Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Candidate election statement: Hilary Calvert, Act New Zealand candidate for Dunedin North

Hilary Calvert, your ACT Party MP if ACT gets at least 5% of the vote.

And that is important to Blueskin residents because if the government keeps
spending our money like water, pretending that they can give us free stuff
we will all in the Blueskin District have our way of life under threat.If we
tax everyone too much, which the government currently does, then those who
can will leave. Those who remain will no longer be able to live on the money
of others.

The government has spent at twice the rate of inflation in the last 10
years, trying to bribe us with our own money. And with the Emissions Trading
Scheme we are set to lose 22,000 jobs, and $2.00 per hour off the wages of
the average Nzer. Let's not be a leader in the race to the bottom of the
economic ladder for those left behind.

by Hilary Calvert


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Thursday, 25 September 2008

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday September 26

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

An online petition has been set up calling for Dunedin City Council to
keep areas with non-flouridated water, including Blueskin Bay,
fluoride free. The petition will be handed to the Council next month.

The major local event this weekend is the Blueskin Garden Club spring
flower show. The show is open to the public at the Waitati Hall, on
Sunday from 11am to 3pm with entries accepted from 10am to 1.30pm on
Saturday. The prize giving will be held at 2.45pm on Sunday.

The Waitati Energy Project is hoping to negotiate a bulk purchase of
Novatherm insulation and is calling for expressions of interest from
local homeowners. Organiser Scott Willis is hoping to find 10
households interested in purchasing the insulation before the end of
the year. He says that for each year a house remains poorly insulated
money is wasted, health is compromised and excessive energy is used.

The Orokonui Ecosanctuary is expected to have a limited guided opening
shortly. A mammoth effort involving long hours in often terrible
weather conditions has seen a network of 1200 tracking tunnels set up,
and follow-up eradication undertaken, in order to completely rid the
area of pests. The Ecosanctuary has been closed while this was being
done.

Just over 700-dollars was collected in Waitati for the Cancer Society
Appeal last month. While this was significantly more then the previous
year, sales were slower than usual.

The Blueskin Bay Community Directory is now available for public
online updating, before being published in Blueskin News in November.
The project brings together the contact details of local businesses
and community groups.

And in sport, Warrington Indoor Bowls had its closing night last
Saturday with the presentation of trophies. Warrington won the singles
and pairs titles in the Inter Club competition and were runners-up in
the fours. Ruth Porteous won the club women's singles while husband
Cliff Porteous was the club's men's single champion. In a rare result
they each went on to win their respective Champion of Champion
singles.

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

compiled by Lynnaire Johnston
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Tuesday, 23 September 2008

WILD BLUESKIN: Godwits update

The cathedral bells of Christchurch rang out for the arrival of the
Avon Godwits/Kuaka early this year on 8 September but the Blueskin Bay
birds arrived unheralded on the Saturday 20th. This is a day later
than last year and a week or so earlier than the usual date for the
previous seven years. Over high tide on the Sunday morning there was a
flock of 40 or so on the mudflats at Evansdale and a further 110 at
the end of Warrington Spit, six of which had coloured bands on their
legs. These birds were banded at Warrington in February 2006 and have
since been to Siberia and back twice, returning to Blueskin Bay each
time, a round trip of about 29,000 km.

On the same Saturday a Shining Cuckoo sang in Waitati, four days
earlier than last year, back from spending the winter in the Solomon
Islands and Bismarck Archipelago, a mere 4000 km each way.

Out at sea the Titi, (Sooty shearwaters or Muttonbirds) have also
returned early from the waters of the North Pacific Ocean off Japan,
the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Alaskan and Californian coasts. A few
even nip across the southern ocean on their way north for a stopover
in Chile. Unlike the godwits they fly a few feet above the surface of
the sea but do not appear to feed much, quickly crossing the
equatorial waters in a few days on their way back to New Zealand. Titi
fly about 65,000 km on their annual trip around the Pacific.

There are several websites updating tracking of godwits and titi
across the Pacific.
http://extranet.doc.govt.nz/content/FrontPage/2007/070404-godwit.htm
is a good place to start for godwits and
http://www.terranature.org/sootyShearwaterMigration.htm for titi. (If
you read this article on the blueskin.co.nz website, these web
addresses are clickable.)

by Derek Onley

Waitati Energy Project (column)

Green Homes

Our household has just benefited from the Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Authority's (EECA) subsidised insulation programme (we
received an installed roof-lot of Novatherm insulation, plus draft
tape and some low wattage bulbs). I can enthusiastically agree with
Warm Homes Novatherm winner Rhys Owen: this stuff makes a dramatic
difference! Our house, with the 13-year-old batts in the ceiling now
overlaid with R3.2 Novatherm, is remarkably warmer, taking less to
heat, and holds the heat longer. The retrofit happened while the
weather was still cold and the effect was instantaneous. One of the
key advantages of this type of insulation is the thermal bridging it
provides: the Novatherm was rolled out across the rafters and slows
heat loss through the wood itself, as well as very effectively
insulating the ceiling. For more information on EECA funding, go to:
http://www.energywise.govt.nz/funding-available/index.html or call
0800 749 782.

On the insulation front, the $1 billion green homes fund that the
Green Party secured during the Emissions Trading Scheme negotiations
to insulate NZ's housing stock will help us all as power prices rise.
This package will make a real difference by reducing total household
energy use (and carbon emissions), but it will also improve health.
The fund is set in legislation and a new government can only change it
by repealing legislation.

EECA will manage the new fund and details will be announced before the
election, so keep your eyes and ears open. Meanwhile for those who
want to act now, there are several options. EECA has funding available
for low and medium income home-owners' retrofit, and solar hot water
installation (as above). But for those who are engaged in retrofit
right now, and who don't fit or who don't find the EECA schemes
appropriate, now is the time to consider a bulk insulation purchase
agreement. The Waitati Energy Project has initiated this possibility
for Novatherm insulation, so this is a call for interest. If we can
get ten households to agree to purchase Novatherm insulation in a
managed collective agreement prior to the end of 2008, the WEP will do
its best to negotiate an attractive price via bulk purchase: please
register your interest with me. Each year a house remains poorly
insulated becomes money poured down the drain, compromised health, and
excessive energy use.

Home Energy Rating Scheme

All is GO! (Just when the HERS audits seemed to have died). Need a
reminder? The WEP had an agreement with the Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Authority (EECA) for 21 Home Energy Rating Scheme audits
to be conducted in and around Waitati. The audits are a national
standard evaluating energy the efficiency of dwellings, modelled via a
standardised system. But the EECA assigned auditor to Waitati threw it
in at a bad moment, and the audits were not completed.

Government Spokesperson on Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Greens
co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons got the HERS audits back on track once
she heard of our situation. Within a week auditors Glenn Murdoch of
Sustainable Design, and Lloyd McGinty of TransitioNZ Group Limited had
been contracted by EECA to complete the audits, thanks to Jeanette's
intervention.

By the time you read this, all audits should be complete. Both Lloyd
and Glenn and their teams are motivated and efficient. Lloyd commented
that "A lot of thought has gone into passive solar design for some
houses while others have had little choice", so I'm looking forward to
hearing their impressions once all 21 are complete. We'll be calling a
meeting of all HERS recipients to receive their certificates and talk
with the auditors to wrap up this aspect of the project at a date yet
to be set in October. Expect to be contacted if your house was on the
list.

To register for Bulk Insulation Purchase (Novatherm), to be involved
in the Waitati Energy Project or to join the WEP list please contact
me by calling 4822249 or emailing: scott.willis@otago.ac.nz

by Scott Willis

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BLUESKIN BAY GREEN PARTY (column)

BLUESKIN BAY GREEN PARTY

The Blueskin Bay branch of the Green Party has been busy with the run
up to the 2008 General Election. We have been organising leaflet
deliveries and billboard construction. We also participated in the
Dunedin
North and Dunedin South electorates' combined Campaign Launch, and
helped to launch the Greens' new Transport policy in Dunedin.

Before the election, we are planning an opportunity for Blueskin Bay
residents to meet our Parliamentary candidate and current Green List
MP, Metiria Turei, at a 'Green Party party', which will be an informal
occasion of very good, danceable music and feasting. Watch the usual
notice boards for details.

by Nancy Higgins

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

An eagle-eyed Blueskin News reader pointed out errors in September's
article and I would like to rectify that this month. The collection of
Harakeke was built up over many years by a far sighted Gisborne woman
named Rene Orchiston (not Roy). Individual weavers have always looked
after their special flax bushes, favourites named and fans exchanged.
In the fifties when interest in flax weaving was declining among young
people, Rene realised that precious knowledge would soon be lost and
she began to collect different varieties as she visited other weavers.
This was gifted to the DSIR in 1987 as the basis of a national
collection and is now growing at Manaaki Whenua (Landcare) at Lincoln.
It is replicated in several places in Aotearoa, now including the
Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

Conservation Week saw around forty people cutting and dragging Broom
from the planting site. At the end of the work day the first three
Harakeke were planted in a moving ceremony to symbolise the
partnership of Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki, Te Whanau Arohanui and the
Ecosanctuary in this mahi. Department of Conservation, Conservation
Corps and Community Services have also assisted greatly in this
project.

Other Conservation Week activities included visiting all three local
schools, stalls at the Conservation Expo and the Farmer's Market and
an Ecosanctuary planting day.

The number of introduced mammals continues to dwindle into single
figures. Having seen at first hand the mammoth effort and long hours
in terrible weather conditions required to set a network of some 1200
tracking tunnels and follow-up eradication, I can understand how
important it is to not re-open the area to the public until it is pest
free. Knowing where the pests are is an important step to catching
them. However it is hoped to have limited guided opening beginning
this month.

Meanwhile, negotiations, research and applications for species to be
returned are proceeding step by step, amongst them are Jewelled Gecko,
a frog species, Kiwi, Tuatara and South Island Robin.

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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Derek's Garden Diary

I did meet one person who searched in vain through last month's
Blueskin News to find out what to plant during September. I hope there
were not many others, although it would be nice to think there are
thousands of disappointed readers out there. If it is any consolation,
due to the flu my garden got about as much attention as the September
column.

Strangely enough, at this time when spring has finally got going, the
vegetable garden is at its least productive. Leeks are sending up
flower stalks so their centres become tough and almost inedible. Leave
a couple in your garden, though, for the globular flowers on a metre
or more of stem are impressive, attract lots of bees and often set
useful seed. Any left over carrots and parsnips are similarly
hard-hearted and hairy with it.

Winter brassicas, kale, sprouts and cabbages will all be trying to
flower but you can pick the small, young flower shoots and eat them as
you would broccoli. They will beat you in the end and you will have a
garden full of dancing yellow cruciferous flowers and attendant
cabbage white butterflies. Toss the plants in the compost heap as
brassicas are a promiscuous lot and the seeds rarely grow into
anything similar to their mother.

Meanwhile the broad bean flowers are likely being ravaged by the
shorter tongued bumble bees and are weeks away from producing pods. In
some years I haven't eaten a broad bean until December. You may be
reduced to last years wrinkly, sprouting potatoes and yams, rocket and
judicious cropping of seedling parsley.

Don't despair. You can plant almost all your summer garden in October.
Early on in the month is fine for peas, carrots, spring onions,
radishes, white turnips, beetroot, and various small leaved salad
mixes like mesclun. Plant seeds of these direct into the garden and if
you want a constant supply, plant some more towards the end of the
month. Don't be tempted to buy those little containers of pea
seedlings. You need hundreds of peas to get a good feed. Plant them
barely a couple of centimetres apart in a row the width of a spade and
if you are prepared to support them with sticks or netting, grow a
taller rather than dwarf variety. Plant out plants of lettuce, silver
beet, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage and sow a few more seeds in
containers so as to keep the supply going over summer.

Later in the month you might like to consider anticipating a frost and
snow free spring and venture into what down here almost qualify as
sub-tropical luxuries; zucchinis and those mini pumpkin or squash
things that look like CD-sized flying saucers and sometimes go by the
name of scallopini – you eat them just after the large yellow
pumpkin-like flower falls off (and all too often in this climate, just
before they start to go rotten). Plant a couple of seeds in small pots
on a warm window sill. If they both come up, pull out one of them soon
after they get their first leaf and when you plant out into the garden
the roots will remain relatively undisturbed.

Planted out in cold weather, zucchinis and the like will sulk at best
and rot at worst so it is best to protect them with a large clear
plastic bottle with the base cut off or simply wait until the weather
improves. December planting is equally as successful. Pumpkins are
just possible down here if you can get them going early enough, plant
them in a warm fertile spot and are happy with something nearer the
size of your fist than your head. Tomatoes outside a greenhouse? Maybe
one year in seven. Corn?

Potatoes are also tropical plants but can be grown as an annual in
climates like Blueskin Bay. Yams are similar. If you do plant them now
make sure you cover the emerging leaves with earth or mulch as late
frosts can kill new growth.

And if you have spent the winter collecting straw, hay and seaweed and
have lots of thick mulch on your ground then take it off again! Let
the sun warm up the ground before planting. Replace it when summer
really gets going and the heat of the sun threatens to suck all the
moisture from the soil.

by Derek Onley

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Need storage or a workshop? (classified ad)

NEED STORAGE OR A WORKSHOP? To rent or lease: Large 11m x 7m workshop,
reinforced concrete floor, 3-phase power, wide-opening sliding door,
additional room for office if required. Easy access off Doctors Pt Rd.
Reasonable rate. Available now. Phone 482 1364

Monday, 22 September 2008

THE BLUESKIN BAYLEAF: Viva la Satay sauce

Hopefully this peanutty beauty earns a place of long happy history in
your household. I made it recently for two dinner parties and have
been asked for the recipe several times since, so no better way to get
it out there than to publish it! Adjust the consistency by adding more
or less water. I hope you enjoy it too.

Try it with:

* Green salad, rare beef schnitzel slices, crispy asian noodles
and lime juice.
* Grilled chicken and steamed basmati rice.
* Celery and carrot sticks.
* Pita pockets with stewed capsicum, eggplant and tomato.
* Freshly boiled corncobs and cockles.

1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1T fresh grated ginger

1T vinegar

1/2t salt

1T soy sauce

1T golden syrup

splash of fish sauce

In a medium-sized, heavy-based saucepan, heat a little oil, then add
the above ingredients. On a low to medium heat, bring to a gentle
simmer for a couple of minutes.

Add:

2C boiling water

1C crunchy peanut butter

Stir through and warm slowly – be very careful not to burn. The water
will melt the peanut butter into a sauce-like consistency. Adjust the
amount the water as you wish – for a dip you will want it thicker and
as a dressing much thinner. Also try thinning it with coconut milk,
which adds a real character and creaminess to the sauce.

by Rowan Holt

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: Viva la Satay sauce

Waitati collectors raise a host of gold on Daffodil Day

The total collected towards the Cancer Society Appeal last month was
$709.10 which is significantly higher than the amount raised last
year. Sales were slower than usual and a number of people were not
able to make a donation. Clare Brown won the raffle for the basket of
'goodies' and George Terry won the flowering shrub.

by David Sumpter

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Waitati Film Festival 2008

Waitati is renouned for it's creativity in all forms of manner, however,
many residents may not know the high calibre of film-makers residing in this
creative township. This year's Waitati Film Festival consists of
film-makers (and
many actors and crew) who are currently residing in the township of
Waitati.

Included are rare screenings of a short film that was accepted into
the 2007 New York Festival, and another that came first runner up in the
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra competition in 2008. Enjoy.

by Dell McLeod

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Candidate election statement: Michael Woodhouse

The North Coast is not only one of the most beautiful parts of Otago,
but is also an area with a link to my family's past. My late Father's
extended family farmed near Purakaunui in the first half of the 20th
Century. Dunedin born and bred, I have a strong connection with the
Electorate, especially having been CEO of Mercy Hospital for the past
7 ½ years.

The Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a marvellous example of a community
response to the preservation of our heritage and environment and I
look forward to contributing to its completion as a Member of the
Rotary Club of Dunedin, who have taken on the track maintenance task.

Whilst I applaud the initiative of the local community in exploring
the possibility of restoring the North Coast passenger rail service,
the logistics and cost may prove insurmountable. What will be a
success factor is a galvanised community, and this was evident in the
recent public meeting held on the issue. Congratulations to the
organisers.

I look forward to serving you.

by Michael Woodhouse

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Blueskin Media launches Community Directory project

The 'Blueskin Bay Community Directory' is a project to bring together
all the contact details and useful information for local residents.
The information has been gathered by Blueskin Media volunteers from
'Blueskin News' back-issues and other publicly available sources.

The directory will be published in the November 'Blueskin News' so it
is great to see that several people have logged in to check that their
organisation or business is correctly listed. A draft version, which
users can easily add to or edit, is now online: just follow the link
from our website, do an internet search for "Blueskin Bay Community
Directory" or type this extremely long Uniform Resource Locator into
your browser:

http://newzealand.wikia.com/wiki/Blueskin_Bay_Community_Directory

by the editors

RESPONSIBLE TENANT(S) WANTED (classified ad)

RESPONSIBLE TENANT(S) WANTED: for a warm, three-bedroomed home in
Waitati's main street, a minute's walk to the shop, library, café and
bus stop. Rent is negotiable for the right people. No dogs please.
Phone 482 2465 or 027 486 6928.

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Metiria Turei's photo

Green MP Metiria Turei and Dunedin North candidate meant to include
this with her election statement published recently.

Warrington Indoor Bowls (column)

We had our closing night on Saturday 20 September. This was a social
night with friends and family, a pot luck tea and BYO. It was good to
see such a turnout of partners and children. The next generation of
indoor bowlers. We also had the presentation of our trophies.

Warrington won the singles and pairs titles in the Inter Club competition.

We were runner up, two points behind Dunback, in the fours. It was a
very successful inter-club year, with most of our club members playing
in this competition so that no one had to play every game.

As you know, Ruth Porteous won our club women's singles. She then went
on to win the Champion of Champion Woman's Singles. Congratulations
Ruth – I understand that there has been 28 years of practice to
achieve this great result.

Cliff Porteous was the club's men's single champion. He won the
Champion of Champion Men's Single's. Congratulations Cliff. I
understand that it is a rare result to have a husband and wife win
these titles in the same year. Well done you two.

In the champion of champion Pairs, Cliff and Mike Fitzgerald came
second. Not a trophy but still a good result.

Dunback Open Fours were held on 24th August with a great time as usual
held by all.

The Eastern Districts Open Fours was held on Sat 6 September, with
once again a Warrington team in the top three. A town team came first,
led by Hugh Brosnan, with the Warrington team led by Andrew Thompson,
Stephne Bennett, Daniel Mosley and Ruth Stevens, coming second – again
by two points. Another wonderful day.

The Ormsby Triples Trophy was won by Ruth Stevens, Lyn Hastie and John
Barnett. Congratulations to this team.

The Eastern Districts Men's Singles Trophy was presented to Andrew
Thompson, and certificates to the winners of the club fours team
comprising of Andrew Thompson, Ruth Porteous, Lyn Hastie and John
Barnett.

Once again we provided a strong contingent of players to Eastern
Districts Representative games, with Ruth Stevens, Cliff and Ruth
Porteous, Daniel Mosley, Andrew Thompson, Stephne Bennett and John
Barnett, seven of our ten players.

This concludes our successful season. We will be holding our AGM on
Tuesday 7 October at 7 pm at Stephne Bennett's house. Any enquires
please contact Stephne 4822585.

by Stephne Bennett

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Blueskin Bay House-Minder

Blueskin Bay House-Minder: Hi, I'm Jeffrey, I've been looking after
houses, dogs, cats, chickens, sheep, goldfish, houseplants and pigeons
around the Bay over the last couple of years. I am taking bookings for
January to March 2009. Minimum stays of two - three weeks. Contact me
at 027-4467-915 or jeffreyhrobinson@yahoo.co.nz

Blueskin Garden Club (column)

The Garden Club met at the Waitati Hall on Thursday 11 September. A
good number of members met to finalise the forthcoming Flower Shower
on 27-28 September, where we hope to have a good response from the
community with lots of entries to make it the best show yet!

Following the formal part of the evening our guest speaker was Jen
Packard. Jen is a Registered Nurse who is very interested in
herbal/natural remedies using everyday common weeds from our garden.
Jen is into making her own remedies eg using dandelion for blemishes
and sun burn, yarrow for aching muscles – to name but a few. We were
able to sample a dip that she had made using chickweed and garlic. The
colour was a brilliant green and it tasted as good as it looked. She
suggested using yarrow and comphrey on the compost as it helps to
break it down. It was a very interesting and enjoyable night and it
made us all appreciate our weeds a little better!

Our next meeting will be a walk around the Rhododendron Dell at the
Dunedin Botanic Garden, followed by coffee etc at the Mannequin Cafe.
This will be on Thursday 9 October – meeting at the top car park at
the upper gardens at 6.30 pm. If you would like more information or
transport please contact Lyn Hastie on 4822896.

by Lesley Smith

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Saturday, 20 September 2008

WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB (column)

Warrington's Surf Lifeguards are the only beach safety patrol between
Dunedin and Christchurch, so although we are a small community, we
serve a large area. The swimming season is not upon us yet but at the
Surf Club we are getting geared up so that when it arrives we will be
prepared. There's more to it than shaking the dry sand out of those
old Speedos.

This month, several of our members will enter the Become a Lifeguard
course commencing with pool and beach exams.

We are completing a massive upgrade to our buildings which will
include a modern kitchen, new showers and changing areas, a lovely new
deck with breathtaking views and a spruce-up of all our buildings by
professional painters.

We hope that our refurbished buildings will become a community asset,
and other groups and clubs are most welcome to approach us about using
the facility.

Our voluntary patrols on the beach will commence on Saturday 1
November, with Surf Life Guards patrolling from 12-5pm each weekend.
Our opening day will be Sunday 2 November 2008 at 10:30 am.

Congratulations to Johnny Kelly for having won the under-16 male board
championship for Otago.

National Jandal Day 5 December 2008

This year, Surf Life Saving is encouraging everyone to show their
support for the volunteers that patrol our beaches.

On the 5th December Surf Life Saving will once again be holding
National Jandal Day to:

1. Increase the awareness and importance of beach safety and
Surf Life Saving

2. Raise much needed funds to help support the local volunteer
surf lifeguards

How can your school or workplace be involved?

There are a number of ways that your workplace or school can easily be
involved in National Jandal Day such as:

• promoting beach safety
• mufti day
• Hawaiian Shirt day
• togs day
• coin trails
• jandal throwing competitions

But the first thing to do is add the 5th December 2008 to your calendar.

What is the money used for?

You've seen Piha Rescue and the huge array of incidents Lifeguards are
involved in. All the funds (every last dollar) raised from this
national appeal will be distributed to the area it was raised. Surf
Life Saving New Zealand together with its partners are covering the
cost of the appeal so it really is about supporting your local
lifeguards with training, equipment, and basic support costs.

If you need to contact us, you are most welcome to call our President
Kaye Burns, 482 2494 or email warringtonslsc @ xtra.co.nz.

by Peter Dowden

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OPINION: I have had enough of dog pooh

I have had enough of dog pooh tarnishing the Warrington streets and
beach. After seeing that a full page of September's 'Blueskin News'
was devoted to the Fluoride Action Group and a plea to prohibit
vehicles from Warrington Beach, I felt it was appropriate to highlight
the issue of dog pooh as it could be more easily addressed. To add
perspective to my article, I would like to point out that residents
can choose not to drink the piped fluoridated water, but residents
have no choice but to live with the Warrington streets and beach that
are polluted with dog droppings.

The dog pooh left on our streets and beach has the potential to cause
serious illness. Toxocara canis is a parasitic infection carried by
dogs. It lays eggs which are present in the dog's faeces. Once in the
environment the eggs are very difficult to destroy. If a human, let's
say a child, as this is the group most at risk, swallows soil or sand
which is contaminated with faeces containing these eggs, then they can
become infected. It is obvious that this could occur easily when one
thinks about how often our children have sand or soil on their feet
and hands, on their toys, or the wheels of their buggy which may be
taken in to the home. The infection is usually very mild but more
serious complications of the infection include blindness, seizures and
severe respiratory problems. These are caused by the body's reaction
to the larvae of the parasite.

In a New Zealand survey, up to 5% of the population studied had
evidence of toxocariasis infection and in groups regularly exposed to
dogs (and their faeces) the infection rate is likely to be higher. I
contacted Public Health South, and a Dunedin Hospital based
Paediatrician, both advised that no recent case of toxocariasis in the
Dunedin area has been severe enough for hospital treatment. We have
evidence infection is occurring so it is just a matter of time before
an individual presents with a serious case.

The infection is present in many dogs and all (100%) puppies. Because
the infection is present in every puppy it is essential, for the
health of the puppy, other dogs, the owner and others in their local
environment, that puppies are treated for the infection. Vets
recommend that puppies start treatment for the infection from 2 weeks
of age until weaning. I am advised that products purchased from a vet
will treat toxocara canis but not all supermarket products will.
Regular treatments for dogs are needed as it is not possible to
totally clear the parasite from the dog each treatment.

I do not know if the dogs using the beach and streets in Warrington
are regularly treated for this parasitic infection so potentially the
huge amount of dog pooh on our streets and beach is infected. The eggs
of the parasite are not infectious until 2-3 weeks after the dropping
is deposited by a dog and so will only contaminate the soil when left
for a period of time. Cleaning up faeces immediately would virtually
eradicate the threat of toxocariasis.

The alternative is to never let your child play on the ground or eat a
picnic at the beach.

I would like Warrington to be a safe place for children to be "let off
the leash…without worry" and enjoy "family picnics," if I may refer to
Geraldine Tait's beautiful vision of our beach.

I am sure the majority of owners are cleaning up after their dogs but
for those who are not, what can we do to help? Would more bins and a
supply of plastic bags be appropriate?

Please respond with ideas of how we can better manage dog pooh. I do
think that a few strategically located plastic bag dispensers and
rubbish bins may go a long way to solving this problem.

by Jackie Hughes

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Candidate election statement: Pete Hodgson

I've had the privilege of representing Dunedin North for a while now
and the latest boundary change extends the electorate to just beyond
Waikouaiti. We have lived in Sawyers Bay for about 25 years, so I'm
familiar with the Blueskin Bay area.

This election is about trust and leadership. It's about whether we
should have further tax cuts or whether we should invest in health and
education.

It's also about the quest for a more sustainable future, and how best
we can progress towards it. Buying back rail or getting underway at
Orakonui are a start. Much more is needed. In particular, the economic
opportunities of sustainable development have largely not yet been
secured.

Last election over 400 people in Dunedin cast a vote that was cast
aside, because they were not on the roll. Please check that your
family and friends are enrolled.

by Pete Hodgson

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Candidate election statement: Metiria Turei

I had the pleasure to share the Greens' vision for public transport at
the recent "Trains" meeting held in the Waitati Hall.

There was a really good vibe and it is positive to see strong
community action. What is needed now is leadership and for your
representatives to listen to the community. Can we really afford to
build a new stadium when basic needs are not being met? We need decent
public transport, warm energy efficient houses and water that is safe
to drink. For action that will help future generations and not burden
them, party vote Green.

Access to efficient public transport is a key Green Party policy. Our
campaigns to buy back the railways, save the Overlander and electrify
Auckland's railways have been successful. In Parliament the only thing
that counts is numbers. Party Vote Green and help us get New Zealand
on the right track.

by Metiria Turei

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Friday, 19 September 2008

Seacliff market etc

Last minute original gifts-cards, prints, paintings, Tee shirts,
patches and other unique handprinted souvenirs. Ideal for posting.
Gift vouchers available. Art Shed is open first Sunday of the month
from 11am-2pm or by appointment. Phone Liz 027 6995390

COAST ROAD MARKET AT SEACLIFF ON SUNDAY 5th OCTOBER FROM 11AM-2PM
RAIN OR SHINE
ARTS, CRAFTS, FOOD, BRICABRAC AND SUNDRIES
FREE STALLS AVAILABLE PHONE 465 7990 TO REGISTER. KIDS STALLS WELCOME


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Blueskin Bay Craft Group

The Blueskin Bay Craft Group meets the first and third Thursdays of
each month at 7-9pm in the committee room of the Waitati Hall. If you
would like to find out more ring Jeanette Trotman on 482 1840 or
Louise Booth at the Blueskin Bay Library on 482 2444. Come along, it's
fun!

The meetings for October will the 2nd and 16th.

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Blueskin News radio briefs

Around 150 people packed Waitati Hall on Wednesday night to discuss
the possibility of reinstating a West Harbour and North Coast commuter
train.

Local MPs and representatives of Dunedin City and Otago Regional
Councils were on hand to hear Blueskin Bay residents call for the
reintroduction of the service.

While there was overwhelming support for the idea, the meeting was
left in no doubt that considerable obstacles would first need to be
overcome.

Boil your water. That's the instruction from Dunedin City Council to
Blueskin Bay and Waikouaiti residents.

From Monday all drinking water should be boiled for one minute before
being used. This includes water for food preparation and cleaning
teeth.

The boiling of water will be required until next February while work
on the Waikouaiti Water Treatment Plant is completed.

Volunteers are being sought to help plant up to 300 plants in the
Warrington Reserve this Sunday.

Spokeswoman Karen Hobday says the race is on to get the plants in the
ground as they should have been planted some time ago.

They were an unexpected donation, having been left over from another
planting project.

She says volunteers should meet at the planting site on Warrington
Domain at 10 am, or any time until 3pm, preferably bringing a spade.

Seacliff residents are invited to take part in an eight-week
sustainable living course which begins next month.

Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard the course will offer practical tips
that make a difference to the environment while saving you money.

It will be held on Wednesday evenings. Details can be found on the
Blueskin News website.

The Waitati Edible Gardening Group is selling a vegetable gardening
chart for the area, compiled by local plantsman, Jason Ross.

Copies are available from Taste Nature in Moray Place in the city or
at Blueskin Bay Library. They cost just $5.

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

by Lynnaire Johnston

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Candidate election statement: Victor Billot

Victor Billot, Alliance candidate, Dunedin North

I grew up in Warrington and returned there for a couple of years more
recently. I'm currently living in North Dunedin and work for the
Maritime Union of New Zealand many of whose members work at Port
Chalmers. In 2008 I have served on the committee of Stop the Stadium
which is a local issue I feel strongly about.

Citizens in Blueskin Bay will be interested in issues such as
transport and housing. The Alliance supports a better public transport
system. We want affordable housing and would introduce a capital gains
tax on housing except for the family home. Alliance would get rid of
GST, which is an unfair tax. We support free education (no student
fees) and a quality public health system. This would be paid for by
progressive taxation and we have costed our policies.

We also support public ownership of Kiwibank, which we introduced
while in Government, and other important public assets.

The current global economic crisis and environmental crisis are caused
by out-of-control, free-market capitalism. This is a system with no
future.

The Alliance is a democratic socialist party, we are proud to stand up
for working people and offer an alternative.

For more information, contact Victor on 021482219, email victor.billot
@ alliance.org.nz
or website www.alliance.org.nz

by Victor Billot

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Thursday, 18 September 2008

East Otago Swimming Club

East Otago Swimming Club

Moana Gow Pool

Hawksbury Village

Swimming Club starts back on Tuesday 14 October: starting times are
the same as last year.

For new registrations contact Cherie Oldham Ph 465 7996.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

WARRINGTON RESERVE GROUP (column)

Have you seen the new Wildlife signs? They have a map of Warrington
Spit (our beach and bay) and show the wildlife most commonly found in
our area. We hope they will help visitors and people new to the area
to know what to look out for, and how to respect the wildlife while
enjoying our wonderful beach. They were designed by Derek Onley, and
paid for by Waikouaiti Coast Community Board and the DCC. They were
due to go up at the end of September, at the three main entry points
to our beach and bay, and we hope you enjoy them.

Thanks to everyone who helped at the 'Keep Dunedin Beautiful' Clean-up
Day. It was very successful, and Nancy gave out lots of chocolate fish
to people who brought back full rubbish bags. It was heartening to get
so many people participating, and we took away a full ute load of
rubbish.

We have been getting to know Renee Gordon, our new Dunedin City
Council Parks and Reserves Officer. She has given us more plants for
the Warrington Reserve area, so you will see areas in the Domain and
alongside the road to the bay that have been planted out and have
rabbit proof netting around them. These were an unexpected gift, left
over from another planting project, so we have had to get busy to get
them in the ground! We have had a lot of help from a Department of
Corrections community work group, for which we are very grateful.

We know that lots of you are very concerned about the number of
vehicles on the beach, especially motorbikes, as we have been getting
lots of calls and complaints. We are currently working with DCC,
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board, and the local police, to see what
can be done to solve this problem. If anyone has any helpful
suggestions, we'd love to hear them. We are making a list of all the
places people can take their motorbikes, because while we support
people who want a peaceful quiet beach, we also want people with
motorbikes and recreational vehicles to have places to go, where they
can enjoy themselves without worrying about disturbing people or
wildlife. So if you know anywhere, please contact us. We want to know
about areas for younger children who are learning to ride, and areas
for teenagers and adults to ride freely and undisturbed.

Any suggestions phone Karen 482 2762.

by Karen Hobday

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Friday, 12 September 2008

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday September 12

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

Local MPs Peter Hodgson and Metiria Turei are next week due to address
Blueskin Bay residents keen on reinstating a local commuter train
service. The organisers hope to develop a submission to reinstate the
West Harbour and North Coast commuter train. The meeting will be held
at the Waitati Hall at 7pm on Wednesday September 17.

As part of Conservation Week the Orokonui Ecosanctuary will be running
two stalls this Saturday at the Farmers' Market and the Octagon.
General manager Chris Bailie says people will be able to purchase
natives for planting in the sanctuary as part of the lizard habitat or
as bird food. The Ecosanctuary holds volunteer planting days every two
weeks and dates are advertised on the website www.orokonui.org.nz.

Next weekend's Blueskin Garden Club Spring Flower Show looks set to be
one of the best yet. Prizes will be awarded for the best daffodils,
bulbs, cut flowers, floral design and home-made delicacies. The show,
which will be held at Waitati Hall, will include a plant stall and
raffles.

Next Tuesday, September 16, the Waitati Film Society will show Real
Women Have Curves. This American comedy drama is the coming-of-age
story of a young Latino caught between a conservative upbringing and
the excitement of university. Half-year memberships for the Film
Society are currently available for $30.

And in sport? this month sees the finish of the indoor bowls season,
with Eastern Districts closing tomorrow and Warrington next Saturday.
Last month, the Eastern District Open Singles were won by local player
Andrew Thompson. In the quadrangular held at Waimate, Eastern
Districts managed a very respectable second place ? with the rose bowl
between Eastern Districts and Upper Waitaki retained by Eastern
Districts.

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

compiled by Lynnaire Johnston

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Thursday, 11 September 2008

Skippetty doo dah: Clean Up Days for Blueskin Bay, Long Beach and Aramoana

Peter Moroney of DCC Water and Waste Services has announced the
following Clean Up Days (commonly called "skip days"):

Saturday and Sunday 4-5 October 2008: WARRINGTON

Saturday 11 October: LONG BEACH

Sunday 12 October: ARAMOANA

Charges for Clean Up Days are Cars: $6.00, Station Wagons: $10.00,
Cars with trailers, Vans or Utes: $15.00. Peter advises that these
charges will remain for this financial year.

by the editors

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Monday, 8 September 2008

Sustainable Living course in Seacliff

Start Date: Wednesday 15 October

Each Wednesday 7-9pm for 8 weeks

This interactive eight-week course will assist you to

a.. Learn and share practical tips that make a difference and can save you money

b.. Meet others in your community who are interested in living more sustainably

c.. Gain support for introducing lifestyle changes you want to make

Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard,

c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council.

COURSE CONTENT

Week 1: Introduction - Sustainability in the home. Making changes

Week 2: Energy - Efficiency and conservation, Renewables

Week 3: Waste - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Composting

Week 4: Shopping - Making better choices. Making your own cleaners

Week 5: Gardening - Attracting wildlife. Growing your own veggies.

Week 6: Water - Conservation, collection, reuse and keeping waterways clean

Week 7: Transport - Travelling more sustainably

Week 8: Final - Community Focus

ENROLMENT AND COSTS

All courses are free but a Koha/Donation is requested ($25-35 recommended)

Courses are restricted to a maximum of 10 people. REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL

Registration or enquiries to Maureen, Phone 4739967, Email
mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

The Sustainable Living Programme is brought to you locally by the
Dunedin City Council


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Saturday, 6 September 2008

BLUESKIN BOOK CLUB

Although we had a small group on Tuesday 2 September it was a busy
one, with a lot of interest in the books reviewed.

Ivy reviewed 'The Secret Life of Bees' by Sue Monk Kidd. Set in
Southern America at the time the Afro-Americans received the vote it
is about a white girl and her black nanny setting out to find
something about her late mother with only a picture of a Black Madonna
to help her. This is a charming novel with plenty of humour and pathos
and well worth reading.

Lousie had a pot-pourri of books for us, some of special interest for
those who have been attending the Sustainable Living seminars.

'Clean' by Michael De Jong covers all types of household cleaning
using old fashioned environmental remedies.

'Vinegar' by Vicki Lansky covers the many uses of vinegar around the home.

'Household Hints' by Victoria Heywood, also covering many cheaper and
kinder uses of natural products for cleaning.

Louise then reviewed a popular novel: 'Mr Pip' by Lloyd Jones. Set in
Bouganville during the uprisings this is a fascinating story of a man
who, although not a teacher, attempted to give the local children some
education. His only book of reference was Charles Dickens's 'Great
Expectations'.

Finally Louise had a DVD 'The Weeping Camel' set in Mongolia (with
subtitles), this is the story of a family who lived without power or
any modern conveniences and a baby camel who was born white and
rejected by its mother. This DVD, and the books reviewed are all
available at the Blueskin Bay Library.

PLEASE NOTE: the next meeting reverts to 10am and will be held at the
Blueskin Bay Cafe, next to Blueskin Nurseries in Waitati on Tuesday 7
October. Enquiries: Elizabeth Knife 482 1025.

by Elizabeth Knife.

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WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENING GROUP (column)

Due to the fabulous success and popularity of last autumn's Harvest Market,
we are pleased to announce that we will be organising several more
throughout the growing season this year. We will be aiming for once a
month, so where you have space, get growing extras of everything to trade
or sell. Items will include veggies, fruits, anything made directly from
the above, seedlings and farmlette type produce. Dates to be announced
soon.

For more info contact Rayna Dickson at the old Waitati Stores, Harvey
Street (near the bridge), Waitati
or me on misslucyjack @ hotmail . com or phone 4821773.

Also much to our serendipitous fortutude, the wonderous Jason Ross has
made a veggie planting chart for our area. It is available at Taste
Nature in Moray Place, Dunedin
and from the Blueskin Bay Library (thanks to Louise). It is $5 and $2 will go
to the WEGgie group (Big Thanks Jason, what a dude), for us to subsidise
workshops. I suggest everyone rush out and get one right now!

Happy springtime.

by Lucy Jack

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