Friday, 30 January 2009

Story from Otago Daily Times Online

Cycle hazard highlighted

Cycle hazard highlighted

Two Waikouaiti Coast Community Board members have highlighted a "missing link" of roadway in their quest to improve cycle safety in the area.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Waitati Neighbourhood Support (column)

Waitati Neighbourhood Support

New Year's Greetings. There have been a number of break-ins around the
Waitati area recently. Both the Waitati School and Blueskin Nursery
have been burgled. Also a number of cars have been tampered with. If
you see or hear anything suspicious please ring the Port Chalmers
Police on 472 8822.

Anybody living in Waitati who would like to join our neighbourhood
support group can contact Louise at the library.

A social event will be organized soon.

by Louise Booth

Our Library Banner is back

Our Library Banner is back!

And it needs you!

There are only 6 letters left to do –

Would you like to decorate one?

Please ask at the desk for more info or phone 4822444

Many thanks to Doris Whyte & the East Otago Embroidery Guild for their
wonderful contributions to this project.

by Louise Booth

News flash: Date set for Blueskin A&P Show

Preliminary Notice

Blueskin A&P Show and Clearing Sale will be held on
Saturday April 4 at 1pm.
More details soon!

by Louise Booth

Blueskin Bay news for Friday January 30

Blueskin Bay news for Friday January 30

 

There have been a number of break-ins recently in Waitati and residents are advised to be vigilant about securely locking their homes and vehicles. Both the Blueskin Nursery and Café, and the Waitati School have been targeted. Plans are underway to organize a local neighbourhood watch-style group in order to combat a recurrence of these incidences.

 

The monthly Seacliff market will be held this Sunday, on the main road at Seacliff. Last month saw a record number of both stall holders and customers, thanks to the holidays and fine weather. A wide variety of new and used goods will be on sale from 11am to 2pm, including plants, food, books and bric-a-brac.

If you are interested in supporting women affected by rape or sexual abuse, the Rape Crisis Volunteer Training Programme 2009 will take place in April. If you are a good listener, keen to learn new and valuable skills and are interested in working in a collective Rape Crisis would like to hear from you. For more information please phone 474 1592.

The Orokonui Ecosanctuary is now open for guided tours. Bookings are essential. Tours cost $20 adult, $10 child with half prices for members. Tours are for 1½ hours for a maximum of 10 people per guide. For enquiries phone 482 1755.

The Waitati Toy Library reopens for business next Saturday, February 7, at the Waitati Hall. An exciting range of toys, books and puzzles toy library will be available between 10.30am and 11.30am.

 

By Lynnaire Johnston

 

Monday, 26 January 2009

POLICE COMMUNITY REPORT

POLICE COMMUNITY REPORT

Tena koutou katoa, Happy New Year from the Waikouaiti Police.

In late December 2008, police attended a burglary at a commercial
property at Evansdale. The offender was a Central Otago youth who has
links to the area; he has been spoken to by police and admitted a
string of offending since leaving home shortly after Christmas.
Residents in Evansdale are advised to continue be vigilant and report
anything suspicious to police.

On the 20th of December 2008, police were called to a serious crash
which occurred at the intersection of Coast Road and State Highway One
Evansdale. The female driver of one of the vehicles involved received
serious injuries and was taken to Dunedin Hospital.

Police from Waikouaiti and Dunedin attended the annual Waikouaiti New
Years Race Day; it was an enjoyable day with no reported incidents as
expected.

Remember the warm weather brings with it the opportunity to socialise
outdoors, please be considerate of others including neighbours, and
remember host responsibility. Don't allow your mates or family members
to drive home if they have been drinking.

If you require information regarding road conditions telephone Transit
New Zealand on 0800 44 44 49. If you see anything suspicious or if you
wish to speak to the Police regarding any other matter you can contact
us on 03 465 9127. In emergencies dial 111. Until next month, take
care.

by Constable Jon-Paul Tremain
NZ Police, Waikouaiti

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Friday, 23 January 2009

WAITATI FILM SOCIETY column

WAITATI FILM SOCIETY

We start the year again with forthnightly screenings, the first being
held on Tuesday, 17 February at 8pm. Come along to Bill's Place,
corner Orokonui and Mt. Cargill Roads. Membership for one year is $55
and covers 29 nights of entertainment. But we also have some
additional special screenings planned. We offer Drama, comedy, history
or just plain entertainment in a warm, pleasant environment with
convivial company. For info ring Brigitte 482-2829 or Leonie
482-2508.

by Leonie Rousselot


Tuesday, 17 February

SCIENCE OF SLEEP (DVD)

France 2006

Cinemagician Michel Gondry (Be Kind Rewind) returns to his native
France to direct his own original screenplay, delving deep, with his
own sweet brand of uninhibited delight, into the subconscious lives of
two people in love. This film is set in the far reaches of inner
space, namely the surreal, fanciful dream world of one shy guy,
Stéfane. 105 min.

Tuesday, 3 March

BRICK (DVD)

USA 2005

Brick is an inspired fusion of teenage confidential and hard-boiled
'film noir' set in the mean corridors and power cliques of a
contemporary Southern California high school. It starts, as all good
detective stories should, with the disappearance of a young dame, who
has just enough time to make a desperate appeal to her ex-boyfriend
for help before vanishing. 110 min.

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WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS column

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS

Happy new Julian year! By the time you read this column, three things
will have happened: (1) Jason's summer pruning work shop, (2) the
Edible garden tours - if you missed out on these events and are
wondering how on this good great earth you to let their prolific
success drift past you like the last few surviving whitebait, you can
email or ring me (misslucyjack @ hotmail . com , 03 4821773) to be
included in our mailing list
for a heads up next time.

I said three: (3) the weeds at the Waitati School edible garden
will have grown enormous during the school holidays. Anyone/everyone
with spare time (or not) should call Michaela Wilson (03 4822888) or,
even better, go over there with a bunch of mates and get your hands
dirty and make it nice before the kids get back to school.

HARVEST MARKET

This market will run every THIRD SUNDAY of the month starting Sunday
15 February, so get your Blueskin Bay grown or made goodies together
in a basket or a barrow (fruits, veg,
pickles, jam, honey, eggs), and get down to the Old Waitati Stores,
Harvey Sreet, Waitati (near the Waitati River bridge) for some trade
and barter with your neighbors. Call Rayna (482 2504) for more info or
to organise selling space.

Ask Aunt Lucy

Could someone please write to me and ask me a gardening
question? I can't make them all up, you know! Write to: misslucyjack @
hotmail . com

XX-Aunt Lucy

by Lucy Jack


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WARRINGTON PLAYCENTRE (column)

WARRINGTON PLAYCENTRE

What a fabulous summer we have had, and hopefully we can continue to
enjoy this great weather as we welcome the first term of 2009. Having
fine days means we can really get outdoors and explore.

Towards the end of last year we had a nature trip to Evansdale Glen, a
morning at Warrington Beach and our end of year party at the Truby
King Reserve in Seacliff. It is wonderful to have such special places
on our doorstep that we can use and make a part of our adventures.

Special thankyou to all on our supervision team: Christine, Jan,
Mireka and Laura for making 2008 such a successful year.

We have a number of children off to school this term that we will
surely miss – Playcentre will seem very quiet without you! Best wishes
to Olive-Coco, Floyd, Dion, Harry and Zach – have fun!

We always welcome new people at our centre – so if you would like to
drop in and have a cuppa, a chat and a play please do. Warrington
Playcentre is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 12pm.
Contact person is Rowan Holt, president 482 2153.

by Rowan Holt

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Classified Ad: Child educator wanted

CHILD EDUCATOR WANTED Warrington Playcentre need a new member to join
our supervision team at our vibrant playcentre. If you have Course 2
or above, or any qualification in early childhood education, please
enquire. Days are flexible and hours are negotiable. Phone or email
Rowan Holt, President, 482 2153 fantail @ callsouth . net . nz .

DEREK'S GARDEN DIARY: The February garden

DEREK'S GARDEN DIARY

The February garden

It is now a year since I first started writing this column so not only
do I risk repeating myself but from now on evidence of my inconsistent
approach to gardening will accumulate monthly. Letters to the editor
are welcome.

By the first week or so of February you should have organised all of
your winter vegetables. It really is too late to plant seeds of
brassicas (cabbagey things) so now you will have to buy, beg or steal
plants of broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbages and cauliflowers
and plant them out as soon as possible. Likewise leeks and celery. All
of these like the soil slightly alkaline, so toss on some lime before
planting. Brassicas also like seaweed and are not averse to the salty
unwashed stuff (wild cabbages grow on sea cliffs) and if you collect
it from the shelly part of the beach, you may well be able to dispense
with the lime.

You can still sow seeds of carrots, spring onions, speedier leafy
greens like lettuce, silver beet and the increasing variety of
vegetables eaten when little more than spindly seedlings. My dad, who
grew good solid cabbages big enough to threaten the suspension of his
Morris minor, would have called them rabbit food. Mesclun is a mix of
these leafy greens and includes mizuna, mibuna (brassicas again),
kailaan and tatsoi (types of chinese broccoli and cabbage), lollo
rossa, romaine, curly, oak leaved, frilly, red and green lettuce,
endives, raddichio, rocket, cresses, beets, purslanes and parsley . .
. all of which can be sown now and grown separately if you prefer.

My runner beans are entwined with sweet peas and flanked by sunflowers
which provide support for the more wayward vines, but which in turn
can be tied up to the bean poles in their heavy-headed,
round-shouldered old age. It's a good idea to have your vegetables all
jumbled up together, and jostled by flowers and herbs. This variety
and chaos ensures that different things are sucked out of and put back
into the soil. Unwanted insects are confused; the scent of carrots is
hidden from carrot fly with essence of calendula, feverfew and onion.
The flowers attract beneficial insects, predatory hoverflies and bees
to pollinate beans and peas.

For Pieris rapae, the cabbage white butterfly, your garden is an
insect heaven; fast-food nectar and pollen, and larval food plants.
This pale, ethereal beauty was first found in Hawkes Bay in 1930 but
within six years, cabbage and turnip growers throughout New Zealand
had to deal with its green caterpillars. Unless you do something about
it those caterpillars will demolish the small brassica plants you
should be planting now and, by winter, only the leeks will be left
standing.

When the plants are small, the caterpillars and the tiny yellow eggs,
which are usually found underneath the leaves, can be squashed with
finger and thumb but as the plants grow there are far more interesting
things to do on a warm summer evening than to hunt amongst cabbage
leaves for well-camouflaged caterpillars. Last year I suggested a
quick puff of derris dust. You don't need to do it often; twice from
January to April may well be enough. But derris is now no longer
considered acceptable in organic gardens, so you will have to resort
to the caterpillar-killing bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) if you
want to get down to the beach for a swim now and then.

Like many other controls, Bt is sprayed on to plants where it is eaten
by caterpillars and they die within a few days. As it is soluble only
in the guts of butterfly and moth caterpillars, the stuff appears to
be safe for humans, animals and most other insects.

This is the same "Bt" by the way, that you see in the "Bt crops" that
are now commercially grown in the USA; "Bt corn", "Bt potato", "Bt
cotton" and "Bt soybean". Since 1996, crop plants have been
genetically engineered to contain a gene from Bacillus thuringiensis
so that insects that feed on the crops are killed. Indications are
that the bacterium is becoming less effective as resistance develops
to the toxin due to perpetual, long term exposure. Another reason to
oppose genetic engineering of plants in New Zealand.

by Derek Onley

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WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB (column)

WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB

This summer we have welcomed many new members to our club, we now have
over 50 junior members and the club is in great shape.

Three of our girls have been selected for the Under 14 development
squad: Sarah, Rebecca and Talia. They are training hard and hope to be
chosen for the team to travel to the North Island.

Our volunteer patrols have been very busy over summer weekends, while
professional lifeguards have been patrolling on summer weekdays,
partly financed by Dunedin City Council ratepayers.

Our lifeguards really appreciate swimmers and boogie boarders who stay
between the flags: it is easier to keep an eye on you all in the
water.

Don't forget if you are boogie boarding you should be wearing flippers
for extra safety in the water.

The Surf Club buildings are at their best ever thanks to the help of
our hard-working members who have painted the outside of the new
blockwork, made a path and steps and mended a large hole under the
A-frame. Our new buildings are now complete and ready for a grand
opening.

The surf life saving event at Kaka Point in December was a great day
from start to finish for Warrington. Special congratulations to Elsa,
top under 8 girl and Ali top under 10 girl. Well done also to the
older competitors, Johnny, Matt,
Jordan, Tarn, Talia, Sarah , Rebecca, Sam, Alan and Cameron. In the
"Bone" canoe race, Ken, Gerard, Jock and Michael were placed 2nd.
Warrington Juniors were placed 2nd out of the six local clubs and came
very close to winning. They are a force to be reckoned with this year!

Congratulations to Rebecca, Arthur and Michael who have all been
chosen for Surf League Teams - go well , go hard. Talia and Sarah and
Matt were also chosen for the squads and will hopefully represent us
next year.

Coming events at Warrington

14-15 February: SOUTHERN REGIONAL OCEAN ATHLETES

Saturday 28 Feb and Sunday 1 March: Senior Otago Champs

Sunday 1 March: Junior Otago Champs

Saturday 7th March: Warrington will host the South Island Inflatable
Rescue Boat champs. A great spectator sport.

Saturday 28 March: Monster Garage Sale. This is an important
fundraiser for our club and a great way to show your support for our
volunteer life guards. You can help by donating goods for sale (except
for clothes) and by supporting our Garage Sale on the day. Full
details in next month's 'Blueskin News'.

A huge thank-you to everyone who supported us in the National Jandal
Day Appeal on December 5th 2008. To all the club members who stood out
collecting donations and selling the very popular Jandal key rings,
thank you! Special thanks to local business folk, Blueskin General
Store, Blueskin Bay Cafe, Blueskin Nursery, Karitane Stores, all the
local shops in Waikouaiti and Palmerston . . . everyone was friendly
and generous and we look forward to an even better day in December
2009. As yet we are still awaiting a final tally of what our club's
share of the money is.

Club Contact: Lyn Hastie 4822896

by Lyn Hastie, Kaye Burns and Peter Dowden

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Updated: Children's activity will be held monthly

Children's activity will be held monthly

Art in the Arvo, a community based arts and performance program for
children will now be held from 2 to 3.30 on the first Saturday of
every month.

The first session will be held on Saturday 7 February at the usual
venue, the Bland Park Pavillion in Waitati.

A meeting was held on 20 January to gauge support for the project,
organiser Sophia Leon de la Barra told 'Blueskin News'.

"The two bits of feedback we got from participants' parents were that
4.30 to 6 was a bit late for the young ones and that
once a month would be better," Sophie said.

"We are taking both suggestions on board and changing the schedule around."

"Since we have had a greater expression of interest regarding music
from adults rather than children, we thought maybe we could organise a
monthly musical jam session as well."

Sophia Leon de la Barra and Miguel Molina offer kids' activities such
as music, drawing, puppet making, treasure hunting and movie making.

"We really need to have parents and kids commit to it as we are
arranging for people to take time out of their day to come and do
something for the kids," Sophia said.

Sophia and Miguel offer kids a chance to say what they want to do and
they are in the process of getting equipment such as musical
instruments.

"If kids want to learn an instrument they need to be here every
month," Sophia said.

by Stacy-Ann Campbell and the editors

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WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT (column)

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT

I hope you've had a good start to the New Year: for the WEP it's been
a busy but productive one! First, however there are a couple of things
from 2008 to catch up on:

1. Waitati Energy Survey: The University of Otago still wants survey
forms back – so please fill in what you can and return your form if
you have it floating around the house. Prizes for the early returners
have already been distributed: congratulations to Ronda Trent (1st
Prize), Louise Burnside (2nd Prize) and Cushla McCarthy (3rd Prize).
Meanwhile I've seen some preliminary results: for example, 70% of
Waitatians want to reduce energy consumption, either to save money or
to conserve the environment – that's great news!

2. Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust: the trust had a meeting on
the 18th of December, 2008, and began fine-tuning the strategic plan.
The good news for the Waitati Energy Project is that the BRCT's focus
at present is in supporting the WEP, which leads me up to the present…

At the tail end of last year, and intensively this year the WEP has
been putting together a funding bid to the Sustainable Management
Fund. We believe we've put together a really strong bid this year,
with our partners (the Otago Energy Research Centre, the Energy
Efficiency and Conservation Authority and Powerhouse Wind) all signing
up for a series of events and activities, and outcomes we're planning
for the next year and a half. When we actually sat down at the end of
last year to assess what had been achieved, we were surprised at how
long the list of accomplishments was, and humbled by the support
received. And it was clear that the momentum had built up to take a
wider approach than just building awareness. This year we'll also
tackle demand more forcefully, increase energy efficiency and begin
developing local generation options, and we will keep you all informed
in upcoming issues of 'Blueskin News'.

The first exciting thing is the progress being made on Powerhouse
Wind's prototype installation. The Waitati site chosen by PHW is
Sabina Lobitz's and Hagen Brueggerman's property at Dons Creek. Hagen
has the bit firmly between his teeth, and we'll be seeing the blade
spinning before winter, I'm betting.

The WEP will be meeting with DCC staff in February to talk about local
micro-generation collaboration, and later in the year there'll be
students measuring wind flow on at least two sites around Waitati.
Look for them on the horizon-line.

Our focus is much broader than just Waitati however, so if you receive
this 'Blueskin News' you're in our zone of activity: we're collecting
names of people interested in bulk insulation purchase, in
retro-fitting and more generally from people wanting to work on making
the transition to more sustainable lifestyles and communities.

You can join the email list by emailing scott.willis@otago.ac.nz or
visit the web-pages (http://www.transitiontowns.org.nz/waitati) or
just come along to the events publicised here and on the noticeboards.
Enjoy your summer, and solar hot-water!

by Scott Willis

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corrected: Karitane Beach Surfing Festival 10th Anniversary

Karitane Beach Surfing Festival 10th Anniversary

When the sun shines and the waves are peaking at a metre or so with
clean lines and a light offshore wind, you've got it right for a
surfing competition. More often, organisers are greeted with a sea
flat as a lake or sloppy on shore, or howling southerlies, or icy
rain.

But despite the conditions the Karitane Beach Surfing Festival has
never lacked entries to run a competition, in the 10 years its been
held.

"Once or twice we've come close to cancelling the day due to lack of
surf," organiser Sally Henderson told 'Blueskin News'.

"But when faces drop and ever enthusiastic surfers keep arriving, we
just get on with it and as nature would have it, usually by midday and
change of tides, the surf comes up and a good competition ensues."

Since the event began in 1999, surfers from age 8 to adults have taken part.

The competitions are organised by Sally Henderson and Vicki Blair and
judged by South Coast Board Riders and attract a
huge group of surfers, including many girls and women, from around
Otago as well as Christchurch, Timaru and Invercargill. The event is
well-known now throughout the surfing calendar.

Many of the local community come along and view the days activities as
a day at the beach.

The festival will take place this year on Sunday 8 March at 9am.

by the editors

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THE BLUESKIN BAYLEAF: Summer Tastes

THE BLUESKIN BAYLEAF

Summer Tastes

I love summer. I love summer fruit. My kids love summer fruit as well,
the only thing is their little tummies are somewhat smaller and often
they can't quite finish that peach or apricot or only eat half a
banana or a quarter of a pottle of yoghurt . . . or a third of a
kiwifruit.

I find myself picking through the fruit bowl each morning and notice
how quickly fresh fruit can spoil in the warm weather. So, to satisfy
my resentment at turfing otherwise perfectly good food and in my bid
to create baking that is as healthy as possible, I've come up with
Summer Cake. Your family and friends will never notice it is their
leftovers!

SUMMER CAKES

150g butter

1/3 cup apple juice

1 large egg

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup bran (or leftover muesli? Haven't tried it but I don't see why not)

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups mixed fruit (for example: mashed banana, mashed kiwifruit,
chopped apple, apricots, peaches)

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

1/2 cup yoghurt (any flavour)

Turn oven to 180°C. Grease a 20cm square tin and line with two layers
of waxed paper, or you could make mini cakes using 12 medium muffin
tins.

Put butter into a big pan. Melt it very gently.

Take it off the heat and let it cool a little. Add juice. Whisk in egg
and sugar.

Add fruit, yoghurt and lemon rind. Mix gently.

Add flour, bran and baking powder. Mix it all well. If it's really too
runny, add an extra 1/4 cup of flour.

Spread evenly into large tin or muffin trays.

For large cake, bake for 1 hour or for mini cakes cook for 15minutes.
Cool in tin for 10 minutes then remove and leave until cold.

Glaze

3/4 cup icing sugar

Juice of one freshly squeezed lemon

1 teaspoon coconut essence. (Note: if this is not yet a staple of your
pantry next to vanilla can I strongly recommend it becomes one? Add it
to shortbread, pavs, Anzacs...lots of things! Often you can't pick up
a strong coconut flavour but it's a secret ingredient, which makes
baking extra 'tasty.')

Mix together thoroughly. Drizzle on top of cake/s. This glaze will
sort of sink into the cake – finish off with a good flurry of shredded
coconut.

by Rowan Holt

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Wednesday, 21 January 2009

BLUESKIN MEDIA (column)

The team of helpers in Blueskin Media, the publishers of 'Blueskin
News' and the blueskin.co.nz website, just keeps on getting bigger.
This month we thank Lynnaire Johnston for taking on the difficult
layout editing job while Craig Marshall is in Antarctica, and we
welcome Stacy-Ann Campbell as our newest Reporter.

There will be a meeting of Blueskin Media this month to discuss our
plans for 2009. Like all of our meetings, this one is open to the
public and everyone is welcome. Our meetings are renowned for
informality and brevity!

The meeting will be at 7pm on Monday 23 February in the Blueskin Bay Library.

by Louise Booth (president)

BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY (column)

BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY

High summer. Sand between your toes. Deep green leaves moving slowly
above your head. Have you got a book?

Winner of our competition to design the cover of our 2008 poetry book.
And the winner is … RUBY HARRIS!

Our competition for the 2008 cover drew some delightful entries, but
Ruby's kereru on its nest won our hearts. You too can admire this
serious-minded bird, when 'Blueskin Poets 2008' is launched and
becomes available for sale. Ruby will receive her prize at the launch.
Congratulations Ruby, and thank you to all who entered. Be planning
your entry for the cover of 'Blueskin Poets 2009'.

'Blueskin Poets 2008'

This has turned into an impressive volume. As well as some amazing
poems, this year we have illustrations for some of the work. It will
be launched on February 20, at 4pm in the Waitati Hall. At this stage
we are unsure of the price, but we will sell copies at cost.
Complementary copies will be given to the Library, and to Waitati and
Warrington schools, who always give great support to this project.

Summer Reading Prize Giving

This too will be on February 20, 4pm in the Hall. We will have a guest
speaker, yet to be named, and prizes and certificates will be awarded
to all of the children who reached their reading goals over the summer
holidays. Usually, this is almost everyone. Hands will be raw from
clapping. It's a great celebration of reading and of what our children
achieve.

Our book recommendations

'The Magician of Hoad' by Margaret Mahy.

Margaret Mahy has a soaring imagination, and it's in full flight in
this novel. Heriot Tarbas is a farm boy, born with strange abilities.
Against his will he is taken to be magician to the King of Hoad, to
create fantastic entertainments for the King's guests, but especially
to read the minds of those who come to court, to assess their
truthfulness. The King, a remote, but well meaning figure, is trying
to create a lasting peace in his warrior society, and has many enemies
in this. It's an exciting tale, complex, and surprising. The blurb
calls it 'cerebral' and it can be read as a fantasy for young adults,
or as a sophisticated exploration of a journey towards wholeness, for
many of the characters, and for the society as a whole. I found it
engrossing.

-- Carolyn

'Contact' by Carl Sagan.

Though I enjoy science fiction, I'd never read any of the fiction
written by this respected man of science before. I intend to find
more of his work. As a leading US astronomer, Sagan worked on the
SETI project, scanning the skies for signs of extraterrestrial
intelligence, and this novel is about a fictional character, Ellie,
who holds a similar position. But on Ellie's watch, such
intelligence is not only found, but comes streaming in from some point
near the star Vega. This story is exciting, surprising and
insightful, and it also includes clear explanations of the astronomy
and physics involved, woven into the story.

-- Carolyn

'Cholas in Bowlers, Journey to Bolivia' by Jane Mundy.

In Bolivia, the Cholas, or indigenous women wear bowler hats. This
image of women in funny hats was almost all that the author knew about
Bolivia, before she set off with a man she had known for only 6
months, to seek adventure in this fascinating country. A good
bedtime read, ideal for summer.

-- Louise

Community Notice: Rape Crisis Needs You – Because We’re Still Needed

Rape Crisis Needs You – Because We're Still Needed

Are you interested in supporting women affected by rape or sexual
abuse? The Rape Crisis Volunteer Training Programme 2009 will take
place this April. If you are a good listener, keen to learn new and
valuable skills and are interested in working in a collective we would
like to hear from you. For more information please contact us.

Rape Crisis Dunedin Inc.

Telephone: (03) 474-1592

Email: rcrisis@xtra.co.nz

Website: www.rapecrisisdunedin.org.nz

Classified Ad (updated version) Naturopathy, Rebirthing, and Herbal Medicine Clinic

Naturopathy, Rebirthing, and Herbal Medicine Clinic Opens at Harmony
Farm, 239 Waitati Valley Rd and monthly at Waitati Hall. Enquiries:
David Baillie, ND, BSc: 0211-22-0910 www.gemstonetherapy.info

Orokonui Ecosanctuary (column)

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

There has been a fantastic start to the Ecosanctuary's new year with
the translocation of 18 jewelled gecko. The 18 include six pregnant
females and were sourced from an area of land where their habitat will
soon be lost. It was a community effort with representatives from STOP
(Save the Otago Peninsula), Dept of Conservation, University of Otago
and Ecosanctuary personnel involved in the spotting and capture of
these beautifully pattered green geckos that once lived in our area.

This is the very first time that a translocation of jewelled gecko has
ever been undertaken. Ongoing monitoring of these notoriously
difficult to see animals is essential (it took some spotters 5 hours
to find one!) and to enable this to happen they have been released
into purpose-built pens. Herpetologist Dr Mandy Tocher is the lead
scientist for this project.

The six juvenile kaka have been at large for two and a half months now
and although some leave the Ecosanctuary at times, they appear happy
to return for company and supplementary food. One kaka was caught by a
falcon and lived to tell the tale – pretty impressive for a
captive-bred bird!

Thank you to those who have rung about sightings of the kaka. These
have included Waitati (Ree St), Orokonui Estuary, Careys Bay, Mihiwaka
and Purakaunui. The kaka are monitored closely within the
Ecosanctuary, but outside sightings add important information to the
whole picture. If you see one please ring the office and leave your
phone number so that we can get back to you for further information.
Please abstain from the temptation of feeding them if they come to
your property as some foods can be harmful to them. Keep cats and dogs
away and don't handle them – they have strong beaks!

The rain and warmth over the Christmas break has encouraged great
plant growth but also weed growth. There are regular weeding days,
often on Mondays and Saturdays. If you would like to help please ring
our planting coordinator Valerie Fay on 482 2806.

The Ecosanctuary is now open for guided tours. Bookings are essential.
Tours cost $20 adult, $10 child with half prices for members. Tours
are for 1½ hours for a maximum of 10 people per guide. Come and see
this fantastic forest restoration project in progress, learn about the
changes that have already been made and support the development of the
Ecosanctuary.

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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Waitati Toy Library (column)

WAITATI TOY LIBRARY

Happy 2009 - we hope you have had a fun and relaxing start to the year
so far. To all our existing members, toy library is now open again and
we look forward to seeing you all very soon. To all our prospective
new families we invite you to come along and see what an exciting
range of toys, books and puzzles toy library has to offer.

We are open at the Waitati Hall each fortnight on the dates listed below:

Saturday 7th February 10.30-11.30am

Monday 9th February 6.30-7.30pm

Saturday 21st February 10.30-11.30am

Monday 23rd February 6.30-7.30pm

Thank you to Jo, Liz and Sharon for running our fundraiser Sausage
Sizzle in January.

If you would like any further information please contact Liz on 482-1450.

by Dawn Hope

Classified ad: Long Beach Neighbourhood Garage Sale; copy for February edition

LONG BEACH NEIGHBOURHOOD GARAGE SALE: Sunday February 8, 9am–12 noon.
"Trash and Treasure", some items free. Organised by Long Beach
Amenities Society. Contact Edna Wheeler 482 1086 or Nic McArthur 482
1615.

Classified ad: Care giver Required Urgently

CAREGIVER REQUIRED URGENTLY A position has become available in Waitati
caring for an elderly gentleman in his own home. You would be part of
a team of workers and required for one or two days, possibly weekends.
5 hours per day and a good hourly rate. If interested phone 4822752 or
4822713.

Coast Road Market: next dates

The next two markets are 1st February and 1st March 2009

You are welcome to have a stall!

Liz Abbott
027 6995390

Karitane Surfing Festival...Wrong Date

I put the date at the bottom of the article about the Karitane Surfing
Festival's 10th Anniversary as Sunday the 9th March but I meant to put
Sunday the 8th March.
Sorry about that, thanks
Sally Henderson

Karitane Beach Surfing Festival 10th Anniversary

Karitane Beach Surfing Festival 10th Anniversary

When the sun shines and the waves are peaking at 3-4 foot with clean
lines and a light offshore wind, you've got it right for a surfing
competition. More often, organisers are greeted with a sea flat as a
lake or sloppy on shore, or howling southerlies, or icy rain.

But despite the conditions the Karitane Beach Surfing Festival has
never lacked entries to run a competition, in the 10 years its been
held.

"Once or twice we've come close to cancelling the day due to lack of
surf," organiser Sally Henderson told 'Blueskin News'.

"But when faces drop and ever enthusiastic surfers keep arriving, we
just get on with it and as nature would have it, usually by midday and
change of tides, the surf comes up and a good competition ensues."

Since the event began in 1999, surfers from age 8 to adults have taken part.

The competitions are now run by South Coast Board Riders and attract
huge group of surfers, including many girls and women, from around
Otago as well as Christchurch, Timaru and Invercargill. The event is
well-known now throughout the surfing calendar.

Many of the local community come along and view the days activities as
a day at the beach.

The festival takes place this year on Sunday 9 March at 9am.

by the editors

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WARRINGTON TAEKWONDO CLUB (column)

Now is the time to act on that New Year resolution to get fit.

You are invited to drop in to the Warrington Taekwondo classes FREE
for one month.

We train every Monday and Wednesday evening 6-7:30pm at Warrington Hall.

We take a holistic approach to training, which includes the
achievement of physical health, harmony of mind and body,
self-confidence and the ability to defend oneself.

If you have any questions contact:

Paul Foley 03- 478-1113

Tim Bain 03-482-2690

Meaghan Kelly 03-482-1020

Eric Ko 03-482-1499

by Tim Bain

More market approach works for Seacliff

Seacliff's Coast Road Market has held its sixth market day since
starting in August 2007. Sunday 4 January provided plenty of sunshine
and the opportunity for everyone to clean up odds and ends and the
chance to show off their selling voices.

Coast Road Market grew from Liz Abbott and Rudie Verhoef's project to
build a cafe in the former Catholic church next to Liz's studio, the
Art Shed. With the building taking a while the couple thought that a
market would be a good way to open up the area as a public place.

Holding a market once a month forces her to open the Art Shed, with
lots of bargains to be had direct from the artist, Liz told 'Blueskin
News'.

Even when the cafe is opened the pair would like the market to
continue as it is a happy occasion and Liz loves the diversity you get
with the different generations selling and the huge range of things
being sold from trampolines to tadpoles.

The market was a good day for local Seacliff child Tad as he sold his
old boxing gloves for a $1 lottery ticket and won $4 on it.

"I'm saving up for a Nintendo game," he said.

The stall gave kids the chance to sell the things they no longer
wanted and things they had made and gave them the chance to have some
money to buy toys from each other.

The Coast Road Market is held on the first Sunday of every month and
runs from 11am to 2pm.

by Stacy-Ann Campbell

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Children's activity seeks parental commitment

Art in the Arvo, a community based arts and performance program for
Waitati children is in desperate need for parental support.

Sophia Leon de la Barra and Miguel Molina offer kids' activities such
as music, drawing, puppet making, treasure hunting and movie making.

"We really need to have parents and kids commit to it as we are
arranging for people to take time out of their day to come and do
something for the kids," Sophia told 'Blueskin News'.

Sophia and Miguel offer kids a chance to say what they want to do and
they are in the process of getting equipment such as music
instruments.

"If kids want to learn an instrument they need to be here every week,"
Sophia says.

A meeting was organised for 20 January to encourage support for the project.

by Stacy-Ann Campbell

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Local librarian drawn to community

The Dunedin Public Library's Blueskin Bay branch librarian Louise
Booth, who recently moved to Waitati after several years of commuting,
says she was drawn to the community as she liked the "feel", the
people and being helpful.

"It felt right here. it seemed the right fit," Louise told 'Blueskin News'.

For five years Louise has been getting in books that local library
users have requested and organising holiday programs whenever she and
the rest of the library team felt there has been a need. These events
have included soirées, Turn off TV Week, book readings and clubs.

Before Louise came to Blueskin Bay Library she completed the Bachelor
of Information Technology as an adult student of Otago Polytechnic.

Louise plans to travel at some stage but says she is not ready to
leave our little community yet.

By Stacy-Ann Campbell

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Harmonious farm internships in Waitati Valley

Waitati Valley natural health practitioner David Baillie is keen to
see people having the chance to learn a sustainable building method –
earth and cob.

The two-day 'Cob Earth Building Workshop' in early February is one of
many learning oppurtunities David hopes to offer at 'Harmony Farm'.

Other courses will be offered over two weeks at a time and
participants will be able to attain certificates at very low cost, by
also volunteering their time at Harmony Farm, David told 'Blueskin
News'. Other courses proposed include: Conscious Living with All
Beings, Forest Gardening and Permaculture , Herbal Medicine, Native
Forest Guardianship and Monitoring, Sustainable Building and Energy
Systems, and Organic Trail Making.

by the editors

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Classified Ad: Naturopathy, Rebirthing, and Herbal Medicine Clinic

Naturopathy, Rebirthing, and Herbal Medicine Clinic now open at
Harmony Farm, 239 Waitati Valley Rd. Enquires: David Baillie:
0211-22-0910 www.gemstonetherapy.info.

Classified Ad: Cob Earth Building Workshop

Cob Earth Building Workshop, 9am – 5pm, Feb 7-8th, Harmony Farm, 239
Waitati Valley Rd. Bookings essential.
www.gemstonetherapy.info/courses.htm or ph: 0211-22-0910.

Mouse comes to New Year’s dinner

Upper Waitati Valley farmers David and Lorraine were enjoying their
first dinner of the year in Upper Waitati when a little mouse climbed
up to the top of a bag right by their table on the porch, looked at
them and sniffed at their strawberries. When told "You're welcome on
the porch, but don't climb on the table", the mouse climbed on down.

They wondered if it is the same mouse that got shut in Lorraine's
cabin after she had told it to leave. Lorraine came home at the end of
the day to find the edge of her door mat and the door chewed where
they touched each other. Clearly that mouse was trying to get out: ".
. . it was such a long day - I was away about 12 hours," Lorraine told
'Blueskin News'.

A mouse had been making several trips under their noses carrying
papery bark to its nest near David's newly built clinic. It was found
to be a little brown field mouse taking the dry bark from the base of
a Fuchsia tree down to its burrow.

Another mouse had been seen tunnelling in the wood-shavings of the
farm's compost heap and living underneath the black plastic.

The mice have learned that David and Lorraine don't chase them, and
have become quite relaxed in human company, as each species respects
the other's space. As David says "As long as they don't come into the
buildings".

Mice can be spotted where grass quivers as they pass by. Some of it
even bends as they climb up the stems to the seed-heads.

by David Baillie

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House-sit in sunny Warrington available

2-br house in Warrington available for house-sit, Saturday 31 January
and Sunbday 1 February. There are uncomplicated, human-friendly pets
to feed; unfortunately additional pets would not be appropriate.
Please phone 4822441.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Does anyone know this cat?

Does anyone know who this cat belongs to?

He's been in the Waitati area for the last

three months.

If you know, please contact Louise at the

Blueskin Bay library on 482 2444.