Saturday, 26 September 2009

colourful poster for "In Transition" movie

this time!
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salsa party: Everybody is invited

On 9th of October (Friday) at Waitati Hall - 8 p.m. - will have salsa
party. Everybody is invited, just have to bring drink and food. No
children, adults only.

Rozi

"In Transition" film on the 3rd of October

"In Transition" film on the 3rd of October

less information but more colour! (and all the crucial info).

Friday, 25 September 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Sept 25

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

The big event on in Blueskin Bay this weekend is the Spring Flower Show. Entries may be delivered to the Waitati Hall on Saturday between 10am and 1.30pm. The Show is open to the public on Sunday from 11am to 3pm with the prize giving at 2.45pm. There will also be a plant stall and raffles.

Saturday is clean-up day at Warrington Domain. This is your annual opportunity to clean up all the rubbish you can’t get rid of using the normal channels. However, hazardous waste, liquids and whiteware will not be accepted. It costs $6 per car, $11 per station wagon and $16 for cars with trailers, and vans or utes.

Gallery on Blueskin invites you to the 2009 Spring Show on Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Artists include: Laura Gregory, Justin Morshuis, Nigel Yates, Jacob Feenstra, Rachel Hirabayashi, Karan Snow, Danny Moorwood, Maxine Williams, Nigel Wilson, Jenna Packer, Jack Monaghan, Peter Gregory & Chris Reid. And weather permitting there will be live Jazz in the afternoon by "The Swing of Things”.

Tuesday night’s movie offering will be the movies, Palestine, Summer 06 and Bride of Galilee. Movies are shown at Bill’s place in Orokonui Rd from 8pm.

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

 

 

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Mr Green

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MORE LAWNS TO MOW IN WAITATI WARRINGTON
WAIKOUAITI AREA.

MR GREEN CAN WEED YOUR GARDEN TRIM SHRUBS TRIM HEDGES.
WHATEVER YOU WANT WE CAN DO.

Ph. 487 7582

Greg Preece

Story from Otago Daily Times Online

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People ride train to work on Car Free Day [1]
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[2]

Rain may have put many people off walking or biking to work yesterday, but 100
delighted and dry passengers took a Taieri Gorge Railway train into Dunedin for
World Car Free Day.


[1] http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/75006/people-ride-train-work-car-free-day
[2] http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/75006/people-ride-train-work-car-free-day

Commuters take the train to work

Photos by Magda Buchholz of the commuter train journey from Waitati to
Dunedin on World Car-free Day, Tuesday 22 September 2009.

1: Nancy Higgins of Warrington enjoys a coffee at Waitati Station.

2: The Waitati School PTA coffee stall, with Nicky Clarke and Sasha
Burnside-Woods (9).

3: Waitati acting Stationmaster Mandy Mayhem assisted by her son Max.

5: Mayor of Dunedin Peter Chin receives a bouquet from Danielle
Cameron of Get the Train. The flowers were gathered from passengers
and were presented in gradtitude to the council for organising the
train service.

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Locals clean up Sustainability Award nominations

Locals clean up Sustainability Award nominations

By the editors

Four Blueskin Bay organisations or people are among those nominated by
Dunedin 350 as top 'Sustainability Success Stories' from around
Dunedin.

Jason Ross (Sutherland Nurseries), Waitati Edible Gardeners, Waitati
Energy Project and Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust have all
impressed Dunedin 350 with their commitment to sustainability.

Susan Smirk of the Dunedin350 Team says the awards can go to a group
or individual from the greater Dunedin area who shows dedication and
commitment to sustainability in an innovative way. "The winners will
be those stories which are excellent case studies and positive
examples to others in the community."

Awards will be presented at the Dunedin350 Spring Food Festival, on
October 24th, and information about winners will be displayed for the
public to read, and be inspired by, says Susan.

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GOJI berries available now at BLUESKIN NURSERIES

GOJI berries,
the king of super foods,
you can grow your own!
Plants available now at
BLUESKIN NURSERIES
OPEN 7 days 8.30am - 6pm
State Highway One, Waitati
Ph 03 482 2828

WAITATI VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE (column)

WAITATI VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE

by Deanne Burrell

It has been a very quiet few months with regards to fire call-outs, so
well done to all Blueskin Bay residents for keeping our community
safe.

We would like to remind everyone that if you do see fire or smoke that
you are concerned about please don't hesitate to dial 111. The
Communications Centre operator will make the decision on who attends
the incident, whether it is the Rural Fire Brigade or the local
Brigade.

We would like to welcome two new members to the Brigade, Ben Strathdee
and Bill Berends, thank you for volunteering to help your community.
It is with regret that we announce the resignation of Chris Felipe
Alves. We would like to thank Chris for his hard work and dedication
to the Brigade and we wish you well for the future.

We have recently acquired oxygen and a neck brace that are now
available on the fire appliance. The brigade has participated in
training nights learning the correct way to administer the oxygen and
apply the neck brace. We also took the opportunity to refresh our CPR
skills. Another training night was held using fire extinguishers.

Spring is finally here and with daylight saving and warmer weather
summer-loving Kiwis uncover their BBQs, scrape off last year's grime
and throw the sausages and meat onto the grill.

A barbecue should be a safe and enjoyable experience but it's all too
easy to be distracted when you have friends and family around you
whilst cooking. To avoid injuries or damage to property, follow these
simple precautions:

Make sure your barbecue is in good working order.

Ensure the barbecue is on a flat site, well away from a shed, trees or shrubs.

Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area.

Never leave the barbecue unattended.

Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies.

Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it.

Charcoal Barbecues:

Use only enough charcoal to cover the base to a depth of about 50mm (2 inches).

Only use recognised fire lighters or starter fuel and only on cold
coals - use the minimum necessary and never use petrol.

Never put hot ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin - they
could melt the plastic and cause a fire.

Gas Barbecues:

Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder.

Change cylinders outdoors if possible or in a well ventilated area.

If you suspect a leak to the cylinder or pipe work, brush soapy water
around the joints and watch for bubbles - tighten to fix but do not
over tighten.

After cooking, turn off the gas cylinder before turning off at the
controls to ensure any residual gas in the pipe work is used up.

SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES. ARE YOURS WORKING?

Did you replace your smoke alarm batteries at Daylight Saving?

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Blueskin Cafe

BLUESKIN CAFE
at Blueskin Nurseries

Come and meet Belinda and her team.
Taste the delicious home baking and
enjoy the best coffee in town.

Open 7 days from 8.30am - 5pm
Ph 03 482 2633

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY column

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

By Sue Hensley

The countdown for the opening of the Visitor and Education Centre
has begun. Members and volunteers are invited along on Sunday, October 25th
between 10.30 and 2.30 and will have the opportunity to see the new building
and walk around our main track – the Rimu Track. So if you haven't already
become a member or volunteer – now is a good time to do so. Our café will be
open!

Our artist in residence, Moira Crossman, is holding an Oamaru Stone
carving workshop at Te Whare Arohanui in the last two weekends of November
(21-22, 28-29). Details in the next issue of the Blueskin News.

The work day on our Pa Harakeke was sunny, warm and incredibly productive with
the North Island flaxes being dug in, the road bank planted out, parts of
the track gravelled and the pou whenua carved by Kati Huirapa erected
and cemented in at the entrance way. Thanks to all who helped.

We are now into the fifth year of bird counts (2 years pre-
fence and 2 post-fence) under the leadership of local ornithologist Derek
Onley. We have logged 2500 five-minute counts. Bird
populations vary widely year to year and trends can only be identified
positively over a long term and with sufficient data. Last year counts of
bellbird and tomtit increased significantly compared to pre-fence counts in
and adjacent to the sanctuary but declined at the far control area. It will
be interesting to see if this trend is confirmed this breeding season.

We could always do with more bird counters. Full training
and occasional cups of tea even the odd glass of wine will be on offer to
volunteers. Anyone interested please contact Derek Onley at
derekonley@yahoo.com or phone 03 4822831. Derek is a fantastic teacher and
this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in birds.

The poison bait stations on the extended grid have been out
for four weeks with significant bait take. Ink cards will now be placed in
tunnels to check for sign of mice or rats. Fingers crossed for a good
result.

The Ecosanctuary is open exclusively for guided tours at present. Bookings
are essential. Until opening in late October, tours cost $20 adult $10 child
with half price for members. Tours are for 1½ - 2 hours and are 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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REPLY to opinion article 'Don't demolish the existing library'

REPLY

By Alasdair Morrison, Blueskin Bay Library Expansion Project Group

The architect, Richard Murphy, addresses Peter Dowden's article
point-by-point below.

From the beginning of this project a few years ago the Blueskin Bay
library staff have been fully involved, since it is they who have the
greatest knowledge of operating a library in this area.

From the early days of the project, we have sought local public
opinion and comments, utilising plans, maps and models. The response
from library users and the local community has been overwhelmingly
positive.

It should be borne in mind that the DCC have provided $500,000 towards
the cost of the project. The project group is in the process of
establishing a trust board and fundraising committee to obtain the
remaining funds for the project. Any positive suggestions or offers of
assistance from the community would be most welcome.

I would be happy to meet with Mr Dowden (or anyone else) and explain
the project in more detail.

[Alasdair also asked the editors to reiterate his point last month
"Please feel free
to call Alasdair Morrison or Louise Booth for clarification on any points.]

REPLY

by Richard Murphy, architect for Architecural Ecology

Other reasons [to demolish a building] may be increased size, change
of use, efficiency and condition of structure.

[The present building] is "warm" because energy is being pumped into it.

If [a replacement Library] is built elsewhere, there will be an
additional cost for additional land on which to build it. The
'brownfield' site is arguably a more sound proposition, particularly
when the community facilities are physically connected and offer more
flexibility of use.

The 'Green' principles of the design have already been stated. We
agree that [the above assertion "The greenest building of all is one
that already exists: the energy to build it has already been
expended"] is true for embodied energy. However, it is not true for
energy used in heating and lighting. Over a life cycle of say 50 years
minimum, the efficient use of energy and resource is important. The
existing building is not insulated at all and the walls are
single-skin and glazing is single.

[The suggestion to extend the current building] needs qualification.
There are practical construction, energy performance and life cycle
cost reasons for the option recommended.

The lack of north-facing glazing would limit potential [of the
suggested site on the south end of the hall] for solar gains and user
comfort.

[Regarding the suggestion to build it at Waitati School,] there is
efficiency in grouping community facilities because similar spaces can
be used more flexibly by different user groups.

[Regarding the suggestion to build it on one of Waitati's many bits of
vacant land or on Bland Park,] building on a 'brownfield' site is more
sustainable than building on a previously unbuilt site.

REPLY TO THE REPLIES

By Peter Dowden

Please note that I edited the above two replies, and therefore declare
a conflict of interest. I trust that they were treated impartially. In
reply to Richard Murphy, I'd just like to point out that a
'brownfield' is not brown until you pull down a building on it, and
that I agree fully with his assertion "there is efficiency in grouping
community facilities" except I feel that is a point in favour, not
against, locating the Library at the "community facility" of Waitati
School.

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OPINION PIECE: Blueskin Bay Library - two for the cost of one.

By Geraldine Tait

The plan for the redevelopment of our local library is an exciting
project which will offer better facilities and lots more space for
library resources. It will be more practical for staff and areas like
the children's section will be much better able to meet the needs of
local children.

The original plan for a library extension involved an addition to the
existing building. The new more detailed proposal requires the library
to be knocked down and a whole new building to go up at right angles
to the hall. It includes a range of features which will make it an
eco-friendly building and I'm sure this will be appreciated by our
local community.

I have an alternative proposal, which avoids the demolition of the
current library building and would see us gain a new library plus a
fantastic meeting space. The proposed new library would be built at
the other end of the hall utilizing a plan that is the mirror image of
the one which is being recommended. It may involve some tweeking of
the design and we would lose some car parks but the cost could not be
anymore than the present plan. We avoid the wastage and costs
associated with demolishing the present library. The community would
then have a meeting room which I'm sure would be used regularly by a
large number of groups.

The local facilities for holding meetings are not always adequate, the
halls at Waitati and Warrington are often too big and in winter too
difficult to heat, the super rooms in both facilities are not ideal
and sometimes there is a timetable clash between groups wanting to use
these spaces. The Blueskin Bay Library emptied of books but with
comfortable chairs a few tables and a white board would be the perfect
venue for a wide range of local events and I'm sure it would be used
many times each month. Waikouaiti has just got a new events centre,
which includes several meeting rooms in anticipation of a range of
groups requiring a moderate-sized space, which is practical and easy
to heat. This is our opportunity, at minimal cost with just the
reorienting of the new library plan to gain two great new community
assets: a bigger and better library and a meeting venue in the old
library building.

If you like the sound of this proposal and don't want to see our
library building turned into pile of rubble please make your views
known. Consultation on the new building plan was supposed to be in by
20 September but I'm sure it's not too late for further community
feedback.

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Waitati Energy Project - October

by Scott Willis

Community Owned and Managed Wind Power

We had a very successful evening on 17 September, despite receiving a
number of apologies/regrets due to illness, double booking, general
exhaustion (cured, I'm sure, by the 'Bit of a Do' two days later) and
a relatively modest attendance.

The Public Meeting was on developing our own wind turbine for Waitati.
GEOG380 student presenters Seth, Ned, Matt, Lydia and Bridget seemed
to relish the
informal setting, and demonstrated great oration skills. They presented
accessible technical data with regulatory explanation and answered
questions generously. I'm impressed by their engagement with our
project and the heart and soul they've put into it. Largely through
their enthusiasm we've been able to start real data collection - and
now with Hikurangi funding the WEP we have the means to build
extensively on this.

Alice Bowden, Nicolas Cullen's MA student, will follow GEOG380's
excellent work, monitoring wind flow over the next year and employing
extensive data collection techniques to build a robust wind
profile for Waitati (a 10 metre tower with staged monitoring,
intensive weather balloon release). Thanks to the University of Otago's support
we'll get a comprehensive Waitati wind field data beyond anything
commercial evaluations could provide.

Since my trip to Wellington in mid-September I've been working on a bid
to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to secure
funds to proceed with the community turbine project development. We're
now in the challenging transition between 'feasibility' and 'project
development'. EECA support would enable us to manage many of the
hurdles. In conjunction with the EECA bid I'm talking with our friends
and working on more formal relationships: we're now signing an
agreement to share information with Windflow Technology (NZ designed
and manufactured mid-scale turbines), and our good relationship with
PowerNet, the company who manages our local grid will become a more
formal agreement. Powerhouse Wind's 'Thin-Air' prototype also helps us
understand more about our local wind resource. Discussions with
Harbour Wind – a community company working on Renewable Generation on
the Banks Peninsula – is helping sketch out the options we have for
community control to give the best local outcomes possible. There's no
shortage of stuff to do, and all this support is fantastic.


GEOG380 and Enviroschools

Seth, the GEOG380 student coordinator, has prepared some material for
our local Enviroschool students to discover more about our weather and
the work of geographers. The visit with Waitati School last month had
to be cancelled because of a sudden downpour but we're rescheduling
this month ideally with both Waitati and Warrington schools. I'm
looking forward to see what our young minds make of our renewable
generation initiative and the steps towards it.


WEP Retrofit Update

EnergySmart are still doing Quality Assurance (QA) work on the
insulation retrofits – checking each install. On Friday 18th September
they'd completed 122 QA's and found 6 that needed some minor finishing
off – a very low rate, but valuable to discover and fix. They are now
working on the Hampden area houses and then will be back in the
Blueskin Bay area. Meanwhile people are still signing up to the new
scheme by the bucket load. This is good as we are upgrading the housing
stock, but there still seems to be a gap for those on lower incomes.


Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust office

The office is back to one occupant now, as Karan has left to pursue
her other career. Nevertheless, I'm not intending to fall back into my
old disorganised ways and now have the benefit of some of the new
systems that we were establishing. As a consequence there is a
position available again. We're seeking someone with a passion for
sustainability issues and plenty of initiative, skilled in Microsoft
office products (computer work). This position is currently tied to
our available funding and as such is most suitable for someone
in a transition back to work. If this sounds like you, please get in
touch.


Coming up…

"In Transition", the Dunedin premiere of the film on the
development of the Transition Towns movement, will take place in
Waitati Hall on Saturday 3 October. This is shaping up to be
a great celebration, with transition/sustainability groups represented
from Hampden to the Peninsula, and everywhere in between. 24 October
is an International Day of Climate Action, and the WEP will be
participating with the Weggies, in the big "350 Spring Food Festival"
This will take place 24 October in the Octagon. It's organised by the
'Dunedin 350' group, a
dynamic, local youth-led part of the global movement to bring carbon
emissions down.

If you want to find out more about this or other
initiatives, you can 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) or
by going on the WEP email list.

Scott Willis
Co-ordinator
Waitati Energy Project
www.transitiontowns.org.nz/waitati
03 4822048
0274888314

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WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS column

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS

By Lynnaire Johnston

Spring has decidedly sprung and with it has come a surge in growth.
Garden centres are doing brisk business as keen gardeners get busy
outside. Members of Waitati Edible Gardens (WEGies) are no exception.
A recent meeting of the WEGies heard about progress on a number of
initiatives and plans for the summer.

350: We are planning to be involved in the International Day of
Climate Action, called 350, which will take place on Saturday October
24. (See separate story.)

Community Garden: Garlic has been successfully planted in the
community garden but Derek Onley is looking for spoiled hay, plus more
people to assist. He can be contacted at derekonley@yahoo.com.

Garden tour: This hugely popular and wildly successful initiative will
this year visit three very different Purakunui gardens on Saturday
January 9 (although this date is subject to confirmation). Tickets
will be available at $15 each but numbers are strictly limited.
Further details will be published in Blueskin News and on
www.blueskin.co.nz.

Open Orchards: A meeting to discuss the Waitati Open Orchard
Initiative is being held on October 8 at the Waitati Hall. (See
separate story.)

Allotments: A number of people have indicated they would be keen to
have an allotment should this project come to fruition. If the idea
appeals to you, please contact lynnaire.johnston@gmail.com. The WEGies
are putting together a proposal which details how an allotment system
might work here in Waitati with a view to obtaining public feedback
and input.

Harvest markets: This year's harvest markets were extremely successful
so plans have been made to hold another three next year. The markets
will be held on February 21, March 21 and April 18 from 10.30am until
midday. While a good cross-section of food is available at the market,
a baker would be a great addition to the mix if anyone knows someone
who might be keen.

Waitati Edible Gardeners welcome people keen to become part of the
local food network, who want to learn more about various aspects of
food gardening, or are keen to share what they know. Life membership
costs a mere $5. For more information contact
waitati.edible.gardeners@gmail.com

BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB (column)

BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB

By Lynnaire Johnston

Another hugely successful Flower Show has come and gone with a truly
impressive array of entries received from local gardeners. Thank you
to everyone who helped make the event such a success.

Earlier last month the Club also held an informative evening on
vegetable growing, at which Tracey Kyle and Derek Onley from Waitati
Edible Gardeners shared their considerable knowledge.

As with any form of gardening, the secret is in the soil. Tracey
mentioned using such compost and mulch options as seaweed, animal
waste, fish and chicken manure to improve soil structure and feed
plants.

Those venturing into vegetable gardening for the first time were
advised to concentrate on useful plants for the household that were
the most likely to be successful. These include lettuce, carrots,
spring onions, silver beet, spinach, potatoes, beetroot and carrots.
Once these are mastered, move on to brassicas like broccoli, cabbage,
cauliflower and then pumpkin, courgette and nasturtium.

Tracey also discussed the various types of gardens suitable for
growing vegetables. These included raised beds, no-dig gardens and
mulching, box gardens, community gardens, the traditional kitchen
garden or potager, herb gardens, container gardens and guerrilla
gardening (planting seeds in public spaces). Some of these options
take up little space, making vegetable gardening something everyone
can do.

October's Blueskin Garden Club meeting looks set to be equally
informative. Members will learn about what grows well in the Blueskin
Bay environment which, as we all know, can be highly variable
weather-wise. Earmark Thursday October 8 for this; the venue is the
Warrington Surf Life Saving Club at 7.30pm.

Members wishing to take part in the planned trip to Southland gardens
and nurseries should get in touch with Lyn Carlyle (482 2822). Plans
are to leave Blueskin Bay on the evening of Friday October 30,
returning Sunday afternoon.

The Blueskin Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at
7.30pm. New members are welcome.

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS column

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENS

by Lucy Jack

WEGies & WEP join forces on climate action

On 24 October, a Global Day of Climate Action is being held to raise
awareness about global warming.

In Dunedin this will be marked by a Spring Food Festival at the
Railway Station, celebrating local food independence and community
resilience in conjunction with the Farmers Market. There will be free
workshops and live music. Our very own Waitati Edible Gardeners and
the Waitati Energy Project will be introducing themselves, forging
friendships, sharing knowledge and drumming up recruits!

By turning up to this event you will be showing your support of the
Global 350 Day of Climate Action. Do something positive, show your
support and have your voice heard.

The science is clear: global warming is happening faster than ever and
humans are responsible (sorry about that but it's really true). Just
to get you up to speed: global warming is caused by releasing
greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The most common greenhouse gas
is carbon dioxide. This is a major problem because global warming
destabilises the delicate balance that makes life on this planet
possible. Just a few degrees in temperature can completely change the
world as we know it, and threaten the lives of millions of people
around the world.

Scientists say that an atmospheric carbon dioxide of 350 parts per
million is the safe upper limit for humanity. Accelerating arctic
warming and other early climate impacts have led scientists to
conclude that we are already above the safe zone at our current 390
ppm and that unless we are able to rapidly return to 350 ppm this
century, we risk reaching tipping points and irreversible impacts such
as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases
from increased permafrost melt. The world neesd to go on a carbon diet
and not just soon – NOW.

The United Nations is working on a global climate treaty, which is
supposed to be completed in December of 2009 at a conference in
Copenhagen, Denmark. You see, this is not just hippy talk – this is a
mainstream emergency! This treaty MUST develop a legal framework to
control international carbon emissions, whilst ensuring that poor
countries get a fair chance to develop. We need to demonstrate to our
leaders that this treaty matters. We need to hold our decision-makers
accountable to producing a treaty that is strong, equitable, and
grounded in the latest science.

For more information visit www.350.org.nz/dunedin

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT (column)

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT

By Scott Willis

The Dunedin premiere of the film 'In Transition', explaining the
development of the Transition Towns movement, will take place at
Waitati Hall on Saturday 3 October. This is shaping up to be
a great celebration, with transition/sustainability groups represented
from Hampden to the Peninsula, and everywhere in between.

Community Owned and Managed Wind Power

The 17 September Public Meeting on developing our own wind
turbine for Waitati was a very successful evening, although we
received a number of apologies/regrets, due to illness, double
booking, general exhaustion (cured, I'm sure, by the 'Bit of a Do' two
days later) and a relatively modest attendance. GEOG380 student
presenters Seth, Ned, Matt, Lydia and Bridget seemed to relish the
informal setting, and demonstrated great oration skills, presenting
accessible technical data with regulatory explanation and answering
questions generously. I'm impressed by their engagement with our
project and the heart and soul they've put into it. Largely through
their enthusiasm we've been able to start real data collection, and
now with Hikurangi funding the WEP has the means to build
extensively on all that.

Alice Bowden, Nicolas Cullen's MA student, will follow Geog380's
excellent work, monitoring wind flow over the next year, and employing
extensive data collection techniques to build a very robust wind
profile for Waitati (a 10m tower with staged monitoring and an
intensive weather balloon release). With University of Otago support
we'll get a comprehensive Waitati wind field data beyond anything
commercial evaluations could provide.

Since my trip to Wellington in September I've been working on a bid
to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to secure
funds to proceed with the community turbine project development. We're
now in the challenging transition between 'feasibility' and 'project
development', and EECA support would enable us to manage many of the
hurdles. In conjunction with the EECA bid I'm talking with our friends
and working on more formal relationships: we're now signing an
agreement to share information with Windflow Technology (NZ designed
and manufactured mid-scale turbines), and our good relationship with
PowerNet, the company who manages our local grid will become a more
formal agreement. Powerhouse Wind's 'Thin-Air' prototype also helps us
understand more about our local wind resource, and discussions with
Harbour Wind – a community company working on Renewable Generation on
the Banks Peninsula – is helping sketch out the options we have for
community control to give the best local outcomes possible. There's no
shortage of stuff to do, and all this support is fantastic.

GEOG380 and Enviroschools

Seth, the GEOG380 student coordinator, has prepared some material for
our local Enviroschool students to discover more about our weather and
the work of geographers. The visit with Waitati School last month had
to be cancelled because of a sudden downpour but we're rescheduling
this month ideally with both Waitati and Warrington schools, and I'm
looking forward to see what our young minds make of our renewable
generation initiative and the steps towards it.

WEP Retrofit Update

EnergySmart are still doing Quality Assurance (QA) work on the
insulation retrofits – checking each install. On Friday 18 September
they'd completed 122 QAs and found six that needed some minor finishing
off – a very low rate, but valuable to discover and fix. They now
working on the Hampden area houses and then will be back in the
Blueskin Bay area. Meanwhile people are still signing up to the new
scheme by the bucket load – which is good as we upgrade the housing
stock, but there still seems to be a gap for those on lower incomes.

Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust office

The office is back to one occupant now, as Karan has left to pursue
her other career. Nevertheless, I'm not intending to fall back into my
old disorganised ways and now have the benefit of some of the new
systems that we were establishing. As a consequence there is a
position available again. We're seeking someone with a passion for
sustainability issues and plenty of initiative, skilled in Microsoft
office products (computer work). This position is currently tied to
our available funding for it and as such is most suitable for someone
in a transition back to work. If this sounds like you, please get in
touch.

On International Day of Climate Action, 24 October, WEP will be
participating with the Weggies, in the big "350 Spring Food Festival"
in the Octagon, organised by the Dunedin 350 group, a
dynamic, local youth-led part of the global movement to bring
atmospheric CO2 concentration below 350 parts per million. If you want
to find out more about this or other things, you can 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) or
by going on the WEP email list.

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Classified Ads

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COURSES and internships in permaculture, sustainable building/energy
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Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Warrington Hall AGM

The Warrington Memorial Hall Committee AGM will be held at the Hall,
Thursday 29 October, 7.30pm.

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Ball takes a Swiss roll

Anybody lost a Swiss ball in the big September windstorm? One landed
in a Warrington garden. If it's yours, give Rowena a yodel at 482
2667.

BLUESKIN PLAYCENTRE (column)

BLUESKIN PLAYCENTRE

by Mandy Mayhem

Kiaora! Blueskin Playcentre continues to happily chug along. We have
several new families and new babies. A recent grant has enabled us to
purchase some lovely new dress-ups and equipment for the family area
kitchen. We are trying to raise more funds for outdoor equipment to
replace our ancient Fort.

On a recent excursion we rode the bus through North East Valley to the
pet store. Three new fish rode home with us on the bus.

We continue to learn and grow in this lovely centre, exploring Spring
themes, growing seedlings, making bird feeders and working on a huge
'Where the wild things are' mural around the gym room walls.

It is the 50th year of Playcentre in our region. We are planning an
expo of lovely archival photographs of Playcentre through the decades.
It would be wonderful to tie this in with the community. If you have
photographs of old buildings, the Bay, the train, local events or
recent events that you would be prepared to display please phone
Mandy: 482 2752.

See you at Playcentre, Orokonui Rd, Waitati.


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Refurbished Warrington School opens

Photos by 'Blueskin News' reporter Rozalina Stoyanova from the public
opening day at the newly-refurbished Warrington School, held on Sunday
20 September 2009.

2: from left: a former principal's wife Lyne Carlyle, parent Elspeth
Moody, former principal Gilbert Carlyle, parent and chairperson of
Trustees Mark Familton, parents Christine Rainbow, Pete Russell and
Rae Russell (obscured), school grandparent Yoka Neuman (front),
principal Nathan Parker, parent and trustee Eric Neuman, parent Peter
Dowden, local residents Theresa Roche and Tony Roche.

1: from left: teacher Brenda Lilley, principal Nathan Parker, pupils
Isobel Pearson (11), Devon Familton (9), Tait Familton (12) and Esther
Pearson (6).

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Waikouaiti Tennis Club

Mid-week Twilight Doubles Competition

The club runs a doubles twilight competition from 6.30 to 8.00pm on
either a Tuesday or Wednesday evening , Put your team together and
come along. The club will find you a partner if needed.

This competiton starts in mid-October.

Contact: Mary McLachlan 465 7409 Steph Scott 465 8085

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Monday, 21 September 2009

BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY (column)

BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY

By Louise Booth

BookChat with Phil Cornfield

Local Musician and author, Paul Corfield talks about his book
'Hitchhiking in New Zealand – a journey through the Heartland'.

Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and swap book recommendations while he sings.

Tuesday 6 October, 10.30am in the Blueskin Nursery Café. See you there.

Poetry Project

We have had a bit of a re-think about this. The 2009 issue of
'Blueskin Poets' has had strong support from Waitati and Warrington
schools, but less support from the rest of the community. As our
original hope was that the project might generate a growing interest
in poetry reading and writing, we feel now that perhaps this has hit a
limit. Perhaps we have overworked our small pool of local poets. So
we have decided to abandon plans to raise vast sums of money to fund a
professionally printed book, and we now plan a book similar to the one
we created in 2007 and 2008. Then we will put the idea into recess,
for a while, at least.

In the meantime, we have received some great work from the local
schools, and many entries for the cover competition. But … if you
feel a poem coming on, we can probably still fit it in.

Warrington Outreach

We take the library Book Car to Warrington on October 21. Having the
use of all that space in the new school building is wonderful. Now we
can display the books easily and the children have enough room to
browse and make their choices.

Warrington Children's Book Club

The Warrington Book Club is thriving. This month our enthusiastic
group of readers will meet after school on Wednesday, October 21 with
afternoon tea included.

Library Redevelopment Model

The model of the library redevelopment is still at the library and we
welcome your written suggestions.

No Plastic November

To get ready for 'No Plastic November' later this year:

Flax Workshops

During the school holidays Louise, Tania and Janice will run workshops
making simple flax items including kete. They will be on Wednesdays:
30 September and 7 October, 2–5pm in the Waitati Hall. These workshops
are free but be sure to register at the library. They are suitable for
all age groups.

Cloth bag-making

There will also be a cloth bag making workshop at the Waitati Hall on
Friday 9 October, 2-5pm in the Waitati Hall. This also will be a great
activity to entertain all the family.

Libraries working together

The eight Councils covering Otago and Southland have signed a historic
Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate across the two regions.

The first project is a new library computer system for Dunedin,
Invercargill, Southland, Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago.

The collaboration will have lower operating costs for each Council as
well as the benefit of sharing catalogue information within a modern,
sophisticated library management system. The Otago and Southland
communities will be able to more easily locate and share books and
other library materials.

The first Council to go live with the new system will be Dunedin in
October 2009.

Bye from Louise, Carolyn, Averil, Tania and Bessie

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Half-million rail project

Photos by Rozalina Stoyanova: The resleepering project alongside State
Highway 1 at Blueskin Bay, and a close-up view of a track machine.


Half-million rail project

By 'Blueskin News' reporter Rozalina Stoyanova

Ontrack, a subsidiary of Kiwirail, had nearly 60 men working on a two-day
maintenance project alongside Blueskin Bay on 18-19 September.

Robert Storm, a field engineer for renewals at Ontrack, told 'Blueskin
News' the sleeper laying project at Waitati was part of this year's
programmed work and cost over $500,000.

"Preparatory work started about 2 weeks ago and all work is expected
to be completed by mid October," Robert said. "We have now replaced
all the sleepers in this section but we still need to complete ballast
reconditioning and final track lifting and smoothing."

The job started at the track points at Waitati, where trains pass one
another, and the main line was resleepered with new concrete sleepers
for 2km towards Evansdale.

"Timber sleepers have a finite life and most of those in this area
were worn out or had suffered damage following a derailment a couple of
years ago," Robert explained. "Once completed this section of track
should be maintenance free for many years."

Hard work means hungry workers. Robert received many favourable
comments on the hearty lunches supplied through a reputable Waitati
eatery.

As 'Blueskin News' went to press, Ontrack were planning to work on a
1.5km section of track just north of Seacliff in the last weekend of
September.

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OPINION: Don't demolish the existing library

Photo: A library user appreciates the exiting building's polished
timber interior.

OPINION

Don't demolish the existing library

by Peter Dowden

There are many reasons to demolish a building: it may be too old to
repair, ugly and obsolete or on such valuable real estate that it is
worth more when flattened.

None of the above apply to the excellent extension of Waitati Hall
that currently houses the Blueskin Bay Library. It is a warm,
well-lit, modern, comfortable and attractive building. It will make an
excellent committee room or lounge and will be a valued addition to
the Hall facilities after the Library moves out.

The proposal by the Dunedin City Council to demolish one of Waitati's
newest buildings is yet another example of the extravagant culture
that has gripped that organisation over the last half-decade. Readers
do not need reminding of the many other examples. We do not need that
sort of wastage of our own hard-won community facilities.

They say the new building will be "green". Nonsense. The greenest
building of all is one that already exists: the energy to build it has
already been expended.

The Library plan needs to be sent back over the hill. Let the Dunedin
Public Libraries' management come up with a new design that doesn't
squander existing facilities. Here are some suggestions:

extend the current building, as originally planned

build it on the south end of the hall, on the existing ugly gravel car
park, maybe incorporating the Hall entrance

build it at Waitati School (if the School can house the Library
temporarily, why not permanently?)

build it on one of Waitati's many bits of vacant land

build it on Bland Park

(Peter is a co-editor of 'Blueskin News' but is expressing a personal
opinion here.)

Nathan in BW

Warrington School Principal Nathan Parker at the opening to the
community of the Warrington School computer room and class room
extensions, Sunday 20 September. Photo: Bill Campbell/'The Review'

NEWS: Campaign for plastic-bag-free Coast

Campaign for plastic-bag-free Coast

By the editors

The Waikouaiti Community Board will hold a month-long campaign 'No
Plastic November' throughout the Waikouaiti Coast area later this
year, co-ordinated by Community Board members Nancy Higgins and
Geraldine Tait.

Nancy told 'Blueskin News' "while North Island supermarkets struggle
to grasp the idea that plastic bags are not good for the environment,
I always knew that 'coasters' are very aware of the damage that
plastic bags do, and I have picked up many a stray plastic bag from
the beach in my time."

"Plastic bags can kill wildlife, and each one of them can remain for
almost a thousand years."

To prepare for 'No Plastic November', all four of the local schools
will decorate hundreds of cloth bags which have been provided by the
Community Board. These will then be sold as a school fundraiser in
local shops in Waitati, Karitane, and Waikouiti. There will also be
'No Plastic' bag-making workshops during the school holidays.

The Gallery on Blueskin, at Waitati, will be hosting the opening of
the campaign, which will include a 'Plastic Bag Amnesty' where people
can "let go" of their plastic bags for recycling at the Opening and be
in for a prize.

Warrington $130,000 school computer room and classroom extensions open to the community

Warrington School Principal Nathan Parker at the opening to the
community of the Warrington School computer room and class room
extensions, Sunday 20 September. Photo: Bill Campbell/'The Review

School gets out at three-fifty

School gets out at three-fifty

by the editors

Pupils from Warrington School will participate in the 350.org Day of
Action on October 24th when the senior children will hold a
'WWW.non­toxic cleaning products' stall at the Dunedin City Farmers
Market.

"This is an opportunity for us to promote our school and our
environmentally friendly products to a bigger audience, whilst
supporting the 350.org day of action," principal Nathan Parker told
'Blueskin News'.

The school will give out 350 brochures about their non-toxic cleaning
products, sharing the recipes.

The school is also planning a 'Warrington Spring clean' as part of the
350.org week of action.

350.org is an international environmental organisation set up to
promote the mitigation of global warming by targeting the level of
carbon dioxide: they believe 350 parts-per-million (ppm) of CO2 in the
atmosphere is a safe upper limit to avoid a climate 'tipping point'.

Notice: working bee to clear Evansdale Glen swimming hole

Working Bee

To clear the Swimming Hole at Evansdale Glen of falling willow
branches and to protect native tree seedlings.

Sunday, 11 October (last Sunday of the school holidays), 11am-2pm

things you could bring: tools, safety gear, ropes, wetsuit, gumboots.....

Cyclists to get chipseal on their shoulders

Photo: Community Board members Dr Nancy Higgins (left) and Geraldine
Tait struggle past the "missing link" opposite Blueskin General Store
at Waitati.


Cyclists to get chipseal on their shoulders

by Peter Dowden

State Highway 1 between Evansdale and Waitati will soon have its
shoulders broadened to make it safer, the 'Otago Daily Times' reported
on 15 September 2009.

The New Zealand Transport Agency told the 'ODT' the highway will be
widened to 1.5m on both sides within the next two months.

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board members Geraldine Tait and Nancy
Higgins told the 'ODT' that narrow shoulders on the short stretch of
highway, next to Blueskin Bay, were a hazardous "missing link" for
cyclists.

Later, Nancy told 'Blueskin News' she is "delighted" that NZTA has
responded positively to advocacy by Geraldine and herself. She hopes
people will enjoy cycling on the new facility.

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Spring Show at Gallery on Blueskin

Spring Show at Gallery on Blueskin

by Louise Burnside


Gallery on Blueskin invites you to the 2009 Spring Show.

This coming Sunday, 27 September from 11am to 4pm.

Artists include: Laura Gregory, Justin Morshuis, Nigel Yates, Jacob
Feenstra, Rachel Hirabayashi, Karan Snow, Danny Moorwood, Maxine
Williams, Nigel Wilson, Jenna Packer, Jack Monaghan, Peter Gregory &
Chris Reid.

And again this year we will be having live Jazz in the afternoon
by "The Swing of Things" weather permitting...fingers crossed for the sunshine!

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Sunday, 20 September 2009

Story from Otago Daily Times Online

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Cyclists' `nightmare' to be widened [1]
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A cycling "nightmare" on State Highway 1 north of Dunedin will soon have its
shoulders broadened to make it safer.


[1]
http://www.odt.co.nz/your-town/waitati/74037/cyclists039-nightmare039-be-widened
[2]
http://www.odt.co.nz/your-town/waitati/74037/cyclists039-nightmare039-be-widened

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Pete Hodgson announces times for MP Clinics in October

Monday 19th October 2009:

1:30pm Waikouaiti Library

2:30pm Waitati Library

PETE HODGSON
MP Dunedin North
MP Office
32 Albany Street, Dunedin
Ph: 03 4741973
Fax: 03 4749913
Email: pete@petehodgson.co.nz

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARD (column)

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARD

By Jackie Fanning and Jason Ross

Want to see fruit and nut trees, herbs etc planted in public places in
Waitati that we can all harvest? Then come along to the first meeting
of the Waitati Open Orchard Initiative on Thursday, October 8 at 8pm
in the Waitati Hall Committee Room.

It would be great to have a lot of the community involved in
suggesting and planning where and what trees should be planted – and
to help figure out how we are going to achieve this.

This meeting is open to all so please come along. Many minds make
better outcomes and many hands make light work.

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Friday, 18 September 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Sept 18

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

There’s a bit of a do on at Waitati on Saturday night. This annual Waitati PTA annual fundraiser at the Waitati Hall from 8pm has the theme of uniformity. “SkyBus” and “Amanda Goodwin and the Mighty Mightys” will keep the dance floor overflowing while craft beer bar will be maintaining quality local lubrication. There will also be costume prizes and raffles. Tickets $15 in advance or $17 on the night.

Would you like to have a professional photograph taken of your family for only $10 and at the same time support Warrington Playcentre? It's a great time of year to have new photos taken and they make fantastic Christmas presents. On Sunday a professional photographer will be at Warrington Hall to take photos of children, family and friends. For $10 you will be entitled to a portrait sitting and one black & white or colour portrait of your choice. Everyone is welcome and funds go to the Playcentre.

Also at Warrington on Sunday is the public opening of the school extensions. Come along and see what’s been happening at the school. Devonshire teas will be served from 11am to 1pm.

Take the train to work on Tuesday. To celebrate World Car-free Day, a commuter train service will leave Waitati at 7:15am, returning from Dunedin at 5:30pm. In line with its sustainability vision and principles, the DCC is encouraging people to use alternatives to the private car. The train is primarily aimed at commuters, although it is open to anyone. It will call at Michies Crossing, Osbourne, Purakaunui, Mihiwaka, Sawyers Bay, and Maia on the way, and arriving in Dunedin at 8.15am. Tickets are $5 per person each way and can be booked from the Taieri Gorge Railway.

Tuesday night’s movie offering is the 2001 UK movie, The Navigators. Using standup comics, it depicts planned changes to British Rail. Movies are shown at Bill’s place in Orokonui Rd from 8pm.

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

 

 

Catch the Train on Car-Free Day, Tuesday 22 September: Final details; a Bouquet to DCC; more trains the following week

The Commuter Train for Car Free Day provided by Dunedin City Council and Taieri Gorge Railway and promoted by Get the Train is running on schedule, departing Tuesday 22 September from Waitati at 7.30 and Sawyers Bay at 8.15.

Get the Train would like all Passengers to please bring a small bunch of flowers from your garden: this is to give a huge Bouquet to the Dunedin City Council for their support of Car Free Day. The Bouquet will be presented to the Council after the train arrives in Dunedin at 8.30am.

Taieri Gorge Railway will also operate more trains the following week: to Waitati and Port Chalmers on Wednesday 30 September 2009.

Approximate Timetable:

Dunedin dep 0905
Waitati arr 0945

Waitati dep 1000
Port Chalmers arr 1025
Port Chalmers dep 1045
Dunedin arr 1105

Dunedin dep 1135
Mosgiel arr 1155

Mosgiel dep 1210
Dunedin arr 1230

Dunedin dep 1305
Waitati arr 1345

Waitati dep 1415
Port Chalmers arr 1440
Port Chalmers dep 1500
Dunedin arr 1520

Dunedin dep 1550
Mosgiel arr 1610

Mosgiel dep 1630
Dunedin arr 1650

Bookings:
Ph 477 4449







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Try the ''bad plastic bag" quiz

Try the ''bad plastic bag" quiz

by Nancy Higgins

1.It can take up to 1000 years for plastic packaging to decompose:
True or False?

2. How many plastic bags are used in the world each year? a. 0 to 1
billion; b. 1 billion to 100 billion; c. 100 billion to 500 billion;
d. 500 billion to 1200 billion; e. 1200 billion to 1500 billion

3. Sea turtles die from eating plastic bags, which they mistake for
jellyfish: True or False?

4. On average, how many plastic bags get recycled? a. 1 out of 10; b.
1 out of 50; c. 1 out of 100; d. 1 out of 150; e. 1 out of 200.

5. In total, how many marine creatures do plastic bags kill in one
year throughout the world? a. 1,000; b. 10,000; c. 100,000; d. 500,
000; e. 1 million

6. Baby seals can die by being strangled when plastic bag handles get
caught around their neck: True or False?

7. In 2009, how many countries have banned plastic bags? a. 10; b. 17;
c. 25; d. 32; e. 37.

8. Which one of these countries has banned plastic bags? a. Samoa; b:
Austria: c. New Zealand; d. Canada; e. Sweden

Plastic Bag quiz answers

By Nancy Higgins

(turn upside down!)

1. True: it can take up to 1000 years for plastic packaging to decompose.

2. d: 500 billion to 1200 billion plastic bags are used in the world each year.

3. True: Sea turtles die from eating plastic bags, which they mistake for
jelly fish.

4. e: on average, only 1 out of 200 plastic bags gets recycled.

5. c: Plastic bags are estimated to kill 100,000 marine creatures in
one year throughout the world.

6. True: baby seals can die by being strangled when plastic bag handles get
caught around their neck.

7. b: in 2009, 17 countries have banned plastic bags.

8. a: of these listed countries, only Samoa has banned plastic bags.

9. d: 8%of the world's oil production goes into making plastic.

10. e: the plastic supermarket bag was invented in 1977by JW "The
Bagman" McBride, of Dixie Bag Co, Georgia, USA.

(main source: Ban the Plastic Bag: A Community Action Plan By Rebecca
Hoskins, available from Blueskin Bay Library and other Dunedin
libraries)

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Get the Train to work on Tuesday

Get the Train to work on Tuesday

To celebrate World Car-free Day, a Commuter Train service will operate
leaving Waitati 7:30am, Tuesday 22 September.
Return from Dunedin 5:30pm

More information: getthetrain.blogspot.com

Get the Train to work on Tuesday

Get the Train to work on Tuesday

To celebrate World Car-free Day, a Commuter Train service will operate
leaving Waitati 7:30am, Tuesday 22 September.
Return from Dunedin 5:30pm

More information: getthetrain.blogspot.com

Blueskin News passes a small milestone

Blueskin News passes a small milestone

By the editors

October marks one year since 'Blueskin News' changed to a smaller A5
format. We have made good cost savings by using cheaper A4 paper, and
we trust most readers are happy with the smaller size.

Readers who find the small size difficult to read are now able to
request a large-print version from Louise Booth at Blueskin Bay
Library.

Blueskin Media held its AGM on Monday 14 September, and president
Louise Booth, treasurer Polly Higham and co-editors Lynnaire Johnston,
Peter Dowden and Craig Marshall were all re-elected. The accounts for
2008/2009 were tabled and accepted and procedure on donations to our
volunteer publishing group was tidied up. Louise will accept donations
at the Library or cheques can be posted to PO Box 154, Warrington.

Our Classified Ad rules have been changed slightly, please check Page
23 for details.

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Warrington Playcentre - Photo Fundraiser

Would you like to have a professional photograph taken of your family
for only $10 and at the same time support Warrington Playcentre? It's
a great time of year to have new photos taken and they make fantastic
Christmas presents.


On Sunday 18th October we have arranged for a professional
photographer from Jack 'n' Jill Portraits to come to Warrington Hall.
The photographer will be available to take photos of children, family
and friends. A minimum of three poses will be taken. There is no
obligation to purchase but if you wish to do so you have the choice of
either black & white or colour.


For the sum of $10 (with funds going to the Playcentre) you are entitled to:


* The portrait sitting; and
* One 10x13 black & white or colour portrait of your choice


If you would like to take advantage of this great opportunity and
assist us with our fundraising please contact Dawn on 482-2787.


Everyone is welcome and we would really appreciate your support.


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Friday, 11 September 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Sept 11

 

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

 

Today is the deadline for dropping off e-waste at Warrington School. E-waste includes electronic equipment that is broken or no longer required, such as old computers and mobile phones. The intention is for them to be disposed of responsibly rather than ending up in landfill.

On Monday evening the Ecosanctuary is holding a public meeting in the Waitati Hall. The evening will include slides about species reintroductions and a discussion about recent developments. Start time is 7pm.

Blueskin Media, the volunteer group which publishes 'Blueskin News' and the blueskin.co.nz news website, is holding its Annual General Meeting at 8pm on Monday 14 September at the Blueskin Bay Library. Like all Blueskin Media meetings, the AGM is open to the public: all readers, contributors and advertisers are welcome to attend and assist in electing office bearers.

Local MP Pete Hodgson holds his monthly community clinic at the Blueskin library at 2.30pm on Monday. All members of the public are invited to meet with the MP.

The Waitati Energy Project holds a public meeting next Thursday. At 8.15 Geography 380 students will present their findings, after monitoring winter wind flows from their two automatic wind stations near Mopanui and on the Double Hill Rd site. The meeting will hear what they've come with, and where to from here. There will also be an Ecosanctuary point of view from general manager Chris Baillie, and a look at the issues ahead.

And, finally, if you want to keep active join salsa dance classes on Thursday nights: children at 5.30pm, and adults at 7pm to 8pm. Or go to Qi-Gong classes at 6.30pm on Tuesday evenings. Both are held at the Waitati Hall.

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

 

 

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Coast Road Market: next date

COAST ROAD MARKET AT SEACLIFF ON SUNDAY 4th OCTOBER FROM 11AM-2PM
RAIN OR SHINE: ARTS, CRAFTS, FOOD, PRODUCE, BRIC-A-BRAC AND SUNDRIES
FREE STALLS AVAILABLE, PHONE 465 7990 TO REGISTER. KIDS' STALLS WELCOME.

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domain and may be freely shared, archived, re-edited and republished.
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Classified Ad: LANDSCAPE ARTIST

LANDSCAPE ARTIST: Local landscapes freshly drawn by Liz Abbott.
Available direct from the artist at Seacliff. Also last minute
original gifts including cards, prints, patches and other unique
hand-printed souvenirs. Ideal for posting. Gift vouchers available.
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

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Catch the train on Car-Free Day

Catch the train on Car-Free Day


Dunedin (Tuesday, 8 September) - Thousands of people will be taking to
the streets in cities around the globe on Tuesday, 22 September to
celebrate the annual World Car-Free Day.

In line with its sustainability vision and principles, the DCC are
supporting the day, both in-house with a competition for staff, and
city-wide by chartering a commuter train from Taieri Gorge Railway for
the Waitati/Dunedin route.

The DCC are keen to encourage people to use alternatives to the
private car, such as walking, cycling and using public transport,
because this can bring many environmental benefits, including reducing
greenhouse gas emissions that arise from burning fossil fuels,
improving air quality locally, reducing noise levels, improving safety
for other road users, and resulting in a more pleasant city
environment for everyone, as well as health benefits for the
individual.

The train is primarily aimed at commuters, although it is open to
anyone. It will depart from Waitati at 7.15am, calling at Michies
Crossing, Osbourne, Purakaunui, Mihiwaka, Sawyers Bay, and Maia on the
way, and arriving in Dunedin at 8.15am.

The return trip departs from Dunedin Railway Station at 5.45pm.
Tickets are $5 per person each way and can be booked from the Taieri
Gorge Railway booking office on 477 4449.

Purakaunui/Waitati-based public transport advocacy group 'Get the
Train' will assist DCC and TGR in promoting the train service in the
rural area.

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All material sent to or published by us is "copyleft" in the public
domain and may be freely shared, archived, re-edited and republished.
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A bouquet for Daffodil Day supporters

A bouquet for Daffodil Day supporters

by Liz and David Sumpter

We would like to thank all those who contributed towards making the
Daffodil Day collection another success.

We were down slightly on last year's figures but still managed to
raise the sum of $658 for the Cancer Society.

Our special thanks go to the volunteers who managed the stall and to
Heather Bell of Blueskin General Store for her help.

Daffodil Day raffle results

Daffodil brolly: Rayna Dickson

Hamper: Steve Bourne

Breakfast set/: Steph McConnan

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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".

Friday, 4 September 2009

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Sept 4

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Sept 4

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

Gallery on Blueskin has a new solo show opening tonight. New work by Rachel Hirabayashi including painting and sculpture will be on display from 6pm. The exhibition runs until September 20.

Also this weekend, is the Seacliff Market on Coast Road on Sunday. Every month this event becomes more popular with a wider range of food, produce, plants and bric-a-brac. The market runs from 11am to 3pm, rain or shine.

Tuesday night’s Waitati Film Society offering is the classic gangster movie, Scarface, starring Al Pacino. Movies are shown at Bill’s Place, Orokonui Rd, from 8pm.

The library book car will be at Warrington School on Wednesday next week. This will give everyone in Warrington an opportunity to view the latest titles and choose their reading and listening material for the next month.

Next Friday is the deadline for dropping off e-waste at Warrington School. E-waste includes electronic equipment that is broken or no longer required, such as old computers and mobile phones.  The intention is for them to be disposed of responsibly rather than ending up in landfill.

And, for the actively inclined, don’t forget salsa dance classes on Thursday nights: children at 5.30pm, and adults at 7pm to 8pm. On Tuesdays there are Qi-Gong classes at 6.30pm. Both are held at the Waitati Hall.

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

 

 

Thursday, 3 September 2009

LOCAL MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT (column)

LOCAL MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

by Pete Hodgson

POSTAL SERVICES AROUND THE COAST

Well, the vote is in and the popular verdict is clear; "the status quo
is fine, leave well alone".

A few weeks ago I wrote and asked those on the coast who have their mail
delivered to a central post box (Warrington) or to the store (Karitane)
whether that system suited, or whether they would prefer house to house
delivery. The issue had been raised with me by a coastal constituent.

People rang, visited, wrote and emailed. About 10% wanted to change and
about 90% didn't. I'm sure that it wasn't a 'scientific' survey, but it
was overwhelming nonetheless.

Thanks folks, for such a clear direction. The reasons for the status
quo were many, varied and delightful. I'm very pleased that the result
wasn't an awkward 50:50!

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domain and may be freely shared, archived, re-edited and republished.
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