Thursday, 26 August 2010

gallery on blueskin

gallery on blueskin presents

angela burns

coast and beyond
new paintings for 2010
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exhibition opening this Sunday, 29 August.
1pm - 4pm
we hope to see you there.....some people missed out when angela
exhibited with us last time.....
don't miss out again!

Life's a beach

Life's A Beach!

DCC media release

Dunedin (24 August, 2010) – A FREE workshop dealing with the threat
climate change

poses for Dunedin's coastal communities will provide advice about how
to safeguard our

coastline by restoring our dune systems.

DCC Coastal Parks Officer, Renee Gordon, is thrilled the New Zealand
Dunes Trust is running

the workshop and bringing their expertise to Dunedin. "We've been
working hard to restore

the city's dunes and we hope the Trust's participation will extend
residents' understanding of

coast care and the role that plays in protecting our city."

While erosion is a natural occurrence on our dunes, many dune systems
have been heavily

modified by human life to the point where they are no longer able to
withstand erosion. This

has the potential to threaten coastal communities along the Dunedin coastline.

Coastal foredunes backing sandy beaches play a major role in the
mitigation of coastal

hazards and the protection of the natural and human-use values of beaches.

Dune vegetation authority Dr David Bergin says, "The good news is that
we know many

degraded dune systems can be restored relatively cheaply using native
dune plants."

Dr Bergin is one of the speakers gathering at the NZ Dunes Trust
Climate Change all-day

workshop at Long Beach on Saturday 11 September.

The workshop is free but booking is essential as space is limited.
Email Ms Gordon at

rgordon@dcc.govt.nz for bookings or further information, or visit
www.dunestrust.org.nz.

Monday, 23 August 2010

French dancing in September

French dancing in September.

Waitati hall Friday 3rd and Friday 10th at 6pm.  Tutor: Kate Grace.
More info at

"Les Belles Vilaines" French dancing and beyond www.frenchdancing.co.nz

473 6488

027 26 399 39

kategrace @ clear.net.nz

Friday, 20 August 2010

WAITATI SCHOOL column

WAITATI SCHOOL

by Antony Deaker

In this update from Waitati School: a warm and friendly Potluck
Dinner, the return of
Fireworks Night, Roofing tenders received, furniture upgrades
underway, repainting
the school comes next, BMX track in spring, netball collaboration with
Warrington
successful and fun.

As the school is gearing up for the Bonfire and Fireworks night on
September 18th
see the notice elsewhere in the Blueskin News our bonfire pile has
been dispersing to
different parts of the playground as the kids make huts. The hut mania
has been great
to watch and is a cool example of the childrens creative resourcefulness.

We had a very pleasant school community Potluck Dinner in August. The response
from many families and those from the wider community that attended
was that this
should be the first of many. The Waitati BoT will definitely host
further potlucks and
will extend the invitation widely.

If you are interested in receiving our weekly school newsletter via email please
write to Helen at office@waitati.school.nz and she will add you to the
list. Likewise
for families of children that used to attend Waitati keep an eye on our website
www.waitati.school.nz it is updated weekly.

Heidi is working on a development plan for Waitati Senior Students to
ensure that the
school caters for them in Yrs 7 & 8 and that they are ready for High
School. Term 4
will be an exciting start in this plan as the seniors will make a film
for a December 1st
screening at Hoyts Cinema.

The BoT is excited about a coming refurbishment for much of the school. Tenders
have been received to re-roof the main block. Designers have been consulted and
a new exterior colour scheme narrowed to a range that will work with our bricks
and stonework. By the time school re-opens in 2011 we will be well into the new
developments.

Inside the classrooms we have started ordering new furniture. The
children will have
some funky new ergonomically sound and dynamic learning spaces. Other changes
are in the pipeline which when finalised we will report.

With the confirmation of further funding expected soon we will start
work on building
a BMX Bike Skills Park at School. Essentially a large pile of clay and
dirt shaped to
form a track with plenty of features to challenge and excite young
riders. The track
will add much needed safe recreation options for our children in
Waitati and make
more use of the school as a resource for families in the whole
community. All going
well we expect the BMX track to be finished in October.

Finally we want to acknowledge the successful Blueskin netball teams. The teams
were a collaboration of staff and pupils from Warrington and Waitati
Schools and all
reported much fun and pride with the outcome. The Blueskin Diamonds won their
grade! And the Blueskin Jewels never stopped trying and scored many very good
goals.

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

Blueskin A&P Society Annual Meeting

Blueskin A&P Annual Meeting

in accordance with our constitution

notice is given of our

Annual General Meeting

October 5th 2010. 7.30pm

@ Waitati Fire Station

The Blueskin A&P administer Bland Park providing a public space for
our Community, to keep this amenity available we need your assistance.
Your participation would greatly assist with the administration of
this Community facility. An invitation is extended to you  come along
to the AGM  offer your assistance. Hear what is proposed for the
future development of the Park.

Paul Clements
Secretary

Club revives historic surf life saving name

Club revives historic surf life saving name

by Peter Dowden

Warrington Surf Life Saving Club has revived a historic name in
Dunedin surf life saving by adopting Moana Rua as its official Maori
title.

The move came as the club reviewed its constitution at its Annual
General Meeting last Saturday, 14 August. A draft template from the
national life saving body provided for a Maori name.

Moana Rua Surf Life Saving Club was founded as a ladies' club at
Middle Beach, near St Clair, in 1961, when surf life saving was mainly
a male domain. After erosion caused rip problems there, it relocated
patrols to Warrington in 1976 and a new building was officially opened
in 1980. After a short time, the by-then-unisex club renamed itself
Warrington Surf Life Saving Club.

"The name Moana Rua comes from the whakapapa of our club," outgoing
president Pete Russell, of Warrington, explained. The club had a much
longer history than its presence at Warrington Beach. The name also
reflects the position of Warrington Beach between two 'seas': the
Pacific Ocean and Blueskin Bay. It was also pointed out at the AGM
that Warrington Beach has now gained much of the sand from
badly-eroded Middle Beach. The Warrington/Moana Rua club will be 50
years old next year.

At the AGM, Mark Familton, of Warrington, was elected President with a
committee of six other members.

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

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Blueskin Playcentre

We have been very busy at Blueskin Playcentre this term. We have been
learning sign language, Te Reo, making four plait poi, paper mache
bugs, box robots and colourful fire engines with window shapes,
playing with goop (cornflour and water), building roads, making and
eating pancakes and much, much more!
We even had a visit to Waitati School and the art gallery.
Our library corner is full of books we borrowed from Blueskin Library.
We plan on borrowing new books every two weeks to keep the children
interested in reading.
Our next trip is to the Botanical Gardens on the first day of spring.
This is to inspire us to make something exciting at workshops with
artist Karen Snow. We will be participating in the Waitati School
fireworks night Little Green Things procession to show what we have
made.

Books for Fireworks Night fundraising
On September 18 we will be fundraising for the Playcentre. We are
asking if anyone in the community could please donate secondhand books
we could sell on the night. The Playcentre is open Monday, Wednesday,
Friday 9:30am-12:30pm. If you are able to drop books off we would be
very grateful.

Education Night September
A new way to care for the environment
Keen to clean your house with a clean conscience?
Enjo can show the way!
Come to a meeting with Playcentre families Wednesday September 8,
7.30pm at the Waitati Hall.

Waitati School

By Antony Deaker Waitati

As the school is gearing up for the Bonfire and Fireworks night on
September 18 (see the notice elsewhere in the Blueskin News) our
bonfire pile has been dispersing to different parts of the playground
as the kids make huts. The hut mania has been great to watch and is a
cool example of the children's creative resourcefulness.
We had a very pleasant school community potluck dinner in August. The
response from many families and those from the wider community who
attended was that this should be the first of many. The Waitati BoT
will definitely host further potlucks and will extend the invitation
widely.
If you are interested in receiving our weekly school newsletter via
email please write to Helen at office@waitati.school.nz and she will
add you to the list. Likewise for families of children that used to
attend Waitati. Keep an eye on our website: www.waitati.school.nz, it
is updated weekly.
Heidi is working on a development plan for Waitati senior students to
ensure that the school caters for them in Years 7 & 8 and that they
are ready for high school. Term 4 will be an exciting start in this
plan as the seniors will make a film for a December 1 screening at
Hoyts Cinema.
The BoT is excited about a coming refurbishment for much of the
school. Tenders have been received to re-roof the main block.
Designers have been consulted and a new exterior colour scheme
narrowed to a range that will work with our bricks and stonework. By
the time school re-opens in 2011 we will be well into the new
developments.
Inside the classrooms, we have started ordering new furniture. The
children will have some funky new ergonomically sound and dynamic
learning spaces. Other changes are in the pipeline which, when
finalised, we will report.
With the confirmation of further funding expected soon we will start
work on building a BMX bike skills park at school. Essentially, it
will be a large pile of clay and dirt shaped to form a track, with
plenty of features to challenge and excite young riders. The track
will add much needed safe recreation options for our children in
Waitati and make more use of the school as a resource for families in
the whole community. All going well, we expect the BMX track to be
finished in October.
Finally, we want to acknowledge the successful Blueskin netball teams.
The teams were a collaboration of staff and pupils from Warrington and
Waitati Schools and all reported much fun and pride with the outcome.
The Blueskin Diamonds won their grade! And the Blueskin Jewels never
stopped trying and scored many very good goals.

Blueskin Netball

By Carol Forbes

This year the Warrington and Waitati schools combined netball teams
for the Primary school competition. There were two teams – the
Blueskin Diamonds (Years 5 & 6) and the Blueskin Jewels (Years 3 & 4).
After an exciting final the Diamonds beat St Clair to finish first in
their section, while the Jewels had a close loss to Portobello,
finishing sixth. The teams have developed skills during the season,
and it was good that both schools were able to combine and keep the
Blueskin area represented.

Year 6 Otago netball reps
Two Warrington School players – Devon Familton and Ruby Randell – were
selected for the 2010 Year 6 representative netball team. They played
three tournaments in August, further developed their netball skills,
and enjoyed playing with children from other Dunedin schools.


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

Waitati Open Orchards

By Jason Ross

August and September may just be my favourite gardening months. Signs
of spring in the plants really boost me along as I finish up my
favourite winter gardening tasks. I enjoy the biological puzzle of
pruning fruit trees and the relationship that develops with these
wonderful food plants. It is best to finish up winter pruning to
encourage strong growth by mid September.
I love planting fruit and nut trees too, I was out at Seacliff helping
with their open orchard planting, but escaped before the rain. I hear
it all got planted and it looks great, so check it out. Planting of
bare rooted trees should be finished up in early September, but
planting bagged trees can continue, although it is best  to get them
in as soon as possible so they can make the most of early spring
growth in the ground.
The season of dividing and transplanting perennials is sadly coming to
an end too. I much prefer working with perennial food plants than
annuals that need replanting each year or several times each season.
The annuals I do like are those that self-seed readily, especially
those that provide salad through the winter such as miner's lettuce,
rocket, mizuna, Stellaria (chick weed) and flat leaved parsley. To
maximise use of space, and minimise work, I tend to cluster my
perennial vegetables in combination with fruit trees and berry shrubs,
as many of them are semi-shade tolerant. I am constantly digging out
those we don't use much and dividing and planting more of what we do
use. Sorrel, dandelion, perennial leeks and spring onions, rhubarb and
perennial rocket are favourites.
It's time to sow seeds now too, I am keen to get more sea beet
growing, this is the wild ancestor of silver beet, an acceptable
alternative and a perennial that does well here.
Multi-layered gardens of fruit and nut trees, with berry fruits
beneath and perennial and self-seeding vegetables, salad plants and
herbs have the lovely feeling of deciduous woodlands about them. A
strength of diversity and wildness, a productive beauty that is
wonderful to inhabit and to gather from.
Perhaps some of our Open Orchards could incorporate edible woodland
design? The library has a very good practical book on the subject:
'How to make a forest garden' by Patrick Whitefield.
We may have one more 'patch' to plant for this season. Would you like
some fruit trees out the front of your house? Contact us, or you could
adopt a tree in a nearby patch to care for. All trees planted by WOO
are for anyone in Waitati to harvest from.
Jason Ross, 482 2625, waitatiopenorchard@gmail.com

East Otago Community Health Trust

The East Otago Community Health Trust will hold its 7th Annual General
Meeting in the Palmerston Community Centre, Ronaldsay St, Palmerston,
at 7.30pm on Monday September 27, 2010.
Ruth Porteous
Secretary

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

By Sue Hensley

Interested in the geology of the Blueskin area? Wondered about the
rocks around you? Then come and listen to and walk with local rock man
Dr Chuck Landis at Orokonui on September 8.
Seed collection and cultivating natives will be covered by the
wonderfully knowledgeable Tom Myers (Botanic Gardens) and Valerie Fay
(planting coordinator) on Sept 23 and the popular Philip Dunn
(Ribbonwood Nurseries) will talk about garden design for birds. All
details on our website.
We welcome a new staff member this month – Tania Turei. Many of you
will know Tania from her work in the community and at the library. She
brings a wide range of skills to the reception/ admin position and her
IT skills will be especially valuable.
The birds tell us that spring is just around the corner and two robin
pairs in the pine block have been confirmed. They will form an
important core group and be helpful in retaining birds from future
translocations.
The kaka are being challenged to search for their food in strange
places – high on the aviary door, low on the floor, even inside possum
cages – all as part of an effort to capture and band the kaka, replace
their transmitter batteries and set them up with GPS transmitters. The
Otago University physics department has just completed the very first
batch of these new monitoring devices and we hope they will allow us
some interesting insights into kaka behaviour. They promise much
easier access to their whereabouts and will (possibly) confirm or
exclude those reported sightings outside of Orokonui from Dunedin to
Karitane.
The visitor centre and café are open every day 9.30-4.30. A range of
guided and self guided walks is available. Orokonui Facebook page and
www.orokonui.org.nz will keep you up to date with events.

East Otago Plunker

By Frances Bauemer

Under 5 Swim Lessons

Hello from East Otago Plunket. We are happy to announce our ability to
offer subsidised Swimsation swim lessons. The lessons are run in Term
4 (2010) and Term 1 (2011) of the school year. The dates for term 4
are: Friday mornings starting October 22 and ending December 3. This
gives a total of seven swim lessons. These are the same
lessons/instructors as at Moana Pool, Dunedin.
Due to limited places available, preference will be given to East
Otago Plunket area residents. Spaces are reserved when lessons are
paid in full if there is a need for a wait list. The fees will be the
following, 1-2yrs $32 and 3-4yrs $39.
For further information and to register, please contact Frances
Baeumer, 482 1991, or bbaeumer@gmail.com

Waitati Energy Project

By Scott Willis

What is the Balance?
With new 10 Megawatt wind turbines in development, and 3 and 5
Megawatt turbines already a reality, bigger is better, right?
Certainly, this is the way wind development is going, as the limits of
renewable generation are addressed. Limits like accessing remote
hilltops, and the potentially long and uncertain journey of resource
consent. The new megaturbines in development are designed to work
off-shore mainly, away from that 'thing' that bothers many turbine
developments: people. Of course, off-shore means other issues, like
very expensive infrastructure (make it bigger to make it
cost-efficient, the argument goes…), like maintenance challenges and
corrosion of parts.
As you all know though, generation is only one part of the picture,
and if we concentrate only on that we won't be able to address the
real issues around energy. Reassuringly, with the benefit of local
research, WEP meetings and public meetings, it appears that in the
Blueskin Bay area most people want balance, not generation for the
sake of it. We'll get more insight as public consultation gets
underway, but for now, lets assume that most people in Blueskin Bay
(Waitati, Warrington, Evansdale and Purakaunui; or the 'Waitati
Sub-Station area') think it would be a good thing if we could generate
all or most of our local electricity needs, and moderate our use. This
is essentially what 'Blueskin Power' – the community turbine – is all
about: creating renewable generation to cover our needs (more or less)
and to provide local control over energy costs, with income from the
turbine to fund programmes to retrofit, install solar, etc.
We're looking at a single 750 – 850 Kilowatt turbine, probably in a
group of three turbines in total, with the other two belonging to a
development partner. We almost certainly need a partner to allow us to
sell our electricity back to the market (which we have to do). These
turbines are very modest compared to most terrestrial wind generation
and they will be visible, because the only place to get the good wind
is up high, in prominent locations.
But back to that human problem. Electricity, without exaggeration, is
key to just about everything we do. It is essential infrastructure,
and some might argue, an 'entitlement', or ours by right. But any
sense of entitlement obscures the thing itself; it obscures the nature
of our electricity (some of it comes from Huntly, some from very large
hydro, and all comes from a long way away), and it obscures the cost
of it (environmental, social and economic). But if we stick with the
idea that electricity is 'essential infrastructure', then we can
secure our infrastructure, gain greater control over it and the
purposes to which it is put, through our collective action. I'd rather
integrate generation with energy efficiency and reduction of energy
demand, to show that we don't always need to build bigger, more, and
further afield. So rather than assuming a 'right' (which actually
involves a contract and paying a monthly subscription), what if we
aimed for a balance? A balance that would involve things like a
community turbine AND ultrasmart meters (letting us know how much
we're consuming at the same moment the turbine is turning), AND
further insulation opportunities/ new solar opportunities, for
example. So while big developers may see people as the challenge, in
Blueskin Bay as we ensure that the benefits are equitably spread and
real, I'm optimistic that people will be the solution, not the
problem.

Wind Testing
There's well over 12 months worth of data from our two local wind
stations now. What began with GEOG380 was taken over by MSc. student
Alice Bowden, and now Alice is nearing completion with her masters.
Consequently, one wind station has been taken down, and the other has
been simplified, to maintain basic data collection, while Alice works
on analysis. I'm anticipating that as Alice goes through the final
analysis and cross references the NIWA data from weather stations in
our area (as well as the other wind data we hold), we'll receive some
pretty accurate meso-level appraisal of the wind potential. We know
already that a higher wind station would be desirable, but that will
need to be site specific (for specific accuracy). Essentially, working
with the University, we won't be looking at any more student work and
testing until 2011. However if we enter into a development
partnership, more intense resources may be brought to bear to sharpen
the data we have already. Meanwhile, I hope you're keeping warm and
looking forward to the fireworks on the 18th of September like me!
For more information or to subscribe to the WEP e-list, email me at
waitatienergy@gmail.com or phone 482 2048.


Caption: Balance in Blueskin Bay? These are German Cows exemplifying a
multifunctional landscape.

Candidate statement: Dave Cull

Candidate statement: Dave Cull

Dunedin faces serious challenges: city debt, rising rates, economic
slow-down and deep distrust of Council.

But imagine Dunedin with a thriving economy keeping families here, heritage
buildings protected and used, renewable energy, no debt, modest rate
increases, good housing everywhere, a sustainable environment and great
transport and cycleway infrastructure.

Dunedin won¹t achieve that unless we aim for it and build a unified vision
that engages everyone.

Our city needs a Mayor and Council who genuinely listen to the community,
take control of long-term decision-making, promote infrastructure like
high-speed Broadband for sustainable business and job growth, and face
energy and climate challenges as opportunities.

As Mayor I will listen, focus on the future not the past and work
respectfully and transparently with everyone.

I lead the diverse Greater Dunedin team of talented, energetic candidates.
With your votes we can take our future back and turn Dunedin around.

Updated: WARRINGTON SCHOOL column

WARRINGTON SCHOOL

by staff, pupils and parents

We had a successful beach clean up in August with the school scouring
the length of the beach and the back bay picking up rubbish. General
consensus is there seems to be
less rubbish picked up each year. Great news for our beautiful beach!

There was a meeting in August to discuss how we can retain our bus
service. There is a 3 pronged approach to fighting this. The
implications for the school if we lose this service would be sad, with
some families indicating they would struggle to have their children
attend Warrington School. The legislation around school transport was
written in a time when we had Merton, Seacliff and Evandale Schools
still open. We scheduled a meeting for late August as well as a walk
with a trundle wheel to Evansdale to check the accuracy of satellite
information.

It is almost a year since our extensions and upgrades were finished.
The school has
benefited greatly from the new spaces with pupils having places to
perform their dances and plays: the dance drama culture of the school
is increasing. Wet, cold days are less of an issue
with space for indoor play.

We are getting excited about our playground development, the engineer
visited this week and funding has been applied for from a variety of
sources. The expected finish date is May 2011 and we can expect
significant changes to the sporting opportunities from access to a top
class facility.

Warrington pupils can be proud of their achievements over the last few
hectic weeks. There has been significant wins by our spelling, hockey
and netball teams. Naomi had a story chosen as runner up in the on
line Fabo writing competition (included below) while a school play has
been written and directed by Natasha and Andrea and
performed by senior pupils at Warrington Hall.

Recorder drive – room one pupils are beginning to learn the recorder –
we are looking for any recorders that are not being used – donate or
let us borrow that would be great.

Dates

Wednesday 1 September: Book car; BOT Meeting 7.30pm

Friday 3 September: School Disco (Yrs 1-3 : 5.30-7.00pm / Yrs 4-8 : 7.00-8.30pm)

Wednesday 8 September: Cross Country

Thursday 9 September, 3.15pm: Friends of Warrington School AGM

Friday 10 September: Cross Country postponement date

Wednesday 15 September: Book car and club

Thursday 16 September: Software Freedom Day

Wednesday 22 September: Get the train day

Friday 24 September: Term 3 Ends

Stories from Room 2

Making Lentil Soup

Today the year 4 and 5s made the most delicious soup called 'Lentil
Soup'. I thought I would absolutely hate it, but it was so nice!
Nearly everyone went back for seconds. The stuff in it was just normal
stuff like carrot,tomato, garlic, onion and chicken stock though there
was some other stuff too. I learnt that the soup we made is something
Egyptian people eat all the time because all the ingredients are very
cheap at the markets. I reallylike how the class all worked together
to make the soup. - Fern

I thought the soup looked like spew but it tasted very cool. I wanted
more. I think it was really really fun making it. It was cool how you
don't have to sit on a chair to eat. - Seth

We had lentil soup, it was like my Mummy's. It was yummy in my tummy.
I liked it. It was good, but not as good as Mummy's! - Rammy

Making Kofta

I made Kofta but before we started me and Esther washed our hands.
Then we went in the staff room. Ms Morrison got all the things. We
started working, this is how we made it. We put lamb in a bowl. Then
we cut some leaves and mint. We put it in the bowl and then we got
some water on our fingers and made balls and then put them into
breadcrumbs. Then we cooked it.

When it was finished I grabbed a meat ball in my mouth and I made
every one laugh! - Myah

The Kofta was my second favourite meat ball. My favourite meat ball is
stuffing. We all ate with one hand. We took our shoes and socks off to
eat Kofta. - Maddy

Yesterday the class made Kofta and the ingredients are: Chop up mint,
coriander, parsley and an onion. Mix these with minced lamb. We also
put in garlic, cumin and salt. We dipped our fingers in water and
rolled the mixture in balls. Roll these in breadcrumbs. I liked it. -
Eli

And after a few more hours they found a beauty parlour and bought a
tube of lipstick. The shop assistant was extremely relieved when she
found that Miranda only wanted lipsticknot a make over. - Mary

Fabo Writing runner-up story (excerpt)

"Oh no" cried Remy.

"I forgot about Lewis' party. It's his birthday today. I rang him and
told him I couldn't come. He sounded really disappointed. He was his
only friend apart from his dog Jelly, Oh well.... Anyway, where do you
get Zaxxon 21 and where in the world do you except me to get a ruby?"

"Well why wouldn't you? Everybody has one in our planet." replied
Miranda snarkly.

"Well they cost hundreds here"

"Now how will you ever get home?!"

"Do you know where my work frock is?" asked his mother for the second
time that day.

"No, I don't," he lied.

"Oh well it looks like I will be going with out it. I'm already really late."

"See ya later" said Remy.

- Naomi


Stories from Room 3

My cat is funny and silly and it has bitten me. She went up the
curtains. She is crazy. - Lyon

I made a boat with Harry and Steven in the Technology shed. We used saws, wood,
screws and sandpaper. It took a few days to make and it was really fun. - Jacob

Here is Polyester. Polyester is Matthew's toy tiger. He had it for a
long time and he gave
it to me. Riley

The day before yesterday my Mum bought me some tops. They are nice. - Alice

Last night my Dad came home with a new teddy. He got it from the bank
because Lolly
got a watch. It came with a scarf and it was blue. The bear was black,
I like it, it looks
happy. My Dad got to go on his bike. I am proud of my Dad. I love my
Dad and Lolly
too. She is kind and Mum and Mrs Russell is kind and beautiful too. - Olive-Coco

Yesterday I went to Mikey's house and Harry came too. We had fun at
Mikey's house.
We played cowboys. Mikey was the master of us. All of us had a horse.
Harry got shot
by me. Harry was the meanest cowboy and Mikey was the second meanest. I was the
nicest cowboy. - Zachariah

My favourite New Zealand place is Queenstown because I like going on
the gondola and
going on the luge. I also like tubing up The Remarkables. - Mitchell

My favourite place is Rabbit Island because it is fun. I have never
been there but my
brother has. I think there are lots of rabbits on the island and I
would like to go there
one day. - Zyon

My favourite place in New Zealand is Queenstown because you can go on
jet boats and
you can go on the gondola and there might be more things to do. - Floyd

My favourite place is Christchurch because my cousins live up there.
Once when I went
to my cousins house I stayed there for 4 nights. - Dion

Room 1 writing on 'virtues'

Friendliness is being a good friend and caring for your friends when
they're hurt or going through a bad and good time. - Joshua

Friendliness - being warm and courteous. Show interest in others,
helping people, don't judge a book by it's cover. Best cure for
loneliness. - Henry

Isobel's favourite Quotes on Creativity:

* "A person's life is dyed the colourof their imagination". - Marcus Aundius

* "Whatever you can do or dream you can do … begin it. Boldness has
genius, power and magic in it". - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Forgiveness, Love, Orderliness, Responsibility, Excellence, Niceness,
Creativity, Enthusiasm. - Acrostic by Florence

Sports

Hockey: The Warrington/East Otago High School combined team beat
Outram in the semi finals 5-1 and thus made it to the finals of Pool B
on Friday 6 August. We played Strath Tairei, a team that like Outram
had beaten us soundly in previous games. We won 2 0 – a resounding
success. Mira scored one of the goals and all our players (Izzy,
Isabel, Gracie and Natasha) played incredibly well. We had very vocal
and enthusiastic support from the supporters on the sideline.

Our Ministicks team got a chance to play against the NZ rep players.
Wow what an experience – our team were very excited, they beat them
3-1! The season was a great success and all 6 players (Alex, Dion,
Eli, Mikey, Mitchell and Oscar) loved every minute of it and are
looking forward to next year already.

Netball: The 2010 season has finished and we have had some good games
of netball, and seen some potential Silver Fern talent! The Blueskin
Diamonds (Yrs 5 & 6) had an exciting final and ended up going into
extra time to win their section against St Clair. The Blueskin Jewels
(Yrs 3 & 4) have played consistently all year, and after a close loss
to Portobello finished sixth in their section. Both teams have
improved and grown more confident over the season, and it has been
great playing with the Waitati children.

Spelling Quiz: On Wednesday 11 August three teams of spelling whizzes
headed to the Waikouaiti Events Centre for the first East Otago
Cluster Schools' Spelling Quiz. There were 10 rounds of questions.
Our teams worked really well together. We are very proud to announce
that the Warrington Spellers – Elsa, Jade and Lola - were the winners
of the year 3-4 competition. Closely behind in 4th place were the
Warrington Wizards – Fern, Joshua and Lichen. The Warrington Winners
– Ashlie, Henry, Lachlan and Stuart were the winners of the year 5-6
competition. A great result and a fun event to be part of.

Candidate statement: Peter Chin

Candidate statement: Peter Chin

I have represented Dunedin as Mayor for the last six years and am seeking re-election to the position. I am proud of the achievements Dunedin has made during my terms. There have been issues that have polarised the community, indeed divided the Council, but the job of the Mayor is to provide leadership and achieve consensus on even the most challenging fronts.

Over this last term I have worked hard with Council to determine the future of projects that can, and will, impact upon our city and our quality of life.  I have also striven to represent Dunedin with pride and dignity.

As mayor in the next term, my priorities will include continuing my work as an advocate for education providers in Dunedin, developing our relationships with China in order to reap economic rewards and ensuring the stadium is completed on time, on budget and fit for purpose.


Note from the editors

Note from the editors

In the run-up to the 2010 Local Government election, we welcome
further candidate statements for publication in next month's Blueskin
News. Please apply to editors@blueskin.co.nz for full details - the
editors.

Candidate statement: Nancy Higgins

Candidate statement: Nancy Higgins

I have served on the Community Board for two terms, and would like to serve a third.


I have lived in Blueskin Bay for 18 years. I am a self-employed researcher in health, disability and education. Currently, I am doing research at about blind/vision impaired Māori children's access to eye specialists.


I am passionate about our beautiful Blueskin Bay environment and have organised many cleanups of the Warrington reserve and beach.


I believe that community participation keeps us a supportive, friendly, and vibrant community.


Last year, I co-organised the Community Board's 'No Plastic November' initiative, which included local schools selling 'ecobags', workshops on how to make an ecobag, shops reducing or eliminating their plastic bag usage, and an art exhibition being held.


I believe that the Community Board needs to connect more at the grass roots level and I hope to be a part of that. So vote for me!




Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Blueskin Bay Library

Entertainment Saves you $$$s at your Library
By Louise Booth

Did you know your local Library rents the latest DVDs? From television
series and documentaries, to new release films, DVDs are $4 each, or
you can take out three DVDs for just $6! 'Hot Picks' DVDs are $5 to
rent and include the latest blockbuster movie releases. You get to
keep all our DVDs for a week, so you don't have to rush to watch them
overnight, and can organise a family movie night or a get together
with friends.
Check out www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz and search the catalogue. You
will be amazed at the DVDs we have in stock, and you can order a DVD
from another Library or 'Suggest an Item' if we don't have what you
are looking for. If we buy your request in, you will get the first
opportunity to borrow the DVD!
Save yourself time and money by using our free, fast broadband and
wireless internet access. Film, music and images all eat up your
download limits at home and can slow down your computer. Save stress,
and come and download what you need from one of our Library computers.
Our broadband connection is really fast and it could save a surprising
amount off your internet bill at home! If you have a laptop you can
choose a cosy corner to browse the internet, or do your work.
We also have Skype, iTunes and all the Microsoft Office features on
our computers, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint - so if someone in
your home is hogging the computer, book in some free time on a Library
computer and use the time and money you save to enjoy a coffee
instead!
Blueskin Bay Library is open late till 7.00pm every Monday and 6.00pm
every Thursday and Friday.

Waitati Edible Gardeners

Edible School Gardens Project
By Jenny Haydon

The Edible School Gardens project (funded by a grant via the Blueskin
Bay Resilience Trust) is slowly
getting underway. Spring occasionally looks likely, but then the snow
forecasts return and all reasonable
thoughts of gardening get put aside until the mud dries out. But
planning, plotting and preparing are
definitely on.
Friday afternoon garden/foodie-based learning sessions are about to
happen at the school - produce from
the garden will be made into something tasty, and seed sowing for
spring plantings of salad vegetables is
on the agenda.
If you have any spoilt hay or anything that could be used as mulch or
could be composted - please could we
have some for our gardens?
Maybe there are folks out there wanting to plant a small veggie garden
but are not sure where to start?
Waitati School will make some space available for a series of short,
sharp workshops if there is enough
interest.
I reckon a topic-based workshop around a simple garden task - like
planting carrots and other root crops running
for about 45 minutes would work really well. Get the demo, do some,
then go home and plant yours. Then
maybe another workshop on growing salad greens, and another on
courgettes and pumpkins, then back
to root crops and how to thin them and basic care.
I can try and help with any garden based problems you may experience
during the growing season and I intend to be about until about the end
of summer.
And it wouldn't cost you anything! Contact Helen at Waitati School to
register your interest.
At Warrington School teachers are considering how best to plan gardens
that beat the problem summer
holidays pose to their crops - when and what best to plant. Activities
in the gardens will be underway come
Spring. If you have a little spare time and would like to help please
contact the school.

Local Police News

By Phil Beckwith
Port Chalmers Police

There has been some recent and concerning activity in the Waitati area
over the last few weeks. Some of you will have already heard about
some incidents.
Sometime on August 3 a house was entered on Orokonui Road. It is
understood that a door to the address was not locked. The offender
stole approximately $500 cash and two iPods.
Then on August 9 a young girl arrived home at a Harvey Street address
after school. She heard footsteps upstairs and an unknown male
appeared in the hall doorway. He spoke to the girl saying, "Shush,
don't tell your mum" and then left the property onto Harvey Street. It
appears that nothing was taken from the address, but of course this
type of behaviour is of great concern to the police and the community.
The initial description of this male was an older man in his 50's,
with facial hair only on his chin, medium brown hair, green eyes and
"creepy looking". He was wearing what were possibly work clothes, a
red top, and a name badge reading "TOM".
Some of you will have noticed the recent graffiti on the garage wall
on Brown Street. This is someone who has had some previous experience
or practice at this kind of artwork.
Late in July the police received a report that a van parked in a
driveway on Hill Street was entered. It is suspected that the van was
not locked properly. The offender took some keys and loose change.
On August 12 a pair of skis and ski boots were stolen from an address
on View Street. This property also has access from Hill Street and the
skis and boots were in view of passersby. Through some fine
observation skills by the property owners, the items have been
recovered and a young male will be charged with the theft.
As can be seen, there has been a bit happening in what we would
normally say was a very safe and quiet area of Dunedin. We are also
aware that the police do not hear about or know everything that
happens.
All of the above incidents appear to be of the opportunist nature that
involve insecure properties or items easily seen and taken. We know
that is the nature of the community but can only advise that more care
is taken.
If anyone has any knowledge or information that may help in the above
or any other incidents please contact us.
In the event you need to call the police, phone 472 8822. If you need
to leave a message, wait for the operator to answer then ask for the
Port Chalmers mobile telephone where a message can then be left.

Blueskin Bayleaf

By Rowan Holt

Apricot Chicken & Coconut

During the week I teach teenagers to cook at a high school in Dunedin. My
goal for them is to gain confidence and creativity in the kitchen, while making
healthy choices and using safe food handling practices. I want them to
learn that
it doesn't take much to create a delicious, nutritious meal. This is
one of their
favourites we cook in class.

Serves 4

Start water boiling for rice
Make marinade:
Ingredients:
1 cup apricots halves – roughly chopped
1/4 cup oil
1 T grated ginger
2 star anise (whole) remove before serving
1 cinnamon stick
1 T brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 T vinegar
1 T soy sauce
Fresh ground pepper

Cut chicken breasts across the grain into 3 pieces.
Brush chicken with marinade, sit for a few minutes.
Heat 3 T oil in fry pan or wok on medium–high.
Brown chicken 3-4 minutes on each side.
Add the rest of the marinade sauce, turn heat to medium–low and simmer
for a further 10
minutes.
Sprinkle with shredded coconut and chopped mint and parsley.
Serve with steamed greens and rice for a complete meal.

Waitati Toy Library

By Frances Baeumer

Waitati Toy Library is open to everyone. There are six-month ($15) and 12-month
($30) memberships available that allow you to borrow toys at a cost of
50c to $2 per toy.
We are continually working to provide the most up-to-date and high
quality toys at our
library.
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 September are 4th, 6th, 18th and 20th.
Waitati Toy Library, Frances Baeumer, 482 1991

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BLUESKIN BAY/COAST RD AREA CLEAN UP DAY

Mega and Green Waste skips will be situated at the Warrington Domain,
Warrington from 10am to 5pm Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 September.
Please load refuse into the bins provided.
Refuse must not be left on the site outside advertised collection times.
Please separate your green waste from other refuse
No large items eg engines, metals, whiteware, demolition materials or
large items of vegetation such as complete hedges or tree stumps.
No unacceptable waste eg hazardous wastes, animal remains, herbicides,
medicines, medical waste, gas cylinders, wire, asbestos, petrol tanks
or paint.
No liquids: Liquids including waste oil, are NOT accepted.
No large metal eg whiteware, tanks.

CHARGES:
Cars $8.00
Station wagons $12.00
Trailers, vans and utes $19.00

Please phone 477 4000 if you need more information.

Next Seacliff Market Sept 5

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Blueskin A&P AGM

By Paul Clements, secretary
In accordance with our constitution notice is given of our Annual
General Meeting October 5, 2010, 7.30pm at Waitati Fire Station.
The Blueskin A&P administer Bland Park, providing a public space for
our community. To keep this amenity available we need your assistance.
Your participation would greatly assist with the administration of
this facility. An invitation is extended to you to come along to the
AGM and offer your assistance. Hear what is proposed for the future
development of the Park.

Steady As You Go

Age Concern Otago is thrilled to offer its popular Steady As You Go exercise
classes in Waitati, starting Wednesday 22 September at 2.30 pm.
The programme is designed to prevent falls for those over 65 years.
Classes are for one hour and use gentle exercises in the chair,
standing and walking, and
have proven excellent to improve balance, leg strength, confidence and
general mobility.
Participants also find the classes a most enjoyable community resource.
A group of ten is preferred to start a class and if successful is able
to continue indefinitely.
Participants are encouraged to wear flat shoes and comfortable
clothes. A $2 donation is appreciated.
All instructors are trained by the School of Physiotherapy at Otago University.
You are welcome to just turn up or phone Margaret for further
enquiries at Age Concern Otago,
477 1040 ext 702.


Survey result rocks Warrington Domain

Survey result rocks Warrington Domain

by the editors

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board has released the results of its
survey on a response to the problem of 'boy racers' at Warrington
Domain.

About three quarters of respondents gave support for the proposal to
ring the playground and domain with large rocks, plantings and
lockable gates to exclude vehicles.

There were ninety two (92) responses received in response to the
questionnaire which was sent to Warrington ratepayers.

A number of respondents also took the opportunity to add comments,
chief sentiments among those expressed were that the problem is wider
than just Warrington, that it is a
Police matter and that any new measures should be visually attractive
and not restrict local use.

The results will be discussed at the next Community Board meeting on 1
September, when the board will make a decision in consultation with
the Warrington Reserve Group.

Full results:

Do nothing: 7.6%

Place barrier across the road: 2.1%

Control access to playground with rocks & plantings: 76.0%

Control access to playground with timber posts, rails, chains: 1.1%

Control access to domain with rocks, plantings & possible gate: 75.0%

Control access to domain with timber posts, rails, chains & gate 2.1 %

Extend footpath at entrance to playground area: 54.3%

Candidate statement: Geraldine Tait

Geraldine Tait for Waikouaiti Coast-Chalmers Ward Councillor and
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board.

Your community advocate, who has spearheaded local campaigns about
water, road safety, waste, transport, development and environmental
protection. I'm passionate about good public consultation and clear
communication between the council and people in our area. I'm sick of
rates rises and worried about council debt. We need to steer the
council away from
big projects, which only benefit a few.

The Community Board should be a strong advocate for local concerns and
play an active role in the protection and enhancement of the
environment as an asset for present and future generations. Vote for a
pro-active Community Board, which will tackle local issues and be a
voice for our community.

It's time to stop moaning, there is an alternative, I will listen to
local people and advocate for good basic services and affordable
rates. Vote Geraldine Tait, your first choice for Waikouaiti
Coast-Chalmers Ward Councilor and Waikouaiti Coast Community Board.

Candidate statement: Alasdair Morrison

Candidate statement: Alasdair Morrison

Alasdair Morrison, a local resident for more than twenty five years,
is seeking re-election
to the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board. He has been a Board Member
since 1998 and has been Chairman of the Board for the past three
years.

The Waikouaiti Coast electorate covers a wide area and Alasdair has a
comprehensive
knowledge of the issues which affect the residents of Waikouaiti,
Merton, Karitane, Seacliff,
Warrington, Waitati and the surrounding rural areas.

An articulate communicator, Alasdair offers electors sound common
sense and experience
in dealing with all levels of local and state government.

He is available, approachable and effective in resolving issues which
are a concern to
individuals or to the community at large.

A Marine Engineer by profession Alasdair operates his own consultancy
business, thus
giving him the flexibility to ensure that prompt and comprehensive
attention can be paid to all
issues as they arise.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

WARRINGTON SCHOOL (column)

WARRINGTON SCHOOL

by staff, pupils and parents

We had a successful beach clean­up in August with the school scouring
the length of the beach and the back bay picking up rubbish. General
consensus is there seems to be
less rubbish picked up each year. Great news for our beautiful beach!

There was a meeting in August to discuss how we can retain our bus
service. There is a 3 pronged approach to fighting this. The
implications for the school if we lose this service would be sad, with
some families indicating they would struggle to have their children
attend Warrington School. The legislation around school transport was
written in a time when we had Merton, Seacliff and Evandale Schools
still open.

School playground development continues to tick along and it is almost
a year since our extensions and upgrades were finished. The school has
benefited greatly from the new spaces with pupils having places to
perform their dances and plays, wet, cold days are less of an issue
with space for indoor play.

A school play has been written and directed by Natasha and Andrea and
performed by senior pupils at Warrington Hall.

Recorder drive – room one pupils are beginning to learn the recorder –
we are looking for any recorders that are not being used – donate or
let us borrow that would be great.

Dates

Wednesday 1 September: Book car
Thursday 2 September: BOT meeting – 7.30pm
Friday 3 September School Disco : Yrs 1-3 5-6.30pm / Yrs 4-8 6.30-8pm
Wednesday 8 September Cross Country
Friday 10th September: Cross Country postponement date
Wednesday 15 September: Book car and book club
Thursday 16 September: Melanie Harper – Kiwi Golf; Software Freedom
Day; 3.15pm Friends of Warrington School meeting
Wednesday 22 September: Get the train day
Friday 24 September: Term 3 Ends

Stories from Room 3

My cat is funny and silly and it has bitten me. She went up the
curtains. She is crazy. - Lyon

I made a boat with Harry and Steven in the Technology shed. We used saws, wood,
screws and sandpaper. It took a few days to make and it was really fun. - Jacob

Here is Polyester. Polyester is Matthew's toy tiger. He had it for a
long time and he gave
it to me. Riley

The day before yesterday my Mum bought me some tops. They are nice. - Alice

Last night my Dad came home with a new teddy. He got it from the bank
because Lolly
got a watch. It came with a scarf and it was blue. The bear was black,
I like it, it looks
happy. My Dad got to go on his bike. I am proud of my Dad. I love my
Dad and Lolly
too. She is kind and Mum and Mrs Russell is kind and beautiful too. - Olive-Coco

Yesterday I went to Mikey's house and Harry came too. We had fun at
Mikey's house.
We played cowboys. Mikey was the master of us. All of us had a horse.
Harry got shot
by me. Harry was the meanest cowboy and Mikey was the second meanest. I was the
nicest cowboy. - Zachariah

My favourite New Zealand place is Queenstown because I like going on
the gondola and
going on the luge. I also like tubing up The Remarkables. - Mitchell

My favourite place is Rabbit Island because it is fun. I have never
been there but my
brother has. I think there are lots of rabbits on the island and I
would like to go there
one day. - Zyon

My favourite place in New Zealand is Queenstown because you can go on
jet boats and
you can go on the gondola and there might be more things to do. - Floyd

My favourite place is Christchurch because my cousins live up there.
Once when I went
to my cousins house I stayed there for 4 nights. - Dion

Room 1 writing on 'virtues'

Friendliness is being a good friend and caring for your friends when
they're hurt or going through a bad and good time. - Joshua

Friendliness - being warm and courteous. Show interest in others,
helping people, don't judge a book by it's cover. Best cure for
loneliness. - Henry

Isobel's favourite Quotes on Creativity:

* "A person's life is dyed the colourof their imagination". - Marcus Aundius

* "Whatever you can do or dream you can do … begin it. Boldness has
genius, power and magic in it". - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Forgiveness, Love, Orderliness, Responsibility, Excellence, Niceness,
Creativity, Enthusiasm. -Acrostic by Florence

Thursday, 12 August 2010

CAR-FREE DAY COMMUTER TRAIN

CAR-FREE DAY COMMUTER TRAIN

By Danielle Cameron

Wednesday 22 September 2010

Waitati stopping all stations to Dunedin return

Depart 7.30am Waitati

Arrive 8.30am Dunedin

Depart Dunedin 5.45pm

Get The Train is chartering this train and fundraising to do so.  The
commuter trains have been wonderfully supported by the North Coast
communities and we feel it is really important to continue to have
these days to highlight the necessity of getting out of our cars and
to enjoy the ride into town on public transport.

These train rides have been running for two years now and are a real
celebration of community, of neighbourliness, of sustainability and of
public transport.  Our North
Coast schools are supporting this day by doing their best to organise
trips into town for some or all of their students.

Otago Community Trust have contributed $500 towards the cost of the
train and we thank them very much for their support.

Tickets on the train are $5 per person, in exact cash please.

Please tell everybody about the train and put the day in your diaries,

We will see you on the train for a commute to town, free of driving,
parking, frost, stress and with lots of wonderful people to catch up
with!

* Get the Train: getthetrain.blogspot.com

Warrington Surf Life Saving Club wins award

Warrington Surf Life Saving Club has received first prize in the
Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards Educational and child/youth
development section:

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/120022/special-olympics-club-community-winner

Friday, 6 August 2010

Car Free Day ... 22 September 2010

Get The Train is chartering the Taieri Gorge train for Car Free Day on 22 September 2010.

We are fundraising to do so!  The Otago Community Trust have given us $500 and we need another $1,250.  We are applying to the DCC Small Grants fund, to Waikouaiti Coast Community Board and to Port Chalmers Community Board for funding also.

So far 4 North Coast schools are doing their best to organise a day out on the train!  Congratulations to them!

The more people on the train, the less fundraising needs to be done!  So can everybody tell everybody about the day and do your best to be on the train!

Timing similar to last time, but more detail out later.

Thank you so much!
Danielle

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from Get the Train group

getthetrain.blogspot.com

Thursday, 5 August 2010

gallery on blueskin

gallery on blueskin
invites you to our new show
"St Bathans"
by Helen Brook
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Opening this Sunday (Backroom Gallery)
8 August from 1pm - 4pm
(until 21 August)
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