Monday, 31 May 2010

Gallery on Blueskin goes on holiday

Gallery on Blueskin goes on holiday

Gallery on Blueskin will be taking a month off this winter.

As it is the quietest month of the year we have decided to shut in June.
We have exciting and interesting things planned for the rest of the
year so will reopen
again on July 1st with a mid-winter celebration on Saturday July 3rd.

If you have purchases you wish to make during June please phone 027
695 6211 anytime.
We are available, & the gallery is still free for special occassions.
We plan to restock and do maintainence work.

Louise Burnside and Nicky Clarke

Thursday, 27 May 2010

(Revised) BLUESKIN BAYLEAF: Ameijoas Na Cataplana with fresh pasta and classic fresh green salad

There is some thing very satisfying about knowing there is pork belly
brewing in a delicious marinade, getting ready for dinner. All you
need for this recipe is a friendly butcher (for the pork belly) and a
dry pair of gumboots (to collect your cockles). Good eggs for the
pasta are essential.

Ameijoas Na Cataplana

One pork belly, diced

Bacon, diced

Plenty of cockles (rest them in clean salt water overnight, then
immerse in fresh water to expel remaining sand)

Marinade:

3 cups white wine

5 cloves garlic

4 shallots

half a dozen bay leaves

2 tablespoons paprika.

Marinade the pork then remove. Reserve rest of marinade. Fry bacon
then set aside. Fry pork in butter and oil.

Scrub and clean cockles. Steam the cockles in the marinade until they
open. Discard un-opened cockles.

Stir through fried bacon and 1 cup cream.

Stir through chiffonnade cut parsley and coriander.

Serve with fresh pasta and classic fresh green salad.


Fresh Pasta

4 large free-range eggs

500g flour. Use high grade or strong Tipo "00"

Mix in food processor until it forms a dough, about 1 minute.

Turn onto a floured board and knead for another couple of minutes.

Wrap in paper or cling film and let it rest in fridge for at least 10 minutes.

Roll out as thin as you can and shape as you wish. Long and flat, you
can cut or rip for rustic shapes or use a pasta cutter if you have
one.


Fresh Green Salad

Thinly sliced tomatoes

Thinly sliced cucumber, peeled and seeds removed

Thinly sliced red peppers

Mixed mesclun salad leaves

Olives, pitted

Dressing:

quarter cup cider vinegar

quarter cup olive oil

pinch of sugar, salt, pepper and mustard powder

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Monday, 24 May 2010

Waitati Energy Project

By Scott Willis

Community Energy
One of Waitati's true gentlemen, so full of energy, has left us. Terry
Sheppard was a real character with a big heart and a disarming grin, and was
someone who knew with certainty what it was he wanted to do, even when
bureaucrats and officials were less than convinced. I can't get used to no
longer seeing him on his bike, and it is Terry's abrupt absence and the
sense of close community that was evident following his death that is so
reminiscent of who Terry was, and who we are: engaged, passionate and
present. Terry won't be forgotten, the memories are as strong and honest as
his Castle, with its tonnes of stone and concrete. You've left a powerful
legacy Terry, not just in the structures you created, but in all of those
you touched and inspired. I just wish I'd taken up your offer to put a wind
turbine on the top of the Castle, cuz!

Community Turbine
Earlier in May (on the 5th) I reported to the WEP group at Waitati Hall on
our feasibility study into the community turbine. A large productive group
asked questions and fuelled a buoyant atmosphere with valuable discussion. A
clear message about this generation project, from those present, was that
integration with our consumption practices is important in ensuring the
community turbine secures community support. We now know for example that
there is a high likelihood of good financial viability and therefore returns
for our community, in establishing a community turbine. There's still work
to do in establishing a final assessment, but financial viability is
crucial. There were also very clear indications that a community turbine is
a way of achieving an integrated energy community - allowing us to live
within our means rather than despoiling someone else's landscape and
environment while consuming electricity from other sources (renewable and
non-renewable). Production of electricity close to its consumption point
provides great efficiencies.

Increasing the power we hold over our own consumption is something that was
woven through the community turbine discussion. If we can link our share of
the turbine to our power bill, in a clear message about the amount we've
been rebated, wouldn't that send a strong message to reduce demand and
ensure greater household efficiencies? Solar hot water, Photovoltaics,
Ultra-Smart meters and insulation all figured prominently too in the
discussion. This is what an integrated energy community would look like: a
truly distributed energy grid, with increasing levels of energy efficiency
being monitored in our metering and billing systems, and rewarded with
rebates and energy technology subsidies. We know what value subsidised
insulation can bring, in terms of lower power bills, lower carbon footprint,
fewer health issues and greater family comfort. Imagine the elegance of
building our own generation, giving us the ability to conduct an annual
subsidised energy programme within the Blueskin Bay area.

How will this be possible? One of the most valuable insights shared at that
meeting was that at a larger Blueskin community of around 700 households
(from Purakaunui to near Seacliff for our section of the grid dependent on
the Waitati sub-station), we spend at least $700, 000 on electricity
annually - that's 700K practically in perpetuity. What if we decided to
spend that same amount, or a substantial portion of it, on our own
electricity? The investment would be firstly used in establishing our own
turbine, and then using its generation to return benefits to our own
community, not investors elsewhere in NZ or Australia.

What now? Community consultation, which will involve an open day and
surveys; establishing potential business agreements; conducting the last
feasibility assessments; and establishing our own legal body to own and
manage the turbine. With these elements in place we can move to development.
That's a strong task sheet for the rest of 2010.

The WEP meeting was a valuable public moment to examine more closely some of
the ideas we hold collectively. Would a community turbine mean we hand
control to a CEO? (Opinion, Blueskin News, 1 May 2010). Probably, yes, at
least some control. For as co-operative or company shareholders we'd be
likely to vote for someone to do the 'work' of managing our asset: at
present we have no control over the management decisions behind the
electricity we consume and the price we pay for it. Of course, my work
involves finding a way to enable strong community involvement and
participation while ensuring we can also take pragmatic steps to build a
more resilient and sustainable community. However, please don't just wait
for the formal consultation events planned! Contact me at the BRCT office,
come in to have a look at a copy of the feasibility study, attend the WEP
meetings to find out more, and don't forget our great wee community
newsletter, "Blueskin News", as a place to air opinions.

Waitati Energy Project, Scott Willis, 482 2048, waitatienergy@gmail.com
(join the WEP email list), http://transitiontowns.org.nz/waitati

Blueskin Playcentre

By Mikaela Wilson

Another successful jumble sale was held in the Waitati Hall on
Sunday May 23. We had a wonderful time with the café, BBQ, face painting,
books, games and jumble. We would like to thank everybody who
participated in the many ways that made this event possible.

Blueskin Playcentre is a wonderful environment where parents and
children learn and grow together. It takes a whole community to raise
a child and we have some beautiful, inspiring and curious children in
ours.

The money raised at this event contributes towards new equipment,
maintenance of existing equipment, educational toys and other
resources.

Thank you to those who have supported Blueskin Playcentre by donating
these generous gifts and vouchers. We are very grateful for your
support. They include: Utopia Dynamic Health, The Monarch Boat,
Albatross Colony, Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Sonny Chin - Therapeutic
massage, Blueskin Library, Gallery on Blueskin, Blueskin Nursery,
Taste Nature, Mandy Mayhem-bubble bath, Karan Snow,
Whitcoulls, Toyworld, Boardbase, Arthur Barnetts, Dive Otago and
Waitati carvers.

The raffle will be drawn on June 1 at Playcentre.


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Review: 'Subject to Change'

By Nigel Yates

Fourteen 'photograms' by Jacob Feenstra featured in the May exhibition
'Subject to Change' at Gallery on Blueskin (7-30 May).
The photogram is a very early form of photographic printing that can only be
accomplished in a traditional 'wet' darkroom, an increasingly rare place
with the advent of digital photography. The technician places an object
straight onto photographic paper and exposes it to light for a
pre-determined amount of time, and then processes the paper in developer and
fixer. The result is a silhouette.

Jacob's prints are of common and unusual objects found on local beaches,
such as a glove in one print, and a seahorse in another.The prints are
monochrome (black and white), although several have small patches of colour
added and one has had selective sepia toning.

The photogram process naturally delivers rich, deep blacks and bright
whites, with few middle tones. Jacob used fibre-based photographic paper
throughout which, when properly processed, will be of archival quality. He
then immersed the washed prints in selenium toning solution (except for No.
7, which is gold-toned). This simple process replaces the silver halides in
the print with selenium, which is more stable, and will not fade when
exposed to sunlight. These prints could last for hundreds of years if stored
correctly.

Silhouettes such as these can draw the eye yet have an unobtrusive,
understated effect. The odd shapes of the often unidentified objects provide
a mysterious element which arouses curiosity. There is a quality in the best
of these photograms which is at once pleasing and hard to define.


Attached photo: No. 14 'Rondo' $485


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Sunday, 23 May 2010

Waitati School

By Jenna Packer

Waitati school children have been out and about lately. The two most recent
school excursions have seen something for everybody, with a visit to the
Orokonui Ecosanctuary, an Otago Museum sleep-over and urban walk and pool
trip. We had great support from the parents and the tireless teachers in
making the outings possible. And of course the education staff at the
ecosanctuary and the museum who worked alongside our school teachers, to
capture the children's imaginations and attention.
The children were particularly lucky to have participated in a special
programme at the
ecosanctuary involving walking the whole length of the stream and – an
evident highlight judging by the children's comments – testing the health of
the water. The Room 1 children said they really enjoyed "looking in the
stream and finding invertebrates, which meant that the stream was healthy",
"checking the conductivity of the water" and "catching the creatures".
Another real treasure that day was sighting a tieke (saddleback) – a very
rare event! Not only did the children return from the visits enthused and
excited; the staff at both venues observed that our kids have a hunger for
learning, a genuine caring for each other, respect for the staff and
interest in the environments they are in. It takes a village to raise a
child, and the children here benefit enormously from the involvement of the
local community in their education, whether it be academic, sporting,
environmental or social.

The school has, like all schools in New Zealand, recently held Board of
Trustee elections. The new Board will be commencing our term with the school
in good shape, financially and in terms of work done in policy areas and
planning, as well as in the excellent curriculum teaching.

Our new trustees bring great skills and networks to our school:

Bruce Muldrew has had strong exposure to changing and improving culture and
performance in organisations as an engineer. Bruce says, "I have a strong
belief in the value of children attending smaller rural schools as this
offers a far more supportive learning and social environment for both the
children and families of the schools."

Dr Boris Baeumer has been living in Waitati since 2001 and will be involved
with the school for years to come. Boris aims to "make sure that our
children are having access to modern technology" and is "a great fan of
inquiry-based learning, tailored to the individual needs of the child".

Antony Deaker is Ngai Tahu from Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki at Karitane and
has been proactive in supporting the school to build relations with our
runaka. He's from a family of teachers and
educationalists with two children at Waitati School and two to come.

Nathan Clarke is already well known to the school community as a member of
the previous Board and brings continuity to the governance of the school.

Tania Turei is Ngati Kahungungu and has lived in Waitati for five years. Tania
seeks to contribute to the school community and says "our school is an
excellent school and I am committed to continuing its proud and unique
character".

Of course, the school also continues to enjoy the strong support of the
staff and community, in fundraising, trips and contributions to curriculum.
Many thanks must go to the volunteers who have recently gained a grant of
$5000 to be spent on teaching and learning resources and some outdoor tables
and seats... and with this beautiful autumn weather the children could be
lunching outside for a wee bit longer – touch wood!


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WARRINGTON SCHOOL

by school staff and parents

A big thank you to Jo Ward and Tim Locker who have chosen to stand
down from the Board of Trustees at this election. Their input into the
school over the last three years has been appreciated. Thank you to
those who stood for the election and congratulations to those who were
successful.

Well done to our group of Year 6 pupils who participated in the Sports
Otago Activ8 competition – they were great
representatives for our school and worked together as a team to solve
the challenges they were set.

Congratulations to the Literature Quiz team who came second in the
Dunedin competition against a large
group of schools. This team showed remarkable knowledge of books.

It's fantastic seeing so many of our pupils involved in after-school
activities: four hockey teams,
one netball team, one mini­ball team, after-school drummers and our
monthly book club.

Our Vision Map is now on display and looks superb. This was a major
undertaking for the school and thanks to Juliet Novena Sorrell who
worked with us to achieve such a stunning piece of work.

Calendar:

Wednesday 2 June: Blueskin Bay Library Book Car visit (all Dunedin
Public Library users are welcome) followed by Book Club
Week commencing 7 June: Matariki Week
Wednesday 16 June: Blueskin Bay Library Book Car visit
Tuesday 22 June: Kaupapa Festival at Waikouaiti
Thursday 24 June: East Otago High School Open Day
Wednesday 30 June: Book Car followed by Book Club
Friday 2 July: End of Term 2
Monday 19 July: Term 3 Starts


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BLUESKIN PLAYCENTRE

By Marion Rucker

Things are going well at Blueskin Playcentre with
22 children enrolled. In May we enjoyed a visit to Waitati School
to visit Room 3, as well as lots of creative play. We now enjoy a healthy,
shared morning tea of fruit, salad and often freshly baked bread, which the
children love.

This month we took delivery of more outdoor play
equipment thanks to a Lotteries grant. This was aimed at our older children
and included monkey bars, a tightrope walk and shuffle bars.

Parents have had a busy month planning our annual jumble sale and
raffle, and a full list of
sponsors will appear in next month's 'Blueskin News'. Thank you to everyone
who helped and donated items!

Blueskin Playcentre, Marion Rucker, 482 1395

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BLUESKIN BAY CONSERVATION STRATEGY

By Joseph Dougherty

Blueskin Bay is a special place. Fringed on three sides by hills, all
of which are decorated with bush to some degree, and on the fourth by
the open ocean and a long thin sand bar. Dominated in its centre by a
large estuary, Blueskin Bay is,
for an area so close to a city, a seriously wild and open place.

It is a privilege to be able to live here. It offers much to the
outdoor enthusiast and much to those who simply wish to enjoy a
feeling of space and naturalness in their own home.

However, as we probably all know, not all is perfect here in the Bay -
the fish in the estuary are a sad echo of the multitude here only 40
years ago. Hector's dolphins are present only in very low numbers,
only a fragment of the estuary's marshes remain, eelgrass is vastly
reduced, only tiny pockets of podocarp forests (rimu, totara, miro,
kahikatea) are still to be found, pests abound and native birds and
lizards are seriously reduced in number and diversity.

Which is why many people have been attempting to reverse these
problems; focussing on restoring an area or helping a species. There
are many wonderful, dedicated people living here, doing their best to
right the situation.

There are landowners in the Bay who have taken the attitude that their place
needs to have its naturalness enhanced and have been actively
restoring native bush to their property, like Frank and Lynley O'Neill
at Waitete Bush, and Warren and Sarah Hogg at Carey's Creek delta in
Evansdale. There are also people who have taken on enhancing public
lands, such as at Orokonui, Warrington Domain, Doctor's Point and
elsewhere.

Much has been achieved. Yet, I believe, much more could be achieved if
there was a plan for the ecological management of the whole catchment
of Blueskin Bay. This could be something like a Conservation Strategy,
which in itself could form a part of a Sustainability Strategy for
Blueskin Bay. Much more could be achieved in terms of assisting
struggling local species of plants and animals, of which we have a
few; such as sea lions, little blue penguins, shore bindweed, falcons
and Hector's dolphins; and in helping both to restore health to the
local ecosystem and enhancing the quality of life of the local
community.

Much more could be achieved in terms of support for existing projects
if it were possible to have dedicated means of support from local
people, or from local groups and from local and central government
agencies. These projects would also do better if linked to each other
and more general conservation efforts, such as pest control or weed
control.

Conservation work requires skilled people, knowledge, labour, time,
materials and above all, funds. Identifying mechanisms to source funds
and, I believe, to generate some of the needed funds from local
resources, is vital to the long term health of our ecosystem.
Otherwise projects stutter, falter and sometimes are simply undone
over time.

The benefits to all and to our local environment from having a plan
for ecological management and ecological restoration could be huge.
For one, we could restore the Bay to being a fishing spot of note if
we had a concerted programme of identifying the needed actions and
pursuing them. Forty years ago, fishermen said, the Bay was so full of
flounder that 50 was a good catch and to get that took only an hour or
so. A steep contrast with today's experience.

Could we restore them? I believe it is worth a try and I extend an
invitation to all people interested in discussing such an idea to get
in touch with me or to write to the 'Blueskin News' to share their
ideas.

Conservation Strategy proponent, Joseph Dougherty, 482 2006,
jannjo@earthlight.co.nz

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NEWS: Waitati identity dies

by the editors

Waitati streets were chokka on Friday 21 March as mourners attended a
memorial celebration for Terry Sheppard, castle builder and keen
cricketer, among his many talents, who recently died in tragic
circumstances. An obituary will follow in the next 'Blueskin News'.


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Saturday, 22 May 2010

Warrington Playcentre

By Ed Bickerstaff

Kia ora Koutou from Warrington Playcentre

We hope you are all keeping warm and cosy as the days shorten
and grow colder. Matariki will reappear soon in our night skies
and we are looking forward to making lanterns and joining the
school in the week of June 8 for the lantern walk and New Year
celebrations.

On June 11, at Warrington Playcentre, Kaitrin
McMullan will be weaving her storytelling magic with a Matariki
theme at 11am. All preschoolers and caregivers are welcome to
come and listen.

Our new group of youngsters is beginning to make Playcentre
their own and are introducing us to sign language, calligraphy and
Japanese phrases (amongst other things). The older children
have been making the most of the fine weather, playing in the
sandpit, putting out fires, driving a fire engine (thanks to Christine),
and introducing the younger ones to the pleasures of riding a
motorcycle down the concrete path.

I love this cultural transmission between the children and the
expanding, changing nature of Playcentre.

It was great to see our old Playcentre children back for a visit from
Warrington School. Thank you for your lovely songs. Thanks also
to Blueskin Bay Library, which brought over a selection of books for
our children to enjoy.

Happy third birthdays to Reuben, Ella and Arlo, and for Phoebe
and Roland's upcoming birthday celebrations.

Warrington Playcentre is open Wednesday and Friday 9.15am - 12.15pm.
All welcome, children under two-and-a-half free.

Warrington Playcentre, Christine (supervisor), 027 227 7329


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Bluesking Bayleaf

By Rowan Holt

Ameijoas Na CataPlana

Dice pork belly.

Marinate in 3 cups white wine, 5 cloves garlic, 4 shallots, 1/2 doz
bay leaves and 2 tablespoons paprika.

Take out the pork. Reserve rest of marinade. Fry pork in butter and oil.

Scrub and clean cockles. Steam open cockles in the marinade.

Stir through fried bacon and 1 cup cream.

Stir through chiffonnade-cut parsley and coriander.

Serve with fresh pasta and classic fresh green salad (recipe below)

Thinly sliced tomatoes, stalk removed
Thinly sliced cucumber, peeled and seeds removed
Thinly sliced red peppers
Mixed mesclun salad leaves
Olives, pitted

Dressing:
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
pinch of sugar, salt, pepper and mustard powder

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Waitati DIY and Dessert

By Kim and Greg

Waitati Mainly Music is having a DIY and Dessert Evening for all those
interested in helping us make props for our pre-school music sessions.

Come along if you're happy spending an evening making drums, shakers,
bean bags, scarves and an odd assortment of other props which will
build up the Waitati community resources.

We'll meet together at the Waitati Hall on Thursday night June 24 from
7.30-9.30pm. We'll provide dessert and you can provide the man/woman
power.

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary

By Sue Hensley

It is with sorrow we note the passing of local, Terry Sheppard. Terry's
relationship with the Orokonui forest goes back many years before the
Ecosanctuary was even thought of. He cut and kept open some of the
tracks in there, enjoying the peace of the valley, and remained a
regular walker in Orokonui until his death.

Initially he had severe reservations about the proposed fenced
sanctuary and attended most of the local meetings to air his concerns.
He was keenly interested in
all aspects of the project, often asking challenging questions. But by
2006 he was a supporter.

In March of that year he held a party for the birds, opening his home,
Egmont Castle, to a large number of interested people who paid a gold
coin donation for the privilege. All proceeds
went to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary and, as Terry put it, helping to
bring back the kiwi. Unfortunately he did not live to see the return
of the kiwi which we hope will take place later this year.

The first rare plant translocation has been undertaken. Val Fay of
Green Fingers fame has been cultivating this grassy sedge (Carex
inopinata) until there were enough to plant out in several locations.
This is also part of a research project that will look at factors
governing growth success in an area free of mammalian browsers.

Two more kaka chicks have fledged and one of the juvenile tieke/
saddleback appears to have taken up a territory close to the valley
track where it has been seen by two school groups who were walking down the
valley. A kereru pair have been seen feeding their chick near the
platform and added value was given to one group studying seed
dispersal when a kereru poo jam-packed full of seeds literally dropped
in from the sky.

The robins have been very quiet and one has been spotted back at home
in the Silverpeaks. The success of this translocation will not be
fully known until spring.

Ever been up close and personal with fungi or mosses? Two Orokonui
field trips (including microscopic analysis) are planned for June.
David Orlovich is leading the Fungi Foray on the 12th and Maia Mistral
is delving into Magical Mosses and Liverworts on the 13th. Both are
10am-3pm and $39 a head.

The Visitor Centre and café are open every day from 9.30sm - 4.30pm.
The Centre is
free to explore as is the Pa Harakeke walk (Flax Plantation) and the
9km perimeter track. Guided and unguided walks available. We have a
Facebook page as well as a website, www.orokonui.org.nz, to keep you up
to date.


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Blueskin Bay FM 88.2 launches

by Peter Dowden

Blueskin Bay FM 88.2 held its official launch on Saturday 1 May. The
radio station was welcomed to Warrington School by Mark Familton from the Board
of Trustees.

Andrew Noone and Alasdair Morrison from DCC/Waikouaiti Coast Community
Board declared the station open and cut the ribbon. Hinerangi
Ferral-Heath from Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki told the legend of
sound waves being bestowed by the birds, the greatest of which in our
area is the Toroa or albatross.

Representatives of other community radio stations Oamaru Heritage
Radio, Puketapu Radio and Toroa Radio gave their support.

Steven Rainbow, of Warrington, won the best logo competition.

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Thursday, 20 May 2010

WARRINGTON RESERVE GROUP

By Karen Hobday

Warrington Domain Planting Day this year is Sunday June 13 at 10am. Come join us, create beautiful areas of native plants,  attracting birds and providing shelter. Bring a spade if you have one, friends and family, all ages welcome. We will start at the main planting site across from the playground . We hope to have enough people to plant out some new sites as well. As always, we will have hot drinks and biscuits for you all, and a smoko table if you want to bring food to share.

A long term planting plan is to add native plants along the edges of the roads to the beach and bay,  and around the domain.  Planting sites will be where there is an existing vegetation line, so the overall look of the domain won’t change. We will retain existing plants, and replace weeds with new native plants to create a more varied and beautiful boundary to the grassed open areas and roadside.

We are excited to report that we have some funding for the long-awaited notice board/information area,  from Telecom via the DCC. We are now at the stage of design, quotes, and then securing any additional funding if needed. You may remember that we asked the community, via ‘Blueskin News’ in June 2007, where you would most like this information site. There was a clear preference for the grassed area near the playground, where the road divides to go to the surf club and the bay. We plan to make this an attractive area, with plants and sculpture, as well as information on our area and wildlife. The design will include space for permanent displays, seasonal information about wildlife, and an area for local notices relevant to beach and domain.

We are also looking at tidying up the uneven parking area at the end of the vehicle track to the north end of the beach,  below the Esplanade. We want to level out the big puddles so there is more space for parking, since many people now use this access point. We need to retain access for surf club and boat launching, but we have received lots of complaints about the numbers of vehicles parking and driving on the beach during tourist/holiday season. We are considering a simple chain gate across the narrow beach end of the track, which would be easy to open for beach access, but may encourage our many visitors to park here instead of on the beach. What do you think?

Lastly, a explanation for any confused readers of our column. In March and April, our contribution to ‘Blueskin News’ was presented under a Waitati Reserve heading, a wee mistake at the editorial stage, and in May our column and poster disappeared in cyberspace, something that has been known to happen from time to time in our Warrington area!

We like your feedback. Let us know if you have any ideas, or queries about any of our projects. We have a box at Blueskin Store if you want to drop off a written suggestion.

 

Warrington Reserve Group: Karen Hobday, 482 2762

'Traditional and not' church opens in Waitati

by Peter Dowden

 

A new church group has begun gathering for worship on a regular basis

in Waitati. 'Fernhill Church in Waitati' is an offshoot of the

Fernhill Church in Carroll St, Dunedin, in the downtown suburb of

Fernhill.

 

The church had been meeting every second week in Waitati for a month

or so, and had decided to go monthly on an ongoing basis, church

coordinator and preacher Ray Rombouts told 'Blueskin News'.

 

"We are not a traditional church but we're traditional in our belief,"

Ray said. "There's the odd guitar and we clap a bit now and then."

 

Ray travels out from Mosgiel to lead the Waitati services under the

guidance of pastor Mark Buckle, of Dunedin.

 

Fernhill Church at Waitati meets in the Waitati Hall on the first

Sunday of each month, starting June 6, at 2:30 pm.

 

Ray Rombouts, 484 7414

 

 

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Safety driving Waitati curve realignment project

Subject to the necessary consent approvals, a start is expected to be
made early next year on realigning the tight curve in State Highway 1
at Waitati, to improve safety for road users.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) project will also involve
shifting the Blueskin General Store to a new site next to the Blueskin
Nursery, on land occupied by the existing highway. The Harvey St
intersection into Waitati will also be upgraded.

The aim of the project is to improve highway safety by realigning the
existing curve so it is more compatible with the rural (100km/h)
environment in this area. Another key safety benefit will come from
the store being accessed from Harvey St, where the speed limit is only
50km/h. The new store site will also have improved parking and
turning areas for cars, buses and trucks.

Because the store cannot be permanently relocated to its new site
until the highway works are complete, the store will move temporarily
to a site on Harvey St between the former hall and Gallery on
Blueskin.

As part of the project, there will be improvements to the adjacent
landscaping by enhancing the current QEII covenant area. The location
of the new Harvey St intersection has been designed so the registered
oak tree and adjacent beech tree are not affected.

The project recognises the importance of car pooling and buses to the
local community so they can commute to Dunedin, by providing car
pooling and bus bays. Some sections of the highway not required for
realignment will be made available for parking.

The project cost is $3.5M - $4M, with construction planned to commence
in January 2011 and due to be completed by December 2012. In July, the
NZTA will lodge consents for this work. It is intended that these will
be publicly notified so people will have an opportunity to review the
proposals and make a submission if they wish. The NZTA will also hold
a public information evening in Waitati at this time, at which
residents can gain a better insight of the project. Details about this
evening will be published in Blueskin News.

Further information on this project should be available on the NZTA
website (www.nzta.govt.nz), from early June.

Project manager: Simon Underwood, 03 955 2938, email
simon.underwood@nzta.govt.nz

Blueskin Media holds longest-ever AGM

by Craig Marshall

Th annual general meeting of Blueskin Media was held on May 9 at Gallery
on Blueskin, Waitati, and was well supported by our readers and
existing and prospective volunteers.

Louise Booth relinquished the president's position and Peter Dowden
was elected in her place.

Therése Hailes and Lawrence Hay were elected to share the position
of secretary, while Colleen Hastie was elected to the treasurer
position in absentia,
subject to her acceptance.

A committee comprising Louise Burnside, Lynnaire Johnston, Louise Booth, Craig
Marshall and Nicky Clarke was elected.

Outgoing treasurer Polly Higham was presented with a small gift in
appreciation of all her work over the years. Polly is the longest
serving member of Blueskin Media and was instrumental in dealing with
a serious financial squeeze some years ago. The very satisfactory
current financial state of the organisation is in no small measure due
to her efforts.

The meeting resolved that Geraldine Tait and Alasdair Morrison
investigate the possibility of Blueskin Media becoming an incorporated
society or charitable trust.

It was decided to investigate producing another phone directory which
would include addresses in Blueskin Bay, Warrington, Evansdale, and
Seacliff and to investigate collecting together recipes from 'The
Blueskin Bayleaf' and produce these in some form.

It was decided that a donation of $104 ($2 per week for a year) would
be made to Blueskin Bay FM.

The meeting closed at 8:45 pm which, at 75 minutes, broke the record
as Blueskin Media's
longest-ever meeting.


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Blueskin Bay area schools elect new boards

By Peter Dowden

Local schools have completed their Board of Trustees elections. The
parent representatives for Waitati School are Nathan Clarke, Antony
Deaker, Boris Baeumer, Bruce Muldrew and Tania Turei.
The parent representatives for Warington School are Mark Familton, Anthony Lobb,
Eric Neuman, Rachel Ozanne and Lynley Verkerk.
Each board also includes the principal and another staff member.

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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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Coast Road Market dates for 2010

Coast Road Market dates for the rest of the year

Coast Road Market is alive and well. Come along to Seacliff on the
first Sunday of each month from 11am-2pm rain or shine.

You will find a colourful array of local arts, crafts, bric-a-brac,
food, produce and preserves. Free stalls are available and kids stalls
are welcome! For more information phone 465 7990

Market dates for the rest of the year are:

Sunday 6 June
Sunday 4 July
Sunday 1 August (2nd birthday!)
Sunday 5 September
Sunday 3 October
Sunday 7 November
Sunday 5 December

Friday, 14 May 2010

Blueskin Bay area schools elect new boards

Blueskin Bay area schools elect new boards

Local schools have completed their Board of Trustees elections. The
parent representatives for Waitati School are Nathan Clarke, Antony
Deaker, Boris Baeumer, Bruce Muldrew and Tania Turei. The parent
representatives for Warington School are Mark Familton, Anthony Lobb,
Eric Neuman, Rachel Ozanne and Lynley Verkerk. Each board also has the
principal and another staff member.

- Blueskin News

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Exhibition: gallery on blueskin

Exhibition: gallery on blueskin

by louise burnside, gallery on blueskin

gallery on blueskin is proud to present local photographer & painter
Jacob Feenstra

new work and retrospective "subject to change" opens next Friday, May 7, 6pm

[Louise, your small business is undercapitalised! -eds]