Friday, 25 January 2008

Waitati Film Society: change of programme

We have just received confirmation of our film programme and
unfortunately there is a change to the programme of 4 March.
'Omagh' has been replaced with 'Bay of Angels'. I have included the
blurb for it below.

Leonie Rousselot
Waitati Film Soc.
ph. 03 4822 508

Tuesday March 4
BAY OF ANGELS
France 1962
First seen walking proudly along the Monte Carlo boardwalk in the
film's justifiably famous opening, the glamorous but fraying Jackie
(Jeanne Moreau) is more comfortable in the less blinding enclosure of
a casino, where a clueless bank clerk soon falls for her. "I thought
this lifestyle only existed in American movies," he marvels, but the
joy of Bay of Angels is that it only exists in this movie: the whirl
of roulette wheels, the constant click of chips, elegance and
effortless cool, all framed by the radiant black-and-white camerawork
of Jean Rabier and the music of Michel Legrand. 85 minutes.

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LATE NEWS: Half a million for Blueskin Bay Library extension

The Dunedin City Council has allocated $500 000 to extend the cramped
library at Waitati over the next couple of years. The local community
will need to raise a further quarter million; $13 000 has just been
offered by the publishers of local history book 'Blueskin Days'.

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Letter to the editors: Big Pipe

I'm mad that I missed the community board meeting last night. The DCC
have managed to alienate not just the loony activists in the Northern
Districts, but everyone: Karitane who wanted the Big Pipe but aren't
getting it, the rest of us who didn't want it are!

And years later and millions more than predicted. We still could do
small clean local schemes quicker, cheaper and much more resilient.

by Scott Willis

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City Council takes a lot of crap from Domain users

The Dunedin City Council will remove the controversial caravan sewage
pit from the Warrington Domain playground, Waikouaiti Coast Community
Board chairperson Alasdair Morrison announced.
"The present location beside the playground and toilets has never been
satisfactory. A joint venture between the New Zealand Motor Caravan
Association and the Dunedin City Council will see the dump site
located close to the sewage pumping station round the corner past the
playground," Alasdair told 'Blueskin News'.

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South Island rescue boat champs will preview Nationals

The South Island Inflatable Rescue Boat Championships are to be held
at Warrington Surf Life Saving Club on Saturday 9 to Sunday 10
February. Exciting action to watch especially if there is a good surf.
Also on the Sunday starting at 10.30 am will be a competition for all
surf lifesavers – junior and senior. Come along and watch the
action.On 1 and 2 March the Otago Championships will be held at
Warrington for all ages groups. On 29th and 30th March the NZ IRB
Champs will be held at Warrington Beach. Lots of excitment and fun for
all ages both participants and on lookers.

by Lyn Hastie

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Opinion: from Geraldine Tait

The article by Sue Hensley et al has an error, the $9.5M does in fact
include the
upgrade of the Wakouaiti treatment plant. The major change to the scheme
is that the Big Pipe will not go to Karitane but stop at Seacliff;
Karitane will still be supplied from a Waikouaiti River-fed treatment
station. There is concern that there will be a greater water demand on
the river as a result of stopping the Big Pipe short of its original
destination.

Geraldine Tait
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

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Thursday, 24 January 2008

Opinion: The Waikouaito Coast Community Board and water decision-making

At the Community Board Meeting 23 Jan 2008 concerns were raised and
explanations demanded regarding the Northern Water Schemes Upgrade.

The following was the written submission given to Community Board
members in response to the agenda notes.

1. The cost overrun is huge, beyond the +/- 30% stated. The
original estimate in2005 for the WHOLE project including Waikouaiti,
Hawksbury and Karitane was $6.7m but the present estimate for a
partial scheme serving only Waitati, Warrington and Seacliff has risen
to $9.5m.
2. The communities that voted clearly against the big pipe option
(Waitati, Warrington) are the ones on line to get it. How ironic!
Will the big pipe even be capable of delivering water in future to
Hawksbury, Karitane and Waikouaiti? If it's not affordable now it is
even less likely to be affordable in 20years time.
3. The 2 "carrots" held out to dissenters were rainwater tanks and
conservation of local rivers. However there has been no action on
rainwater tanks and the DCC have been granted a 20yr water right for
extra water from the Waikouaiti River despite strong concerns from
both the River Estuary Care group Waikouaiti-Karitane and the ORC.
4. A major change to a project of great importance to local
communities has occurred and yet it appears no consultation has
occurred even at the Community Board level.

We ask the Community Board to represent these concerns to the
Council, demand an explanation and to ensure that the Council keeps
the communities affected by the Northern Water Schemes Upgrade fully
informed as to progress, costs and completion dates.

by Sue Hensley, Rosemary Penwarden, Derek Onley

(The editors invite the Dunedin City Council to reply to this article)

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Another bus company could serve Waitati

No-frills bus operator Nakedbus is considering adding a Waitati stop
to its daily Dunedin-Christchurch route, and is gathering votes on its
website at http://www.nakedbus.com/times-stops/is-your-destination-not-here/
to gauge local support. Their bus leaves Dunedin at 9.30am and arrives
in Dunedin from Christchurch at 4.35pm.

by the editors

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Waitati Energy Project column (corrected version)

Would you like a free energy audit of your property?

Over the past couple of years there have been a good number of public
meetings and workshops in Waitati with energy as a core focus (see
previous article in the December 2007 Edition of 'Blueskin News'). In
2008 a number of relevant and practical workshops are being planned as
well as pragmatic actions aimed at establishing a resilient community
energy system in Waitati.

The first deliverable action is a trial run of the Energy Efficiency
and Conservation Authority's (EECA) new Home Energy Ratings programme.
Through the Waitati Energy Project we've secured a limited number of
free energy assessments for Waitati.

Home Energy Ratings are designed to improve the energy efficiency of
New Zealand houses. It is like the star rating on appliances and is
intended to make owners and prospective owners of a property aware of
their home's energy performance. It's obvious that property owners
will gain a clearer vision of how efficient or inefficient their homes
are, and knowledge is power! – pity we can't burn it in winter. The
health costs of cold, draughty houses, for example, can be measured
against the cost of upgrading to a warm dry house, as can the economic
benefit of lowering electricity bills. And it seems reasonable to
accept that as the cost of energy rises over time, demand for homes
with a high value energy rating will rise too.

How does it work? According to EECA: "A Home Energy Rating is an
assessment of the energy efficiency performance of a home. It includes
the building itself, and the two biggest energy users in a home - the
room heating and the water heating systems. A qualified assessor
evaluates the home, then generates a report containing star ratings
showing the energy performance of the home, and professional
recommendations on the most appropriate actions to improve the home's
rating." Visit energywise.govt.nz for more information.

The Waitati Energy Project has 15-20 assessments to give away. There's
a catch though: you need to meet EECA's criteria and provide some
information to go in the draw… Since EECA is providing the
assessments, they will make the final selection. They'll choose from
homes that are:

(a) on sale, or about to go on sale
(b) rental properties, or
(c) whose owners are interested, willing and able to make energy
efficient upgrades if advised to do so

If you meet one or more of the criteria, information you will need to
supply includes:
1 the number of bedrooms
2 the number of storeys
3 ideally, any house plans you have

Please compile all the details listed below and email/post to me at:
Scott Willis, WEP (Email:
scott.willis @ stonebow.otago.ac.nz , Address: 31 Hill Street, RD2
Waitati) before February 7th.

Name
Address
Number of rooms
Number of storeys
Plans available?
Which criteria met?

The Waitati Energy Project is seeking funding support from the
Sustainable Management Fund for a whole bunch of further energy
initiatives, and we'll find out in March if we're successful, but
whether we are or not, 2008 is going to be a big year. Watch the
Blueskin News or join our email list for regular updates.

by Scott Willis

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Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Community station broadcasts a plea for more volunteers

Puketapu Radio, a voluntary community broadcaster which transmits
throughout East Otago, is calling for more helpers at its Palmerston
shop.

Station staff member Lawrence McCraw said that the station shop may
have to operate a reduced service. "Our bus ticket and booking service
would be affected, a service many rely on."

Also affected would be updates to the station's on-air weather and
road conditions reports, as these are handled by Shop staff.

The multi-talented shop volunteers also provide a photocopy service,
DVD/video rentals, second-hand book sales and a haberdashery stall.

Anyone interested in helping for 4 hours a week can call the Sation on
03 465 1660. "The work is enjoyable and you'll meet interesting
people," Lawrence said.

by the editors

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Waitati Film Society programme for February 2008

We start the year again with fortnightly screenings, the first being
held on Tuesday, 19
February at 8pm. Come along to Bill's Place, corner Orokonui and Mt.
Cargill Roads.
Membership for one year is $55 and covers 29 nights of entertainment
but we also have some
additional special screenings planned. We offer Drama, comedy, history
or just plain
entertainment in a warm, pleasant environment with convivial company.
For info ring Brigitte
482-2829 or Leonie 482-2508.

Programme not confirmed yet, there might be some changes.

by Leonie Rousselot

Tuesday Feb 19
Seducing Doctor Lewis
Canada 2003
In Pouliot's genial comedy the bumbling old-timers of a picturesque
but depressed Québec
fishing village concoct an elaborate scheme to convince a young
Montreal medic to sign on as
resident doctor. In order to anticipate his every whim they tap his
phone. Then, with stunning
ineptitude, they pander to his tastes for international cuisine and
fusion jazz, not to
mention his unfortunate passion for the incomprehensible game of
cricket. 108 minutes.

Special Screening:
Tuesday Feb 26
The Fluoride Deception
A history and explanation of how we came to have fluoridation. 29 minutes.

Tuesday March 4
Omagh
Ireland / UK 2004
Adhering closely to fact, this gripping film about the aftermath of a
1998 car bombing in the
Northern Ireland town of Omagh derives its dramatic power from the
common determination of a
diverse bunch of survivors, Catholic and Protestant, to identify the
perpetrators and
bring them to justice. Actor Gerard McSorley, an Omagh native,
disappears into his role as Michael
Gallagher, the bereaved father who battles point-scoring politicians
and face-saving police
to find an explanation for what exactly happened – and what should be
done about it. The film is
superbly directed by Pete Travis, and achieves some of its most potent
effects through
restraint. 106 minutes.

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Fireworks meeting

There will be a meeting to discuss the continuation of the Fireworks and
Bonfire night on Wed 20 Feb at Gallery on Blueskin, at 7pm.
This meeting is to gauge whether the event should continue as a community
run event as the Waitati School PTA can no longer run it on their own.
Volunteers
will be called for.
Please register your interest to Louise or Nicky on 4822080 before the 20th
because if numbers are large, venue will be moved to the Hall.

Louise Burnside
Waitati School PTA

Two major Waitati events under review this month

Two well-known Waitati events, each with a long-standing reputation
and to some extent victims of their own success and popularity, are
under review this month as their respective organisers ponder future
formats and seek more helpers and organisers.

There will be a meeting to discuss the continuation of Waitati School
PTA's famous Fireworks and Bonfire nights on Wednesday 20 February at
the new 'Gallery on Blueskin' at 7pm.

Organising committee member Louise Burnside told Blueskin News "This
meeting is to gauge whether the event should continue as a
community-run venture as the Waitati School PTA can no longer run it
on their own."

Louise can be contacted at 482 2080.

Meanwhile this month, the Blueskin Agricultiral & Pastoral Society is
discussing the future of their regular Waitati events. The Blueskin
show has had a long tradition combined with recent innovations such as
the Clearing Sale of rural equipment and possum carcase tossing.

A&P President Alasdair Morrison told Blueskin News late last year "We
propose to hold a clearing sale in the spring of next year, around mid
November. Whether or not other activities are held on that day will
largely depend on the level of community support we receive."

The A&P's meeting will be held on 26th February.

by the editors

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Re: Blueskin News feb. Ecosanctuary

Behind the pest exclusion fence a lot of waiting and watching and
walking is going on. The traps baited specifically for mustelids (ie
Stoats, Weasels etc) have turned up nothing and now monitoring tunnels
with a different attractant are being used to test for their presence.
Following this the presence of rodents will be tested using peanut
butter in the tunnels. To help Kelly and Elton with this stage a new
recruit from the Conservation Corps, Ricky Hull, has been employed for
6 months. Ricky has joined the flight south from Auckland and is now
living in Dunedin.

Pest eradication and monitoring work will continue to be intensive
over the next six months at least (although the sanctuary will always
need to monitor for pests) and for this time the reserve remains
closed to the public. Meanwhile it appears Rifleman have had a good
breeding season and staff sighted 14 within a 2-hour period. Also
there has been a sighting of a Fernbird and some Geckos. Still in
captivity are the four Kaka that have been joined recently by two
juveniles, captive bred from Invercargill. It is too early to say yet
how they will get on together – watch this space. It is planned to
release all four juveniles next spring.

The next local Ecosanctuary meeting will be Feb 13. Meetings are held
quarterly, on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the
Waitati Hall. Usually one or more trustees and/or staff attend and it
is a good opportunity to hear in more detail what is happening and to
ask questions of them. It is hoped to invite guest speakers as the
opportunity arises.

For further information on the ecosanctuary see our box at the
Blueskin Bay Library or visit www.orokonui.org.nz .
by Sue Hensley

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Warrington Surf Life Saving Club column

Here is something interesting to watch on our own beach. I Wish I had
a house overlooking the sea as the New Zealand Inflatable Rescue Boat
National Championships are on, so mark your calenders and head down to
the beach on 29th and 30th March. See the best of New Zealand's IRB
boat riders compete for first prize.

Well done to Sarah and Johnny for being selected in the developmental
squad for Otago. It's great to have members from our club represented.
Go Otago!

Fund raising

Our national 'Jandal Day' appeal was a good success and a new venture
for the NZ Surf Life Saving movement. Thank you to all those who
donated. All money raised in Otago stayed in Otago and all clubs
receive a percentage related to the hours spent with collection
buckets. Our actual quota of the money hasn't been finalised, but
thanks to the 22 families who collected we raised $976. Special thanks
to Kaye who did all the behind the scenes organising and the great
response from the public. Special thanks go to Blueskin General Store
for the well needed coffee as we stood outside in the bitterly cold
wind, I know I really needed it.

We will be having a Valentines Day raffle basket soon, this will help
pay for our clubbies to compete in national competitions.

Our helpers

Thanks to Pru and Ibby for keeping all our boards, motors etc
operational. Thank you Brett Hayes for all the electrical work you do
at our club. Please support Brett when you need an electrical job done
021 542170. It's those seldom noticed but so important behind the
scene jobs that make all the difference. Well done.

Our buildings

Also to all those who haven't heard the fantastic news, thanks to Pru
and her wonderful Building Project team (Lee Hunter, Lyn and Murray
Hastie, Peter Ibbotson, Jane Hailes to name a few) we are going to get
our well needed new kitchen and changing sheds. Its not till you have
to clean the old ones that you realise how bad they are. The A Frame
was last painted before Nationals in 1995 so it will be fantastic to
see a new coat of paint on it soon.

Upcoming competition dates

27th Jan competition at Brighton: 9am seniors, 9.30am juniors.
10th Feb at St Kilda or Warrington (venue to be confirmed)
29th and 30th March at Warrington: New Zealand IRBs

by Christine Rainbow

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'Blueskin Days' history book nearly sold out (corrected version of article)

'Blueskin Days' continues to sell well and out of the inital print of
1000 copies there are only about 90 left which far exceeds the
expectations of the book's publishers, Blueskin History Steering
Committee.

It has been decided that all the profits from the sale of the book
will go towards the refurbishment of the Blueskin Bay Library after the
alterations have been completed and at present the Committee have the
sum of $13,000 on deposit towards this project.

Heather Bell and her staff at the Blueskin General Store have so far
sold 158 books contributing $6,320 to the fund.

We have sold a number of books to people in England as well as about 7
to ex-residents in Australia.The sales programme has been a
fascinating excersise and both Liz and myself have loved every minute
of it. We have been amazed at the interest from all over New Zealand
and have received some fascinating letters providing a lot more
history of the area, all of which will be lodged with the Hocken
Library in due course.

by David Sumpter

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Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Police column

Happy New Year to all.

Back in July 2006 we were having problems with the Waitati School
being broken into. Unfortunately this has occurred again recently on
two occasions. The first was around the 17th December 2007 where a
laptop computer, television, DVD video recorder and a Nintendo Wii
game console were among the property stolen. The second time was
around 7th January 2008. A significant amount of property was taken
including about nine laptop computers, a mountain bike and cash. The
same offender has been identified for both burglaries and he is being
dealt with by police. Some, but not all of the property was recovered.

Scrap metal prices have been quite high for some time now and there
have been reports of people looking around properties and when
approached say they are looking for scrap metal. There have also been
regular reports where metal, especially copper has been stolen. This
may be in the form of spouting or downpipe or even the old copper tubs
where some more senior members of the community used to do their
laundry. We have even noticed that abandoned vehicles that have been
dumped around the area soon after have the wiring looms cut from them.
There have even been some long lengths of railway iron stolen from the
Waitati area and shows what effort some are prepared to put into their
dishonest behaviour.

Although this sounds like quite a bit going on, all in all things have
possibly been a little quieter than other holiday seasons. We hope
this continues.

If anyone has any information about any of the above items please let
the Police know. Enjoy the great weather we have been experiencing.

by Constable Phil Beckwith and Constable Lindsay Turner

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'Blueskin Days' history book nearly sold out

'Blueskin Days' continues to sell well and out of the inital print of
1000 copies there are only about 90 left which far exceeds the
expectations of the book's publishers, Blueskin History Steering
Committee.

It has been decided that all the profits from the sale of the book
will go towards the refurbishment of the Blueskin Library after the
alterations have been completed and at present the Committee have the
sum of $13,000 on deposit towards this project.

Heather Bell and her staff at the Blueskin Store have sold over 1300
books providing
$6300 towards the fund.

We have sold a number of books to people in England as well as about 7
to ex-residents in Australia.The sales programme has been a
fascinating excersise and both Liz and myself have loved every minute
of it. We have been amazed at the interest from all over New Zealand
and have received some fascinating letters providing a lot more
history of the area, all of which will be lodged with the Hocken
Library in due course.

by David Sumpter

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Waitati Energy Project column

Would you like a free energy audit of your property?

Over the past couple of years there have been a good number of public
meetings and workshops in Waitati with energy as a core focus (see
previous article in the December '07 Edition of the Blueskin News). In
2008 a number of relevant and practical workshops are being planned as
well as pragmatic actions aimed at establishing a resilient community
energy system in Waitati.

The first deliverable action is a trial run of the Government and the
Greens' new Home Energy Rating Scheme ('Hers'). Through the Waitati
Energy Project we've secured a limited number of free energy
assessments for Waitati.

'Hers' is a new initiative designed to improve the energy efficiency
of New Zealand houses. It is like the Energy Star rating on appliances
and is intended to make owners and prospective owners of a property
aware of their home's energy performance. It is obvious that property
owners will gain a clearer vision of how efficient or inefficient
their homes are, and knowledge is power – pity we can't burn it in
winter! The health costs of cold, draughty houses, for example, can be
measured against the cost of upgrading to a warm dry house, as can the
economic benefit of lowering electricity bills. And it seems
reasonable to accept that as the cost of energy rises over time,
demand for homes with a high value energy rating will rise too.

How does it work? According to EECA, "A Home Energy Rating is an
assessment of the energy efficiency performance of a home. It includes
the building itself, and the two biggest energy users in a home – the
room heating and the water heating systems. A qualified assessor
evaluates the home, then generates a report containing star ratings
showing the energy performance of the home, and professional
recommendations on the most appropriate actions to improve the home's
rating." Visit eeca.govt.nz for more information.

The Waitati Energy Project has 15-20 assessments to give away. There's
a catch though: you have to meet EECA's criteria and provide some
information to go in the draw… Since EECA is providing the
assessments, they will make the final selection. They'll choose from
homes that are:
(a) on sale, or about to go on sale
(b) rental properties, or
(c) whose owners are interested, willing and able to make energy
efficient upgrades if advised to do so

If you meet one or more of the criteria, and can provide the required
information, please compile all the details listed below and
email/post to me at: Scott Willis, WEP (Email:
scott.willis@stonebow.otago.ac.nz , Address: 31 Hill Street, RD2
Waitati) before February 7th.

Name
Address
Number of rooms
Number of stories
Plans available?
Which criteria met?

The Waitati Energy Project is seeking funding support from the
Sustainable Management Fund for a whole bunch of further energy
initiatives, and we'll find out in March if we're successful, but
whether we are or not, 2008 is going to be a big year. Watch the
Blueskin News or join our email list for regular updates.

by Scott Willis

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Public meeting re water fluoridation (corrected details)

Public meeting regarding the fluoridation of the Northern water scheme
guest speaker Don Church from Fluoride action network
and Dr Bruce Spittle
Waitati hall 7.30pm Monday 25th February 2008
enquiries: Olive McRae 4821347
any coin donation appreciated to cover costs

by Olive McRae

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Hector's Dolphins Survey column

Many thanks to all those people who have been watching out for
dolphins along the Blueskin Bay and Karitane coast. Please put your
survey forms in the box at Blueskin General Store or at the Warrington
Post Boxes. There are more survey forms available from these places or
you can download them from the wiki site. I am also happy for you to
just give me a call, email or post your information on the wiki site.

It is very exciting to hear that the dolphins are back cruising the
beaches at Warrington and Karitane/Waikouaiti. Liz and I hope to begin
our field work in February, weather permitting. I would also like to
start talking to those of you with longer memories about historical
sightings. Please give me a call. Look forward to hearing from you.

by Jennie Upton
Ph. 465 8318
027 330 7311
grimwoods @ hotmail.com
DolphinsDownSouth.wikispaces.com

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Art gallery opening in Waitati

A new art gallery and shop, Gallery on Blueskin, is due to open on
Harvey St, Waitati as this issue goes to print.

"We are hoping to open our doors next week, but definitely by February
1," manager KLouise Burnside told Blueskin News.

The building, formerly the Waitati Post Office, was most recently a
'collectibles' shop and whiteware metal recycling business but has
been closed for a year or two.

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Waitati Edible Gardens column

Welcome to a happy vegetable new year (and according to Jason, the year of
the plum tree). Our evening of edible garden tours was a great fun and a
success and much was learnt (well I know I learnt much). Lots of folk
extended their green fingers to green legs and rode bicycles between
venues and the sun shone. Thank you to Jason and Kate, PJ and Jenny, Derek
and to Jan for sharing their gardens and wisdom, and to Kate and Jurgen
for hosting a delicious lunch. Last week Jason held a summer pruning
workshop, covering apples, plums, gooseberries, black currants and
raspberries and Danielle kindly lent us trees and bushes to identify into
secondary branches, replacement branches and fruit spurs, fed us a yummy tea
and inspired us totally with her beautiful home. Coming Soon: Look out for
a harvest festival fair.

Derek's Garden Diary for February

This month it is time for planting greens for the winter: silverbeet,
kale, broccoli and caulis. You should be planting seedlings (which you can
buy from the nursery or from the farmers market) or if you are quick, you
can grow from seed on a windowsill, or in a greenhouse. February is
going to be dry
so water these wee plants well. A good tip: purple sprouting broccoli
(Koanga Seeds) is yummy and will be ready to eat early in spring when
there isn't much else. It's not too late to sow carrots from seed and
also lettuces. If lettuces are of the oak leaf (not the hearting) type
(like Merveille des Quatre Saisons) they will carry right through the
winter. Celery can also go in now – but needs lots of watering and likes a
good dollop of compost too. You can use grey water or rain water too in
the upcoming dry months.

In next month's Blueskin News: edible garden Q&A column

If you have a gardening/food growing question write to me at
misslucyjack @ hotmail.com or ring me 4821773 and I'll put the answer in the
next issue. We are also looking for a good name for the column, so please
send in your suggestions. Happy gardening.

by Lucy Jack and Derek Onley

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For Sale: weaving loom

For Sale: Warrington Surf Life Saving Club have been donated a weaving
loom to sell. It's a "Dryad - Leicester" Floor-mounted model with six
pedals, comes with book and all requirements. 1 metre across, 1.40
wide and 1.52 high. We would like to find a good offer for this asap.
Any queries to Lyn 482 2896 or Kaye 482 2494.

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Report from Blueskin Garden Club

Happy New Year to you all.
The Blueskin Garden Club had a great turnout of members and partners at our
December Meeting. The meeting was in the form of a progressive dinner at
three of our members' houses. This year we held this in the Doctors Point area.
(Previous years have been Mt Cargill Road and Warrington areas).

The evening was a typical Blueskin Bay one – warm temperatures, no wind and
certainly no rain. This allowed us to walk around the different gardens
enjoying the refreshments and food.

We commenced with drinks and nibbles at Daphne Henderson's, followed by main
course at Glenys Clements (where Marilyn did a wonderful job on the barbecue),
and finally with dessert, cheeses, chocolate and coffee at Robyn Ellison's.
The amount of food that everyone brought along to share was truly amazing
with some magnificent creations and new recipes and tastes to sample.

A huge thank you must go to Daphne, Glenys and Robyn and of course also to
their husbands for allowing us the privilege of descending upon their houses
and gardens, and providing fantastic venues for each course.

During the night we farewelled one of our very valued members, Selma Simmons
who is moving to Wellington. Selma has been a member for many years and her
artistic talents, conversation and participation will be very much missed.
In true Selma fashion she responded by giving everyone present a gift of
chocolates in a handmade (of course) Christmas wrapping.

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 14th February 2008. This is going
to be a walk around the Orokonui Sanctuary. We are to meet outside the
Waitati Hall at 6.20pm to make our way to the Sanctuary together. We will
be given an update regarding the Sanctuary before setting out on our walk.
For those members who might not feel up to walking right around (or if the
weather is wet etc), a shorter walk will be available.

If you would like further details regarding this please phone Lyn Hastie on
4822896.

by Lesley Smith

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Warrington on course for becoming sustainable

There will be an eight-week Adult Education course in how to live
sustainably starting in Warrington in a few weeks. The course is run
by an experienced environmental educator and organised through the
Dunedin City Council.

Venue: Warrington School
Duration: Eight Weeks
Start Date: Wednesday, 13 February
2008
Time: 7–9pm
Cost: Koha (Donation recommended
$25–$35)
Registrations Essential. Contact:
Maureen Howard, Phone: 473 9967

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February 2008 Blueskin Bay Library News

Kia ora and Happy New Year! We hope you are getting plenty of time to
revel in this beautiful summer weather. People are coming into the
library for their books etc and are spilling sand from their hair,
their clothes, their toes. It's the way a summer should be.

We are full of new year zest, and have plans that we hope you'll like.
There are our regular activities such as the Warrington Book Club,
storytelling at Waitati, the library on wheels at Warrington, and the
conclusion of the Summer reading programme. In this newsletter, we
bring you up-to-date with projects such as the Blueskin banner,
Blueskin Poets and progress towards our library extension. Plans are
well advanced for Turn-Off-TV-Week 2008, and we have made some small
changes to our library layout. For all this and more, please read on.

Summer Reading Programme

This summer, 52 Blueskin Bay children enrolled in this programme. Some
set themselves reading goals that were quite ambitious. Everyone who
reaches their goal receives a small prize donated as usual by the
University Book Shop. This year there have been additional prizes.
Movie passes have gone to children on the reading programme, their
names drawn from the box on Fridays. So far Ben Carr and Katherine
Young have won passes donated by Hoyts. All those who completed their
reading goal were included in the big draw to win a Play station
portable console and game, an ice-cream maker, and other prizes such
as more movie passes and book vouchers. The winners of these prizes as
well as those who have reached their reading goals, will be presented
with their prizes in later February. Watch this space for more
details.

Congratulations to all winners. Every year the children seem to enjoy
participating, and parents report to us that the programme can make a
real difference to their child's reading.

Warrington Book Club

This popular club resumes on Tuesday 26 February, 3.15-4.30pm. All
interested children will meet monthly with Kate in the Warrington
School Library to talk about the books they have been reading and to
share in some book-related activity. The Book Club members from last
year are all keen to rejoin, but new members are always welcome. If
you love books, it's great fun!

Warrington Outreach

The library comes to Warrington again in 2008. Everyone is invited to
Warrington School to meet library staff and borrow or return books,
CDs, DVDs, or to register as a new library member. Our first
Warrington visit is on 20 February, 2-3pm at Warrington School.

Banner Project

The Blueskin Banner is growing. It is being passed from person to
person for embroidery or art work to be added and is becoming more and
more beautiful. If you would like the banner to be passed to you, give
your name to Kate at the library.

Blueskin Poets 2007

The Blueskin Bay community can be proud of this. The completed book,
containing 70 poems, all written by Blueskin Bay people, children and
adults, will be launched in later February. The name is the idea of
Frances Russell. The 2007 cover was designed by Bruno Willis. At the
launch, Frances and Bruno will be presented with their prizes, donated
by Blueskin Nurseries, and Dunedin City Libraries. Originally we had
planned to produce just three copies, one for each of the schools, and
one for the library, but so many people have expressed an interest in
having a copy for themselves, that we have decided to make more, and
to sell them for cost. This will be $15 per copy. If you would like
your own copy, we are taking orders at the library. There will be a
limited number available for sale on the day of the launch. Don't miss
out.

Blueskin Poets 2008

It's never too soon to be writing poems for the second issue of
Blueskin Poets! We will gather them as fast as you can write them,
the only limits being: no longer than one A4 sheet, no more than 3
poems per poet, subject matter to be suitable for family reading.
Later in the year there will be a competition for children to design a
'Blueskin Poets 2008' cover. Final dates for this and for handing in
poems will be announced nearer to the time. But there is no limit on
starting times. Now is good.

Turn-Off-TV-Week

Some of the ideas coming in about this famous week are irresistible.
We are asking for more suggestions, and for offers to run workshops
and/or organise events. These might be for adults, for children; they
might have broad appeal or be for a select few. But they'll be fun. Be
looking forward to April 21-28!

Minor Changes in Library

In the interests of making better use of our tiny amount of space, and
also trying to bring more reading possibilities to your attention, we
have integrated most of the fiction. Free fiction and rental fiction,
mysteries, thrillers and romances are now shelved as one. Only science
fiction and fantasy remain separate, but that shelf is now next to the
rest of the fiction, where biographies used to be. Biographies are
beside the large print. Bamboozlement will be only momentary. When
you've recovered from that, let us know what you think.

Bokashi Buckets

A bokashi bucket sits in your kitchen receiving all food waste,
including meat (not bones). Using a fermentation process, usable
compost is produced within weeks. Some of us at the library have
buckets at home, and we are enthusiasts! So now we have them for sale
for $36 each! Your garden will love you.

Sustainable Living

Carolyn is collating material for a library folder containing hints
and ideas towards sustainable living. Suggestions and donations for
relevant material are welcome.

Preschool Storytime

Introduce your child to the wonderful world of books and language.
Visit the library for half an hour of stories, both old and new.
Suitable for pre-school children and their care-givers. Every Friday
10.30am, excludes school holidays.

by Louise Booth

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Sunday, 20 January 2008

Life savers ready for cardiac emergency at Warrington Beach

Warrington Surf Lifeguard Pete Russell with the patrol's new Defibrillator

Photo: Blueskin News

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Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Local visitors' guide flies off shelves

A travel guide produced by volunteer community publishers Blueskin
Media has been snapped up in less than two weeks and is now in its
second print run.
The 'Blueskin Bay Free Visitors' Guide' was produced with the help of
a Waikouaiti Coast Community Board grant and aims to help tourists and
holidaymakers find their way around the coastal settlements of
Warrington and Waitati.
The Guide is unusual in that almost all the content is from the "open
source" websites Wikipedia and Wikitravel: this makes updates easy and
convenient.
The second print run has attracted several paying advertisers and it
is hoped that by next summer the publication will be self-sustaining.
The Guide is available from Blueskin General Store and Blueskin Bay
Library, both in Waitati.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Public meeting re water fluoridation

Public meeting regarding the fluoridation of the Northern water scheme
guest speaker Don Church from Fluoride action network
Waitati hall 7.30pm Monday 25th February 2008
enquiries: Olive McRae 4821347
any coin donation appreciated to cover costs

by Olive McRae

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Friday, 11 January 2008

Wanted: House sitting or a place to rent

Wanted: a place to either rent or house sit from 23 February.
Interested in anything in the Blueskin, Seacliff, Port Chalmers, city
or Waikouaiti areas. Please contact Louise at the Blueskin Bay Library
on 4822444 or on 027 6817481.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Google car putting Warrington on the map?

A small car was spotted in Warrington today, apparently driving around
all the streets in turn. The car displayed prominent "Google" logos on
each side and had a tripod on the roof with a shiny black round object
on top.

This photograph of a Volkswagen Beetle with similar equipment (found
using Google Images) is not the car spotted in Warrington and is an
unauthorised copy of uncertain origin, please use with discretion.

by the eitors

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