Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Corrected times for Carols at St Barnabas Church

Christmas carol singing at St Barnabas Church, Warrington starts at
9pm, Christmas Eve (Thursday 24 December). Holy Communion will follow
at 9.45pm. Previous publicity contained incorrect times.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Summer Pruning Workshop

Summer Pruning Workshop: fruit tree and berry bushes

by Jason Ross

Summer pruning is great for encouraging fruiting of established trees and
shrubs, it helps keep them small (great for espaliers) and discourages
watershoots.

At the Summer Pruning Workshop on Waitangi Day, Saturday 6 February,
you will learn hands-on as you practise summer pruning of fruit trees
and berries.

We will prune:

plums

apples

pears

blackcurrants

gooseberries

grapes

raspberries

Bring warm clothes, gloves and sharp secateurs.

Bookings essential: call Jason Ross, 4822625 or email
jason@sutherlandnursery.co.nz

Cost: $18 or $16 for members of Waitati Edible Gardens Group (The Weggies)

See: http://www.transitiontowns.org.nz/node/427

Workshop Date: 1-5pm Waitangi Day, Saturday 6 February 2010 (Cup of
tea provided at 4.30). 6 McLachlan St, Waitati. If raining, Sun 7th,
phone on Saturday morning if it looks dodgy. See you there!

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Thursday, 17 December 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Dec 11

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

Tonight is the special late night Seacliff Market, on from 5 till 8pm. It is an excellent opportunity to buy locally made Christmas gifts or stock up on goodies for the holiday weekend. Buy bunches of fabulous peonies, take home special baked Christmas treats or buy hand-turned wooden toys for the children. Free stalls are available and kids’ stalls are welcome. The next market will be held on Sunday January 3.

On Monday, Gallery on Blueskin is holding a special Christmas thank you for loyal customers and friends. To celebrate, there will be

Christmas jazz in the courtyard from 6 - 8pm along with wine and cake.

Also working hard on Monday is local MP, Pete Hodgson. He’s holding his last community clinic of the year on Monday at the Blueskin library, Waitati at 2.30pm. He would be delighted to see any constituents wanting to wish him a merry Christmas.

Christmas carols can be heard and enjoyed at St Barnabas church, Warrington on Christmas Eve, at 9.45pm. This will be followed at 10am the next morning with a special Christmas Day service. All welcome.

This is the last Blueskin News for the year. We will be back in 2010. We wish everyone living in the Blueskin Bay area and all Puketapu Radio listeners a happy and safe holiday season.

The Blueskin Bay local volunteer news website can be found at www.blueskin.co.nz.

 

Monday, 14 December 2009

Justice of the Peace Services now available in Waitati

Blueskin Bay librarian and Waitati resident Louise Booth is a now a
Justice of the Peace and is legally able to:

- Witness signatures
- Certify documents
- Take declarations, affidavits or affirmations
- Citizen applications
- Process of applications for the dissolution of marraige or civil union

If she can assist you in any of these matters contact her at the Blueskin
Bay library on 482 2444, home 482 1981 or cell phone 027 482 1932

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Sunday, 13 December 2009

Gallery on Blueskin: Christmas Jazz

Gallery on Blueskin wishes all their loyal customers and friends a
very merry Christmas.

To help celebrate, we will be having Christmas Jazz in the courtyard
on Monday 21 December, 6-8pm.

Wine, cake and great music.

(Unfortunately will have to be cancelled if stormy and wet...please
phone gallery if unsure)

* an extra chance to buy that special last minute gift!

* we hope to see you there

Louise & Nicky

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Dec 11.

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

Blueskin Playcentre’s 50th anniversary afternoon tea is on at the Waitati Hall tomorrow afternoon at 2. Bring a plate, your photos and your early childhood memories to help put together the Playcentre’s history.

Also tomorrow is the Blueskin Garden Club’s Christmas get-together at Warrington. The fun starts at 6pm.

The annual general meeting of the Waitati Hall Committee is being held on Tuesday at 7pm. New members are particularly welcome.

Wednesday is the last day of term at Waitati School, although pupils at Warrington stay on until Friday.

Next Friday, that’s the 18th, a special late night Seacliff Market will be held from 5 till 8pm. It is an excellent opportunity to buy locally made Christmas gifts or stock up on goodies for the holiday weekend. Buy bunches of fabulous peonies, take home special baked Christmas treats or buy hand-turned wooden toys for the children. Free stalls are available

and kids’ stalls are welcome.

The Blueskin Bay local volunteer news website can be found at www.blueskin.co.nz.

 

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Blueskin News Dec/Jan

Please find the latest Blueskin News here:

http://newzealand.wikia.com/wiki/File:BNDec09Small.pdf

Louise Booth

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Thursday, 3 December 2009

Blueskin News for Friday Dec 4

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Dec 4

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

Gallery on Blueskin invites you to the opening of "Islands & Islets", new and exciting work by Maria Mackay of Warrington. The opening is being held tonight from 6pm.

Sunday is your next-to-last chance to buy local gifts for Christmas at Seacliff market. If you haven’t yet been, you’re missing a treat. You’ll find the freshest produce from Roger Blok of Purakaunui, preserves from Waitati’s Village Potager and don’t forget to try Rudi’s delicious pakoras. Open from 11 till 2, the Coast Rd market is well worth a pre-Christmas visit.

The next meeting of Blueskin Bay Radio is on Wednesday December 9 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the studio at Warrington School. As this project is just in its start-up phase, everyone who has an interest is welcome.

The last Waitati Film Society movie of the year is Boudou Saved from Drowning. This French classic will be shown at Bill’s Place, Orokonui Rd, from 8pm on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday night is the final Qi-Gong class for the year. It will be held at the Waitati Hall at 6.30pm.

The Blueskin Bay local volunteer news website can be found at www.blueskin.co.nz.

 

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Nov 27

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

A new radio station is on the way for Blueskin Bay. The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board has given a grant of $1000 to Warrington School, where a radio station broadcasting across Blueskin Bay will be based. As part of the set up, a logo competition is being organized. Entries will be accepted at Blueskin Bay Library until the end of December. Full details of size etc can be found on the Blueskin Bay website.

In addition to the radio station grant, the Community Board has given Waitati School $1000 to begin excavating a BMX track.

Blueskin Bay boasts a wealth of clever artists and craftspeople, among them some talented weavers. An exhibition of works by local raranga or weaving students opens at Blueskin Bay Library tomorrow. Entitled, The family with a lot of love - TE WHANAU AROHANUI – the exhibition celebrates the partnership between Te Wananga o Aotearoa and the Library. In addition to the exhibition, which is open from 10am to 4pm, some of the taonga or treasures will be on sale. The exhibition runs until December 4.

Recent high winds make having outdoor fires dangerous at present. The Fire Service warns Blueskin Bay residents to take extreme care with fires and barbeques and to stick to the rules. Those rules include no fires on the beach and no fires after dark. Other restrictions can be found on the Blueskin Bay website.

The Blueskin Bay local volunteer news website can be found at www.blueskin.co.nz.

 

Gallery on Blueskin exhibition picture

Gallery on Blueskin exhibition

Gallery on Blueskin is pleased to invite you to the opening of
"Islands & Islets"
new and exciting work by Maria Mackay of Warrington

Next Friday, 4 December, 6pm.

Artist will attend.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Purakanui School Fair this Sunday

PURAKANUI SCHOOL is holding its annual FAIR this
SUNDAY, 29th NOVEMBER, 11AM – 2PM. Carpool over and come and have lunch
with us, browse our white elephant stall or take the horizontal bungy jump!
We would love to see you!

Café serving scrumptious cakes, organic juice and FairTrade coffee.

Delicious food including Purakanui cockle chowder.

Home made ice-creams.

Horse rides, petting zoo, treasure hunt, bouncy castle, horizontal bungy.

Plants, books, white elephants.

Live music!!

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Ammended info re exhibition

Amended info re exhibition

by Louise Booth

The family with a lot of love - TE WHANAU AROHANUI*

Saturday 28 November 10 - 4pm and Sunday 10 - 4pm

To celebrate partnership between Te Wananga o Aotearoa and the Blueskin Bay
Library

To celebrate the Taonga that the level 4 - 6 Raranga (Weaving) students have
created.

In addition some Taonga – Treasures will be displayed at the Blueskin Bay
library 30 November – 4 December during opening hours. Some of the Taonga
will also be for sale.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Christmas greetings from WCCB

Christmas greetings from WCCB

by Alasdair Morrison

At our latest Community Board meeting we were pleased to be able to
grant financial assistance of $1,000 grants to our two local schools for
very worthwhile projects:- to Waitati School for the initial excavations
for a BMX track, to Warrington School for the purchase of equipment to
start a new community radio station. We look forward to developments
with both projects.

On behalf of the Board, I wish you all a safe and peaceful Christmas
holiday.

Monday, 23 November 2009

WAITATI VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE (column)

WAITATI VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE

By Deanne Burrell

Guy Fawkes Night has been and gone and we are happy to say that the
Brigade only attended one call out related to fireworks, so well done
everybody in the Blueskin Bay community.

The countdown has now started to the Christmas and New Year holiday
period. We want to see everybody having a safe and joyous time but
would like to remind people of a few rules that need to be adhered to
if you are planning outdoor fires. We don't like to spoil people's
fun but if we are called to an outdoor fire and the correct procedures
have not been followed then we are required to extinguish the fire.

Currently it is a 'Restricted' season. This means that no fire may be
lit in the open air without a permit. A permit is required for all
outdoor burning, other than gas barbecues and incinerators, at any
time of the year. All new permit applications must be made at least
two weeks prior to the event and are subject to a site safety
inspection.

No fires are permitted on beaches and no fires are allowed to remain
alight after dark except those specifically issued for bonfires at New
Year, Guy Fawkes or significant community celebrations.

If you intend to burn rubbish in a back yard fire then you need to be
aware that only paper, cardboard, plant matter and untreated wood may
be burned. The material must be dry, not green, so you can't burn
material just cut from living plants. Wood must not be painted,
varnished or treated, or contain glues or other plastics. The fire
must be 50m from any boundary and the smoke must not be a nuisance to
your neighbours.

Camping and outdoor activities are often a great way to spend your
leisure time but they have their own set of unique fire risks that
should not be underestimated. However, some common-sense preparation
can ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.


Caravanning

Caravans are smaller and more confined than a house so the fire risks
can be potentially more hazardous. It is essential that you install a
smoke alarm to give early warning of a fire and follow these
precautions to reduce your risks:

On a caravan site, find out what the firefighting arrangements are.

Never leave children alone in a caravan - they are particularly vulnerable.

A fully charged water fire extinguisher or dry powder fire
extinguisher should be located in the caravan near an exit door and a
fire blanket should be adjacent to the cooking area.

Keep a torch handy for emergencies - never use candles.

Make sure everyone knows how to operate escape windows and doors.

Keep gas cylinders outside the caravan unless a special ventilated
compartment is provided.


Fire Safety in the Countryside

Every year fire is responsible for the destruction of thousands of
acres of countryside, open spaces and wildlife habitat. Many of these
fires are started deliberately but by following a few simple
precautions and showing a little extra care, many others could be
prevented:

Dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are
completely extinguished.

Don't leave camp fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them
properly after use.

Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to prevent them
magnifying the sun's rays and starting a fire.

Explain to children the dangers of playing with lighted fires.

If fire breaks out, call the Fire & Rescue Service immediately. When
specifying your location, mention any landmarks - perhaps a church or
pub - and if phoning from a phone box, stay nearby so you can direct
the fire appliances to the scene.

Don't attempt to fight the fire yourself unless it is very small -
grass and crop fires can travel very quickly.


Camping

Every year, many people are injured from fire whilst camping. The
following fire safety precautions will help ensure you don't become
one of them:

Allow at least 6 metres (18 feet) spacing between tents.

Never use candles in or near a tent - always use a torch.

Discourage smoking - especially in smaller tents.

Do not use cooking equipment in smaller tents.

Ensure everyone knows the location of the nearest telephone and if
applicable nearest fire point in case of emergency.


Cooking

Keep cookers away from the tent entrance.

Make certain the cooker is stable, away from draughts and in an area
where they will not get knocked over.

Keep flammables (including long grass) away from the cooking area.

Avoid using liquid fuel appliances if at all possible.

Only change disposable gas cylinders when they are completely empty.


The Waitati Volunteer Fire Brigade would like to wish all residents of
the Blueskin Bay community a very merry Christmas and a happy, safe,
and prosperous New Year.

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NOTICE: Waitati Hall Commitee AGM

NOTICE: Waitati Hall Commitee AGM

by Mandy Mayhem

The Annual General Meeting of the Waitati Hall Commitee will be held
on Tuesday 15 Dec 7pm in the committee room, Waitati Hall.

All new members welcomed.

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT (column)

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT

by Scott Willis

Distributed Generation / Renewable Generation

Distributed Generation (DG) is the big theme this month. The Blueskin
Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT - the charitable trust supporting
Transition Town initiatives and sustainability initiatives in Blueskin
Bay) was successful in its bid to the Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Authority's DG fund in November, and now we have the
ability to build our business model. Over the next three months (with
a pause for Christmas) we'll be working with accountants Polson Higgs
and our partners on the financial feasibility of a community owned
wind turbine. We'll also be working to find the appropriate business
shape for community ownership and broad community benefit. Of course,
the WEP office will still be engaged in all the other activities, but
time will be limited for anything non-essential as we work hard to see
if we can generate, own and manage our own electricity.

The DG fund from EECA helps us to build the business case. After all,
nothing can proceed if we can't ensure it makes good economic sense.
Alongside the business case, we need to make progress on the technical
front, and nothing is sitting still here either. Two wind test sites
(Mopanui Ridge and Double Hill Rd) are still being monitored, and data
is being collected. A third site, with a taller tower, has yet to be
selected but several are under consideration and the third tower will
be in place before the end of the year. Alice Bowden, Nicolas Cullen's
Masters student, is working from the University of Otago Geography
department with this part of the project and we're receiving valuable
assistance from our partners at Windflow Technology Limited and
PowerNet Limited.

As the project to develop our own community generation comes ever
closer to fruition we will need to do more than just talk about it in
the 'Blueskin News' and at the odd public meeting. So in parallel with
the business and technical feasibility work, we'll be working out a
comprehensive consultation plan. Because while community support for
this project has been fantastic to date, we can't assume that there
won't be any issues and we want to ensure that everyone has the
ability to participate in the development of this community project,
and feels comfortable doing so.

A Comunity Organisations Grants Scheme grant this month has given us
funds towards developing the BRCT office, an increasingly important
task as the workload increases. Thank you to all the applicants for
the BRCT admin position – it is wonderful to have such interest in the
community and exciting to see local employment options emerge in the
sustainability sector. We're anticipating our office to be fully
staffed again in the new year, and our long-term goal is to establish
this position as another long term position.

East Otago Collaboration on Solar

Since the very successful "In Transition" film premiere we've been
maintaining the good level of dialogue with other East Otago
transition and sustainability groups and this collaboration has taken
the form of an application for funds to work together on a specific
action: solar hot water. If successful, WEP will collaborate with the
Hampden Energy Group, Port Chalmers Transition Town and Transition
Valley 473 (North East Valley) to build a case for a broad scale solar
hot-water system rollout. The funding applied for is limited. However,
the momentum around this action is strong, so I envisage this becoming
a serious effort in 2010, by hook or by crook.

Turbine Fund Launched

The 350 Spring Festival on 24 October was too good an opportunity to
miss. We had our own little 'Waitati corner' beside the Weggies on
Portsmouth Drive and were serenaded by the Waitati Militia Band on
their way back from drumming up the mayor. So what was more
appropriate than bring out the teapot for donations? While the funds
raised on the 24th were only a tiny contribution towards the cost of a
community turbine, it was a strong symbolic start. We'll be designing
our fundraising strategy alongside the business case, and now that the
Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust has been officially registered as
a charity with IRD we have the ability to give donors a tax credit.
The Spring Festival was a very successful day of action on climate
change, and a great networking day. Quite apart from being bombarded
with interest and being engaged in stimulating conversations, I was
left with a profound optimism in the ability of society to make a
difference.

Reviewing our activities this year is very satisfying, and nothing
more so than the WEP Retrofit Rollout. EnergySmart, the main
contractors, report that they've done all the Quality Audits, bar a
handful of homes whose residents have proved very elusive. They're now
completing the small amount of remedial work, in a very successful end
to 2009's energy efficiency initiative. 2009 has also seen the WEP's
capacity grow, with a two-person office and the very strong support of
a healthy volunteer community. As the year draws to a close, the
initially slow and cautious development of the Renewable Generation
project has just stepped up a pace, and like a slingshot, will propel
us into 2010 with great momentum (check out 'Blueskin 10:10' as well).
On behalf of the Waitati Energy Project and the Blueskin Resilient
Communities Trust I want to wish you a great holiday break. Remember
to save some dollars if you're going away by turning off your hot
water and don't neglect to make the most of our beautiful local
environment and time with the family.

For more information about WEP or BRCT initiatives, contact me at:
waitatienergy@gmail.com, or by calling the BRCT office on 4822048.
You'll also find plenty of information on the website
http://transitiontowns.org.nz/waitati or by going on the WEP email
list.

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Open Orchard Photo

Helped by the gifts of weggie and Wep 'Eco-Hero' award prizes (fruit
trees) to the Waitati Open Orchard initiative, on Sunday the 22nd of
November, weggie Jenna Packer and View Street neighbours Mette and
Peter, sons Bruno and Lucan Willis, and Antony Deaker planted a small
'Open Orchard' on View Street. Photo supplied by the Waitati Edible
Gardens group.

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BLUESKIN 10:10 (column)

Blueskin 10 : 10

by Meiling Blank

10:10 Moving Beyond CFLs and Insulation

So you've replaced your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents,
use reusable shopping bags, and have taken advantage of the government
home insulation subsidy. Hopefully by now you're noticing a difference
to the size of your wallet, while the planet notices a difference due
to your smaller carbon footprint – but what now?

10:10 is a climate change campaign promoting cooperation of all
members of society – individuals, businesses, schools, community
groups, local and national government – for one single goal: to reduce
overall carbon emissions by 10% during 2010. Check out the website at
www.1010uk.org

Why 10%?

Most climate change proposals set ambitious goals for sometime in the
far distant future, but scientists believe emissions must begin
decreasing by 2015 if we are to avert major changes that may one day
make places like Blueskin Bay uninhabitable. A 10% reduction now is an
achievable and necessary first step for virtually everyone and every
organisation.

What does 10% mean for me?

Carbon emissions vary from person to person, but a Ministry for the
Environment publication "New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory
1990-2007" estimates that our per capita CO2 emissions amount to 19
tonnes a year – 11th highest in the world. So a 10% decrease would
mean each person reducing their emissions by 1.9 tonnes during 2010.
Making smart choices to eliminate waste and increase efficiency may be
all that's needed to achieve your 10%.

Do we really need another greenwashing awareness campaign?

10:10 aims to go beyond simple awareness. The Waitati Household
Energy Use survey conducted by the Otago Energy Research Centre last
year found the strong pro-environmental values in Waitati did not
necessarily translate into green behaviours. 10:10 is a platform to
help make that leap from good intentions to action. It depends on us
as individuals making smart choices, but it also depends on the
creativeness of the community so the smart choice is the easy choice.

What can I do?

There's no point in setting a 10% reduction goal if there is no way to
measure progress. CarboNZero is an easy to use carbon calculator for
households that requires you to answer some simple questions about
your home energy use, transport, waste and recycling habits. You need
to complete a free registration (it took me about 90 seconds) and have
your power bills and fuel receipts for the last month or so handy.
Once you are registered click the "add data" button to start using the
calculator. Check it out at
www.carbonzero.co.nz/EmissionsCalc/login.aspx

We also need to hear from you, because this is the community where you
live, work (maybe?) and play. You, your friends, your children and
your neighbours are what make Blueskin Bay. What sort of community do
you want to live in, now and in the future, and how should we respond
to the 10:10 challenge? Just as important as promoting personal
action, 10:10 is about Blueskin Bay coming together and finding its
own creative solutions for its own unique challenges. Are you up for
it? Everyone at the Waitati Energy Project and Blueskin Resilient
Community Trust hope you, your family and loved ones have a safe and
happy holiday season. Keep a note of carbon reducing ideas and look
out for this column in next year's Blueskin News as the Blueskin 10:10
team offer up more tips, tools and tales to reduce your carbon
footprint and fatten your wallet. For more information, or to discuss
the 10:10 campaign further, please contact Meiling Blank, Tel: 482
2289, email : ameilingb@yahoo.com .

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Sunday, 22 November 2009

BLUESKIN BAY FM (column for Blueskin News)

BLUESKIN BAY FM

By Rozalina MacRae and Peter Dowden

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board approved the funding application
for Blueskin Bay FM, granting us $1000. This is about $300 less than
what we asked for, but we can begin by ordering the transmitter and
getting other equipment ready.

The other money will be not a problem to collect I think. We will try
to find cheaper options to buy equipment if it is possible. And
donations will help also.

As 'Blueskin News' is getting ready for printing, we are about to meet
and discuss getting our station on-air.

Logo competition

We need a new logo. Some children at our local schools have already
started designing one and all 'Blueskin News' readers are welcome to
have a go. The logo needs to read "Blueskin Bay FM 88.2" and should be
bumper-sticker shaped: 30cm wide and 7cm high (that's an A4 sheet
folded lengthwise into thirds). Entries with the artist's name,
address and age to the Blueskin Bay Library by 31 December please.
There will be a small prize or prizes for the winners (yet to be
determined).

BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB (column)

BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB

By Lynnaire Johnston

Three gardens and a church were the focus of Blueskin Garden Club's
November outing. The area's keen gardeners visited gardens in
Warrington and St Barnabas Church.

First port of call was Maretta and John Thom's Reservoir Rd garden.
The result of many years' hard work, and with fabulous views over the
bay, terraced gardens and thousands of well-placed rocks, it was an
inspiration as to what can be achieved in a less than ideal situation.

Back down at the bottom of the hill, one of the area's best kept
secrets was revealed. The stained glass windows of St Barnabas Church
are just stunning and well worth a visit if you've never had the
opportunity to see them. The story goes that they were acquired after
WWII when Australian watersiders refused to offload them from the ship
they had been transported because they had been made in Germany. The
windows ended up in Dunedin where they were warehoused before being
bought and placed in St Barnabas.

The evening was rounded out by visits to two further gardens – Jackie
and Alistair Wright's modern garden on the corner of Watson and
Ferguson Streets with its fabulous bed of Chatham Island daisies, and
Rowena Park's cottage garden in Hill Rd. Rowena's pure-bred rabbits
were a particular favourite.

Finally, a reminder that the club is holding its Christmas
get-together on Saturday December 12.

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WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENERS (column)

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENERS

By Lynnaire Johnston

Waitati's edible gardeners have been extremely busy of late. We have
been involved with the global climate change "350" effort, working on
the community gardens and open orchard initiatives, plus planning for
the upcoming harvest markets and the edible garden tour.

350

For such a small town, Waitati punched above its weight at the Spring
Food Festival in late October. The WEGies, WEP and Warrington School
all had stands at the festival to support the international day of
climate change action. Lucy Jack worked hard and enthusiastically,
promoting the WEGies and successfully encouraging people to both
donate and join, while the Village Potager sold Waitati-made preserves
and plants. Many local Waitatians also dropped by to lend their
support.

Community gardens

In recent weeks, Derek Onley has been busy with other WEGies planting
pumpkins and potatoes in the WEGies' hillside plot. A bumper harvest
is expected provided the weather cooperates over the next few months.

Edible garden tour

There has been a date change for the planned Purakaunui Edible Garden
Tour next month. It will now be held on Saturday January 23, with a
rain date of Sunday the 24th. The all-day event will take in
Purakaunui's finest food-producing gardens with the aim of promoting
learning, inspiration and self-sustainability. The tour includes the
now-famous Amazing Lunch made from locally produced food. There are
limited tickets available, $15 for non-WEGies, $12 for WEGies. To
book, call Lucy Jack on 482 1773.

Harvest markets

Three harvest markets are planned for 2010 – February 21, March 21 and
April 18. These will be held at the Old Waitati Stores in Harvey St,
and will offer a plethora of locally produced items including
vegetables and fruit, honey, preserves, plants and anything else that
fits the "local" criteria that someone wishes to contribute. For more
information contact Rayna on 482 2504.

New members

The WEGgies are always keen to extend their network so new members are
welcome. We work to promote local food sources by providing learning
opportunities, initiating such projects as community gardens and open
orchards, and the growing and harvesting of local food. Life
membership costs just $5. To become a Friend of the WEGies and receive
emails about upcoming events email lynnaire@wordwizard.co.nz.

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OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY column

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

by Sue Hensley

The first month of operation since opening the Visitor Centre has seen a mix
of frantic activity, interspersed with quieter moments and the sorting out
of the inevitable teething problems associated with a new building,
equipment and software. Overall however it has been a very successful
launch.

The Ecosanctuary is open exclusively for guided tours at present although
work is progressing on tracks, brochures, and signage etc to allow for
freedom walkers and it is hoped that this work will be completed by Feb or
March 2010.

November-December is chick time at the sanctuary and tours regularly
see bellbird
and tomtit chicks calling and begging for food from parents. All four kaka
females are also nesting with 2 chicks already hatched. It will be
February before
we see most of these chicks outside their nests.

At least three tieke/saddleback chicks have left their nests, which is a
significant happening and confirms that rat numbers are low. Rat footprints
were found on less than 1% of ink cards put out in November and while this
decline is encouraging they are not yet down to the undetectable levels that
we are aiming for.

This year has seen huge changes and the many hours of volunteer labour has
contributed to all of these. To all of you wonderful and generous volunteers
– a big thanks from the staff, Trust, as well as the flora and fauna. Have a
safe and wonderful festive season.

If you're one of those early birds already thinking of Christmas presents –
give an Orokonui Ecosanctuary gift voucher for a tour or a fencepost plaque
this year. The Visitor Centre shop has a good range of gifts that also
support the work of the Ecosanctuary.

Information about Orokonui is available at www.orokonui.org.nz and the
Visitor Centre and café are open 9.30 – 4.30 daily, (please check statutory
holiday days).

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LETTER TO 'BLUESKIN NEWS': Our choice and not the decision of a few

LETTER

Our choice and not the decision of a few

by Tania Turei and Alex Whitaker

Some Blueskin News readers may now be aware that the Blueskin Youth
Hall Committee is planning to build a 950sqm, 8m high steel barn in
our community park, Bland Park. See www.futuresteel.co.nz for a
picture of the planned building.

They have sought permission from the A&P Society who have given
approval "in principle".

I am really disappointed that the A&P society does not think it
necessary to speak with the community before making decisions of such
importance.

Last time I looked, Bland Park was "gifted to the community" and these
major changes to our environment should be our choice and not the
decision of a few.

On the subject of consultation the BYHC has been asked many times to
advertise and open their meetings to everyone. They have refused but
why?

They claim that they have a mandate from the community to proceed as
they like. They also claim that they have already consulted with the
community by way of a five question survey that was put out back in
February 2005. Since then, there has been no consultation with the
community who will be most affected by the building.

They will be seeking funding from the DCC and other major funding
sources for this building which will far exceed the $100,000 or so
dollars that is in the Youth Hall coffers.

Neither has there has been any proper consultation with the youth of
Waitati, who are purported to be seeking this building.

What would they do with $100,000 plus dollars if they were given a
real opportunity to investigate & design a project?

Imagine the sense of ownership and therefore care attached to a
project that the youth of Waitati really owned.

For example Hukanui primary school students have designed a real
sustainable building called "The Livingroom". They have sought
funding, applied to the school board for permission and had to prove
the worth of their project. They have to apply for resource consent
and they will be involved in the construction. It's truly their own
project and they have learned so much. (See www.ecoclassroomnz.com.)

The Youth Hall/Sports Arena is a steel building with no consideration
given to environmental impact, aesthetics, sustainability or even
basic heating & lighting.

The plans are in the Blueskin Library, please have a look but be aware
that the Playcentre have pulled out of the project and that the Toy
Library were never asked to be involved but both have been included in
the plans. You can also see a copy of the original survey.

I hope that we will be able to discuss this project and all others as
a community with the many innovative ideas that we have. This is the
principle of Transition Town Waitati – a community making decision
about what is best for us – not an elite doing it despite us. It's
time to move on to a new way for the community to work together,
inclusive, ethical and sustainable.

Warrington Playcentre photo

Warrington Playcentre children wait for the bus to go to the Museum (clockwise from front left) Arlo Bickerstaff, Alice Bickerstaff, Rosa Cameron, Issac Brogan, Mitchell Lobb (obscured behind Issac), Jack Gee, Madi Lobb, Ben Hay, Bruno McMillan ,Brook Holt ,Hailee Wass ,Reuben Holt, Amelia Hay and Phoebe Holt.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

LETTER: Librarian Mike Wooliscroft sends thanks to Blueskin Bay

LETTER

Librarian Mike Wooliscroft sends thanks to Blueskin Bay

Dear Gentle People,

Thank you so much for the fine pastel "Coast Road (Omimi)" by Liz
Abbott to which you so generously contributed as my fine memento of so
many happy "momentos" at the Blueskin Bay Library and elsewhere on the
Library's outreach programmes.

This afternoon I hung it alongside a companion work earlier given as a
token of appreciation when I was Celebrant at Liz and Rudie's civil
union ceremony.

My time at Blueskin Bay Library, the Warrington and Waitati Primary
Schools, and an A&P show were some of my happiest in libraries and
came as a rather unexpected but delicious coda to my decades in a most
satisfying career in libraries.

At Blueskin I was free of the restraints of serious politicking,
management policy and planning which I had thoroughly enjoyed through
several challenging and stimulating decades and was free again to
focus on engaging with readers one to one – just the sort of
involvement I went into libraries for 46 years previously.

My time with y'all (readers and colleagues) was very precious and it
would not surprise me if, in a few months time, I again feel the call
to work and delight in small public library services on much the same
basis as I did at Blueskin.

Thank you all for being so warm and friendly and welcoming me into
your/our community. I have only the most delightful memories of my
engagement with you and I frequently miss the happy contacts I had
with so many of you.

Hopefully we will catch up with one another from time to time when I
am in the Deeper South.

Warmest regards, mike

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WEGgies ads

WEGie ads:

the garden tour

the harvest

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WARRINGTON PLAYCENTRE (column)

WARRINGTON PLAYCENTRE

by Mary-Jane Mirfin

Our Playcentre would like to say a big Hello and Welcome to Savannah,
Oliver and Rhiannon. We also say farewell to Alice and Lyon. We hope
you have just as much fun at Warrington School as you did at
Playcentre. We look forward to seeing you on one of our regular visits
to Warrington School.

Recent outings have included going to Pet Planet in town to see the
animals and then having an exciting bus trip to the Museum to look at
the Animal Attic. We were kindly invited to visit the Portobello
Aquarium with Blueskin Playcentre. It was fun meeting Harriet the
Hermit Crab, playing with all the wonderful sea themed resources,
looking at the rock pools and being able to touch all the interesting
sea life such as anemones, starfish and holding crabs if we felt brave
enough.

Coming up we have our always fun and popular Christmas Party. In
previous years, Santa has arrived to see the kids on a horse and cart,
motorbike and boat and trailer with elves. We also are having another
outing with Blueskin Playcentre to do some gymnastics in town. We are
looking into a visit to Orokonui Ecosanctuary in the near future and
another visit from Sport Otago to try out a bit of rippa rugby for the
older kids.

Thank you to all the parents and kids who have been involved in
playcentre this year and all those families who participated and
contributed to the photo and book fundraiser.

Why having a Playcentre is such a worthwhile part of our community:

a: A wonderful opportunity to get involved in your community

b: To make friends for all the family in a warm,nurturing and safe environment

c: A fantastic adult to child ratio of 1 adult to 5 children - this is
much higher than most early childhood centres

d: Having playcentre right at your doorstep

e: Sessions are for 0 to 6 years of age. Preschoolers for all ages mix
and mingle.

f: Training opportunities for all parents in early childhood education
through the Playcentre Association

If you are interested in bringing your child to Playcentre, pop in at
session time, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30-12.30 am. You will
find us on Stephenson Street ,Warrington, by the hall. You can also
ring me, Mary-Jane Mirfin 482-1962 or Warrington Playcentre (027) 227
7329.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

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ASK AUNT LUCY (column)

ASK AUNT LUCY

by Lucy Jack

Dear Aunt Lucy, My garden is full of spittle bugs and aphids,
especially my greenhouse. What should I do?

Well, rest assured, although you may consider spittlebugs unsightly,
they do very little damage. If you must get rid of them, a general
remedy will do (see below). But remember, they support your garden's
predator community. Pesky aphids, however, can be very erm... pesky,
especially this time of year when they boom in numbers by reproducing
asexually.

Try to bear in mind the natural role of aphids in your garden (even
when they are chowing down your veggies). Aphids are at the bottom of
the food chain and so form the foundation for a large and complex, and
therefore resilient and productive, organic garden ecosystem. Don't
kill them off right away, wait for a predator community to establish
and do it for you. This is a long term solution, making a garden that
works for itself. Helpful predators include: wasps and hover flies,
ladybugs, lacewings, predatory midges, small spiders and birds. Learn
what your helpful insects look like and don't squish them or their
larvae. Encourage them in your garden by growing umbeliferous (flowers
shaped like umbrellas) plants including parsley, carrot, fennel,
buckwheat, poached egg plant, sunflower, yarrow and wild Angelica and
letting them go to seed. Also, plant native plants in your garden.

If your garden is getting thoroughly chomped on and the natural
cavalry haven't arrived after two weeks, you can use homemade soap
spray applied only to the affected part of the plant and not in the
full sun of the day.

GARLIC & SOAP SPRAY RECIPE: Soak 120g (4 oz) chopped garlic in 2
tablespoons of mineral oil or liquid paraffin (or even cooking oil
though it's not as good) for 48 hours. Add ½ litre of warm water and
7g of pure soap flakes (or leftover old soap) then strain. Dilute in
25 litres of water.

In addition: Yellow nasturtiums can be planted around tomatoes to
serve as a decoy for black aphids and can be removed with their pest
burden before the aphids' young develop wings.

XX

Aunt Lucy

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Friday, 20 November 2009

BLUESKIN PLAYCENTRE (column)

BLUESKIN PLAYCENTRE

by Marion Rucker

We have had an action packed, fun month at Playcentre. We started the
month wishing Max a Happy 4th Birthday and enjoying a yummy morning
tea. We have had lots of messy play this month with foam, glug, clay,
painting our feet and bodies in some cases, along with lots of water
play. During one session the sand pit became a jungle for the
dinosaurs and wild animals to live in.

We have enjoyed a trip to Doctors Point Beach to collect shells and a
visit to Portobello aquarium to learn more about sea creatures. In
December we look forward to playing ripper rugby in association with
Sport Otago. We've done a lot of baking of various muffins and
cookies, made smoothies and chocolates and enjoyed eating these at
sharing time.

Our children are enjoying our carpentry area which has been renewed
with a new table and tools. Thanks to a grant from Dunedin Casino
Trust we will be upgrading our baby sleeping area over Christmas with
the purchase of a new double cot.

At the end of term we will say a sad farewell to Tessa and Lisa. Tessa
will be starting at Room 3 at Waitati School in the New Year. Lisa has
been involved with Playcentre for 12 years with all four of her
children attending. Over these years she has made an invaluable
contribution to Playcentre. Tessa was the driving force
behind our bike track which children are still enjoying, while her knowledge
of grants has seen many areas renewed and equipment replaced. During 2009
she has volunteered on our supervision team, she will be sadly missed and
we wish her well.

Blueskin Playcentre is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Why not join
us for afternoon tea on Saturday 12 December 2009 at 2pm, at Waitati
Hall and help us put together our history. Bring a plate, your photos
and your early childhood memories. For more information contact Marion
on 482 1395.

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Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Nov 20

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

Vandalism has reared its ugly head in Waitati with an incident last Sunday which hampered birthday celebrations for Blueskin Nursery. Trees were deliberately damaged and tampered with. The police would like to know if you saw anything suspicious and are advising additional vigilance for local residents. They say it would be a good idea to keep houses and out-buildings locked.

Waitati School’s community quiz night is on this evening from 7pm. It costs $5 per person and drinks are BYO. There will also be a cafĂ©-style supper and a bottle auction. This fundraiser for the school, for sports gear, IT equipment and school camp, will be held at the Waitati Hall.

Another fundraiser is being held on Sunday, this time for the Blueskin Playcentre. A 20-minute photography sitting is offered by an award-winning photographer and a large photo of your choice will be available for just $10. Phone Blueskin Playcentre for details.

There are two community group meetings on Monday night. The Truby King Reserve Committee meeting will be held at 7pm, and the Blueskin A&P Society AGM is on at 7.30pm, at the fire station, Waitati.

The Waitati  Film Society’s offering this week is the excellent New Zealand movie In My Father’s Den.  If you haven’t yet seen this, don’t miss this special screening at Bill’s Place on Orokonui Rd from 8pm.

The Blueskin Bay local volunteer news website can be found at www.blueskin.co.nz.

 

Thursday, 19 November 2009

DCC may double Mt Cargill speed limit

DCC may double Mt Cargill speed limit

by Peter Dowden

A review of speed limits on rural roads around Dunedin by DCC traffic engineers
suggests that North Rd, twisting and climbing from North East Valley
toward Mount Cargill, should have its speed doubled from 50 to
100km/h.

The upper portion of Norwood Street is similarly listed in the report,
in spite of only being single-lane.

The report concludes that many roads have speed limits inconsistent
with national standards.

Two sections of Coast Rd were suggested for speed increase: Evansdale
to Warrington and another section near Karitane, both to be sped up
from 80 to 100km/h.

The report noted that national speed ratings relate mainly to the
level of roadside development (buildings and driveways), but that they
do take curviness into account.

Roads suggested for speed decrease include Blueskin Rd, from 100 to 50km/h.

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The Ancient family of great love exhibition at Blueskin Bay Library

The Ancient family of great love exhibition at Blueskin Bay Library

by Louise Booth

The Ancient family of great love - TE WHANAU AROHANUI

Saturday 28 November 10 - 4pm and Sunday 10 - 4pm

To celebrate the partnership between Te Wananga o Aotearoa and the
Blueskin Bay Library

To celebrate the Taonga that the level 4 - 6 Raranga (Weaving)
students have created.

In addition some Taonga - Treasures will be displayed at the Blueskin
Bay library 30 November - 4 December during opening hours. Some of the
Taonga will also be for sale.

For more information contact Louise at the Blueskin Bay Library on 482 2444

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Story from Otago Daily Times Online

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Positive impact on surf club [1]
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[2]

Otago lifeguard of the year Pru Casey is as comfortable with a pen and a
clipboard as she is with rescue apparatus.


[1] http://www.odt.co.nz/the-regions/otago/82506/positive-impact-surf-club
[2] http://www.odt.co.nz/the-regions/otago/82506/positive-impact-surf-club

Warrington surf patrol ready for a new season

This season's Warrington surf patrol members gather on Sunday 15
November at the beach to refresh their life saving qualifications
(from left): Johnny Kelly, Sam Todd, Sam Thomas, Allan Todd
(obscured), Jake Shearstone (arms folded), Pete Russell, Max Corboy,
Chris Groenewegen, Byron Dodge (rear), Aimee-Leigh Rainbow,  Phil
Clayton (rear), Sarah Henderson, Eilsh Thomson, Connor Beaton (rear),
Elise Doyle, Robert Bloem (rear), Immy Doyle, Peter Dowden (rear),
Mark Familton, Jack Turner, Cameron Wallace, Arthur Ibbotson, Hamich
McCulloch (rear), Jimmy Brown, Joe Anderson (rear), Matt Kelly
(obscured); seated at front are: Cherie Oldham, Simon Cox, Charlotte
Ibbotson, Kim Martyn, Rebecca Henderson, Talia Oldham, Dom Harrison,
Fiona Nicholl, Linda Groenewegen. Photo by Pru Casey.

MP Clinic times for December

PETE HODGSON
MP Dunedin North

Next MP clinics for your
community are:

Monday 21st December 2009
1:30pm Waikouaiti Library
2:30pm Waitati Library

Ph: 03 4741973
Fax: 03 4749913
Email: pete@petehodgson.co.nz
32 Albany Street, Dunedin

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Vandalism incident in Waitati

Vandalism incident in Waitati

by Louise Booth

There was another vandalism incident in Waitati on Sunday 15 November.
Trees from the Blueskin Nursery were deliberately damaged and tampered
with. Please make sure you let the police know if you notice anything
suspicious. It would also be a a good idea to keep your houses locked.

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Saturday, 14 November 2009

WARRINGTON SCHOOL (column)

WARRINGTON SCHOOL

by school staff and parents

Warrington pupils represented the school well at the East Otago
athletics. A group who met regional standards will now be competing
next week in the Otago
Primary School Championship Athletics.

Over the last two years the school has been working towards
implementing the new National Curriculum that comes into operation in
2010. This great document has had wide consultation over a few years,
thorough educational research and will allow children to experience
success in broad range of areas.

This week the new National Standards arrived in the school – these
have been put together in a few months with little consultation, poor
research and will narrow the curriculum's focus to writing, reading
and maths. For Warrington School very little will change, we already
use nationally recognised standards for our
assessment and report twice yearly on pupil's progress in plain language.

The implied message from these standards is; science, technology, the
arts, PE, Health, Maori, EOTC and Environmental Education no longer
matter and that everyone in NZ has to be literate and numerate. What a
sad place school will be if this type of nonsense continues, it also
shows little foresight by the Minister of
Education in the varied skills required to create a diverse and
multi­talented nation.

The School pool has just received a "perfect water balance rating"
ready for its opening.

A meeting held at the school to look at the feasibility of
establishing a radio station at Warrington School showed that all
concerns of the Board would be met and it looks like a community radio
station will be set up in the school. There is a competition for
children within the community to create a logo for "Blueskin Bay FM
87.2"

Welcome to our teacher trainees Abby in Room 1 and Anna in Room 2.

'No Plastic November' supported by the Waikouaiti Coast Community
Board sponsored lots of cloth shopping bags for pupils to paint.
These are still available for sale from the shop at Waitati – proceeds
from the sale of these bags goes to the school.

The year 7 and 8s spent a wakeful night in tents on Rabbit Island in
November in wild wind. They faired well in such adverse conditions,
cooking over an open fire, building sand sculptures and even managing
to remove other people's rubbish from the island before wading their
way home across the bay.

Friends of Warrington School have been selling calendars and greeting cards
based on children's artwork and photos, as well as Fair Trade
products. We have also begun planning our school fair. To make this
event a success we really need support and commitment from everyone.

DATES

Monday 8-Friday 11 December: Year 5-8 Camp Waianakarua, Middle School
Sleep-over and Junior activity week.

Tuesday 15 December: Road Race 9:15 and picnic 6pm

Thursday 17 December Road Race 9:15 and picnic 6pm (postponement day)

Friday 18 December: End of School Year at 1.30pm

Website: http://wikieducator.org/Warrington_School

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Friday, 13 November 2009

Gallery on Blueskin: new work

by Louise Burnside

Gallery on Blueskin invites you to view new work by Jenna Packer
(recently exhibited in Wellington) and showcasing jewellery by Bob
Wyber
(new to Gallery on Blueskin).

Congratulations go to Sarah McKay (1st place) & Gwyneth (2nd place) in
the 'People's Choice' voting of the Eco-Bag Competition.

Just a few more days to view this fabulous exhibition of craft.

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Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Nov 13

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

Results are in and votes have been counted. Congratulations go to Sarah McKay for winning the 'People's Choice' award in the Eco-Bag Competition. This was held as part of No-Plastic November where we are all encouraged to forgo plastic bags in favour of natural products which don’t hurt the environment. Entries in the Eco-Bag competition are on display at Gallery on Blueskin for a few more days.

MP Pete Hodgson makes his regular trek to the Coast next week. He will meet with members of the community at Blueskin Library at 2.30 on Monday afternoon.

Also on the political front, the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board meets at the Surf Club at Warrington on Wednesday at 5.30pm. These meetings are also open to members of the public.

Two new exhibitions have opened at Gallery on Blueskin. New work is on display by etching artist Jenna Packer and jeweller Bob Wyber. Bob attempts to work sustainably, maximising his use of recycled materials and using New Zealand sourced jade and gemstones.

Finally, a reminder that there are Qi-Gong classes every Tuesday night from 6.30pm at the Waitati Hall, and Tae Kwon Do each Monday and Wednesday from 6pm at the Warrington Hall.

The Blueskin Bay local volunteer news website can be found at www.blueskin.co.nz.

 

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Late night shopping at Seacliff

Late night shopping at Seacliff

by Liz Abbott and Rudie Verhoef

In addition to the usual Sunday market we are having a special 'Late
Night Shopping' Coast Road Market on Friday 18 December from 5-8pm.

The Coast Road Market at Seacliff is on the first Sunday of every
month from 11am-2pm, rain or shine.

There are arts, crafts, food, plants, produce, bric-a-brac and sundries
Free stalls are available and kids' stalls are welcome. Phone 465 7990
for further information.

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Friday, 6 November 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Nov 6

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

An amateur radio station put together by local radio enthusiasts will soon be heard across Blueskin Bay. The station will allow locals to host their own shows, while remaining airtime will relay Puketapu Radio from Palmerston. A local host has agreed to accommodate a transmitter and studio, while technical support has also been pledged. Blueskin Media, which publishes 'Blueskin News', will provide news content for the station.

Join the working bee at Seacliff’s Truby King Reserve this Sunday from 10am. This will include plant release, weeding and inspection of the old stone cross. Please provide your own gardening implements and gloves, and meet at the tennis court at the Russell Rd entrance.

Tuesday’s Waitati Film Society night features several contemporary New Zealand shorts. They are ‘Clean Linen’, ‘Fog’, ‘Run’, ‘Take 3’, ‘The Graffiti of Mr Tupaia’ and ‘Coffee and Allah’. Movies are shown at Bill’s place on Orokonui Rd, at 8pm.

The Blueskin Garden Club meets next Thursday night. The evening will take in three local gardens plus a wander around the St Barnabas church and grounds. The meeting point is the St Barnabas Church car park on Coast Road at Warrington at 10-to-7.

Finally, a reminder that there are Qi-Gong classes every Tuesday night from 6.30pm at the Waitati Hall, and Tae Kwon Do each Monday and Wednesday from 6pm at the Warrington Hall.

The Blueskin Bay local volunteer news website can be found at www.blueskin.co.nz.

 

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Blueskin News PDF for October 2009

Here is a link to our news archive where this momnth's PDF can be downloaded:

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

Please note this month's issue contains the wrong Cal;endar of Events.
The correct calendar can also be downloaded.

Blueskin News has forwarded a page to you from Channel 9 | Online

Blueskin News thought you would like to see this page from the Channel 9 | Online web site.
Message from Sender:

Blueski Bay FM 88.7 got a mensh on Channel 9.

Blueskin Bay is soon to receive Blueskin FM, an amateur radio station put together by local radio enthusiasts.

The station will allow locals to host their own shows, while remaining airtime will relay the Puketapu Radio broadcast from Palmerston, which currently has a poor signal around the Bay.

LOCAL BUSINESS: Warrington agent enjoys working the Northline

LOCAL BUSINESS: Warrington agent enjoys working the Northline

By Bill Campbell

The skills needed in real estate include good negotiating skills,
Northline salesperson for Metro Realty Hannah Randall, of Warrington,
told 'The Review' recently. All real estate salespeople must have a
salespersons certificate. A strong understanding of the market and
good communication skills are essential.

Selling a property can be stressful for people. It is necessary to
gain their confidence and develop a realistic marketing plan for the
property, Hannah said.

Hannah enjoys the interaction with clients and meeting people. She has
skills in photography and in writing scripts. It is exciting dealing
with buyers as they seek the home they want in the Northline area.

It is a privilege to work on the Northline area between Waitati and
Moeraki. Hannah enjoys the job and working with the team at Metro
Realty The area has the advantages of stunning landscape and easy
access to Dunedin. People can be looking for a holiday home or to move
and live in the area. People enjoy living in the small communities on
the coast with great schooling facilities and strong communities, she
said.

(Reprinted by kind permission of 'The Review')

Three campervan bullies go to jail, fourth goes home

Three of the 20 or so people who attacked and nearly destroyed the
campervan of an elderly couple visiting Warrington Domain last Autumn
were jailed this week for criminal damage. A fourth received home
detention.

More: http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/80651/attack-destroys-couple039s-dreams

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Friday, 30 October 2009

Gallery on Blueskin exhibition

Gallery on Blueskin invites you all to the Campaign Opening of

"No-Plastic November"

this Sunday, November 1

2pm

Handmade Bag Exhibition and Sale.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday October 30

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

Sunday is the first of November, which means it’s Seacliff market time again. The market is held on Coast Road at Seacliff from 11am to 2pm, rain or shine. It’s a great place to buy plants, preserves and produce. New stallholders are welcome.

Amateur broadcasting enthusiasts are getting together on Monday at a public meeting to launch ‘Blueskin FM’, a local radio station for Blueskin Bay. The station will allow locals to host their own shows, while remaining airtime will relay the Puketapu Radio broadcast from Palmerston. The public meeting will be held at Warrington School, at 7pm, when it is hoped local people will form a management committee to run the station.

Need some relaxation in your stressful life? Try Qi-Gong classes. These are held on Tuesday nights at 6.30pm at the Waitati Hall. Everyone is welcome.

If you prefer something sporty, then Tae Kwon Do might be the answer. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 6 and 7.30pm at the Warrington Hall.

The Blueskin Bay local volunteer news website can be found at www.blueskin.co.nz.

 

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

POLICE COMMUNITY REPORT (column)

POLICE COMMUNITY REPORT

by Constable Jon-Paul Tremain, New Zealand Police, Waikouaiti

This month I would like to mention the new crime fighting tool
"Crimestoppers". Crimestoppers is an independent, 24/7 crime
information line in which members of the public can provide anonymous
information to New Zealand Police.

Crimestoppers was established in the UK about 21 years ago and has
proven to be a successful tool in helping police uncover and solve
crime. During its 21 years it has received over 1 million actionable
calls which have resulted in over 90,000 arrests. Similar programmes
are now up and running in other countries around the world.

Calls to Crimestoppers New Zealand will for the first 12 months be
taken by experienced call operators based in the UK, useful
information received by the line which is not of direct interest to
police will be passed on to other organisations such as ACC or CYFS.

This is a unique tool for both the public and police as it is
independent from police in terms of management and funding, and
importantly the system is based on anonymity. Police will not be able
to execute search warrants or trace calls to obtain identity details,
callers than therefore call with information in confidence.

Crimestoppers' call free number is 0800 555 111.

In emergencies dial 111.

If you see anything suspicious or if you wish to speak to the local
Police regarding any other matter you can contact us on 03 465 9127.

If you require information regarding road conditions, telephone New
Zealand Transport Agency on 0800 44 44 49.

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Saturday, 24 October 2009

FICTION: Rubbish is Rubbish

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From: Blueskin Media <blueskin.input@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 13:29:40 +1300
Subject: Rubbish is Rubbish
To: Craig Marshall <blueskin.production@mac.com>

By Mira Neuman

My name is Mira Neuman, I am 10 years old and I go to Warrington
School. In September I entered this story in a DOC competition, and I
won. The prize was to be a DOC Ranger for a day. I could choose to go
with a coastal ranger, a skink ranger, a fresh water fish ranger, a
recreational and historic ranger or a threatened plant ranger. I
choose to go with the coastal ranger, Jim Fyfe.

On Tuesday 13 October my Mum and I went with him to look for female
sea lions on the Otago Peninsula. They are very rare. We saw two
8-month-old babies, one mother and some males. I learnt how to use a
VHF tracker, but we didn't hear any beeps. We had a great time and
learnt heaps.

November is No Plastic Bags Month, so I thought you might like to read my story:

RUBBISH IS RUBBISH

Chapter 1

"Mum, can we buy this cake?" asked Georgia. The supermarket was packed.

"I don't know, " said Mum.

"Please" pleaded Georgia. Her little brother Henry managed to say "Peese Mum".

"Well alright" said her Mother, groaning "That's another 10 cents for
another plastic bag"

They paid their money and left the shop.

Chapter 2

Eva flicked her long dolphin tail and sped after Sara.

"Hey Eva, watch out!"

"Tag!"

Another one of her dolphin friends flicked her on the back. Eva spun
in the water and gave chase to her third little dolphin friend. Her
pod was heading to Warrington Beach, with no idea that they were
heading for the worst summer ever.

Chapter 3

Georgia, her Mum and her little brother got into the car. Georgia's
Dad was waiting for them. "What did you get for tea?" he asked.

"Cake" smiled Georgia.

"We will get to Warrington beach in about 20 minutes now," her Mum butted in.

Chapter 4

The pod was gaining ground and Eva's Mother told her that they would
get there in about three hours. But Eva was getting tired and asked
her Mother if they could stop for a bit to rest. Since her Mother was
the leader of the pod she stopped the pod for some rest.

Chapter 5

The family ate their cake slowly and finished it in Warrington. Her
Dad said "Why should we keep this plastic bag, let's chuck it out the
window." He opened the window and threw it out.

They sped away laughing.

The plastic bag lay there, then the strong wind picked it up and the
bag sped across the ground, into the air and down towards the sea.

Chapter 6

Finally the pod reached Warrington and rested again, but they did not
know that the next day would change their lives forever. Eva woke up
first and awoke her Mum. At the top of the surf there were what looked
like jellyfish.

Chapter 7

The bag flew into the ocean right above a pod of dolphins with a baby
in the middle. It did not sink.

Chapter 8

The dolphins looked up. Her mother shot out of the water and snapped
one up. So did another mother, and then an another. Then suddenly her
mother choked and coughed.

Chapter 9

The plastic bag got stuck in her throat. She screamed and then sank
down as if she had an arrow in her tummy, and was gone.

"Nooooooo" shouted Eva as the two other Mothers choked and slipped
down into the cool dark depths of the sea.

Chapter 10

The pod did not know what to do, but they did know something. They had
to get away from there. They fled, swimming as fast as they could. Eva
did not know what to do, the leader of the pod was dead. Thousands of
questions raced through her head.

"Why? her pod?" Who? will be the new leader?"

Chapter 11

The pod had a vote on who should be the new leader. Nine dolphins
chose Meg, an older dolphin, but 14 chose Eva. She was almost old
enough anyway, and would take over her Mother's position as the
leader. But Eva did not know what to do. If her Mother were there she
would have showed Eva what to do.

Chapter 12

"Hey Georgia, should we go to the beach? Dad asked.

Georgia nodded, "How long to go now?"

Mum turned and said "About 10 minutes at the least"

It seemed to take them about 20 minutes but they only took 12. When
they got to the beach they saw a huge truck with the words "Save the
Dolphins" on it.

Chapter 13

The pod was away from Warrington by now and in good condition, but all
were really sad about their dead friends. Now they were heading for
warmer waters. Eva was beginning to get really good at being the
leader. One of the babies without mothers got a new mother but two
died as well.

Chapter 14

Georgia saw a man in a bright orange top and went over to see what he
was looking at. It was a dead dolphin.

"Pity this one looks like a leader who had a calf" said the man. He
got out his knife. Georgia did not want to watch but afterwards she
went over to the man and saw a plastic bag that looked somehow
familiar.

"Another bag, and this one's got a bit of plastic in it too." He read
it, "Double Chocolate Mud Cake."

"But that's what we had" said Georgia.

Chapter 15

One Year Later

The pod grew, new babies came. Eva did not dare to go to Warrington
again, but she had to, and this time there was no rubbish to kill any
of her pod so she let them stay there for a bit longer than usual.

Chapter 16

Georgia's family was sorry for the loss of a dolphin and gave 'Save
the Dolphins' $200, not knowing that they had killed it. But they
never threw rubbish out of the window again.


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Friday, 23 October 2009

FEATURE: Counting down to a new world free of plastic

Counting down to a new world free of plastic

by Nancy Higgins

I admit it: I forgot my 'no plastic' bags the otherday while food
shopping. Our Waikouaiti Coast-wide 'no plastic, November' doesn't
begin until a couple of weeks, so I thought to myself: "Oh well,
Nancy, just buy some plastic bags. After all, the money is going to
towards the environment, and then you will have some to recycle at the
'no plastic November campaign opening."

"Sorry," said the checkout girl, "You can't buy them anymore. We have
to give them to you for free." I was dismayed. Here I was with my
wallet open, and they were refusing my money, and insisting that I
must take the bags for free. But I like the idea of paying for them. I
feel I should pay in some way to make up for the damage that the bags
may do in the future (there is a quiz in this 'Blueskin News' to find
out what damage can be done).

The checkout girl agreed and said that all of her customers were happy
to pay for them. The 'bagging girl' joined in. She couldn't understand
either why they were now free. They both said they didn't know who had
made the decision at New World to stop charging. If they were asked,
they would have said that Dunedinites understand. They are way ahead
of the game, and intelligent. After all, this is a University town.

Well, we here in Blueskin Bay must be geniuses then, because our 'No
plastic November' is going ahead. We won't renege. We are going to
encourage everyone to have a whole month of 'no plastic' bags. The
schools have just about completed their decorations on the eco-bags
that they will be selling as a fundraiser. The Gallery on Blueskin is
accepting 'no plastic' bag art for the campaign opening on November 1.
And, the recyclers are gearing up to take all of the plastic bags that
we can give them on plastic bag amnesty day, which is, of course, on
November 1. Blueskin Bay and the Waikaoaiti Coast are stepping up,
while New World steps back.

Counting down to a new world free of plastic

Sam Burnside-Woods and Tessa Burnside Woods model their newly-created
bags at the Waitati 'No Plastic' bag making workshop in October.
Photos by Nancy Higgins.

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