Thursday, 30 April 2009

Story from Otago Daily Times Online

Train petition given to ORC

Train petition given to ORC

Residents keen to see a commuter rail service operating in Dunedin arrived by train at Dunedin Railway Station yesterday to present a petition to Otago Regional councillor Michael Deaker.

Story from Otago Daily Times Online

Cheaper wind turbine tested

Cheaper wind turbine tested

Trials of a new wind turbine made in Dunedin are under way on a breezy hillside above Waitati.

Waitati energy subject of University seminar

Energy-saving and generation projects around the rural Dunedin
township of Waitati will be the subject of a University of Otago
Geography Department seminar next week.

The seminar "Hot air or small wind in Waitati?" on Wednesday 6 May
will discuss the small coastal community's search for sustainable
energy solutions.

Scott Willis, of Waitati Energy Project, will be going over his
group's actions and dreams.

Waitati activists and researchers have worked together to develop home
insulation retrofits, small-scale power generation.

These ideas have grown in a background of environmental and
alternative activism over many decades, ranging from 'Mushroom'
magazine of the 1970s to the recent Orokonui Ecosanctuary
predator-free nature reserve.

The seminar will be held in Room 5N4, Floor 5 of the Richardson
Building, at the University of Otago, at: 1 pm.

Photo caption: Wayne O'Hara wiring up the turbine. Photo courtesy of
Sabina Lobitz

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NO service at St Barnabas this Sunday, 3 May

NO service at St Barnabas this Sunday, 3 May

By Louise Booth

There will not be a service at St Barnabas Church, Warrington, this
Sunday, 3 May.

There will be a combined service at Holy Trinity Church, Port Chalmers
on Sunday 3 May at 10am. Everyone welcome.

http://st-barnabas.blogspot.com/

http://holytrinity-pc.blogspot.com/

CLASSIFIED AD: Gardener Wanted (Warrington)

GARDENER WANTED: A pair of preferably experienced hands to help us for
a couple of hours a week with our edible garden at our beach cottage
in Warrington. Please write with details to: Potager, 13 Cairnhill St.
Dunedin 9010

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

No Art in the Arvo

By Señorita Sophia León de la Barra

We have decided to postpone the Art in the Arvo project due to lack of
participation.

In the meantime we are going to:

1. do a process evaluation of the workshop with participants and
parents to evaluate what was successful, and what needs to be
reworked.

2. decide what direction to go with the workshop in the future

3. apply for grant funding before restarting in the springtime

Sincere thanks from Sophia and Miguel.

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Monday, 27 April 2009

Story from Otago Daily Times Online

Petition calls for commuter trains

Petition calls for commuter trains

Almost 2500 people have signed a petition asking the Otago Regional Council to support a Dunedin commuter train service.

NEWS: Warrington home invasion prompts security warning

A small Pakeha male in his 40s, calling himself "Alan", was discovered
standing at the end of an elderly lady's bed in her Warrington flat,
about 3.00am on Saturday 18 April. Upon being confronted he
immediately left, but not before identifying himself to the woman as
"Alan", Constable Jon-Paul Tremain of Waikouaiti Police told 'Blueskin
News'.

Police from Waikouaiti and Dunedin attended, including a police-dog handler.

"Unfortunately the intruder was not located." Jon said. "This is a
timely reminder to lock your doors and windows when going out or going
to bed."

by the editors

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Sunday, 26 April 2009

Anzac poppies

Poppies left on the Waitati cenotaph on Anzac Day 2009. Photo by Blueskin News.

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Saturday, 25 April 2009

Anzac poppies

Poppies left on the Waitati cenotaph on Anzac Day 2009. Photo by Blueskin News.

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Warrington life savers at Waitati wreath laying

Tait, Mira and Elsa of Warrington Surf Life Saving Club lay the club's
wreath at the Waitati cenotaph on Anzac Day, watched by Rev Arthur
Templeton.

Tree planting at Warrington Esplanade

Tree planting at Warrington Esplanade on Anzac Day 2009. The Otago
Tree Society were helped by members of Warrington Reserve Group and
Warrington Surf Life saving Club.

Photos:

1: Gary of the Tree Society arrives with some new trees

2: The helpers dig and prepare planting sites

3: Rebecca from the Tree Society applies the finishing touches

Photos by Blueskin News

Anzac Day in Waitati

Rev Arthur Templeton reads the names of the Fallen at the Anzac Day
service by the Waitati cenotaph. Photo by Blueskin News.

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Friday, 24 April 2009

WEGGIES - WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENERS

The last Harvest Market has taken place and was a mellow success.
Thank you to all who contributed this year - especially Rayna Dickson
and Jan Littleton for doing the organizing/hard work. We look forward
to seeing more markets next year.

Michela Carrington is conducting an anthropological study on the
WEGgie group's impact on the Waitati community. If you are interested
in the project and would like to be interviewed, please contact me and
I will put you in touch.

We are bedding down for the winter now but if any of you have an event
you would like to see take place - talks or workshops, movie nights or
working bees - over the winter months please contact me and I will try
to bring them into fruition.

Tel: 4821773
Email: waitati.edible.gardeners@gmail.com

POTATO BLIGHT

Dear Aunt Lucy,

Our potatoes have really bad blight this year ... what to do?

Regards,
Waitati Heights.

Dear Waitati Heights,

Blight may come early or late and results in dark blotches on the
leaves followed by death, destruction and rapid decay. It ends up as a
foul-smelling mush caused by the infestation of secondary soft
bacterial rots. Early blight is caused by the fungal pathogen
Alternaria solani and late blight is caused by a water mould
Phytophthora infestans. Both spread rapidly in warm wet conditions
and the latter is more serious (as the Irish found out in 1845), even
rotting seemingly healthy tubers in store.

"One of the good things about late blight", says local hero Jason
Ross, "is that it usually happens right when the plants are dying off
anyway, so you can just go ahead and harvest them and not worry too
much about it". The prudent will meticulously dig out all those wee
marble-sized tatties you usually leave behind which act as reservoirs
and infect next year's crops.

All other organic solutions are prophylactic. Reduce plant stress as
happy plants are less susceptible to disease: well drained soil and
good balanced compost will fix that. Limit disease transmission: don't
plant all members of the same plant family in the same garden area
(potato relatives: eggplant, pepper and tomato will die of exposure
anyway) and rotate crops
annually. Identify disease early and remove infected plants; and if
you had blight this year, don't use the tubers as next year's seed
crop.

Potato Blight is not to be confused with Potato Rust which is also a
fungal infection but doesn't seem to occur down here (apparently most
problematic in Pakistan currently). Potato rust just makes the leaves
'rusty'.

Potatoes themselves can be used to remove rust from metal. Cut open a
potato and dip the exposed portion into a mild abrasive, e.g. baking
soda, toothpaste or salt. Lightly wet the rusted area. Firmly rub the
potato over the rusted area until the rust is removed. Repeat if
necessary.

Lucy XXX

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WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS column

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS

By Lucy Jack

The last Harvest Market has taken place and was a mellow success.
Thank you to all who contributed this year especially Rayna Dickson
and Jan Littleton for doing the organizing/hard work and we look
forward to seeing more markets next year. We are bedding down for the
winter now but if any of you have event that you would like to see -
talks or workshops, movie nights or working bees over the winter
months, please contact me on 4821773 or at
waitati.edible.gardeners@gmail.com and I will try to bring them into
fruition.

Anthropologist Michela Carrington is conducting an anthropological
study on the impact of the WEGgie group on the Waitati community. If
you are interested in the project and would like to be interviewed,
please contact me and I will put you in touch.

ASK AUNT LUCY

Dear Aunt Lucy,

Our potatoes have really bad blight this year...what to do? Regards,

Waitati Heights.

Dear Waitati Heights,

Blight may come early or late and results in dark blotches on the
leaves followed by death, destruction and rapid decay to a
foul-smelling mush caused by the infestation of secondary soft
bacterial rots. Early blight is caused by the fungal pathogen
Alternaria solani and late blight is caused by a water mould
Phytophthora infestans.  Both spread rapidly in warm wet conditions
and the latter is more serious (as the Irish found out in 1845), even
rotting seemingly healthy tubers in store. "One of the good things
about late blight" says local hero Jason Ross "is that it usually
happens right when the plants are dying off anyway, so you can just go
ahead and harvest them and not worry too much about it". The prudent
will meticulously dig out all those wee marble sized tatties you
usually leave behind which act as reservoirs and infect next year's
crops.

All other organic solutions are prophylactic. Reduce plant stress as
happy plants are less susceptible to disease: well drained soil and
good balanced compost will fix that. Limit disease transmission: don't
plant all members of the same plant family in the same garden area
(potato relatives:
eggplant, pepper and tomato will die of exposure anyway) and rotate
crops annually. Identify disease early and remove infected plants, and
if you had blight this year, don't use the tubers as next years seed
crop.

Note that Potato Blight is not to be confused with Potato Rust which
is also a fungal infection but doesn't seem to occur down here
(apparently currently most problematic in Pakistan). Potato rust just
makes the leaves 'rusty'.

Speaking of rust, potatoes can be used to make metal things un-rusty:
Cut open a potato. Dip the exposed portion into a mild abrasive e.g.
baking soda, toothpaste or salt. Lightly wet the rusted area. Firmly
rub the potato
over the rusted area until the rust is removed. Repeat if necessary.

Aunt Lucy

XXX


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NEWS: Money more important than environment in Waitati?

Money more important than environment in Waitati?

By Lynnaire Johnston and Scott Willis

The Waitati Energy Project meeting on Thursday 23 April to hear the
results of the recent energy use survey undertaken in Waitati heard
that residents' professed environmental values do not match their
behaviour when it comes to energy use in their homes.

Professor Rob Lawson from the Otago Energy Research Centre told
attendees that the survey results indicated 20 percent of local
residents do not heat their living areas while another 40 percent do
not heat their bedrooms or dining rooms.

The most common method of heating, by a wide margin, is wood burners,
followed by heat pumps. Electric heaters were well down the list,
along with open fires, while there was a smaller percentage of
households burning coal than in Auckland – a surprising and positive
result.

Rob said 7 percent of those surveyed had changed their main form of
heating in the past year, indicating a motivated community (by
comparison, the figure in Auckland was just 2 percent). He said there
were indications of heat pumps being installed in homes as an
alternative source of heating but that families may be finding them
too expensive to run.

In Waitati, 32 percent of homes have no wall insulation and 45 percent
have no underfloor insulation. By contrast, 91 percent have ceiling
insulation.

Most people – 80 percent – heat their hot water with electricity, but
surprisingly 10 percent have solar hot water heating.

Nearly half of all houses have a clothes dryer (in Auckland the figure
is 70 percent), which is probably used to supplement the dominant line
drying – something that bucks international trends.

In terms of energy saving behaviour, the survey indicated the most
common action taken is using energy-efficient light bulbs, switching
off unused lights, line-drying laundry and turning off the heat in
summer: all easy, low-cost actions, and not too surprising.

Waitati residents were also asked about their least-common
energy-saving behaviours. These turned out to be rinsing dishes in
cold water, cooking with gas, installing energy-efficient heating
systems, reducing the hot water temperature and installing double
glazing.

Rob Lawson said the results suggested that people's energy use
behaviour was primarily motivated by money rather than concern for the
environment. While people might have strong pro-environment values, he
said, it seemed to bear little relationship to their behaviour.
However, other variables such as whole-life behaviour were not
included.

Some 43 percent primarily wanted to reduce their energy use in order
to save money while 26 percent would do so to protect the environment.
Older people were less likely than younger generations to alter their
energy-use behaviour patterns, he said, indicating that bad (but also
potentially good) energy habits can become locked-in with age. A small
percentage wanted to increase their electricity consumption – however
this group were very low income and would probably be more comfortable
if they could consume more (or improve their household efficiency
through other measures).

Rob indicated that those most likely to be taking action to reduce
their energy use for environmental reasons are the affluent, a pattern
in line with international findings. Overall, however, he found that
there was a high level of energy awareness in Waitati, a higher
percentage of change to more energy efficient practices, and a greater
willingness to engage in energy reduction behaviour – particularly in
terms of transport (using the 'W3' rideshare, the recent one-off
passenger train, public transport, cycling and walking).

Rob concluded by arguing that making economic incentives part of the
environmental and social vision was likely to be a very successful
strategy In moving towards a more sustainable, resilient community.

Photo caption: Professor Rob Lawson in full flight at the energy
survey feedback evening in Waitati. Photo by Lynnaire Johnston.


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Joint Media Release: Commuter train petition handover ceremony at Dunedin Railway Station

 Joint Media Release issued by:

Get the Train

and

Taieri Gorge Railway

Subject:

Commuter train petition handover ceremony at Dunedin Railway Station


A petition containing 2348 signatures requesting that the Otago Regional Council study a commuter rail service to connect Dunedin with its outlying communities will be handed over to Councillor Michael Deaker in a brief ceremony at Dunedin Railway Station at 1.30pm, Wednesday 29 April 2009.

The submitters will travel by Taieri Gorge Railway's 'Seasider' train to the handover at the station.

Danielle Cameron of Get the Train says the group is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to Regional Council policy. Get the Train is presenting the petition in support of their submissions to the ORC's Long Term Council Community Plan and Regional Land Transport Strategy.

Murray Bond of Taieri Gorge Railway says he is pleased that Get the Train chose the Seasider train as a means of bringing their petition and submissions to the Council.

ends

Get the Train media contacts:

   * by email: Ross Johnston -- jpl @ callsouth . net . nz
   * by mobile after 2pm: Dell McLeod 027 668 0089
   * by phone: Danielle Cameron 482 1233

Taieri Gorge Railway media contact:

  * Murray Bond, 477 4449

Get the Train website:

getthetrain.blogspot.com

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Classified Ad: PRESERVES, PLANTS & PRODUCE

PRESERVES, PLANTS & PRODUCE all locally grown and made, available
daily from cnr Foyle St and Doctor's Point Rd. The Village Potager,
482 1364.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Blueskin News April 24

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday April 24

 

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

A small group turned out last night to hear the results of the recent energy use survey undertaken in Waitati. Professor Rob Lawson from the University of Otago told attendees that one fifth of local residents do not heat their living areas while another 40 percent do not heat their bedrooms or dining rooms. The most common method of heating, by a wide margin, is wood burners. Professor Lawson said the results indicated that people’s energy use behaviour was primarily motivated by money rather than concern for the environment. While people might have strong pro-environment values, he said, it bore little relationship to their behaviour.

The final afternoon of the school holiday activities programme will be held in the Waitati Hall today at 2pm. The children have been busy all week making puppets.

Tomorrow is Anzac Day, when we remember those who gave their lives that we might live in freedom. The Blueskin Bay Anzac Day service will be held at the Waitati Hall and Cenotaph at 10am. There will be a wreath-laying and remembrance service, followed by a community morning tea.

Next week’s Film Society movie is the excellent local production, Rain. It will be screened at Bill’s place, Orokanui Rd, at 8pm. New members are welcome.

A further creative memories workshop will be held on Thursday night next week at the Warrington Hall. Start time is 7pm. Anyone who wishes to preserve their personal and family histories in fun and imaginative ways is welcome.

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

 

WARRINGTON RESERVE GROUP

by Karen Hobday

Although we haven't written a column in a while the Warrington Reserve
Group has been busy over the past months.

We held a workshop at the Warrington Surf Club on 16 November 2008
about the human impact on wildlife and the beach environment. The
workshop was attended by 21 people representing 12 groups and
organisations involved in Beach Care - from Waikouaiti to Taieri
Mouth. The network that developed out of this workshop includes a
further 6 groups so far. We share information and ideas and will
sometimes work collaboratively on shared interests. Along with a
wealth of experience within the network there is a strong focus on
pragmatic solutions to spaces shared by wildlife and humans. Thank you
to Waikouaiti Coast Community Board for supporting this initiative.

In September last year we received an award for participating in the
Keep Dunedin Beautiful clean up week. Then in March this year, Seaweek
had a rubbish collection site at Warrington Beach for the first time.
All rubbish collected was weighed and prizes were won by local people.
The Warrington Reserve Group collected over 60 kg of rubbish and we
won 50 plants from Blueskin Nurseries. Thank you to everyone who
collected rubbish with us for these two events, helping to raise
awareness and clean up our natural environment.

On Anzac Day afternoon we were pleased to participate in an Otago Tree
Society Planting Day. Our two groups will continue to collaborate so
we can support their ongoing planting of the Esplanade embankment.
Thanks to all of you who donated your time and energy to this project.
A special mention to Community Corrections groups for clearing the
site.

Please put 26 July at 10:30 am in your diary or on your fridge for our
upcoming planting days. We need your help for continued success in
recreating a native plant windbreak for the Domain.

We've had a really good success rate with our plants. This is partly
due to careful selection of appropriate hardy plants and to good luck
- we've had more rain than usual. We are grateful to Task Force Green
Groups for watering and to Community Corrections for weeding the site.

Three other sites were chosen by the DCC and planted last winter with
plants left over from planting projects in Dunedin. Two of these sites
are growing well. They are beside the road to the bay where there is a
reasonable amount of soil. The third site on the Domain has been less
successful. However, this was to be expected as the site is sandy and
exposed to drying winds.

DCC Parks Officer, Renee Gordon, is keen to support ongoing planting.
This year she has provided 100 natives to be planted along the edges
of existing vegetation in the wider Domain area. She has ordered
individual plant protectors so we won't have to fence off whole areas
again.

Renee would also like to plant some test sites of pikao (or pingao) at
Warrington. Previous plantings years ago were gobbled by rabbits so
this time it will be fenced. We are looking into possible suitable
sites so if you see a fenced off area in the dunes it may well be a
pikao test site. This is a native sand-binding sedge plant. The marram
grass that holds our dunes together is an introduced plant.

We are always interested in your feedback and questions. Anyone
interested is welcome to join our group. We also have Warrington
Reserve Group Outreach membership for anyone who wishes to receive our
minutes. This enables us to get more detailed feedback from anyone who
doesn't wish to attend meetings.

Contact: Karen 4822762

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Wayne O'Hara wiring up the turbine

Photo courtesy of Sabina Lobitz

Note: Other photo of retrofit happening at Jason and Kate's place in
Waitati was courtesy of Carl Scott

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NEWS: Water (and fluoride) flows through 'Big Pipe'

The first of the A-Grade fluoridated water from the Mount Grand
treatment station in Dunedin was delivered to consumers on the
Northern pipeline (nicknamed the 'Big Pipe') as far north as Waitati
on Thursday 16 April. Flushing of the lines further north was
continuing and the new supply was expected to come on line
progressively to Warrington and Seacliff before the end of March.

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board chairperson Alasdair Morrison told
'Blueskin News' that while the water in the new pipeline is of 'A
grade' quality, and mains flushing has been carried out in the
reticulation beforehand, there may still be a few quality issues
experienced "for a short time." This may be the result of changed flow
patterns in the reticulation network, different pressures and
different velocities of water in the pipes, he explained.

"It is hoped that these temporary quality problems can be sorted out
quite quickly," he said.

Water quality testing would continue, Alasdair said, and the results
provided to Public Health South with a view to lifting the remaining
boil water notices in the "very near future."

"It is likely the Medical Officer of Health will want to see a week of
clear test results before lifting the notice," Alasdair explained.

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OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY column

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

By Sue Hensley

This month has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for the
Ecosanctuary with the highs being the reintroduction of South Island
Saddlebacks and our Kaka chick fledging; the low being the crane
accident.

Forty Tieke/South Island Saddleback were welcomed into Orokonui from
Ulva Island in mid April. A large contingent of people from the Otago
University, DOC, and the Ecosanctuary worked on the translocation. It
has been a steep learning curve and valuable lessons have been learned
from it. These birds are the first to be seen on the mainland for over
140 years. Being a ground foraging bird they are very vulnerable to
mammal predation. They are not strong fliers and rarely move out of
forested areas. They are quite noisy birds with a loud ti-ek-ek-ek
call that can be heard from the perimeter fence. The bird survey team
on their fortnightly autumn counts were delighted to be able to add
another bird to their list.

Our Kaka chick has left the nest and was first spotted being fed by
mum several metres above the nest hole. It is already the same size as
its mother but easily recognisable as it is the only unbanded Kaka in
the reserve.

Intensive trapping and poisoning of the mouse population has continued
but results will not be known until the next monitoring round has been
completed in a few weeks.

On April 20th the crane working on full extension on the Visitor
Centre toppled over and crashed through the roof structure. Luckily
no-one was injured. On the face of it the damage does not appear too
severe although it has not yet been assessed professionally at the
time of writing.

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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WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT (column)

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT

By Scott Willis

WEP Retrofit Rollout

First frosts! Yes, don't worry, the WEP retrofit rollout is happening.
I've been fielding enquires about if and when, and can say that after
some frustrations seemingly created by the organisational requirements
for such a rapid rollout, its all speeding up. Just keep an eye on
activity around the containers of insulation material stored in
Waitati. If you have put in an application, be prepared to make some
quick decisions. You'll have to pay $30 on the initial visit, and then
pay the 20% cost before the retrofit can happen. Make it easy by
clearing access to all areas:  you may lose storage but you'll gain
dramatically in household energy efficiency. You can pay in several
ways: in cheque or cash on the day if you've let the contractors know
(when you confirm); directly to the scoper when you receive the
initial visit; by direct credit to EnergySmart's account; by cheque in
the post; by any form at EnergySmart's Dunedin offices. The sooner you
pay, the sooner the retrofit will happen!

As I write, one Waitati resident is employed and two more Blueskin
residents are due to be employed by the contractors to build the
retrofit teams up. I'm hoping they'll become our local retrofit
experts once this rollout is over – available for people unable to
take advantage of this retrofit rollout.

It is not too late to put in an application. There is no
guarantee you'll be accepted, but it is still worth putting it in. A
number of the houses done so far are smaller than the average, meaning
we may get more bang for our buck! You can still find application
forms at Blueskin Bay Library, Waikouaiti Library, Blueskin General
Store, by emailing the WEP, or by calling EnergySmart on 0800 777 674.

Powerhouse Wind Turbine

The exciting news here is that the Lobitz-Brueggemann family, with
Dave Littleton's help, have successfully installed PHW's unique and
innovative 'Thinair' single blade turbine on their property in
Waitati. It is too early to give any results on performance, though
not too early to express an opinion on aesthetics: it's beautiful!

Bill and Wayne of PHW are keen to fine-tune their prototype and Hagen,
with his expertise and passion, is actively participating in PHW's
development and testing of the machine. The PHW team has invested
virtually all in this project and it is both ambitious and pragmatic:
a cutting edge design for small-scale generation in NZ's variable wind
environment. Hagen has plans to generate up to 80% of the household's
energy needs in terms of household energy and transport, helping
recover installation costs, and he now has the ability to do so. It is
exciting to move beyond words and into deeds, and to begin to see what
can really be achieved. As soon as things have bedded in the WEP will
co-ordinate with Hagen, Sabina and PHW a site visit for interested
members of the community, so please get in touch if you'd like a
closer look!

Community Scale Generation

Site visits to establish the best location for community scale
renewables by OU students (to monitor wind flow around Waitati) should
have happened by the end of April and by May towers should be in
place. Alice Bowden, a masters student in the Geography department, is
intending to use the towers to conduct long term monitoring and assess
the potential, while a number of other Geography students will be
installing the towers and conducting a range of measurements. If you
would like to get involved with the renewable generation side of the
WEP, please get in touch.

You can contact us at this address: waitatienergy@gmail.com, visit the
web-page http://www.transitiontowns.org.nz/waitati or importantly come
to the WEP events. So wrap up, or retrofit, and keep warm till next
month!

- For clickable links and colour pictures, visit the Blueskin News
website: blueskin.co.nz

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Kate & Jason's Insulation Retrofit

Photo by Waitati Energy Group

NEWS: Motorists' winter attitudes worry firefighter

Waitati Volunteer Fire Brigade firefighter Deanne Burrell is concerned
that people are not adjusting their driving behaviour to the wet and
icy conditions as winter arrives.

Deanne told 'Blueskin News' that every year there are around 10 fatal
and 125 injury crashes where bad weather is a contributing factor.
"However, bad weather seldom causes crashes on its own. Generally
crashes occur because a driver makes a mistake. That is why extra care
and attention is required for winter driving."

Winter driving doesn't have to be dangerous or intimidating, Deanne
explained. "By preparing your vehicle and adjusting your driving for
the conditions, you can go a long way towards ensuring your safety and
that of others on the roads this winter."

Drivers need to be aware that that stopping distances are nearly
doubled on wet roads. "Slow down and keep a generous following
distance between you and the car in front. The two-second rule should
become at least the four-second rule," Deanne said.

by the editors

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WAITATI VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE (column)

WAITATI VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE

By Deanne Burrell

Well done to residents of the Blueskin Bay area on another month where
the Brigade has not been called out to any residential Fire calls.
Thank you for helping to keep your community safe.

Recently a resident voiced his concern regarding hanging power lines
and the time it took to get the power company to come out and look at
them. We would like to remind everyone that if you ever have any
concerns regarding hanging power lines, arching lines or sparking
power lines and you are not able to get an immediate response from the
power company please do not hesitate to call 111. It is better to be
safe than sorry.

A great day was held by the Brigade at the recent Blueskin A&P Show
and Clearing Sale where we had a display allowing kids to have a go
using a hose to try and knock a cone off a drum. It was very
encouraging to hear that most of the kids when questioned knew what to
do in a fire: get down, get low, get out. Well done kids.

The Brigade would like to extend a big thank you to Blueskin Mowers &
Chainsaws for their donation of chain bar oil and two-stroke oil for
our recent firewood fundraiser. Your support is very much appreciated.

Winter is now upon us and so brings the need to stoke up our fires at
night to keep warm. Please remember that ashes can take up to five
days to cool. Ashes need to be placed in a metal container, well clear
of your home. If you are using a heater to heat your home, remember
the 'heater-metre' rule – keep yourself and your children, furniture,
clothes and curtains at least one metre away from heaters and
fire-places.

SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES. ARE YOURS WORKING?


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BLUESKIN PLAYCENTRE (column)

BLUESKIN PLAYCENTRE

By Katie Bourne

It is time for our annual Jumble Sale again: 11am Sunday 24 May at
Waitati Hall. It is a fundraiser for Playcentre and a brilliant
opportunity for everyone to get some bargains. Do you have any jumble
you would like to donate? If so, thanks! You can either take it to
Playcentre 9-Noon Mon, Wed or Fri or call Ishtar on 482 2535 to
arrange a drop off.

An exciting trip to Waitati School gave our children a taste of the
fun to be had at school. They had morning tea and joined in with
different activities. It was especially nice to see Rose and Mihai who
have recently graduated from playcentre.

The A&P show was a fun day. Thanks to Tania (and friends) who worked
hard organising the Noddy Train fundraising for Playcentre. Mandy
Mayhem, as always, did a marvellous job entertaining the children with
such classics as the three-legged and sack races.

We said happy birthday to Benedict who turned 3. A yummy birthday
morning tea was enjoyed by all! No one left us to go to school this
term, but we welcomed several new children. It's great to meet new
faces and there is always room for more little ones so come along and
check it out.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Tree planting at Warrington

Tree Planting on the Warrington Esplanade with the Otago Tree Society:
1pm Anzac Day (Saturday 25 April). Bring spades, gloves and sturdy
footwear. Postponement or continuation if required on Sunday from 12
Noon.

WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB (column)

WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB

by Lyn Hastie, Kaye Burns and Peter Dowden

The season has come to an end but we are still busy with planning,
swimming practice and training for next summer.

It has been a busy few months with competitions, new guards getting
trained, rescue boat workshops and training, meetings, fundraising,
fun and friendships.

Our new club rooms were recently opened and attended by present and
past members, sponsors and three of the very first members of our old
club, dating from its origins at Moana Rua on Middle Beach, South
Dunedin. It was great to welcome back Mrs Pat Ellison, Mr Arnold Jones
and Mr Fred Burton who were the instigators of our very first
Warrington club room, the A-frame. They took two years to build this
in their own time and often using their own money. We have much to be
thankful for and they were acknowledged accordingly. Lyne and Gilbert
Carlyle officially opened the new extension.

Our new club rooms are now available for public use and have already
been used by the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board for a public
meeting. If you wish to use the club rooms for a function,meeting or
whatever phone Hannah Randall to make a booking: 482 1141.

Our Monster Garage Sale raised over $1,700. Thanks to everyone who
contributed goods and the many bargain hunters who supported this
great fundraiser for our Club. Special thanks to Marilyn and Gordon
Weare, Brenda Greene, Lyne Carlyle and Blueskin Nurseries. Raffle
winners were: Hamper,Daisy from Waitati, plants Rowena Park and Rachel
McMillan both of Warrington.

The seasons break-ups have also been held, one for the lifeguards and
the other for all families. The Familton/Forbes Family and Pete
Russell were the recipients of the club's trophies for going the extra
mile in time given is so many ways to the running of the club.
Congratulations and well done to you all.

There are many others to also thank, whose work often goes un-noticed:
Club coaches, meeting attendees, menders, fixers, and a special
thank-you to our treasurer who does a huge job behind the scenes.

Thanks also to our band of Surf Lifeguards and Patrol Supports.
Numbers have grown this year and patrols received 100% in their three
inspections during the season.

We have had great results from Warrington in competitions this season.
Unfortunately there have not been any junior results published in the
ODT, so here are some highlights this season for our juniors:

Elsa who was 2nd overall in the under 8 girls

Ali was 1st and Mira 2nd in the under 10 girls

Scott was 2nd in the under 10 boys

Johnny was 3rd in under 12 boys

Matt 3rd equal in the under 14 boys

Ali was 3rd equal in the Otago Champs.

Ali won the top girl trophy

Scott won the top boy trophy

We thank Laurie Henderson for work on our new kitchen flooring. If you
are looking at new flooring please give Laurie a call on 4822760 for
competitive rates.

Brett Hayes, local Electrician was responsible for the installation of
our new pre-loved oven, please support him too: 021 542 170.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 11 May. Members are urged to
attend for important planning for next season.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2009

WARRINGTON INDOOR BOWLS (column)

WARRINGTON INDOOR BOWLS

by Stephne Bennett

Indoor bowls opened on Tuesday 31 March at Warrington Hall. We welcome
new members and currently have no nightly fee. It is a fun sport held
indoors by the heaters in winter and enables one to challenge oneself
while participating in a team. So feel free to come any Tuesday night
at 7.30 for a look and perhaps a game and see if you enjoy it. We are
a very friendly bunch of people.

Eastern Districts open night was held on Friday 17th April and so the
season is under way.  Interclub starts 23rd April with the first
round.

Warrington is holding its Tournament at Waitati Hall on 2 May.  This
is open to registered and non-registered players. It is under a
'fours' format and promises to be a great day for all concerned with
good prizes, raffles, food and drink.

Andrew Thompson and Stephne Bennett gained selection to the Otago Team
with their first game held in Balclutha on 26 April. They follow in
the illustrious footsteps of our current member and past Otago Rep
Cliff Porteous.

Remember don't sit and look at four walls on a Tuesday night - Come
and play bowls. Contact Stephne Bennett ph 4822 585 for more details.

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BLUESKIN BAY GREEN PARTY (column)

BLUESKIN BAY GREEN PARTY

By Nancy Higgins

A Green New Deal for Aotearoa?

Green list MP Kevin Hague will be the guest speaker at a public
meeting hosted by the in Blueskin Bay branch of the Green Party at
Waitati Hall on Saturday May 21, 8pm.

The 'Green New Deal' which Green MPs are working on at present
discusses how to solve the twin crises of economic recession and
climate change/environmental collapse. It is completely within our
reach to create more jobs, address the climate crisis as well as the
economic crisis, and leave the economy in a stronger position.

The world over, many Governments are responding to the recession with
practical realistic ideas that recognise the economy and the
environment go hand in hand. So far, Green New Deal packages have been
announced in the US, France, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Australia,
Korea, China, and Mexico. New Zealand is lagging behind and our
future, and that of our children, depends on us acting on this issue
right now before it gets any worse.

We are very keen to discuss those ideas with Kevin and to pass on
local people's ideas about how they could be expanded and improved.

We hope to bring together a wide and varied range of views and ideas
so please forward this invitation onto all your family, friends and
networks.

Any questions: contact Kevin Hague's office:
jennifer.lawless@parliament.govt.nz or the Green website
www.greens.org.nz

Sunday, 19 April 2009

WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB (column)

WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB

by Lyn Hastie, Kaye Burns and Peter Dowden

The season has come to an end but we are still busy with planning,
swimming practice and training for next summer.

It has been a busy few months with competitions, new guards getting
trained, rescue boat workshops and training, meetings, fundraising,
fun and friendships.

Our new club rooms were recently opened and attended by present and
past members, sponsors and three of the very first members of our old
club, dating from its origins at Moana Rua on Middle Beach, South
Dunedin. It was great to welcome back Mrs Pat Ellison, Mr Arnold Jones
and Mr Fred Burton who were the instigators of our very first
Warrington club room, the A-frame. They took two years to build this
in their own time and often using their own money. We have much to be
thankful for and they were acknowledged accordingly.

Our new club rooms are now available for public use and have already
been used by the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board for a public
meeting. If you wish to use the club rooms for a function,meeting or
whatever phone Hannah Randall to make a booking: 482 1141.

Our Monster Garage Sale brought in about $1700.00. many thanks to
donors of goods and the many bargain hunters who supported this great
fundraiser for our Club.

The seasons break-ups have also been held, one for the lifeguards and
the other for all families. The Familton/Forbes Family and Pete
Russell were the recipients of the club's trophies for going the extra
mile in time given is so many ways to the running of the club.
Congratulations and well done to you all.

There are many others to also thank, whose work often goes un-noticed:
Club coaches, meeting attendees, menders, fixers, and a special
thank-you to our treasurer who does a huge job behind the scenes.

Thanks also to our band of Surf Lifeguards and Patrol Supports.
Numbers have grown this year and patrols received 100% in their three
inspections during the season.

We have had great results from Warrington in competitions this season.
Unfortunately there have not been any junior results published in the
ODT, so here are some highlights this season for our juniors:

Elsa who was 2nd overall in the under 8 girls

Ali was 1st and Mira 2nd in the under 10 girls

Scott was 2nd in the under 10 boys

Johnny was 3rd in under 12 boys

Matt 3rd equal in the under 14 boys

Ali was 3rd equal in the Otago Champs.

We thank Laurie Henderson for work on our new kitchen flooring. If you
are looking at new flooring please give Laurie a call on 4822760 for
competitive rates.

Brett Hayes, local Electrician was responsible for the installation of
the range, please support him too: 021 542 170.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 11 May. Members are urged to
attend for important planning for next season.

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BLUESKIN YOUTH CENTRE ASSOCIATION

We have just had our AGM and a new committee has come together with renewed energy and enthusiasm to continue the process on behalf of the community to establish facilities for the area's Youth.

The Association was established to administer the affairs of the Youth Hall (Old Church near State Highway 1) which it did for many years. Unfortunately the Old Church suffered a major fire and we were unable to rebuild. We took the most sensible option which was to sell and make use of the funds for the youth of the Blueskin area. We then commissioned a survey of all interested parties as to how best use the funds available.

Requests pointed towards a multi-use hard court in the centre of Waitati. This vision was expanded to encompass a wider variety of other issues: a safer play area for smaller children, a cycle track along the river to link Waitati Valley Rd, a BMX type track, a climbing wall, basketball hoops, a tennis court, and an indoor complex alongside the multi-use hard court.

The committee decided to concentrate on the multi-use hard court surface. In addition we wanted to apply for as much funding as possible while still retaining a core of funding for the bigger vision.

For the past couple of years we have been stalled due to various issues but as you see in the opening comment we come with renewed energy and enthusiasm towards action.

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Friday, 17 April 2009

Story from Otago Daily Times Online

Endangered saddlebacks back on mainland after 100 years

Endangered saddlebacks back on mainland after 100 years

Eight of the 34 nationally-endangered birds brought from Ulva Island on Wednesday were released into the forest yesterday morning following a welcome ceremony led by Mr Ellison.

Blueskin Bay news for Friday April 17

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday April 17

 

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With the school holidays now well underway, you may be looking for activities to keep the youngsters entertained. Look no further than Bluekskin Bay where kite making has been underway all week at the Waitati Hall. Next week the children move on to puppet making, and this too will be held at Waitati Hall each afternoon through to next Friday. Start time is 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

 

The final Waitati Edible Gardens Harvest Market of the season will be held on Sunday morning. This event showcases local products – plants, preserves and produce, all made or grown in the wider Blueskin Bay area. The market starts at 10.30 and is held on the front porch of the old Waitati store in Harvey Street. Sellers and buyers both welcome.

 

Next Thursday, the results of the recent Waitati Household Energy Use Survey will be announced and debated. From 7.30, researchers from the Otago Energy Research Centre will explain the findings, which promises to be an entertaining and interactive evening. The survey feedback evening will be held in the Waitati Hall with refreshments at its conclusion.

 

Do you happen to have a spare couch? The Waitati Energy Project is in the process of setting up an office in the front of the old Waitati store. While many items to furnish the office have already been found, the WEP is still in need of a comfortable couch. If you can help, Scott Willis would like to hear from you. He can be reached at 482 2249.

 

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

 

 

Thursday, 16 April 2009

BLUESKIN BAY BOOK CLUB

The April meeting of the Blueskin Bay Book Club was held on Tuesday 7
April. There was interesting chatter about books we have read in
general and in depth discussion about 'Secrets' by Rhonda Byrne,
reviewed by Karen, and 'The Corfu Trilogy' by Gerald Durrell, reviewed
by Liz.

The next meeting will be held at the Blueskin Bay Nurseries Cafe on
Friday 5 June at 10am.

Intending new members can come along and join us there.

See you all there.


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Monday, 13 April 2009

Recent pictures from Warrington Surf Life Saving Club

Photos by Blueskin News:

1: Monster Garage Sale, Saturday 28 March

2: Kids playing at the garage Sale

3: Pru Casey unveiling the sponsors' plaque, Official Opening of
Building Redevelopment, Saturday 4 April 2009

4: Guests of Honour at the official opening, Gilbert Carlyle and Lyne
Carlyle, pose at the ribbon cutting.

5: Musician and former Club member Johnny Appleby and another
co-member of 7-piece band Jam Seed perform (as a duo) at the Opening.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

WARRINGTON SCHOOL (column)

WARRINGTON SCHOOL

by Nathan Parker, June Anderson and Peter Dowden

Building work has started at our school, beginning with the former
school teacher's house being converted to a proper admin block and
multi-purpose space.

Work on the school building will occur during the holidays with the
new cloak bay and enlarging of Rooms 1 and 2. We hope to continue
teaching around the building process, possibly having to work from the
new multi-purpose space (once completed) and the library.

Our annual Wawa Challenge sport event with Waitati School was finally
run as the 'Wa Challenge' as Waitati were unable to join us this term.
Well done to all the competitors and congratulations to Tait who won
this closely-contested race.

Congratulations to Gracie and Devon who represented Warrington at the
Otago Swimming Championships with over 500 competitors from across
Otago. Both achieved personal best times in their events and Devon was
placed 4th for freestyle and 3rd in backstroke.

Kids' Lit Quiz

After several weeks practising answering quiz questions, the
Warrington team - Izzie, Florence, Eva and Andrea - took part in the
Year 6 -8 Literature Quiz at Dunedin North Intermediate School. The
girls answered 100 questions about books, authors, characters, titles.
They answered many of the questions correctly and won a book prize
each at the end of one round. There were even questions for the
audience, the support crew
of Elspeth, Carmel and Rob all took home book prizes too. Warrington
team can be very proud of their reading knowledge and recall.

We had a disco on the last day of Term 1 at the Warrington with a
"black and white" theme.

Our Surfing group has had its last session for the season and next
term we will be getting involved in Netball and Hockey, while some of
us will be involved in Soccer at Waitati.

Mon 27 April: Term 2 starts
Mon 1 June: Queen's Birthday
Early June: proposed Marae visit
22-26 June: Matariki week
Fri 3 July: Term 2 ends

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

White chocolate Easter truffle making at Blueskin Bay Library

Homemade Easter Truffle Making Workshop with Bessie at the Blueskin
Bay Library.

Thursday 9 April

4 – 5pm

Everyone welcome!

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Louise Booth

Lift-off in housing will leave space in Warrington

The Futuro house in Park Road, Warrington, which will soon be
relocated to Auckland.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Surf Life Saving clubroom extensions opened

Photo: Gilbert and Lyne Carlyle, guests of honour at the Warrington
Surf Life Saving Club's opening ceremony on Saturday 4 April, wield an
enormous pair of scissors.

Photo: Pru Casey unveils the plaque.

Photos by Blueskin News.

Surf Life Saving clubroom extensions opened

Photo: Gilbert and Lyne Carlyle, guests of honour at the Warrington
Surf Life Saving Club's opening ceremony on Saturday 4 April, wield an
enormous pair of scissors.

Photo: Pru Casey unveils the plaque.

Photos by Blueskin News.

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Monday, 6 April 2009

Easter Services at St Barnabas Church, Warrington

Holy Week Services

On Maundy Thursday (9 April) services will be held at St Barnabas
(7.00pm) and Holy Trinity, Port Chalmers (7.30pm).

On Good Friday (10 April) services will be held in Holy Trinity
(9.30am) and St Barnabas (10.00am).

On Holy Saturday (11 April) we are invited to join with other parishes
at the Cathedral for the Easter Vigil with the lighting of the Fire at
8.00pm.

On Easter Day ( Sunday 12 April) our services will be the usual times:
9.30am in Holy Trinity and 11.30am in St Barnabas.

Louise Booth

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Thursday, 2 April 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday April 3

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday April 3

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The Blueskin A&P Clearing Sale is the main event in the bay this weekend. Starting at 10.30am at Bland Park, Waitati, there’ll be an auction from 11am, family fun all day, and car boot sales. A great place to pick up bargains, see what local residents are making, and enjoy a day out.

As part of the Clearing Sale the A&P Photography competition exhibition is on at the Waitati Hall until Monday April 6. You can view work by our talented local photographers from 10am until 4pm daily.

Sunday sees the return of the Seacliff market at Coast Rd, Seacliff. There’s a great range of plants, preserves, clothes, bric-a-brac and food. Open between 11am and 2pm.

The Blueskin Book Club meets at the Blueskin Café at 10am on Tuesday morning. New members are welcome to come along and join in the discussion and enjoy a coffee.

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

Later in the week, the Waikouaiti Community Board comes to Blueskin Bay. It meets at the Warrington Surf Club on Thursday at 5.30pm.

If any Waitati resident happens to spot a beautiful Russian blue cat in the vicinity of the library or Harvey St, please phone the library. Jayjay has only recently moved to Waitati and has got himself lost.

Blueskin News takes a break next week, as it will be Good Friday.

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

 

 

Missing Russian Blue Cat called JayJay

Hi there

I am new to the district and live across the road from the Blueskin
Bay Library. My name is JayJay and I am about six years old. I needed
a new home and Louise took me in. I ran away last night and if you see
me could you please ring Louise at 482 1981 or at the library 482
2444. I am very timid.

Many thanks
JayJay

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Time marches on, but March stops at 31 days usually. The current issue
of Blueskin News just distributed is in fact the April issue. Yes, the
financial year has indeed ended. Yes, it is time to start working out
your income tax. -- the editors