Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Want to learn more about Hector's Dolphins?

...find out what you can do to help them?
Then come along to Blueskin Bay Library on Wednesday 30th April at 3pm

Find out why these marine mammals are so special
See some fantastic photos of the Hector's Dolphins
Have fun learning about their habits and threats through some
interactive games
Create a poster for the Hector's Dolphin patchwork mural
Be in for a chance to win a Hector's Dolphin T-shirt

by Louise Booth

Louise Booth
Blueskin Bay Librarian, Dunedin Public Libraries
Dunedin City Council
Harvey Street, Waitati; PO Box 6, Waitati 9069, New Zealand

Telephone: 03 482 2444, 03 474 3690; Fax 03 482 2445
Email: lbooth@dcc.govt.nz; www.dunedinlibraries.com

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Monday, 28 April 2008

Waitati Edible Gardening

Harvest market a great success

Thanks to all of those who came and bought and sold and traded at the
market. It was great fun and an amazing variety of produce came and went
(from cape gooseberries to roosters), even though it was late in the
season. We intend to do this at regular intervals next year, with plenty
of prior warning for those who want to grow stuff in advance. Thanks Mark
and Rayna for hosting the event.

Ask Aunt Lucy - Garden Q&A

Dear Aunt Lucy,

I'm concerned about rapidly rising food prices and what it will mean for
my family. Could I grow enough or find enough locally to
keep my family of four in basic food security each year? What would give
the greatest return for energy put in and what would do well in our
climate?

Yours truly, Hungry Concerned Citizen

Dear Hungry and Concerned,

Fear not for ye shall not starve. Prior to the Great Irish Potato Famine
(caused by potato blight and imperial policy) the huge Irish population
was sustained by a diet of potatoes and dairy produce, with some fish,
veges and occasional bit of meat thrown in. In addition, Continental
Europe (mostly Germany) discovered the potato withstood social unrest
(like armies riding through on horseback) much better than grain crops.
The tubers just stayed in the ground when crops all around were burnt or
if harvested, stolen. Spuds don't need great soil (they break up the
ground themselves) and can be grown in stacks of tyres where space in
premium. Put a different type of spud in each tyre layer for a varied
harvest. Potatoes are a very good carbohydrate source for survival, as
well as delicious with butter! To pep them up a bit, grow herbs (the list
is endeless) in a bucket out front and chilli or bell peppers and tomatoes
on your bedroom windowsill.

XX - Aunt Lucy (and Scott)

Waitati School and the WEGgies

We are proud to announce that we are now official supporters of the Waitati
School Veggie Garden with duties including growing seedlings for school
projects and working bees, especially during school holidays. If anyone
would like to be particularly involved, please contact me
(misslucyjack@hotmail.com) or Michaela at the school (ph 4822888).

by Lucy Jack and Scott Willis

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Saturday, 26 April 2008

"Close the road next year" – Waitati Anzac organisers

Anzac Day commemoration organiser Helen Beamish is thinking about
getting Harvey Street closed temporarily next year. As people
gathering at the Cenotaph on Friday spilled right across the road,
there were concerns about safety as motorists squeezed past the crowd.
A temporary road closure, made officially through the City Council,
might last from 10am to 10.15 and require a diversion around Donald's
Hill Road.

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Fire officer explains restrictions in Rural Dunedin

The Dunedin City Council sets the conditions for safe outdoor burning
throughout its area, other than in and adjacent to Department of
Conservation lands. In rural areas, the Council is the fire authority
and controls outdoor burning under the Forest and Rural Fires Act. In
urban areas where the New Zealand Fire Service is the fire authority,
a Council by-law sets rules for the safe outdoor burning.

At no time this year was there a total fire ban in any part of
Dunedin. Daily monitoring of fire risk through a series of automated
weather stations, including one on the north coast, showed that while
the risk at times bordered on extreme, it never got the threshold for
declaring a total fire ban.

In rural areas of Dunedin, a permit is required at all times for all
outdoor burning other than in a properly designed incinerator or
barbecue. The permit will prescribe the conditions for safe burning.
You are not allowed to burn hedge and tree trimmings without a permit.
Permit applications can be made by contacting Dunedin City Council
Customer Services on 477 4000.

A copy of the by-law for burning in urban areas and a guideline on how
to comply with it can also be obtained from Dunedin City Council
Customer Services on 477 4000.

If a total fire ban is declared in Dunedin, it will be widely
advertised in local media, current fire permit holders will be
notified that their permits are suspended and outdoor burning under
the by-law in any urban areas included in the fire ban will be
prohibited. To find out whether there is a total fire ban anywhere in
Dunedin, contact Dunedin City Council Customer Services on 477 4000 or
check the Dunedin City Council's rural fire website
www.ruralfiredunedin.govt.nz.

by Graeme Still

Principal Rural Fire Officer

Dunedin City Council

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Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Derek's Garden Diary

I was told off after last month's account for being too pessimistic.
April was not too late, I was told, to plant more broccoli and other
greens to be ready to eat in spring, while broad beans can be planted
in the midst of winter and they will still come up.

The weather did turn out to be warm and relatively settled for much of
April so I did guiltily sneak out and plant a few more broad beans,
some spinach and silver beet. When I was doing so I noticed several of
the garlic I had missed harvesting were sending up new shoots and
there were dozens of seedlings from plants I had allowed to go to
seed.

There was rocket, parsley, heartsease and calendula (sorry the last
two are flowers not vegetables but it is useful to have a variety of
plants to confuse the likes of white butterflies and carrot fly – and
they look nice as well).

By far the most numerous were the thin leaved seedlings of Montia
perfoliata, Miner's Lettuce or Springbeauty if you are feeling poetic.
This is a small, edible, slightly succulent looking plant from the
west coast of the USA and Mexico. It has both heart-shaped and rounded
leaves, from the centre of which grow tiny white flowers. You can eat
all of it raw in salads and it will keep growing throughout the winter
until late spring when it completely disappears and you think it is
lost forever. Until the following autumn that is, when thousands of
seedlings will spring up all over the place. Get some from a local
gardener who is pulling it out by the handful to stop it smothering
the parsnips and carrots.

Storing veges for the winter

The frosts are light enough around Blueskin Bay to leave parsnips,
carrots and turnipy things in the ground over winter. Parsnips are
said to be better for a touch of frost (and if you intend to make
parsnip wine then the connoiseurs insist on it). However you do need
to dig and store potatoes – if for no other reason than they will get
eaten by slugs and wireworm and start sprouting if you leave them in
the ground.

My old Sander's encyclopaedia of gardening (19th edition 1931) tells
you to avoid exposing the tubers too long to light, which is still
true for they will go green and become poisonous, but it then goes on
to advise storing them in "clamps in the open air or cool cellars". My
great-grandfather built a "clamp" and it involved a lot of earth and
straw and ended up looking like a small silage pit minus the tractor
tyres and plastic.

A rich doctor friend of mine had a cool cellar back before the English
started drinking wine but nowadays most of us have to resort to thick
strong paper bags – the old style bio-degradable rubbish bags are
excellent. Store them in the dark, in a dry, preferably cool place.
Only store undamaged potatoes and look at them regularly to make sure
that none have gone rotten. Even in the best of conditions you will be
struggling to keep them from sprouting by early spring. You can keep
those greener, poisonous ones to plant next season.

It really has been a strange season for there is a daffodil
threatening to flower any minute alongside the red silver beet.

by Derek Onley

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary (column)

It seems highly likely that the introduced predators have been
successfully eliminated. Other mammalian pests are a different matter.
24 hedgehogs have been trapped but there are still some hares and one
young goat at large. Footprints of mice have been discovered in some
of the tracking tunnels along the north western boundary.
Unsurprisingly the prints were found in thickets of gorse and broom –
areas that were hand broadcast with bait last year but difficult for
the bait to get into its many layers. Traps have been set and it is
hoped that the spread of mice has been contained.

As a result of the resource consent hearing waste water from the
Visitor Centre will now be dispersed to an area of bush on the Trust's
land to the east of the current access road on Blueskin Road. The
original proposal for dispersal of the very highly treated waste water
was to bush in an area west of the Visitor Centre site but due to a
perceived risk by users of Orokonui Stream the dispersal site has been
changed to an area outside of that catchment.

Chris (General Manager) has recently been to a hui on kiwi. She will
share insights into this fascinating bird, their management, threats,
current knowledge and what all this means for Orokonui at the next
local meeting which is on Wednesday May 14th, 7.30pm at the Waitati
Hall.

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

by Sue Hensley

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Blueskin Bayleaf: The Quince

Quince Romance

I invented this recipe on my honeymoon where we found quinces growing
in a wild orchard on Banks Peninsula. We have since found out that
Quince, or the 'golden apple' is sacred to Aphrodite, the goddess of
love. Do try serving it up to a loved one – and see what it does for
you!

7 quinces, cored and chopped into large pieces

A handful (or two) of dates

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup green ginger wine

pinch of salt

Put all ingredients in pot and stew on the stove or outdoors in a billy can.

Simmer gently for 15 – 20 minutes until its all soft.

Serve on top of a slab of vanilla ice cream and garnish with rose
petals. (remember to remove the white heel of the petal, as these are
bitter)

by Rowan Holt

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Memorial Notice for Rowan Carlyle

In Memoriam: Rowan Craig Carlyle
21 February 1978 – 11 May 2007

Thank you for your rich and wonderful years of love, friendship,
sharing, talented craftsmanship, work, loyalty, community service,
music and laughter.

Always remembered and greatly missed. – Your family.

On the anniversary of Rowan's passing – 11 May 2008, a service to
remember him, to celebrate his life and times and to support his
family and friends will be held at Warrington Beach commencing at 1.30
p.m at Warrington Surf Life Saving Club. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Waitati Energy Project (column)

Brrr! As winter approaches the focus is on keeping warm, and keeping
power bills low too, as the price of energy (particularly oil) cuts
deep via fuel, food and just about everything else.

Shortly after I wrote last month's column I learned that the Waitati
Energy Project missed out on the funding we've been seeking. Out of
that disappointment came a number of very promising suggestions
however. These leave us with plenty to work on. Most gratifyingly of
all though, our partners – the Otago Energy Research Centre,
Powerhouse Wind, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, the
Centre for the Study of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, and
Sustainable Dunedin City – all want to continue their involvement in
the Waitati Energy Project. There's plenty to continue with. In the
meantime, there are a couple of things to report.

HERS audits

We are still in the midst of Home Energy Rating Scheme (HERS) audits.
As we're part of the national trial it all takes time. Initially the
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) granted us 15
energy audits and as part of the ongoing appraisal of how that is
going EECA has given us a further 6 audits, selected from all those
who applied in the first instance. Thanks to EECA then, we've covered
about 10% of Waitati households, and it's not finished yet.

A fourth-year university student from the Otago Energy Research Centre
is doing a project on the design and effect of the HERS system and has
been interviewing a number of HERS recipients to gauge their
impressions. So in time I hope we get not just an evaluation of how
useful HERS are for modifying energy use generally, but also specific
ideas of how HERS have affected Waitati/Blueskin households in detail.
We'll be keeping the Blueskin News updated…

Leading edge technology in Waitati

Powerhouse Wind (PHW) are working to complete a functional prototype
wind turbine, to be tested, all things going according to plan, at a
site in Waitati from mid 2008. I'm really excited about PHW, not just
because of their innovative single blade design. PHW is a small
Dunedin company run by visionary innovators working to provide
appropriate scale energy production and these guys really walk the
talk. With the destruction of NZ's manufacturing base through
so-called 'free' trade agreements and business 'rationalisation', a
small company creating a world-class cutting-edge design and model
while doing it all in Dunedin deserves more than just our
congratulations: they deserve as much support as we can give! These
guys are proof that the 'number 8 wire' myth does have real substance
to it and the only thing we will have to be wary of is becoming
swamped as investors flock to Waitati to view the prototype (at
single-household scale) tested here in Waitati. Watch this space!

I hope you are managing to keep warm as the cold weather begins to
bite. If you want to know more and get updates (in addition to this
regular column), join our email list. To go on the list (or if you
have a specific question), please contact me by email:
scott.willis@stonebow.otago.ac.nz or telepone: 4822249.

To find out more about Powerhouse Wind, you can visit their website:
www.powerhousewind.co.nz or just wait to see the wind turbine later in
the year.

by Scott Willis

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Exhibition opening

Gallery on Blueskin
"BLUE"
Opening this Thursday, April 24, 5.30-7.30pm

This is a fundraiser for the Blueskin Bay Library Redevelopment and
will include well known and less known artists from Blueskin Bay.

More than 60 canvas have been distributed and all pieces will be for
sale for only $35 each. Artists names will not be displayed. You have
the opportunity to purchase something really special for a great price
while helping the library.

Juice and nibbles will be provided......in conjunction with Turn-off TV Week.

by Louise Burnside
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IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE who would like to translate what I make
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Warrington Surf Life Saving Club (column)

The Beach was beautiful and warm this morning (21 April) so hopefully
when you read this we are still getting some lovely days to go down
and enjoy our fantastic beach.

Swimming lessons continue throughout winter, IRB training is still
happening but other than that we have all finished for the season.
When we do get back it will be to a much better building, the new
changing rooms and kitchen are being added on and the old A-frame will
be sporting a new coat of paint.

Thank you so much to our volunteer Lifeguards this season Pru, Simon,
Caroline, Charlotte, Ken, Tim, Michael, Josh, Robbie, Dom, Johnny,
Beth, Sjaanie, Erica, Pete, Cherie, Mark, Kathryn, and Elise, and
Patrol Supports Hugh and Peter. We are so grateful to you all for
making our beach a better, safer place to relax and enjoy with all our
families.

At our break up ceremony, Top girl went to Devon Familton, Top boy Ben
Russell, Junior trophy to the Familton children and Pru Casey was
awarded the trophy for the most valuable contribution to the club. Pru
has worked hard to enable us to get our extension, done her fair share
of lifeguarding and has seen to the training and to-ing and fro-ing of
our guards in training for IRB awards. She has also mended boards and
looked after our motors in her spare time, thanks so much Pru.

Our huge weekend with the NZ IRB champs went extremely well.
Warrington Beach looked fantastic on TV, hope our wonderful secret
doesn't get out too far – we don't want all N.Z. turning up at our
amazing beach. Special thanks to Glenys, Carol, Lynley and Lyn for
putting your hands up and being on the catering planning committee.
Thanks to Blueskin Café for the use of their facilities. There are so
many people to thank from those getting breakfast ready at 6am to
those who worked all day on the BBQ stall. We sold the weekend's
barbecue stockpile in less than a day and had to rush back to town for
more so the fundraising was fantastic. We made $4,550 a great profit
for a lot of hard work Thanks everyone.

Michael Hastie came back with five medals from the Bay Champs and
gained a bronze in the mass rescue in the N.Z. IRB's. Well done
Michael. Johnny did well in the NZ champs with board, sprints, flags
and the swim.

Hoping for a mild winter.

by Christine Rainbow


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& any unwanted insulation materials
Olive McRae
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Fluoride action network (column)

Warrington and Waitati under immediate threat of fluoridation

On Wednesday 16 April the Waikouaiti Coast community board considered
the issue of flouridation of the Northern water scheme currently under
construction. Having been presented on 5 March with a petition from
the community with 231 signatories asking for a local referendum, and
a series of questions, the board were due to discuss the issue and
come up with a resolution on the matter.

The meeting began with myself addressing the council recommending that
the board support a localised referendum on the basis that the
community had clearly showed support for this action, that
fluoridation was unsafe and that the safety concerns had not been
addressed.

I commented on the fact that Pam Jordan from the DCC had spoken to the
contractors who organise referenda, and they had given an current
estimation of ten thousand dollars for a postal referendum in our
area. I also explained the similarities between Petone and our area,
and how the Hutt council had remedied the issue (consultation followed
by non-fluoridated water).

A short while later the chairperson Alasdair Morrison began to start
the discussion about the fluoride issue.
However DCC Water and Waste manager Tony Avery informed the
chairperson that Fluoride was not on the agenda, & therefor
technically could not be discussed.

The chairperson informed Tony that fluoridation was indeed on the
agenda, but had obviously been omitted by some sort of typing error.
The chairperson went on to explain that he had noticed the typing
error the previous Friday and had asked for it to be corrected. This
had not been done. However it was clear from the minutes at the
previous community board meeting and the public audience present to
hear the fluoride issue addressed, that fluoride was indeed on the
agenda.

Tony refused to acknowledge this, clearly stating that it didn't
matter for what reason the word "fluoridation" was missing, the fact
was it was not on the agenda and therefore could not be discussed.
After five minutes of polite arguing amongst themselves, the board
agreed that the matter could not wait till the next meeting, and that
there was special reason why we needed to address it that night. Tony
was clearly very annoyed at this.

After some further discussion Nancy Higgins put a motion to the floor
that the community board support a local referendum, this was
supported by Geraldine Tait, and Andrew Barratt. Murray Holland,
Gerard Collings and Alasdair Morrison abstained.

Gerard put a motion forward that all public health warnings that have
been released by any other local councils be released to the
residents of the Waikouaiti coast, via a mail out. This was supported
by Murray Holland.

It was mentioned several times at the meeting, the importance of
starting to get some answers to the questions I presented to council
and the board last month. As our councillor Andrew Noone was not
present, we were unable to ascertain what stage the questions were at.

The following day I phoned Andrew to check on the progress only to be
told that when he told me a number of weeks ago that the council had
decide to "let the annual plan ran its course, and then re-evaluate
the situation," he had been referring to the questions as well.

I was definately not aware of this and mentioned that the community
board had been under the assumption that the questions were in the
process of being answered, Andrew said that he had mentioned this to
the chairperson also, and that he would contact the chairperson and
make that clear.

On 21 April I attended the Infrastructure Services committee meeting
and read the following blurb: "I feel that communication between
council and the public is very poor. I came here representing a large
number of residents from the Waikouaiti Coast regarding the
Fluoridation of our water, and to date have only received information
by tracking Andrew down, leaving the community unaware of exactly what
was going on. I accept that I may have misunderstood the initial
conversation I had with Andrew, however I do not feel that it is my
job to relay messages from council back to the community. The council
should have an open, clear means in which to inform the public of any
relevant information."

I do not accept that the council do not see fit to provide our
community with the answers to this question.
The council at this stage are still pushing ahead with plans to
artificially fluoridate our communities without consultation, and
ignoring health risks to the venerable sectors of our communities.

The Waikouaiti community board support a postal referendum on the
Waikouaiti coast. Pam Jordan has contacted the contractors, and they
have given an estimation of ten thousand dollars for a postal
referendum for the whole coast.

This is an achievable goal that:
• protects people's right to be consulted in a manner in which they
are actively involves.
• gives a clear indication of the views of the people that YOU represent.
• has been previously been chosen in Omaru, Ashburton, Waitaki, and Petone.

Petone was in a similar situation to ours, when a pipe was being built
to supply Petone from the Fluoridated Hutt area. Petone residents
petitioned the Hutt council to encourage further consultation. The
Hutt city council in turn surveyed 2 out of 3 households. Results
showed that 75% of residents did not support fluoridation.
The council then employed engineers to organise the logistics of
supplying Petone with fluoride free water whilst protecting the Hutt's
fluoridated supply.

Petone today continue to enjoy the benefits of fluoride free water
thanks to a council who listened to the community and respected their
voice. The Hutt council have also publicly released the infant formula
warning.
When can we expect some progress with these health warnings and consultation?

I was then asked if I realised that it would be extremely expensive to
secure a fluoride free water supply, and would the community be
comfortable with paying for that? (not exact words but near as I can
remember)
I replied that the pipeline was paid for by the greater Dunedin area
and that just because we may chose not to have the medication with it,
doesn't mean that we should be punished for that by being forced to
pay the additional costs.

Petone did not have to pay the half a million to secure their supply,
that was paid for by the Hutt city council. We should have been
consulted properly at the start and then it would not have cost as
much.

Submissions for the draft annual plan have now closed and oral
submissions will be held between 5-7 May. A copy of the questions to
council and the community board are available on request from me.

Thanks to Bill Armstrong for his generous support. Monetary
donations, helping hands, or anything else always gratefully accepted.

Please don't be afraid to ask questions, I am happy to pass on
information to those people who are unsure about the fluoride issue, &
I can agree to disagree with those who support fluoridation.
nomassedication@gmail.com or 4821347

by Olive McRae

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Latest TOTVW timetable

April 20 - 27, 2008

Monday 21 April

Sustainable Practices workshop with Jenny Nielson

Jenny will talk about 3 methods of organic waste disposal (Bokashi,
regular composting, worm farming); what is recyclable at present in
Dunedin some special waste services etc.

2 – 3pm at the Waitati Hall

Please register at the library.

Hybrid clothing with Nicky and Sandra

7 – 9.30pm at the Waitati hall.

See poster for more details. Please register at the library.

Tae Kwon Do Open Night

6 – 7.30pm at the Warrington Hall

Just turn up for a look.

Tuesday 22 April

Bike Maintenance workshop, safety and riding skills: sorry FULL UP!

Story time with Mandy at the Blueskin café.

Also Cloth Nappies demonstration with Michelle Andrews

3pm at the Blueskin Café

Just turn up!

ChatterBooks – A chance to chat books

7pm at the Blueskin Bay Library

What's in the Box with Murray Soal

7 – 9pm at the Waitati Hall

See poster for more details. Register at the library.

Indoor Bowls Open Night

7pm at the Warrington Hall

Just turn up and wear soft shoes.

For more details contact Ruth and Cliff Porteous on 482 2849

Documentary Film Screening at the Waitati Film Society

8pm at the corner of Orokonui and Mt. Cargill Roads.

See poster for more details.

Wednesday 23 April

Cheese making workshop with Linda Charlton

2pm at the Waitati Hall

Register at the library. $5 entry charge. Sorry full up but leave your
name at the library as Linda may run another workshop.

Introduction to Homeopathic first aid with Jane Young.

7 – 9pm at the Blueskin Bay Library.

Register at the library free but bring $5 to buy any remedies.

Thursday 24 April

Family Picnic and Working Bee

12 – 2pm.

Waitati School Kitchen Revival.

Bring your lunch, a spade, gloves and other gardening tools.

Pet Show

2pm outside the library.

See poster for more details.

Gallery on Blueskin exhibition 'Blue'

Exhibition Thursday 24th 5.30-7.30pm

From Sunday 13th April small canvases can be picked up from the
gallery, completed and then returned to the gallery by Wed 23rd. Open
to all ages, no limits to imagination! Exhibition opening Thursday
24th. Theme 'Blue'. Cost per canvas $2.00

Opening hours 10.30 - 4pm. (Tuesday – Sunday)

Calypso dancing with Alison Appleby

6pm at the Waitati Hall

Just turn up and bring a gold coin donation.

Friday 25 April

ANZAC Day Service

Waitati Hall at 10.00am. Everyone welcome!

Saturday 26 April

Volco Park walks with Nick Prosser

2 – 5pm. Meet at the Horse Trough

Wear good walking shoes.

Sunday 27 April

Closing Ceremony and Street Party at Warrington.

12.30pm – Meet outside St Barnabas Church.

The walk starts at St Barnabas Church at 12.30 and will finish at the
Domain with a shared lunch and barbecue. More details soon.

Saturday 3 April

Family Film Night

6 – 8pm. Children's movie at the Waitati hall.

Gold coin donation and turn up for a fun filled night.

8pm. Adults movie at the Waitati Hall.

$5 entry charge for fundraiser for the Waitati Film Society

More details soon.

Please be sure to REGISTER at the Blueskin Bay Library!

ANY ENQUIRIES CONTACT THE BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY

ON 482 2444.

by Louise Booth


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Warrington Playcentre (column)

Would you like to have a professional photograph taken of your family
for only $10 and at the same time support Warrington Playcentre in
raising funds for their new lino and carpet? Now you can!

On Saturday 10 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)
however with no obligation.

For the sum of $10 (with funds all going direct to Playcentre), you
are entitled to:

• The portrait sitting; and
• One 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.

by Dawn Hope

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Sunday, 20 April 2008

Waikouaiti Police Community Report April 2008

Tënä koutou katoa,

This month the Waikouaiti Museum was broken into and a number of
microfiche documents were taken, police believe the offender used a
key to gain access to the building; unfortunately many keys have been
issued over the years. The documents taken contained births, deaths,
and marriages information.

On the 6th of April police assisted with a car and horse float which
had broken down in the southbound lane at the bottom of the Merton
Hill, while attending this incident another traffic matter was brought
to the attention of police, a female driver who earlier that day had
left Blenheim, heading for Balclutha, was reported by several members
of the public just south of Oamaru driving erratically. Police caught
up with her at the Kilmog and after speaking with her father arranged
for her to travel to her father's address at Mosgiel to rest before
continuing her journey the following morning.

On the 9th of April police dealt with a group of local teenagers who
were noticed by a member of the public damaging the playground at the
Waikouaiti Sports Grounds, police were called and quickly rounded up
the group, the culprit was returned to the park with a hammer and nail
and repaired the damage, which was minor. Police spoke to each of the
young persons' parents informing them of their children's involvement.

On the subject of young people, the school holidays are here and it is
timely to remind parents to be aware of where their children are and
who they are with. Often police deal with young people who get into
mischief, and their parents thought their children were at a friends
address or under the supervision of another parent. The above incident
would most likely have not occurred had the parents of these children
known where and with whom their kids were.

On Thursday the 10th of April, police attended a domestic related
incident at Warrington; alcohol was believed to have been a
contributing factor. A Warrington man was subsequently arrested and
charged with breaching a protection order.

On the 14th of April Dunedin police attended a domestic dispute at
Waikouaiti, a local woman and an associate were assaulted by the
woman's ex partner. He was subsequently arrested and convicted of
assaulting her and her friend, as well as possession of an offensive
weapon.

On Thursday the 17th of April a rural address along Coast Road
Karitane was burgled. Items of jewellery, cash, alcohol, PS1, and a
black handbag, were among some of the items taken. Police believe this
crime was committed by a local and are currently following a strong
line of inquiry, police would however like to hear from anyone who may
have any information which may prove useful.

This month police have attended four crashes in the area, alcohol was
a major contributing factor in one of the crashes, and a medical
condition proved to be a factor in another.

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


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Blueskin Bay Library (column)

As I write this, the temperature is plummeting and sleet is slithering
down the outside of the windows. But there is a bright side! We are
approaching the season when so many chores just have to wait, and
there is nothing for it but to snuggle into your favourite armchair
beside a fire with a good DVD or CD or even a good BOOK! I can face
this prospect with no pain at all, and I'm sure you can too.

So come and see us. We have all the necessities. Read on for details
about these, and also for some of our regular activities.

DVDs, CDs, talking books

Did you know that our audio-visual material is rotated around the
libraries in the Dunedin network every two months? We received our
new DVD's, CD's and talking books (for children as well as adults) on
April 9, so if you haven't checked out our selection for a while, come
in and see what we've got.

Staff picks

Louise recommends the author A J Jacobs. She has been reading 'The
Year of Living Biblically', and 'The Know-it-all', in which the writer
reads through the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z. 'It's funny,
quirky', she says, 'and I can't put it down.'

Meaghan recommends 'Lost in a Good Book' by Jasper Fforde. 'Very
funny,' she says, 'despite, or because of the plot's dodgy set-up.'

Warrington Outreach

The library drives to Warrington School this month on the 14th and the
28th. We are available for borrowing, returning or registering as a
new member from 2pm till 3pm.

Children's Book Club at Warrington

Our enthusiastic members will be meeting on 27 May, from 3.15pm till 4.30pm.

May Music Month comes to Blueskin Bay

Medieval music and singing with Nick Prosser, Waitati Hall and
Blueskin Bay Library 6.30-7.30 or 8.00pm Mondays 12, 19, 26 May and 2
June 2008. Come, play and sing a medieval tune or three. Plus we'll
create a new one – oh, yeah, a real authentic medieval ditty. You
don't need to have played or sung before, full instructions given.
Bring your own instrument or make do with whatever's lying around.

Four laid-back sessions leading to a short concert for all our mates
(that's when we find out who they are) at 7.30 on the final night
(Queen's Birthday).

by Louise Booth

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Warrington Dolphin Survey (column)

You can help save our Hector's Dolphins

The Government is deciding at the end of April about what protection
they will put in place for the Hector's and Maui's dolphins. You can
help by either writing to Helen Clark, Steve Chadwick or 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. Even if they have come out with their decision you should
still do this.

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.

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

I have also been visiting lots of schools talking to the students. If
you want me to visit your school or community group, then give me a
call: 465 8318 or 027 330 7311

by Jennie Upton

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Blueskin Garden Club (column)

The Blueskin Garden Club met on Thursday night, 10th of April 2008 at
the Waitati Hall.

We had a good turn out of members to listen to Daphne Henderson give a
talk on "Beginning at Seacliff".

Daphne's association with Seacliff Hospital started when she was just
a baby with her father, uncles and other members of her family all
working in different parts of the hospital. Daphne trained as a nurse
there and gave us an insight into the rigours of being trained under
very severe conditions and strict nursing staff. She told of how
different parts of the building subsided and how she used to worry
when on night duty about opening the dining room door just in case it
had slipped away in the night! She showed us photographs of different
people associated with the early days of Seacliff, and an aerial view
showing just how large the place was and the extensive garden that
went with it.

It was a fascinating and very interesting talk about a place that
existed in our backyard. Daphne went on to work at Cherry Farm and is
now based at Wakari Hospital.

Competitions

Vegetables: 1st Daphne Henderson (Maori Potatoes)

Bloom: 1st equal – Rowena Park (dahlia) and Lesley Smith (rose)

Our next meeting is our AGM. The date and time to be arranged. If you
are interested in becoming a member or would like further information
please contact Lyne Hastie Phone 4822 896

by Lesley Smith

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Blueskin Bay celebrates community during Turn Off TV Week 20 to 27 April 2008 (latest programme)

Every year since 2002 Blueskin Bay has provided a variety of
activities during a particular week to encourage residents to turn
aside from their television sets for a time, to embrace other
activities and to encourage a greater sense of community.

This year the emphasis is "celebrating community" and the resources
which individuals and groups can share with one another, providing fun
and contributing to lifelong learning.

Many of the activities are outdoor ones but there are also
opportunities to learn hobbies / crafts which can while away the
winter.

For the most part the 2008 programme draws on talent within the
Blueskin Bay community and provides an opportunity for promoting it.

• Fun Run/Walk:The week begins Sunday 20 April at 11.00am with a fun
run/walk from the Blueskin Library at Waitati to the Orokonui
Ecosanctuary and return. Following that there will be a community BBQ
outside the Library.

• Sustainable Practices seminar with Jenny Nielson about methods of
organic waste disposal, recyclable materials and special waste
services. (Waitati Hall 2 to 3 p.m.)

• In the evening there will be a Hybrid Clothing workshop with
guidance and practical assistance ion re-making old garments into new
ones. (Waitati Hall 7 to 9.30 p.m.)

• Tae Kwon Do open night: Monday 21 April 6.00pm – 7.30pm, Warrington Hall

• Bike maintenance workshop coupled with safety and riding skills run
by 'Banger' from R&R Sports. Banger runs such courses for the Taieri
Community College, Otago Polytechnic and University of Otago. Tuesday
22 April 10.30am – 3.00pm, Waitati Hall and then Bland Park. Bring
your own lunch.

• Stories and Cloth Nappies: Mandy Mayhem will read stories followed
by a presentation on cloth nappies by Michelle Andrews. Tuesday 22
April 3.00pm, Blueskin Café

• Chatterbooks – a chance to chat about books you have read recently
and to hear about other books people have been reading is an
initiative by the Library to start a book-group with not-too-serious
purpose. (Tuesday 22 April 7.00pm, Blueskin Bay Library)

• What's in the Box? – a workshop by Murray Soal explaining in
non-technical terms the workings of computers. Tuesday 22 April
7.00pm, Waitati Hall

• Cheese Making Workshop with Linda Charlton. Wednesday 23 April
2.00pm, Blueskin Bay Library

• introduction to Homeopathic First-aid by Jane Young, Wednesday 23
April 7.00pm – 9.00pm, Blueskin Bay Library

• Pet Show: Thursday 24 April 2.00pm Blueskin Bay Library

• Gallery on Blueskin exhibition opening. The theme is 'Blue' – pick
up a blank canvas and submit your own entry. Thursday 24 April 5.30pm
– 7.30pm. Gallery opposite Blueskin Nursery.

• Calypso Dancing: For a touch of the Caribbean Alison Appleby
provides a demonstration of Calypso and some tuition. Thursday 24
April 6.00pm Waitati Hall

• ANZAC DAY the usual service will be held in the Waitati Hall, Friday
25 April 10.00pm, Waitati Hall

• Volco Park Walks with Nick Prosser. Meet near the horse-trough Old
North Road. Saturday 26 April 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Please remember to
register at Blueskin Bay Library first.

• Family Film Night starting at 6pm in the Waitati hall. There will be
children's movies 6 – 8pm with a gold coin donation. Adults movies 8pm
onwards with $5 admittance fee.

• Closing Street Party at Warrington after walking from St Barnabas
Church at 12.30pm to the Warrington Domain for a barbecue lunch.
Sunday 27 April 12.30pm.

The whole week is devoted to celebration and sharing in order to
enhance an even greater sense of community in the whole of the
Blueskin Bay area.

Please note that while some events are free and open to all,
registrations will be essential for the workshops. Costs vary from $2
per person to $15 per person. Most workshops are $5 or under.
Numbers will be limited for most workshops so that individual
attention can be assured.

For more details contact the Blueskin Bay Library on 482 244 or Louise
on 027 681 7481.

by Louise Booth

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Waitati/Dunedin carpooling proposal

Are you a Waitati resident and travel into town most week days with
space in your car for someone else? Are you concerned about the
increasing price of fuel? Do want to reduce your carbon footprint?
Then carpooling could be a good option for you.

As you know, the usual car pooling system involves of a group of
people taking turns to drive to and from town at a particular time.
However, if you're like me and don't always travel during the rush
hour (i.e. after-work commitments) – then this traditional carpooling
system doesn't really suit.

How about "commitment free carpooling". The concept (details would
need to be worked through within the Waitati community) may include
the following:

• Involves those getting a lift 'donating' a set fee (community to
decide) to driver for travel (payment made for one-way)
• No commitment to pick up a certain person at a certain time – nor
commit to take them back to Waitati
• Set pick-up and/or drop-off points - in Waitati (e.g. Library/Hall
area) and a couple of places in Dunedin (along one-way north e.g. by
the Bowler somewhere - or George St e.g. over bridge beside Woodhaugh
Gardens)
• Users of the system will be identified somehow - so people know they
are part of scheme
• It involves drivers driving by these pick-up points on their way to
or from town to check if anyone is waiting for a lift – the incentive
being $$$ to help cover their fuel costs.

This system relies on a critical mass of people participating.
Waitati and Dunedin are perfectly placed for such a community scheme
as it is a direct trip into a city which has only one main area where
most people work.

What do you think? Any other ideas? Come along to the Waitati
Community Hall on Wednesday May 7th at 7:30 pm to talk about this
scheme or any ideas you may have – to link up with others to join a
traditional carpooling group.

by Jackie Fanning
Waitati

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Re-routed bus would serve more people

Seacliff residents recently all received in the mail a timetable for a
bus service that isn't offered to them.

At present the Otago Regional Council's rate-subsidised bus from
Palmerston goes into Karitane then backtracks out to SH1, travelling
to Dunedin over the Kilmog. This means it does not go along Coast Road
to service the communities of Seacliff and Warrington.

Many Warrington residents travel to Evansdale by car to catch the bus.

Jane Turnbull of the Otago Regional Council explained that the
Seacliff and Warrington communities have two options. "They may wish
to make a submission through the Annual Plan process – the draft Plan
is now open for submission. And/or they could contact ORC and ask to
discuss the issue – Fraser McRae, Director Policy and Resource
Planning would be the person to approach (ph 4740827,
fraser.mcrae@orc.govt.nz )."

Blueskin News understands that if the bus travelled on Coast Road
instead of the Kilmog, there would be no increase to travel times for
Palmerston or Waikouaiti commuters.

In the meantime, the Waikouiti Coast Community Board and residents at
Seacliff have made arrangements for relocating a bus shelter there
approximately 100m further down the road and to the opposite side to
make it safer for children who use it whilst waiting to catch the
school bus.

by Liz Abbott

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Thursday, 17 April 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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A Warrington couple were disturbed in the early hours of the morning
when one of them was bitten on the leg by a White-tailed Spider.

"We had both been deep in sleep. And some time, during the night,
a White-tailed Spider had crept in under our covers. It had crawled in
between us," Rhys Owen of Warrington said.

After the spider had been squashed, they called the hospital emergency
department who advised to simply wash the bite area and to monitor it.

By morning the swelling had gone and there was no sign of
the bite.

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On Wednesday 23 April the Climate Relay Baton, which is travelling the
length of New Zealand to highlight Climate Change, will pass by train
through Blueskin Bay.

Local supporters will cheer the passing train at Seacliff around
12.25pm, Warrington 12.35pm and Waitati, 12.45pm.

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The Taekwondo Union of New Zealand examined Warrington club
members who practise the Korean martial art. Several received Grading
promotions.

The South Island Taekwondo Championship Tournament will be held in Dunedin
on June 28th.

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A very cute kitten, Molly, 9 weeks old needs a home. Molly is very
friendly, adventurous and loves lots of cuddles.

If you are interested in knowing more about Molly contact Louise at the
Blueskin Bay Library on 482 2444.

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Turn Off TV Week begins on Sunday 20 April with a fun run or walk from the
Blueskin Library at Waitati to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary returning for
a barbecue.

Other workshops and events during Turn Off TV Week are

• Sustainable Practices
• re-making old garments into new ones
• a Tae Kwon Do open night
• Bike maintenance
• reading of stories
• cloth nappies demonstration
• a book group
• the workings of computers
• Cheese-making
• Homeopathic First-aid
• a Pet Show
• a blank canvas "paint your own picture" exhibition
• a demonstration of Calypso dancing

There will be more events next weekend to conclude.

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On Anzac Day, Friday 25 April, the commemoration service will be held at the
Waitati Cenotaph at 10am folowed by a shared morning tea in the Hall.

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For more information about these and other local news and events, go
to your volunteer community news website "blueskin.co.nz".

If the fluoride doesn't get you the white tails will

I sat bolt upright, the sound of screaming in my ears. It wasn't the
sound of boy-racers
doing burnouts in the Warrington Domain – it was my partner.

"Turn on the light, turn on the light! I've been bitten!" she screamed.

With the light on I could see the demon. There, in bed, sitting next to me
sat a White-tailed Spider.

It was 3am. We had both been deep in sleep. And some time, during the night,
a White-tailed Spider had crept in under our covers. It had crawled in
between us.

Maybe my partner had rolled over on to it or maybe it was an
unprovoked attack. What mattered was that it had bitten her. It had bitten
her with such force that she was woken from her sleep and woke with a sharp
pain in her thigh.

I approached it with a tissue in my hand. It stood there, on the bed where my
partner had being lying. It didn't run. It just stood its ground.

Now you would expect most spiders to run away as something like
a tissue approached them, but it didn't. Instead I simply picked it up
within the tissue and squashed it between my fingers.

Now having killed the spider, the next concern was my partner's leg. We both
knew that white tailed spiders are poisonous, but is it life threatening, or
even dangerous? We didn't know.

I called the hospital emergency department. They looked up the poisons/toxins
database. They advised to simply wash the bite area and to monitor it.

So that was it. By morning the swelling had gone and there was no sign of
the bite. All that was left were two very tired people who had slept very badly,
knowing that out there, in the night, were more White-tailed Spiders, probably
creeping around in our roof, under the floor and maybe in the house.

If anyone is interested in learning about these new inhabitants of Blueskin
Bay visit the following website:

http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/biosystematics/invertebrates/spid
ers/white_tail.asp

by Rhys Owen
Warrington Resident

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Warrington Taekwondo members make the grade

The Taekwondo Union of NZ Graded several Warrington Club
members on March 15th. Master Peter Shaw was the TUNZ Examiner. The
Grading promotions are:

Shea Abbott - Grade 8
Tadgh Kelly - Grade 8
Steven Rainbow - Grade 8
Edan Feint - Grade 7
Natasha Abbott - Grade 7
Aimee-Leigh Rainbow - Grade 7
Josie Kyle - Grade 5
Bruno Willis - Grade 5
Scott Willis - Grade 5
Alison Ko - Grade 3

Port Chambers Club hosted the Grading.

Following the Grading Master Shaw held a tournament training seminar which
was well attended by Warrington, Port Chambers and Green Island Club
members.

The South Island Taekwondo Championship Tournament will be held in Dunedin
on June 28th. Spectators are welcome. More details on this event closer to
the date.

by Tim Bain

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I need a home!

Hello my name is Molly, I am 9 weeks old and I need a home. I am very
friendly, adventurous and love lots of cuddles.

If you are interested in knowing more about me contact Louise at the
Blueskin Bay Library on 482 2444.

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Sunday, 13 April 2008

Blueskin Bay celebrates community during Turn Off TV Week

Blueskin Bay celebrates community during Turn Off TV Week
20 to 27 April 2008.

Every year since 2002 Blueskin Bay has provided a variety of
activities during a particular week to encourage residents to turn
aside from their television sets for a time, to embrace other
activities and to encourage a greater sense of community.

This year the emphasis is "celebrating community" and the resources
which individuals and groups can share with one another, providing fun
and contributing to lifelong learning.

Many of the activities are outdoor ones but there are also
opportunities to learn hobbies / crafts which can while away the
winter.

For the most part the 2008 programme draws on talent within the
Blueskin Bay community and provides an opportunity for promoting it.

The week begins on Sunday 20 April with a fun run / walk from the
Blueskin Library at Waitati to the Orokanui Eco-sanctuary and return.
Following that there will be a community BBQ outside the Library.

On Monday 21 April there will be a Sustainable Practices seminar with
Jenny Nielson about methods of organic waste disposal, recyclable
materials and special waste services. (Waitati Hall 2 to 3 p.m.)

In the evening there will be a Hybrid Clothing workshop with guidance
and practical assistance ion re-making old garments into new ones.
(Waitati Hall 7 to 9.30 p.m.)

There will also be a Tae Kwon Do open night (Warrington Hall 6 to 7.30 p.m.)

Tuesday 22 April sees a Bike maintenance workshop coupled with safety
and riding skills run by 'Banger' from R&R Sports. Banger runs such
courses for the Taieri Community College, Otago Polytechnic and
University of Otago. (Waitati Hall and then Bland Park 10.30 a.m. to
3 p.m.) Bring your own lunch.

Mandy Mayhem will read stories at the Blueskin café in the afternoon
followed by a presentation on cloth nappies by Michelle Andrews. 3
p.m.

Chatterbooks - a chance to chat about books you have read recently and
to hear about other books people have been reading is an initiative by
the Library to start a book-group with not-too-serious purpose.
(Library 7 p.m.)

What's in the Box? is a workshop by Murray Soal explaining in
non-technical terms the workings of computers. (Waitati Hall 7 to 9
p.m.)

Wednesday 23 April Linda Charlton will facilitate a Cheese-making
workshop (Library 2 p.m.)

An introduction to Homeopathic First-aid will be provided in the
evening by Jane Young. (Library 7 to 9 p.m.)

Thursday 24 April sees a Pet Show held outside the Library at 2 p.m.

There is a Gallery on Blueskin exhibition opening from 5.30 to 7.30
p.m. The theme is 'Blue' - pick up a blank canvas and submit your own
entry.

For a touch of the Caribbean Alison Appleby provides a demonstration
of Calypso and some tuition. (Waitati Hall 6 p.m.)

ANZAC DAY Friday 25 April the usual service will be held in the
Waitati Hall at 10 a.m.

Saturday 26 April Walk through Volco Park with Nick Prosser. Meet
near the horse-trough Old North Road.

Sunday 27 April Closing Street Party at Warrington after walking from
St Barnabas Church to the Warrington Domain. More details soon.

The whole week is devoted to celebration and sharing in order to
enhance an even greater sense of community in the whole of the
Blueskin Bay area.

Please note that while some events are free and open to all,
registrations will be essential for the workshops. Costs vary from $2
per person to $15 per person. Most workshops are $5 or under.
Numbers will be limited for most workshops so that individual
attention can be assured.

For more details contact the Blueskin Bay Library on 482 244 or Louise
on 027 681 7481.

by Louise Booth

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Thursday, 3 April 2008

Blueskin Bay celebrates community during Turn Off TV Week 2008

Blueskin Bay celebrates community during Turn Off TV Week

20 to 27 April 2008

Every year since 2002 Blueskin Bay has provided a variety of
activities during a particular week to encourage residents to turn
aside from their television sets for a time, to embrace other
activities and to encourage a greater sense of community.

This year the emphasis is "celebrating community" and the resources
which individuals and groups can share with one another, providing fun
and contributing to lifelong learning.

Many of the activities are outdoor ones but there are also
opportunities to learn hobbies or crafts which can while away the
winter.

For the most part the 2008 programme draws on talent within the
Blueskin Bay community and provides an opportunity for promoting it.

The week begins on Sunday 20 April with a fun run / walk from the
Blueskin Bay Library at Waitati to the Orokanui Ecosanctuary and
return. Following that there will be a community BBQ outside the
Library.

On Monday 21 April there will be a Sustainable Practices seminar with
Jenny Nielson about methods of organic waste disposal, recyclable
materials and special waste services. (Waitati Hall 2 to 3 p.m.)

In the evening there will be a Hybrid Clothing workshop with guidance
and practical assistance on re-making old garments into new ones.
(Waitati Hall 7 to 9.30 p.m.)

There will also be a Tae Kwon Do open night (Warrington Memorial Hall
6 to 7.30 p.m.)

Tuesday 22 April sees a Bike maintenance workshop coupled with safety
and riding skills run by 'Banger' from R&R Sports. Banger runs such
courses for the Taieri Community College, Otago Polytechnic and
University of Otago. (Waitati Hall and then Bland Park 10.30 a.m. to
3 p.m.) Bring your own lunch.

Mandy Mayhem will read stories at the Blueskin Bay Café in the
afternoon followed by a presentation on cloth nappies by Michelle
Andrews. 3 p.m.

Chatterbooks – a chance to chat about books you have read recently and
to hear about other books people have been reading is an initiative by
the Library to start a book-group with not-too-serious purpose.
(Blueskin Bay Library 7 p.m.)

'What's in the Box?' is a workshop by Murray Soal explaining in
non-technical terms the workings of computers. (Waitati Hall 7 to 9
p.m.)

Wednesday 23 April provides an opportunity for children to learn
elements of Horse Riding. (Blueskin Bay Library 1 to 3 p.m.)

Linda Charlton will facilitate a Cheese-making workshop (Blueskin Bay
Library 2 p.m.)

An introduction to Homeopathic First-aid will be provided in the
evening by Jane Young. (Blueskin Bay Library 7 to 9 p.m.)

Thursday 24 April sees a Pet Show held outside the Blueskin Bay
Library at 2 p.m.

There is a Gallery on Blueskin exhibition opening from 5.30 to 7.30
p.m. The theme is 'Blue' – pick up a blank canvas and submit your own
entry.

For a touch of the Caribbean Alison Appleby provides a demonstration
of Calypso and some tuition. (Waitati Hall 8 p.m.)

ANZAC DAY Friday 25 April the usual service will be held in the
Waitati Hall at 10 a.m.

Saturday 26 April Walk through Volco Park with Nick Prosser. Meet
near the Horse Trough, Mt Cargill Road.

Sunday 27 April Closing Street Party at Warrington Domain after
walking from St Barnabas Church. More details soon.

The whole week is devoted to celebration and sharing in order to
enhance an even greater sense of community in the whole of the
Blueskin Bay area.

Please note that while some events are free and open to all,
registrations will be essential for the workshops. Costs vary from $2
per person to $15 per person. Most workshops are $5 or under.
Numbers will be limited for most workshops so that individual
attention can be assured.

by Louise Booth

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From blueskin.co.nz and 'Blueskin News' published by Blueskin Media:
voluntary/non-profit community publishers in Blueskin Bay (Seacliff,
Warrington, Evansdale, Waitati, Doctors Point), Dunedin, New Zealand.
All material sent to or published by us is "copyleft" in the public
domain and may be freely shared, archived, re-edited and republished.
If you want to credit the source it's "blueskin.co.nz".

Turn Off TV Week: Horse Riding

Turn Off TV Week: Horse Riding

Wednesday 23 April

Limited to six children.

Book at the Blueskin Bay Library.

Children to be dropped off and picked up from the library, 1 – 3 pm.

$15 per child.

$5 deposit to be paid on registration, balance to be paid on the day.

Bring sturdy shoes or gum boots and a warm jacket.

Learn about caring for and riding a pony.

Parents are welcome to come with their own transport.

Any enquiries phone Cathy after 4pm on 472 8863

For a further lesson on 1st May phone Cathy.

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voluntary/non-profit community publishers in Blueskin Bay (Seacliff,
Warrington, Evansdale, Waitati, Doctors Point), Dunedin, New Zealand.
All material sent to or published by us is "copyleft" in the public
domain and may be freely shared, archived, re-edited and republished.
If you want to credit the source it's "blueskin.co.nz".

Turn Off TV Week 2008 programme

Blueskin Bay Turn Off TV Week Programme
April 20 - 27, 2008

Saturday 19 April

Abseiling workshops with Sam Beamish

9am and 1.30pm. Meet At Karitane Rock

See poster for more details – register at the Library.

Sunday 20 April

Opening Event

Join in with the Fun Run or Walk from the Blueskin Bay Library (book
sanctuary) to the eco-sanctuary and then back to the book sanctuary.

Meet at the Book Sanctuary at 11am.

After the fun run/walk there will be a barbecue and other fun filled
activities back at the Book Sanctuary. More details soon.

Monday 21 April

Sustainable Practices workshop with Jenny Nielson

Jenny will talk about three methods of organic waste disposal
(Bokashi, regular composting, worm farming); what is recyclable at
present in Dunedin, some special waste services etc.

2-3pm at the Waitati Hall

Please register at the library.

Hybrid clothing with Nicky and Sandra!

7 – 9.30pm at the Waitati hall.

See poster for more details. Please register at the library.

Tae Kwon Do Open Night

6 – 7.30pm at Warrington Memorial Hall

Just turn up for a look.

Tuesday 22 April

Bike Maintenance workshop, safety and riding skills

10.30 – 12.30pm, 30 minutes lunch break, 1 – 3pm.

Meet outside the library.

See poster for more details. Register at the library

Story time with Mandy at the Blueskin Café.

Also Cloth Nappies demonstration with Michelle Andrews

3pm at the Blueskin Café

Just turn up!

ChatterBooks – A chance to chat books

7pm at the Blueskin Bay Library

What's in the Box with Murray Soal

7-9pm at the Waitati Hall

See poster for more details.

Wednesday 23 April

Cheese making workshop with Linda Charlton

2pm at the Waitati Hall

Register at the library and $5 entry charge

Horse Riding Lessons

1-3pm

See poster for more details. Register at the library.

Introduction to Homeopathic First Aid with Jane Young.

7-9pm at the Blueskin Bay Library.

Register at the library. $5 entry fee

Thursday 24 April

Pet Show

2pm outside the library.

See poster for more details.

Gallery on Blueskin exhibition 'Blue'

Exhibition Thursday 24th 5.30-7.30pm

From Sunday 13th April small canvases can be picked up from the
gallery, completed and then returned to the gallery by Wed 23rd. Open
to all ages, no limits to imagination! Exhibition opening Thursday
24th. Theme 'Blue'

Cost per canvas $2.00

Opening hours 10.30 - 4pm. (Tuesday – Sunday)

Calypso dancing with Alison Appleby

8pm at the Waitati Hall

Just turn up and bring a gold coin donation.

Friday 25 April

ANZAC Day Service

Waitati Hall at 10.00am. Everyone welcome!

Saturday 26 April

Volco Park walks with Nick Prosser

2-5pm. Meet at the Horse Trough

Wear good walking shoes.

Sunday 27 April

Closing Ceremony and Street Party at Warrington.

More details soon!

Other Events to be organised:

Family Film Night with Mandy

Truby King guided walk

Board Games Night

Amnesty International event for children and adults

Baking competitions in Waitati and Warrington

And much more!

Please be sure to REGISTER at the Blueskin Bay Library!

ANY ENQUIRIES CONTACT THE BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY

ON 482 2444.

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Warrington, Evansdale, Waitati, Doctors Point), Dunedin, New Zealand.
All material sent to or published by us is "copyleft" in the public
domain and may be freely shared, archived, re-edited and republished.
If you want to credit the source it's "blueskin.co.nz".

Turn Old Clothes Into New

Turn Old Clothes Into New !

Hybrid Clothing – with Nicky and Sandra

Are you tired of that same old wardrobe ? Make new garments from those
tired and dated clothes with our Hybrid Sewing workshop. Bring a bag
of clothes, we will have a swapping session then start alterations at
the sewing stations. SWAP, CHOP, and SEW !

CREATIVE RECYCLING with HYBRID CLOTHING

Monday 21 April 7-9.30pm at Waitati Hall

Contact Nicky 4822433 or register at the Library

$3 to register

Bring: a bag of clothes, cotton, quick-unpick, scissors, sewing
machine (optional – let me know if yes)

Limit 15 people

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From blueskin.co.nz and 'Blueskin News' published by Blueskin Media:
voluntary/non-profit community publishers in Blueskin Bay (Seacliff,
Warrington, Evansdale, Waitati, Doctors Point), Dunedin, New Zealand.
All material sent to or published by us is "copyleft" in the public
domain and may be freely shared, archived, re-edited and republished.
If you want to credit the source it's "blueskin.co.nz".