Wednesday, 30 June 2010

gallery on blueskin

gallery on blueskin
invites you to the
July Opening
of paintings by emerging artist
Jonathon Yeldon
this Saturday, July 3
from 1pm - 5pm
(Backroom Gallery)
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Also......new work by Laura & Peter Gregory,
Jack Monaghan, Sandy Ratahi
& sculpture by John Mayne.
come and join us for a warming mulled wine and nibbles...anytime from 1 - 5pm.


(bring your own SHIFT key or CAPS LOCK -eds)

Friday, 25 June 2010

Photos of East Otago Kaupapa Maori Festival

Photos of East Otago Kaupapa Maori Festival:

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/galleries/gallery/otago/111953/east-otago-kaupapa-maori-festival

BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY column

BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY

Expansion Update

by Mike Collett

The decision by the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board at its June
meeting to endorse the planfor the redevelopment of the Blueskin Bay
Library on its current site marks a significant
milestone for this long running project.

While the need for a larger library has been evident to customers and
staff for many years the
project made slow progress until the Dunedin City Council approved
$500,000 in funding for
the library upgrade in the 2008/09 Annual Plan. The initial estimate
of the cost of the project
was $720,000 with the balance to be funded by grants from external
funding agencies.
Following this decision a project group was formed consisting of
Library staff, Council
Architects, and a Community Board representative.

As part of the design process three options for the location of the
Library were considered:

- Current location at the northern end of the Hall

- New location at the southern end of the Hall

- New site

Current Location

Advantages:

- North facing which means the extension will be more energy
efficient, resulting in
reduced operating costs

- Land is already designated for this purpose and is owned by Dunedin
City Council

- Proximity to the existing children's playground facility

- Design incorporates existing branch librarian's office and staff workroom

- Design incorporates a meeting room, available for community use
outside library hours

- Design incorporates a wheelchair accessible toilet

- Design incorporates a new sewage holding tank, independent of Hall septic tank

- No disruption to Hall activities

- Design fits on the site

Disadvantages:

- Need to relocate the library (to Waitati School) during construction

New Location (Southern end of Waitati Hall)

Advantages:

- Existing library could be used for some other purpose after the
library had moved

Disadvantages:

- South facing (less energy efficiency, higher operating costs)

- Design would not fit on site - resource consent would be required

- Cannot build library on top of Hall septic disposal facility (this
would have to be
excavated and backfilled)

- Hall would be closed for public use during construction

- Expensive modifications required to Hall toilets and electrical
system to comply with
building regulations

- New septic tank facility would be required.

- Overhead power lines would require moving underground

- Distance from the existing children's playground

- Would need to create a new entrance to the Hall

- Loss of existing car parking outside the Hall

- Unable to incorporate existing library office and work room

- More expensive than building at the northern end of the Hall

New Site

Advantages:

- Existing library could continue operation during construction phase

- Possibility of shared use of building with other entities, if DCC
would agree to shared
use of building, insurance, security, etc

- Disadvantages:

- Additional and significant cost of purchasing land, and related costs

- Extra costs involved with a stand-alone building

- Unable to incorporate existing library office and work room

- Unlikely to be able to be functioning in an acceptable time frame

- DCC may not agree to shared use of building (DCC owns current Hall
and Library)

In summary

The current library site has significant advantages over the other two options
including a north facing site, the ability to retain part of the
existing library building, proximity
to the playground, fewer potential issues with regard to drainage and
sewerage and no changes to the current Hall or disruptions to Hall
access over the library construction period.

Consultation with the community over the library redevelopment started
in 2007 with a display
of the model and plans at the Blueskin A & P Society's Country Fair.
Community organisations consulted with since then have included:
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board; Blueskin A&P Society, Blueskin Youth
Centre Committee, Waitati Hall Committee, Blueskin Playcentre, Waitati
School, Warrington School.

The design was modified slightly in 2009. New plans were produced and
the model updated.
The updated model and plans have been on display at the Blueskin Bay
Library for customers and staff to give their feedback.

The new model and plans were discussed at a meeting of the Waikouaiti
Coast Community
Board in July 2009. Further community consultation then took place
during the third quarter of 2009. This included an article in Blueskin
News showing the revised model along with the
Architect's design statement and inviting comments. The fact sheet and
model were also
displayed at the Blueskin Bay Library.

Through the consultation process the community has also been given the
opportunity to provide feedback through the regular library column in
Blueskin News and the Blueskin Bay Library's electronic newsletter.

At its April 2010 meeting the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board
discussed the project in the light of community concern over the
partial demolition of the existing library. It asked the
Project Architects to go back and look again at library options at the
south end of the Hall.
Detailed plans for two options were prepared and presented at the June
meeting of the Board.
As both these options had a number of disadvantages over the current
library site the Board
endorsed the library redevelopment on the current site.

While this is good news for those who want to see a new library in
Blueskin Bay, there is still a lot of work to do before building
starts. Costs have risen significantly in the three years since the
first estimates were prepared with the current cost now in excess of
$800,000. This means that at least $300,000 will need to be raised
which will be a real challenge in today's economic climate. A group to
coordinate fundraising has been formed and a fundraising brochure is
currently being prepared. While we will be seeking support from
regional and national fundraising agencies, local support will also be
essential if the Blueskin Bay community is to get a library fit for
the 21st century.

Please feel free to contact me on 4743 677 or email
mcollett@dcc.govt.nz with any comments or concerns you may have.

- Mike Collett is head of customer services for Dunedin Public Libraries

School Holiday Activities - Blueskin Bay Library

Blueskin Bay Library - School Holiday Activities

The Library has some fun activities to entertain young children. Grab
some books or a DVD to take home. Book some time on our computers or
join us for some fun events!

Chocolate Book Hunt
Are you a brilliant book hunter? Pick a question from the chocolate
box in your library. Hunt down the answer and bring it back to the
desk to receive a chocolate treat.
Tuesday 13 July, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, Blueskin Bay Library
FREE

Chocolate Story Time
Listen to delectable stories; enjoy a chocolate treat and a visit from
Freddo Frog.
Blueskin Bay Library: Wednesday 14 July, 2.00pm
FREE

A New World of Libraries

A New World of Libraries

Library Services Manager, Bernie Hawke will provide a presentation on
his visit to libraries in North America and Australia, to study their
sustainable and energy efficient design features.

Free

Monday 28 June | 7.00pm | Waitati Hall

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Waitati Edible Gardeners (column)

By Jason Ross

Waitati Open Orchard (WOO)

Waitati Open Orchardists are an amiable group of folk on a mission to
plant fruit trees in public spaces around Waitati for all to enjoy.
Email waitatiopenorchard@gmail to join our mailing list.

Fruit season is pretty much finished with the Sturmer apples just
picked. If anyone has Granny Smith apples still on the tree, they
await their destiny as winter crumble.

Tree planting season approaches! We are eagerly planning what trees to
plant this year in the 'patches' that we looked at on our wander
earlier this year. So far these are: Waitati School, Orokonui Rd, Top
of View St and McLachlan Street verge.

We are looking for more patches, these may be mown street verges where
a few trees could be put in. Would you like some fruit trees out the
front of your house? Contact us, and if the spot is suitable and we
have enough trees we may be able to supply the trees and plant them;
you could adopt the trees or just keep up the mowing and we will care
for the trees. All trees planted by WOO are for anyone in Waitati to
harvest from. There are many examples of street-side tree planting
already in Waitati, Erne St is a good example, trees beautify our
village, why not make them edible too?

We have just received funding through the Blueskin Resilient
Communities Trust to support our work. Thanks to them and also for
your contributions to our fundraising, we plan to plant 30+ trees this
year and run a couple of free workshops.

WOO (and related) events
Dates and times are to be confirmed. Please contact me for more details:

Working bee at the Orokonui Rd patch: clearing grass, vines etc for
planting. Probably 10 July.

Tree Crops Association Cultivar Preservation Orchard work bee. Weeding
and pruning, perhaps. This amazing collection of around 300 varieties
of apples on Mt Cargill Rd is a must-see.

How to plant a fruit or nut tree workshop. Including soil feeding and
first pruning. Probably 24 July at a patch near you.

Grafting workshop. Free learn to graft workshop. Rootstock and
grafting wood for sale on the day, pre-order to ensure you get some.
Apples and plums. Probably 28 August somewhere in Waitati.

Waitati Open Orchards, Jason Ross, 482 2625, Waitatiopenorchard@gmail.com

Locals call meeting on 'boy racer' problem

by Peter Dowden

Locals are calling a public meeting to discuss community action on the
problem of vandalism to the Warrington Domain lawns. With several
visits to Warrington in June by car enthusiasts known as 'boy racers'
from Dunedin, the Domain has been left in a muddy condition and
residents' sleep has been repeatedly disturbed.

The Warrington Reserve Group has agreed to host the meeting.
Various proposals to deal with the issue will be presented in
five-minute time slots with brief question-and-answer sessions. The
meeting will then be opened for a general discussion. Organisers want
people to contribute creative, practical ideas for a positive
solution.

* Warrington Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, Thursday, 8 July.
* If you wish to make a 5-minute presentation of your idea to solve
the 'boy racer' problem, please email: peter.dowden@gmail.com

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Waitati Energy Project (Column)

By Scott Willis

Turbine News
Thanks to all the offers of assistance we now have the basis for a big
day of information and consultation on the community turbine project.
Look out in next month's Blueskin News for the date, and meanwhile
rest assured that the community machinery will be oiled and in action.
I've already heard of some great props for what promises to be another
big event like the Energy Expos of 2007 and 2008. I've also been
talking with Powerhouse Wind's Bill Currie about not only the
community turbine project but also our wider Blueskin grid, centred on
the Waitati Substation.
The promise of an integrated energy community
that has emerged in our investigation of the community turbine is
exciting. By 'integrated' I mean thinking and working with energy
holistically: generating, consuming, and integrating it deeper into
our lives, more deeply for example than the monthly bill most of us
have such a 'disconnect' with currently. The more comprehensive
approach to energy we've been exploring in the community via the WEP
is something that the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
proposed theoretically in the 'Get smart, think small' report in 2006.
What is surprising perhaps, is that while the policy framework has
been proposed for the Government by the PCE, among others, and it's
clear that there are plenty of people in our community who 'get it' –
really, a truly responsive, distributed energy system with clear
signals for consumers is commonsense – the surprising thing is that
successive governments just don't 'get it'.
Creating and maintaining a national energy system that runs according
to the profit motive
powered by Think Big generation can never return a low carbon,
equitable, resilient system, because it simply has the wrong motor.
What I find exciting is the possibility that we might be able to take
control ourselves, and determine our own priorities, using the
community turbine as the vehicle to establishing a local system with
equitable distribution and low carbon outcomes, and making a small but
paradigm altering change to the national energy system. And part of
that excitement is due to partners like Powerhouse Wind, who are, with
the Thin Air prototype testing in Waitati and the fine-tuning going on
in their Dunedin workshop, on the verge of launching an affordable
single household turbine into production. In an integrated energy
community both our stories are linked.

Ancient Sunlight
The 2008 Waitati Household Energy Survey revealed low coal use in
Waitati. Walking along Harvey Street and in other Waitati streets
these cold winter days gives a very different impression, however. An
unmistakable odour hangs in a warm fug beneath the cold winter air.
300 million years ago a massive die off on a carbon rich world created
fossil fuels. They've been an incredible bonus for humanity these last
200 years, with their terrible downsides only well understood
relatively recently. But where does that leave the householder? Often
with Hobson's choice. Coal is still cheap and some of us have coal
ranges designed for it and we need to keep warm in winter to keep
healthy. But at the same time we're releasing that ancient sunlight as
carbon, and with it all the other polluting particles that gives coal
that special smell. No, we're not 1952 'pea soup' London, with
thousands dying prematurely and hundreds of thousands falling ill.
We've got coastal breezes and there are relatively few of us, so a
little coal, polluting as it is, doesn't make dramatic headlines. Our
atmosphere doesn't write letters to the editor. And even when we'd
like to make a change, the cost of replacing that coal range with a
woodburning stove (burning biomass) might be just too great. Really,
to make change we need a carrot, not just the stick of social censure
and the Emissions Trading Scheme. Luckily there is a minimum $500
subsidy (the max. is $1200) provided by EECA to move to clean heat
for your household. It doesn't have to be a heat pump. And it is also
possible to retrofit a coal range to be a relatively efficient
woodburner (with a wetback). There are even very good
wood burning stoves, for cooking on, heating water, and simply
heating. I know there are several households who cook on coal – and
remember gas, though clean burning, is also a fossil fuel. If you're
burning coal however but it is not your key household
fuel then is the EECA subsidy enough of a
carrot to change to something cleaner? Perhaps along with a community
turbine we need to look again at the concept of a community woodlot or
woodlots. What else will help us all move to renewable energy?
Whatever your source of heat, keep warm and invest wisely this winter.
Waitati Energy Project, Scott Willis 482 2048, waitatienergy@gmail.com

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Second Birthday for Local Market

By Liz Abbott & Rudie Verhoef

Coast Road Market is alive and well! The market hasn't skipped a beat
(except for Easter Sunday) since it began in August 2008.

The market is held on the first Sunday of every month, rain or shine,
in the grounds of Coast Road Retreat, alongside the Art Shed, at 728
Coast Road, Seacliff. The next market is on Sunday the 4 July,
then on August 1 we will be celebrating our second birthday!

Coast Road Market is a unique blend of food, coffee, craft and
clothes; local produce, plants, preserves, pakoras, prints, patches,
portraits and paintings; bric a brac, books, toys and more!!

It's a free market so if you would like to have a stall, come along
before 11am to set up. Or you can phone us first on 465 7990 with any
queries.

The Art Shed is open during the market (or by appointment 027
699 5390). This month you can find out about upcoming beginner
woodblock printing workshops. There is a new bird on the block as
well as some fresh oil paintings. Original art from $1!

Coast Road Market, Liz Abbott & Rudie Verhoef 465 7990


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NEWS: AGM Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust's Annual General Meeting will
be held on July 27, at 7.30 PM, in the Waitati Hall Supper Room.
Everyone is welcome.

BRCT, Scott Willis 482 2048

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The Public Forum, an opportunity to air your views

By Geraldine Tait

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board meets seven times a year, the
meetings rotating between the four settlements: Waitati, Warrington,
Karitane and Waikouaiti.
Once a year there is also a meeting in Dunedin. Meetings are open to
the public, and start at 5.30pm, so people can come along after work.
If you have a burning issue, a great idea or want the Board's support
for a local project, you can come and speak at the beginning of a
meeting when time is set aside for the public forum. The only rule is
that you have to book in 24 hours ahead by phoning the DCC number 477
4000.
The Board is very receptive to community members speaking at our
meetings; we enjoy the variety of issues and the passion with which
they are presented to us. We can't always solve a problem and often it
is just a first step in a lengthy journey to a satisfactory outcome.
However, once you have the Board's attention, generally we can offer
some assistance in the form of information, advocacy or direct action
on the issue. If it is beyond our scope we may redirect you to another
organisation or suggest another way to approach your problem.
Part of our role as a Community Board is to be a line of communication
between the local people and the Council. The public forum is one of
the most direct and immediate ways in which we can fulfill the aim of
good, open communication.
The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board's next meeting is in Dunedin on
Wednesday 14 July, 5.30 pm at the Fullwood Room, the Dunedin Centre in
Harrop Street.
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board, Geraldine Tait 482 2517


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Inaugural Ukuklele Jam Rocks

By Tania Turei

The first Annual Blueskin Ukulele Jam presented by the Blueskin
Library was a lot of fun.
Heaps of locals came along and lots of new faces from town and the
Dunedin Ukulele Club. We never expected to see so many different kinds
of ukes in the bay.
Mandy Mayhem rocked a wicked solo kazoo and Peter Dowden played a mean guitar.
Tally Ho, Poi E and Sophie were hits, it was nice to hear all those
really great New Zealand songs again. Brad Martin was an excellent
band leader and it was lovely to hang out with Metiria Turei and
husband Worik Stanton.
Thanks to Martha Hill and The Mineshafts for running the show and the
Blueskin Café for hosting us.
In fact, it was so cool that we're going to do it all again. This time
we are rocking an eighties theme. Hits so far include Hungry Like A
wolf, Purple Rain and Venus.
The venue is Tangente Café, 111 Moray Place on Sunday the 4 July at 2pm.
Music sheets will be available on the Facebook event page as Martha
Hill and the Mineshafts First Annual if you want a head start.
· Tania Turei, 482 2525 or 0211 387 967


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WAITATI TOY LIBRARY (COLUMN)

WAITATI TOY LIBRARY (COLUMN)
By Frances Baeumer
What is a Toy Library?
It is a place:
Where well designed, safe and educational toys can be borrowed on a
regular basis at minimal cost
Where there is access to a large range of quality toys
With the opportunity to interact with other families
Which provides a chance to use toys that match the stages of a child's
development.
Waitati Toy Library is open to everyone. There are six-month ($15) and
12-month ($30) memberships available that allow you to borrow toys for
50c to $2 per toy. We are continually working to provide the most up
to date and high quality toys at our library. We took advantage of the
toy specials at the national conference last month and look forward to
sharing them with everyone.
The Toy Library is a member-run organisation with support from the
national body. Active participation in the organisation not only
sustains the service for the community but fosters a sense of
community among its members.
For those members interested in learning more about the Toy Library,
our next committee meeting is on Tuesday, 3 August at 3:30pm (at
Frances's house). Toy Library sessions are fortnightly at the Waitati
Hall on Saturdays at 10:30 – 11:30am and the following Monday nights
at 6:30 – 7:30pm. The sessions in July are 24 and 26. Have a
wonderful holiday.

· Waitati Toy Library Frances Baeumer 482 1991


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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Orokonui Ecosanctuary (column)

By Sue Hensley

Last month's talks and workshops proved popular and others planned for
July include a fern workshop, a winter walk off the beaten track and
fun family activities such as frog frolics and native nibbles.

An amazing array of fungi were collected by the Botanical Society
group for the workshop with David Orlovich. Among them an edible
bolete, bright red and yellow fungi and one that smelt like almond
icing (a good clue as to its deadly intent!).

The moss workshop with Maia Mistral also threw up some surprises.
Under the microscope we saw a sporophyte (the little stalk that sticks
up from a moss patch) open its mouth (operculum), bare its teeth
(peristome) and release its spores.

Many native trees have not fruited well this year and as a result the
hungry silvereyes, bellbirds and tui have been entertaining us with
their antics at the sugar water feeder. Even Mrs Mihiwaka (the kaka
which nested on the hill) has returned after an absence of seven months to
tuck into the supplementary food.

Six robins have been seen back in their Silverpeaks home with one at
Orokonui amongst the pines on the hill at the northern end. Let's hope
it stays there.

The rats are still with us in selected areas and Elton our
conservation manager is concocting various and devious plans to deal
with them, including feeding outside rats with a dye just to check
we're not getting rats in through some unknown breach.

The Rotary Club of Dunedin, although formally having handed over the valley
track, is still generously supporting work there and recently another
helicopter drop of gravel was undertaken in order to complete
surfacing of the track.

The Visitor Centre and Café are open every day 9.30am - 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 are 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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New Principal for Waitati School.

By Tania Turei

The Waitati School Board is delighted to announce the appointment of a
wonderful new principal, Heidi Hayward, who will join us at the start
of Term 3.

We are looking forward to working with Heidi, and we hope you take the
opportunity to introduce yourselves to her and welcome her to our
school and our community.

Heidi really impressed us all and we know that she will impress you,
too. She introduces herself here:

Kia ora. I come from a teaching background. Both my parents were
teachers, my husband, sister and brother-in-law are also teachers. I
have three lovely children, currently involved in three tiers of
education (pre-school, primary and secondary school) so I feel like I
have a good grasp on education – where we've come from, and where we
are heading.

I began teaching in 1999 and have enjoyed many years at Macandrew
Intermediate School, initially as a scale A teacher, followed by six
years as part of the senior management team. I've done a little post
graduate study during this time, also.

It is my belief that the goal of education is to help students realise
they can think, learn, act and hold the potential to change things.
Teaching students to be responsible and respectful (of themselves and
towards others) is at the core of education – learning of content is
secondary to this.

Of utmost importance is, I believe, that schooling is just one
component of life-long learning. Family life, playing sports,
involvement in cultural activities and good health are all necessary
to complement formal education and grow a well rounded individual.

In this vein I also have many interests outside school. I am heavily
involved in the arts, love gardening (although I am no good it at),
cooking (which I am quite good at) and skiing (which I was once good
at, before I developed middle age fear!).

I look forward to meeting you all in the very near future.

http://heidihayward.wikispaces.com/

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WARRINGTON SCHOOL (column)

by school staff and parents

What a perfect June evening we had for our Matariki celebration – cold
and icy with the stars shining. The lanterns looked stunning in the
dark, the drums and beats from all four corners with the stilt walkers
were amazing. The concert went well, with the poi and singing and
clouds of steam coming from the children's mouths. Thank you to all
the families and community members who joined us.

Congratulations to Izzie, Mira, Devon, Ruby and Natasha who have all
made the Otago Collier Hockey team and to Gracie who made the squad.
Warrington School is making its mark on hockey!

Key dates:
Thursday 1 July: BOT Meeting
Friday 2 July: End of Term 2
Monday 19 July: Term 3 starts
Wednesday 4 August: Junior Gymnastics Years 1-3
Thursday 5 August: BOT
Friday 6 August: Keep Dunedin Beautiful Theatre Group
Wednesday 11 August: Indoor Sports Years 4-8

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LES BELLES VILLAINES (column)

by Kate Grace

Les Belles Villaines is a small group of enthusiasts interested in
traditional dance and music from France and its close
European neighbours. We started a regular (fortnightly) class in
Waitati at the start of this year which will resume on Friday 6
August, from 6pm at the Waitati Hall.

Les Belles Villaines is organising a public dance to celebrate Bastille Day, the
French national day. 'Le Petit Bal' is not a presentation by a
performance group, it is an opportunity for everybody to have a go at
French dancing in a casual setting, with music by Les Charibois and
guests.

Le Petit Bal will be held at the Baptist Hall 270 North Road
in North East Valley on Wednesday 14 July, at 7:30pm. Tickets $10 on
sale at Taste Nature, 131 High St or by contacting Kate 473 6488 or
kategrace@clear.net.nz

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Early deadline for September Blueskin News

by the editors

Items for the September issue of Blueskin News will need to be in by
18 August, rather than our usual deadline of the 22nd of the month.

The September issue will come out a few days early, at the end of
August. This will allow our printer, Graeme Youngman of North East
Otago Computing in Hampden, to take a well-earned overseas holiday.


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Warrington, Evansdale, Waitati, Doctors Point), Dunedin, New Zealand.
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Five Warrington School Pupils in Collier A Hockey Team.

By Polly Higham

One third of this year's Otago Collier A hockey team is made up of
Warrington School Year 6, 7 and 8 pupils. Congratulations to Mira
Neuman, Natasha Abbott, Izzy Locker, Devon Familton and Ruby Randall.
This is a remarkable achievement for a school of 65 pupils.

The Collier A team is the intermediate team and includes children from
Balclutha to Oamaru. They worked hard, having a fitness session,
training session and game in the High School grade competition every
week. They will be playing in local competitions in Otago and
Southland leading up to the National competition in Timaru in October.
The girls will be fundraising for the costs associated with these
trips. Look out for the advertisements in this month's Blueskin News;
a fantastic and useful metal recycling scheme and bags of pine cones
to keep you warm this winter!

Warrington has represented hockey in Otago teams for many years,
having players in the Girls' Developmentand Collier B teams, and now
Collier A team this year. One third of Warrington pupils play hockey
and we have players in four competitions this year. Five intermediate
players have combined with East Otago High School in the Friday night
competition, 16 Year 4-6 players play for the Warrington Warriors and
Warringon Dolphin teams in the Wednesday Primary competition and six
Year 1-3 players play for the Mighty Ducks in the Saturday mini-sticks
competition.

We are very proud of all our players and thank all our parents for
their support.


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Sunday, 20 June 2010

bird survey 2 of 3

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Saturday, 19 June 2010

Waitati Realignment Information Evening

Waitati Realignment Information Evening

The NZ Transport Agency will soon be applying for consents for the
proposed realignment of the state highway and relocation of the
Blueskin General Store, at Waitati.

Anyone wishing to know more about the proposal are welcome to call
into the Waitati community hall, between 6.30pm and 8.00pm, on
Wednesday July 7th, where staff from the agency and design consultants
will be on hand to discuss the project with you.

Project information is also available on the agency website: www.nzta.govt.nz

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