Wednesday, 25 May 2011

WAITATI SCHOOL

 by Antony Deaker

 

2006 must have been a busy year for midwives in Waitati: the school roll has continued to grow at an exciting rate, certainly beyond our expectations at the start of this year.

 

The final report from the recent Education Review Office (ERO) visit was received last month. Most pleasing was a return to the three-year cycle for future reviews indicating that the school is back to a 'regular' position. You can see the full report on our website.

 

We also received our financial audit for the last financial year, which confirmed a small surplus in the operating budget and noted the high standard of financial control and documentation maintained by our secretary Helen Shaw.

 

The last element of work for the refurbishment of the classroom interiors has been completed with the ordering of snazzy, new, ergonomically-sound chairs for all the classrooms. This was made possible by the generous support of our PTA.

 

The senior class will be starting art projects under the guidance of Janet de Wagt this month. The children will be continuing our community's predilection for teapots with new art works that express their findings about 'What Makes Waitati Wicked'.

 

The schools enviro-Fridays have focused on lantern-making in preparation for an event to celebrate Matariki on 2 June. A pot luck meal featuring food harvested from the school garden will be followed by a lantern procession and some storytelling. Later in the month we will mark Arbor Day with further planting around Ko-te-awa-wi (Dons Creek), the stream at school. Heidi has started working with Jenny Neilson, Regional Co-ordinator for Enviro-schools, to review and plan the work the school is doing towards a silver award.

 

Our Year 7 and 8 children recently completed a walk over Mt Cargill with a group from Macandrew Intermediate. This was a fun outing on a cold day that built some new networks with kids from over the hill.

 

We have three soccer teams playing every weekend through the winter. The teams are special because they include kids who used to be at Waitati and have moved to other schools but want to stay engaged with their old friends.  They include children from Warrington School and it's great to build closer relations with our friends across the bay; we never stop working hard for each other. The 9th grade team has had only one loss this year and is playing some great soccer. Big thanks to Phil, Brad, Kerri and Frances for their commitment to coaching.

 

 

Monday, 23 May 2011

Stone carving at Te Whare Arohanui

Photo by Moira Crossman

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Waitati Energy Project

By Scott Willis

Wind Testing
Under the guidance of technical expert Matt Buchan on behalf of Our
Wind Limited, a group of us raised the 10 metre tower (with testing
equipment on it) on a brisk day recently (Friday the 13th! May). OWL,
in supplying the tower and analysis, is enabling the crucial technical
aspects of the wind cluster project. And I was impressed to see Basil
Ireland, Laurence Hay and Gerry Thompson, all grandfathers, wielding
the sledgehammer and rammer more competently than men half their ages.
Along with Xavier and myself, it took us all three hours to prepare
and raise the tower, ensure monitoring had begun, and animal-proofing
the site on the Robertson's family farm above Warrington.
As soon as it was up, and systems tested, Matt was able to tell us
that the wind, at 10 metres above the ground was blowing at a very
healthy eight metres per second. However the wind at ground level did
not seem very strong at all and I was excited that now we can begin to
get some very precise wind data at a very promising site. Testing will
take time, and our knowledge will grow week by week, barring any
incidents. Fortunately, we have a wealth of knowledge already and this
information will enhance what we are now gathering on-site. I'll be
giving regular updates on wind results in these columns and more often
in email updates. Meanwhile, thanks to an EECA contract in process
we're now able to enlist some planning assistance and, Ross Johnston
(BRCT trustee) and I are working on getting all the energy action and
investigations done of the past few years into a presentable public
format.

Solar Saver model
Thank you to all who put in submissions to the DCC's Draft Annual Plan
(DAP) on Solar Saver. This council is much more responsive to its
communities than we've experienced in the past and for those keeping
an eye on DAP outcomes in the ODT, did you see 'Briefs' on Thursday
May 12? There it was reported that DCC staff are now working to get
the Solar Saver model (a targeted rates bill to allow solar hot water
installations) broadened and used to invest in options for making all
households more sustainable, not only through solar hot water, but
also insulation, solar PV, rainwater tanks, etc. This is a great
outcome for all Dunedin.

Contact WEP at 03 482 2048 or email: waitatienergy@gmail.com

Waitati Edible Gardeners

By Derek Onley

Potato Harvest Year Three
The last day of April; the sky was bluer than a dunnock's egg. Seven
gardeners harvested 170 kilos of potatoes; the slugs got the rest. A
wet summer and autumn definitely favoured the slugs but we have one
advantage – there's plenty of spoilt hay about. Our next task will be
to cover the beds with as much of it as we can gather, along with
seaweed and manure. We are up to year three of our garden cycle and so
the potatoes will be going back into their original patch this year.
What this year's potatoes lacked in quantity they gained in
personality, even celebrity status, as you can see by the photo.
The garlic harvest was a great success for the second year in a row,
but this year's pumpkins did not do as well as last year, mainly
because of that unexpected frost back in December. The garlic patch is
now planted in broad beans and we have leeks fattening up well on top
of a vast quantity of beautiful Purakanui manure. We have also been
surprised at the wonderful artichokes that just seem to keep coming.
They make an excellent "slow food" lunch out in the late autumn
sunshine, accompanied by locally made Parisettes dressing and a cheeky
little chardonnay.
Anyone is welcome to join us in our community gardening, gathering and
harvesting. Ring Derek on 482 2831 or email derekonley@yahoo.com

Farewell to the Godwits

By Rosemary Penwarden

It hasn't been a good summer for identifying godwits; however, this
autumn was one I will never forget. It was the 4th of March and we
were, as usual, watching the godwits from the road at Evansdale. By
March all the birds are in top shape; the males looking especially
gorgeous with their rusty chests in full breeding plumage. I love
watching them; they often behave as a single unit, all sleeping with
their bottoms turned away from the wind, wobbling like little weather
vanes. There were 580 of them, half the number we had seen two months
earlier, and they were noisy; trilling and strutting up and down the
ranks as they shifted position, lifting up and circling, then landing
again. Then a small group of 38 lifted into the air and circled. They
continued circling and calling until they were much higher than I had
seen before, and then flew north until all we could see was a tiny
dotted line of birds high above Seacliff. We were witnessing the first
couple of kilometres of their 9,000 km journey to the Yellow Sea.
The next day, there were no godwits at Evansdale, but at the end of
Warrington spit we saw a second bunch of 24 taking off to the north.
This time a group of four broke off from the group and landed; they
must have decided to stay longer… maybe they lost their nerve. I know
I would have second thoughts attempting such a journey. All I could do
was silently wish them well. With a tail wind and probably quite a bit
of luck most of those we saw leave will have made it to Alaska as this
Blueskin News goes to print, after spending April and most of May
refuelling near the Yellow Sea, between China and South Korea, for the
next leg to the Alaskan breeding grounds. They will be joining the
6,000 godwits who were seen passing the Portland observatory in
southern England on April 28, going north from Africa to the same
Alaskan breeding grounds.
There are still 100 or so godwits roosting at Evansdale or at the end
of the spit at high tide. These are the youngsters, barely a year old,
waiting out their first winter and plumping up for next year when they
will be strong enough to make the Alaskan trip next March.
Occasionally among them is an adult that didn't get strong enough or
for some reason decided not to make the journey this year. Keep your
dogs on a lead down that end of the spit so as not to disturb them.
Safe journey my pretties!

WAITATI VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE

By Deanne Burrell

The last few months have been reasonably quiet for the brigade so well
done to Blueskin Bay residents for keeping your community safe.
We would like to congratulate some members who have recently
successfully completed the following practical training courses.
Qualified Fire Fighter: Sharon Brogan, Bill Berends and Seraya
Figgins. Senior Fire Fighter: Charles Abraham.

Winter Fire Safety Tips
Daylight saving has ended and it's time to get your winter coat,
electric blanket and heater out of the cupboard. Here are a few safety
tips to take into consideration this winter.
After kitchen fires, fires involving heating and drying are one of the
most common reasons the Fire Service is called out.
· Always keep furniture, curtains, clothes and children at least
one metre away from heaters and fireplaces.
· Don't store objects on top of your heater.
· Never cover heaters.
· Don't overload clothes dryers and clean the lint filter after
each load.

Fireplaces and Chimneys
There's nothing like sitting in front of the fireplace on a cold
winter's night but here's a list of things to be mindful of:
· Clean chimneys and flues before your first fire of the season
· Always use a fireguard or spark-guard with open fires.
· Ashes can take up to five days to cool - always empty
fireplace or wood burner ashes and ashtrays into a metal bin with a
lid. Water can be poured over them before disposal.

Electric blankets
Climbing into bed on a cold night is much easier if you've had an
electric blanket on but there are things you should do to keep fire
safe.
· If your electric blanket or cord is showing any signs of wear,
have it checked by a competent service person or have it replaced.
Don't take risks.
· Always make sure that your electric blanket is switched off
before getting into bed.
· Never use pins or sharp objects to secure the electric blanket
to the bed and never tuck it in under the bed.
· If the blanket becomes soiled, sponge it lightly and allow to
dry naturally on a flat surface.

Portable LPG Gas Heaters
When using gas heaters take a few moments to consider the following
safety precautions - they may save a life.
· Make sure the ceramic heater element is not broken or chipped
and that the element guard is in place.
· Check to see that the hose is in good condition and doesn't
show any signs of damage or wear.
· If the heater does not light straight away, turn it off and
then try again. Don't let the gas build up before trying to relight
it.
· Always have fresh air coming into the room where a gas heater is in use.

Keep warm and safe this winter.

BLUESKIN MAINLY MUSIC

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From: Jenny O'Neill <harleyoneill@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 13:09:31 +1200
Subject: Article for Blueskin News
By Jenny O'Neill

We continue to have a wonderful group of regulars coming to enjoy a
special time of music, movement, rhyme and play.
It is really neat when you see the little ones grow in confidence and
participation as they learn the songs and actions while getting to use
the various handmade instruments and props we have.
We are currently doing songs that include various 'shapes'; that means
the old favourites of "The wheels on the bus", "Jack in the box" and
of course "Twinkle, twinkle, little star".
With the winter chills and ills approaching all too fast we are going
to have a winter theme at the start of June. We would love you to join
us so if you would like to get out, get moving and warm up while
having special and fun time with your littlies. Pease come along any
Tuesday during school term time.
Each music session is followed by a free hot cuppa and a yummy morning
tea for both the children and caregivers.
All are welcome and you can just turn up on Tuesdays 10am at the
Waitati Hall. The cost is $2 per child or $3 for a family. Any queries
please just hone or text Jenny on 027 378 7258.


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NOTICE: Matariki celebration at Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Orokonui Ecosanctuary will celebrate Matariki at the visitor centre on 5-6 June

5 June, 1pm: story telling, activities, kapa haka performances

4.30pm: live performance

6 June, 1pm: Manu aute (traditional kitemaking) workshop with Lucy
Smith, kapa haka performances

4pm: Native food cooking demonstration with Charles Royal ($60 ticket,
bookings essential, ph 482 1755)

All other events entry by gold coin donation. This celebration is
ratepayer funded through the Dunedin City Council. Photo by NASA/ESA


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EVENT REVIEW: Stone carving workshop

EVENT REVIEW

Stone carving workshop, 7 May, Te Whare Arohanui, Waitati

By Karen Jacquard

On a damp Saturday morning a group of 14 people gathered for a warm
welcome to Te Whare Arohanui to begin a weekend workshop of Oamaru
stone carving run by renowned local sculptor, Moira Crossman.
Assisting with advice, encouragement and technical support were four
other experienced sculptors, Alex Whittaker, John K, Des Wanoa Khufu
and Marcus Wainwright.

For most participants this was our first experience of working with
Oamaru stone, and Moira very quickly had us working on a small block
in order to learn how to use the basic tools and get an impression of
what carving stone feels like.

We then started working on a larger piece for the remaining day and a
half, as did the five sculptors each working on their own piece, which
was fascinating to watch.

I found working with the stone to be absolutely absorbing, and I heard
many others comment about it's addictiveness! At the end we all looked
around in wonder at what we had all achieved – each of us has a
wonderful garden sculpture to be proud of.

I'm sure we all have great memories of wonderful shared food, and
happy cameraderie whilst sawing, chipping, sanding, drilling, and
sanding some more. The workshop, which was partly funded by the DCC,
was incredibly good value and loads of fun.

The sculptures were exhibited in the courtyard at Gallery on Blueskin
during May.

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Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust

By Simon Sheppard

May saw good progress made within two of the umbrella organisations
overseen by the BRCT.
The WEP (Waitati Energy Project) volunteer team and OWL (Our Wind Ltd)
successfully installed the 10 metre test tower at the Porteous Road
site and WOO (Waitati Open Orchards) recently submitted a funding bid
to allow further work to be undertaken on the open orchards front.
We are also pleased to report that $3329 was raised at the
Christchurch Charity Auction after the Dana Lyons Gig in February and
this money has been sent to Project Lyttleton to benefit victims of
the earthquake.
Last month also saw the Trust win a commendation at the DCC Trustpower
Community Awards in the category of Health and Wellbeing; with thanks
to the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board for nominating the Trust. See
more on this on our Facebook page (search for Blueskin Resilient
Communities Trust).
The BRCT has been offered a contract By EECA for some research on
community engagement. However, the Trust was less successful in a bid
to the Community Environment Fund, which was oversubscribed by almost
9 million dollars!
In other news, we bade farewell to our intern Xavier as he heads home
and thanked him for his efforts working with Scott on the many aspects
of the day-to-day running of the Trust.
A great lecture was given by Dr Jim Hansen at Otago University on
climate change and the 350 movement. He placed a lot of emphasis on
the legacy he sees us leaving future generations and gave some
entertaining thoughts on his interactions with policy makers, lots of
good food for thought for the believers and the skeptics. A turnout
of close to 1000 – the biggest on his nationwide tour – illustrated
the extent of both his following in NZ and the interest of the local
community in this topic.

NOTICE: Blueskin Media AGM

[blueskin news logo] [blueskin.co.nz logo]

Blueskin Media

Annual General Meeting

publishers of Blueskin News and the blueskin.co.nz news website

7pm to 8pm, Tuesday 28 June, at Gallery on Blueskin, Harvey St, Waitati

Our meetings are always short and all are welcome to attend, speak and vote.


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NEWS - BRCT Honoured in Community Awards

By the editors

The work of the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust was acknowledged
recently in the Dunedin City Council Trustpower Community Awards.
The BRCT won a Regional Commendation for its initiatives that include
the Waitati Edible Gardeners, Waitati Energy Project, Get the Train
and Blueskin Low Oil Commuting.
It is the first time the BRCT has entered the awards and chair
Lynnaire Johnston says it is gratifying to see the efforts of the
Trust being recognised.
The Trust was nominated by Waikouaiti Coast Community Board chair,
Gerard Collings.

Caption: From left, Trustpower external relations manager, Graeme
Purches; BRCT chair, Lynnaire Johnston; BRCT project manager, Scott
Willis; Dunedin City Mayor, Dave Cull.

Warrington Playcentre report

Hope you've all been enjoying those moments of sunshine and warmth in
amongst the joys of a Dunedin autumn!

We've been enjoying crunching the dry leaves and mostly munching the
wonderful ripe cranberries that grow at our Playcentre. Many children
have been spotted fossicking in the branches – as have the Mums who go
off to create culinary delights such as apple and cranberry pies and
white chocolate and cranberry muffins, ah autumn!

We've also been trying to get our Wild Things Development moving,
helped immensely by Otago Power Services and their woodchips – thank
you so very much! The Garden Club have also very generously made a
donation for us to purchase some plants and we are looking out for
something special to remember them with.

Quite a lot of laying weed-mat and shovelling woodchips is the next
step, as is creating a sturdy pathway through our patch. If you are
doing an autumn clean-up and find you have something that may be
useful (natives, grasses, rocks, stones, wood, logs etc) feel free to
contact us (Lisa 4822 511, Playcentre 027 227 7329) or drop off at the
Playcentre.

Ella and Arlo are celebrating birthdays at the end of May, and Charlie
halfway through June. We all send big happy birthday greetings to you
all and hope you have fabulous celebrations (and as always, lots of
cake!)

As mentioned in last month's edition, we are looking for a special
someone to join us on Wednesdays in a paid position. You must have at
least Course 2 qualifications. Please contact us if interested!

If you are interested in joining us this year we are open Wednesdays
and Fridays 9:15am to 12:15pm, phone the Playcentre 027 227 7329.
Everyone welcome!

Warrington power cut

Caption: Otago Power Services remove fallen branches which pushed
11000 volt main
lines on to local 240 volt lines causing a power cut in Warrington.
Photo by Peter Dowden.


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Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

By Gerard Collings, chairperson, Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

The Board is currently considering setting up an email service to keep
community groups and members of our community informed about meetings,
consultation etc. If you would like to be added to the contact list
please advise either Geraldine Tait or Andy Barratt.

In response to the request from our Board, the Council has agreed to
set up a working party to investigate the proposed scenic route
through our area, Port Chalmers and the Peninsula.

Staff have provided comment on their investigations into the traffic
issues raised by members of the public in the vicinity of Bay and Bank
Road, Warrington. At our 25 May meeting the Board considered
recommendations to upgrade the existing chevron signs to include a
15km/hr advisory speed and a suggestion to restrict parking near the
corner to improve visibility. In addition to the recommendation staff
have programmed for completion by 30 June 2011 improvements to the
water table on Bank Road to resolve existing scouring issues.

The Council is currently consulting on its Draft Revised Development
Policy. Development contributions are charges paid by developers to
meet the increased demand that new properties add to services such as
water and wastewater, roads, reserves and community facilities.
Developments which place additional demand on Council infrastructure
could attract extra charges under the proposed policy. A copy of the
proposed policy is available from the Council and through the
Council's website
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on.
Submissions close 5pm 7 July 2011.

The Council is also currently consulting on its Road Naming Policy
submissions which close 5pm 10 June 2011.
Following our 25 May meeting at Waitati Hall, our next scheduled
meeting will be at 5.30pm 6 July 2011 in the Otaru Room, Civic
Centre, The Octagon, Dunedin. (Access is through the Customer Service
Centre.)
Members of the public wishing to speak at the public forum need to
advise Jane Hinkley, our governance support officer, (phone 474 3374)
before 12 noon on the day prior to the meeting.

Remember you can view the Board's meeting agendas, reports and minutes
at the Blueskin and Waikouaiti Libraries or through the DCC's website
at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/council-minutes

Members of the Board are only too happy to hear (by phone or email)
from members of the community about any issues within our area.

Board Contacts Home Work Mobile email
Gerard Collings (Chairperson), 4657604
4707494 0274848800 gerard.collings@xtra.co.nz
Alasdair Morrison (Deputy), 4822505 4822505 0274354384 info@calmarine.co.nz
Andy Barratt, 021890048 021890048 asbarratt@farmside.co.nz
Andrew Noone 4657157 0274301727 anoone@dcc.govt.nz
Geraldine Tait, 4822517 0212175492 gstait@clear.net.nz
Les Pullar, 4658138 0274358020 lesgwen.pullar@xtra.co.nz
Mark Brown, 4822833 mark@blueskinnurseries.co.nz

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

By Sue Hensley

The kaka team managed to catch seven of 13 kaka – the three chicks
from this year, three of the four from last year and Mr Roto. Of course, he
is rather easy as he is always curious about what his humans are up to. The
older birds all cleverly evaded capture.

Kleopatra, our one-legged aviary bird, has also shown her inventiveness. Kaka
eat nuts with one claw while standing on the other leg. Kleo has found that
she can eat cashews by shoving them into a small space and nibbling off
chunks. Not a bird-brain at all!

Artist in residence Wallace Crossman produced some stunning paintings for
exhibition at the Gallery on Blueskin, beautifully supported by works from a
soft stone workshop recently run by Moira Crossman.

Queen's birthday weekend is all go. Celebrity chef Charles Royal will be
leading an in-depth native foods cooking demonstration including everything
you need to know from garden to pot with tastings on the side. There
is a fantastic opportunity to join a workshop to make a Manu Aute a
traditional kite flown at Matariki. Storytelling and Kapa Haka
will also feature during the weekend. Some fees apply.

The visitor centre and café are open every day 9.30-4.30. All day self-guided
walking, guided tours and annual passes are available. Details for Queen's
Birthday events and June talks are on Facebook and www.orokonui.org.nz

WEP Column

By Scott Willis

New Zealand Energy Strategy
The new New Zealand Energy Strategy, accidentally released by a
government official, should really be called "The Dig for Victory
Economic Policy". While the non-renewable energy industry globally is
suffering badly (in economic terms) in the world recession, and with
the strong economic returns being demonstrated internationally by
clean technology, is the new NZ Energy Strategy what we need?
Dr Eric Martinot, an international energy expert who visited NZ
recently didn't even bother talking to government officials. Virtually
every other country in the world is desperately seeking ways to
develop renewable generation but we seem to be mired in a 19th century
optimism of salvation via fossil fuels.
However it's a question of basic economics – with known upfront costs
and very low ongoing costs (potentially forever) renewable generation
is the path to energy security and economic sustainability. Why gamble
on finite resources in an incredibly unstable market? So, I'm
disappointed that this government hasn't realised the opportunity, or
taken on board the WEP submission and many other submissions made last
year, to develop a path to build energy resilience for New Zealand.
Nevertheless, locally things are much more positive.

Renewable Generation
Alongside new offers of community support (thank you!) there's further
local energy action – LED lighting, energy monitoring tools – things
that the passionate individuals involved intend disseminating once
developed. BRCT is supporting the development of a comprehensive
engagement process and materials, and discussion with the DCC is
underway, with the goal of finding ways in which the city could
facilitate a community owned wind cluster at no cost to ratepayers.
The Powerhouse Wind team continue their fine-tuning of the Thinair
turbine at Hagen and Sabina's place and have a special offer (once
they go commercial) for Blueskin residents wanting to buy their
household scale turbine.
On April 21 Chris Freear of Our Wind Limited delivered a 10 metre
tower and wind testing equipment for the next stage in precise wind
testing at Blueskin Bay. There was a touch-and-go moment in the
journey in Gerry's Series 1 LandRover to the test site, with a stop on
route to allow the engine to cool. We all had real concern that its
cameo in the Zombie movie the next day might be compromised by the
unreasonable work demands we were making of it. Admirably, it
delivered its load safely to the site where the tower was unloaded and
safely stored ready for installation.
To be added to the WEP email newsletter service phone 482 2048 or
email waitatienergy@gmail.com

Sunday, 22 May 2011

NEWS: Power line falls on road at Warrington

Photos by Peter Dowden to follow...

Power line falls on road at Warrington

By Florence Sorrel

At 9.30am on 12 May the power at Warrington was cut off by a branch
blown from a tree at 20 Park Road.

The wind was very strong and trees had been blown down all over
Dunedin cutting out power to various areas of the city.

Volunteer firefighter Sharon Brogan said "When we were told to come
we were really rushed but now we're here we just sit around waiting
[for the electrician]".

"The power will probably be restored by tonight" Sharon said.

One line was down across the intersection of Bank Rd and Park Rd and
fire engines were used to block the street.

Power was returned to the township at 2.30pm.

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WAITATI TOY LIBRARY column

WAITATI TOY LIBRARY

By Frances Baeumer

Waitati Toy Library is open to everyone. There are 6 month and 12
month 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. Our toys cover the age
ranges from birth to 9 years.

We recently received a Lottery Community Grant which enabled us to
replace popular toys as well as introduce new ones. We now have the
following new toys: Spin & Explore Sea Gym, Mega Blocks Pull Along
Pirate Ship, Triang Tri Scooter, Low Rider Go-Kart, Coupe Pushing Car,
Aqua Box, SmartMax Magnetic Discovery Set and 3 Find it Puzzles (123,
ABC and Solar System). We would like to thank the Toy Library
Federation and the Lottery Community Grants Committee for their
wonderful support in helping us provide up to date toys to our
members.

The Toy Library is a member-run organisation with the 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. 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.

Our AGM will be held on Saturday, 18 June, at 4pm in the Waitati Hall
committee room.

The toy library sessions in June are 18th and 20th and closed on
Queen's Birthday. July sessions are July 2, 4, 16 and 18.

- Waitati Toy Library: Phone Frances 482 1991


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Saturday, 21 May 2011

Warrington School writers contribute to Blueskin News

Warrington School writers contribute to Blueskin News

By the editors

From this month senior students and staff from Warrington School will
be contributing articles to Blueskin News.

"Our school target this year is to improve writing skills and we see
contributing to the Blueskin News as a unique way of doing this,"
principal Nathan Parker said.

This month we welcome reporters Regan Burrell, Isaac Francis, Indy
Perry, Florence Sorrel,
Naomi Ashby-Ryan and June Anderson, and poets Miya El-Dessouky and
Florence Sorrel.

Most newspapers append young writers' names with their ages; the
Blueskin News editors have not done this because their writing is as
good as many other contributors and there is no particular need to
single out younger writers.

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Local team goes fourth

Local team goes fourth

By June Anderson

A Warrington School team succeeded in gaining fourth place in the
Otago round of the New Zealand Post Book Awards Quiz.

Miya El Dessouky, Ruby Harris and Florence Sorrel were given special
mention for their amazing effort against some of the larger schools
from Otago. They were the only team to get 10/10 in a round.

"I sat with a big smile on my face to see our team working together,
being excited and having fun," said Brenda Morrison, the teacher who
coached the team.

Warrington School's avid readers are often found huddled in cosy nooks
and sunny corners totally engrossed in their books. Piles of books are
brought into class after the Blueskin Bay Library book car visits.

Pupils are supplied with top quality books suited to their individual
needs and requests from the visiting book car and librarians.

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NEWS: School welcomes student teachers

School welcomes student teachers

By Naomi Ashby-Ryan

Six University of Otago student teachers have had practical experience
inWarrington School's three classrooms for two weeks.

Two student teachers helped in each room. They helped with netball,
topic work on weather, maths and English.

The student teachers also gave helped children to create clay pots
with animals for lids. These creations will be fired in a bonfire
later in the term.

The student teachers were very helpful and will be greatly missed at
Warrington School.

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POETRY

Night is my day

by Miya El-Dessouky

Night is my day,
Morning my night.
My transparent wings,
battered from flight.

When I fall asleep,
I think of when young.
Flying round tree tops,
bathed in darkness.

But when I wake up,
I remember I'm old.
Waiting for the darkness,
to take me!


Morning in Southland

by Florence Sorrel

pylons marching
dominating the landscape
shrouded in mist
sun rising wearily
behind rain clouds
dim, damp, cold, bleak
skeletal figures
tirelessly keeping
the wires aloft.


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BLUESKIN SPORTS: Good sports at Warrington School

BLUESKIN SPORTS

Good sports at Warrington School

By Indy Perry

This term Warrington School students are playing several sports. The
school has entered teams into netball, soccer, and hockey series.

The players of the netball team take turns at different positions.
There are four quarters in a netball game and for every quarter a
couple of players 'sub off' (take a break).

The hockey team practise at school at lunch times.

Everyone enjoys playing sports because they like representing the
school and learning how to play in a team.

They play for the fun and it doesn't matter if they win or lose.


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'Bossy' students help others

'Bossy' students help others

By Isaac Francis

BBOSI (pronounced "bossy", short for Blueskin Bay Open Source
Initiative) based at Warrington School are working on a project to
recycle computers and give them away to those who need one.

Our aim is to spread the knowledge of Open Source software such as
Ubuntu, teach digital independence and recycle computers.

Last week we sent a free computer to a man in Dunedin so he could go
on Gmail to video-chat to his grandchildren in Auckland. It was
awesome that we could give him a computer ready to go, we also gave
him some music applications on the computer.

We have got a lot more computers to give away. If you would like one
come and talk with one of our BBOSI team - Isaac, Shea, Finn, Indy and
Joshua or phone Warrington School on 482 2605.

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SCIENCE: How does rain fall?

SCIENCE

How does rain fall?

There is always water vapour in the air. During the summer there is
more because the temperature is higher.  When there is so much vapour
in the air it only takes a small drop in the temperature to make the
vapour condense and form small droplets of water, so we say the air is
saturated.

So what happens when all these water droplets in a cloud meet a mass
of cooler air? If the air is very moist the droplets cannot evaporate.
Instead they get bigger and bigger as more and more condensation takes
place. Soon, each small droplet has become a drop and it starts to
fall downward, so we have rain.

Regan Burrell (10)


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Friday, 20 May 2011

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARDS (column)

Photo caption: Keita Ross, 1-year-old fruit tree mulcher. Photo by Jason Ross.

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARDS

By Jason Ross

We are getting excited about winter gardening. We had a good meeting
last month, with great discussion about what fruit trees we would like
to see growing in the streets near us and which would suit the four
locations that we have to plant this winter. Planting will be in July.

Before planting more trees though, on 11 June at 10am we are going
around last years' plantings and giving them some love and attention.
They will be re-fertilised, mulched, pruned and re-tied to their
stakes. Some keen folk are oiling their secateurs already! So please
join us, there will be hot drinks and cake along the way at one of our
great WOO patches. Meet at the Orokonui Rd patch, that's down Orokonui
Rd, past the footbridge and on the left. Bring secateurs, gloves,
mulch, compost, newspaper, warm clothes and companion plants for the
trees.

A couple of funding applications have gone in, so fingers crossed that
we can keep running our popular workshops.


In your home garden

Pruning can commence in June for apples and pears, black currants and
gooseberries (stick berry cuttings in the ground to produce new
plants) although I prefer to leave it till the spring side of winter
if possible. Always choose a dry period to avoid the risk of
silverleaf disease. Winter pruning encourages strong growth the
following summer, so is essential for newly planted and establishing
trees. As a rule of thumb reduce the new growth at the ends of
branches that you wish to encourage by a half. Other unwanted growth
crowding the tree is reduced to 1-2cm fruit spurs or cut out if its
too crowded. It is a good time to order fruit trees and pre-dig
planting holes, incorporating lime (for clay soils) and other minerals
if needed along with well rotted compost.

Waitati Open Orchards is a group of keen folk on a mission to plant
fruit trees in public spaces around Waitati for all to enjoy. Email
waitatiopenorchard@gmail.com to join our mailing list or phone Jason
Ross, 4822625.


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BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB column

BLUESKIN GARDEN CLUB

By Lyn Hastie

Our May meeting was enjoyed by 21 members with a meal and get together
at the Tall Poppy, Port Chalmers. Members enjoyed a good old get
together, a delicious meal and a quiz which had us all thinking.
Amazing how much there is to know about gardening - always something
to learn.

We elected our office bearers President Glenys Clements, Vice
President Lyne Carlyle, Secretary Lyn Hastie, Treasurer Marilyn
Richardson, Committee members Lesley Smith, Daphne Henderson, Norma
Dick, Marg Meder and Rowena Park.

We look forward to planning our next year's programme when the
committee meet next week. We meet monthly, usually on the second
Thursday night of the month. However sometimes we go out and about and
during the winter we often have a hands-on making day (or two) on a
Saturday.

Last year some of our activities included a visit to the Ecosanctuary,
a speaker from the Hawksbury Lagoon, plant propagation, flax weaving,
necklace creating, flower arranging, stone pot making, garden visits
and a posh picnic to celebrate the end of the year.

As you see, our activities are many and varied and you don't need to
be a gardener to join us. We are a friendly, welcoming group so if you
would like to meet some folk from the Blueskin Bay area feel free to
join us. You can contact any of the above officers or call Glenys 482
2640 or Lyn 482 2896.

We will be hosting our annual Spring Flower Show on the last weekend
of September. Look in the Blueskin News for what's on each month.

PS: We have a committee meeting on Monday 23rd.

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Thursday, 19 May 2011

Coast Road Retreat and Seacliff Market

by Liz Abbott and Rudie Verhoef

The Coast Road Retreat has been sold as a private residence and we wish
the new owners every happiness in Seacliff.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the retreat, the Art Shed and
the Seacliff Market. The market has gone into hibernation over the
winter and we will reopen in spring at a new location – keep an eye
open in the Blueskin News for the latest update. Liz's artwork and
Rudie's woodwork are available by appointment, ph 027 781 1799.

+64 3 465 7990 or +64 27 7811799
732 Coast Road, Seacliff, RD 1 Waikouaiti, Dunedin 9471

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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

THE BLUESKIN BAYLEAF: Muesli

THE BLUESKIN BAYLEAF

Muesli

By Rowan Holt

Breakfast is a bit of a blur for me most of the time. If it's a day
I'm working, I still have eyes half focused at 6am. Other days I
simply eat the discarded vegemite toast scraps left on the bench, or
found under the high chair. But, I'm trying to make an effort lately.
I can't do a whole bowl of porridge: by the time I get to the end it's
cold and the lumps of brown sugar have gone.

So, lately I've been trying this recipe and it's delicious! I like it
with greek yogurt and sliced banana.

Home made muesli

1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey (Blueskin Honey of course if you can)
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup bran flakes
1/2 sesame seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 - 1 cup dried fruits chopped (raisins. apricots, prunes, figs...)

Heat oven to 150 degrees on fan bake

Put oil, sugar and honey into sauce pan. Heat gently until sugar dissolves.

In a bowl, combine combine all ingredients except fruit.

Pour honey mixture over and mix thoroughly.

Turn into a large oven proof dish and bake for 20 minutes or until
lightly browned. Stir occasionally.

Leave to cool for a few minutes then add dried fruit.

Store in an airtight container.

Get creative. Add whatever you fancy. Try:

almonds and raisins

dried mangos

macadamia nuts

linseed

blueberries

instead of sugar and honey, use passionfruit pulp

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WAIKOUAITI COAST COMMUNITY BOARD column: Rugby World Cup

WAIKOUAITI COAST COMMUNITY BOARD

Rugby World Cup

By Andy Barratt

There is probably no need to remind anyone that the Rugby World Cup is
not far away now. The Dunedin City Council has been busy preparing for
the event for many months now. The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board
has been doing its bit too. A working party has been set up to ensure
that the Cup brings as much benefit as possible to our local area. The
working party recently held a meeting with the DCC Rugby World Cup
team to discuss the event and its potential impact on our communities.

Following the Canterbury earthquake, the original schedule had to be
reorganized, meaning that Dunedin will now host four matches. These
are: England v Argentina (Sept 10); England v Georgia (Sept 18);
England v Romania (Sept 24); Ireland v Italy (Oct 2). The big change
is the presence of England and up to 15,000 team supporters
accompanying them. All matches are in the evening (starting at either
6pm or 8pm).

Needless to say, it is very difficult to predict actual numbers, but
it is certain that a sizeable number of visitors to the city will be
coming from the north, which means that Waikouaiti and Blueskin Bay
will function very much as the northern gateway to the Rugby World
Cup. Work is progressing on setting up an information facility in
Waikouaiti for the duration of the Cup. This will provide us with an
excellent opportunity to "showcase" our area. The Community Board is
considering a local map for visitors with basic information about the
settlements and places of interest.

Arrangements have been made for the Excursion Train to run to and from
Waitati to serve each of the matches, which means that Waitati may
well become something of a "hub" on game days. The Board has asked
that the train run further up the line, perhaps even as far as
Palmerston, but we don't know yet if that is a possibility.

The DCC team expect that most Cup visitors will be accommodated in the
central city, but it is likely that some will look for somewhere to
stay a bit further out. If there is anyone wishing to make
accommodation available for the Cup period, the DCC advise to work
through their recommended booking agency, www.80minutegame.com

The most important message from the DCC team is for local communities
to take the initiative. Such events come our way very rarely and
provide a wonderful opportunity for businesses, groups and
organizations to "do their thing". The day before and the day after
each game are times that may be particularly well suited for putting
on shows and events of all kinds. The DCC will be producing a special
Events Calendar and are keen for as many events as possible to
advertise in it.

So, the challenge is on and it is up to us to make the most of the
opportunity that this event presents. We will certainly be looking for
volunteers to look after the Information Site. Other than that, it is
a case of everyone getting on with the job themselves. Do the local
schools want to "adopt" a second team and perhaps arrange some
competitions? Do sports groups want to run "open" events with an
invitation to visitors to participate? Do local groups and small
enterprises want to put on special market days?

For those considering making the most of this opportunity the official
website for the rugby world cup is www.rugbyworldcup.com. This website
provides event specific information including a guide to the Major
Events Management Act 2007, the act which effectively gives control to
Rugby World Cup Ltd (who are responsible for running the event for the
NZRFU and the IRB) over advertising, associated events, and branding
among other things.

(Andy wrote this article on behalf of both Progress of Waikouaiti Area
(Powa) and the Community Board.)

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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU: Clinic in Waikouaiti

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU

Clinic in Waikouaiti

Waikouaiti Library, Monday 13 June, 2pm-3pm

Our advice is free, helpful and unbiased. It doesn't matter what your
query is about we'll work it through with you and if we can't we will
find you someone who can. Our service is confidential and is an
independent community organisation. Our advice is not influenced by
government or politics. We raise issues with government when it is
clear that policy needs to be changed. You can give us a call at any
time on 471 6166 or 0800 367 222 or visit our website on
www.cab.org.nz.

Our Clinic in Waikouaiti is held at the same time on the first Monday
of each month, except this month: Monday 13 June (the second Monday of
June because the first Monday is a holiday) at the Waikouaiti Library.

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WAITATI FILM SOCIETY: Programme for second half of 2011

WAITATI FILM SOCIETY

Programme for second half of 2011

Waitati Film Society membership only $60 - for 27 nights of entertainment!
Half-year memberships are now available at $35. See drama, comedy,
history or just plain entertainment in a warm, pleasant environment with
convivial company. Membership allows you free entry to Film Society
screenings as well as discounts at Film Festivals and some Dunedin cinemas.

For more information, ring Brigitte 4822 829 or Leonie 4822 508 or visit
our website: www.nzfilmsociety.org.nz/waitati.htm

Tuesday Aug 9

THE STRANGEST DREAM (Canada 2008)

For the Manhattan Project the USA government teamed up scientists with the
aim to build the first atomic bomb. Joseph Rotblat was the only scientist
to leave the Project on moral grounds. He moved on to investigate the
medical uses of radiation, create a peace movement with Bertrand Russell
and become a Nobel Peace Laureate. This film covers the Pugwash Conferences
that he co-founded and which have achieved so much in reducing nuclear
proliferation and defusing tense moments during the Cold War. 89 minutes.

Tuesday Aug 16

ELDER BLOSSOM (Germany 2007)

A poem by Prussian poet Bobrowski pays homage to elderflowers, regarded as
patron saints of houses and children. Yet East Prussia is still a land of
troubled people following the major disruptive social upheavals during and
after WWII. This film by Volker Koepp traces the fate of the still young
generation born in the 1990's who are only familiar with the past through
history books. Their parents and grandparents were forcibly re-settled so
never felt at home, became unemployed and many have succumbed to
alcohol. 89 minutes.

Tuesday Aug 23

THE CENTER (Germany 2003)

This handheld-filmed travelogue wanders over a vast area, more than
2,000Km long, within which many villages and towns consider themselves as
the "Centre of Europe". Polish director Stanislaw Mucha meets and
questions an array of people with many stories, histories and experiences,
but some of them seem far from identifying themselves as Europeans. But who
can define "Europe" and so pinpoint its centre? 85 minutes.

Tuesday Aug 30

THE WOMAN WITH THE 5 ELEPHANTS (Switzerland/Germany 2009(

The title refers to the five great novels of Dostoyevsky, one of the many
Russian authors whose works were famously translated into German by the now
86-year-old Ukranian Svetlana Geier. Her personal past, in a no-man's-land
between Stalin's Russia and Hitler's Germany, and passion for literature,
gave her the drive and language skills for her life's work. The film not
only reviews her work, which encompasses a key period in European history,
but also movingly covers her own survival in politically turbulent
times. 93 minutes.


Tuesday Sept 6

MEMORIES OF MURDER (South Korea 2003(

Unlike its USA counterparts, this thriller from South Korea uses the story
to make an indictment of the politics and society that incubated the
perpetrator of a series of rape-homicides. It would seem that the crimes
remain unsolved because of police sexism and brutality, a culture of
prejudice and suspicion rife during the late-80's military dictatorship of
Chun Doo-hwan. 127 minutes.

Tuesday Sept 13

I DON'T WANT TO BE A MAN / THE OYSTER PRINCESS (Germany 1919)

Two vintage silent films starring Ossi Oswalda - the "German Mary
Pickford" - under director Ernst Lubitsch. In the first, Ossi plays the
tomboy, drinking, smoking and indulging in other blokes' things, unfazed by
the presence of a male guardian charged with cutting her down to size.
44 minutes.

In the second, she is the daughter of an American who buys her a Prussian
prince of her very own. Unfortunately the chosen bridegroom does not
fulfil Daddy's expectations. 60 minutes.

Tuesday Sept 20

COMPANY LIMITED (India 1972)

Satyajit Ray, an old favourite of our Society, returns to our screen with
a typical powerful comment on the corrupt values easily acquired in Indian
society. Shyamal begins as a well motivated marketing manager with
ambitions to become a director of his company. When one consignment of
product is defective, he has to find ways of not losing the vital export
order. His progress is watched by visiting sister-in-law, Tutul, who was
originally jealous of her sister for having married the idealistic Shyamal.
Black and white, 112 minutes.

Tuesday Sept 27

WILDCAT (Germany 1921)

For our second Ernst Lubitsch film, he turns his perceptive cinematic eye
towards the army for this wildly satirical anti-militaristic comedy.
Rischka, the Wildcat, like many women around the fort, is in love with the
handsome Lieutenant Alexis (indeed most children wave flags at him and cry
"Papa"!). But en route to his new outpost, the lieutenant is kidnapped by
a band of rogues. The gang's leader doesn't know that his daughter has
fallen for the captive officer. 81 minutes.

Tuesday Oct 11

BALLAD OF A SOLDIER (USSR 1959)

As a reward for bravery in battle, a young soldier, Alyosha, is allowed
six days leave from the Eastern Front to return home. This film is about
his journey, the devastation of warfare he sees and people he meets. Though
set within the horrors of WWII, it is about love in various forms - love
between a disabled soldier and his wife, a mother's unconditional love for
her child and love between Alyosha and a homeless girl he happens to
meet. 94 minutes.

Tuesday Oct 25

PATU! (New Zeaalnd 1983)

The rugby tour by the South African Springbok team in 1981 divided New
Zealand society like no other issue before it and gave rise to the greatest
civil unrest since the waterfront dispute of 1951. Those who objected to
the acceptance of a team from a country governed by a minority on the basis
of racial apartheid were match against those who, perhaps naively, objected
to sport being tainted by politics. Large numbers of news cameramen,
filmmakers and photographers recorded the ugly confrontations and from
their contributions Merata Mita edited this compilation. (Note: This is the
full version before she re-cut it for international audiences.) 113 minutes.

Tuesday Nov 8

ERNST LUBITSCH IN BERLIN (Germany 2006)

Having screened two of Lubitsch's films this season, we are now going to
be treated to an analysis of his life's work. Despite the director's death
in 1947, Robert Fischer was able to assemble this visual biography through
interviews with both Ernst's daughter and granddaughter as well as calling
upon personal anecdotal stories from friends and contemporaries, facts from
historians and historical documents, all illustrated by clips from 20 of
his films. 110 minutes.

Tuesday Nov 22

CAREFUL WITH THOSE KIDS (New Zealand Shorts)

Recent New Zealand short films on Kiwi kids who get up to no good in
amusing and disturbing ways. Careful with That Axe (Jason Stutter); Little
Angel (Suzi J Featherstone); Licked (Dan Salmon); The Winter Boy (Rachel
House); Roof Rattling (James Blick); Careful with That Power Tool (Jason
Stutter); The Six Dollar Fifty Man (Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland);
Careful with That Crossbow (Jason Stutter). 68 minutes.

Tuesday Dec 6

STATE AND MAIN (USA 2000)

This is a really funny spoof on the fantasy nature of film town Hollywood,
a place seemingly divorced from the real world. A film crew takes over a
rural town in Vermont to make a period feature called The Old Mill, only to
find that the mill, illustrated in the local brochure, had in fact been
burned down some 50 years previously. Writer/director David Mamet
amusingly explains the success of the movie industry in the US - a country
where everybody is full of fantasies and reality comes a poor second.
102 minutes.

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Monday, 16 May 2011

Notes from the president

As Blueskin Media approaches another "end of year" with our AGM coming
up, it is time to acknowledge a few of those who have helped us over
the past months (a fraught process; there's the danger of leaving
someone out, for which I give extra special thanks and apologies to
whoever you are).

A very big thank-you to my fellow co-editors Craig Marshall, Laurence
Hay, Lynnaire Johnston and Rosemary Penwarden. It is great to have
such a big team involved, which helps prevent any one of us getting
burned out.

Our treasurer, Coleen Hastie, keeps us focussed and maintains friendly
relations with our advertisers.

Our contributors who send in columns and articles keep our newsletter
(and our community) lively.

Our distribution team of Bev Lyon, Brent Bell, Heather Bell and Kelvin
Lyon and our printers at the Hamraki Rag do their best to get it all
out there on time.

Our donors, dropping off donations at Blueskin General Store and
Blueskin Bay Library, and those advertisers who regularly 'round up'
their bill payments, have helped us provide a whopping total of
$2,770.00 worth of free advertising to charitable community groups in
the past financial year.

Our readers and community are important too. You can help by coming
along to our AGM: get involved or just ask awkward questions to hold
us accountable.

I have been in Blueskin News the longest of our team and I'm moving
aside now to let newer members take over. I'd like to be thought of as
'outgoing' rather than 'retiring'. It remains for me to thank my
former team-mates Michael Hurley, Polly Higham, Louise Booth and
Louise Burnside: Blueskin News is still benefiting from their past
efforts.

Peter Dowden
president/co-editor
Blueskin Media

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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
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Sunday, 1 May 2011

Coast Rd Market closes down

The final Coast Rd Market at the former Seacliff Catholic church
grounds, which have just been sold. Market organisers Rudie Verhoef
and Liz Abbot said they are seeking a new venue in the Blueskin Bay
area and hope to reopen in the Spring. Photo: Peter Dowden