Friday, 31 July 2009

THE BLUESKIN BAYLEAF: Invigorating Winter Soup

THE BLUESKIN BAYLEAF

By Rowan Holt

Invigorating Winter Soup

You are a tougher person than I if you couldn't do with a bit of a
pick me up at this time of year. Using the only surviving things in my
garden, I came up with this winter blue blaster…wonderful served with
cheesy scones or I think some poached tofu cubes added for a protein
fix could also work.

Don't forget how easy and satisfying it is to make bread too. If you
don't get a chance to make it yourself, the café in Karitane has a
mini bakery which offers organic wholemeal loaves and fresh
ciabatta…delicious.

5 baby leeks, chopped

1 T butter

1 T oil

Sweat together for 5 minutes on med-low heat.

Add

1 T honey or brown sugar

1 t salt

1 T vinegar

4 cloves chopped garlic

Caramelise for a few minutes until it starts to get a bit sticky and
darken. Be careful not to burn the garlic. If it looks like it will,
add 1/2 cup of water.

Add

3-4 cups of beef stock

grated zest of 1 lemon

triple nip of brandy

1 T grated fresh/frozen ginger

ground black pepper

1 t yellow mustard seeds

small squirt of soya sauce

1/2 grated nutmeg

Simmer gently for 10 minutes

Add

2 cups chopped Black Tuscan Kale

Simmer for 2 minutes. Serve.

Local MP announces next MP clinic times for Waikouaiti and Waitati

Pete Hogson's next MP clinics for our community are:
Monday 17th August 2009
1.30pm Waikouaiti Library
2.30pm Blueskin Bay Library

Pete can be contacted at:
MP Office
32 Albany Street
Dunedin
Ph 03 474 1973 Fax 03 474 9913
Email pete@petehodgson.co.nz


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Sunday, 26 July 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday July 24

 

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

 

Next week is the annual garden bird counting week. This ongoing project aims to try to measure changes in the numbers of bird species in our gardens. Participants spend an hour in their garden recording the number of birds of each species they hear or see. If you wish to take part in this survey, the full details can be found in the July issue of Blueskin News.

 

The Blueskin Garden Club meets on Saturday at 11am to learn the art of rose pruning. This will be held at Lynne Carlyle’s property in Warrington. The event was postponed from last weekend.

 

Sunday is the Warrington Reserve Group’s planting day. Everyone is encouraged to bring their spades and gumboots and get along to help. The meeting point is at Warrington Domain at 10.30am. The planting site is opposite the playground.

 

If you fancy a trip down memory lane, then a Creative Memories’ digital scrapbooking workshop is being held on Sunday afternoon in the Warrington Hall between 2 and 3pm.

 

Qi-Gong classes are now being held in Waitati. This Chinese meditative practice uses slow, graceful movements, and sometimes breathing techniques, to promote the circulation of chi or energy flow, within the body and enhance overall health. Classes are being held each Tuesday in the Waitati Hall at 6.30. There is a charge of $5.

 

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

 

 

Thursday, 23 July 2009

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS column

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS

By Scott Willis

What a wealth of community groups we have in Waitati and Blueskin Bay.
Recently (10 June) I gave a presentation at the
Dunedin 'Pecha Kucha' night on Waitati in Transition. Essentially, it
was review of some of the sustainability initiatives, and I enjoyed
the process of sitting down and looking at what had become of the
Weggies since 2006.

Winter is a good moment to stop and take a look
around at what needs to be prepared for the hectic days of spring
ahead. The Weggies' aim to build a strong local food web is even more
relevant now, as we enter difficult economic times, and address the
predicaments of peak oil and climate change. The 'Slow Food' movement
uses the term 'eco-gastronomy' to describe itself and I think this
term describes also what seems to be a core value of all the Weggie
initiatives.

There are workshops and tours, which occur every summer, aimed at
encouraging small scale food production, spreading skills and
knowledge and sometimes introducing people to food growing and local
networks (and what a lunch!). In 2008 and 2009, harvest markets
sprouted up, providing a community farmers market to dispose of
surpluses, barter and sell, or just mix and mingle and have a good
time. 2009 saw the first harvest from the small community garden
located on Frank and Lynley O'Neill's property and co-ordinated by
Derek Onley. They had a huge potato harvest. This year we've seen a
couple of new initiatives: Open Orchards and the allotments, both
aimed at providing ways for engaged people in the community for
self-provision, interaction, and generally introducing more health and
wealth into their lives. Aunt Lucy offers juicy and judicious advice
but what has happened to Derek's Garden Diary?

There's always an ebb and flow of voluntary input (everybody has to
make a living too) but there's never been any shortage of passionate
people willing to make things happen. The Blueskin Resilient
Communities Trust, in wanting to offer to support to the weggies, has
applied for funding for a salaried weggie position, as there remains
much to be done, not just in the existing initiatives (with
EnviroSchools being scrapped by the Government we may need someone to
step into the breech, for example). So, like a well-formed artichoke,
the weggies are in good heart. Membership is growing ($5 for
life-membership!) and there are many more places to grow, glean, find
and even eat good local food.

So, what does preparation for spring look like? Increased membership
(contact Lynnaire at 482 1364), offer your skills to one or other
initiative, volunteering to help out at the Waitati School Garden, and
planning, planning, planning what to plant where in early spring!

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COMMENTAIT (column): Who’s been stealing our trees?

COMMENTAIT

by Geraldine Tait

Who's been stealing our trees?

It has certainly been a long cold winter so far and keeping the old
log burner stoked up helps to warm the house and keep Jack Frost at
bay. But I don't think that the weather is justification for people
chopping down our favourite old pines by the bay for firewood. In
recent weeks at least seven trees have been cut down and carted off,
possibly to sell. These trees have been removed from the area between
the back beach road and the bay. They are old mature trees but were
not dead and while they are still alive they play a role in helping to
hold the bank at the edge of the tide from further erosion and also
provide a wind barrier for the domain area. Eventually many of these
trees will probably fall over but for the mean time being able to walk
under these towering grand-daddy Pines is one of the many aspects of
our beach area local people enjoy. The Trees are on a DCC Reserve and
it is illegal to remove any trees or other materials from the reserve.
There is a council sign informing people of this not far from where
the attacks have taken place.

Tree stealing has also been occurring in the reserve at Waikouaiti,
the same people may be involved. Our local Policeman, Constable
Jon-Paul Tremain would be interested in any information about who has
been removing the trees, you can contact him (with details of any
vehicle regos) by phoning 465 9127. Alternatively Renee Gordon, DCC
Reserves Officer (phone 477 400) would like to hear from you if you
can help solve the tree stealing mystery. If trees have fallen over or
pose a particular risk to reserve users you can call Renee and she
will arrange for the contractors, Asplundh to cut them down. Usually
the felled trees are not removed but left so that locals can help
themselves to the wood on a first in first served basis, this seems
pretty fair. If you know who has been nicking our trees please pass on
the message that the trees belong to everyone and are valued as live
trees, they are not a private firewood supply.

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OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY column

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

by Sue Hensley

On 10 July our six-month-old kaka Matariki made its first visit
to the "kaka cafe" and hasn't moved very far away since. At the time of
writing it has not figured out how the nut dispenser works (stand on the
step and the lid opens) and has a love-hate relationship with it. On the one
hand it knows it contains easy food but on the other hand knows that it will
most likely be hit on the head as Dad hops off the step thereby releasing
the lid. Ouch!

The saddlebacks meanwhile remain fairly quiet and cryptic. However the
sorting out of territories has begun and the crew working in the field are
noticing where particular individuals might be seen or heard. One bird
(assuming it is the same one) seems to have taken up residence near the top
gate and has been seen eating lancewood berries next to the track as well as
fossicking for insects amongst the fallen pines.

Our Conservation Manager Elton has come back from a month's leave full of
enthusiasm – just as well since there is a huge job ahead. Having decided
that the detected presence of ship rats within the Ecosantuary is too big a
risk to continue targetted trapping alone he is rejigging the whole of the
monitoring tracks and tunnels throughout the area as well as setting up a
considerable number of permanent bait stations. This task will take a few
months but will hopefully lead to the eradication of these rats. The ship
rat (Rattus rattus) is the most arboreal of the rat species and is rather
partial to eggs, small birds and lizards. It is possible that some escaped
initial detection by living high up in the Eucalyptus trees.

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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Wednesday, 22 July 2009

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT (column)

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT

by Scott Willis

Photos: Ned, Seth and Alice from Geography downloading data from the
wind tower/weather station, with techie Nigel's assistance. Photos
supplied by the WEP.

Wind Power

Quick reflexes was all that saved an OU Geography lap-top from
oblivion when a strong gust blew it off the top of the box it was
sitting on, on Wednesday 22 July. Seth and Ned, two of the
Geog380 team, along with Masters student Alice Bowden, and Techie
Nigel, were at both Waitati sites to download data. At site one, near
Mopanui, we were picking up gusts at over 9m/s (metres per second) during
the download, and it looks as if there's an average of around 6m/s
over the test period.

Alice will maintain the monitoring of the site while the Geog380 team
will compare data from other monitoring stations. Early results are
looking very good (and the wind was extremely invigorating). When
course commitments are over the Geog380 class will come out to Waitati
to present the full results, so look forward to a windy and eventful
evening in September.

Lindsay Graham of the Renewable Generation Team and I went to both
sites, and we've learned of a couple more potential wind turbine
sites. We also did a drive-by of the end of the old Waitati water pipe
(the micro-hydro initiative), but a key problem around access has
emerged so while we firm up options we'll also be looking at other
sites for micro-hydro. Lindsay has been driving the dispersed
Renewable Generation initiative, and is in discussion with suppliers
of photovoltaics. We've yet to develop an economic model
to make this available to the whole community, though that is the
goal.

In Renewable Generation there are two main goals: building greater
energy security and resilience into the system for our communities,
and establishing an income stream that can be returned to support
community initiatives (ecological and social business). And yes, we'd
like to make lines charges more equitable and reward those who are
efficient. Right now we're working on finding ways to do that.

Further Support

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) has just secured new
funding for an Administration Manager role to support the WEP. This is
an exciting development, and I'm looking forward to WEP making headway
on Renewable Generation in the latter part of 2009. This is further
valuable support from the Otago Community Trust, who have provided key
assistance enabling me to continue to put my energy into this role
and, with the MSD, is 'Taskforce Green' funding.

As always, the Otago Energy Research Centre continues to offer
great support. By the time you read this we'll have had our
'Synergia Workshop' on Renewable Generation, hosted by the BRCT in
Waitati Hall (29th July), facilitated by Paul Stevenson, Synergia
Director, and made possible by the OERC. The idea here is to draw
together a small number of people from the web of local sustainability
networks to work on the challenge of getting a community turbine up
and running. It'll be filmed and documented, and more importantly
we're seeking to develop a coherent path forward to help achieve the
goal of community owned and managed Renewable Generation.

WEP Retrofit Rollout News

Work done within the WEP Retrofit Rollout is still being checked to
ensure installation was done correctly and any faults rectified. It is
anticipated that all checks will be completed soon.

There was a last few weeks' flush of applications to the Rollout, so
the contractors were left with an overhang: too few days and too many
houses still to do. As a result a small number of households who put
in applications missed out on the limited offer. However, Jasmine at
EnergySmart is now able to progressively put those applications into
the new retrofit pile, meaning that all WEP
applications will carry a different code but will automatically be
eligible for the new subsidies (Community Service Card Holders get 60%
off insulation and then $1200 off of a heating appliance if wanted,
while grants for non-community services card holders is 33% up to
$1300 inc GST for insulation and $500 towards a heating appliance).

It has been a real pleasure working with the team at EnergySmart and
Aotea Electrical Southern and we've developed a range of capabilities
around making houses warmer and healthier and more economical to run.
Comments back from Blueskin and Dunedin residents have been
overwhelmingly positive but we know that the task is still not
complete and we're looking at ways of continuing to build community
energy efficiency, and reducing energy demand in sustainable ways.
Even if you missed out on the WEP Retrofit offer, don't hesitate too
long, 60% or any subsidy is well worth it, economically, and in terms
of comfort and health.

Contact the WEP at: waitatienergy@gmail.com, or by calling 4822048.
You'll also find plenty of regularly renewed information on the
website (http://transitiontowns.org.nz/waitati), (including EECA's
link), or by going on the email list.

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BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB (column)

BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB

By Lynnaire Johnston

The Blueskin Garden Club has a varied programme planned for the upcoming year.

By the time you read this, the Club will have learned all there is to
know about rose pruning, having visited Lyne Carlyle's garden and
wreaked havoc on her unsuspecting roses.

Next up will be a pebble-pot-making demonstration on August 15 at East
Taieri. Learning how to make these gorgeous little pots will no doubt
cause a plethora of them to suddenly sprout up in gardens around the
Bay. As a reward for the hard work of pot-making, the Club will visit
Astonville Nurseries on the return home. This nursery, while small,
has many varieties of plants at reasonable cost.

In September the Club will learn about vegetable growing, just in time
to get their gardens in for spring. This will be followed, on
September 25 and 26, by the annual Spring Flower Show in the Waitati
Hall.

In subsequent months, the Club will learn what to grow in Blueskin
Bay, have a field trip and visit local gardens. We welcome new members
with green fingers or who wish to improve their gardening skills.

For more information phone Lyn Hastie on 482 2896.

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BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY (column)

BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY

by Louise Booth

The end of Winter is in sight, and really it hasn't been so bad. Here
comes Spring. You might be needing gardening books or something for a
new project. Ask us for what we have or can get for you.

Swine flu

There seems to be more and more of this about and libraries are often
where people go when they're feeling unwell, for the excellent reason
that they need a book to take to bed. We are asking people not to come
in if they are in any doubt about the possibility of infecting others.
But you will still need books! We can deliver. Ring us up, tell us
what you need, possibly this will include music and DVDs as well, and
we will do our best to get them to you. There is no charge for this
service. Stay warm. Coddle yourself.

Get Well bags

You don't have to have swine flu to use this service. Contact us or
have someone do it for you when you are sick, and we will put together
a collection to brighten your day. So far, people have used this
service in particular for sick children, but it is available for
everyone. Again, no charge.

Housebound Service

This is a free service for people who are unable to leave home to come
to the library. Most of the people using this service are housebound
in a way that is long term, but we have also used it medium term
situations like a broken leg. For this service we keep a record of
your preferences and make up a bag of items that we hope will suit
you, usually one bag each fortnight, but this is flexible. We do
require a reliable person from the community who will take your bag to
you on a volunteer basis. If you could benefit from this, or if you
know of someone who could, please let us know.

Library Redevelopment

Construction is planned to begin in April 2010. The council is putting
$500,000 towards the cost, and the community is being asked to raise
the balance of $260,000, using local fundraising and national funding
agencies. If the fundraising and the construction go to plan, we
should be in our big, beautiful new library by September 2010. The
existing library will be pulled down and we will be in temporary
premises provided generously at Waitati School. We have a model of the
updated plans, and these will soon be on display at the library.

Blueskin Poets 2009

We have a marvellous collection of work from local children, thanks to
the support of Waitati and Warrington schools. But where are the poems
from the adults in the community? Have you been too busy? The deadline
has passed, but a small extension could be arranged. Part of the idea
of this project is to make it as inclusive as possible, so adult
support would be much appreciated. Something simple and short would be
great.

Book Clubs

Adult club: Members have been hibernating during winter months, but
will emerge revitalised in the spring. We will let you know when this
is due to happen.

Warrington School Book Club

After a bit of a recess, we are starting this again on Wednesday July
29 and Aug 26. School principal Nathan Parker is keen to be involved,
and we hope that this will encourage boys to participate, as so far we
have been exclusively female.

Waitati School Book Club

We plan to start up this term, dates yet to be announced. We'll let you know.

Mimi the library cat

Mimi is happy and well in her new North East Valley home. Thanks to
all those who have enquired. Cats are some of our favourite people at
Blueskin Bay library.

Bye from Louise, Carolyn, Averil and Bessie

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FEATURE: Bland Park

Bland Park

by Philip Kelly

Recent editions of Blueskin News have included articles about Bland
Park and so it seems pertinent and timely to provide some relevant
background, some of which is hopefully also interesting.

Bland Park is owned and administered by the A and P Society by bequest
of the late Harrison Bland. The Society manages Bland Park in the
spirit of his will which involves allowing the residents of Blueskin
Bay to use the park for sports, picnics, shows and other recreational
purposes when not required by the Society for its own events. In
recent times the park has been used for A andP shows/clearing
sales/family fun days, junior rugby and soccer and social cricket.

Unfortunately, there are also a variety of costs that the A and P
Society has to contend with, including rates, A and P society dues,
public liability insurance and general maintenance. In fact, it is
only the considerable efforts in recent times by past and present A
and P Society members that has restored financial solvency and got the
park back to a state where it is well maintained and regularly used.
This has also involved a relationship with the DCC who assist with
maintaining the grounds.

While Bland Park may appear a tranquil piece of the Waitati landscape,
this belies the thousands of voluntary hours that past and present A
and P Society members have put into its administration and maintenance
over the years. We hope to keep developing Bland Park so that it
continues to be available for recreational purposes to Blueskin Bay
residents.

Anyone wishing to know more about Bland Park is free to contact me,
and if I can't answer your question then I will do my best to find
someone who can.

(Philip is president of the Blueskin A and P Society)

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FEATURE: Bland Park

Bland Park

by Philip Kelly

Recent editions of Blueskin News have included articles about Bland
Park and so it seems pertinent and timely to provide some relevant
background, some of which is hopefully also interesting.

Bland Park is owned and administered by the A and P Society by bequest
of the late Harrison Bland. The Society manages Bland Park in the
spirit of his will which involves allowing the residents of Blueskin
Bay to use the park for sports, picnics, shows and other recreational
purposes when not required by the Society for its own events. In
recent times the park has been used for A andP shows/clearing
sales/family fun days, junior rugby and soccer and social cricket.

Unfortunately, there are also a variety of costs that the A and P
Society has to contend with, including rates, A and P society dues,
public liability insurance and general maintenance. In fact, it is
only the considerable efforts in recent times by past and present A
and P Society members that has restored financial solvency and got the
park back to a state where it is well maintained and regularly used.
This has also involved a relationship with the DCC who assist with
maintaining the grounds.

While Bland Park may appear a tranquil piece of the Waitati landscape,
this belies the thousands of voluntary hours that past and present A
and P Society members have put into its administration and maintenance
over the years. We hope to keep developing Bland Park so that it
continues to be available for recreational purposes to Blueskin Bay
residents.

Anyone wishing to know more about Bland Park is free to contact me,
and if I can't answer your question then I will do my best to find
someone who can.

(Philip is president of the Blueskin A and P Society)

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WAITATI OPEN ORCHARD (column)

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARD

by Jackie Fanning and Jason Ross

Know of any Fruit Trees in Waitati's public spaces?

The Waitati Open Orchard initiative is the mapping of existing, and planting
of more, fruit and nut trees in public spaces in Waitati for all the
community to harvest.

After the article in the July issue of Blueskin News, we have had a few
people email us the location of fruit trees in Waitati. If you know the
location of a fruit tree but you are not sure what sort that's fine - please
let us know.

Some locations you have told us so far include:

Pear trees by railway access along Doctors Point Rd

Yellow skinned apple tree on track to bottom gate of the Ecosanctuary

Blackberries on Orokonui Rd

Elders in sand dunes at Doctors Point Beach

apple trees outside Waitati Hall

There has been a request for more elderberry trees, patches of berry shrubs
and peach trees if we could get them to grow.

Also if you know of a site that would be a suitable public space for more
fruit trees, let us know. There is interest in Purakaunui for a similar
scheme - if you are interested in getting involved in Purakanui please
contact marionwassenaar @ clear.net.nz

Our email address is waitatiopenorchard @ gmail.com

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MINISTRY OF BLUESKIN BAY TRANSPORT (column)

MINISTRY OF BLUESKIN BAY TRANSPORT

by Peter Dowden, Rudie Verhoef and Liz Abbott

Welcome back Graeme

Rumours of Graeme McDonald's retirement were greatly exaggerated:
Graeme re-appeared behind the wheel of Passenger Transport's shiny new
Palmerston bus as a wage-earning driver. He certainly kept that quiet,
but his passengers must be pleased to have him back.

Coast Road bus service: a short history

The NZ Railways Road Services Coast Road bus via Seacliff and
Warrington began in 1976 as a replacement for the Palmerston railcar,
following the coastal rail route as closely as possible as far as
Doctors Point, then back-tracking to Waitati to go over Mount Cargill
Rd. (The service was cut back from Palmerston to Waikouaiti shortly
afterwards, while another short-lived bus service linked Purakaunui to
replace the same railcar.)

The National government elected in 1990 decided to privatise NZ
Railways Road Services. Newton's Coachways Ltd purchased the Dunedin
local business (long distance, called 'Intercity', went to Richies
Coachlines), and the Otago Regional Council took on the responsibility
of organising the services and routes.

In 1991 a contract was let to Newton's for a two-year term expiring in
June 1993. Under this contract there was a 6.30am service from
Waikouaiti to Dunedin (arriving 7.40am) that travelled via Karitane,
the Coast Rd, and Mount Cargill. There was a return trip departing
Dunedin at 5.15pm that travelled the reverse of above arriving at
Waikouaiti at 6.30pm.

Meanwhile, the hospital board had been running staff transfer services
for many years between Dunedin hospitals and Cherry Farm Hospital,
which was due to close. The hospital's transport manager, Bill Ross,
soon to be himself made redundant, noticed a business opportunity in
the many Cherry Farm staff, living locally, who would need transport
to work in Dunedin. In November 1992, Bill Ross advised the Regional
Council that he wished to register a commercial service between
Waikouaiti and Dunedin, travelling via SH1 to Dunedin and extending up
to Wakari Hospital.

Loading on Newton's Coast Road service did not meet expectations and
by midway through the contract it was looking unlikely that it would
be renewed. At the time their Waikouaiti-based driver's family was
shifting. Newton's consequently sub-contracted Catch-a-Bus to operate
the services for the remaining six months of the contract, till June
1993, when Coast Road service ceased.

Ross Mini Services then provided a service on a commercial basis (ie
without subsidy and not under contract) via SH1, but branching to
Karitane and Warrington as required, through till his retirement in
May 2003. Bill Ross on-sold the business to Palmerston Minibus
Services who extended service to and from Palmerston. In June 2005,
Palmerston Minibus Services announced they were going to withdraw the
service. ORC agreed to a six month trial which was converted into a
three year contract from 1 April 2006. This expired in June 2009 and
the service is now provided by Passenger Transport Ltd.

In 1999, commercial operator Ross Mini Services undertook a trial
routing the service along the Coast Road to assess demand. Despite
advance publicity to the community, Bill Ross stopped the trial after
four days as he had carried a total of only four additional passengers
in these four days.

(The writers thank Bruce Ramsay and Bill Campbell for their help in
providing additional historical information.)

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WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB (column)

WARRINGTON SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB

by Lyn Hastie

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be held on Friday 14 August at 7pm. Please bring a plate
to share for supper. There are lots of jobs up for grabs and these
need to be shared amongst many families. All ages will be catered for
with a safe outdoor fire provided.

All new or intending members are welcome, with a special welcome to
those interested in becoming a Lifeguard. Anyone can contact the club
by calling Lyn, 482 2896.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2009

NEWS: Qi grows in Waitati

The study and practice of qigong is growing in the Waitati area, with
two learning opportunities there advertised in this month's 'Blueskin
News'.

Jay Baker, who will hold classes on Tuesdays, says regular practice
"has noticeable effects on improving physical health and helping
people to become more focused and grounded."

Ans Lakmaker, who will provide individual Zhineng Qigong sessions in
Waitati and elsewhere, says "We will learn techniques which you will
be able to apply in everyday life. They will teach you how you can use
your mind, motion and sound to increase qi." Ans is also promoting a
visit to Dunedin by a master in Zhineng Qigong.

Qigong (or ch'i kung) is an internal Chinese meditative practice which
uses slow graceful movements (and sometimes breathing techniques) to
promote the circulation of qi (pronounced "chee"; energy flow,
vitality or life-force) within the human body, and enhance a
practitioner's overall health. Although qigong is often confused with
martial arts or tai chi, qigong is usually much slower and focuses on
the "qi" aspect to a much greater degree. With more than 10,000 styles
of qigong and 200 million people practicing, there are a variety of
methods.

by the editors

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NEWS: High-fibre diet for Blueskin mudflats

High-fibre diet for Blueskin mudflats

Photo supplied by Chorus: Blueskin Bay and the proposed fibre-optic cable route

Chorus, the phone-lines division of Telecom New Zealand, is planning
to dig a fibre-optic line across Blueskin Bay.

Telecommunication services are currently provided to Warrington
via three copper cables laid in 1956, 1974 and 1979.

Chorus wants to lay a new 24-fibre cable as the existing copper cables are
"nearing the end of their functional life" and "fibre optic cable is a
more recent and more robust technology."

The cable is proposed to be laid using a mole plough towed by a bulldozer.

Chorus will seek resource consent from the Otago Regional
Council and consult the local community and Department of
Conservation.

by the editors

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Classified Ad: LANDSCAPE ARTIST

LANDSCAPE ARTIST: Local landscapes freshly drawn by Liz Abbott.
Available direct from the artist at Seacliff. Liz's Art Shed is open
on the first Sunday of
the month from 11am-2pm (during the Coast Road Market) or by
appointment ph 027 699 5390.

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HOUSE WANTED TO RENT Brechan Mutch and partner looking for a place to
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Classified Ad: QI-GONG CLASS IN WAITATI

QI-GONG CLASS IN WAITATI: 6.30 Tues every week at the Waitati Hall.
Regular Qi-Gong practice has noticeable effects on improving physical
health and helping people to become more focused and grounded. $5
Donation. Jay Baker jugglerjay @ hotmail.com

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Coast Road Market's first birthday: Sunday 2 August

How time flies!

Liz Abbot and Rudie Verhoef

WAITATI STEINER PLAYGROUP

WAITATI STEINER PLAYGROUP

by Tace Wilson

The new Waitati branch of the Dunedin Rudolf Steiner School Playgroup
has had a successful first term. The children and their parents have
been meeting on Wednesday mornings in the small room off the Waitati
Hall.

The adults have had the opportunity to learn more about Steiner
education while the children have enjoyed playing in a peaceful
setting with toys made of natural materials.

The sessions incorporate songs, games, stories, outdoor play, and a
shared morning tea of fruit and freshly baked bread.

The first term ended with a Winter Lantern Festival at the school in
Dunedin. Three Steiner playgroups joined to watch a puppet show,
paraded lanterns made by the children, and enjoyed a delicious lunch.

The Wednesday morning playgroup is now full, but if you have a child
aged 0-3 and are interested in joining, please phone Nick 478 0411 or
Tace 482 1161. If there is enough interest, another playgroup will be
started.

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WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS: Ask Aunt Lucy

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS: Ask Aunt Lucy

by Lucy Jack

Dear Aunt Lucy

Last year my gooseberries had no fruit on them . . . any advice?

Fruitless-on-the-flats

Dear Fruitless

Gooseberries are cousins of the currents and are derived mostly from
two species: the European gooseberry (Ribes grossularia), native to
the Caucasus Mountains and North Africa; and the American gooseberry
(R. hirtellum), native to northeastern and north-central United States
and adjacent parts of Canada. The leaves of European types are
alternate, single, deeply lobed, and glossy dark green. American
types are pale to grey-green and sometimes a wee bit hairy (in jargon
this is termed 'finely pubescent'- how revolting).

Both types need the same treatment and should fruit if they are
between 2 and 20 years old. Are yours too old?

Gooseberries are self-fertile so they don't need a buddy to produce
fruits, so that can't be the problem.

Gooseberries are also pretty unfinicky about soil, though they mustn't
get waterlogged and need to be kept moist especially when forming
fruit- perhaps they dried out at this critical time? Try a good bed of
mulch this year.

Birds are notorious for pecking out the young fruits in late spring
and then coming back for more in summer to eat the almost
ripened fruits. If the plant flowered and appeared to stop here, birds
might be your problem and netting would help.

You could also increase productivity by (painfully and pricklingly)
pruning this winter to cut out any weak or dead branches. On the
outside of the bush, young
growth should be left untouched, older and longer side shoots should
be cut back to within 2cm of their base. The aim is to
achieve a wine-glass shape with the centre of the bush reasonably
clear of growth. Of course, if you can neatly trim an obnoxious,
belligerent gooseberry bush into a 'wine glass shape', you are a
superwoman and may feel such an overwhelming glow of pride that you
don't give a stuff about the gooseberries.

Yours,

Aunt Lucy xxx

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Saturday, 18 July 2009

Classified Ad: ZHINENG QIGONG CLASSES

ZHINENG QIGONG CLASSES to gain greater understanding of how our mind affects
qi and how this in turn affects our emotional, physical and mental health. We
will learn techniques which you will be able to apply in everyday life. They
will teach you how you can use your mind, motion and sound to increase Qi
(Vital life force/energy).

Individual sessions: gentle bodywork and Qi-therapy available in
Waitati and elsewhere.

For info call: Ans 473 6114 cell: 027 756 8383

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Ad: Seminar on Qi

Yuan Tze master in Zhineng Qigong and Ren Xue
Seminar on Qi for emotional, physical and mental wellbeing followed by a
group healing. Sunday 30th of August from 6.00-9.00pm
Individual sessions: from Mon 31 /8 till Wed 2/9
For further info or bookings contact:
Angela: 473 9352 cell: 021 126 3958 Ans: 473 6114 cell: 027 756 8383
Email: dunedinqigong@gmail.com

Yuan Tze master in Zhineng Qigong and Ren Xue
Seminar on Qi for emotional, physical and mental wellbeing followed by a
group healing. Sunday 30th of August from 6.00-9.00pm
Individual sessions: from Mon 31 /8 till Wed 2/9
For further info or bookings contact:
Angela: 473 9352 cell: 021 126 3958 Ans: 473 6114 cell: 027 756 8383
Email: dunedinqigong@gmail.com

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publisher.)

Thursday, 16 July 2009

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Hustle and bustle returns to Dunedin Railway Station

Another indication that city residents find trains to be a popular form of travel was made today, as almost 300 people took a return trip to Waitati from Dunedin.

While commuters north of Dunedin have shown interest in reinstating a morning and evening commuters train, it appears the Regional Council are not as keen.

CLASSIFIED AD: HOUSE-MINDER AVAILABLE

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Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday July 17

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

A proposal to install a new fibre optic telecommunications cable across the Waitati Inlet is being investigated by a division of Telecom New Zealand. This will replace the three copper cables buried across the inlet which currently provide Warrington residents with their phone and internet connections. One of the three cables was laid more than 50 years ago and all three are nearing the end of their useful life. A route across the inlet is deemed the most feasible of the available alternatives. Full details can be found on the Blueskin website.

A workshop to develop poems for Blueskin Poets 2009 is being conducted on Wednesday at the Blueskin library in Waitati. To be held between 7 and 8pm, the workshop allows participants to share their favourite poems in a non-judgmental and fun atmosphere. Refreshments will be provided.

The Waitati Toy Library is open tomorrow morning from 10.30 for an hour. Come along and return those toys your children have become bored with over the holidays and replace them with new and exciting ones.

Labour MP Pete Hodgson holds his monthly clinic in East Otago on Monday. He will be at the Waikouaiti Library at 1.30 and at the Waitati Library from 2.30pm. He invites any constituents with concerns about their local area to come along and air them. No appointment is necessary.

Tuesday night’s movie at the Waitati Film Society is Her Third. A box office success, this East German movie depicts female liberation in the 1970s when women were just beginning to take control of their lives. Movies are shown at Bill’s Place, on Orokonui Road from 8pm.

The Warrington Surf Lifesaving Club meets on Monday night at 7.30 at their clubrooms. Even if it’s cold outside, the clubrooms will be warm and the drinks hot.

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

 

 

Cable-laying proposal in Blueskin Bay

Cable-laying proposal in Blueskin Bay

Chorus (a division of Telecom New Zealand Limited) wishes to advise
residents adjacent to the Waitati Inlet of the following investigation
in your area:

PROPOSAL BY CHORUS TO INSTALL A NEW FIBRE OPTIC CABLE FOR
TELECOMMUNICATION PURPOSES FROM WAITATI TO WARRINGTON, VIA WAITATI INLET

Telecommunication services are currently provided to Warrington
residents via three copper cables buried across the Waitati Inlet.
These were laid in 1956, 1974 and 1979 respectively.

Chorus is investigating a proposal to lay a new 24-fibre optic cable
to replace the copper feeder cables from Waitati to Warrington, via
Waitati Inlet. This is necessary as the existing copper cables are
nearing the end of their functional life and there is the risk of the
cables failing in the near future.

The fibre optic cable is a more recent and more robust technology. It
will improve telecommunication services to residents of Warrington and
maintain a reliable service to the area.

Alternatives to locating the fibre optic cable in Waitati Inlet, such
as radio link and installing the cable within the road reserve have
been investigated. Radio link is not practical for the services
proposed and installing the cable within the road reserve poses
significant risks for the long term integrity of the cable and also
the risk of damage to the road due to the geology of the area. A route
across the inlet
is deemed the most feasible for a new fibre optic cable between
Waitati and Warrington.

To install the fibre optic cable requires the use of machinery in
Waitati Inlet. The cable is proposed to be laid using a mole plough
towed by a bulldozer. An excavator to determine ground conditions
would also be required and additional machinery may be required as
back-up in case of machinery failure.

The laying of the cable should take no longer than 5 days, allowing
for tidal movements to be considered.

The Waitati Inlet comprises part of the East Otago Taiapure, and
commercial cockle harvesting also occurs within the Inlet. Chorus has
met with these parties to discuss the proposal and consultation with
these parties will continue as the project progresses.

To determine the most appropriate route across the Inlet and what
potential and actual effects the cable laying across the Inlet may
have on the estuarine environment, some survey work will be undertaken
within the next month by qualified ecologists. Once this survey work
is completed, a public meeting will be organised to discuss the
project and the findings of the ecological assessment with
the community. All are welcome to attend and the meeting details will
be advised in due course.

The works proposed require resource consent from the Otago Regional
Council for a Discretionary and Restricted Coastal Activity. Such
consents will only be applied for once the ecological assessment is
complete, and consultation with the local community is undertaken.

Chorus (via its agents) are also liaising with the Department of
Conservation to establish what their interests are in the Waitati
Inlet and any requirements to seek approval from the Department of
Conservation as part of the consent process
Should you have any questions regarding the proposed project and
information provided, please direct your queries to:

Geoff Austin –Chorus
03 353 3007 (extn 38007)
geoff.austin@chorus.co.nz

Monday, 13 July 2009

EVENING FOR POETRY LOVERS

Workshop to develop poems for 'Blueskin Poets 2009'.

When: Wednesday, July 22nd, 7-8pm
Where: Blueskin Bay Library
Who: With Carolyn and Louise
What: Share your favourite poems. Bring along some that you love to read.

It will be helpful, non-judgmental and fun.

Refreshments supplied.

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Sunday, 12 July 2009

Taieri Gorge Railway is running Suburban Trains all day on Wednesday
15 July from 8.20am, with services between Dunedin, Mosgiel, Port
Chalmers, Purakaunui and Waitati.

Full details can be read here:

http://taieri.co.nz/images/TGR-3203B.PDF (it's a downloadable PDF document)

Friday, 10 July 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday July 10

 

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

 

A special fundraising screening by the Waitati Film Society takes place tomorrow night. Breath of Peace will be shown in the Waitati Hall at 8pm. Filmmaker Kathleen Gallagher will speak about the making of her unique documentary which is the fascinating story of effort towards global peace. Tickets are $10 and $12 at the door.

 

On Sunday a creative memories workshop will be held at Warrington Hall between 2 and 4pm. It is ideal for anyone wishing to learn how to keep memories of past events and people alive.

 

The school holiday programme is well underway with two more dance drama events this coming week. Circles and Stomps will be held on Tuesday and Forces of Nature on Thursday. Both run from 10 to 11am. These are suitable for children aged between five and 10.

 

Waitati Film Society’s offering on Tuesday night is the East German movie, I Was 19. Movies are shown at Bill’s Place on Orokonui Rd from 8pm each Tuesday night.

 

And finally, Tae Kwon Do classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Warrington Hall between 6 and 7.30pm. Everyone interested in a little mid-winter activity is welcome.

 

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

 

 

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

Come along for an afternoon of fun filled activities turning old junk
into something amazing, funky and exotic.

We will provide sewing machines, glue guns and some materials to
stimulate and encourage your creative juices.

You need to bring along items such as old clothing, buttons, wool,
bottle tops and other recycled materials as well as a gold coin
donation.

Just turn up and everyone is welcome. This is suitable for all ages.

For more details ring the Blueskin Bay Library on 482 2444.

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WAITATI FILM SOCIETY PROGRAMME AUGUST - DECEMBER 2009

Half year memberships are now available at $30. Drama, comedy,
history or just plain entertainment in a warm, pleasant environment
with convivial company. Membership allows you free entry to our
screenings as well as discounts at Film Festivals and some Dunedin
cinemas.

For more information ring: Brigitte 482-2829 or Leonie 482-2508 or
check out our website: http://www.nzfilmsociety.org.nz/waitati.htm

Tuesday Aug 11

THE THIN RED LINE USA 1998

Deep conflicts abound not just between the Japanese entrenched on
Guadalcanal Island but also between individuals in the US forces
attempting to regain the island. Each soldier has his own agenda,
whether simply just to stay alive or not to waste others' lives, or to
make their name as a heroic military leader. Spielberg, in his films,
targets the more blood lusting audience, whereas Malick, in this
powerful, grotesque war movie, appeals to the thinking onlooker. Like
Coppola's Apocalypse Now he sets an almost surrealistic scenario, yet
the guns still blaze and the blood spills. 166m

Tuesday Aug 18

MARTI: THE PASSIONATE EYE NZ 2004

It traces the dramatic personal story of Marti Friedlander, one of New
Zealand's leading photographers, alongside the major social changes
she recorded. She has photographed New Zealand's best-known artists in
their studios, collaborated with Michael King on a famous series of
Maori portraits, and documented many protest activities including the
Springbok Tour and the Women's Movement. Marti talks frankly about the
art of photography, her life, and the fascinating people and events
she has portrayed. 73m

Tuesday Aug 25

TRAVEL AND COUNTERCULTURE France 1957-1976

A collection of short films by the doyenne of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda.

From the frivolity of summer on the French Riviera, to the domes and
minarets of Isfahan, to political activism in Oakland by the Black
Panthers, this collection of films focuses on Varda's eye for
exoticism and her engagement with 60s counterculture. 106m

Tuesday Sept 1

GASLIGHT USA 1944

It has been difficult for aficionados to decide whether this was
Ingrid Bergman's best performance as the wealthy English socialite or
whether she was upstaged by Charles Boyer as her husband, turned
insidious monster, who attempts to destabilize her mind, aided and
abetted by a petulant, hard-bitten parlourmaid. 114m

Tuesday Sept 8

SCARFACE USA 1983

A classic amongst gangster films with its tension, violent action and
depiction of basic instincts and fickle loyalty. A complex story of
interwoven relationships within the dog-eat-dog world of gangsters.
Cuban hood, Tony Montana (Pacino), arrives in the USA, then proceeds
to murder his way to the top of the criminal dunghill. But the very
drugs bringing in his wealth could also derail his ambitions. 170m

Tuesday Sept 15

NOI THE ALBINO Iceland 2003

Nói is actually bald rather than truly albino, creating a heat-loss
problem when you live in a frigid and remote fjord in Iceland. His
grandmother offers some stability as his father is a drunkard and his
mother is mostly not there. He weighs up the possibility of fulfilling
a dream of escaping to a winterless Pacific island with the waitress
who has just taken his fancy. 93m

Tuesday Sept 22

THE NAVIGATORS UK 2001

It's 1995 and privatization plans by British Rail management portent
sweeping changes to a railway gang of honest, good-humoured blokes.
Using a cast of mostly local standup comics, Ken Loach re-enacted on
film what those changes actually meant to the lives of these men.
96m

Tuesday Sept 29

PALESTINE, SUMMER 06 Palestine 2006

A mosaic of 13 films from both established as well as new Palestinian
filmmakers. The brief for all of them was to take up to three minutes
to depict their visions of the Israeli military engagements in Gaza
and Lebanon in the summer of 2006. 35m

BRIDE OF GALILEE Palestine 2006

Basel Tannous worked for over four years to gain the trust of Fatma
and her family to make this often painful and profoundly moving
account of the fateful encounters between two individuals and their
consequences. 48m

Tuesday Oct 13

INTIMATE STRANGER USA 1991

The subject of Alan Berliner's documentary is his grandfather: "A
stunningly imaginative hand-made, one-man film, Intimate Stranger
combines biography, personal inquiry, a search for roots, 20th century
history, family portraiture and cultural anthropology in a work of
unusual resonance." – Todd McCarthy, Variety 58m

Tuesday Oct 27

SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN… Korea 2003

Depicting the daily realism of Buddhism is rare in the West. In this
Korean film we witness the frequent contrasts of wit and harshness
inflicted by the Master on his protégés in their isolated raft house
in the middle of a remote lake. The essence of his teachings is
spiritual discipline, which he then cleverly blends with the
ever-cycling seasons. 101m

Tuesday Nov 10

NZ SHORTS NZ 2007/08

Dads come in for it in three of these contemporary shorts: Clean Linen
where the kids discover his secret; in Fog his son escapes into the
fog, with a girl; with Run the kids combine to stand up to him. In
Take 3 Asian girls at an audition are expected to be …. well, Asian. A
huge socio-cultural chasm is crossed by two unlikely characters in The
Graffiti of Mr Tupaia. In Coffee and Allah an Ethiopian woman journeys
to a strange new land, where an appetite for coffee, Islam and a good
game of badminton leads to unexpected friendships.

Tuesday Nov 24

IN MY FATHER'S DEN NZ/UK 2004

A highly successful film version of Maurice Gee's 1972 novel that
tells of Paul, a photojournalist, bruised from horrific sights at
world trouble spots, returns to his Central Otago roots. He
rediscovers his dead father's secret den, full of inspiring books. But
Celia (Emily Barclay), daughter of Paul's childhood girlfriend, has
also found the den. The two enjoy each other's company, so when Celia
disappears locals see Paul as the prime suspect. 126m

Tuesday Dec 8

BOUDOU SAVED FROM DROWNING France 1932

Perhaps saving a degenerate tubercular tramp from a watery grave was
not the best thing for an upper class bookseller to do, but Lestingois
did it and subsequently his household has to endure Boudous'
challenges to their morality. 87m

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Monday, 6 July 2009

Notice: Rozi Dance studio FREE CHILDREN'S DANCE LESSONS

by Rozalina Stoyanova

I am the salsa dance teacher from Waitati Hall.

In the weeks of the School holidays I will give two free lessons for
children in Latino styles.

The lessons will be on Thursdays, 9 July and 16 July, in Waitati Hall, 6pm-7pm.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday July 3

 

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

 

Now that school holidays are underway, keeping the children entertained in this miserable weather will be a challenge. However, there is plenty of activity in the Dance Drama holiday programme at the Waitati Hall next week. On Tuesday, kids can release their inner animal at Animalia while on Thursday, fairies and princesses will be sparkling and shimmering. Each activity runs for an hour from 10am and all youngsters aged 5 to 10 are welcome.

 

The Waitati Toy Library is also open this weekend – from 10.30am until 11.30am tomorrow, and again on Monday evening at 6.30pm. There is a great range of toys to be borrowed.

 

Weather permitting, the Seacliff Market will again be held on Sunday. Running from 11am to 2pm, the market offers a great range of food, preserves, bric-a-brac and books. You’ll find the market on Coast Road at Seacliff.

 

Waitati Film Society’s offering on Tuesday night is the East German movie, I Was 19. Movies are shown at Bill’s Place on Orokonui Rd from 8pm each Tuesday night.

 

And if you’re looking for something in the artistic line, visit Gallery on Blueskin. There’s a new selection of work on show by local potter, Peter Gregory. The gallery is open 10.30am to 4pm Tuesdays to Sundays and is an excellent place to take visitors to the area.

 

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

 

Thursday, 2 July 2009

July 2009 Blueskin News available electronically

Here it is:

http://newzealand.wikia.com/wiki/File:BNJuly09Small.pdf

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Wednesday, 1 July 2009

NEW LOCAL BUSINESS Blueskin Bay Counselling

NEW LOCAL BUSINESS

Blueskin Bay Counselling

There are times in our lives when we can find ourselves struggling to
cope. We may feel we need to talk with someone outside of family or
friends. A professional, who can help us make sense of our situations
and support us to see a way forward. We need to speak with a
professional, who won't judge us in any way.

Blueskin Bay Counselling (BBC) is a confidential, professional
counselling service, offering face to face, telephone and online
counselling, in Waitati, with Jeannie Horn, MBACP Accred, Cruse
Accred, Provisional Member NZAC.

Jeannie is a qualified counsellor and an Accredited Member of the
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, with experience
of working short term and long term, with both adolescents and adults,
in groups and one to one. Having worked within the alcohol and other
drugs (AOD) field, bereavement and loss, with adolescents in schools
and in private practice, Jeannie is an experienced counsellor.

Some of the many issues Jeannie has helped with are:

a.. Anxiety
b.. Anger
c.. Depression
d.. Relationships
e.. Identity
f.. Sexuality
g.. Isolation
h.. Life transitions
i.. Work issues

Jeannie offers counselling face to face, at her home on Blueskin Road.
Sometimes attending fixed appointments can be difficult for people
with children, with a disability or a busy lifestyle. Jeannie also
offers telephone counselling as well as online counselling to support
those people who would find it more convenient for their lives.

Jeannie is originally from Yorkshire, in the UK, and lives in Waitati
with her family. Her training is in counselling and psychotherapy
based in Humanistic principles of warmth, honesty and unconditional
positive regard. Jeannie is also experienced in Cognitive Behavioural
Therapy (CBT) and offers this way of working when the client feels
comfortable with beginning to move forward and make changes in their
lives.

Counselling consultations last for up to 50 minutes each, with evening
appointments available. You can bring any problem you want to, no
matter how big or small. If something is causing you to feel
troubled, then it's important enough to bring to a counselling
consultation. You will not be judged in any way, only respected and
offered warmth and honesty. Together with your counsellor, you can
begin to explore familiar patterns in your life, how our thoughts and
feelings can affect our behaviour and discover a different way
forwards, to live a happier life.

For more information on how counselling can help you take back control
of your life, see www.blueskinbaycounselling.com

or call Jeannie on 02113 85558

or email Jeannie at blueskinbaycounselling@hotmail.com

(Blueskin News welcomes contributed articles about new businesses and
services in our area: write to editors@blueskin.co.nz)

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From blueskin.co.nz and 'Blueskin News' published by Blueskin Media:
voluntary/non-profit community publishers in Blueskin Bay (Seacliff,
Warrington, Evansdale, Waitati, Doctors Point), Dunedin, New Zealand.
All material sent to or published by us is "copyleft" in the public
domain and may be freely shared, archived, re-edited and republished.
If you want to credit the source it's "blueskin.co.nz".