Friday, 31 October 2008

Blueskin Bay local news briefs

November is a big month for music at the Waitati Hall, starting on
Saturday 1 November with the 'Bit of a Revolution' pre-election dance
featuring the wall-to-wall sound of ten-piece R&B band Soul Deep.
Later in the month 'Nature' songwriter and former Waratah Wayne Mason
will showcase his latest album on Thursday 20 November.

The Dunedin City Council's rubbish survey forms have been distributed
to Blueskin Bay residents this week. The survey aims to establish
residents' views on how future rubbish and recycling services should
be delivered. The deadline for returning completed forms is Friday
November 15.

The monthly market at Seacliff is on again this Sunday. Stalls offer a
range of scrummy food, fresh vegetables, plants, clothing and general
bric-a-brac. The market is held at the Art Shed on the main coast road
between 11am and 2pm.

Playcentre's new 'Space' childcare service for East Otago, catering to
babies up to six months old, gets underway next week. Warrington child
educator Christine Rainbow says the service will begin this coming
Thursday at Palmerston Playcentre. Because two child educators will be
commuting from Warrington for each session, parents and babies will be
welcome to car-pool.

The Orokunui Ecosanctuary is now open to the public but for guided
tours only. That's because tracks, maps and facilities are still being
developed. The cost for adults is $20 for non-members and $10 for
members. Bookings are essential.

Members of the Blueskin Garden Club are heading over the hills and
across the sea to the Broad Bay/ Portobello Plant Fair and Garden Tour
on Sunday. They will visit nine local gardens and the Broad Bay china
shop. The garden tour starts at 12.30.

The Warrington Surf Lifesaving Club begins summer beach safety patrols
tomorrow. The life guards will patrol every weekend throughout the
summer from midday until 5pm. Sunday is the club's open day. Everyone
is welcome to go and look round the club facilities and hear about the
club's regular beach fun and sports for children and adults. The open
day starts at 10.30am.

If you are a knitter, stitcher, spinner, beader, felter, crocheter, patch
worker or some other form of craftsperson, the Blueskin Bay Craft
Group invites you to join them this coming Thursday evening. The group
meets at Blueskin Bay Library from 7pm to 9pm.

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


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Inaugural Meeting of Get the Train group

'Get the Train' held its Inaugural Meeting in Waitati on 23rd October 08. The
members discussed promotion, a submission to next year's ORC 10 yearly
Plan, whether we need to set up a legal entity and how to go about a
feasibility study.

The Group is seeking expertise for its campaign on the following matters:

* Global Position – climate change, peak oil
* History of train travel in the areas around Dunedin
* Specifics of road vs rail
* Accounting that includes environment, society and health
* Practicalities of trains to ensure long term success
* Potential economic benefits
* Establishing terms of reference for a feasibility study

We have 1300 signatures thus far on our Petition and more rolling in
all the time. Members will go to Oamaru Victorian Heritage
celebrations with petitions. If anyone knows of fairs or community
events to take petitions to please get in touch with us.

The ODT article on 23rd Oct highlighted behaviour of ORC employees and
the damningness of their response.

The Otago Regional Council is just one of many targets for a campaign.
If all else fails we'll sell a few raffles, sizzle a few sausages and
buy a railcar!

It was noted that Trudy Hutchison is organising a campaign in Mosgiel,
while Jean Park of the Business Professional Women's network is
pushing for the Southerner. There is a rail campaign in Hampden as
well. It is quite possible that many of these campaigns will come together.

The Name of our Group was chosen to be "Get The Train" and the group
now has a website:

getthetrain.blogspot.com

The next meeting will be on 27th November, 7pm at Dell's, 5 View St,
Orokonui. (This is a change from the date discussed in the meeting.)

(edited from the full Minutes which are available to members by
emailing getthetrain @ gmail.com)

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Classified ad: Wanted Grass clippings

WANTED GRASS CLIPPINGS for our compost heap. May be able to arrange
collection if there are a lot, and a regular supply. Hilary and Alex,
26 Orokonui Road. houseonhill @ ymail.com or phone Alex 021 044 9623.

Waitati Film Society: A GRANDMOTHER'S TRIBE

Film Screening to raise funds for Kenyan Grandmothers at the Waitati
Hall, Sat 29 Nov. 8 pm. Light supper and discussion to follow.
Suggested Entry $10 or buy a DVD.
A GRANDMOTHER'S TRIBE
This beautiful documentary film casts an "unobstructed lens" on two
grandmothers in Kenya, Africa who are raising their young orphaned
grandchildren after losing their own children to HIV/AIDS. We witness
their sadness and struggle of the loss of their own children and
experience the inspirational courage they demonstrate in raising their
orphaned grandchildren who are left behind. Rather than being a story
of tragedy, this film is a beautifully shot story of hope that
transcends the usual films we often see about Africa's crises.
54 min.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

OPINION: The Community Board: conduit or blocked drain?

I used to explain the role of the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board as
a conduit between the local community and the Dunedin City Council. I
now think that the Community Board is a bit more like a blocked drain.
I'm not suggesting that this is the fault of the Community Board.
Maybe the design is wrong. After all, we have no real budget and
definitely no power. We have trouble getting a fair hearing. Let me
give you some examples.

When surveyed, considerably more than half the people in Waitati and
Warrington supported upgrades of their existing local water supply
schemes. So what are we getting? That's right, the new super
chlorinated and fluoridated water from Mt Grand delivered via the 'Big
Pipe'.

At the same time as our communities rejected the Big Pipe (back in
2005), we asked if local people could get some assistance to install
rainwater tanks to supply water to their toilet, laundry and for
outdoor use. This was seen as a sustainable, environmentally-friendly
use of water. The Community Board suggested a pilot study in the
northern district be undertaken. On September 8 this year, the DCC
Infrastructure Services Committee received a report from staff which
put the final nail in the coffin of household rain water collection as
a DCC water conservation strategy. The report stated a lack of
research and similar practices in other councils, as reasons why
Dunedin should not proceed with household rainwater collection and
suggested that water metering is a more commonly used water
conservation method.

Many years ago we had local skips at Waitati and Warrington, these had
some good aspects such as active recycling and bad aspects such as
occasional fires. When the skips were removed we got weekly rubbish
collections and were promised three free mega skip days a year. Last
year council decided that we should pay for skip use and although the
rate is half that at the tip, it has put some people off using the
service. The community board has concerns that increased charges for
waste services will lead to more illegal dumping of rubbish at our
beaches and roadsides. This year the number of skip weekends was
reduced to two without any consultation with the Board or community.

Simple requests, by the board for additional rubbish collections and
extra toilet cleaning at the Warrington Domain over the summer (these
are public health issues) have turned into a prolonged bureaucratic
paper war. Our requests for toilets at Waitati and for an upgrade to
the toilet at Warrington have been declined.

Recent items in the 'Otago Daily Times' reveal that the Dunedin City
Council is under increasing financial stress (as is the rest of the
world), and it may have to make cutbacks in a number of areas. Roading
renewal, the Settlers' Museum upgrade and secondary treatment of
sewerage are possibly getting the chop. The current deteriorated state
of the Coast Road between Evansdale and Seacliff (due to heavy truck
movements associated with the Big Pipe construction) may be a glimpse
of the future. Dunedin will have a sparkling but empty new stadium,
while essential services, which help to keep our city functioning and
protect our heritage, will be neglected.

I am sure he Waikouaiti Coast Community Board will continue to
advocate for services for our area, but chances are, as with the
rubbish survey, which someone forgot to send to our area, we might
increasingly be ignored.

On a much happier note I would like to say how pleased I am to see the
new notice board by the hall in Warrington. Thanks to the Blueskin Bay
Garden Club for taking the initiative and applying for funding, and to
the Community Board who made a generous grant to support this project
and also thanks to the builder Brendan Holt for doing a great job. The
old one has gone to Seacliff where it will be refurbished and provide
that community with a better place for local notices.

by Geraldine Tait.

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Childcare scheme ready for liftoff

Playcentre's new 'Space' childcare service for East Otago, which will
cater to babies up to six months old, is now ready to start, having
just completed its paperwork, Warrington child educator Christine
Rainbow told 'Blueskin News'.

The service will begin on Thursday 6 November at Palmerston
Playcentre. Because two child educators will be commuting from
Warrington for each session, parents and babies will be welcome to
car-pool.

Parents wishing to register their babies or to arrange rides need to
contact Christine 482 2005/021 237 1158 or Jan Boswell 482 1728/021
116 3722.

by the editors
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Friday, 24 October 2008

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS column

The dates for the HARVEST MARKETS are now organised. They will be held
every second Sunday of the month, starting in February, for the
remainder of the summer season. So please plant extras of all your
produce to barter or sell. If
you want to help out, have ideas to contribute or want to organise a
regular stall, contact Lucy on on 4821773 or misslucyjack @ hotmail.com.

Edible garden tours are also being planned so keep your ears open to sign up
to visit some of the most productive Waitati gardens. We are always on the
look out for new ideas and new gardens for this event. If you think your
garden, or your friend's place, is an impressive display of sustainability
and should be included in next year's tour, or if you would like to
contribute ideas or time to the event, let me know.

by Lucy Jack

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Thursday, 23 October 2008

MEET THE CANDIDATES: Olive McRae, Democrats For Social Credit candidate for Dunedin North

I looked around and I couldn't see anyone that I would vote for. I
didn't want to vote for the best of the bad bunch, I wanted to vote
for someone that I could relate to who would represent the people. I
am the first to admit that I do not know a great deal about politics,
and I think this is a huge advantage to me. I know about common sense,
and that's what is lacking. I am not bound by any political webbing, I
do what I believe is the right thing to do and I say what I believe. I
will not tailor what I believe to fit anything or anyone.

It is time that our economic system had a serious overhaul. Being run
by overseas fat cats is crushing this country. I can assure every
person who votes for me that I will be honest and I will do my best.
When I make a mistake, I will own up and learn from it.

Let's get on with steering this country in the right direction,
instead of pointing at each other and blaming.

by Olive McRae


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Waitati Energy Project (column)

Waitati Energy Project

October was as full as Santa's sack for the Waitati Energy Project. In
the first week confirmation of the Blueskin Resilient Communities
Trust was received from the companies register. This trust will
provide not only a legal structure to facilitate WEP activities, but
also other sustainable/transition initiatives in Waitati and Blueskin
Bay.

By the second week of October all the Home Energy Rating Scheme audits
had been completed, and on the 16 October formal presentations were
made to the recipients.

Gerry Thompson and Therese hosted the informal evening at their
retro-fitted Harvey St property. Glenn Murdoch of Sustainable Design
explained the process, findings and limitations of the audits, and
Solis Norton who works with Lloyd McGinty of Transitionz Group
answered questions (Glenn and Lloyd had contracts from EECA to conduct
the audits). It was fascinating to compare house ratings, and look at
what constituted difference, and why some ratings were remarkably
similar in dramatically different homes. It's clear that as well as
being useful tool for buyers and sellers, a HERS audit gives some
clear direction on making cost and energy effective change in terms of
our houses. The measure doesn't address the way we 'use' a house
(curtains, etc) but does provide hard detail on a house's
functionality, and makes recommendations. So it treats the property as
independent of its owners and makes an objective statement that will
ultimately become an important factor in the house market and an
important tool in making upgrades or in building new structures.

A week later (22 Oct) we held an Energy Forum, 'Rising Electricity
Prices: Town in Transition'. Jeanette Fitzsimons, our special guest
speaker, arrived from Central Otago to visit the Waitati Energy
Project and first toured Waitati's highest HERS rated house. There she
also met the Powerhouse Wind team, viewed components of their ground
breaking single blade turbine and watched a short presentation.

The forum began at 7.30. Jeanette provided a simple breakdown of big
forces and local impacts. She made essential connections between the
emerging global recession and its deeply rooted causes, i.e. the hard
limits we are hitting in the natural world – oil, water, fisheries,
grain, minerals, along with the dangerous instability of a rapidly
changing climate. Yet she reminded us that we are not powerless, and
gave examples of where we could all take effective action.

It was an extremely lively evening with the amusing (a story of a man
who wanted to remain off the grid, but had to fight the company to do
so – and got some copper in the process), the outraged (why would
National proclaim it wants to repeal the Green Homes legislation and
the 1 billion dollar insulation fund for NZ's housing stock when we
know we urgently need to give NZers warm dry and healthy homes?), the
pragmatic ('what is the best solar hot water set up and how can it be
made affordable?'), and the serious ('what can I do, and what can we
do now?').

The research relationship between Waitati community and the Otago
Energy Research Centre, coordinated by the Waitati Energy Project
featured strongly, as the implications of the partnership were made
explicit: knowing ourselves better, and becoming empowered to act on
that knowledge; becoming an example. Ian Buchan (owner/manager of
Power Options, specialising in installing distributed and off-grid
generation systems) argued that by getting our own households and
lives sorted we'd solve the big problems, Inga Smith (Co-Chair of
Solar Action) mentioned the multiple arenas of action, and emphasised
that we are all political creatures and surprisingly powerful at that,
once we become aware of our own power, Janet Stephenson (convenor of
the Otago Energy Research Centre) emphasised the power of community,
in knowledge combined with action, and Jeanette Fitzsimons (Greens
Co-Leader, and Government Spokesperson on Energy Efficiency and
Conservation) stressed that knowing and understanding the
possibilities and limits we're presented with as individuals, as a
community group and members of community, and as political citizens of
New Zealand, were all important for gauging effective action.

Many ideas and initiatives were aired, and one that particularly
captured the imagination of all present was the suggestion to form a
power buying cooperative, and negotiate a bulk purchasing price with a
supply company, offering moderated demand in return for a special
relationship. As the forum concluded, no-one was left in any doubt of
the benefits of adding insulation to our houses (some if none, more if
some) or of installing solar water heating. DCC Energy Manager Neville
Auton sketched out some exciting energy possibilities, perfectly in
tune with WEP objectives, and ideas were sparking over cups of tea and
biscuits. About 100 people attended and we're left with a surplus of
topics and pragmatic actions to go on with!

So what's up this month?

First and foremost is the Otago Energy Research Centre's 'Energy
Survey' – on behaviours and attitudes towards energy use. Please
complete the survey: only the person in charge of the survey will see
any personal information. It will be anonymous but will give us
tremendous knowledge about the Waitati community and ensure that
future actions aiming at energy security will be well targeted and
effective. Preliminary results of the survey will be presented to the
community at a meeting in December. Towards the end of the month we're
also planning a meeting between Waitati residents and OERC researchers
as part of our ongoing community-research dialogue, and all Waitatians
are invited (please join the WEP list for updates).

If you want to contact the WEP: scott.willis @ otago.ac.nz or 482 2249.

by Scott Willis

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WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB

Thanks to TV shows like Piha Rescue, everyone knows about the brave
surf life guards who dedicate hours and hours of their summer to
protect
people on our beaches. It's not so well known that right through the
cold part of the year they are busy getting fit and practising their
skills for the summer.

Last month five of our young Become a Lifeguard recruits and a couple
of older ones were working hard to complete their qualifications to
patrol our beach. The requirements include being able to swim fast
over a long distance in a certain time, being able to tow a patient in
the water and learning how to meet, reassure and take hold of a
struggling patient in deep water.

Several younger Life Guards and trainees spent a fun October weekend
at Warrington learning first aid, communications and water skills,
while later in the month all our existing lifeguards got 'refreshed';
no, not a nice cold shower and a deodorant but a compulsory annual
reassessment of their swimming and first-aid skills.

The other activity of surf club apart from safety patrols is the
'nippers' programme for younger people. In late October, thirty
children and their adults got together for an evening barbecue and
finding out about what exciting things will be happenning over the new
season.

Season Opening

Our beach safety patrol starts on Saturday 1 November, our life guards
will patrol every weekend from 12-5pm.

Sunday Nov 2 at 10.30am is our season opening day. Everyone is welcome
to come and a look round the club facilities and talk about our
regular beach fun and sports for children and adults. You may wish to
bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it.

Thanks to several hard workers, our facilities are spic and span for
the new season. Generous donors have supplied us with a range and
microwave for our new kitchen and zip water heater. Our storeroom is
gradually filling with goods for our Garage Sale to be held later in
the Summer, but more are welcome.

A good second-hand Vacuum Cleaner is urgently needed at the club.
Please let us know if you have a spare one.

JANDAL DAY: FRIDAY DECEMBER 5

This is the main annual fundraising event for the Surf Life Saving
movement. Our Club collectors will be at Gardens New World,
Waikouaiti, Palmerston and Waitati where we can collect donations and
sell Jandal key rings.

All monies collected in our designated areas will come to Warrington
club. Key rings make a great gift for someone. With Christmas just
around the corner and at $3.00 each we're sure you will want to
purchase one or two to help our club's finances .

There are other ways for your workplace or school to participate in
Jandal Day. If you are interested or if you have any other enquiry or
offer of help, please phone Lyn, 482 2896.

by Lyn Hastie and Peter Dowden

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Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday October 24

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday October 24

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

Around 100 people turned out on Wednesday night to hear Green Party
co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimmons take part in an energy debate in
Waitati. She was extremely positive about the initiatives being
undertaken by the local community, and offered a number of practical
ideas to further the town's energy independence. Suggestions also came
from the other debaters who included representatives from Solar
Action, the Otago Energy Research Centre and Power Options.

The Dunedin City Council's rubbish survey is still in progress with
forms likely to be distributed around Blueskin Bay shortly. Even
though the official close-off date has passed, the Council is still
accepting returned forms because of a foul-up in their distribution to
many parts of the city.

If you haven't yet signed the petition to bring back the commuter
train, forms are available at the Waitati Library, the University
Bookshop, and Taste Nature, among other locations.

The Waitati Film Society screens Evil Angels on Tuesday, the true
story of the disappearance of baby Azaria Chamberlain from Ayres Rock
in 1980. It stars our own Sam Neill opposite Meryl Streep. Start time
is 8pm.

The Blueskin Bay Community Directory is due to be printed before the
end of the year. The project brings together contact details and
useful information for local residents. Time is running out so make
sure your entry is up-to-date and accurate. Visit the Blueskin Bay
blog for the link to update your details online.

And finally, a reminder that residents need to be boiling their water
until early next year while the Waikouaiti water plant undergoes an
upgrade.

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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OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY column

We were shocked by the untimely death in October of trustee Diane
Campbell-Hunt on Mt Taranaki. Her input to our local meetings was
always excellent and her networking skills were of immense value. Her
loss to the Ecosanctuary and the wider conservation community is huge.
Thank you to all who in many and varied ways supported us through this
time. Our sympathies and thoughts go out to her family whose loss is
immeasurable.

There is good news on the pest front. The lone goat has gone, two
stoat dogs have sniffed out the reserve and the twelve possum dogs
have run through again and found nothing. Mice at undetectable levels.
It appears that the Ecosanctuary is as pest free as it can be.

The six juvenile kaka will be let go in early November. However they
will continue to be fed in the Ecosanctuary and the two adults will
remain. The adult's calls and food will be used to remind the young of
where "home" is. The locals who have fed and looked after these
juveniles at the aviary will miss their antics. Recently we have been
treated to displays of birds play fighting like puppies - forward
rolls, lying on their backs and tumbling around the floor of the cage
together. As they are captive bred no-one is quite sure what they
will do upon release which is both exciting and nerve wracking. All
kaka will be wearing transmitters for monitoring purposes but if you
should see one in your garden we would love to know about it. If you
do see kaka in your garden please phone the Ecosanctuary office. Some
foods can be harmful to them so please do not feed them. Keep cats and
dogs away from them and don't handle them - they have strong beaks!

The Ecosanctuary is now open to the public for guided tours only as
development of tracks, maps and facilities are in the early stages.
The cost for adults is $20 for non-members and $10 for members.
Bookings are essential.

With such a small paid staff development of the Ecosanctuary would not
happen without the incredibly generous donation of time by volunteers
(averaging 900 hours a month). In particular local Valerie Fay,
volunteer planting co-ordinator, gives a high level of expertise as
well as extraordinary amounts of her time and I would like to
acknowledge her contribution. Key tasks at the moment are weeding to
make sure the 3,000 plants put in the ground this season survive. If
you would like to volunteer please contact the office.

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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MEET THE CANDIDATES: Te Tai Tonga Green Party candidate Dora Roimata Langsbury

Dora Roimata Langsbury
Green Party candidate for Te Tai Tonga

Ko Aoraki te mauka ariki
Ko Arai-i-ta-uru te tai
Ko Otakou te kaika
Ko Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha nga iwi
Ko Te Ruahikihiki, Kati Moki, Te Pahi, Ngati Hawea nga hapu
Ko Karetai toku tipuna
Ko Kuao Edmond Langsbury raua ko Frances Mary Hiku oku matua

The Green Party has been a great advocate for our people in Te Tai
Tonga. Having Metiria Turei living in Dunedin and working alongside
our people, on local issues, has allowed her to function like an
electorate MP for Te Tai Tonga, even though she was elected as a list
MP. This is a benefit of the MMP electoral system, two votes, two MPs,
one for your electorate and one from the list. This has been a huge
benefit with an electorate as large as ours.

Our people are very concerned about the generations that will follow
us and how we can ensure that they will inherit a future Aotearoa New
Zealand with a sustainable economy, and robust environment, which has
social equity and cultural integrity. The policies of the Green Party
are focused on achieving these goals.

I was raised in a whanau where kaitiakitanga was taken very seriously,
not only in relation to our hapu and iwi, but also within the wider
community. My father and mother were always involved on committees and
coaching our various sports teams. My siblings and I have continued in
their tradition.

The best way to advance Maori issues within MMP is to Party Vote for the Greens.

by Dora Roimata Langsbury

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Derek's Garden Diary (column)

By now, on the brink of summer, you may believe that the busiest
garden season, spring, has passed and that you can relax a bit, watch
the carrots and broccoli grow, maybe keep an eye out for slugs and
caterpillars, water now and then when the sun finally comes out.

You would be mistaken, for in November you have to start thinking
about vegetables for autumn, winter and even next spring. It's also
time to think about those real summery plants for this season, like
beans, zucchinis and maybe a pumpkin or two. Early Novemner, when the
soil has warmed up, is the best time to plant runner bean seeds and
even zucchinis planted now will make it by late January.

Plant runner beans and zucchini in pots – both tend to get eaten by
slugs if planted directly in the soil, especially when the
temperatures are a bit low and they can't grow fast enough to outrun
their depredations.

Bush beans are best planted when the soil has really warmed up and in
some years that might not be until early December. Bush beans do not
grow well in cold, damp clay, not an uncommon soil around Blueskin
Bay, so plant them in your sunniest, best drained, lightest soil to
get the best crop, or even any crop at all.

Late November is a good time to plant leek and purple sprouting
broccoli seeds for next winter and early spring. You can plant leek
seeds in a short row directly into the garden but broccoli is better
planted in small pots. "Real" old fashioned purple sprouting broccoli
grows slowly throughout the summer, autumn and winter and sends out
lots of small purple sprouts (flower buds) in late winter and early
spring (we are eating the last of it now). It neatly fills the
October, early spring gap in vegetable production. There is however an
imposter around which rushes into flower in late autumn and produces a
huge head like a purple cauliflower and nothing much else after it has
been decapitated. I have nothing against it. It tastes fine but if you
are aiming for a spring vegetable then it is a little early. In the
past few years King's seeds have sold the imposter. Last year however
I found the real thing from Koanga Gardens seeds.

Jason Ross has produced a vegetable planting chart for local
conditions that will of course make this column completely
unnecessary. It is available from Taste Nature in Moray Place in
Dunedin and also, thanks to Louise, from the Blueskin Bay Library. It
costs $5 of which $2 goes to the Waitati Edible Garden group to
promote vegie gardening. Jason asks that you check it out, tell
everyone about it, and send him your comments so it can be improved.

by Derek Onley

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Blueskin Bay Craft Group

Blueskin Bay Craft Group

Are you a knitter, stitcher, spinner, beader, felter, crocheter, patch
worker … etc.?

Are you interested in learning to re jig and recycle clothing?

We have started a group for friendship, and to learn new skills.

Come to our next meetings on:

Thursday, November 6 and 20th

7.00 - 9.00pm

Blueskin Bay Library

Supper provided.

For more details contact Jeanette on 482 1840

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Blueskin Bay Library (column)

A hailstorm has just passed by, scattering blossom over the grass.
Could this be Spring? We hope you are revelling in this wonderful
season. We are.

With the usual Springtime surge of energy, we are full of plans, we
have new staff (including a new library cat), the poetry project , the
competition for the cover of the poetry collection, the book clubs
for children and for adults, and the new library cards to mark the
centenary. Have you got yours yet?

New Library Cards

Everyone gets one! As part of the Dunedin Public Library Centenary,
the library is undergoing a re-branding process, and this includes new
'smart' cards, blue for adult and gold for children. Needless to say,
these are free. When you come into Blueskin Bay library for your card,
you will be given a voucher entitling you to 3 free DVD's. Don't miss
out!

New Staff

Attempting to replace the wonderful Helen and Meaghan are the equally
wonderful Averil Thomson and Lorraine Burlingham as relievers, and
Bessie Van Hale, who is now our permanent shelver. All three are
locals, so you will probably recognise their friendly faces.

It seems many years since we had a library cat, but now this vacancy
has been filled. One of Louise's cats, named Mimi, taking advantage
of living just across the road, has volunteered her services.

ChatterBooks (adults' Book Club)

Do you love books? Join other book lovers at the Blueskin Café on the
first Tuesday of the month at 10am. The coffee is good too, and
everyone is welcome, even if you'd just prefer to listen at first.

Warrington Children's Book Club

This is a very strong group. Their meeting day has changed to Friday,
till the end of the year.

by Louise Booth


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Waitati Toy Library Pre Christmas Sale ad

Waitati Toy Library

Pre Christmas Sale

Used toys, games & puzzles in good condition ***great prices ***

Saturday 15th November 10.30-11.30am Monday 17th November 6.30-7.30pm

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Everyone welcome

BRIEF: Makeover improves stile

Work on the Orokonui Valley Track has now been completed and has
included putting in a new stile, stream works as well as re-gravelling
and clearing of the track.

DOC agreed to carry out the required remedial work on the track and to
maintain it at a community meeting earlier this year to discuss tracks
in the area.

by Sue Hensley

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THE BLUESKIN BAYLEAF Rhubarb and Silver Beet

With broccoli at a cool $3.69 a little droopy head, I'm happy to get
our green fix from the silverbeet growing gracefully in our garden.
It's so great and the "bright lights' variety, with red, yellow and
orange centres are fun for kids and can cheer up a meal no end. You
can actually treat silverbeet like two vegetables – the centres can be
cut out and used as a sturdier vegetable – simply sautéed with butter
and curry powder is a delicious side dish. Or, for the leaves, roll
up, thinly slice and add to salads, quiches, coleslaw and curries.

Simple Silverbeet Salad

Young silverbeet leaves, rinsed and finely chopped in shreds.

Any or all of the following:

Toasted sunflower seeds

Fried bacon pieces

Crumbled feta cheese

Chopped tomato

Sliced spring onion

Simple Dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup vinegar (cider, mirin or balsamic..whatever you like!)

pinch of salt and pepper

Dash of chilli sauce

Baked Rhubarb Cheesecake

I teach a class of boys at secondary school in town and they have
claimed this as "their" recipe, but said it's okay if I share it. They
are making this for a special occasion lunch for the girls next week –
let's hope they enjoy it. Very high in calcium too, one cup of stewed
rhubarb has more calcium than standard milk.

1 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb stalk

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

Place together in saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes or until stewy.
Set aside to cool.

85g shortbread biscuits

1/2 cup almond meal

45g butter

Combine all in a food processor. Grease a 22cm springform tin and
line the base with non stick paper – or recycled butter wrapper (my
granny's trick.) Press crumb mixture over the base and refrigerate.

1 tub (250g) sour cream

1 tub (250g) cream cheese

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 t vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to Bake 140°C. To make filling, process all the
above in food processor until smooth. Pour the filling mixture over
the base. Drizzle the rhubarb mixture over and swirl lightly with a
butter knife. Bake for 1 hour or until set. Refrigerate and serve
cold. Serves 10-12.

by Rowan Holt


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Ad: Paul Ashford Landscaping

I'm trading under the name 'Paul Ashford Landscaping' nowadays intead
of Landscaping Blueskin.

Paul Ashford

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tel. cell: 021 069 5258

Big month for music in Waitati

November is a big month for music in Waitati, starting tonight
(Saturday 1 November) with the 'Revolution' dance at the Hall, a
politically-charged, pre-election event featuring the zillion-piece
wall-to-wall R&B of Soul Deep.

New Zealand singer-songwriter Wayne Mason will be showcasing his
latest album "Sense Got Out" at the Waitati Hall, Thursday 20 Nov from
8pm, with fellow former Waratah Clinton Brown on their "Two for the
Road" tour. Wayne is well-known as the writer of 'Nature', APRA's
number one song for the past 75 years in 2001.

by the editors

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Blueskin Garden Club (column)

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From: Peter Smith <smithpjt@clear.net.nz>
Date: 2008/10/20
The Blueskin Garden Club once again held a very successful Spring
Flower Show over the weekend of September 27. We had a grand total of
651 entries which created a lot of work on the Saturday morning for
the club, but we were really impressed with the variety of plants and
the standard of all entries.

Our judges – June Craigie, Betty Dempster, Doreen Payne, Val Ransom,
Doreen Mosely, Ruth Spears, Liz Sumpter, David Sumpter, Mark Brown and
Jo Scott were also blown away with the standard this year which made
their job quite difficult. The numbers of entries from the schools –
Warrington and Waitati, and also the Warrington Playcentre were
outstanding – so much so that we had to extend their display area. So
a big thank you to all you amazing children who entered (and also to
the teachers for encouraging and helping the children).

The Trophy Winners from the show were:

Child: Ashlei Carbines

Individual Points: Daphne Henderson

Shrubs: Daphne Henderson

Floral Art: Eunice Hoogsteden

Family: Rennie-Rudland-Gifford

Prize Bloom: Gwen Heather – Rhododendron

Prize Exhibit: Lyne Carlyle

The following people also need to be thanked – first and foremost all
members of the Garden Club (and partners) for their enthusiasm, hard
work, raffle prizes (and of course their entries), all the judges, the
schools and Playcentre, Lee Hastie from the Blueskin Bay Café for
donation of vouchers for the raffle, and of course all the
participants, who without you all we would not have a Flower Show. We
look forward to an even bigger event next year – so keep planting!

Our next meeting is on Thursday 13 November at 6.30pm where we will
meet outside Murray Johnston's house on Doctors Point Road. We will
visit his garden and then go across the road to Daphne Henderson's,
and then the Sumpter's "old" garden. We will then drive up White's
Road to Liz and David Sumpters "new garden" where the view is amazing,
(and of course their garden is too)!

Please pencil in your diaries the date for our December Meeting:
Saturday 13th December, which is our Christmas "do" – a progressive
dinner in the Mt Cargill area.

We would like to thank the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board for
funding the new notice board in Warrington. It's big and there's loads
of space for heaps of notices, posters etc. The old one was very tired
and so full of drawing pin holes it was difficult to put up anything
so much appreciated.

by Lesley Smith

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Jazz afternoon at Gallery on Blueskin, Sunday 5 October

Jazz trio, "The Swing of Things" played to a small but appreciative
audience at Gallery on Blueskin on Sunday October 5. This was the
opening of the Gallery's Spring Show which featured new work from many
local artists. The quality of the work is superb and the entertainment
during the afternoon was fabulous.

We have had a very positive response from musical groups to our venue
and plan to hold more events in the New Year - watch this space. Art
shows planned for November and December include Justin Morshuis,
opening Sunday November 9 and Jenna Packer, opening Friday December 5.
There will also be a Christmas Show leading up to December 24.

by Louise Burnside. Photo by Louise Booth.

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COAST ROAD MARKET

COAST ROAD MARKET AT SEACLIFF ON SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER FROM 11AM-2PM
RAIN OR SHINE
ARTS, CRAFTS, FOOD, PRODUCE, BRIC A BRAC AND SUNDRIES
FREE STALLS AVAILABLE, PHONE 465 7990 TO REGISTER. KIDS STALLS WELCOME

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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

WARRINGTON DOLPHIN SURVEY (column)

It is that time of year again when our lovely little friends the
Hector's Dolphins will be back in the surf at our local beaches. If
you see the dolphins could you please let me know?

I am especially interested in hearing about any dolphins you see that
have marks or nicks on their dorsal fin or body. I have photos of some
marked individuals from near Taiaroa Head (see the poster in the
middle of this Blueskin News edition) and I am keen to find out if
they are travelling along the coast or just hanging out at the heads.
Please email Jennie Upton: grimwoods @ hotmail . com
or phone 027 3307311 or 465 8318.

by Jennie Upton

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Saturday, 18 October 2008

Rising Electricity Costs: Town in Transition

Subject: Energy

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 at 7:30pm
9pm

Hosted by the Waitati Energy Project, an expert panel including
Jeanette Fitzsimons will discuss local energy issues, implications, and future
challenges and solutions.

The Waitati Energy Project is a community led initiative inspired by
the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's 'Get smart, think
small' report and seeks to build energy resilience through the
development of an integrated local energy system.

What are the opportunities? What are the challenges? Encompassing
strategies and visions on at least three different levels: community,
industry and policy, this forum asks what householders and small
communities can do to protect themselves from the external shocks
linked to rising energy costs, uncertainty of supply, and complicated
supply chains.

Questions invited, all welcome.

Waitati Hall, Waitati, Otago

by the editors ex Green Party press release


Friday, 17 October 2008

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

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

Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimmons will be the main speaker at
the Waitati Energy Project next Wednesday evening. The title for the
evening event is: Rising Electricity Costs, New Developments in our
Communities. Along with an expert panel Jeanette Fitzsimmons will
discuss local energy issues, implications for households, and future
challenges and solutions. All welcome for a start time of 7.30 pm at
the Waitati Hall.

The Orokonui Ecosanctuary has reopened to visitors. Waitati residents
may apply for a local access card by attending an induction session on
Tuesday at Waitati Hall at 7.30pm. To be eligible for free access,
residents must have lived in Waitati since June 2007. However, a
public walk to the tallest tree will be held this Sunday between 1pm
and 3pm. The eventual aim of the Ecosanctuary is to return the
Orokonui Valley to its pre-human state.

The Waitati Toy Library is open for business on Saturday morning from
10.30 to 11.30 and again on Monday evening from 6.30 to 7.30. A wide
range of children's toys is for hire and new members are welcome. The
toy library is located at the Waitati Hall.

The Waitati Film Society takes a break this coming Tuesday, but
returns on October 28 with a screening of Evil Angels. This movie
stars our own Sam Neill opposite Meryl Streep in the true story of the
disappearance of baby Azaria Chamberlain from Ayres Rock in 1980.
Start time is 8pm.

Members of the Blueskin Garden Club enjoyed a ramble around the
Rhododendron Dell at the Dunedin Botanic Garden last Thursday. A sunny
evening showed the rhodos in the best possible light, delighting
members with the display. The Garden Club meets each month and makes
new members welcome.

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

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Wednesday, 15 October 2008

BLUESKIN BAY BOOK CLUB

Members met on Tuesday 7th October at the Blueskin Cafe and chatted
over a friendly cup of coffee.

Linda reviewed 2 books:

The Still Life of Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer

A separated mother and her daughter sell up their home in the better
part of town and move to a shabby country cottage in a poorer area so
her daughter can keep chickens. This creates vast changes in their
lives - the way they live, the people thay meet, and coping with the
chickens. A light but enjoyable read.

Inca Kola by Matthew Parris.

This is a lively and interesting tale of the author's travels in Peru.
Well worth looking for on the shelves.

Elizabeth reviewed one book:

Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin.

Li Cunxin was 10 years old when he was plucked from school in his poor
northern China village to be trained in Madam Mao's ballet school. He
didn't know what ballet was but sensed a chance to help his parents
and six brothers. This is fascinating and well written looking at the
life of people in the communist era and how Li Cunxin eventually
became the principle dancer for the Houstoun Ballet Company. A great
read.

Next meeting: 10am 4 November at the Blueskin Bay Cafe, next to
Blueskin Nursery.

We still have room for one or two new members so if you are
interested, pop in for a coffee and a chat on the day or ring
Elizabeth 482 1025

by Liz Knife

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Friday, 10 October 2008

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday October 3

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blueskin.co.nz

Next Wednesday sees the start of an eight-week sustainable living
course at Seacliff. Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard, the course
covers energy, waste, shopping, gardening, water and transport. It
will be held from 7 to 9pm on consecutive Wednesday nights.

The Gallery on Blueskin's spring show continues all next week. A wide
variety of works in different media by local artists is on display
until October 19.

The Blueskin Bay Craft Group meets next Thursday from 7 to 9pm in the
committee room of the Waitati Hall.

It may not be very warm yet but that won't put off the hardy souls of
the East Otago Swimming Club. They'll be dipping into the Moana Gow
Pool at Hawksbury Village when swimming club starts back on Tuesday.
Starting times remain the same as last year.

Time is running for local poets to get their entries into the
'Blueskin Poets 2008' competition. Poets are invited to submit up to
three original poems. The deadline is October 31.

The Waitati Film Society meets on Tuesday evening at eight o'clock.
Two films will be shown: In Spring One Plants Alone and A State of
Siege, both by Vincent Ward. Half year memberships are still available
for $30.

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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Friday, 3 October 2008

Who murdered the trees outside Waitati Hall?

We've all done it. You hear a chainsaw starting up outside. It sounds
loud and close by. Ummmm, who's chopping down what? You stare out the
window. It better not be that lovely native tree I stare at out the
kitchen window everyday whilst doing the washing up!

Well, that's me out there…. I was the one who murdered the trees. Sorry!

The Waitati Hall Committee approached me to tame rampant planting
outside the hall with a view to increasing the hall's visibility (and
hence security), however I was surprised at the amount of people who
had an interest in the work I was doing.

"It will grow back won't it" was one response... "Are you keeping the
apple tree?" was another. One dubious local resident could only be
placated when the exact fate of each individual shrub was explained in
detail. I think it's understandable that people are concerned when the
familiar is dramatically altered, but when it comes to planting,
experience suggests that pruning is often necessary to preserve what
we love.

The long-term aim is to prune back re-growth and maintain the
'see-through' look that currently makes the hall more visible.
Hopefuly this will put an end to recent security problems. A well
looked after community hall with well-maintained landscaping better
reflects how much we all value Waitati Hall.

Thanks to Mark Gibson Tree Care for grinding out the stumps of exotic
trees likely to regrow. I'll be back now and then over the summer to
weed / trim and tidy further, so be assured the sound of a chainsaw
doesn't necessarily equal coppiced kowhai.

P.S. Yes, I've drastically pruned the apple tree and hopefully we'll
all enjoy some fruit this autumn.

P.P.S. for those who asked, no, we couldn't retain any shrubs dense
enough for you to pee behind. Sorry.

by Paul Ashford

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Thursday, 2 October 2008

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday October 3

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blueskin.co.nz

Senior citizens living in the Blueskin Bay area get the best deal in
greater Dunedin with the new free off-peak bus travel scheme which
began last week. Passengers with over-65ers' or veterans' Super Gold
Cards and Otago Regional Council Go Cards can travel to Palmerston and
back at zero cost. The Palmerston Minibus Services bus leaves every
weekday just after 9am from Waitati and Evansdale, and returns at
lunch time.

Waitati's Gallery on Blueskin is holding a Spring Show this Sunday
from 2pm. Featured artists include Jacob Feenstra, Patricia Payne,
Jenna packer, Nigel Wilson, Kran Snow, and Peter and Laura Gregory
among many others. Weather permitting there will be live jazz by "The
Swing of Things", and wine and nibbles in the courtyard. The
exhibition runs until 19 October.

Last month's Coast Road market at Seacliff was such a success that it
is being held again this weekend. Free stalls are still available.
Arts, crafts, food, plants and bric-a-brac will be on sale from 11am
to 2pm.

Mark your diary for next Tuesday October 7, because that's the date of
the Waitati Film Festival. This year's festival comprises film-makers,
actors and crew who currently live in Waitati. Included is a rare
screening of a short film that was accepted by the 2007 New York
Festival.

Tuesday is also the day the Blueskin Book Club meets. Anyone keen on
reading can join the group at the Blueskin Nurseries Café from 10am.

Following on from its successful Flower Show last weekend, the
Blueskin Garden Club is visiting the rhododendron dell at the Dunedin
Botanic Garden on Thursday evening. A tour of the rhodos begins at
6.30 and will be followed by coffee at the Mannequin Café.

And, finally, got rubbish you need to clear out? The ever- popular
Skip Days are back. This weekend's venue is Warrington with charges at
$6 for cars, $10 for station wagons and $15 for cars and trailers,
vans or utes.

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


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Spring Show at Gallery on Blueskin

Waitati's Gallery on Blueskin is holding a Spring Show on Sunday 5 October
from 2pm, featuring the following artists (who, like k d lang and e e
cummings, appear to lack capital letters in their names):

jacob feenstra.............patricia payne......jenna packer......nigel
wilson........karan snow......peter gregory......heather
dunckley,,,,,,,,,,,john paxie..............jodie austin...........dave
brookes..........angela burns...........mike
bowden...............laura gregory............vivian keenan

There will be live jazz by "The Swing of Things", and wine & nibbles
in the courtyard
(weather permitting). The exhibition runs until 19 October.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

I'll be senior, I'm off to Palmerston

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons -- The peak of Puketapu dominates Palmerston.)

Senior citizens living in the Blueskin Bay area get the best deal in
greater Dunedin with the new free off-peak bus travel scheme which
started yesterday (Wednesday 1 October). Passengers with over-65ers'
or veterans' Super Gold Cards and Otago Regional Council Go Cards (you
need to carry both) can fit in a three-hour morning in Palmerston,
where they could enjoy the famous pies, the shopping (they have TWO
4-Square supermarkets!), a cool drink at the railway station bar and a
visit to the butterflies, all at zero transport cost. The Palmerston
Minibus Services bus leaves every weekday just after 9am from Waitati
and Evansdale and comes back at lunch time.

Bus details: http://orc.govt.nz/portal.asp?categoryid=8

by Peter Dowden

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Act candidate not as right-leaning as all that

We are sure Hilary Calvert is proud to be considered right-leaning but
we did not intend to display her likeness on its side. We apologise to
Hilary and our readers. For those who prefer to see things in black
and white, here's another attempt.

the editors

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Warrington, Evansdale, Waitati, Doctors Point), Dunedin, New Zealand.
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