Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Waikouaiti Police Community Report for March 2008

On 4 March Waikouaiti police arrested a Palmerston man in relation to
a driving incident which occurred a week prior along Beach Street
Waikouaiti. The man had gone on a joy ride carrying his 9 year old
daughter, through Waikouaiti and was observed by members of the public
driving dangerously and travelling at speed. He was subsequently
charged with dangerous driving and sustained loss of traction, in
addition his vehicle was impounded for 28 days.
On Tuesday 18 March a crash occurred about 1km south of Waikouaiti
involving a car and wool bail. A southbound truck and trailer unit
lost several large bails of wool; the bails rolled across State
Highway One and into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The northbound
vehicle was struck head on by one of the bails, the driver was shaken
but not injured, however the vehicle received extensive frontal damage
and was towed from the scene. Police from Waikouaiti, Port Chalmers
and the Police Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit attended the
crash, inquiries are continuing.
A local woman was lucky to escape without serious injury after a
collision which occurred between Hawksbury and Waikouaiti on the 20th
of March 2008, it appears both of the vehicles were travelling south
along State Highway 1, the collision occurred as one of the vehicles
attempted to make a right hand turn. Both vehicles were extensively
damaged but thankfully no one was seriously injured.
A crash at the Kilmog occurred this month involving another local
woman, she was cut from the vehicle by members of the Waikouaiti
Volunteer Fire Brigade, Waikouaiti police attended the crash and
believe the road signage warning motorists of road works may have been
a contributing factor.
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.
by Constable Jon-Paul Tremain
NZ Police, Waikouaiti

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Truncated track's condition bugs users: Doc explains what's up

With the bulk of Orokonui Reserve (including NZ's tallest tree) now
being vested in the Orokonui Ecosanctuary, and enclosed within its
mammal-proof fence, the original focus of Orokonui's "Tallest Tree
Track" has now changed.

Significant flood damage occurred to this section of track in 2006. No
track maintenance has been carried out by DOC over the past year or
two. The former signs still remain in place.

The development of the ecosanctuary has created new walking
opportunities in the area, and as public demand for walking
opportunities are likely to change again once the ecosanctuary
visitors' centre becomes operational, DOC has been seeking community
feedback on the future of the remaining lower section.

A meeting held at Waitati Hall on 6 March attracted 30+ people,
including Chris Baillie (Orokonui Ecosanctuary manager), Graeme
Bennett (neighbouring landowner), George Sutherland et al (Green Hut
Track Group), Michael Fay (who is preparing a booklet on local walks),
Derek Onley (ornithologist), Ricky Ngamoki (Te Whanau Arohanui Trust),
Valerie Fay (Orokonui Ecosanctuary volunteers), Wendy Harrex, Peter
Dowden. David Mules and Bill Wheeler appeared on behalf of DOC.
Assistance with setting up the meeting was provided by Sue Hensley.

Background

The track consists of two sections:

1: carpark to Orokonui Stream – easement across farmland

2: planted riparian corridor up to ecosanctuary fence – covenant with
neighbouring landowner.

The existing riparian plantings were carried out by Waitati School,
Warrington School and Bayfield High School, under DOC supervision. The
prime reason for the covenant (initially negotiated with Landcorp) was
riparian protection from grazing (this is important trout-free habitat
for numerous native fish species), with public access also being
guaranteed.

Current/Projected Track Use

1. Access to the ecosanctuary perimeter track, which in turn leads to
walks up to Mopanui Road/stone wall/summit/Osborne/etc, and to
Blueskin Road/ecosanctuary visitors' centre/carpark. The track also
gives access for the community through the lower ecosanctuary gate to
the tallest tree, as has been negotiated between the ecosanctuary and
the Waitati community. The only part of these tracks that lies within
land administered by the department is the short route to Mopanui
summit from Mopanui Road. The ecosanctuary are agreeable to the public
using the perimeter track for walking, but no vehicle use is allowed,
including mountain bikes.

2. Access to a possible future Orokonui estuary track proposed by the
community, to pass through a mixture of private and departmental land
around the eastern side of estuary, linking with Doctors Point Road.

While the majority of the current use of the track is by the local
community, it is predicted that, once the visitors' centre is
operational, a number of these visitors will also use the western
perimeter track to walk between the visitors' centre and Waitati.

Actions

1. DOC staff will investigate resumption of the maintenance programme
for this track as resources allow, to bring it up to service standard.
This will include some major works required to rehabilitate/protect
two riparian sections of the track that are currently threatened by
erosion.
2. The community will assist with future vegetation clearance/weed
control/riparian planting programmes along this track.
3. DOC will temporarily adapt current signage at the carpark to ensure
the information is accurate.
4. The community will scope the feasibility of the proposed estuary
track, with technical assistance being available from DOC. If
development of this track were to proceed then it should be to a
similar standard as the existing track.
5. Consideration will be given by DOC and the community as to new
signage requirements at the carpark and elsewhere, recognising the
fact that DOC signage will have limited capacity to give information
about other tracks outside public conservation land, over which the
department has no control or responsibility.
6. DOC will signpost the route to Mopanui summit from Mopanui Road,
and will undertake some minor maintenance along this route within the
next two months.
7. Local publicity of these issues will be available through Blueskin News.
8. A follow-up meeting will be arranged in 2-3 months' time.

After-thought

It is clear that "Tallest Tree Track" is no longer a suitable name for
this section of track, and "Orokonui Stream Track" has been suggested
as an alternative.

by David Mules
Department of Conservation

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Monday, 24 March 2008

Waitati Edible Gardens column: Derek's Garden Diary – "it's too late!"

Derek's Garden Diary – it's too late!
Someone asked me about Brussel Sprouts the other day. Sprouts are a
winter vegetable after all and they were expecting to plant some to
harvest after the frosts of mid-winter, but I had to tell them they
were too late. Almost six months too late in fact, for Brussels
Sprouts should be in the ground before Christmas.
Despite the fine weather this year, April is still almost too late to
plant anything in the vegetable garden. You could try a few silverbeet
and lettuce plants, cabbages perhaps for the spring, seeds of broad
beans but you are better off collecting more grass, seaweed, hay –
anything organic to slowly rot down and improve the soil over winter.
While it is still dry some of the smaller plants will need watering
and all brassicas (cabbages, kale, broccoli etc) will need attention
for white butterfly caterpillars and aphids. Derris dust works against
caterpillars and you only need to use a little every few weeks in the
growing centre of the plant.
Aphids however are more difficult. On small plants you can, as with
caterpillars squash them with your fingers but they are best dealt to
by ensuring your soil is rich, so that your plants are healthy and
grow quickly. Keeping them well watered also helps, as does making
sure they are planted in the sunniest spots, for the sun will soon be
low in the winter sky.
by Derek Onley
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Wild Blueskin: Where have all the pigeons gone?

Where have all the pigeons gone?

It is lucky that plums do so well around here, because otherwise, with
eight kereru flopping around in our tree for weeks on end there would
be little left for us to eat. In late summer we watched one bird eat
twelve cherry plums in less than five minutes. That's about 150-200gms
of fruit, the equivalent of you bolting down a quarter your weight in
porridge for breakfast before rushing off to work. Not that kereru do
much rushing. They spend a large part of their day dozily digesting
our plums. About the only time they come close to anything speedy is
when a harrier glides low overhead and then they scramble, dive, erupt
out of the trees and swoop up into the sky in ragged flocks. And that
is when I counted them. Over 50 there were back in February, feeding
on the half a dozen or so cherry plum trees in our street.

I picked the last of our plums a couple of weeks ago in mid March.
Big, juicy purple ones, a little past their best and too big for a
kereru to swallow whole, but not immune to the pointy beaked
attentions of starlings, blackbirds, thrushes and silvereyes. And with
the last of the plums went all but the couple of kereru that regularly
wobble about on the power lines down by the tree lucerne. So where did
they all go and what are they eating in April?

In the Dunedin area Kereru have been seen feeding on the flowers,
fruit and foliage of over 70 species of plants. The most popular are
kowhai, plums, cabbage trees, hawthorn, laburnum, rowan, tree lucerne,
broom, willow, poroporo and native fuschia, but few of these provide
food all the year round. Kowhai provides shoots and buds for a long
time over late winter and spring. The birds will get two goes at our
plums, once in early spring when the buds are bursting and again when
the fruits start to ripen. Broom and willow shoots are palatable only
in spring, probably before tannin levels rise as a natural insecticide
to counteract caterpillars. Kereru have become adept at knowing where
and when these food sources are at their best and they also appear to
be good at finding temporary supplies. A year or two after pines were
felled behind Doctor's Point Road, 60 or so kereru spent the autumn
feeding on poroporo fruit that had not grown on that hillside for 30
years. And they will fly a long way to find such food.

From the track in the Silverpeaks up to the Green Hut site you can
look right down the Silverstream valley. I once picked up a kereru
through my binoculars, flying past the pale scar over Whare Flat and
followed it until it passed over the saddle to my left and then down
off toward Blueskin Bay. In Invercargill radio-tracked birds have
flown back and forth to Stewart Island and inland to the Hokonui
Hills. So those plum-gorging kereru could easily be back in the
Dunedin Town Belt eating fuschia shoots and fruit or maybe up in the
recently felled pine forests on Leith Saddle where poroporo and
wineberry are now fruiting.

So if you want kereru in your garden all year what plants would keep
them there? Kowhai is a good bet for winter and spring although you
may have to put up with flowerless years when the trees are small as
kereru will eat every little bud. More plums of course and cabbage
trees and poroporo for autumn. Native fuschia provides food all year
around as does the exotic tree lucerne which has the added advantage
of flowering in winter and providing nectar for bellbirds. And if you
are not that keen on gardening you could just let the broom grow,
though your farming neighbours might not appreciate the spring flocks
of kereru quite as much as you.

by Derek Onley

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Gallery on Blueskin announces grand public opening

GRAND PUBLIC OPENING CELEBRATION
gallery on blueskin
sunday 30 march
2pm - 6pm
(in conjunction with the fringe festival)
Group show featuring new work by....Liz Abbott....Jenna
Packer....Marion Mewburn....Kirsten Wenborn....Patricia Payne....
Angela Burns....Karen Snow....& Danny Moorwood
Entertainment throughout the entire afternoon by.....various Fringe
performers....Waitati Militia Band....
Bridget Ellis....& Delgirl.
cash bar and nibbles available....family entertainment
by Louise Burnside
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Sunday, 23 March 2008

Orokonui Ecosanctuary (column)

Work continues on several fronts. The pest monitoring is going full
steam ahead and nothing new has been sighted. The bird survey team has
been active again for the autumn bird count. The bellbirds appear to
have had a good breeding season and the team have been enjoying the
numerous and melodious songs of the adults and the "chatty" attempts
of the juveniles. And the resource consent hearing for the visitor
centre will have been heard by the time this goes to print.

At a local meeting Terry Sheppard talked about the rotting remains of
a truck in the bush somewhere on the north eastern side. The
Operations Manager was told that until he found the truck, he didn't
"know" the ecosanctuary. The truck has now been found, one of the bird
survey members spotting Elton's sign "truck (yes a truck)" and on
venturing into the bush found there was a very ancient truck but with
radiator still looking remarkably good.

Another find has been a patch of mature kahikatea. Seeds are being
collected and germinated for later planting out in the ecosanctuary.
These mighty trees produce many kilograms of fruit each year and are
important sources of food for the larger birds. They were once
numerous in the wetter lowland areas of the east coast but were highly
prized for their timber and disappeared early on. It appears these
particular trees survived in a gully while all else around was cleared
and then later hidden as the forest was left to regenerate. The only
other kahikatea known in the local area is the lone survivor in
Waitete Bush. However since male and female flowers occur on different
plants, this one is not setting seed.

For enquiries the office number is 482 1771. For further information
on the ecosanctuary visit www.orokonui.org.nz or see our box at the
Blueskin Bay Library.

by Sue Hensley

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Saturday, 22 March 2008

Warrington Playcentre (column)

We have had a very busy and fun time during term 1. We've been to the
beach where we had running races, climbed the rocks and looked at the
pools, saw fish, crabs and studied shells and seaweed. We had lots of
little creatures at Playcentre too – tadpoles and frogs, snails and
slugs, beetles, grubs and flies. The children loved hunting for the
bugs and trying to catch the flies for the frogs – the frogs looked
spectacular as they leapt for the flies.

We have also spent time investigating colours – playdough was made in
blue, red, yellow and white and then mixed together in different
formations and the children asked to guess what colour they would turn
into, they were surprisingly very good at this! We did similar
experiments with water, the children were given containers with
different primary colours and then encouraged to make their own
colours – they then painted the fence with their coloured water!

During March we celebrated Playcentre Awareness Week by attending The
Little Day Out at Chingford Park, where many Dunedin-based Playcentres
set up a free activity stand for children to come and play. We set up
an art gallery and our theme was 'bringing the beach to the City', we
had supplies of paper, chalk, sand and seaweed as well as pre cut-out
shapes of shells, starfish, crabs and fish. Lots of children had fun
visiting our art stand and our children had a lot of fun participating
in other activities including the train ride, carousel and petting
farm. Congratulations to Otago Playcentre Association and Macandrew
Bay Playcentre for organising such a fun day out for everyone.

We have also been busy recently raising funds to enable us to renew
the carpet and lino in our centre. We have been very lucky in securing
most of the funds applying for grants, however we still have a way to
go. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far by buying raffle
tickets and visiting our catering stand at The Little Day Out.

On Saturday 10th May we have arranged for a professional photographer
from Jack 'n' Jill Portraits to come to Warrington Playcentre. On the
day, the photographer will be available to take photos of children,
family and friends. A minimum of three poses will be taken, which you
have the opportunity to purchase (in either black & white or colour)
with no obligation. For the sum of $10 (with funds all going direct to
Playcentre), you are entitled to:

* The portrait sitting; and
* A colour or black & white portrait of your choice.

If you would like to take advantage of this great opportunity and
assist us with our fundraising, please contact Dawn on 482-2787.
Everyone is welcome and we would really appreciate your support.

This term we said a fond farewell to Jakob who turned 5 and started
school. Good luck Jakob we know you will enjoy yourself and we'll be
seeing you soon when we visit school. We also say goodbye to Erin &
Thomas who are returning home to the States – we'll miss you and wish
you lots of luck in your new adventures.

We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between
9.00am–12.00pm. Our sessions are for children aged 0-6 years and are
run co-operatively by the parents and supervision team. If you would
like more information please call us on 027-227-7329 and arrange to
come in and enjoy three free visits to see if Playcentre is for you.

by Dawn Hope

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Waitati Volunteer Fire Brigade (column)

The Waitati Volunteer Fire Brigade wishes to thank everybody in the
Blueskin Bay area for their efforts over the past few months for
keeping the total amount of call outs down to a minimum.

We would like to advise that the total fire ban has been lifted as of
the 3rd March 2008. The public is still reminded that a Restricted
Fire Season will remain in place. This means that no fire shall be lit
in the open air without a written permit from a Rural Fire Officer.
Fires that do not require a written permit are:

1. Incinerators/Barbecues/Cooking fires: as long as they are no closer
than 5 metres to any building, fence or other combustible material. A
water supply sufficient to control any spread of fire is also
available. All embers and ashes are to be totally extinguished after
burning and before dark.

2. Offal hole/Hedge/Tree trimmings (applies only in rural areas). The
fire is to be 30 metres away from any shelterbelt, trees, fences,
buildings or other combustible materials. A water supply sufficient to
control any spread of fire is also available.

No fires are to be lit when conditions are predicted, (eg strong
winds) that the fire is likely to spread.
People seeking further information or wishing to obtain Fire Permits
can contact the Southern Rural Fire Authority Fire Permit Line during
work hours on 0800 773 363.

The Brigade would like to congratulate Brent Bell and Richard Peters
for successfully completing and passing their Basic Skills Fire
Fighting course recently. Excellent job.

We would also like to thank Deanne Burrell for putting up her hand and
becoming a member of the Brigade.

Some members of the brigade have received calls from concerned public
with regards to various emergencies. Please always call 111 and ask
for the Fire Service. They will then turn us out, as we are the first
response team for the area. We are unable to attend any call outs
unless authorised. We are more than willing to attend any call no
matter how trivial or small it may seem. Better to be safe than sorry.

Once again thank you everyone for their efforts in keeping our community safe.

by Aaron White, secretary

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Waitati Energy Project

Energy resilient community

Look out the window: if you could choose, where would be the best
place to situate a wind turbine with enough capacity to meet Waitati
demand? (If you live elsewhere around Blueskin Bay, replace 'Waitati'
with your community – the lessons we learn here will be transferable).

What physical and legal structures would we need to build to make it
happen? What else would help Waitati become autonomous in terms of
energy? Why not put a turbine on the 'Big Pipe' to generate
electricity? Is any of it even possible?

Early in March a small group from Blueskin Bay met Otago University
researchers to discuss collaborations between the Otago Energy
Research Centre (OERC) and the Waitati Energy Project. It was the
second meeting between community and university, and some of these
questions were aired and discussed. While we may be able to answer all
these, and similar questions ourselves, it will be much easier with
outside input: then we can go from having answers to implementing
solutions.

A key priority in that meeting was the development of a protocol
between researchers and the community. There could be quite a few
researchers wanting to work in Waitati, and we want it to be effective
research we can use. In line with that we also talked about research
ideas and a couple of these look likely to be put into action soon:
watch this space for details.

The university year is an odd measure, and is always planned months or
years in advance. It involves funds, students, and strategic
direction. But the Otago Energy Research Centre (New Zealand's leading
'demand-side' research centre) hasn't been idle, and has designated
the Waitati Energy Project as one of its two strategic research areas.

What does that mean for us? Well, to be honest, it is hard to talk
about specifics at present, since we're only really kicking off the
uni year and the OERC is still setting funding and research
priorities, but one key thing to emerge from our discussions is an
understanding that the research will not be 'one-way'. Instead it will
be applied research and will assist our efforts to become a more
energy resilient community.

Other Progress

The last column was all about the Home Energy Rating audits. As I
write, most have been completed and all should be completed soon. At
that point we'll all have a clearer idea on how informative they are,
and whether they are an effective tool to enable us to modify our
demand and make our households more energy efficient. Personally I've
found it really helpful to think about ways in which our own household
can reduce energy consumption and we've begun some modifications
already.

By April the Waitati Energy Project should know whether funds we've
applied for to 'super-charge' the project will be available. In the
meantime however we're continuing in a sustainable fashion. If you
want to know more, updates, in addition to this regular column go out
on our email list. So to go on the email list (or if you have a
specific question), please contact me:
scott.willis@stonebow.otago.ac.nz or 4822249.

by Scott Willis

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Waitati Edible Gardens (column)

Waitati Harvest Market

Sunday 6th April at 11am

Get ready folks for the Waitati Harvest Market to be hosted at Mark
and Rayna's place, Waitati Stores (36 Harvey St). A delectable trading
of Blueskin produce, there will be table space available and baskets
and barrows. Bring your own produce (veggies, fruit, herbs, eggs,
pickles and preserves etc.) and sell or barter with the community.
Produce must be grown or have main ingredients grown in the Blueskin
area. See the big poster this issue from more information and
tantalisation. We look forward to seeing you there.

Also look out in this month's NZ House and Garden Magazine which will
have a whole bit about the (now extremely famous) wonderful Waitati
resident and WEGgie stalwart, Jason Ross and his Sutherland Nurseries,
providing 'a delicious range of heritage and disease resistant food
plants for easy care growing'. Way to go Jason!

Ask Aunt Lucy – edible garden Q&A:

Dear Aunt Lucy,

Could you tell us about edible natives?

– Cake Baker, Orokonui

Dear Ms Baker,

Jason has provided the following answers for me to share with you: Top
of this list is Kawa kawa: a North Island native which is frost tender
but makes a great houseplant. The leaves can be used in truly
agreeable tea or fruits brewed into a socially refreshing beer.
However, in one scientific trial, rats died after consuming excesses.

Coprosma berries, though bitter, are edible and in 1877 it was
suggested that they should be grown commercially to make coffee, but
it never took off.

Cabbage trees can be coppiced and the inside of the trunk cooked in a
special earth oven (an umu ti) for starchy nourishment - though you
may prefer the living tree to the edible product.

Snowberries, from the Snowberry bush or Ta wini wini are edible can
can be grown down here.

Supplejack stems are 'bush asparagus' and young fronds of Hen and
Chicken fern and Hounds Tongue fern can be steamed or eaten raw.

Of course this all depends on how hungry you really are.

XX – Aunt Lucy

by Lucy Jack and Jason Ross

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Blueskin Garden Club (column)

The Blueskin Garden Club has had a very busy month. Our monthly
meeting was held on 13 February at the Warrington Hall. Our guest
speaker (not our advertised one), was Paul Ashford. Paul has recently
moved into our area and is a garden and landscape designer. He talked
about his business that he has set up, showed us some of his designs,
and talked about soils, plants, and materials that he uses. Paul, who
originally comes from England, is a great advocate of using New
Zealand native plants, especially ones that have been sourced from
around Dunedin. It was good to welcome some new prospective members
and we had a very interesting night.

Four club members travelled to Owaka for our Kindred Day on 15 March.
Kindred Days are held twice a year when Garden Clubs from around Otago
meet up for friendship, networking and to listen to a guest speaker.
This was a very enjoyable day where we met up with other gardeners,
florists, etc and visited gardens in the Pounawea area.

Our next meeting will be held on April 10 at 7.30 pm where we will
hear Daphne Henderson, one of our members, give a talk "Beginning at
Seacliff". The venue for this is yet to be arranged, but if you would
like to attend please give our Secretary, Lyn Hastie a call nearer the
date. Her phone number is 4822896.

by Lesley Smith

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Blueskin Playcentre announces jumble sale for May

Blueskin Playcentre Annual Jumble Sale
Sunday 25 May
We want your old stuff!
Please drop off your things to us during session times
Mon, Wed , Thurs 9am-12am
Or phone Mandy Mayhem 482 2752

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Warrington Dolphin Survey (column)

You can help save our Hector's Dolphins

The government is going to make a decision soon about what protection
they will put in place for the Hector's and Maui's dolphins. You can
help by either writing to the government (Helen Clark, Steve Chadwick,
Jim Anderton) or contacting your local MP and telling them that you
want the best protection for our endemic dolphins.

Making a personal plea is one of the most effective ways to tell the
government what you think is important. There have been lots of
dolphins around this summer for us to watch, swim/surf with, and enjoy
but we need to ensure that future generations also have the
opportunity to enjoy them too. So get your pen out or pick up the
telephone and do something to help save these unique creatures.

Jennie Upton

P.S. I am still keen to collect any dolphin surveys and/or talk to you
about your dolphin experiences.

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Blueskin Bayleaf for April: Zucchini Madness

Zucchini, courgettes, scallopini…call them what you will…and if you
have been growing them this season, by now I am sure you will be ready
to welcome a new way to use them up.

I read in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (a
fantastic read) that the only reason anyone in their community would
lock their cars in summer was so no one could leave them a bag of
zucchinis on the passenger seat!

Yes, they grow beautifully and relentlessly at this time of year, so
here you go – three fresh ideas.

Chocolate Chip and Zucchini Cookies

who would have thought...

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup honey

1tablespoon vanilla extract

Combine in large bowl.

1 cup white flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Combine in a separate, small bowl and blend into liquid mixture

1 cup finely shredded zucchini

1 cup chocolate chips

Stir these into the other ingredients, mix well. Drop by the spoonful
onto a greased baking sheet, and flatten with the back of a spoon.
Bake at 180°C, 10 to 15 minutes.

Fiora di Zucca

An Italian dish…

20 zucchini blossoms (or Fiora di Zucca)

1 pint of milk or a mixture of beer and milk

3 big tablespoons of flour

An egg, lightly beaten

Salt

Olive oil or lard, for frying

Trim the stems of the zucchini blossoms, remove the pistils, wash them
gently and pat them dry just as gently.

Prepare the batter by combining the milk, flour and egg.

Heat the oil.

Lightly salt the zucchini blossoms, dredge them in the batter, fry
them until golden, drain them on absorbent paper, and serve them hot.

Semi-dried Deliciousness

A Warrington special…

10 small zucchini, sliced in half

10 tomatoes sliced in half

Place with skin side up in a shallow roasting dish – sprinkle with
salt and freshly chopped thyme. Bake in oven on low for several hours.

Note that you don't have to do it all at once. I often do it in stages
when I'm cooking something else and leave them in the oven overnight
while the oven is cooling down to save electricity. You can add them
straight away to any pasta or casserole or freeze them in bags for
winter or pack into jars and top up with a good oil and peppercorns –
pop in a bay leaf too if you have one. Lovely with feta and crackers.

by Rowan Holt

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Announcement: Anzac Day at Waitati

Please join us on Anzac Day, Friday 25 April

Wreath laying and Remembrance Service

Waitati Cenotaph and Hall, 10am

Followed by Community Morning Tea – please bring a plate

If you have medals from your forbears, or "war stories" from your
family history, please contact Helen Beamish – we would like to
incorporate more "local history" into our Service this year.

Enquiries or offers of help for Hall set-up to Helen Beamish 4821440
(hbeamish@clear.net.nz) or Alasdair Morrison 4822505.

Other Anzac Day events include:

Dawn Service, Cenotaph, Dunedin, 6.15am

Posy Laying, Anderson Bay Cemetery, 9am

RSA Review Concert, Town Hall, Dunedin 6.30pm (Tickets through Regent
Booking Office).

by Helen Beamish

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Fluoridation Action Network (column)

Firstly a big THANK YOU! to everyone who helped with the public
meeting in all manners of ways, including coming along!

The meeting held on 25 Feb in the Waitati Hall was a very informative
evening from the opposition side and kick started the process.

At this meeting a very good point was made, and that was that the
meeting was completely biased and totally one-sided.

Now I can only agree that this was the case, given the fact that I
arranged the meeting and I am opposed, therefore quantum physics might
say that I created my own reality!

The reality was that Public Health South and the Dental School refused
to be a part of any consultation, either at our meeting or to have
their own.

I suspect that some people may feel that the "Pro" side are staying
away because we are the opposition and they don't want to fan the
flames.

The way I see it, the people who promote fluoride should come and
inform the people as to why they continue to preach the benefits
despite the large amount of scientific evidence pointing to serious
health effects linked to this unethical practice.

I was recently asked by Councillor Michael Guest if I thought a
certain healthcare professional was incorrect in spite of her
qualifications.

This question is often asked in different ways but with the same
underlying tone, people can not seem to fathom that sometimes health
care professionals make mistakes! Sometimes those mistakes create a
huge amount of pain and suffering.

With over 1500 science and medical professionals signing an online
petition calling for an end to artificial fluoridation, at best you
could say the scientific and medical professionals are very divided.
(www.fannz.org.nz)

We presented our petition that 231 of you signed asking for a
referendum on the issue, along with a series of questions to be
answered about fluoridation, to the DCC Infrastructure Services
committee on Monday 10 March.

Our local councillor Andrew Noone was the chair of this meeting and
has said that he will support a referendum so we thank him for that,
and look forward to some progress soon.

For more information, to join our email update list, to show support
or for anything else to do with fluoridation,
please contact: Olive McRae Ph: 4821347 or email nomassmedication@gmail.com.

by Olive McRae

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Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Easter Services at St Barnabas

Holy Week Services
St Barnabas Church, Warrington
Maundy Thursday Service, 20 March at 7.00pm
Good Friday Service, 21 March at 10.00am
Holy Trinity Church, Port Chalmers
Maundy Thursday Service, 20 March at 7.30pm
Good Friday Service, 21 March at 9.30am
Holy Saturday in St Pauls Cathedral
We are invited to join with the Cathedral family for the Service of
New Fire Saturday 22 March at 8.00pm. This is an ancient and dramatic
service, which begins with the lighting of the fire on the steps of
the Cathedral, before we enter the building in darkness and hear the
cantor sing the Exultet. Traditional Cathedral worship at its best.
Everyone welcome!

by Louise Booth

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Monday, 17 March 2008

Local history: Army tank heads to Blueskin Bay, ends up in Warrington

The Otago Peninsula Trust are interested in any information that
Blueskin Bay people may have about the whereabouts of any part of the
old Taiaroa Head barracks. The barracks were erected in the 1880s for
personnel of the Garrison Artillery involved with the construction
and operation of the fort. Shortly afterward, they were converted to
house prison labourers for the fortification works.

The buildings were sold by tender in 1923 as they had not been used
for many years and were being vandalised. A Mr Waldie was the
successful tenderer and he had the building and all ancillary fittings
sent by barge to Blueskin Bay where we understand the buildings were
used for dwelling purposes in the district.

Included in the sale were two jail cells in a stand-alone structure.
We have a sketch plan of the barracks prepared for the sale, showing
the site and buildings thereon with measurements of all the space.

Warrington resident Chuck Landis told us that recently he had lived in
a house that had a jail cell door from Taiaroa Head and it had
scratched on the glass panel "Last day here".

He also has at his current property, the "James Powell Convalescent
Home" at Warrington, a water storage tank from the Fortification. It
is made of 12mm steel plate riveted & bolted with the brass plate of
the maker "John Bellamy, Maker, Millwall. London. 1886".

It is 3.35m diameter by 700 mm high, and was used for water storage in
the roof space of their house supported by 4 large square hardwood
posts – it would have been a huge weight!

Locals say that there were two tanks sent over, but one fell off the
barge near Blueskin Bay and is sometimes spotted in the water by those
who know where to look.

Chuck intends to use his tank as a water storage for his property at a
high point near the entry gate.

by Laurie Stewart and David Sumpter

Reference: Public Works Department Files at Archives NZ Dunedin.

Photo: the water tank from Taiaroa Head on Chuck Landis's Warrington property

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Waitati Film Society announces Programme for rest of 2008

All welcome to join us at Bill's Place, corner Orokonui and Mt.
Cargill Roads on Tuesdays at 8.00pm.
Yearly membership $55 - for at least 29 nights of entertainment and
some special screenings!
Drama, comedy, history or just plain entertainment in a warm, pleasant
environment with convivial company.
Ring: Brigitte 482-2829 or Leonie 482-2508 for more info or visit:
www.nzfilmsociety.org.nz/waitati.htm

Tuesday March 18

MAN WITHOUT A PAST Finland/Germany/France 2002

When desperately looking for work in a Finnish city, a man is severely
hurt by muggers. He finally struggles out of bed to find he has no
memory and so does not know who he is. He then sets out to search for
his identity amongst the city's homeless. A story with melancholy
pathos yet somehow liberating and philosophical. 91min.

Tuesday April 1

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS USA 1990

Regrettably an inventor (Vincent Price - who else!) dies half way
through creating Edward (Johnny Depp), leaving him with an electric
shock hairdo and pointed metal shards for hands. Fortunately Edward's
Gothic castle has a visitor in the form of an Avon lady who takes a
shine to him, persuading him to return with her to pastel-painted
suburbia where he amazes everyone with his topiary and hedge trimming.
100min.

Tuesday April 15

DONKEY SKIN France 1970

This Jacques Demy adaptation of a fairy tale by Charles Perrault has
critics divided, for: "Talking magic roses and donkeys, Blue Kings and
Red Princes, and philosophical fairies floating in the sky:
make-believe was never wittier, nor more enchanting" and against:
"Even on paper this couldn't have seemed such a terrific idea and
Demy's attempt to fuse Cocteau with Disney Š..contrives to be both
garish and coyly tasteful". You the audience decide! 90min.

Tuesday April 22

Special Screening: three films by ex students of Natural History
NZ/Otago University Film Studies Programme –
see separate notice for details

Tuesday April 29

LOLA France 1961

Jacques Demy directed this, his debut film, which has a typically
French ménage-à-trois story line in which a cabaret singer, jilted by
a husband some seven years previously, revisits a childhood sweetheart
but then has to make a choice when finally the affluent husband
re-appears. 91min.

Tuesday May 13

YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT France 1967

By recruiting the star from West Side Story, George Chakiris, as well
as Gene Kelly, Jacques Demy perhaps tried too hard to emulate the song
and dance show, popular in that era of USA stage and screen. There is
little storyline as it basically consists of a mother and her twin
daughters dreaming of romance, set against the beautiful backdrop of
the City of Rochefort. 126min.

Tuesday May 27

UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG France 1964

With this all-singing novelettish story, Jacques Demy has created a
undeniably Gallic version of a Hollywood musical. The tale inflates
the life of a very ordinary shop girl into a major spectacle. Left
pregnant after a short romance with an army-drafted service station
attendant, her devious mother encourages her to marry a diamond
merchant. Never fear, the typically French ménage-à-trois arrives with
the re-appearance of the soldier father. 90min.

Tuesday June 3

CONTROL ROOM USA/Egypt 2003

Unshackled by the conventions of the so-called Western Press, the Arab
news agency Al Jazeera sometimes releases words and images considered
by all other agencies too gross to be broadcast. Yet, on one hand it
has infuriated Islamic nations and on the other is seen as a
mouthpiece of Osama bin Laden by the USA. Through Jehane Noujaim's
lens we see Western reporters lining up for their rations of military
press releases then a comparison with Al Jazeera's rather different
journalistic approach. 86min.

Tuesday June 10

Three short Charles Burnett movies.

SEVERAL FRIENDS USA 1969

This, his first film, previews the genius to come. Within the working
class life of central LA, there are a group of friends with their
unique blend of frustrations and foibles, yet they retain a certain
resilience to life's devious course. 21min.

THE HORSE USA 1973

The horse needs to be put down and we closely observe a group of men
and a boy as they wait for the boy's father to arrive to do the deed.
13min.

WHEN IT RAINS USA 1995

Rated in Sight and Sound 2002 as one of the ten best movies of all
time. A mother and her kids are about to be evicted. Friends plea to
the goodwill of disparate members of the local community. 13min.

Tuesday June 17

SKIN DEEP New Zealand 1978

A small back water NZ town (filmed in Raetihi) wants to spruce itself
up to attract the tourists but doesn't count on the appearance of
Sandra Ray, a city masseuse looking for a quiet respectable income
without the sex. The town men and matrons are far from prepared to
give her that quiet time. Billed as the first major investment of the
newly formed NZ Film Commission. 110min.

Tuesday June 24

MY BROTHER'S WEDDING USA1983/2007

The double year of release signifies that this film, as a new edition
by director Charles Burnett, was only screened recently, 24 years
after he produced it. Trapped in a job he sees as having no future,
Afro-American Pierce Mundy hangs out with down-and-outs in one of LA's
seedier ghettos. In complete contrast his brother is about to marry a
wealthy doctor's daughter. 85min.

Tuesday July 1

FULL METAL JACKET USA 1987

A cold film yet perversely fascinating in that it offers no hope,
certainly no answers and leaves the viewer numb and apathetic. Stanley
Kubrick depicts the slow dehumanisation required to turn men into
killing machines, for them to commit their assigned violence in its
extreme forms, no heroics, just a hatred towards the enemy that's
vicious and heartless. The Viet Cong's Tet offensive nurtured men like
that on both sides. 116min.

Tuesday July 8

THE GLASS SHIELD USA 1995

Charles Burnett's first film with a directly political edge - a
heartfelt and persuasive look at the racism and corruption of the LA
police force, based on a true story and calculated to burn its hard
lessons straight into your skull. 108min.

Tuesday July 15

ZELARY Czech Republic/Austria/Slovenia 2003

An obvious townie, Eliska, seeks refuge from the Nazis by marrying
Joza, an unsophisticated farmer in a remote Czech village. Not knowing
her background as a resistance fighter, the local community are
suspicious of her and the unlikely marriage. Betrayal is a constant
threat. 150min.

Tuesday July 22

KINGPIN New Zealand 1985

Teenagers in a reform school fight for supremacy but Willie refuses to
accept their domination. In a world where the strongest survives, boys
like Willie stand very little chance. Clutching vainly at lies and
fantasies of how things might have been, Willie tries to allow some
sanity to enter this insane situation. 90min.

DUNEDIN FILM FESTIVAL 25 July - 10 August (no films in Waitati during
this period).

and for the rest of the year:

Tuesday Aug 12 BOYS DON'T CRY

Tuesday Aug 19 CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

Tuesday Aug 26 BACKBEAT

Tuesday Sept 2 CHARLEEN/BACKYARD

Tuesday Sept 9 SHERMAN'S MARCH

Tuesday Sept 16 REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES

Tuesday Sept 23 OMAGH

Tuesday Sept 30 COSI

Tuesday Oct 14 IN SPRING ONE PLANTS ALONE / STATE OF SIEGE

Tuesday Oct 28 EVIL ANGELS

Tuesday Nov 11 EXTERMINATING ANGELS

Tuesday Nov 25 MOON OVER THE ALLEY

Tuesday Dec 9 MURIEL'S WEDDING

by Leonie Rousselot

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Documentary Film Screening in Waitati

A special film evening at the Waitati Film Society premises on Tuesday
22 April at 8pm will feature three half-hour films by ex Natural
History NZ/University of Otago Film Studies students.

FLEDGLING EXPECTATIONS (2006)

In the Marlborough vineyards the war between winegrower and pest bird
is a hopeless one. From the rational to the ridiculous all methods to
scare the plundering masses have failed. But could the formidable New
Zealand Falcon offer a solution? Follow the difficult journey of two
young falcon sisters; taken by a pioneering project into the
Marlborough plains in the hopes that one day, they will guard the
grapes.

By Sally Williams and Aneeta Chana

GECKOS ROCK (2007)

High in the mountains of Fiordland, where only rockclimbers dare to
tread, a remarkable creature has been found. An elusive and secretive
alpine gecko, eking out an existence against the odds.
Tony Jewell is a self-taught gecko expert and, like the geckos, a shy
kind of guy, living life on his animals' terms. He's determined to
ensure the survival of these ancient lizards, as introduced predators
threaten to wipe out their kind.

By Jinty MacTavish and Julia Kelbling

'LONGFIN' (2006)

"Deep within an ocean, a dying breath bears a generation. A ritual 15
million years old, amid the darkness, among the spirit of ancestors,
your story begins."

This mystical film spotlights the little-known life of an endemic New
Zealand freshwater eel and takes you on an epic journey through the
life of this intriguing creature. From its beginnings in the dark
corners of the ocean to its transition into the river, Longfin follows
the eel's journey through a changing land as it encounters dangers its
ancestors never faced.

By Lindsey Davidson and Melissa Salpietra

Most of the film makers live in the Dunedin area and will be present.

All welcome!

by Ulf Uchida

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Thursday, 6 March 2008

Local radio news bulletin: Puketapu Radio presents Blueskin Bay local news

Puketapu Radio presents Blueskin Bay local news in
association with blueskin.co.nz, every Friday at 7.30am and 4pm.
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Children from all over Otago and Southland will head to Warrington
Beach tomorrow morning for the Otago Junior Surf Life Saving
championships. This event was postponed due to rough weather last
Sunday.
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One hundred and fifty native seedlings were planted in Waitete Bush
beside the river in Waitati
in early December and are doing well in spite of the drought this summer.
Volunteers are organising a work week at the Bush 10-16 March to get some
grass cutting and mulching done around the plants. Task Force Green
are helping out for the
first three days.
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Warrington Taekwondo Club, which teaches this Olympic Martial Art at
Warrington Memorial Hall every Monday and Wednesday evening, are
running a membership drive
offering free membership for March 2008. The Club has six Black Belt
instructors with a
range of experience and backgrounds.
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Monday, 3 March 2008

Letter to the Editors

Kelvin just dropped off our very first copy of Blueskin News ... love it!
Please keep sending it Purakanui way if that's possible.

Rosemary Jackson Hunter
Purakaunui

[Reply from the editors:
Glad you enjoy reading it: we enjoy making it. Sorry but Kelvin
is only able to deliver outside our core district if there are any
leftovers. In case you miss out again, everything in the magazine is
also on our website, and we also have news broadcasts on Fridays at
7.30am and 4pm on Puketapu Radio 756 AM... or you could move here over
the hill! Thanks for the feedback.]

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