Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Police Community Report

Tënä koutou katoa,
A group of children playing at a park at Karitane on the 18th of
January 2008, were accosted by a young male who threatened them with a
knife. The offending male initially approached the group speaking with
them for several minutes before leaving, he returned about 45 minutes
later threatening them with the knife.
The offender is described as a young European male about 16 years of
age, he is about 6 foot tall and of slim build with short blonde hair.
He was wearing a blue hooded jersey, blue jeans and leather sandals;
he was riding a bike and was wearing a white bicycle helmet. If anyone
has any information or recognises the description of the offending
male then please contact the Waikouaiti Police.

On the 10th of February 2008, a domestic dispute occurred at an
address at Waikouaiti, the male party threatened to harm himself and
damage property; he left the address in a vehicle prior to police
arrival. Police conducted extensive enquiries at the time in an
attempt to locate the man, it was later established he had travelled
to Christchurch and subsequently stayed with extended family, no
further police action was taken however the matter has been referred
to the Dunedin Police Family Violence Coordinator for his noting.

A reminder to those who choose to park their vehicles along the main
road for extended periods after an attempted theft from a vehicle
parked outside DK Autos on the 12th of February 2008, this follows the
theft of property from several vehicles parked in the same area last
month. It is important for vehicle owners to not leave items of value
in their vehicle and certainly not within plain view such as on the
backseat.

Police would like to hear from anyone who has any information
regarding the theft of two sheep from a farm which occurred along
Quarry Road Waikouaiti on the 18th of February 2008, police have
lifted fingerprints believed to be that of the offender and vehicle
tracks were evident at the scene, the remains from the sheep were
located nearby. This crime was committed by a local person and police
are already beginning to receive information as to who is responsible;
however police would encourage those involved to step forward so this
matter can be resolved.

Two burglaries have occurred at the same address at Karitane this
month, the first at the start of February and the second on the 21st
of February 2008, a Dunedin man and youth are being dealt with in
relation to the first burglary and enquiries are continuing regarding
the second. Police would like to hear from anyone who noticed persons
or vehicles acting suspicious along Bernera Street Karitane on
Thursday the 21st of February 2008.

Warrington residents have also been targeted by thieves this month
with two burglaries occurring there, the first between the 1st and 3rd
of February 2008, along Church Road. Nothing was taken from that
address and it appears to have been a crime of opportunity. The second
burglary occurred on Saturday the 23rd of February 2008, along Coast
Road, Warrington. A distinctive 42" LCD television was the only item
taken from the address, only six of these televisions exists in the
Dunedin area, police again would like to hear from anyone who has any
information which may assist in the apprehension of the thieves.

In the early hours of the 24th of February 2008, a horse found its way
onto State Highway One at Goodwood and was struck and killed by a
passing truck and trailer unit. A trucking company from Christchurch
contacted police later that morning regarding this, at this stage
police are not aware of who the horse belongs to or how it came to be
on the highway.

On Monday the 25th of February 2008, police from Waikouaiti and
Dunedin including Highway Patrol were involved in a pursuit which
ended on the northern outskirts of Dunedin. Members of the public
observed a vehicle driving erratically and in places dangerously just
south of Palmerston, police attempted to stop the vehicle at Waitati
however the vehicle failed to stop. Dunedin police deployed road
spikes on the approach to Dunedin, and upon seeing this the vehicle
stopped parking behind a police vehicle. A Christchurch woman was
subsequently arrested for failing to stop, enquiries are continuing
and further charges are likely.

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

If you see anything suspicious or if you wish to speak to the Police
regarding any other matter you can contact us on 03 465 9127. In
emergencies dial 111. Until next month, take care.

Constable Jon-Paul Tremain
New Zealand Police
Waikouaiti

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Waitati Film Society: Bay of Angels, Tuesday 4 March

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.

by Leonie Rousselot

Tuesday 4 March
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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Corrected date: Next Blueskin Media public meeting

(Please note date change from previous announcement: we wouldn't hold
a meeting on Easter Monday!)

Blueskin Media, the not-for-profit, volunteer publishers of Blueskin
News, the blueskin.co.nz web site and Blueskin Bay Local News on
Puketapu Radio will have a management meeting on Monday 31 March, 7pm
at the Blueskin Bay Library.
All meetings of Blueskin Media are open to the general public, and
everyone is welcome.
Louise Booth, President

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Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Next Blueskin Media public meeting

Blueskin Media, the not-for-profit, volunteer publishers of Blueskin
News, the blueskin.co.nz web site and Blueskin Bay Local News on
Puketapu Radio will have a management meeting on Monday 24 March, 7pm
at the Blueskin Bay Library.
All meetings of Blueskin Media are open to the general public, and
everyone is welcome.
Louise Booth, President
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Monday, 25 February 2008

Warrington Playcentre (column)

The Warrington Playcentre family is back together after a wonderful
summer break. The children are thriving on playing with the vast range
of toys and activities but most importantly are delighted to see one
another again.

If you have ever thought about coming along to our centre than there's
no time like the present. We have plenty of space for more little
people to join our sessions and would love to meet their families. We
cater for ages from 0-6 years and strive to create a fun caring
environment.

Our centre is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with the
sessions starting 9am through to 12noon. We have room on most of these
sessions and encourage you to contact us for further details, 027 227
7329, if there's no answer please don't be shy to leave a message.

It's a great place to come and watch your child develop and gain
confidence through interacting with other children, participating in
activities and exploring.

We also have plenty of opportunities for parents to develop new
skills, contribute to their current ones and work along other adults.
Parents are actively educated in parenting skills, ways to provide
effectively for their children's learning and general knowledge of
childs development. Play centre is not a drop off daycare or a coffee
group, but parents will find the time spent actively involved with
their children allows them to parent effectively and be a positive
influence on their growth, not only in these early years but
throughout their later schooling.

We'd love to see you. Corner of Station Rd and Stephenson Rd, Warrington.

by Hannah Randall

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Sunday, 24 February 2008

Warrington Surf Life Saving Club (column)

Wow, hasn't the surf been amazing. It's such a shame an Inflateable
Rescue Boat racing event in Warrington had to be moved to Waikouaiti
on 9th Feb and then a carnival for the juniors had to been cancelled
on the 10th, even the normal club meeting was cancelled.

Don't worry, we can still catch lots more IRB action: the Otago IRB
Championship will be on Sunday 2 March and the New Zealand National
IRB Championship will be held on our beach on 29-30 March.

Our Members are busy at the moment traveling around New Zealand
competing in events:

• Talia, Sarah, Rebecca and Matt all travelled to Christchurch and
competed really well considering the freezing cold wet conditions,
Matt got a bronze in beach sprints, Rebecca got a silver in beach
flags and Talia got 4th in beach flags.

• Rebecca and Johnny were both selected as part of the Otago
Development Squad and traveled to Taranaki. Rebecca took part in the
beach flags and was placed 7th and also 7th in the sprints. Johnny was
6th in the flags and 6th in the board race.

• Johnny Kelly is going to the Nationals in Whakatane in March.

• Michael Hastie has taken part in the Northern Regions, competing a
board race in the "middle", waves were huge and most events were
cancelled. He has also competed in round the bay champs.

Well done to all of you. Warrington clubbies shine and what a future
the club has with young members of this calibre among them.

Garage sale: This will be held in the Spring. No date has been set yet
but if you have any donations you can contact either Kaye on 4822494
or Lynn Hastie on 4822896.

Coming events at warrington:

1 March: Otago champs for lifeguards.
2 March: Otago champs for juniors
29-30 March: New Zealand IRBs

Hope you have a great time enjoying the enormous surf and hot weather
we are having.

by Christine Rainbow

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Saturday, 23 February 2008

Orokonui Ecosanctuary (column)

It was great to see the proposed visitor centre on DVD at the local
meeting in February. It's a modern design with a low profile and a
roof that is reminiscent of a bird's wing. A 5-star sustainability
rating is being aimed at in dealing with all water, waste, heating and
lighting. There was a mixed reaction to the design, some commenting on
the increased cost (now estimated at $2m) and some not impressed with
the glass and steel look but others liked what they saw and felt that
the cost for such a building was not unreasonable.

Thanks to Paul Clements it is now easier to use the perimeter track up
to Mopanui Rd. Paul has built two stiles giving easy access to the
zig-zag track on Graeme Bennett's land. This is a much easier gradient
than the incredibly steep top section of the perimeter track.

The Kaka all seem to be settling well. In the hot weather they have
been attempting to use their drinking bowls as baths and so kaka
minder Robin Nyhof procured two bird baths for them. However not
content with this one kaka prefers to shower. It walks upside down on
the cage roof knocking the raindrops off the wire and onto
outstretched wings.

To date no new pests have been sighted. However the last few, the
Hedgehogs, Hares and Goats, always require a proportionately greater
amount of work to eliminate. All going well the ecosanctuary may be
open to the public in 6 months time. The first two reintroductions are
proposed for this year: the Haast Tokoeka (a species of Kiwi) and the
Jewelled Gecko.

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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News: Waitati Fireworks organisers will explore a joint event with A&P

Organisers of the Waitati School Fireworks and Bonfire Night, an
annual fixture of many years' standing, met on Wednesday 20 February
to discuss the future of their November event.

Co-organiser Louise Burnside of the Waitati School PTA told 'Blueskin
News' that the meeting's turn-out was poor, with only six people
attending.

"Four of us were part of the school, which would indicate that the
general public isn't willing to volunteer their help," Louise said.
"We decided that two representatives should attend the A&P meeting
next week to see if there is interest in combining our Fireworks with
the A&P Show as a joint event."

The Blueskin A&P Society are holding a meeting next Tuesday 26
February at Waitati Hall.

by the editors


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Invitation to Gallery on Blueskin public opening

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From: Blueskin Media <blueskin.input@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 21:31:42 +1300
Subject: Invitation to Gallery on Blueskin public opening
To: louise burnside <burnsidelouise@xtra.co.nz>
Gallery on Blueskin will be holding its Public Opening celebration, in
conjunction with the Dunedin Fringe Festival and Mayhem Mardi-gras and
Market Day on Sunday 30 March. The Opening will run from 2pm until 6pm
with free musical entertainment by 'Delgirl' from 4.30-6pm. Other
entertainment is still to be advised, with a flag raising at 2pm.
A free glass of bubbly will be provided
with nibbles and a cash bar will be available for the whole afternoon.
The exhibition will feature all new work by Jenna Packer, Liz Abbott,
Angela Burns, Patricia Payne and Marion Mewburn.
by Louise Burnside

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Waitete Bush (column)

One hundred and fifty more native seedlingss were planted at Waitete
Bush in early December and are doing well in spite of there not being
our usual allocation of rain this summer.

We are organising a work week at the Bush 10-16 March to get some
grass cutting and mulching done around the plants. The plan is that we
will work whenever we can during that week at the Bush during the day
or evening when time allows. Task Force Green are helping out for the
first three days.

The work involved will be weeding, cutting grass and using the old
baleage and small hay bales as mulch around the plants. Thanks Graeme
for shifting the baleage and baling. There are also a few more natives
to plant.

Entry is via the river end of Bland Park, through private property so
please, no dogs and stay between river and marker posts thanks. There
are two stiles to cross. Everybody is most welcome anytime. Our
telephone number is 4822338.

by Lynley O'Neill and Frank O'Neill

(NOTE from the editors: For those who came in late, Waitete Bush,
using the original name of Waitati River, is a forest restoration
project on the river terrace along the left side of the Motorway on
the way in to town past Waitati corner.)

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Waitati Energy Project (column)

There are many alternative ways of reducing energy demand. Most of them
come down to individual choices we make in our households, or how we
construct, renovate, and live in our houses. So it is hard to find a one-size-
fits-all that will reduce household energy use (and reduce the need
for costly infrastructural projects, reduce our carbon footprint, etc...).

Perhaps the answer is not to find the single solution but to provide
the context in which multiple, creative solutions can be found. This seems
to be the path taken by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Authority's new Home Energy Rating Scheme ('HERS'). This is a
government initiative
under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy, which is led on behalf
of the government by the Greens Co-leader, Jeanette Fitzsimmons.

Getting people to consume less, even when it is in their
best interests and painless to do has always been a challenging thing.
However since Jeanette Fitzsimmons and EECA had taken such an interest in
the Waitati Energy Project (and offered us more than $5000 worth
of HERS assessments), it seemed foolish not to take full advantage of it.
So mid February the recruitment drive became intense and by the time I had
to send off applications to EECA there were a total of 27 applications
(and more arriving).

A big thank-you then, to all who got in behind the HERS initiative and put
names and details forward. EECA has now selected 15 households for free
HERS audits out of the 27 households who initially applied (those
households have all been contacted). Three registered Dunedin assessors
will conduct the audits before the end of March. Those who missed out and
any others will be offered the next opportunity. As anticipated,
households represent a mix: some are interested in efficiencies and are
willing to act on information given, at least one is a landlord interested in
providing a healthier and more efficient house for tenants, and some are
selling their houses and may be able to use the HERS audit as an
additional selling tool.

Now there is still the question of those who applied and missed out, and
everyone else who wants to make energy savings, make homes healthier, more
comfortable and less costly and generally reduce their carbon footprint.
There may be further financial assistance for Waitati/Blueskin households
wanting HERS assessments however we won't know in what form until EECA has
had an opportunity to see how well the first audits go. The WEP email list
and next Blueskin News column will carry more details.

HERS as a national standard will become increasingly important and useful
over time. However it is a new tool, and a 'soft' way of reducing energy
demand, not a one-stop solution. As the Waitati Energy Project progresses
we expect to facilitate a larger range of tools, not just to reduce
demand, but also to produce energy, and build a more energy resilient
community. If you want to be kept updated, go on the email list or get
involved, then please contact me. Tel: 4822249 or Email: scott.willis @
stonebow.otago.ac.nz

by Scott Willis

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Derek’s Garden Diary (Waitati Edible Gardeners column)

March is a marginal month. You have to plan well ahead for Spring or
take a chance on good weather with those vegetables you should have
dealt with in January and February. If you are into growing Onions,
this is the month to plant seeds to grow over winter and transplant
early next spring. The first of the Broad Beans can be sown in the
last few weeks of the month, to crop next spring. Shorter growing
varieties withstand the winter winds better.

You can still plant seeds and plants of faster growing greens such as
leafy Lettuce, Mesclun mixes, Rocket and Spinach, but March is getting
a bit late in the season and the success of plantings of the likes of
Broccoli, Cauliflower and Cabbage depend very much on good autumn
weather. Cabbage plants planted now will either heart up in late
autumn and winter or look utterly miserable but, like humans, will
perk up in early spring along with the daffodils and before they run
to seed they can be eaten as leafy green vegetables. You can also take
a chance with seeds of Spring Onions which will take off in Spring if
they don't make it before Winter.

Silver Beet plants planted in March should last all winter, as will
Parsley. Leave any parsley plants over autumn to go to seed and, if
you are not too tidy, ease back on the hoeing and don't mulch too
heavily, plants will pop up all over the place and can be easily
transplanted for a supply throughout the winter.

Any free space – you shouldn't have much if you want to eat well over
winter – should be planted in a green crop (mustard and oats are
easiest) or like Irish potato growers, should be mulched over winter
with thick layers of seaweed, grass clippings, straw, hay and wood
ashes. "Lazy beds" they be called. Marginally easier than digging.

by Derek Onley

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Blueskin Bay Library (column)

Kia ora to you all for the month of March. This month we remind you
of some of our regular library activities, and bring you news of
plans, schemes and projects that are under way, such as the
Turn-Off-TV-Week slogan competition, the Fun Day on March 7, a funding
workshop for community groups, and more …

Children's Book Club

The children's book club at Warrington School starts again on March
18th at 3.15pm and goes until 4.30pm. Kate takes this enthusiastic
group of readers.

Library at Warrington

Warrington Outreach will be underway again this year on March 5 and 19th, 2-3pm.

ChatterBooks

Do you like to talk about books? We'd love to get a group together
and chat about what we've been reading. At this stage we are
contemplating an hour during an afternoon for our ChatterBooks group.
Let us know promptly if you are interested in joining in. We are
eager to get this under way in March.

'Blueskin Poets 2007'

We are still taking orders for this fine production, a bargain at $15
a copy. Numbers are limited, so don't miss out.

Turn Off TV Week, April 20 -27 2008

Arrangements are underway and venues are getting booked for Turn Off
TV Week 2008 which will be run in conjunction with a similar event in
Mosgiel to pool ideas and resources. This year, Waitati's famous
anti-couch potato Week will be coordinated by staff of the Blueskin
Bay Library with community groups running events and activities. Many
local individuals, clubs, schools and businesses are keen to be
involved, and further expressions of interest are welcome at the
Library (ph 4822444).

Slogan Competition

The wonderful 'Turn off TV, Turn on Life!' has been the slogan of the
Blueskin Bay Turn-Off-TV-Week since it began, and so now we thought a
new slogan would be timely. We are offering a prize for the slogan
that best sums up the spirit of the week in a few well-chosen words.
Watch out for more details about this contest.

by Louise Booth

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Waitati Market Day announced for 30 March

MAYHEM MARDI GRAS AND MARKET DAY !
SUNDAY 30TH MARCH
Celebrate the Blueskin bay launch of the Fringe
festival
Main street market starting at 10am. More stallholders are
welcome and stalls are free so showcase your local
industry!
FOOD BRIC A BRAC ART ETC
Please dress up and come along. Prizes for the most
flamboyantly dressed boy, girl and adult!
OFFICAL PUBLIC OPENING OF THE BLUESKIN ART GALLERY AT
2PM!
Pomp and ceremony, Free bands and loads of beautiful
art and crafts by local artists. Be there to be part
of this colourful and creative community celebration!

by Mandy Mayhem

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Blueskin Garden Club (column)

For its February Meeting the Blueskin Garden Club visited the Orokonui
Ecosanctuary. We met up with Chris Baillie at the top of the Sanctuary on the
site where the visitors centre is going to be built. From there we wandered
down the hill to view the Kaka, where Chris brought us up to date with all
the "happenings" and the "things that are going to happen". She described
to us all that we locals and visitors can look forward to in the very near
future, with new tracks, new wildlife, new visitors centre, and lots of
trees!

While she was talking we were surrounded by constant bird calls, not only
from the noisy kaka, but also from the large amount of native birds that
have flocked to the Sanctuary since their predators have been eliminated.
The Sanctuary will be a huge asset to Blueskin Bay and Dunedin, and a great
heritage for our children and grandchildren.

Following the visit we adjourned to the Waitati Hall for a warm cuppa and
the business side of the Meeting.

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 13th March 2008, at 7.30pm. This
will be held in the Warrington Hall where we will be joined by Tony Roche
and Ray Crombie who will show us the art of wine making with the different
fruits and vegetables from our gardens. I have been told that we might even
be sampling some wine, so if you would like to join us please do!

For further details please contact Lyn Hastie on 4822896.

by Lesley Smith

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ANNUAL SEACLIFF GARAGE SALE

THE EXTREMELY FAMOUS ANNUAL SEACLIFF GARAGE SALE

SUNDAY 16 MARCH

The Domain, Kilgour Street, Seacliff

10am to 2pm

Food. Music. Bargains Galore.

Something for Everyone

Stall holders welcome

(No charge for a stall, but we will be asking for a small contribution
to cover advertising costs)

Any queries: Contact Cathie – tel: 465 8222

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The Blueskin Bayleaf (column): Chamomile

Chamomile flowers, Matricaria chamomile, are so pretty and the plant
thrives in the conditions of Blueskin Bay. Check out botanical.com and
howstuffworks.com for some really fascinating ideas on how it can be
used in the home as a remedy for many different things, from IBS to eczema.

Chamomile Biscotti
Preparation Time: 5 min
Cooking Time: 35 min + 15 min
Cooling Time: 20 min

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
2/3 c sugar
2 eggs
3 T honey
1/2 t vanilla
2 T orange zest
5 T very strong brewed chamomile tea

Icing
1 c icing sugar
2 T very strong brewed chamomile tea
1 T butter

Directions
Preheat oven to 180°c and adjust rack to middle position.
In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and
salt. Set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together sugar and eggs to a light
yellow color. Stir in honey, vanilla, zest, and tea. Add in dry
ingredients, folding batter together until just combined.
Divide batter into two equal sections. With floured hands to prevent
sticking, form each half into a log (approximately 3 inches wide by
3/4 of an inch high and place lengthwise on baking paper. Be sure
to place logs at least one inch apart from each other.
Bake logs for 35 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
Reduce temperature down to 160°C
Using a serrated knife, cut logs diagonally into 1/2-inch thick
slices. Lay slices on their sides on the tray being careful not to
overcrowd the tray. Return to oven and bake for another 15 minutes,
flipping the slices over once halfway through.
Remove from the oven and cool.
You can enjoy as-is or drizzle with chamomile spiked icing. To make
the icing, simply stir together icing sugar with hot tea and a
tablespoon of butter and drizzle over cookies with a fork.
by Rowan Holt
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Dunedin Citizen Advice Bureau announces public talk by Sue Chetwin of 'Consumer'

Citizens Advice Bureau Awareness Week
• starts March 10
• theme Real Voices, Real People for All People
• find out more about what is involved in becoming a volunteer
Public meeting in the Skeggs Gallery, Dunedin Town Hall on Tuesday
11th March 12 noon to 1pm. Sue Chetwin, CEO of Consumer NZ will be
talking about some topical consumer issues and will be available to
answer your questions.
Citizens Advice Bureaux is an independent community organization that
provides a free, impartial and confidential service of information,
assistance and referral for people in our communities.
For further information phone 0800 367 222 (0800 For CAB) or 03 471 6166.

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Blueskin News Society Page

Celebrating the end of renovations and start of trading at the new
Gallery on Blueskin in Waitati on February 1 2008, listed left to
right . . .

7: Anita DeSoto and Mandy Mayhem both of Waitati

Owners Nicky Clarke, and Louise Burnside

1: from left Euan Thomson, Malcolm Gould, both of Waitati; Louise
Booth of Waikouaiti (DCC Blueskin Bay Library librarian)

2: Scott Macdonald of Macandrew Bay, Bjorn Oscar Sollie of Green Island

3: Ella Hjertquist (7) of Dunedin, Torbjorn Sollie (obscured, at
front) (5) of Green Island

4: Shane Ohline, Heather Robson, Beverly Ohline; all formerly of
Waitati, now of Dunedin

6: Joe Cecchi of Careys Bay, Colin Withnall QC of Dunedin

Photos (copyleft) by Blueskin News

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The Blueskin Bayleaf (column)ayleaf for March

Chamomile

Chamomile flowers Matricaria chamomile are so pretty and plant thrives
in the conditions of Blue skin Bay. Check out botanical.com and
howstuffworks.com for some really fascinating ideas on how it can be
used in

the home as a remedy for many different things, from IBS to eczema.

Chamomile Biscotti

Preparation Time: 5 min

Cooking Time: 35 min + 15 min

Cooling Time: 20 min

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups plain flour

1 t baking powder

1/2 t baking soda

1/4 t salt

2/3 c sugar

2 eggs

3 T honey

1/2 t vanilla

2 T orange zest

5 T very strong brewed chamomile tea.
Icing

1 c icing sugar

2 T very strong brewed chamomile tea

1 T butter.


Directions

Preheat oven to 180°c and adjust rack to middle position.

In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking
soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together sugar and eggs to a
light yellow color. Stir in honey, vanilla, zest, and tea. Add in dry
ingredients, folding batter together until just combined.

Divide batter into two equal sections. With floured hands to
prevent sticking, form each half into a log (approximately 3 inches
wide by 3/4 inches high) and place lengthwise on baking paper. Be sure
to place logs at least one inch apart from each other.

Bake logs for 35 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.

Reduce temperature down to 160°c

Using a serrated knife, cut logs diagonally into 1/2-inch thick
slices. Lay slices on their sides on the tray being careful not to
overcrowd the tray. Return to oven and bake for another 15 minutes,
flipping the slices over once halfway through.

Remove from the oven and cool.

You can enjoy as is or drizzle with chamomile spiked icing. To
make the icing, simply stir together icing sugar with hot tea and a
tablespoon of butter and drizzle over cookies with a fork.


On 19/02/2008, Rowan Holt <fantail@callsouth.net.nz> wrote:
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> Rowan
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> Rowan Holt
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Blueskin Playcentre (column)

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa, kei te mihi mahana kia
koutou: warmest greetings to all our parents, whanau, carers and
children, welcome back to Playcentre. I'm enjoying being involved in
Playcentre again and being a part of the Waitati community.

It has been wonderful watching our four-year-olds getting involved
with co-operative roleplay and fantasy play. Rose and Mihai gave
birth last week to a baby girl called Daisy, it was a painless birth
delivered by tweezers, mum rested afterwards while dad took the baby
shopping – was this role or fantasy play?

We've had quite a few "cats and dogs" at playcentre recently. They
love to be taken for walks and can be quite demanding at times. Some
of them are ready for the circus as they've learnt to swing, slide and
talk!

We have some very creative families and people in this community so
would love to see those gifts and talents used and encouraged at
Playcentre.

Music time in the hall is something we'd like to see happen on a
regular basis. If we have some musical people in the community or
whanau please join us – we'd love to have you involved.

We would like to welcome our new supervisor, Cathy. We look forward to
getting to know her. We welcome Sonia and Trinity to our Playcentre
Family and are happy to see Fiona and Natalia back at Playcentre.

Frances, Boris, Leilani and Sylvia: we wish you a wonderful time
overseas and look forward to your return – you'll be missed by us all.

Playcentre is a wonderful place to gain new friends and retouch with
old ones. Parents are supported with their child's learning and can
develop their involvement through Playcentre training. Please feel
free to stop by for a cup of tea and see what we are all about. We're
open on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings, 9:30 – 12:00 noon. We
cater for children aged from 0-6, parents and caregivers. Come and get
to know other parents with young children in the community. For
information call Melissa 481 1957, or our Centre 027 427 1727 during
session times.

by Cathy Frew and Frances Baeumer

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Turn Off TV Week 2008 getting ready for transmission

Final arrangements are underway and venues are getting booked for Turn
Off TV Week 2008 which will be run in conjunction with a similar event
in Mosgiel to pool ideas and resources. This year, Waitati's famous
anti-couch potato Week will be coordinated by staff of the Blueskin
Bay Library with community groups running events and activities.
Many local individuals, clubs, schools and businesses are keen to be
involved, and further expressions of interest are welcome at the
Library (ph 4822444).

by Louise Booth and Peter Dowden

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Warrington Taekwondo Club notice

Warrington Taekwondo Club: Your Blueskin Bay Martial Art Club at
Warrington Hall, Monday and Wednesday 6 – 7:30pm

Now is the time to act on your 2008 Resolution: get active with a
"FREE" One Month Membership for March 2008. You will be amazed at the
benefits and you will be instructed by Six Black Belts all with a
range of experience and backgrounds. We have 3rd and 1st Dans, Junior
Black Belt, Men, Woman, Young and Ancient to help Students master Tae
kwon Do.

You can participate in our training to:

* optimize your health and wellness
* improve your fitness
* develop your flexibility and agility
* maximize your power and strength
* develop discipline, self control and endurance
* Wake up running!

Tae Kwon Do is an Olympic sport and our training will help you develop
skills for other physical events. While you are training you will also
progress through the Belt Ranks and become proficient in:

o Self Defence
o Kicking Drills
o Patterns
o Body Weight Exercises
o Power Testing
o Speed
o Self Control
o Sparring (non contact for Junior Belts)

Contact: Tim Bain 482-2690, Tracy Kyle 482-1098, Paul Foley 478-1113

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Saturday, 16 February 2008

'Wild Blueskin' article: How many birds in your garden?

How many birds in your garden?
In the last week of October a group of local residents spent an hour
sitting in their gardens counting the number of birds they saw. This
was the first step of what we hope will be an ongoing project to
monitor the effect on the local garden bird population of elimination
of introduced predators from the Ecosanctuary.
The method of counting was very simple and essentially the same as
that for the national survey of garden bird populations carried out by
Eric Spurr from Landcare Research. Volunteers sat in their gardens or
by an open window for an hour with the questionnaire and noted all the
different species that visited, and also recorded the maximum numbers
of each species. If they saw two chaffinches early in the hour they
recorded '2', but if later on three appeared together the '2' was
changed to '3'.
We gathered data from twenty-one sites, which was a bit fewer than we
had hoped as the more sites we have the better the data will be.
None-the-less the counters recorded thirty different species in their
gardens, and a total of 341 birds, an average of 16 birds each with a
maximum of 42 and a minimum of 7. There were an additional five
species and 183 birds seen flying by.
Birds in the gardens (twenty-one sites):
Blackbird
48
Grey-warbler
6
Song-thrush
40
Kingfisher
4
Starling
30
Skylark
4
Silvereye
28
Fantail
3
House-sparrow
24
Pukeko
3
Bellbird
22
Cuckoo
2
Chaffinch
20
White-faced Heron
2
Kereru (pigeon)
17
Paradise duck
2
Dunnock
16
Brown creeper
1
Goldfinch
16
Gull (black-backed)
1
Redpoll
13
Harrier hawk
1
Yellowhammer
10
Magpie
1
Greenfinch
8
Spur-winged plover
1
Mallard
8
Rifleman
1
Tui
8
Rosella
1
What is immediately obvious is the extent to which the European birds
are the dominant species in our gardens, though silver-eyes,
bellbirds, kereru and even tui are around in reasonable numbers, along
with a wide range of other native species.
The plan is to have a series of surveys so that any changes in numbers
can be tracked and the spread of re-introduced species recorded. The
more people who are involved the better the data we collect will be,
so any new people who have a couple of hours a year spare and would
like to take part will be more than welcome. This is a way in which
everyone can become involved in the Ecosanctuary's work and judging
from those who participated in the October survey I think that
everyone enjoyed doing it and many people learned a lot.
You certainly do not need to be an expert, and if you are unsure about
your ability to identify all the little brown birds that flit in and
out of the bushes, Derek runs training sessions that are very helpful.
Just contact the survey co-ordinator, Michael Fay at 482 2806 or email
mikeandvalfay @ paradise.net.nz and you will go on the list.
by Michael Fay and Derek Onley

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Waitati Edible Gardeners (column)

March greetings from the Waitati Edible Gardeners. We hope you are
dealing with the lovely sunny La Niña drought and mulching away to
seal moisture in the ground. Sea grass works well, so do lawn
clippings.

Coming up soon: Bread making workshop: This month in Waitati….Keep
your eyes open for posters.

Next month: start preparing your locally grown produce to sell or
trade at the Harvest Market, to be kindly hosted by Mark and Rayna at
the Waitati Stores on 6 April – see our ad in this Blueskin News.

Derek's Garden Diary

DEREK TO INSERT HIS WORDS OF WISDOM HERE CLOSER TO THE DEADLINE

ASK AUNT LUCY Edible Garden Q & A

Couchycouchycoo of Waitati Heights writes:
Dear Aunt Lucy,
This year I am mostly growing couch grass. What can I do to about this
pernicious twisty rooter?

Dear Couchycouchycoo,
Scott provides us with three options to remove couch/twitch/the
devil's weed, which he has used on his property:
1) Glyophosate herbicide – only to be used in desperation when heart
is fully broken by abundance of couch. Results in couch-free life,
ingesting residues, weakening soil and soil life and supporting
multinationals by using chemical poisons.
2) Digging it out. So that you don't get depressed about this mammoth
task, clearly define the area to be dug out and border it with a
barrier- woodchips, gravel or sawdust. If on clay, soften the ground
by adding mulch (seaweed, straw, manure..) and then, bit by bit,
meticulously dig out and remove every little stringy rhizomy root.
Then wait, until the wee bits you have missed grow back and do a
thorough second (and maybe third) digging over.
3) Weedmatting: if pressed for time/enthusiasm for digging, couch can
be covered up with a bit of old carpet. The couch will snake along its
underside and poke spears up through it, but when you pull it off, off
comes much of the couch, attached to the covering. You dig out the
remaining bits.
Failing that, Derek provides a fourth option: sell your property, then
buy another with a nice, couch-free lawn, and dig a new garden into
that!

XX – Aunt Lucy

by Lucy Jack, Scott Willis and Derek Onley

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Thursday, 14 February 2008

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Letter to the editors

I have just picked up a copy of your visitors guide from the Blueskin
Bay Cafe. And please be reassured you are very much 'up with the
play.'

I have been away from the area since early December, in the
Coromandel, Central Otago and Melbourne. Please take a bow for this
excellent publication promoting our area. Well done!

Absolutely fantastic to read about the eco-tourism in the area
especially the contributions from Derek Onley – what an asset he is to
our community.

I have a couple of suggestions and trust they will be received in the
spirit they are offered - with thanks to promote our beautiful
environment. The more places I travel to the more I value Blueskin Bay
and 'our patch'.

1.. May I presume to suggest that the Visitors Guide be boldy
titled 'The Blueskin News/Blueskin Bay - A Visitors Guide' as
initially I thought it may have been an edition of The Blueskin News
that I had missed.
2.. Actively canvas for new service providers in the area.

Please keep up your excellent work.

Jane Hailes and the Hailes Family
Mount Cargill Road


[the editors reply:

Your fulsome and generous praise is warmly appreciated. We all enjoy
our work but it is gladdening to know that others appreciate it.

With the Visitors' Guide, we do not aim to actively promote our
district to the outside world (so it is not available in Dunedin or
Queenstown, for exmple). We aim to make visitors feel welcome when
they choose to come here.

Point taken about the similarity to Blueskin News. We will make the
next Guide appear quite different. We welcome suggestions for
additions and improvements.]

Poem

Sounds from this world and ones beyond

by Eva Stoddart


Speech is speech. Sometimes difficult, sometimes easier.
Laughter is laughter. Sometimes loud and friendly, sometimes nearly silent.
People are people. Sometimes speech, sometimes laughter.


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Saturday, 2 February 2008

DOC calls meeting to discuss Blueskin Bay track network

Community Meeting with Department of Conservation
"To discuss future options for the DOC tracks in the Waitati area"
Come along and share your thoughts with staff members David Mules and
Bill Wheeler
Haere mai - All welcome
Waitati Hall - Thursday 6 March - 7.30pm


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'Turn-off TV Week' in planning for 2008

This year Waitati's TOTVW plans will be shared with Mosgiel, as a
similar event will be held there.

First planning meeting for this year:

When: Thursday, 14 February 2008 09:00-10:00
Where: Blueskin Bay Library

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