Monday, 29 June 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday June 12

 

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

 

Food is on the agenda tomorrow, Saturday, when the liaison officer for Otago Organics, Andy Barratt holds a public presentation on the subject Local Food: The Way Forward. Topics to be covered include: What is local food, why does it matter, and what can we do about it? The presentation will be held at the Waitati Hall in Harvey Street, Waitati from 1pm. All welcome.

 

Waitati Edible Gardeners or WEGies are looking at a project to set up allotments for local residents on Bland Park in Waitati. Two site sizes would be available, depending on allotment holders’ needs. The WEGies are keen to hear from members of the community who would be interested in having an allotment on which to garden. Please check the Blueskin Bay website for details on who to contact.

 

Waitati stone carver Moira Crossman has contracted by the Orokonui Eco-sanctuary to carve two Kaka out of local stone. These will be erected at the entrance to the visitors’ centre. Moira’s work is on display in many places throughout Otago. Meanwhile, the eco-sanctuary is currently celebrating the birth of its first two jeweled gecko.

The Waitati Film Society meets at Bill's Place, corner Orokonui and Mt.
Cargill Roads on Tuesdays at 8pm. Drama, comedy, history or just plain entertainment can be enjoyed in a warm, pleasant environment with convivial company. Next Tuesday’s movie is The Architects, an East German movie about a group of architects struggling against communist dogma.

The Waitati Toy Library is open for business again this weekend. Toys can be borrowed at the Waitati Hall for an hour from 10.30 on Saturday morning and again from 6.30 on Monday evening.

 

And finally, the Blueskin Bay Café will reopen for business again shortly after a refurbishment and with new management. Lee Hastie, who has been running the café for the past two years, is understood to be heading overseas.

 

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

 

 

Thursday, 25 June 2009

WARRINGTON SCHOOL (column)

WARRINGTON SCHOOL

Compiled by Warrington staff and Peter Dowden

Our marae visit in early June was an enjoyable experience. Many of the
senior children slept over and wish to repeat the visit. During our
stay we were given the opportunity of being part of a powhiri and had
the carvings on the wharenui explained, worked with harakeke and
rakau, and had some local history lessons.
We were invited at the powhiri to open our eyes, ears and hearts. The positive
attitude that the pupils showed both on the marae and back at school would
suggest they met this challenge.

We prepared for our Matariki festivities with Juliet working with
groups of children getting lanterns and masks ready. For Matariki on
Wednesday 24 June we all cleaned rubbishg from Warrington Beach, then
in the evening we had lantern parades from four corners of Warrington,
arriving together at the School for dancing, singing and food sharing.

The re-written School Charter is undergoing the final part of
community consultation with the Puketeraki Runaka.

The builders are cracking along with both the classroom extensions and
office upgrade. To celebrate having a roof on the extension, we held a
traditional 'roof shout'. The builders are hopeful we can move back
into the admin area before the end of the term.

After the holidays we welcome our new teacher for Term 3 in Room 1,
Renee van Tuel.

Stories from Room 3

On Friday Alex's tooth fell out and he was excited and he told
everyone that he was excited. By Mikey.

Yesterday we went to Floyd's house. We went at 3 o'clock and we
played with the kittens and he had 99 kittens. We got to go on the
trampoline. He had a tickly mouse. I put it on my cheek and it was
fun. By Maddy.

Today it is Dawn's birthday and she is turning 41 years old. I think
she is happy or excited. It seems that she is very happy. Dion's mum
is 41 too. Mrs Russell is 41 too. By Phoebe.

Dad went to Perth yesterday. By Jacob.

Crayfish are orange and pretty. I love them. By Olive-Coco.

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MINISTRY OF BLUESKIN BAY TRANSPORT (column)

MINISTRY OF BLUESKIN BAY TRANSPORT

By Rudie Verhoef, Liz Abbott and Peter Dowden

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) provides a bus along State Highway 1
which goes in and out of Karitane via Coast Road then back to State
Highway 1, with three return trips each weekday.

The contractor who provides this service for the ORC has just changed
(on 1 July). The service formally run by Palmerston Minibus Services
is now operated by Passenger Transport, a private company originally
the Invercargill City Council bus department. PT will operate a
33-seater, leather-upholstered bus with a DVD player on the route. It
remains to see if people on the new bus appreciate the DVD player, but
certainly Graeme McDonald, the previous bus driver, will be missed by
many of his happy passengers.

We would like the current service to be rerouted to continue along the
Coast Road past the communities of Seacliff and Warrington. A bus
shelter has been recently relocated and refurbished at Seacliff and
there is an existing bus shelter at Warrington.

We understand a service along the Coast Road was last trialled in 1999
for four days. Since then, the demographics of the area have changed
with more young families moving to the area. The road has also been
completely sealed and the cost of fuel has escalated in this time.

Many young families have moved into the area. Resource consents have
been given for a backpackers and a café at Seacliff. Residents should
be able to shop at the closer neighbouring villages of Waitati,
Karitane and Waikouaiti where improved community amenities are
available. A public bus service would improve community health in the
area.

The ORC commissioned a report on the Feasibility of Public Transport
Services to Warrington and Seacliff. The report concluded "it is not
viable to run a special bus service to Warrington and Seacliff at this
time. Instead residents of these localities should be encouraged to
take the weekday Palmerston-Dunedin bus, using informal park and ride
at Evansdale and Waitati." Note the discussion of a "special service"
to Warrington and Seacliff: the report did not explore the option of
rerouting the current service along the Coast Road.

The ORC's director of policy and planning Fraser McRae said that they
did not compare 2006 census data quantifying Coast Road residents
versus Merton Waikouaiti-Waitati Highway residents when deciding the
route. Fraser did not comment on how many schoold students use the
current service or tell us what patrons were asked including demand
for a weekend bus service.

The last trial of a bus on Coast Road was in 1999. ORC transport
manager Bruce Ramsay comments, "Commercial operator Ross Mini Services
undertook a trial routing the service along the Coast Road to assess
demand. Despite advance publicity to the community, he stopped the
trial after four days as he had carried a total of only four
passengers in these four days."

Fraser McRae declined to comment on changes in the Coast Road area
since the trial and how or whether these were taken in to account.

Along with many other submitters to the ORC's Annual and Long Term
plans, we have suggested that rather than promoting further the
current "park-and-ride" option via Evansdale, they could connect
Warrington and Seacliff residents by rerouting the existing Palmerston
service along the Coast Road where bus shelters already exist at
Warrington and Seacliff. (Of course, then Hawkesbury, Merton, Kilmog
and other Waikouaiti-Waitati Highway residents would need, in the
regional council's words, to use "informal park-and-ride at
Evansdale.")

Fraser McRae's reply to this sucggestion is, "commuters prefer direct
routes when travelling", to which we say, "Exactly! Which is why Coast
Road residents don't want to drive their car several kilometers,
leaving it parked on the side of State Highway One."

We at the Ministry of Blueskin Bay Transport would like readers to
think about this: that Coast Road rather than State Highway One is the
"direct route" between Palmerston and Dunedin, since it serves the
most populated areas. This route through Karitane Seacliff and
Warrington adds approximately 5 minutes to the trip for the passengers
from Palmerston and Waikouaiti.

(to be continued next month)

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Wednesday, 24 June 2009

THE BLUESKIN BAYLEAF: Omani chicken

THE BLUESKIN BAYLEAF

By Rowan Holt

I hope you will accept my apologies for my absence the last few
months. What excuses do I have? I have been on holiday to Morocco and
Oman, I've been tired, I was busy, I had the flu, I had a tummy bug,
hey I even had a baby! All of this is true, and actually nothing more
exciting than spaghetti on toast has been coming out of my kitchen
lately.

All is back on track now and I have a bit of catching up to do! This
month's recipe is one I came up with while cooking a meal for a
Warrington family now living in Oman. Half the fun of course was
shopping for the ingredients and checking out the markets and
"Lulu's", Oman's equivalent of Gardens New World. Oman imports a
substantial amount of food and produce, simply because of the climate
and growing restrictions. However, the country is rampant with limes,
lemons, dates and great spices.

Omani Chicken

1kg of semi-boned chicken thighs or breasts

1t turmeric

1t cumin

4 cinnamon sticks or 1t cinnamon

8 whole star anise

10 whole cardamom pods

3 onions, thinly sliced

1T butter

2T grated fresh ginger

4 cloves minced garlic

1T brown sugar

1t salt

3 dried lemons

1 cup rough chopped dried dates

1/4 cup malt vinegar

1 1/2 cups boiling water.

Mix the spices together, sprinkle over the chicken in a bowl and stir through.

Heat 2T oil in a stove top casserole and brown the chicken all over
(for approximately 10 minutes). Return the chicken to a clean bowl to
rest while you get the other part ready.

Sauté the onions in butter slowly until they are transparent. Add the
sugar, salt, ginger and garlic and stir until the mixture is a bit
sticky. Add the dates, lemons, vinegar and chicken and stir well. Add
1/2 cup water and simmer for 5 minutes, letting the sauce reduce. Add
another 1 cup water and simmer a further 15 minutes.

Saffron Rice

3 cups cooked basmati rice

Dissolve a pinch of good saffron in 1/4 cup of boiled hot water. Stir
and dissolve for a couple of minutes. Liquid should become a deep
saffron colour. Stir though cooked rice and serve with Omani Chicken
and a green salad.

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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

WAITATI FILM SOCIETY column

WAITATI FILM SOCIETY

By Leonie Rousselot

All welcome to join us at Bill's Place, corner Orokonui and Mt.
Cargill Roads on Tuesdays at 8.00pm.

Drama, comedy, history or just plain entertainment in a warm, pleasant
environment with convivial company.

Ring: Brigitte 482-2829 or Leonie 482-2508 for more info or visit:
www.nzfilmsociety.org.nz/waitati.htm

Tuesday July 7, 8.00pm.

BERLIN-SCHOENHAUSER CORNER

East Germany 1957

Not your normal teen cult film as this one is set in East Berlin in
pre-Wall days. Youngsters rebel against the ever-tightening state
control and fantasize about fleeing to the West. Frowned upon by the
authorities, the film was a sensational success with the locals who
considered it a true depiction of everyday life. 79m

Friday 11 July, 8.00pm

Special screening: Waitati Film Society fundraiser

Screening of the unique documentary BREATH OF PEACE

Where; Waitati Hall with filmmaker Kathleen Gallagher (of Earth Whisperer)

Kathleen Gallagher will be talking to us about Breath of Peace

Tickets: $ 10.00 / $ 12.00

Tea and coffee included otherwise BYO.

Breath of Peace is a fascinating story of effort towards global peace,
featuring eight peace people of Aotearoa New Zealand - spanning some
seven decades –
peace walkers, petitioners, and folk in small boats and on the
surfboards sailing out into the harbours in the face of huge warships.

A unique documentary, bedded in the movement of aihe (dolphins),
tohora (whales), kotuku (white herons), toroa (albatross) and with an
original score blending contemporary waiata and traditional Maori
musical instruments.

This film tells the story of how Aotearoa New Zealand became nuclear
free and anti-war. It is an inspiration for all people, young and
old, and for peacemakers everywhere.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Kathleen Gallagher

Tuesday July 14, 8.00pm

I WAS NINETEEN

E Germany 1968

As a very young child Gregor's parents fled with him from Germany to
the Soviet Union. He returns at 19, a Soviet trooper at the end of
WWII conquering what he still thinks of as his homeland, a victor, yet
one of the vanquished. 115m

Tuesday July 21, 8.00pm

HER THIRD

E Germay 1972

Egon Günther's film received many accolades and was a box office
success. It depicted female self-liberation in East Germany where the
trend was just emerging. Jutta Hoffmann gave an award winning
performance as Margit an emancipated woman determined to swim against
the strong tide of social norms in pursuit of her own happiness. 107m


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WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS column

by Lynnaire Johnston

Another WEGies initiative is the possible development of a community
garden on Bland Park. While still being negotiated with a number of
parties, it is envisaged this would be based on the English allotment
system.

Under this system, allotment holders are allocated a piece of land
that is theirs to develop into a garden for growing the crops of their
choice.

The next step in developing this project will be a needs analysis to
determine whether there is sufficient interest in the community.
However, a number of local residents have already indicated they would
like an allotment plot. If you wish to be involved with this project,
would like an allotment, or simply wish to know more, please contact
Lynnaire Johnston, 482 1364 or lynnaire@wordwizard.co.nz.

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Waitati Edible Gardens

by Lynnaire Johnston

Another WEGies initiative is the possible development of a community
garden on Bland Park. While still being negotiated with a number of
parties, it is envisaged this would be based on the English allotment
system.

Under this system, allotment holders are allocated a piece of land
that is theirs to develop into a garden for growing the crops of their
choice.

The next step in developing this project will be a needs analysis to
determine whether there is sufficient interest in the community.
However, a number of local residents have already indicated they would
like an allotment plot. If you wish to be involved with this project,
would like an allotment, or simply wish to know more, please contact
Lynnaire Johnston, 482 1364 or lynnaire@wordwizard.co.nz.

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OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY column

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

by Sue Hensley

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is celebrating the birth of its first two
Jewelled gecko. Eagle
eyed ranger, Kelly Gough, spotted the 6cm-long babies in mid June. Jewelled
geckos, like all New Zealand geckos, do not lay
eggs like almost all others in the world. All give birth in winter to live
young which is thought to be an adaptation for a cold climate.

Stone carver Moira Crossman, who has a workshop in Waitati, has joined the
team at Orokonui on a 6-month contract to carve two Kaka out of local stone
for the entrance to the Visitor Centre. Thanks to the DCC for sponsoring the
materials that will be used in the project. Previously Moira has created
beautiful public works based on native fauna that are on display in the
Waikouaiti Town Garden, Macandrew Intermediate and the University of Otago
Library. Moira has other community projects in mind including some soft
stone workshops later in the year. Dates and details for these will be
posted in the usual places.

We also welcome our new ranger Megan Blok, from Purakaunui. She is on a
6-month placement and is a recent graduate from the Conservation Corps
course.

Remember to keep an eye out for wandering (and banded) Kaka and Saddleback
and please ring the office with any sightings. One Kaka has been seen twice
up at Karitane and once at Warrington. Some Saddlebacks (very similar
to blackbirds although adults have a large reddish-brown patch over their
back) have been seen outside of the fence – one making its way appropriately
enough to the Waitati home of ornithologist Derek Onley.

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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NOTICE: Dance Drama July Holiday Programme

Dance drama for kids (5 - 10 years)

for July school holidays

10am to approx 11am at Waitati Hall

Tuesday 7July: Animalia

release your inner animal!

Thursday 9 July: Fairies and Princesses

dress in sparkles and shimmers

bring your favourite wand

don't forget your wings!

Tuesday 14 July: Circles and Stomps

bring your most musical pot and strong wooden spoon

Thursday 16 July: Forces of Nature

explore the power and drama of nature

Dress: loose, stetchy, comfortable

Gold coin donation

Enquiries: phone Jannine 482 2006


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NOTICE: Craetive Memories workshops

By Dawn Hope

Creative Memories

Getting Started Class

Learn how on Sunday 12th July 2-4pm at Warrington Hall. Cost $5pp -
bookings essential.

Digital Scrapbooking

Learn how at a beginners session on Sunday 26th July 2-3pm at
Warrington Hall. FREE to attend but bookings essential.

To register and for more information and other class dates phone Dawn 482-2787.

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WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB (column)

WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB

by Lyn Hastie

An important task for our Life Guards and Patrol Supports, who are the
only beach safety patrol between St Kilda and Christchurch, is to keep
their swimming performance and fitness up through the winter months.
This is also an important learning time for our Junior members, who we
all hope will become Life Guards in a year or three. Swimming
continues throughout the winter months. There are pool champs coming
up later in the year and we hope to have some young clubbies taking
part.

Otago Surf Life Saving has recently held its break up for the year,
apparently the entertainment was much enjoyed by young and old alike.
A magician provided some wonderful tricks and had many wondering just
how that happened or where it went. The prize giving saw one of our
members receive the top Life Guard of the Year Award. Congratulations
to Pru Casey who has received this award and also brought along a
number of new guards to our club.

Warrington patrollers gained 100% in all three of their patrol
inspections this past season which is a great achievement.

Our next club meeting will be held on Monday July 20 at 7.30pm in the
club rooms. Don't worry if it's a cold night as the room is always
warm with heaters and hot drinks for all.

Our club Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 14 August at
7pm.There will be food and drink and it will be for all family
members. Please give some thought to what positions you and your
family can take on. There WILL be positions up for grabs. More details
next month.

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WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT (column)

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT

Photo: A Windflow turbine, from www.windflow.co.nz

By Scott Willis

Rounding up the Retrofit Rollout

Even since before the Budget insulation has been in the news and now
that the WEP Retrofit Rollout is winding up it's great that a new
nation-wide retrofit programme is being established. The whole WEP
Retrofit Rollout process has been very rewarding (378+ applications!)
and nothing beats the appreciation expressed by someone whose health
and budget has improved dramatically with the insulation retrofit.
It's not something that can be easily explained, it really has to be
experienced, but an insulation retrofit in the middle of winter really
is instant gratification. A big thank you to all who have shared the
retrofit experience with us: feedback has been overwhelmingly
positive. As you can imagine, the last weeks of June have been pretty
mad, and a final round-up will only be possible once all the dust has
settled (end of July).

The new subsidies from the 1st of July mean one third (up to $1300) of
costs covered for all New Zealanders wanting to retrofit insulation,
and up to 60% of costs for Community Service Card Holders. There is an
additional $500 subsidy for a clean heat source (further details can
be found on our website, or call the WEP).

Renewable Generation

Let's imagine that the current wind testing (at sites on the ridge
below Mopanui and off Double Hill Rd) gives results showing we have
the perfect wind profile for a 500 kW wind turbine. Where to from
there? At our June 17th OERC-WEP meeting Bob Lloyd, head of Energy
Studies at the University of Otago was very clear about the immediate
necessity to construct renewable generation. Essentially, Bob argues,
as we enter Peak Oil we're entering an 'energy crunch'. You need energy
to build energy generators: wind turbines and solar
panels need to be built now using oil and gas (in fact they needed
to be built 20 years ago). In 30 years the world will have half the
easy energy we have now and the climate change challenges along with
population pressures will further complicate an already very difficult
predicament: how to build infrastructure with even fewer resources and
many more demands on what we have? Bob offers a clear rational voice
when it comes to formulating action on renewables.

In New Zealand we have the best possibility of anywhere in the world to get
enough renewable generation up and running and maintaining a
sustainable way of life, but only if we act quickly. Could we do it in
Waitati and in Blueskin Bay? OK, suppose the tests are in, and the reports
are good. Where to from here? The site: some express concern that a
turbine might become a lethal obstacle for new populations of
sea-birds the eco-sanctuary may wish to introduce to Blueskin Bay (can
they dodge trees in the wind at night? Could they dodge one turbine
with slow blades?). How would we ensure the gains would be shared
equally, and how would we pay for it anyway? Would we go for a second-
hand turbine or buy NZ made, such as the Windflow 500? These are all
questions to be addressed, and over the next few months the WEP will
be collaborating with our partners and knowledgeable individuals to
formulate some social business ownership and management models for
renewable generation. We'll also be talking with suppliers about our
potential turbine needs and the sites, and we'll seek to open up the
discussion about the merits or otherwise of a community wind turbine.

In other renewable action, closer modelling of micro-hydro has
revealed less potential than originally thought (we should have clear
information on what we're doing here in July), while Lindsay Graham is
talking with suppliers of photovoltaics and solar hot water units for
local grid integrated generation (and reduction of demand). The
questions here: Do we have the demand for bulk purchase? What
would be the cost per household? Again, if we do this collectively we
may be able to use innovative social business models to secure funding
for this initiative. Our renewable generation team is working on
solving these questions and we have the partners to support our
efforts, so if you have a passion for problem solving or a technical
skill and would like to play a part in getting the blades turning, the
turbine spinning or capturing the solar energy, please get in touch.

Contact the WEP at: waitatienergy@gmail.com, or by calling 482 2048.
You'll also find plenty of regularly renewed information on the
website (http://transitiontowns.org.nz/waitati) or by going on the
email list.

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NOTICE - Blueskin Bay Cafe

On behalf of all our staff, I wish to thank all loyal customers for
their support and friendship over the last 2 1/2 years. I am no longer
the lessee of the Blueskin Bay Cafe.

Lee Hastie

'SPACE' at WARRINGTON PLAYCENTRE (column)

'SPACE' at WARRINGTON PLAYCENTRE

by Christine Rainbow

Six young babies have attended our first SPACE (Supporting Parents
Alongside Childrens Education) sessions which are held on Mondays
10.30-1.00 at Warrington Playcentre (Closed school holidays 6 and 13
July). SPACE caters for under-1s from Waitati to Palmerston.

They have enjoyed exploring in the warm relaxed environment, while
parents have spent time getting to know each other over a cuppa and
home baking.

We have started the babies' portfolios with photos and footprints,
parents using their creative skills while the babies practice their
own stages of development, rolling, tummy time, sitting, reaching,
grabbing and chewing, playing with our heuristic baskets.

At SPACE we include:

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

* Discussions and information on relevant child development and parent topics

* An introduction to rhymes, music, and books for infants.

All this for $2, sorry no children over 1 year.

If you would like to attend, or find out more about SPACE (or about
Playcentre for older children), contact Christine: 021 237 1158 or if
you are lucky I might be at home: 482 2005.

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Saturday, 20 June 2009

SWINE FLU AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

By Geraldine Tait

Swine flu is the latest hot topic in the media. Not many people have
had it yet but there is a good chance lots of people will eventually
get the flu. So what is the best response? Should you PANIC or just
ignore the media beat up?

We could think of this as a potential Civil Defense situation such as
an earthquake or a flood. Is your household and neighbourhood ready to
cope if you were quarantined to your house for a week or just too sick
to get out of bed. While we have time we should calmly make some
preparations. If you want to be proactive check your cupboards. Is
there enough extra food to last 4-6 days? If not, next time you are at
the supermarket pick up some emergency supplies which will store well
and are easy to prepare. If you've got the time, make some meals and
put them in the freezer.

Good personal hygiene habits are important to help stop the spread of
bugs. Remind children about washing hands after using the toilet and
before eating or serving food. Don't share cups and if anyone is sick
at home get them to use separate face cloths and towels. Other things
to think about are: medicine such as paracetamol, sore throat
lozenges, disinfectant and, of course, a few of boxes of those nice
soft paper tissues. Check your first aid kit. Have you got a
thermometer? High temperatures often go with flu. Think about personal
items you might need such as medications, nappies for the baby etc.

Have a stash of books or board games you can pull out to entertain the
kids. The library is a good place to find books magazines, CDs and
DVDs to help keep housebound people happy.

Talk to extended family, friends and neighbours about how you can
support each other and prearrange to run errands and drop off food or
medicine if needed. Also remember to check in with anyone who is
elderly or living alone. Have you got the phone numbers of your
immediate neighbours? This may be a good time to sort out your
emergency phone list.

A common sense approach to managing the flu.

How will you know if you've got it? Reports say it can start as a very
sore throat or ears, rapidly progressing to an aching body and a high
temperature. Cold symptoms such as a running nose, coughing and
sneezing may also include vomiting and diarrhea. The flu is always
much worse than a nasty cold and although swine flu has been described
as mild that does not mean you personally will not feel rotten. At
this stage, unless you are frail and have a chronic illness you are
most likely to recover.

So if you get sick and think it might be swine flu (this is much more
likely if you have had close contact with someone who has had the
flu), ring your GP clinic (don't go in, ring for instructions) or the
Health Help line 0800 611 116 for assistance with diagnosis and
management of symptoms. Don't be a hero and go to work or school when
you are sick. If it is likely to be swine flu it is important to
notify health authorities as they need to track cases and try to
prevent it spreading further. If you or someone else in your household
does get a swine flu diagnosis make sure you tell your workplace or
children's school. Ask your health professional about Tamiflu; this
drug works a bit like antibiotics do for bacterial infections. It will
not stop the flu virus but it may reduce the effects and speed up
recovery. It needs to be taken within 48 hours of the onset of the
infection; no good waiting until you are almost better.

As far as coping with flu: keep warm, go to bed, make sure you keep up
your fluids even if you don't feel like eating or drinking, keep an
eye on your temperature and if you get progressively worse, not
better, make sure you seek medical advice.

No doubt there will be more information coming from the government
health agencies as the flu spreads more widely. As a community we
should act now to be ready within our own families and also be willing
to help others around us. This is especially important in a semi rural
area with few shops and services.

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BLUESKIN BAY BOOK CLUB

Until further notice the above club is in recess. Due to member
commitments and lack of new members we have decided to stop our
meetings for the time being.

Elizabeth Knife


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THE WEGGIES ARE BRANCHING OUT

By Jason Ross and Jackie Fanning

Initial moves are underway to start a Waitati Open Orchard initiative
in our community.

Open Orchards are fruit/nut trees and other edibles (e.g. herbs)
planted in public places for all the community to harvest. An Open
Orchard is not necessarily one space with many trees but can include
many spaces such as the roadside, banks, community areas and unused
areas.

There are a few things we would like your help with:

* What edible trees do you know of in Waitati's public spaces?
* Do you know of a public space near your home that might be suitable for
planting edible trees?
* Are there any other locations in the community you think may be suitable?

We are still in the initial stages but ideas for the bigger picture
include running a series of community workshops on all the stages of
tree care, from selecting the right trees for the location through to
soil preparation, planting, pruning, and harvesting. These are all
knowledge and skills that you can apply to your own properties.

Later on we will also be asking for community input on the type of
edible trees you would like in the Waitiati Open Orchard locations.

If you are interested in helping to progress this initiative or have
some suggestions for the above questions please email us at
waitatiopenorchard@gmail.com


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Local MP announces next MP clinic times for Waikouaiti and Waitati

Next MP clinics for your community are
Monday 20 July 2009
1.30pm Waikouaiti Library
2.30pm Blueskin Bay Library

PETE HODGSON
MP Dunedin North

MP Office
32 Albany Street
Dunedin
Ph 03 474 1973 Fax 03 474 9913
Email pete@petehodgson.co.nz

W3 RIDESHARE (column)

By Jackie Fanning

W3 Ride-Share is the no obligation, one-way ride sharing scheme begun
last year for commuters between Waikouaiti, Warrington, Waitati and
Dunedin.

Although we have over 80 people currently registered with W3, it has
not been as successful as it could be. We want you to tell us how you
think W3 can be improved.

I have found the scheme to work quite well for me, however, I do hold
out the W3 sign rather than wear the armband. Maybe the arm bands
aren't visible enough?

W3 has a page or two on the Transition Towns (TT) website – one of
which is the W3 Forum where you can post your comments. To do this
you will have to register or log on to the TT website (easy to do –
just yet another password).

The idea is that this is an online forum where participants and others
can communicate with each other, make recommendations on how the
scheme should run, or use it establish more formal carpooling
arrangements. A number of comments on people's experiences have been
made already.

The TT site is www.transitiontowns.org.nz/waitati and you will see the
W3 Ride-Share link from there. This site is also great for finding
out about other activities in the community.

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Friday, 19 June 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday June 12

 

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

 

Moves are underway to start a Waitati Open Orchard initiative. Open orchards are fruit or nut trees and other edibles planted in public places for all the community to harvest. Convenor Jackie Fanning would like input from Waitati residents on what to plant where, so anyone interested in this should look at the Blueskin Bay website for full details.

 

The Blueskin Youth Centre Association meets on Monday night to progress plans for a new community facility to replace the old Youth Hall. The meeting will be held at the Waitati Hall at 7.30pm.

 

The Waitati Film Society’s offering on Tuesday night is Driving to Zig-zag-land. A chronicle of a day in the life of a Palestinian cab driver in Los Angeles, it portrays the social struggle of the Arab immigrant in post-9/11 America. Movies are shown at Bill’s Place, Orokonui Rd, Waitati.

 

Next week a new exhibition opens at Gallery on Blueskin. Four Men's Media is an exhibition featuring works by four independent male artists. As part of the exhibition, pottery demonstrations will also be held next Thursday and Friday, from 11am to 2pm.

 

Waitati Children’s Book Club meets on Wednesday from 3.15 at the school. Everyone who enjoys reading is welcome.

 

And, finally, a reminder that all submissions – editorial or advertising – for the next Blueskin News must be in by Tuesday. Please email them to editors@blueskin.co.nz

 

 

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

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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, 16 June 2009

OROKONUI ECO-SANCTUARY: COUNTING BIRDS IN THE GARDEN - PHASE FOUR

by Michael Fay


Most readers of the Blueskin News will know by now that there is an
ongoing project to try and measure changes in the numbers of species
of birds in our gardens with the long term aim of trying to see if the
eco-sanctuary is having any effect on garden populations.

Those taking part in the survey sit in their garden for an hour and
record the maximum number of birds of each species that they see or
hear. The table lists the results from the first three surveys, which
was carried out in October 2007 and July and October 2008. The
different months plainly produce different results, largely due to all
the silvereyes clustered around feeders, but apart from this the small
variations seem to be random. This suggests that it may take some
years to see any effect, or that the technique is just not
sufficiently sensitive.

There are two new species around now, kaka and saddleback, but their
small numbers make it very unlikely they would be picked up during one
survey hour, although a Kaka did make a very brief visit to our garden
soon after their release. And, during an half-hour sitting at the
Sanctuary's viewing platform I saw six native species: pigeon, tui,
bellbird, rifleman, tom tit and fantail, and heard a fernbird whilst
walking back along the track. This number of native species is more
than we see in most months in our garden.

Average number of birds in the gardens per site (27 sites)

Species Oct 07 July 08 Oct 08 Species Oct 07 July 08 Oct 08

Blackbird 2.4 2.2 1.9 Skylark 0.2 0.0 0.1
Song-thrush 2.0 0.8 1.6 Fantail 0.2 0.5 0.1
Starling 1.5 2.0 1.1 Pukeko 0,2 0.3 0.0
Silvereye 1.4 9.7 0.3 Cuckoo 0.1 0.0 0.1
House sparrow 1.2 1.2 0.9 White-faced Heron 0.1 0.1 0.0
Bellbird 1.1 1.1 1.5 Paradise duck 0.1 0.1 0.1
Chaffinch 1.0 0.7 1.1 Brown creeper 0.1 0.2 0.0
Kereru (pigeon)0.9 0.6 0.3 Gull (black-backed)0.1 0.0 0.0
Dunnock 0.8 1.0 0.9 Harrier hawk 0.1 0.1 0.0
Goldfinch 0.8 0.4 0.4 Magpie 0.1 0.4 0.0
Redpoll 0.7 0.0 1.0 Spur-winged plover 0.1 0.1 0.1
Yellowhammer0.5 0.3 0.5 Rifleman 0.1 0.0 0.0
Greenfinch 0.4 1.4 0.5 Rosella 0.1 0.0 0.2
Mallard 0.2 0.2 0.1 All birds 16.2 25.0 13.9
Tui 0.4 0.8 0.5 Total species 30 24 24
Grey-warbler 0.3 0.3 0.4 Most birds 42 70 31
Kingfisher 0.2 0.1 0.1 Most species 14 14 12

The next survey will take place during the last week of July which
will allow us to make a direct comparison with last year's July
survey. This may give a hint towards seeing whether or not the safety
of the Eco-sanctuary is beginning to have an effect on bird numbers
outside the fence.

We will be in touch by email with all those already involved and would
welcome any others who would like to be. Survey forms and easy to
follow instructions can be obtained via a phone call to Mike Fay at
4822806 or by email to mikeandvalfay@paradise.net,nz.

If numbers warrant it, Derek will run a training session on bird
identification just before the survey is due to start. Just let us
know if you would be interested in participating; you will enjoy it.

Our survey takes place at the same time as Eric Spurr's national
survey which uses the same methodology. The web address (see below)
provides a great identification poster of most of the birds you are
likely to see. I will try and get some copies for the library to have
available too. www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/biocons/garden
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BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB

by Lesley Smith

The Blueskin Garden Club held its monthly meeting at the Waitati Hall on
Thursday 11 June 2009. As the Committee had not had a chance to meet
following the AGM we decided to have an informal evening sharing
memories of different gardens we had visited or had fond memories of.
A small number of members turned out for the meeting where we welcomed a
new member - Sue - who is living in Doctors Point with her family.

Different members shared their memories of visits to overseas gardens where
everything was laid out neatly. Some members spoke of the way they liked
their own gardens - wild and rambling - and other members told us of how
they associate different plants with different family and friends.

It was a very interesting evening with lots of the usual chatter
(interspersed with a bit of shaking of the body to the music from the dance
class which was being held in the Hall).

The best bloom competition was won by Glenys Clements with a beautiful blue
delphinium.

At this stage the July meeting has not been finalised so please watch out
for an email (or a phone call) regarding the details. New Members are always
welcome.

Contact: Lyn Hastie on 4822896


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Monday, 15 June 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday June 12

 

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

 

A new exhibition opens at Gallery on Blueskin this weekend. A Stitch in Time is by Wendy Ogden, whose work many people will already be familiar with. The exhibition opens on Sunday. While there, also check out the displays of works by Nigel Wilson, Jenna Packer, Rob West and Peter Gregory.

 

With winter truly here and kids playing inside 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.

 

The Waitati Film Society’s offering this week is The Price of Milk, a New Zealand movie which is a fairy tale love story, full of magic and humour. Movies are shown at Bill’s Place, Orokonui Rd, from 8pm.

 

Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson is holding his next community clinic on Monday June 15. He will be at the Blueskin Bay Library in Waitati at 2.30 where he will be available to hear from constituents.

 

The Warrington Children’s Book Club meets on Wednesday, June 17 at 3.15. The same day, the library book car will be at the school. That’s from 2-3pm and everyone is welcome.

 

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

 

 

Sunday, 14 June 2009

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Warrington. Blueskin Media is a voluntary, not-for-profit community
publisher.)

Friday, 5 June 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday June 5

 

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

 

Ousted library cat, Mimi, has been offered a new home. As reported in the Otago Daily Times on Thursday, Mimi has been moved on from her home of several years – the Blueskin Bay Library – after complaints that her fur was causing allergic reactions. A well-known entity in the area, much loved by library staff and patrons alike, Mimi will now be living in Northeast Valley.

 

Fine weather is forecast for Sunday which will see the Seacliff market in full swing. From 11am, local sellers of food, produce, preserves, plants and bric-a-brac will offer their wares at the market on Coast Rd. The market runs until 2pm.

 

The SPACE programme arrives in Blueskin Bay on Monday. The programme – supporting parents alongside children’s education – is mainly for first time parents and babies. Held at Warrington Playcentre, the programme gives parents an opportunity to meet and get to know each other. There will also be play sessions with age-appropriate equipment that supports infants’ learning and development. Anyone with a child under 10-months or who is expecting a child is welcome.

 

With winter upon us, the Waitati Film Society is now meeting weekly. Tuesday night’s feature is Donnie Brasco, an American film about the trials of being involved with the Mafia. Movies are shown at Bill’s place, Orokonui Rd, Waitati, from 8pm.

 

The Blueskin Bay Garden Club meets next Thursday night at Waitati Hall from 7.30pm.It will be a garden memoirs evening, sharing special memories of your garden and your families, from present or past which you would like to share. 

 

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

 

 

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

OPINION: Money more important than service?

OPINION: Money more important than service?

By Karen Osborne

At the end of June we are losing our country bus service to a large
company which usually works in areas where there are bus stops.

We have a bus stop, but it's down at the shop, 2 or 3 km from where I
live. I have been lucky enough to be brought with my weekly groceries
to where I live in Thornicroft Road (at an extra cost to me) by our
existing bus service. And it's a great help as I'm home in a quarter
of an hour instead of 2-2 1/2 hours later, walking with heavy
groceries.

It was our downfall when the Regional Council decided to contract out
our service. Another owner/driver will no longer exist, because to
them money is more important than service.

The Regional Council's attitude to Graeme McDonald's Palmerston
Minibus Services is that his extra help with service was his choice.
Don't they realise it was because of this extra help that his service
was being used?

Thank you Graeme.

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