Thursday, 28 January 2010

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Jan 29

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

Schools go back this coming week – naturally that’s just as the weather begins to improve. Term one at Warrington School begins on Tuesday while Waitati School gets underway on Wednesday. Warrington School has a number of events on over the next week, check your copy of Blueskin News for details.

The Blueskin Bay Community Directory needs updating.  This very useful directory lists local organisations, businesses and emergency phone numbers. If you are listed in the Blueskin Bay Community Directory, check to see if your details are correct; and if not, make any necessary updates. Google Blueskin Bay Community Directory to find it.

A justice of the peace is now available in Waitati. Blueskin Bay librarian Louise Booth has spent some months undergoing training and is now qualified to offer a range of services. These include witnessing signatures, certifying documents, taking declarations, affidavits or affirmations, verifying citizen applications and processing applications for the dissolution of marriages or civil unions. If she can assist you in any of these matters you can contact her at the Blueskin Bay library.

If you have found the Christmas break difficult, flab-wise, you may need a new hobby-sport for 2010. What about tae kwon do? Classes are held at Warrington Hall every Monday and Wednesday from 6pm - 7.30pm. The benefits when combined with sensible living are well documented – increased energy, tighter muscles and of course weight loss. It may just be what gets you back on track for this new decade.

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

 

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENERS

By Lynnaire Johnston

 

The first fine, sunny and warm day in what seemed like weeks fortuitously coincided with the WEGies annual Edible Garden Tour on January 23.

Fifteen WEGies and friends visited three properties in the Purakaunui area, all with completely different gardening styles.

First stop was John and Christina Bueller’s (apologies if misspelled) property where their son, Toby, and his friends have spent the past five months turning a disused back paddock into a thriving vegetable, herb, fruit and nuts garden. The youngsters, who all live in town, regularly spend their weekends working on the plot, over which there is no parental supervision. Not a formal garden in any sense of the word, the group are turning the resources available on the property – including massive amounts of wood left behind from a disused sawmill – into a highly individualised and heavily cropping plot. One of the innovations is the construction of small adobe walls built as wind breaks, whose principal structural material is bottles – a usually infinite resource where young people are present!  A series of gardens within gardens arranged in a spiral, a mushroom farm growing in semi-rotted wood, and a chicken coop are all in various stages of planning and construction. Not a single visitor failed to be impressed by the ingenuity and enthusiasm of these young people, who clearly relish the opportunity to experiment and learn new horticultural techniques.

Second stop was the communal property of Danielle Cameron and her family and friends which has been hewn out of the clay hillside above Purakaunui. Constructed on a terrace format, Danielle’s key to organic horticultural success – the leaves on her rhubarb are the size of gunnera – is compost. She sees everything in the garden as either on its way to or from the many compost piles she has dotted about.  Like many of us, Danielle’s garden has suffered from lack of sun this summer, with fruit trees most affected. Danielle also has several beehives which she believes contributes massively to the success of her garden, along with the horse manure carried over from the adjoining paddock. Danielle’s plans include a cow shed, currently under construction, which will house a couple of milking cows – a learning curve she expects will be steep.

The group lunched at Danielle’s where the home-built pizza oven provided a constant flow of delicious, hot, crusty pizzas, supplemented by a massive array of salads and sweets made from locally sourced food. The reputation of the WEGie tour for awesome food remained intact!

The final stop on the tour was the recently purchased property of Cath and Robin Dickson, Koromiko. A much smaller property, the Dicksons are still working out what to do with the land they’ve acquired which is divided into small paddocks surrounded by deer fencing. They currently have a “flockette” of sheep, as Cath describes it, and a number of poorly producing fruit trees planted by the previous owner in completely the wrong place. A derelict barn, concrete pig pen and massive numbers of felled trees give them plenty of options to consider, and suggestions from the WEGies were warmly welcomed. 

Participants left the tour keen to try some of the many ideas they’d picked in their own gardens.

The tour is just one of several initiatives the WEGies are currently involved in. The potatoes and garlic in the community garden are flourishing, while the WOO (Waitati Open Orchards) initiative is in full swing (see separate story). The allotment scheme is also expected to move forward this year.

Meanwhile, the first harvest market of the year will be held on Sunday February 21, from 10.30am on the front porch of the old store in Harvey Street. Buyers and sellers are most welcome. There is no charge for a stand, but goods sold must have been locally grown or produced.

For further information on any WEGie related matter phone Lynnaire Johnston on 482 1364.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

DCC to cut down pines

DCC to cut down pines

by Rhys Owen

The DCC pans to cut down and remove all of the pine trees from the
Warrington Spit. This is stated in Section 9.10.7 Management Issues,
of the DCC's Draft Coastal Dune Reserve Management Plan, where it
reads; "Removal of wilding pines has been identified as a long term
goal for this reserve".

The pine trees on the Warrington Spit provide shelter belt of wind
protection and in my view they should not be cut down. The DCC's
intention is to replace the pines with native shrubs. However, in my
view, it is unlikely that native shrubs will be able to provide the
same wind protection as the pines.

I believe that a compromise should be sort; whereby selected areas of
pines are protected and retained for the purposes of wind protection
and in all other areas the Council may act to return the area to its
natural vegetation. In my view, the selected areas of pine tree
protection should include around the domain and along the Blueskin Bay
water front. Both areas are commonly used by people as refuges from
the wind; the loss of wind protection in these areas would be
extremely detrimental to the community and to visitors.

Copies of DCC's Draft Coastal Dune Reserve Management Plan are
available from the DCC by phone 477 4000 or by visiting their website
http://www.dcc.govt.nz/consultation. If you wish to make a submission
on this plan then submission forms can be found through the same
sources.

(Rhys Owen is a Warrington resident)

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Sunday, 24 January 2010

Site right height for power tower?

From left Paul Guy of Smart Lift, Nigel McDonald, Alice Bowden and
Rachel Spronken-Smith from the University of Otago appraise the
suitability of the Mopanui ridgeline site to mount a 10 metre wind
measuring tower. Photo by Waitati Energy Project

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Saturday, 23 January 2010

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT (column)

WAITATI ENERGY PROJECT

By Scott Willis

Whose New Year's resolution was to reduce their carbon emissions by
10% in 2010? The 'Blueskin 10:10' initiative is a great public forum to
explore and share ideas and strategies and we're now firmly in the new
decade. For me transport will be a big focus as it seems to be an area
where I can easily alter some bad habits. And more generally in our
communities around Blueskin Bay, wouldn't it be helpful to have a
vibrant local economy, meaning less requirement to travel: imagine if
we had a local bakery, pub, designer clothes store, in addition to our
existing businesses for example.

Community Renewable Generation: Opportunity and Challenge

Five big players dominate electricity generation in NZ and the
electricity market wasn't designed to facilitate small-scale embedded
generation. Technically we can generate electricity and integrate our
generation into the local grid. We will find out whether there is the
community will to control our own energy, just as people in New Zealand did in
the past, as we develop the ownership formula, raise equity and go
through the resource consent process. However, we face the challenge of
participating in a 'Think Big' electricity market. We won't be able to
do it if we can't find a financially viable community model. That
model will have to provide value to the community in terms of stable
electricity supply and prices and by giving us the means to invest in
community development (for example, supporting our elderly residents, building
a cycleway-walkway, assisting youth, building greater energy
efficiency).

Deciding on what our renewable generation will be involves several
factors. We've already done pre-feasibility and worked out that at
this stage only community-scale wind turbines are feasible at present.
But we need some solid, long term, cross-referenced data on wind
speeds and consistency to guide us in the selection of turbine – will
we have enough wind for a Windflow 500 for example? And we need
analysis of our options in term of market participation. Can we own
and operate our own turbine and successfully participate in the
national market, or would we be best to seek a partner in
generation – a company already present in the market who might manage
our market risks in return for being able to build some generation
alongside ours? It's this type of question we have to consider while
doing the financial appraisal of a community wind turbine.

We're working with chartered accountants Polson Higgs and our other
partners to answer this challenge and to honour our obligations to the
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (they're funding this
part of our work in return for our report). I'm aiming to have several
options we can collectively look at by the end of March. But we still
need to find the ideal site or sites.

Can you think of a site for our turbine(s)?

While we may find that one of our test sites is perfect for a turbine
(wind testing and profiling is already under way) we don't want to
overlook anything. Do you have any ideas, or own any local site that
you think would make the ideal site for a wind turbine? Such a site
would experience lots of wind regularly – it'd be high and exposed.
Ideally it would also be a visible reminder of what we're aiming for –
energy security and greater autonomy, and a reminder of how our
consumption is linked to production. Being close to the local grid and
close to existing roads is also a bonus – reducing the need for
further infrastructural development.

BRCT Office Expansion

I'm very pleased to say we've recently welcomed Lynn Robberts to the
Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust office. Lynn is managing
administration, assisting with fundraising and generally getting our
office sorted for the next few months. It is great to have a keen and
serious eye keeping things in order, and building up efficiency in our
office systems.

Turbine Field Trip

There will be an opportunity to visit Pioneer Generation's three wind
turbines at Horseshoe Bend in Central Otago early this year. For more
information contact Scott by email.

To let the WEP know about possible turbine sites, or more information
about WEP or BRCT initiatives, contact Scott at: waitatienergy@gmail.com,
or call the BRCT office on 482 2048. (There's also plenty of
information on the website http://transitiontowns.org.nz/waitati
or by joining the WEP email list).

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All aboard the March Commuter Train

All aboard the March Commuter Train

by the editors

The rail transport advocate group 'Get the Train' is planning another
one-day-only Waitati-Dunedin-Waitati commuter train service during
Walk 2 Work Week next month, on March 10, spokesperson Danielle
Cameron told 'Blueskin News'.

"We really want to pack this train out so put it in your diaries now
and tell people."

The group was having a meeting at the end of January to organise the
train service, Danielle said. The service would be operated by Taieri
Gorge Railway with the help of Dunedin City Council.

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Blueskin Bay Community Directory: time for an update

Blueskin Bay Community Directory: time for an update

by the editors

From time to time, 'Blueskin News' publishes the 'Blueskin Bay
Community Directory' as a liftout. It has lists of several local
organisations, businesses and useful phone numbers. It's about time we
published it again. Have a look on the Internet for "Blueskin Bay
Community Directory" and see if your details are correctly listed;
anyone is allowed to make a correction and it's very simple . We might
run the updated version in the next month or so.

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Warrington, Evansdale, Waitati, Doctors Point), Dunedin, New Zealand.
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ŌROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY column

ŌROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

by Sue Hensley

2010 is the beginning of a new decade and marks ten years since the first
tentative economic feasibility report suggested that a fenced sanctuary at
Ōrokonui was possible. The possibility is now a reality but the work goes
on. One of the priority projects at present is preparing for self-guided
walkers in Ōrokonui with a tentative February or March start date.
Development of
tracks, maps, pamphlets and signage is proceeding steadily. An exciting
guide for children is also being worked on by the Ōrokonui education team
led by Mount Cargill resident Mick Abbott.

Although this has not been a summer for humans the forest and birds thrive
in this atmosphere. Numerous bellbird, tomtit and rifleman chicks have been
seen begging for food from their tireless parents. Did you know that
fantails feed their chicks up to 100 times a day? Whew, makes me tired just
thinking about it!

The kākā breeding season continues with one pair re-nesting after successfully
fledging two chicks. Unfortunately all other nesting attempts have been
unsuccessful. One of those females (a cougar perhaps?) has laid more eggs
but hopes for a successful outcome are not high as her mate appears to be
last year's chick. He is really still a babe himself and unable to feed her
sufficiently. Kākā do not usually breed until four years of age although, where
populations are small or from aviary stock, odd things do occur.

The tieke/saddleback breeding season is over with probably 5 fledglings, 4
of them now banded.

The weather has made it difficult for pest monitoring and baiting. Delays
have been the order of the day while waiting for some settled fine weather
before putting out the footprint cards. The results from these cards will
determine whether the robin translocation planned for March will go ahead or
not.

Cafe and Visitor Centre are open seven days, 9.30-4.30. The Centre is free to
explore as is the Pā Harakeke walk (flax plantation), and the 9km perimeter
track. We also have a facebook page as well as a website
www.orokonui.org.nz to keep you up to date.

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BLUESKIN 10:10 (column): Macro v Micro Environmentalism

BLUESKIN 10:10

Macro v Micro Environmentalism

by Meiling Blank

Happy New Years wishes to everyone and hoping you all had a safe and
enjoyable holiday season! Last year's climate summit in Copenhagen was
a good example of macro environmentalism and climate politics at its
worst – well intentioned, but torturously slow and petty. Micro
environmentalism has the advantage of being relatively fast moving,
flexible and inexpensive to implement.

Macro environmentalism

Who? Global players like Hu Jintao and Obama; climate scientists
Where? Climate change summits, government and company policies
How long? Decades, generations
How much? Trillions$$$$

Micro environmentalism

Who? You and me
Where? Our homes and communities
How long? Everyday of every year
How much? $0+


Here is a reminder of just some of the micro environmental projects
underway in the Blueskin Bay area that everyone can be part of:

* Harvest Markets: be sure to keep February 21, March 21 and April 18 free!
* Coast Road Market, Seacliff (first Sunday of every month)
* Waitati Edible Gardens (WEGies)
* Waitati Open Orchard Initiative
* Warrington Reserve Group and Waitete Bush tree plantings
* W3 Ride Share – register at Blueskin Bay library
* WEP Retrofit
* Community wind power

In the coming months Blueskin 10:10 will be bringing you stories of
local people and the changes they are making toward more sustainable
lifestyles. Until then, enjoy what's left of summer!

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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.
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Friday, 22 January 2010

Waitati Film Society - February 2010

We start the year again with forthnightly screenings, the first on Tuesday,
16 February at 8pm. Come along to the Waitati Film
Society at the corner of Orokonui and Mt. Cargill Roads.
Membership for one year is $55 and covers 29 nights of entertainment.
We offer drama, comedy, history or just plain entertainment in a
warm, pleasant environment with convivial company. For more info
ring Brigitte 482-2829 or Leonie 482-2508.


Tuesday, 16 Feb.

AS IT IS IN HEAVEN - Sweden 2004

"An internationally famous conductor goes from being a big fish in a
big pond to being a big fish in a small pond when he returns to his
childhood village in search of peace and rest. But he stirs up
painful memories and jealousies when he takes on the role of choir
master in the tiny community. The choir is a platform for bringing
characters together but also for revealing the chasms within the
village and within relationships. The rural setting underlines the
isolation of the village, focusing the drama to its very core
elements: the nature - and the danger - of community..." — Andrew
Urban, Urban Cinefile


Tuesday, 2 March

APRON STRINGS - NZ 2008

This is a parallel story of two families and two cultures: one Sikh,
the other dyed-in-the-wool Anglo, set in suburban Otahuhu in South
Auckland. Food and love are intertwined in this tale of two mothers
who must find the courage to confront the secrets and
misunderstandings of the past, in order to set their sons free. It
explores the boundaries of nurture and control, mothering and
smothering, and how we sometimes have to let go of our individual
sense of what is 'right', to do what is 'good' for all. This
irresistibly local celebration of recognisable real lives on the big
screen ends fittingly with cups of tea.

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Warrington, Evansdale, Waitati, Doctors Point), Dunedin, New Zealand.
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HOUSE MINDER AND TENANT BOTH WANTED

For two places on the same property in Warrington: I'm looking for a
responsible, pet-loving house minder from 3 July–5 October 2010. I
have a cat and a dog which need lots of cuddles. My dog loves to take
you for a walk every day. I also have a partly furnished 1-bedroom
cottage for rent, vacant from 15 March 2010. Both places are in
Warrington, both have solar water heating, a garden, carport,
sea-view, are well insulated and ideal for singles or couples.
Please ring Brigitte on 482 2829 for further information

Harvest Markets at Waitati

The Waitati Edible Gardeners present:

Harvest Markets

bring, buy, sell or barter locally grown produce and home made wares

outside Old Waitati Stores, 56 Harvey St, Waitati

10.30-12, Sunday mornings, 21 February, 21 March, 18 April

More info: Rayna 482 2504

BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB (column)

BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB

By Lynnaire Johnston

The weather over the past month has been less than summery as we all
know, but that hasn't stopped plants – or weeds! – from growing at
enormous rates. It just means that plants requiring sun for growth or
ripening are well behind their usual development for this time of
year. There's not much we can do about the near continual fog and grey
skies except enjoy what is managing to grow in our gardens.

To that end, the Blueskin Garden Club's first foray of the year is a
tour of Valerie and Mike Fay's hillside property, with particular
focus on the vegetable garden, at 827 Mount Cargill Road, Waitati.
This will be held on Thursday February 11 at 7pm. Thanks to all the
rain, the wearing of appropriate clothing and footwear is strongly
recommended.

The event will also include a presentation by Val on her work at the
Orokonui Ecosanctuary. This will be followed by a shared supper and
meeting to plan the next few month's activities, which will be held at
Margaret Meder's Doctors Point Rd home.

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classified ads: HOUSE MINDER AND TENANT WANTED

HOUSE MINDER AND TENANT WANTED (at two addresses): I'm looking for a
responsible, pet loving house minder from 3 July–5 October 2010. I
have a cat and a dog, which need lots of cuddles and my dog loves to
take you for a walk every day.

I also have a partly furnished 1-bed room cottage for rent, vacant
from 15. March 2010. Both places are in Warrington, both have solar
water heating, a garden,
carport, sea view, are well insulated and ideal for singles or couples.

Please ring Brigitte on 482 2829 for further information

(Classified ads in 'Blueskin News' and on our website are free but
donations are always welcome, by cheque to Blueskin Media PO Box 154
Warrington or dropped off at Blueskin Bay Library. Blueskin Media is a
volunteer-run, not-for-profit community publisher.)

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Blueskin Bay radio news for Friday Jan 22

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

The famous Waitati Edible Gardeners annual garden tour is being held tomorrow. WEGies and others will disappear over the hill – if they can find their way in the foggy conditions – to Purakaunui where they will visit three gardens for education, inspiration and lunch. If wet, the tour will be held on Sunday. Start time is

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board meets next Wednesday, the 27th. This first meeting of 2010 will be held at the East Otago Events Centre in Waikouaiti rather than the previously advertised Waitati Hall. The meeting will be begin at 5.30.

Given the recent weather this may not apply to you, but do you have any vegetables from your garden to spare? If you would like to donate surplus veges from your patch to hungry Dunedin families here’s how. Drop your produce at the front doorstep of Blueskin Library by 9.30 am on Monday mornings and it will be delivered to town for distribution the same day.

An automatic weather station has been installed in Warrington, opposite Warrington school. Updated every few minutes, it offers local residents real-time weather data for those keen to keep a close eye on matters meteorological. To get the weather station's latest measurements, follow the link on the blueskin.co.nz website.

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

 

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARD (column)

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARD

A Waitati Wander

by Jason Ross and Jackie Fanning

The Waitati Open Orchard (WOO) folk think that it would be a good idea
for those interested in fruit trees in the community to join us on a
wander through the village (well, the library, school, then riverside
bank on Orokonui Rd) to talk about the trees there, their care and
what other trees people might like planted in these areas.

We are hoping it will be a social occasion with anyone able to join in
at any stage of proceedings. The wander is on Saturday February 13,
starting at 1pm at the library. And if it's a nice day we will end the
wander with a picnic (BYO afternoon tea and/or wine).

Meanwhile, we are also fundraising to purchase more trees. As part of
the three WEGgies Harvest Markets, WOO will be having a stall selling
donated produce, preserves, cooked food, garden tools or anything
related to gardening and harvesting.

The first WEGgies Harvest Market is on Sunday February 21. Please
drop off items that you are able to donate to the Village Potager, cnr
Foyle St and Doctors Point Rd (look for the sign) before the Sunday,
or bring it along on the day before the market begins at 10.30am.

If you want to contact WOO, our email address is waitatiopenorchard@gmail.com

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GIVE FROM YOUR GARDEN TO THOSE IN NEED

(free display ad)

GIVE FROM YOUR GARDEN TO THOSE IN NEED

If you would like to donate surplus veges from your patch to hungry
families of Dunedin, Anglican Family Care make it easy!

Drop your produce at the front doorstep of Blueskin Library by
9.30 am Monday mornings for delivery to town. More info: Briony 482 2745

Guys and girls pull together to support new radio station

Guys and girls pull together to support new radio station

by the editors; photos by Chris Skellett

Warrington School, Saturday 16 January: Blueskin Bay FM broadcasters
and several roped-in helpers hoisted the radio mast on the roof of a
school building. The mast has a total height of 15m and this height
will help the very low 500-milliwatt power of the transmitter to reach
most parts of Blueskin Bay.

The transmitter was switched on to transmit a silent carrier signal on
88.2MHz. The station plans to make its first broadcast in February.

Photo caption:

The helpers, from left: (on roof) Patrick Moody, Peter Dowden, Mike
McAlevey, Brent Bell; (on ground) Aaron Bell, Elliot Lyon, Lois
Skellett, Miya el-Dessouky. (Absent: Chris Skellett, who was taking
the photo.)

Photo caption:

The completed mast with some good guys.

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MP announces Clinic times for February

Next MP clinics for our community are:

Monday 15th February 2010
1:30pm Waikouaiti Library
2:30pm Waitati Library

PETE HODGSON
MP Dunedin North
32 Albany Street, Dunedin

Ph: 03 4741973
Fax: 03 4749913
Email: pete@petehodgson.co.nz

CLASSIFIED AD: Houseminder

HOUSEMINDER: Available October-December 2010. Full love and care of
cats, dogs, rabbits, sheep, turtles, chickens, goldfish, pigeons and
plants. Prefer at least two weeks. 027 4467 915
jeffreyhrobinson@yahoo.co.nz

(Classified ads in 'Blueskin News' and on our website are free but
donations are always welcome, by cheque to Blueskin Media PO Box 154
Warrington or dropped off at Blueskin Bay Library. Blueskin Media is a
volunteer-run, not-for-profit community publisher.)

Do we have to wear clogs?

Do we have to wear clogs?

by the editors

An introductory workshop in French and European traditional dance will
be held this month in Waitati.

After a recent stay in France (her native country), dance teacher Kate
Grace rediscovered French and European folk dances and started a
regular dance session last year in North East Valley. She is keen to
give an impression of the diversity of European dances for smooth
movers who want to extend their dance vocabulary.

If there is enough interest, Kate is keen to organise a regular class
in Waitati.

Kate Grace has also taught African folk dance and has been involved
with Songbong for several years.

'French dancing (and beyond)' will be held at the Waitati hall on
Friday 5 February, 6-7:30pm. Admission by koha. More:
www.frenchdancing.co.nz or phone 473 6488.

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Thursday, 14 January 2010

OPINION: How fortunate we are by Blueskin Bay

OPINION: How fortunate we are by Blueskin Bay

by Peter Matheson

It's New Year's Eve, well on the way to midnight. Folk are either
snoring already or bottle-deep in celebration. And what do I hear?
The siren for the fire brigade. There was another equally late call a
couple of days later, if I remember right.

I thought of the dash people would have to make down to the fire
station, exactly when one wouldn't want to be there. On New Year's
Eve, for goodness sake! The thought of perhaps a horrific car accident
waiting. It spurred me into thinking about the extraordinary
commitment and skills of our volunteer fire brigade, always on call,
which maybe we take for granted far too much.

And then to reflect on all the other voluntary groups that flourish
in Blueskin Bay. Quite remarkable really when one begins to tot them
up: Surf Life Savers. The organizers of the Film Evenings. The sports
events. The Youth Group. The A&P Society. The buzz of activities
around the Library, the Schools, the Playcentres. The Waitati
Militia. All the social events. The gardening initiatives. The energy
issues. I've probably omitted lots of others others. I wonder, though,
is there any other little community that can boast such a variety of
groups with such expertise and commitment? This newsletter itself, of
course, is a major initiative which keeps us in touch with one
another.

Most of us, I suppose, only have close knowledge of one or two of the
various groups. A recent visit to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary reminded
me of all the voluntary work that poured into that place, often from
local folk. But what a miracle it is now! So many dreams realized. So
much hard slog. One aspect of community life I happen to know is the
Whare Wananga in Waitati, another largely voluntary group with a
regional and national reputation for the stellar quality of its
weaving and traditional arts and crafts and for its caritative work
with young people. Aroha pours out of the place.

I began with these sirens on New Year's Eve. I guess all I'm saying
is that as a relative newcomer here it has nudged me into realizing
how fortunate we are by Blueskin Bay. People talk, quite rightly,
about the collapse of community, and of loss of social capital
throughout New Zealand. We seem to have some of the answers here. Is
there something in the water? Something we could export elsewhere? Not
to be taken for granted, anyway.

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Monday, 11 January 2010

Warrington has its own weather

Warrington has its own weather

by the editors

An automatic weather station has been installed in Warrington,
opposite Warrington school.

The weather station is a WH1081, and weather data is updated every 3
minutes. To get the weather station's latest measurements, follow the
link on the blueskin.co.nz website:
http://blueskin-co-nz.blogspot.com/

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Coast Road market poster

Happy New Year and here is the Coast Road market flier.

The next Coast Road market is on February the 7th from 11-2pm at
Seacliff. Arts, crafts, food, produce, plants, preserves, bricabrac and more!
Free stalls available, kids stalls welcome. Phone 465 7990 for more information

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Saturday, 9 January 2010

AD Volunteer Wanted

Volunteer Wanted

Waikouaiti Plunket, in conjunction with Swimsation, is looking for a
Volunteer Extraordinaire to coordinate lessons at the Moana Gow Pool,
Hawksbury Village.

You will be responsible for contacting parents via phone and email as
well as Play Centres and Daycares. (Templates are available for phone
lists and Fliers etc).

You will also need to collect fees and be onsite at the pool on Friday
mornings from 9am to 12 noon. Lessons cover 7 weeks in Terms 1 and 4.

For further information please contact either Molly Wright 465 8197 /
0211 234 358 or Steph Green 465 7564 / 021 408 801

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OBITUARY: Ted Johnson

OBITUARY: Ted Johnson

by Olive McRae

Recently long-time Waitati resident Ted Johnson passed away at the
ripe old age of 94. Over the years, Ted touched may people's lives
with his sharp wit and cheeky smile.

The great people of Waitati enabled Ted to live at home until his
passing, which was absolutely fantastic. Ted's funeral with all its
little humorous technical
difficulties was a shinning example of why Waitati is truly a
wonderful place to live.

I am so proud of all those who made Ted's life a little easier, and
rallied to send him off in style. A special mention should be made to
Mandy Mayhem, who for years has supported Ted in so many ways.
Selflessly giving her time and love to
Ted and including him in her clan.

We will all miss Ted, but I know that he would be looking down with a smirk!

RIP Ted.

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COAST ROAD MARKET

Hi there!

Happy New Year. The next market is on February 7, 11am-2pm.

Liz Abbott

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