Craft
Group invites you to join them this coming Thursday evening. The group
meets at Blueskin Bay Library from 7pm to 9pm.

More about these and other stories can be found on Blueskin Bay's
local volunteer news website, blueskin.co.nz.


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Inaugural Meeting of Get the Train group

'Get the Train' held its Inaugural Meeting in Waitati on 23rd October 08. The
members discussed promotion, a submission to next year's ORC 10 yearly
Plan, whether we need to set up a legal entity and how to go about a
feasibility study.

The Group is seeking expertise for its campaign on the following matters:

* Global Position – climate change, peak oil
* History of train travel in the areas around Dunedin
* Specifics of road vs rail
* Accounting that includes environment, society and health
* Practicalities of trains to ensure long term success
* Potential economic benefits
* Establishing terms of reference for a feasibility study

We have 1300 signatures thus far on our Petition and more rolling in
all the time. Members will go to Oamaru Victorian Heritage
celebrations with petitions. If anyone knows of fairs or community
events to take petitions to please get in touch with us.

The ODT article on 23rd Oct highlighted behaviour of ORC employees and
the damningness of their response.

The Otago Regional Council is just one of many targets for a campaign.
If all else fails we'll sell a few raffles, sizzle a few sausages and
buy a railcar!

It was noted that Trudy Hutchison is organising a campaign in Mosgiel,
while Jean Park of the Business Professional Women's network is
pushing for the Southerner. There is a rail campaign in Hampden as
well. It is quite possible that many of these campaigns will come together.

The Name of our Group was chosen to be "Get The Train" and the group
now has a website:

getthetrain.blogspot.com

The next meeting will be on 27th November, 7pm at Dell's, 5 View St,
Orokonui. (This is a change from the date discussed in the meeting.)

(edited from the full Minutes which are available to members by
emailing getthetrain @ gmail.com)

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Classified ad: Wanted Grass clippings

WANTED GRASS CLIPPINGS for our compost heap. May be able to arrange
collection if there are a lot, and a regular supply. Hilary and Alex,
26 Orokonui Road. houseonhill @ ymail.com or phone Alex 021 044 9623.

Waitati Film Society: A GRANDMOTHER'S TRIBE

Film Screening to raise funds for Kenyan Grandmothers at the Waitati
Hall, Sat 29 Nov. 8 pm. Light supper and discussion to follow.
Suggested Entry $10 or buy a DVD.
A GRANDMOTHER'S TRIBE
This beautiful documentary film casts an "unobstructed lens" on two
grandmothers in Kenya, Africa who are raising their young orphaned
grandchildren after losing their own children to HIV/AIDS. We witness
their sadness and struggle of the loss of their own children and
experience the inspirational courage they demonstrate in raising their
orphaned grandchildren who are left behind. Rather than being a story
of tragedy, this film is a beautifully shot story of hope that
transcends the usual films we often see about Africa's crises.
54 min.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

OPINION: The Community Board: conduit or blocked drain?

I used to explain the role of the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board as
a conduit between the local community and the Dunedin City Council. I
now think that the Community Board is a bit more like a blocked drain.
I'm not suggesting that this is the fault of the Community Board.
Maybe the design is wrong. After all, we have no real budget and
definitely no power. We have trouble getting a fair hearing. Let me
give you some examples.

When surveyed, considerably more than half the people in Waitati and
Warrington supported upgrades of their existing local water supply
schemes. So what are we getting? That's right, the new super
chlorinated and fluoridated water from Mt Grand delivered via the 'Big
Pipe'.

At the same time as our communities rejected the Big Pipe (back in
2005), we asked if local people could get some assistance to install
rainwater tanks to supply water to their toilet, laundry and for
outdoor use. This was seen as a sustainable, environmentally-friendly
use of water. The Community Board suggested a pilot study in the
northern district be undertaken. On September 8 this year, the DCC
Infrastructure Services Committee received a report from staff which
put the final nail in the coffin of household rain water collection as
a DCC water conservation strategy. The report stated a lack of
research and similar practices in other councils, as reasons why
Dunedin should not proceed with household rainwater collection and
suggested that water metering is a more commonly used water
conservation method.

Many years ago we had local skips at Waitati and Warrington, these had
some good aspects such as active recycling and bad aspects such as
occasional fires. When the skips were removed we got weekly rubbish
collections and were promised three free mega skip days a year. Last
year council decided that we should pay for skip use and although the
rate is half that at the tip, it has put some people off using the
service. The community board has concerns that increased charges for
waste services will lead to more illegal dumping of rubbish at our
beaches and roadsides. This year the number of skip weekends was
reduced to two without any consultation with the Board or community.

Simple requests, by the board for additional rubbish collections and
extra toilet cleaning at the Warrington Domain over the summer (these
are public health issues) have turned into a prolonged bureaucratic
paper war. Our requests for toilets at Waitati and for an upgrade to
the toilet at Warrington have been declined.

Recent items in the 'Otago Daily Times' reveal that the Dunedin City
Council is under increasing financial stress (as is the rest of the
world), and it may have to make cutbacks in a number of areas. Roading
renewal, the Settlers' Museum upgrade and secondary treatment of
sewerage are possibly getting the chop. The current deteriorated state
of the Coast Road between Evansdale and Seacliff (due to heavy truck
movements associated with the Big Pipe construction) may be a glimpse
of the future. Dunedin will have a sparkling but empty new stadium,
while essential services, which help to keep our city functioning and
protect our heritage, will be neglected.

I am sure he Waikouaiti Coast Community Board will continue to
advocate for services for our area, but chances are, as with the
rubbish survey, which someone forgot to send to our area, we might
increasingly be ignored.

On a much happier note I would like to say how pleased I am to see the
new notice board by the hall in Warrington. Thanks to the Blueskin Bay
Garden Club for taking the initiative and applying for funding, and to
the Community Board who made a generous grant to support this project
and also thanks to the builder Brendan Holt for doing a great job. The
old one has gone to Seacliff where it will be refurbished and provide
that community with a better place for local notices.

by Geraldine Tait.

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