Tuesday, 31 March 2009

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT (column)

(editors' note: we had to shorten this column in the April 'Blueskin
News' for space reasons; the full text appears below.)

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT

by Scott Willis

We may be entering autumn, but that doesn't mean things are shutting
up shop on the energy front. Don't miss the Waitati Energy Survey
feedback event in Waitati Hall at 7.30 on the 23rd of April (more
below). And the WEP is now looking intensively at new funding options
as we've just had the sad news we missed out in our bid to the
Sustainable Management Fund. What this means in concrete terms is that
in the short term we scale our ambitions back to what can be achieved
on mostly volunteer labour, but since much has already been achieved
there's no real need to feel too despondent. I'm receiving positive
support from our main partners in response to this news, and can
assure everybody that the two core and active WEP initiatives
(retrofit rollout and renewable generation) will not suffer, while
other things such as the development of a Transition Plan/Local Energy
Strategy and a big Simple Energy Solutions competition are still
happening, or in our sights.

WEP Retrofit Rollout

The big thing this month of course is the WEP Retrofit Rollout. By the
time you read this in print, the retrofitting will have begun, but as
I write in late March, I can only confirm that contracts have been
confirmed and signed, allowing the hard work to begin. And begin it
will! Because of the ambitious nature of this rollout (large number of
homes within a short timeframe), the pre-project stage has been a
little complex, but I've been impressed by all partners in getting
this thing rolling.

Here's what's happening: EnergySmart (the retrofit contractors) have
been compiling the applications, and in collaboration with the WEP an
ongoing retrofit rollout plan is constantly being elaborated (which
houses, where). Essentially we're using preset criteria (social
priority and geographical zone) as well as order of received
applications. The retrofitters first contact households who've made
applications to make a time for a scoping visit. The house will be
scoped (householders pay $30) and householders confirm (or not) the
next retrofit stage designated by the scope. At this point,
householders will know exactly how much their 20% cost will amount to,
and will have several days to decide, or arrange a loan (from WINZ,
the Credit Union, or elsewhere). To keep admin costs down and the
retrofit process rolling along, EnergySmart are requiring your 20%
cost paid upfront.

Retrofits will begin (or will have begun by the time you read this) in
Waitati, followed by the larger Blueskin Bay area, then Waikouaiti,
then 'Transition Valley 473' (inner suburbs of North East Valley,
Normanby, Mt Mera, Pine Hill, Liberton, Dalmore & Opoho), until
resources are exhausted. From initial discussions estimating 260
retrofits, the contract for funding that the Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Authority (EECA) has agreed with the Otago Regional
Council for this project is for approximately 170 homes (final numbers
will only be known on completion, as no two houses are the same).
However if all rolls out smoothly and quickly we will have an
opportunity to apply for further funding. I don't want to offer false
hope – we'll almost certainly have 170 applications in by April (not
bad since application forms were only issued on the 5th of March) –
however if we're full up this time, with names still on file we'll be
well prepared if we get a chance to continue. The WEP is also offering
to facilitate unsubsidized retrofitting for those who require it. For
any information please email the WEP or call me.

Waitati Energy Survey

Remember the recent Otago Energy Research Centre's survey? I've seen
the raw data and it is both surprising and fascinating to see the
practices and habits that have been laid bare. The data (and the
comments scrawled in the margins) will be presented in an easily
digestible and engaging format by OERC researchers, and we'll get an
opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions and more (Waitati Hall
at 7.30 on the 23rd of April). The usual refreshments and occasion to
chat will follow. This will be a wonderful opportunity to glean an
objective perspective on the Waitati Community, so mark it on your
calendar.

Renewable Generation

What I have to report on this front would fill a whole column, so look
out for more details next month. However, Otago University students
will be doing site visits during April, with wind monitoring masts to
be in place next month, and we're collaborating with the DCC on
another renewable generation project, while a whole host of other
conversations with interested parties have been profitably initiated.
The Powerhouse Wind prototype is about to be installed and I'm looking
forward to Hagen's impressions and the first results. This project is
breaking new ground in more ways than one.

You can join the email list at this address (waitatienergy@gmail.com :
please note, the WEP email address has changed to allow me to better
manage the quantity of correspondence), visit the web-pages
(http://www.transitiontowns.org.nz/waitati) or importantly come to the
events publicised here and on local notice boards. Or phone Scott
Willis Tel: 479 5327 or 482 2249.


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Monday, 30 March 2009

ODT's 24 hours in East Otago web page

Nice photos here:

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/galleries/gallery/49458/24-hours-east-otago

Garage Sale raises $1641 for surf rescue

Photo: punters score bargains in the club's rescue boat shed at
Warrington Domain

Warrington Surf Life Saving Club had all their expectations surpassed
when they raised at least $1641.00 at their garage sale last weekend.
The success with fundraising is the perfect end to a great season for
the club, with several newly-trained lifeguards and the opening this
coming weekend of newly-refurbished clubrooms with a new kitchen and
shower facilities.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Gallery on Blueskin exhibitions

Gallery on Blueskin proudly presents

Wheels to Waitati

This Weekend, Sunday 29, Peter Gregory will be holding
a day of pottery demonstration & tuition in our
courtyard garden.
Come along, give it a go and enjoy the creative atmosphere.
Opening hours, 10.30 - 6pm (weather permitting)
Good Coffee and baking will be available throughout the day by donation.
________________________________

Sudhir Duppati
TOPOGRAPHY OF GENESIS
until April 5
or view online http://www.gallery-on-blueskin.co.nz

Friday, 27 March 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday March 27

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday March 27

 

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

 

It’s another busy weekend in Blueskin Bay for residents – human and feline.

 

The Surf Lifesaving Monster Garage Sale is not to be missed. It will be held at Warrington from 9am on Saturday and promises bargains galore.

 

On Sunday, Gallery on Blueskin features a potting workshop by well known Waikouaiti potter, Peter Gregory. He’ll be demonstrating his skills throughout the day to everyone interested in the art of potting.

 

And, while not happening on local territory, the library’s pet cat, Mimi, is off to town. She will be attending the Cat Show where she will assist Blueskin Bay librarian Louise with storytelling duties.

 

The Waitati Film Society’s movie on Tuesday night is Occupation 101, one of the best movies yet made about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Movies are held at Bill’s place in Orokonui Rd from 8pm.

 

And, finally, for those energetic enough to try something new, Waitati now has Salsa dance classes.  Every Thursday night, you can cha-cha to your heart’s content at the Waitati hall. Beginners and experts all welcome between 7-8pm.

 

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

 

 

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

NOTICE: April Art in the Arvo is cancelled

by Señorita León de la Barra

We've decided to cancel April's 'Art in the Arvo' because it is
scheduled on the same day as the A&P sale, so may be too hectic.

WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB (column)

by Peter Dowden

March got off to a great start for Warrington with a creditable
performance at the Otago Championships.

As Blueskin News was going to print we were very busy arranging goods
for our Garage Sale, and we will let you know how that went next
month.

Coming up in April we have the official opening of our new clubrooms
extension. It has been a long haul to achieve this milestone for our
club but it is wonderful to enjoy the new facilities.

We now have a lovely sleek modern kitchen and easy-clean changing
rooms with deliciously hot showers running on LPG, so there is
unlimited hot water for frozen lifeguards.

We have so much to be thankful for in our sponsors: the big trusts as
well as the generous local donors and who gave as much as they could.
Our club lists all of them on the clubroom wall.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Dance photo

Goes with Rozi dance Studio story.

WARRINGTON PLAYCENTRE (column)

WARRINGTON PLAYCENTRE

by Dawn Hope

As we near the end of Term 1, we sit back and reflect on what a busy
one it has been. The children have had so much fun going swimming at
Warrington School and it has been amazing to watch the growth in their
water confidence. We have decided to end our term with a big splash at
Moana Pool.

We have been busy with lots of other activities too, blowing bubbles,
making birthday cakes out of playdough, sand and other materials. In
fact we need to restock our candles.

This term we have said many goodbyes to our now 5-year-olds and we
wish them all the very best at school: Dion, Olive-Coco, Floyd, Zach
and Harry.

Our Open Week has been and gone and unfortunately the weather wasn't
very kind to us. However, we would like to extend our invititation:
you are welcome to drop in and see us at any time, come and have a
cuppa and a chat and find out what we get up to on a daily basis. We
are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 12 noon.

We look forward to seeing you at the Blueskin A&P Clearing Sale - we
will have lots of yummy things that you can buy!

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Future of dancing in Waitati looks Rozi

Last month a new dancing opportunity started in Waitati.
Rozi Dance Studio is led by Rozalina MacRae, a professional dancer for
15 years in modern and Latino-dance, with experience as a dance
teacher in the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and Israel.

Rozi, originally from Bulgaria, specialises in Salsa, Merengue,
Cha-cha-cha and other fashionable Latin-American styles.

"The interest was big and we have already had one class with wonderful
dancers and nice people," Rozi told Blueskin News.

Rozi's idea for the dance studio is to enhance local social life, not
only to hold lessons. She believes dance should be taught alongside
discussions, visits to cultural events, learning about the styles,
musicians and singers, musical culture and history of the styles.

"People have to know why they dance on that music exactly that way,
not just to learn steps. Everything in the dances has logic and that
is the most important thing to know if you want to look nice when you
dance."

The classes are open for people of all different ages, and dancers can
come alone or with a partner. "It's not necessary to have dance
experience, " Rozi explains. "We start from scratch. The kilograms do
not matter either."

Rozi describes her new group as "enthusiastic, friendly, talented and
serious people."

"From the first lesson my dancers already have many ideas for public
performances at the local festivals and are open for invitations," she
said.

The first lesson is free for everybody. The dancers are given printed
information about the style that they are learning and CDs with music
from the lessons. The classes are held in Waitati Hall. Rozalina
MacRae can be contacted at 482 1094 or 027 678 6100, or by email:
joker_r_bg@abv.bg

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Monday, 23 March 2009

WILD BLUESKIN Rare bird?

WILD BLUESKIN

Rare bird?

by Derek Onley

If you were in the Tarras area in the Upper Clutha Valley over the
last few weeks you may have witnessed some erratic driving and
strangely intense interest in barren paddocks. Cars that were creeping
along the road would suddenly accelerate then screech to a halt,
pulling off the road if you were lucky. Doors would fly open and in a
tangle of tripods and optical equipment more at home in a fashion
show, half a dozen bearded men or heavily anoraked women would stare
intently into the distance. 'Twitchers,' as they are called,
birdwatchers who pursue the rarest birds, observing the first ever
straw-necked ibis in New Zealand.

If you were in Karitane over the last few weeks you may have seen lots
of small pale seagulls on the sandbar down by the wharf. Every now and
then someone would launch a boat, collect a few cockles, wander out
there with their dog and the flock would fly up, swirl around for a
minute or two then land back on the sand, shoulder to shoulder, all
facing into the wind. Not a birdwatcher of any persuasion in sight,
yet 5000, or 1 in 20 of the world's total population of black-billed
gulls, was preening, bathing, squabbling or resting on that one
sandbar at Karitane.

Straw-necked ibises are big, heron like birds with long down-curved
beaks, black and white plumage and, as their name suggests, scruffy,
yellowish necks. They are common and obvious enough in Australia to
have attracted other less academic names like dryweather or letter
bird and farmer's friend due to their partiality to locusts and black
crickets.

Some half a million are estimated to live in Australia, Indonesia and
New Guinea and the Tarras twitchers were ticking off one poor
unfortunate bird that had managed to survive the Tasman Sea crossing
and find the habitat closest to the arid stocklands of home in the
paddocks of Central.

Black-billed gulls are not easy to tell from red-billed gulls, the
ones that hang around your beach picnic or barbecue and their names
are far from helpful. Some red-billed gulls have black bills and some
black-billed gulls have reddish bills. So forget the bills and legs
and look at the overall shape of the bird and its bill and the
paleness of its back. Black-billed gulls are slimmer and slightly
shorter-legged than red-billed gulls, with slightly longer, more
slender beaks and their backs are paler, appearing almost white in
open, sunlit estuaries.

Red-billed gulls are our common coastal gull and they also occur in
Australia and South Africa where they are equally keen on picnic
sandwiches and barbecue sausages.

Black-billed gulls only occur in New Zealand and are much keener on
healthy, wild food although some in Southland parks are picking up the
fast food habit. Nowadays most black-billed gulls nest inland in
Southland, Otago and Canterbury. Fifty years ago there was a large
nesting colony on the mudflats near Evansdale but these have long gone
and they are not doing very well in their inland nesting sites either.

Prey to cats and ferrets and flash flooding, their numbers have
declined in Southland by up to 80% in the last 30 years. Rachael
McClellan likened the colony she was studying in Southland to "a
fast-food joint for introduced predators such as cats and ferrets".
"In a little over two months one cat and possibly one individual
ferret had single-handedly killed hundreds of young chicks."

Every year after nesting they move to the coast, and every autumn some
thousands congregate at Karitane and Blueskin Bay, feeding on pink
krill beyond the breakers and returning at low tide to preen and roost
on estuarine sandbanks.

5,000 Black-billed gulls at Karitane or 1 straw-necked ibis in
Central. Which is the rare bird?

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DEREK'S GARDEN DIARY April: the vegetable grower’s holidays

DEREK'S GARDEN DIARY

April: the vegetable grower's holidays

by Derek Onley

Last year's advice for what to plant in April is still at
http://blueskin-co-nz.blogspot.com/2008/04/dereks-garden-diary.html
but I wouldn't bother looking because I said it was far too late to
plant anything and you would be better off feeding the leeks and
brassicas with compost and mulch and gathering compost and mulch
materials for next year. Or going on holiday.

But after that column appeared my gardening neighbour immediately told
me that he always planted his broccoli in April and that I was being
pessimistic (or lazy?), so maybe you should give it a go and report
the results back to Blueskin News.

It is true that you can get several different varieties of broccoli
and that some, as they so optimistically say on the seed packet, are
"the choice for the cooler months" or more reservedly "suitable for
cooler climates". If you see any such recommendation on any vegetable
then I reckon you should grab the seeds immediately and try planting
them down here in Spring, the warmer part of the year. Apart from the
few hot days in January they will flourish in our temperate Blueskin
Bay climate. Just remember to water them well if it gets dry.

Tomatoes are a different story. Don't be tempted by names like Arctic
Surprise, Oregon Spring or varieties that claim to have fed US bases
in Greenland, in the hope that they will grow outside like a cabbage.
My neighbour will undoubtedly tell me otherwise but it is barely hot
enough down here to get them to flower let alone produce enough for
green tomato chutney.

Some varieties of vegetable will grow better in your garden
micro-climate and with your style of gardening than others, so it is
worth experimenting. Last spring I planted two varieties of broccoli
alternately in a row, composted, mulched and sporadically squashed
caterpillars in a similar manner. De Ciccio, an old Italian variety,
grew tall and green, had one smallish central head and after cutting,
lots of small side shoots, though I did need to feed and water it
well. Shogun, a hybrid and one for the "cooler months", grew more
slowly, was greyer leaved, shorter and thicker stemmed, developed a
large central head later than de Ciccio and then seemed to struggle to
produce many side shoots.

Vegetable varieties that grow especially well and relatively easily in
my garden are: Manchester table carrots, merveille des quatre saisons
and royal oak leaf lettuces, yellow (golden wax) dwarf beans rather
than green ones and curly kale rather than the long, crumpled leaved
lacinato. If you have any varieties that have been especially
successful, or seeds that you have been collecting for years that grow
well around the Bay, maybe you could email me and we will include them
in the May Blueskin News.

Means I don't have to think up something to write about next month.
I'm going on holiday.


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Waitati 770% better than Mosgiel

Leonie Rousselot took this photo inside an ornate Edwardian carriage
of the Taieri Gorge Railway commuter train from Waitati to Dunedin on
Wedndesday, 18 March. The seated pair are Nick Prosser and Chris
Linsell, two of the 208 passengers who were counted arriving in
Dunedin (some alighted earlier: children heading to Sawyers Bay School
and the Dunedin Rudolf Steiner School at Maia). Two trains, with
evening return trips, were run on Walk to Work Day for commuters who
live out of walking range of the city. The train from Mosgiel had 27
passengers in spite of a population base about ten times greater;
'Blueskin News' hopes that the good people of Mollywood will try
harder next time.

Colour photo at http://getthetrain.blogspot.com/

by the editors

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MINISTRY OF BLUESKIN BAY TRANSPORT (column)

MINISTRY OF BLUESKIN BAY TRANSPORT

by Peter Dowden

Car travel costs have eased off a little in recent months as the oil
price drops. Other financial influences are still making locals think
carefully about their transport costs. Numbers are up on the local bus
services, the W3 Rideshare and there seem to be more hitch-hikers
around these days.

The Otago Regional Council has officially decided not to introduce a
bus service via Seacliff and Warrington to Dunedin. The ODT reported
that the Council concluded it was not viable to run special bus
services to the two communities. "Instead, residents should be
encouraged to take the weekday Palmerston-Dunedin bus, using informal
park and ride at Evansdale and Waitati." Read the article:
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/47259/some-bus-routes-boom-others-bust

And by golly, it is informal all right: windswept with muddy puddles.
A bus shelter would be really nice. With a roof.

The long-distance buses that zoom through between Dunedin and
Christchurch are available to local users. Focussed on their distant
goals, these bus companies are not especially geared for local traffic
but they do include us in their schedules.

The Minister noticed one company, nakedbus.com (nothing to do with
nudity; they "strip the costs of travel") which seemed to be charging
the same for Dunedin-Waitati as Dunedin-Christchurch. They have now
slashed these prices up to 75%, charging no more than $10 and as
little as $1 if you book about a decade in advance. Now if we could
just persuade them to serve Evansdale as well . . . .

The timetable on the back page of 'Blueskin News' has been upgraded to
include the long distance services. Please treat these times with deep
suspicion. See also:
http://newzealand.wikia.com/wiki/Blueskin_Bay_Community_Directory#Transport

Links in this article are clickable if you read it on our website:
blueskin.co.nz

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OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY column

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

by Sue Hensley

It seemed all was lost at the kaka nest when the female was seen
outside the nest for over an hour and the male nowhere around. However
two days later when a photo was taken to reveal what was actually
happening inside the tree – to great surprise and delight one fluffy
chick was discovered. The appearance of particular feathers on the
chick suggest it is approximately a month old. It will be another
month before it comes out of the nest and another 5 months before it
is independent.

One of our young kaka males has been out of signal range for over a
month now and with no sightings being reported from the "outside" it
is assumed he has gone on a (kaka) "OE" as some young birds do. We
wish him well and hope he remains safe.

More jewelled gecko arrived last month taking numbers to around 30
which is a good size for an initial population. A lucky group of
people on tour got to see one of these geckos up close just before it
was released. It is amazing how something so brilliantly emerald green
can disappear so completely once on foliage.

A clutch of young tuatara hatched from eggs by the zoology department
arrived mid March and are initially being housed in purpose built pens
built by local Paul Clements. Slater colonies are being established to
provide a food source for these engaging critters.

Unfortunately mice continue to be detected in several places and field
staff are busy adding more monitoring tunnels as well as setting
hundreds of traps in those problem areas.

Progress on the Visitor and Education Centre is on track and with the
roof structure and floor now in place its a bit easier to see how the
whole might look. I can also imagine a nice hot cuppa after a
"refreshing" winters walk while taking in the magnificent valley view!

The Ecosanctuary is open exclusively for guided tours at present.
Bookings are essential. Tours cost $20 adult $10 child with half price
for members. Tours are for 1½ - 2 hours for a maximum of 8 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.

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Sunday, 22 March 2009

BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB (column)

BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB

by Lesley Smith

Since the December meeting of the Blueskin Garden Club, we have not
had an "official" meeting. However, we have not been idle in that
time: apart from all the usual chores to be completed in our gardens
we have been out and about.

In the last two months club members have visited private gardens in
Dunedin, attended a Kindred Day where members of different garden
clubs and similar groups meet and greet and swap ideas, while several
of our members were fortunate to be able to visit the Ellerslie Flower
Show in Christchurch.

Due to the many who attended the flower show the committee decided
that we would take the opportunity to share our thoughts and photos of
the show with members who were not able to attend.

This we will do at our next meeting on Thursday 2 April (a week early
due to Easter the following week). It will be held at Lyne Carlyle's
house at 7.30pm. Please bring along a small plate for a shared supper,
your photos, a flower and a vegetable for the competition, and also
plants for a perennial swap. New members most welcome. If you require
further information please contact Lyn Hastie on 482 2896.

Our AGM will be held on Thursday 14 of May, when the theme will be
'hats' – more details regarding this at our next meeting and in the
next Blueskin News.

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Newcomer settles in to village life

feature article by Blueskin News chief reporter Stacy-Ann Campbell

Waitati newcomer Lynnaire Johnston has embraced the centuries-old
concept of a potager garden, which is a garden that combines herbs,
flowers and vegetables is sharing the results with the local
community.

From her home on the corner of Doctor's Point Road and Foyle Street
Lynnaire will sell fresh and dried herbs, plants and herbs, plus
preserves and produce.

Lynnaire will aim at a different market than is catered for by
Blueskin Nurseries and feels there will be plenty of customers for
both, "It's a local enterprise for local people and the prices reflect
that," she says.

Since October Lynnaire has been selling her herbs at various local
markets including Seacliff. She was recently awarded first place for
the best outdoor stall at the Palmerston A&P show.

Lynnaire came to Waitati in August from Auckland. Her elderly mother
lives in Waikouaiti and she had the chance to buy a property she
adores. Her main business, magazine writing, editing, and copywriting
can be done anywhere. "Technology allows it today," she says.

Trained as a journalist, Lynnaire has had a varied career: she worked
in radio for ten years, was a motoring editor, has worked in charity
(and in fact still does), and was senior writer for the country's
largest city council. Some years ago she began her own freelance
writing and copywriting business, Word Wizard, creating websites,
advertisements, brochures and other marketing material for a wide
variety of companies.

Lynnaire's media skills and generous offers of help have been a great
asset to the Blueskin Media team. She edits the weekly Blueskin Bay
news bulletins read out each Friday on Puketapu Radio and she
co-edited the February edition of 'Blueskin News' while regular
co-editor Craig Marshall was away.

Lynnaire says the best thing about living in a small community is that
anywhere you go you run into someone you know, which is not the case
in the city. "I enjoy the fact there is so much going on here, yet it
is comparatively quiet and peaceful," she says.

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BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY (column)

by Louise Booth

April Fool's Day, Easter, Anzac Day, the end of daylight saving and
the end of one school term and the beginning of another – this is a
busy month.

Children's Book Clubs

Our dates for the Waitati School and Warrington School book clubs
looked like clashing with the end of term and the holidays, and so
these clubs will not resume until May. Watch out in the May Blueskin
News for the dates.

Book Club for Adults

These meetings are held every month on the first Tuesday, at 10am in
the Blueskin Café. Come along on April 7, to share your passion for
reading, and enjoy delicious coffee at the same time.

Holiday Programme

The wonderful Karen Snow has great plans for Blueskin Bay children
these holidays.

Week one features kites. The kite-making workshops will be at 2pm on
Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, Thursday 16, and Friday 17 April in the
Waitati hall. On Friday there will also be kite flying. We are asking
for a gold coin donation per kite, which can be made in a single
workshop, or over as many workshops as the maker chooses.

Week two is about puppets. At 2pm each day from Monday April 20 to
Friday 24, there will be puppet making in the Waitati hall. On
Friday, the puppets will also star in their own show. We are asking
for a gold coin donation for this as well.

For both of these, registration will be essential. Please register
your name at the library, pay your gold coin, and be early to be sure
that you don't miss out.

Poetry Project

We have it on good authority that Warrington School's contributions to
'Blueskin Poets 2009' are at an advanced stage. This is exciting, and
we hope that others in this very creative community have pens burning
the paper, or keyboards, or whatever. Poems from everyone, adult,
child, experienced or novice poets, are welcome. Please have your
original work, no longer than one side of an A4 sheet, into us at the
library by the end of July.

Win a Prize!

This competition for local children is now open. We're asking you to
design the cover for 'Blueskin Poets 2009' on an A4 sheet of paper.
The theme can be anything you like, but the words 'Blueskin Poets
2009' must be prominent. Please deliver your design to the library by
the end of July.

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WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS column

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS

by Lucy Jack

This month is most likely the last harvest market of the
year. Taking place on April 18th on Mark and Rayna's porch, The Old
Stores, Harvey St.

Highlights of the March market for me were elegant conserves from The
Village Pottager, organic bush honey from Rainbow Farm and the ducks!

Bring down anything you've got in the garden and fill up on fresh
produce and preserves. Or just come and have a lovely cup of fresh
herby tea.

We are continuing our drive for membership. For discounts on tours and
workshops and to support our group providing
vegetable centered services to the community, pay $5 to Lucy at 14
Orokonui Rd for 'life membership'. To be included on mailing lists and
be a WEGgie 'friend', email waitati.edible.gardeners @ gmail.com or
call Lucy on
482 1773

University of Otago anthropologist Michela Carrington is going to be
setting her Honours project in Waitati. She is interested in
discovering how sustainability movements
like ours affect the community in general.
Michela would like to meet and interview community members who are
involved at all levels, even just reading this column. If you would
like to take part, contact waitati.edible.gardeners@gmail.com or ring
Lucy 482 1773

Ask Aunt Lucy: gardeners' agony column

Dear Aunt Lucy,

We have a big oak tree on our property and dutifully compost fallen
the leaves but we never find worms in the oak leaf compost. What's
going on?

Your neighbours in the park,

The Dilligent Composters

Dear Diligent Composters,

Oak leaves are acidic and so an unappetising environment for worms.

If you are low maintenance 'add-as-you-go' folk, composting small
amounts of organic material at a time, you will be 'slow-and-cool'
composting, and much of the breakdown will be done by worms and the
like. Oak leaves might take longer (1-2 years) to break down this way
but will get there in the end. Don't worry about the absence of worms
- the microbes will do it.

If you have big batches of stuff (grass clippings (high in nitrogen)
and oak leaves (high in carbon)) you can hot-and-fast-compost big
batches aerobically. You need to layer or mix your big pile o' stuff
and make sure it has water (dampen with hose) and air (poke with
stick).

You can also add food scraps and some old compost or Bokashi to help
inoculate it with the right microbes to get it started. This will
break everything down more quickly (6 months) and it will steam. The
worms will stay well clear to avoid getting cooked. You might be doing
this already which is why you have no worms!

After you have composted your oak leaves via either method, you should
not have to add lime to compensate for the acidity, as the microbes
will have sorted this all out for you.

XX -Aunt Lucy

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WAITATI VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE (column)

WAITATI VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE

The Waitati Volunteer Fire Brigade wishes to thank everybody in the
Blueskin Bay area for their efforts over the past few months in
keeping the total amount of call-outs down to a minimum.

With the winter months fast approaching we would like to remind
everyone that now is a good time to have chimneys cleaned and to check
smoke alarms. If you do not have smoke alarms we encourage you to buy
them. If anyone requires any information in regards to where to place
smoke alarms around the home please feel free to contact one of the
Brigade members or call into the Fire Station on a Monday evening and
we will be only too happy to offer advice or come and install them for
you.

Now is also a good time to sit down with your family and devise an
Escape Plan. All of your family needs to understand the Escape Plan
and to practise escaping from each room in the house by the two exits.

Most fires start in kitchens (25%), bedrooms (13%), and lounges and
family rooms (16%). Make sure your family practises escaping from
these rooms every three to six months.

Remember, you need to:

· Have working smoke alarms

· Know two ways out of every room if possible

· Make sure that doors and windows needed for escape are clear and
easy to open, and that there is a safe way to reach the ground from
upper floors

· Keep keys in deadlocks at all times when home

· Have an outside meeting place, such as a letterbox or a special tree

· Make special plans for young children and older people.

Remember - Get Out! Stay Out!

The brigade would like to congratulate Keith Templeton, Charles
Abraham and Deanne Burrell, who have recently completed and passed a
Seven Day Basic Skills Fire Fighting Course held at the Dunedin
Central Fire Station. Also congratulations to Richard Templeton, Chris
Felipe Alves and Paul Dennison who have successfully completed and
passed their Senior Fire Fighter course. Well done everyone.

It is with regret that we announce the resignation of Paul Dennison,
aka Pablo the cheese maker. Thank you Paul for your hard work and
dedication to the Brigade over the last 5 years and we wish you well
for the future. Also leaving our Brigade is our newest member Waka
Miller. Waka has been selected to join the NZ Fire Service as a full
time member and will be leaving this month to go to the North Island
for a three month training course. Well done Waka and we hope to see
you back in the region in the near future.

Once again thank you to everyone for their efforts in keeping our
community safe.

By Deanne Burrell

Volunteer Fire Fighter and Secretary

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Fwd: Blueskin Show leaflets for Blueskin News

Blueskin A & P Society Inc

CLEARING SALE

&

Family Fun Day

Saturday 4th April 2009

10.30 am - 3.30 pm

Bland Park, Waitati

* Items for the clearing sale auction can be left at Bland Park
between 12.00 and 6.00 pm on Friday 3rd, and from 8.00 am on Saturday
4th.

* Security will be provided overnight on Friday.

* All items for the auction must be in place by 10.00 am on
Saturday. The auction will start at 11.00 sharp.

* Cost : $10 for a basic lot which has no reserve price.

* Phone George Terry with any queries regarding the Clearing Sale
- 482 2721 or 027 224 0311

* Potential buyers must register at the Secretary's Office on the
day of the sale

Blueskin A & P Society Inc

Clearing Sale & Family Fun Day

Saturday 4th April - 10.30am - 3.30pm

Hot food; hot & cold drinks:- available all day at the Flying Possum Cafeteria.

Horse Rides

Bouncy Castle

Fun & Games all day with Mandy Mayhem

R & R Sport Decorate Your Bike Competition: Bring your decorated bike
to the park by 11.00 on Saturday for judging.

Car Boot Sale: Cost - $10 per car

Grand Raffle: Trailer load of firewood

Photography competition: (In Waitati Hall)

4 Age groups:

School year 4 & below: School Year 5 - 8

School year 9 - 13: Adult

Photography Theme: 'Man vs. Nature'

(Entries to Blueskin Gallery by 4.00 pm 2nd April)

International Possum Tossing Championship: Starts at 2.30 - Teams of
3. Minimum age of competitor is 15. $2 per person.

Southern Clams Ltd: Educational display

Classified ads:

COB EARTH BUILDING workshop 9am-5:30pm, 18 and 25 April, Harmony Farm,
Waitati Valley Rd. Learn to make a cob seat or building. Phone David:
021 122 0910.

NATUROPATH, MASSEUR, REBIRTHER available by appointment at Waitati
Hall and 5km up Waitati Valley Rd. David Baillie, ND: 021 122 0910.

COURSES in permaculture, sustainable building, spiritual ecology,
forest monitoring, and trail making . . . all available at Harmony
Farm, Waitati. See: www.gemstonetherapy.info/volunteering.html

Classified ad: WOMEN: Interested in exploring the Christian faith?

WOMEN: Interested in exploring the Christian faith with some others?
Free on Tuesday nights? If so, feel free to join some other women at
22 Orokonui Rd, Waitati on  Tuesday nights of the school term 7-9pm.
We spend the time in encouraging each other to see God more in daily
life, to listen for His Wisdom, and to grow in our Christian faith.
We journey "LIFE" together . . . we laugh lots, we eat some, we pray
together, we cry sometimes, we read the Bible too . . . we enjoy being
women getting to know each other and God more. If you'd like to know
more, or join us, we'd love you to.  Phone Helen Beamish 4821440 or
Alison Appleby 4822532 or Glenda Rickerby 4821511 for directions or
more information.

ANZAC DAY SERVICE

ANZAC DAY SERVICE – Saturday 25 April 2009

The Blueskin Bay Anzac Day service will be held at the Waitati Hall
and Cenotaph at 10am on Anzac Day.

We acknowledge the death earlier this year of Mr David Symon,
Lieutenant, 2nd Engineering Field Company, WW2. David has laid the
Community wreath at our Cenotaph services over many years – we shall
miss his positive spirit and presence this Anzac Day.

Our local service is truly a community Remembrance and reflection
time. Many people combine their talents and time to ensure the
service is both community and reflective.

If you would like to help in any way… adult or child… setting up the
Hall, morning tea contributions, clearing up afterwards, scrubbing the
Cenotaph, making a wreath… please let contact me, and we'll sort a
place for you to "join the team". Most "jobs" happen on the day
before – the last Friday of the school holidays.

by Helen Beamish 4821440 hbeamish@clear.net.nz

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Blueskin Bay Anzac Day service 2009 at Waitati Cenotaph

Please join us on

ANZAC DAY

Saturday 25 April

Wreath laying and Remembrance Service

Waitati Cenotaph and Hall, 10am

Followed by Community Morning tea – please bring a plate

If you have medals from your forbears, or "war stories" from your
family history, please contact Helen Beamish – we would like to
incorporate more "local history" into our Service this year.

Enquiries or offers of help for Hall set-up to Helen Beamish 4821440
(hbeamish@clear.net.nz) or Alasdair Morrison 4822505

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Creative Memories workshop

Thursday 30th April
7-9.30pm
Creative Memories Workshop
Warrington Hall

Creative Memories Workshop
Where are your photos stored? Would you like to have them labelled,
sorted & organised? Have you heard of Scrapbooking but don't know what
it's about?  Workshops are held the last Thursday of each month from
7pm at the Warrington Hall.  Contact Dawn Hope 482-2787 for more
details.

 Dawn Hope

WAITATI TOY LIBRARY (column)

Waitati Toy Library

We are closed during the month of April due to Easter and school
holidays. We will reopen in May as follows:

Saturday 2nd May 10.30-11.30am

Monday 4th May 6.30-7.30pm

Saturday 16th May 10.30-11.30am

Monday 18th May 6.30-7.30pm

In the meantime, if you would like any further information please
contact Liz on 482-1450.

Dawn Hope

Exhibition at Gallery on Blueskin

Gallery on Blueskin
proudly presents
paintings by Sudhir Duppati

Sudhir is a lecturer at Otago School of Art
& has exhibited worldwide, now in Blueskin...

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday March 20

 

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

 

Last week’s second Waitati Harvest Market was judged a success by all who took part. Buyers could take their pick from native plants, hot house grapes, seasonal preserves, and even ducks. All products on sale came from local gardens or properties. The next harvest market will be held on April 18.

 

Art fans will be donning their glad rags and making their way to the Gallery on Blueskin tonight. It’s the opening of the solo exhibition by Sudhir Duppati, lecturer at Otago School of Art. Entitled Topography of Genesis, it is the first time the works have been seen here in New Zealand. They have previously been exhibited in New York and India. The opening begins at 6pm and everyone is welcome.

 

It’s toy time again, with the Waitati Toy Library open at the Waitati Hall tomorrow from 10.30am to 11.30m and again on Monday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.  With the weather now turning autumnal, it’s the perfect time to be stocking up on toys to keep your children entertained in the cooler months ahead.

There will be a meeting on Tuesday night at Waitati to discuss the setting up of Neighbourhood Support groups in the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board area. To learn more and become involved, come to the Waitati Hall on Tuesday at 6pm for a shared meal followed by a meeting with Neighbourhood Support Regional Coordinator, Sarah Hexamer, and local agencies. The meeting is expected to end about 9pm.

Keeping memories alive is easy to do with all the technology at our fingertips, plus a bit of good old Kiwi ingenuity. A creative memories working is being held at the Warrington Hall on Thursday from 7pm to 9.30pm. All welcome.

 

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

 

 

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Hundreds support Waitati train

Mist the train . . . Over a hundred people wait at the old Waitati
station site for the commuter train to Dunedin. After stopping at
Purakaunui, Mihiwaka, Sawyers May and Maia, Dunedin's first commuter
train in decades arrived at Dunedin with about 300 passengers. Photo:
Blueskin News/blueskin.co.nz

Friday, 13 March 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday March 13

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday March 13

 

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

 

Applications for low-cost insulation retrofits of Waitati homes can still be made. In the next few months over 200 priority households will have insulation retrofits undertaken at a huge cost saving. Check this website for details on how to apply.

 

The Waitati community train runs on Wednesday next week, departing Waitati at 7.45. Bookings are essential and need to be made through Taeiri Gorge Railway. Fares are only $5.

 

Tonight is the time to swap those clothes you no longer want, with others you will wear. Swap, Chop and Sew will be held at the Waitati Hall at 7pm. Entry costs $2.

 

Sunday will be a big day with two events happening in the Bay. The Waitati Harvest Market is back for the second time this year at 10.30, at the old store in Harvey Street. Both buyers and sellers welcome. Meanwhile, over at Seacliff, the annual Seacliff garage sale will be held in the Domain, Kilgour Street, from 10am to 2pm.

 

Tuesday night’s offering at the Waitati Film Society is the gripping African movie Moolaade. It tells the plight of village girls and the barbaric rituals they must endure to reach adulthood. 8pm is the start time, at Bill’s Place, Orokonui Rd.

 

Our local MP, Pete Hodgson begins his monthly clinics at Waitati on Tuesday. He’ll be at the library from 2.30pm and anyone is welcome to come and have a chat or air a grievance.

 

And, finally, just a reminder that it’s Citizen’s Advice Awareness week.

 

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

 

 

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Nigel Wilson Exhibition

gallery on blueskin
1 Harvey Street, Waitati
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www.gallery-on-blueskin.co.nz


"Painting on Blueskin"
by
Nigel Wilson

If you haven't yet seen these fabulous paintings of our beautiful
piece of paradise,
you have only 1 more week to come into the gallery but you can view
them on the website.

for further inquiries, phone Louise on 4822080.

Friday, 6 March 2009

Youth Hall Society AGM

Youth Hall Society AGM

by Louise Booth

The Youth Hall Society AGM will be held on Tuesday 7 April at 7.30pm
in the Waitati Hall. Everyone who has an interest in the future of
Blueskin Bay youth is invited to attend and support this meeting.

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Coast Road Market: next dates

by Liz Abbott

The Coast Road market is held on the first Sunday of each month beside
Coast Rd at the north end of Seacliff. Here a is a list of dates for
the market for 2009.

Sunday April 5
Sunday May 3
Sunday June 7
Sunday July 5
Sunday August 2
Sunday September 6
Sunday October 4
Sunday November 1
Sunday December 6


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Neighbourhood Support

Neighbourhood Support

by Louise Booth

There will be a meeting on Tuesday 24 March to discuss the setting up
of Neighbourhood Support groups in the Waikouaiti Coast Community
Board area. The Neighbourhood Support concept is a more inclusive
successor to Neighbourhood Watch.

The initial idea involves a group covering central Waitati (including
the Library) but hopefully people outside of these streets will be
interested in setting up their own groups.

To learn more and become involved, come to the Waitati Hall on Tuesday
24 March at 6pm for a shared meal followed by a meeting with
Neighbourhood Support Regional Coordinator, Sarah Hexamer, and local
agencies such as the Fire Service and Age Concern. The meeting is
expected to end about 9pm.

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

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Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Wheelie car impounded; man goes to court

Wheelie car impounded; man goes to court

by the editors

An 18 year old Dunedin man will appear at the Dunedin District Court
later in March in relation to a vehicle seen doing wheelies and
damaging the reserve at Warrington Domain in late January.

Constable Jon-Paul Tramain of Waikouaiti Police told 'Blueskin News'
that the offender was spoken to and admitted to the offending and had
his vehicle was impounded for 28 days.

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