Friday, 29 May 2009

Warrington teacher heading to Antarctica

Warrington School teacher Trisha Korth has been awarded a Science
Teacher Fellowship for terms three and four this year. The fellowship is
awarded to teachers to enhance their science understanding and to inspire and
promote learning and teaching of Antarctic science in primary schools.

Trisha will be heading to Antarctica with a group of scientists to
study the effect of
environmental change on marine life. This is very exciting as part of this study
will be having video links with her whilst she is away.

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No Council help in the pipeline to flush school toilets

Power cuts are a continual problem for Warrington School which is dependent on
the continuity of the power supply for heating and water.

"Toilets are especially problematic as our water is supplied via an
electric pump," school principal Nathan Parker told 'Blueskin News'.
"Last week we spoke to the DCC about the school giving direct access
to the [high-pressure mains] water supply in case of power cuts and
they were not willing to do so, stating if they did it for us they
would have to do it for all. If the power is off at school we would
appreciate it if children could remain at home until it comes back
on."

by the editors

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Thursday, 28 May 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday May 29

 

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

 

The Blueskin Youth Centre Association is to develop a replacement for the old Youth Hall, a former church, which was damaged by fire several years ago. It is proposed that the replacement in Bland Park, Waitati will be a covered, all-weather structure with a hard, smooth playing surface.

The Association will hold a meeting on 22 June at Waitati Hall, to advance its proposal. The meeting will be open to the public.

 

The Waitati Film Society’s offering next Tuesday is a double feature, with both films from Palestine. A Letter from Sarah is a short film which has won several film festival awards. And, Until When, is a documentary which focuses on the insecure lives of four Palestinian families living in Israel. Movies are shown at Bill’s Place, Orokanui Rd, Waitati from 8pm. Everyone is welcome.

 

There are two events this coming week for book lovers. The Blueskin Book Club meets at 10am at Blueskin CafĂ© on Tuesday. All book lovers are welcome.  And, the library ‘book car’ will be at Warrington School on June 3, between 2 and 3pm. Members of the public are welcome.

 

And, if you’re looking for something active to do over the winter, try tae kwon do. Every Monday and Wednesday, classes are held at Warrington Hall between 6pm and 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

 

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

 

 

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Your Say from Otago Daily Times Online

Warrington camper van invasion

Dear Ed,

All we want to say is how we are deeply saddened by the attack on the elderly couple last Friday night.

Story from Otago Daily Times Online

More witnesses sought to 'cowardly' Warrington attack

Witnesses to the attack on an elderly couple in a camper van at the Warrington Domain are being sought by Dunedin police.

June 'Blueskin News' hits the streets

The June issue is off to the printers and will be distributed this
weekend for 1 June.

In the meantime, it can be viewed in PDF form here:
http://newzealand.wikia.com/wiki/File:BNJune09Small.pdf

All the contents are also elsewhere on this website, published
throughout the month as they arrive.

Story from Otago Daily Times Online

Warrington life guard Pru Casey mentioned at the end of the article.

Surf life-saving: Lifeguard rewarded for hours on watch

Surf life-saving: Lifeguard rewarded for hours on watch

Seth McPhee is doing something he loves - sometimes for 30 hours a week, and almost always unpaid.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Evansdale kitset house off to Christchurch

Smith Crane & Construction building movers needed the help of a Fulton
Hogan grader to remove this Habode pre-fabricated house from the
Blueskin Hotel forecourt at Evansdale, where it had been on display as
a show home. The house was being taken to Christchurch. Photo by Peter
Dowden.

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NEWS: From Bland vision to grand design

The Blueskin Youth Centre Association resolved on Monday 25 May to
develop a replacement at Bland Park in Waitati for the old Youth Hall,
a former church, damaged by fire several years ago. It is proposed
that the replacement will be a covered, all-weather, roofed structure
with a hard, smooth playing surface.

The Association will hold a meeting, open to the public, on 22 June at
Waitati Hall, to advance its proposal. Full details will be published
in next month's 'Blueskin News'.

by the editors

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Monday, 25 May 2009

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS column

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS

By Lynnaire Johnston

The community garden project, co-ordinated by Derek Onley has been a
huge success. 250kg of potatoes were harvested in May, a great harvest
for the garden's first year of production. (Previously, it had been a
corner of Frank and Lynley's horse paddock). This project has been a
real success, and all the gardeners involved have reported not only
plenty of potatoes but also the pleasure of communal gardening.

This achievement has inspired the weggies to move ahead on another
aspect, developing an edible streetscapes strategy, and community
gardening in general. We want to set up community allotments in Bland
Park, a scheme which has the broad support of the Blueskin A&P
Association, although details have yet to be fully finalised.

The plan is to make allotment space available on the park's highly
fertile alluvial soil to individuals, families and groups wishing to
set up gardens there. To this end, anyone wishing to take advantage of
this free space should register their interest by contacting me
(Lynnaire Johnston: 482 1364 or lynnaire@ihug.co.nz).

A Weggie meeting will be held in the next few weeks, essentially to
discuss how best to put the next phase of the community garden plan
into action, ideally so that by next spring green shoots will be
pushing their way through the soil in new allotments.

Remember, life membership for only $5. To get onto our email list,
send an email to: waitati.edible.gardeners@gmail.com

(Lucy Jack is currently completing her PhD and hopes her usual column
and 'Ask Aunt Lucy' advice column will return in next month's
Blueskin News.)

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MP clinic times for June

Next MP clinic for your community:
Monday 15 June 2009
2.30pm Waitati Library

PETE HODGSON
MP Dunedin North
Ph 03 474 1973 Fax 03 474 9913
Email pete@petehodgson.co.nz

Sunday, 24 May 2009

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT (column)

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT

by Scott Willis

Photos: Geog380 students and Alice Bowden, MA student, at the proposed
test site (testing the wind velocity). Photo by Scott Willis.

Nick Cullen, with Geog380 students and Alice Bowden, constructing the
wind tower/weather station, and a fence to protect it from cattle and
goats, on Graeme and Marie Bennett's land, on the 21st of May (photo
supplied by Carl Scott of the WEP).

Renewable Generation is the theme this month, along with the wild
weather welcoming winter in, and energy efficiency through
retrofitting making its benefits felt.

On Thursday 21 May a small group took advantage of a
pause in the snowy deluge to put up the first weather tower. Nicolas
Cullen, from the University of Otago Geography Dept and his intrepid
GEOG380 students, (and Alice Bowden, a Master's student), were
supported by the WEP's Carl Scott. The site is on Marie and Graeme
Bennett's land, and wind, solar and temperature measurements will be
recorded for a year, with the information analysed firstly by the
GEOG380 students and then by Alice to develop a model for renewable
generation, and to appraise the suitability of the site for a wind
turbine. The second test site is still waiting for its wind monitor.

On the same day, Chris Young and I had a meeting with Terry Jones and
Lloyd Williamson of PowerNet, with an eye to working together to use
transmission lines to feed into the grid or distribute locally
generated electricity. We came away from that meeting fully charged
with enthusiasm.

We have a great deal of support for our community Micro-Hydro
generation model from the University of Otago and the
College of Engineering, University of Canterbury, with the DCC
holding the key and discussions with local landowners on the agenda.
Of all the generation projects, this is the on Scott Willise (with one
or two more
ingredients) that we could put a clear timeline on.

Generating is one thing, distributing it is another. Lindsay Graeme in
the Renewable Generation team is working on a model of a local
integrated grid, with each house having an import/export meter and an
inverter, and households charged for the energy they use and credited
for the energy they feed back. This is a variant of the
bulk-purchasing model proposed by Jeanette Fitzsimons at last year's
energy forum, and is actually quite technically simple, according to PowerNet.

Rhe new turbine, called 'Thin-air', at Hagen and Sabina's property is
working well, and it is a delight to see the asymmetrical whoop whoop
of the single blade from afar. We're aiming to log all this
fascinating story in time.

Retrofit Rollout

On 22 May around 210 homes had been scoped and insulation
retrofit measures installed on 115 of them. The WEP Retrofit Rollout
will end by 30 June, so the pace will increase throughout
the month. A local team of retrofitters is now on the EnergySmart
staff, so look out for Digby, Gerry and Tom if your house is being
retrofitted. Aotea Electrical Southern are now also contracted to
deliver some retrofits, to make sure we get as many done as possible
by the cut-off date, and it is great to have them on board. In terms
of green job creation, the WEP Retrofit Rollout example has been very
worthwhile, with about 30 new staff employed at EnergySmart.

If the informal reports coming back are any indication, the rollout
has been a huge success and WEP will be preparing a report for the
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority on our experience and
encouraging its continuation. By the time you read this, the Budget
will be out and rumours are circulating that the Greens have worked
with National to boost funding for insulation ('Green Jobs'). So don't
give up if somehow you missed hearing about it, or just missed out.
We'll be trying for more.

In other news, in May I gave two presentations on the WEP at the
University: a Geography Seminar and a lecture to Geography216
students. Rosemary Penwarden prepared for the WEP a thorough
submission to the Otago Regional Council (Transport Strategy) on
Transport, viewable at our website. Another meeting of the Otago
Energy Research Centre/Waitati community liaison group in anticipated
in coming weeks, date to be confirmed, and I'll be talking some more
about the WEP at the Dunedin Pecha Kucha 2 event on Wednesday 10th
June (doors open at 7.30pm, start 8.20pm) at the Otago Polytechnic.

Details at: http://www.pechakucha.co.nz/, or from Paul Smith, Dunedin
Fringe Director.

Please get in touch with the WEP at this address:
waitatienergy@gmail.com, visit the web-page:
http://www.transitiontowns.org.nz/waitati , or come to theWEP
events/meetings, advertised by subscription to the WEP list and on
the main notice board when in the hall, or call Scott Willis, 482 2048.

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Saturday, 23 May 2009

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

by Sue Hensley

Winter has arrived and with it the first snowfall - a new experience
for the tuatara. However they are somewhat protected from the weather
as they remain in holding pens until their future placement is
decided. They were given a health check and weighed prior to winter
and were found to be in good nick although 3 were a bit overweight – a
reflection on the enthusiastic invertebrate hunting by their human
carers. Now they have burrowed down and out of sight to find some
warmth surfacing only on the odd sunny day.

The saddlebacks are settling in to their new home and are enjoying the
orange berries of the stinkwood tree. They are being monitored by
Zoology masters student Bryce Masuda. This requires a huge amount of
walking and sometimes a lot of luck to track them down and then get
close enough to be able to see and record the leg bands. This is not
an easy task especially now they are calling less often. Twenty-two of
the thirty eight birds have been sighted so far which is a pretty good
result.

The mouse population has decreased dramatically after a round of
intensive trapping, poisoning and monitoring. Unfortunately rat
footprints have been detected and this has now become the number one
priority for eradication.

Construction of the Visitor Centre is back on track (although a few
weeks behind) following April's crane crash. One container, some roof
struts and a portion of the decking had to be replaced but the
foundations were not affected.

The Ecosanctuary is open exclusively for guided tours at present.
Bookings are essential. Tours cost $20 adult or $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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Friday, 22 May 2009

WARRINGTON PLAYCENTRE

Busy times at Warrington Playcentre with a pile of birthdays in rapid
succession. A number of toddlers turned two - happy birthday to Ben,
Ella, Lucas, Arlo - and our big three year olds Bruno and Madi.

We've had a bit if a revamp getting ready for E.R.O's visit. Thanks to
everyone who has helped out making sure that everything is ship-shape.

Thanks to everyone who supported our playcentre's fundraiser by
purchasing raffle tickets at the Waitati A&P Clearence Sale. Thanks to
Cadbury's for supplying the prizes and to Jo for spending her day
selling tickets. Congratulations to all the winners - hope you didn't
get too many pimples!

Playcentre has seemed strangely quiet at times with the departure of
quite a few of our boisterous four year olds who turned five and have
joined the lovely Mrs Russel in the junior class at Warrington School.
We hope you are all enjoying yourselves there and will come and visit
us some time.

We would like to extend a warm invitation to anyone interested in
coming along and joining sessions. They run from 9am to 12 noon,
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and are free for under two and a half
year olds. You are all most welcome.


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Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday May 22

 

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

 

Despite the weather, a core group of hardy souls turned out last night to hear Green list MP Kevin Hague discuss the party’s Green New Deal initiative. This looks at how to solve the crises of economic recession, climate change and environmental collapse. The meeting was hosted by the Blueskin Bay branch of the Green Party.

 

Blueskin Play Centre’s annual jumble sale will be held at Waitati Hall on Sunday and there are lots of great bargains to be had. The sale starts at 11am.

 

Waitati Film Society’s offering this Tuesday is the 1985 American movie Mala Noche. Movies are shown at Bill’s Place, Orokanui Rd from 8pm.

 

The Blueskin Youth Centre Administration committee is holding a meeting on Monday at 7.30 at the Waitati Hall. Submissions will be made to the committee that focus on building a sustainable and dynamic future for our youth, our environment and our communities. The meeting is open to the public.

 

Another creative memories workshop will be held on Thursday. The venue is the Warrington Hall and the evening runs from 7pm to 9.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

 

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

 

 

Story from Otago Daily Times Online

Elderly campers terrorised by youths

Elderly campers terrorised by youths

Police have vowed to pursue "with vigour" a group of young people who terrorised an elderly couple in a campervan at Warrington Domain at the weekend - and a cellphone found at the scene could be the key to the investigation.

BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY (column)

BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY

By Louise Booth

So winter has come early. You will all be looking on the bright side,
blazing fires, comfort food, and the forced abandonment of outside
chores in favour of books, DVDs, CDs. You need to come and see us.
Read on for some of the ways in which we can look after you, book
clubs, get-well-service, outlet for your poems, and more.

Housebound Service

Some of you may not know that we like to arrange delivery of books,
magazines, DVDs and CDs to anyone who is unable to come to us, for
reasons of frailty, permanent or temporary disability, or sickness. If
you would like to use this service, or can think of anyone who might
benefit from it, let us know. We try to cater to the person's tastes
as much as possible.

Get-Well Bags

We make up bags of goodies to cheer people up when they are sick. We
especially like to do this for children, but anyone laid low, might
feel less miserable after receiving one of our bags. Please give us
the names of anyone you know in this position.

Book Clubs

Adult

The adults' club meets on Tuesday, June 2, at 10am in the Blueskin Bay
Café. All book lovers welcome.

Waitati Children's Book Club

Carolyn will meet children who'd like to belong to this club at
Waitati School at 3.15pm on Wednesday June 24. Everyone who enjoys
reading is welcome.

Warrington Children's Book Club

Carolyn will meet the members of this club at Warrington School at
3.15 pm on Wednesday June 17. All book-lovers welcome.

Warrington Outreach

The library 'book car' will be at Warrington School on June 3 and 17,
2-3pm. Members of the public are welcome.

Staff News

Mike Wooliscroft has resigned from his position as from 19 June in
order to move to Auckland for new roles there. Mike has been a
valuable member of the Blueskin Bay Library team and has contributed
most generously with his time and expertise. He will be very much
missed by both the library team and community.

Kate Fitzharris is now on parental leave but frequently visits the
library as a customer. We look forward to the birth of her baby.

Amanda Whiffen gave birth to another baby daughter named Indigo. We
wish her and her little family all the best for the future.

We all look forward to seeing you at the library.

Louise, Carolyn, Averil, Mike and Bessie

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Whare Wananga, Waitati, July 2009. Contact Alex 482 2525, 021 138
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WARRINGTON PLAYCENTRE: SPACE hits Blueskin Bay area

WARRINGTON PLAYCENTRE

SPACE hits Blueskin Bay area

By Christine Rainbow

SPACE (supporting parents alongside children's education) arrives in
Blueskin Bay on Monday June 8 at 10.30-1pm, Warrington Playcentre.

SPACE is a programme for mainly first-time parents and babies. The
weekly sessions are held in a relaxed and baby friendly environment
and include:

*opportunities for parents to meet and get to know one another

*play sessions with age-appropriate equipment that supports infants
learning and development

*discussions and information on relevant child development and parenting topics

*an introduction to rhymes, music and books for infants

If you would like to come for a coffee and a chat to see if SPACE is
for you and have a child aged under 10 months or will soon have a
child, ring or txt Christine on 021 237 1158 or 482 2005.

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BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB (column)

By Lesley Smith

The Blueskin Garden Club met on Thursday 14 May for their Annual
General Meeting. This took the form of a dinner at the Blueskin Bay
Café.

To make the evening more entertaining we were all to wear our "best
hats".  All the twenty-one members who attended turned up looking
splendiferous in their "best" hats. The variety of hats ranged from
hats with parrots and butterflies on, wedding hats, grandma's hat,
flowery hats, autumn hats and ski hats to name but a few.

We had a most enjoyable dinner (thanks to Lee), with lots of chatting
and discussion about almost every subject that you could think of (not
sure whether gardening was one!), jokes (thanks to Lyne Carlyle) and
raffles, (plants of course!).

During the evening we got down to the business side of the meeting
with the President's annual report (splendidly prepared and read by
Lyne C), financial report and election of officers.

Thanks to the magnificent job that our current office bearers have
done, (and their willingness to stand again) they were all nominated
and re-elected with the exception of our Vice-President. Rowena Park
decided that it would be a good opportunity for someone else to hold
the position as she had been Vice-President for several years.

The office bearers for 2009/2010 are as follows:

President:                     Lyne Carlyle

Vice-President:              Lynnaire Johnston

Secretary:                     Lyn Hastie

Treasurer:                      Glenys Clement

Committee:                   Marilyn Richardson

                                    Daphne Henderson

                                    Rowena Park

                                    Lesley Smith

During the course of the meeting an opportunity was given for all
members to write down what they would like the Garden Club to do in
the coming year. At our first Committee Meeting to be held early June
the programme will be discussed and organised.

Our next meeting will be held as usual on the second Thursday of the
month: 11 June. All members will be notified nearer the date regarding
the format and venue of the meeting. New members are most welcome.
Please contact Lyn Hastie on 482 2896.

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REPLY to opinion article on water fluoridation

REPLY

By John Holmes, Medical Officer of Health, Otago/Southland

People on the Waitati, Warrington water supply, who have previously
used fluoride tablets as supplements, are advised that this is no
longer necessary. The community water supply contains fluoride at the
optimal level (0.7 – 1.0 mg/L) as does the water in urban Dunedin.

The "Public Information" provided by Fluoride Action Network Dunedin
"…that it is now no longer safe to mix infants formula with tap water
in your area. This is due to medication of the new water supply with
Silico-fluoride, a dangerous neurotoxin. Babies are at extreme risk of
fluoride poisoning when they are exposed to fluoridated tap water" is
misleading and untrue.

In 2008 the Advertising Standards Authority decided that a flyer
advertisement including similar claims, circulated by the Fluoride
Action Network NZ in the Waitati district, breached the Advertising
Code of Ethics. The Complaints Board said that claims in the
advertisement linking fluoride with cancer, clearly played on fear. In
the Complaints Board's view, the same applied to the stated
association of "fluoridated water with infant milk formula".  The
Complaints Board said the Advertiser was entitled to express a view,
but to do so in the manner before it played on fear, and as such
rendered the advertisement in breach of Rule 6 of the Code of Ethics:
"Advertisements should not exploit the superstitious, nor without
justifiable reason, play on fear."

(The full decision is available at
http://www.asa.co.nz/display.php?ascb_number=08280 )

Powdered infant formula available in New Zealand contains negligible
amounts of fluoride. The major source of fluoride in infant formula is
from the water used to reconstitute the powdered formula (provided it
is fluoridated water). There is no evidence that the fluoride derived
from water used to reconstitute the formula has any harmful effects in
areas where the fluoride concentration is no more than 1.0 mg/L (Food
and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Infants and Toddlers (Aged 0-2):
A background paper. Wellington: Ministry of Health. 2008).

[Note from 'Blueskin News' editors: Public Health South was invited to
reply to Olive McRae's article, the original of which can be read
here: http://blueskin-co-nz.blogspot.com/2009/05/opinion-fluoride.html
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Saturday, 16 May 2009

WOMEN'S INSTITUTE

by Mary Inglis

Kia Ora Katoa!

We are on the look-out for new members, all ages welcome. Are you
looking for a friendly community minded group? We meet on the second
Thursday of the month at 1.30pm in the Chalmers Room, Port Chalmers
Town Hall, a warm and inviting venue.

You probably know many of us already, Port Chalmers being the
close-knit community it is. If you are the competitive type, we have
monthly competitions in baking, handcraft and gardening. We have
speakers and demonstrations and enjoy catching up with each other over
afternoon tea.

June is our Soup, Savoury & Sandwiches meeting which starts at 12
noon. This would be a great one to come along to with plenty of
opportunity to mix and mingle.

There were 14 members at our May meeting. Gaye won the monthly raffle
and Kath, Ruth, Muriel and Gaye received Birthday gifts. Dorothy Fyfe
was presented with a twenty years Long Service medal. She has been a
member of four Institutes in that time as her husband's work took them
to various towns. No matter where she lived there was a Women's
Institute nearby. During the meeting we had a short reading from the
Home & Country magazine. Motto - 'In this busy world it is refreshing
to find someone who still has time to be kind'. We also had the
following competitions:

Handcraft from Eisteddfod schedule - Mary Inglis 1st. Peggy Ballantine 2nd.
3 Sugar Buns - Peggy Ballantine 1st. Phyllis Parker 2nd. Mary Inglis 3rd.
1 White Flower - Jean Rees 1st. Ruth Foote 2nd. Peggy Ballantine 3rd.

If this sounds like your scene please ring President Joan 473 7172 or
Secretary Phyllis 472 8991.


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Friday, 15 May 2009

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Thursday, 14 May 2009

Blueskin Bay News for Friday May 15

The Wayne Francis Charitable Trust is seeking three young leaders in the sustainability field to be guests at the Hillary Institute Symposium in Christchurch on World Environment Day, June 5. If you are between 18 and 25, work in sustainability, are passionate about a sustainable future and would like to attend, you need to apply. Details of how can be found on www.hillaryinstitute.org.nz

 

Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson is holding his next community clinic on Monday May 18. He will be at the Blueskin Bay Library in Waitati at 2.30 where he will be available to hear from constituents.

 

Green list MP Kevin Hague will be the guest speaker at a public meeting next Thursday, May 21. Hosted by the Blueskin Bay branch of the Green Party, the meeting will be held in the Waitati Hall from 8pm. Green MPs are currently working how to solve the crises of economic recession, climate change and environmental collapse through the party’s Green New Deal initiative. Everyone is welcome.

 

With the weather turning cold and wet, kids are spending more time inside. So it may be time to visit the Toy library and pick up some new entertainment for them. The Toy Library will be open on Saturday at the Waitati Hall from 10.30 till 11.30 am, and again on Monday May 18 at 6.30 to 7.30pm.

 

Further details on these items can be found on this website.

Monday, 11 May 2009

OPINION: Please bring back Mimi

By Lynnaire Johnston

I understand the resident Blueskin Bay Library and Waitati Hall cat,
Mimi, has been banned from both premises. This seems grossly unfair
not just to Mimi, but to all library patrons and hall users.

She has been a fixture at the hall and library for some time and as
far as I am aware there has been not a single complaint about her.
Mimi, like many other residents, human and animal alike, contributes
to the area's unique and well-known character.

A library cat is not a new or unique phenomenon. Indeed, Dunedin
Public Libraries has the book 'Dewey: the small-town library cat who
touched the world' in its collection. This book makes clear the
benefits a feline librarian can offer to those who crave
companionship, to children who may not have animals at home, and to
staff who enjoy the responsibility of caring for him. And, I should
point out, do so at no cost to ratepayers. (I should point out that
the ban on Mimi was not initiated by the Libraries.)

Yes, I understand that some people are allergic to cats. To a degree,
many of us, including myself, are. But a few sneezes here and there
shouldn't stop us enjoying their company, their unconditional
affection, and their sheer joy in life.

Please bring back Mimi.

Friday, 8 May 2009

WARRINGTON SCHOOL (column)

WARRINGTON SCHOOL

By Nathan Parker and June Anderson

There have been changes to the school over the holidays: Room One and
Two are now enlarged and the admin block has had all its internal
structure pulled out ready for its refit.

There has been lots of correspondence from the Ministry of Health and
Education on the flu epidemic. We have talked to the children about the
recommendations that have been made to us so far:

• stay at home and away from others if you are
  sick
• cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue
• put used tissues into a rubbish bin
• avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth germs
  spread that way
• be careful to wash hands often with soap and
 dry them thoroughly hand
• hygiene is critical: even when you start to feel
  better there is still a risk of infecting others, so
  keep to the 20/20 rule: 20 seconds washing and
  20 seconds drying keep surfaces clean at
  home, school and work.

The end of term Black and White themed disco was lots of fun with the
highlights being the wonderful dancing and the stilt-walking Paul.
Thanks again to all who made this happen.

Last year the National Education and Monitoring Programme's (NEMP)
showed poor results in primary science. With this in mind the school
has chosen Science as a major focus for this year. During the Easter
holidays teachers attended the Science Conference in Dunedin. Its theme was
"Science talk from the classroom to the dinner table". The conference
was a huge hit with the staff and we arrived back this term with
fresh ideas and lots of practical skills to share in the classes. We
hope that the conference theme lives up to its name!

A Marae visit has been planned for June. The whole school will be
attending and some
pupils and families will be sleeping over.

Matariki will be celebrated with our annual lantern festival and beach
clean between 23-25 June.

Heading into winter weather, if the school is closed this will be
relayed through the cancellations section on the radio. The radio
network broadcasts cancellations are on Classic Hits 89.4FM and
Newstalk ZB 1044AM.

A draft School Charter will be reviewed at the Board meeting ready for
community consultation. This is the driving documentation behind the
school and will give us direction over the next 3 years.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Mon 27th April: Term two starts
Thursday 7 May: BOT Meeting - 7.30pm
Monday 25 May: Fireshow 111 1.30pm
Mon 1st June: Queens Birthday
2nd-3rd June: Marae Visit
4th June: BOT Meeting 7.30pm
22nd- 26th June: Matariki week
2nd July: BOT Meeting 7.30pm
Fri 3rd July: Term Two Ends
Mon 20th July: Term Three Starts

ROOM ONE SCIENCE PROJECTS

By Stephanie and Mira from Room 1.

We went down to the pool with Mr Parker. We made paper boats and to see how
many little teddy bears (weighing 4 grams each) we could fit in the
boats we made. The boats were made with one piece of A4 paper. The
most teddies that fitted into the boat without it leaking or sinking
was 91! Steven and
Henry made this boat.  Mr Parker fitted all of the teddies on a piece of flat
paper without it leaking. That was because he had the greatest amount
of flat surface and he started in the middle and worked his way to the
outside.

That afternoon Mr Parker read us the story Maui and the Big Fish. It said that
Maui made a fishing line out of flax, so we decided to try. We made a flax line
and then attached a fishing hook to it..... Mr Parker cut the sharp
ends off the hooks so we didn't scratch ourselves. We got a bucket and
used a 1 litre
measuring cup.  We had to hook our lines to the bucket handle and we gradually
added 1 litre of water, a little at a time until we had 4 groups left.
It was a 10 litre bucket but we had to move onto a 20 litre bucket
because the 4 lines were holding more than 10 litres. Mr Parker filled
it up to 11 litres. Three out of the
four groups had their lines snap at 11 litres but Isobel, Devon and
Mira got up to 23 litres.

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Thursday, 7 May 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday May 8

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday May 8

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

Boil water notices have been lifted for Blueskin Bay after tests by the Dunedin City Council gave the new water pipeline the all-clear. The newly upgraded system has been operational for a few weeks but residents have just recently been officially told the water is safe to drink from the tap.

Tuesday night’s movie at the Waitati Film Society is a must-see. The Insider tells the story of a senior scientist blowing the whistle on his tobacco company employer which claimed ignorance of the carcinogenic nature of cigarettes and the effects of nicotine addiction. It stars Russell Crowe. Meet at Bill’s Place, Orokonui Rd, at 8pm.

We may be looking down the barrel of winter with snow forecast to low levels this weekend but that shouldn’t cause us to go into hibernation. For instance, at Warrington Hall on Tuesday nights there’s Indoor Bowls at 7.30pm. No longer the domain of third agers, today, bowls appeals to all ages. New members are welcome and there is no nightly fee. Plus they claim to be a very friendly bunch of people.

Winter is also an excellent time to catch up on all the reading you’ve got behind on over the past few months. Blueskin Bay Library has a huge range of books and movies to keep you entertained on chilly winter evenings. The library is open every day from 2pm, except Saturdays when it opens at 10, and Sundays when it is closed. Books can be ordered online and delivered to Blueskin Bay Library for pick up, if the title you want isn’t available here.

The annual Blueskin Playcentre jumble sale is only a fortnight away and items to sell are still being sought. They may be dropped of at the playcentre Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am and noon.

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

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Possum tossing is not ‘Family fun’

Possum tossing is not 'Family fun'

by Lorraine Weston-Webb

The Blueskin A&P Family Fun Day's 'International Possum Tossing
Championship' contravenes The Universal Declaration of Animal Rights.
Article 3.3 of the Declaration reads: "A dead animal must be treated
with decency".

The Declaration preamble reads: "respect of animals by humans is
inseparable from the respect of men for each other"

Permitting possum tossing as community entertainment is unjustifiable
and shameful. It teaches our children unrestrained disrespect for
animals, and by extension, it also glorifies killing.

I hope Blueskin Bay A&P Society will discontinue this event.

(Lorraine  has lived in Waitati on-and-off for 7 years, currently
lives in Oamaru for work and regularly visits family in Waitati.)

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Monday, 4 May 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday May 1

 

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

 

Energy-saving and generation projects around Waitati will be the subject of a University of Otago Geography Department seminar next Wednesday. The seminar "Hot air or small wind in Waitati?" will discuss the community's search for sustainable energy solutions. Scott Willis, of Waitati Energy Project, will discuss his group's actions and dreams. The seminar will be held in the Richardson Building, at the University of Otago, at 1 pm.

 

The police have issued a “lock doors and windows” warning after an intruder broke into a house in Warrington recently. While the elderly resident was uninjured, the offender remains uncaught. Constable Jon-Paul Tremain of Waikouaiti Police says, "This is a timely reminder to lock your doors and windows when going out or going to bed."

 

The regular, monthly market will be held again on Sunday at Coast Road, Seacliff.  A wide range of goods will be on offer, including produce, hot food, plants, preserves, and second-hand clothes.  The market runs from 11am to 2pm.

There will be no church service at St Barnabas, Warrington this Sunday, 3 May. Instead, there will be a combined service at Holy Trinity Church, Port Chalmers at 10am. Everyone is welcome.

The Waitati Toy Library is back in business following the school holidays. It will be open tomorrow from 10.30am for an hour, and then again on Monday evening from 6.30 until 7.30.

 

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

 

 

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Story from Otago Daily Times Online

Fluoridation failure 'disgusts' opponent

A Waitati woman opposed to fluoridation of the township's water supply says she is "disgusted" to learn she has been drinking water treated with the chemical for weeks.

OPINION: Fluoride

By Olive McRae

Dear Blueskin Bay residents,

Fluoride Action Network Dunedin would like to advise parents that it
is now no longer safe to mix infants formula with tap water in your
area.

This is due to medication of the new water supply with Silico-fluoride
a dangerous neurotoxin.

Babies are at extreme risk of fluoride poisoning when they are exposed
to fluoridated tap water.

Please contact Fluoride Action Network (www.fannz.org.nz) for further
inquires, or phone Ph: 0276677857.

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