Friday, 24 June 2011

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

by Sue Hensley

Matariki events were popular and it was great to see lots of families at
Orokonui over the weekend, and many Bay people at the café for the inaugural
Sunset Rhythms. Stay tuned for the next one.

It's official – our fence leaks mice. One vulnerable point is the culverts.
Unfortunately there are 51 of these. The concreting and sealing of
the culverts will be time consuming and costly and will be done over
the next 6 to
12 months.

The most recent tracking tunnel round has mice tracking at quite a modest 5%
but the really good news is that rats are back to undetectable levels.

Biodiversity inside the fence is looking good. Robin pairs can now be
regularly found along with some saddlebacks, and kiwi sign is widespread up
at the top of the valley

The aviary is filling up with two suitors for our kaka Kleopatra to choose
from, two juvenile kaka in the other side ready for release this month from
the Invercargill Queens Park aviary, and subsequently another four for a
spring release.

Mr Roto is moving around the reserve and we have been sent some lovely
photos of visitors' close encounters with him.

CAFÉ HOURS CHANGE. The café is now open 10 – 4. The Visitor Centre remains
9.30-4.30. All day self-guided walking, guided tours and annual passes are
available. Keep up to date with events on Facebook and www.orokonui.org.nz.

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Thursday, 23 June 2011

BLUESKIN RESILIENT COMMUNITIES TRUST

by Scott Willis

Firstly, a clarification regarding an article on the Blueskin
Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) in last month's issue ('BRCT
honoured in community awards'). BRCT provides an umbrella service and
assistance at the request of several sustainability initiatives in
Blueskin Bay, and, in fact, emerged to fill this need rather than
being the originator of these initiatives. However, BRCT is much more
hands-on in the energy sphere and the Waitati Energy Project, as this
initiative is seen as providing a vehicle that will over time help
build up community resilience and assist other projects. BRCT seeks to
enhance existing creativity and passion and ensure that initiatives
can thrive and enrich our community.

In late May BRCT was invited to a DCC-organised 'Community Builders
Hui'. More than anything this was a wonderful occasion to meet other
community groups around Dunedin, and what was clear to all present was
the incredible value of local media. As such it was a timely reminder
of how important our noteworthy Blueskin News is, not only for us but
also for effectively projecting Blueskin dynamism beyond our
communities.

June was a very full month for the BRCT, mainly around organising the
'Democratising Energy' Hui at Karitane. Kati Huirapa Runaka were
generous hosts for the hui, providing a wonderful mihi/welcome when
visitors arrived at the marae, and ensuring success by helping out
with all the IT needs, etc. BRCT is excited by our strengthening
relationship with the runaka, and with our ongoing relationship with
the Hikurangi Foundation that enabled the hui (see the WEP column for
details).

BRCT (in mid June) is awaiting the results of funding applications in
support of two initiatives: Waitati Energy Project (Blueskin Power)
and Waitati Open Orchards, and of course most groups supported by BRCT
have been busy in June, with mulching, pruning and feasting and
dancing by WOO, WEP's hui, and Get-the-Train's ongoing lobbying via
submissions for a local passenger rail service.

Established in 2008, BRCT aims to assist groups and individuals in
Blueskin Bay to address the opportunities and vulnerabilities
associated with climate change and 'peak oil'. The trust's main
community action is energy, and we provide umbrella services to
Waitati Edible Gardeners, Get-The-Train, and Blueskin Low Oil
Commuting. BRCT trustees and officers are Lynnaire Johnston, Antony
Deaker, Simon Sheppard, Ross Johnston, Tony Wilson and Gerry
Carrington, and Jeanette Fitzsimons is the trust's patron. See the
notice this month for information on the BRCT's annual general meeting
in July.

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Do you loathe the idea of the Rugby World Cup?

by Geraldine Tait

You are not alone. A wonderful local antidote to rugby (and to try to
compensate for all that extra carbon in the atmosphere) has been
planned. On Sunday 25 September approximately 5,000 native plants will
be planted by volunteers, both local and from town, at the DoC reserve
beside the Waitati River, below the Orokonui Ecosanctuary. This will
be a fun day where lots of cool people will be giving back to the
environment and be helping to enhance our backyard. Make sure you're
part of the action. We promise not to mention rugby scores all day.
More information will available closer to the time.

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Who Stole the Rooster Plate?

by Geraldine Tait

Who Stole the Rooster Plate? is the latest title in the murder mystery
series written by the famous local author G.S. Potato. In this book
the intrepid private investigator Sue Dunnit is drawn into a circle of
intrigue and danger when she is asked to solve the mystery of the
missing plate. During the Woo Ball, the social event of the year in
the trendy little village of Whytaty, a very valuable antique plate is
stolen from the supper table. The village people are stunned and
shocked by this terrible crime and there is a great deal of
speculation as to who the thief might be. The plate has a very
distinctive pattern of roosters around the rim so anyone who owns
poultry is, of course, under suspicion. Gossip and unkind accusations
are rife in the village, which makes Sue Dunnit's job very difficult.
Sue has to go undercover to spy on the local population for clues as
to who took the plate. She drives around the village in a large green
tractor with an old brown hat pulled down over her eyes. She wears a
dreadlock wig, smokes weed and watches the shop from the bus stop
across the road. She joins the local volunteer fire brigade hoping
that, on practice night, someone will reveal information about the
whereabouts of the plate. She joins the local library and borrows a
book about solar-powered bicycles. But it's not until she attends a
screening at the local film society that the terrible truth of the
missing plate is revealed, and Sue only just survives a close
encounter with a long and depressing German film. To order your copy
of this Potato blockbuster (be in early before it hits the bookshop
shelves) phone 4822 517. Reviewed by Penny Hennie.

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Blueskin Media AGM: 7-8pm, Tuesday 28 June, Gallery on Blueskin

Hello everyone/kiaora tatou,

A friendly reminder of the Blueskin Media AGM: 7-8pm, Tuesday 28 June,
Gallery on Blueskin.

By long-standing tradition, all members of the Blueskin Bay community
are allowed to attend, speak and vote at Blueskin Media meetings Our
meetings are notoriously friendly, efficient and brief.

Please come along. You can volunteer to get involved, or ask awkward
questions, or simply observe to hold us accountable to our community.

Before you come, please read the Minutes; they are at the foot of this
message. A Financial Report will follow by email. Minutes and reports
will not be read out at the meeting.

The AGM Agenda are below (plural verb included for Latin scholars' benefit).

Peter Dowden
president/co-editor
Blueskin Media

Agenda:

Welcome and Apologies

Approval of Draft Minutes, 2010 AGM (please read these before you come
to the meeting; they are at the foot of this message. Minutes will not
be read out at the meeting.)

Election of Office Bearers:

- President (The President has indicated an intention to retire.)

- Treasurer

- Secretary

- Committee/editorial team

Approval of Financial Report (please read these before you come to the
meeting; it will follow by email and will not be read out at the
meeting.)

Possible donation to a local community group: (this is included in the
Agenda because it has become somewhat a tradition, but the AGM may or
may not elect to make one this year)

Matters Arising from 2010 Minutes:

- Legal status for Blueskin Media

- District phone directory

- 'Blueskin Bayleaf' Recipe book

- Reporting of Community Board matters

General Business

- Web hosting, website, email issues

- Schoolpupils' reporting

- Any Other Business

OLD MINUTES

Draft Minutes

Annual General Meeting of Blueskin Media

9 May 2010, 7:30 pm

Gallery on Blueskin, Waitati

Present: Louise Booth, Polly Higham, Therése Hailes, Craig Marshall,
Peter Dowden, Lawrence Hay, Geraldine Tait, Ed Higby, Nicky Clarke,
Louise Burnside, Lynnaire Johnston, Alasdair Morrison, Rosemary
Penwarden

Apologies: Colleen Hastie, Gerry Thompson (late), Chris Skellett

Election of Office Bearers

President:

Peter Dowden: nominated by Louise Booth, seconded by Therése Hailes

Louise Booth indicated she was more than happy relinquish this
position and Peter was elected unanimously

Secretary:

Therése Hailes and Lawrence Hay were nominated to share this position
and to ensure there was always someone at each meeting.

The Secretaries job is to record minutes at meetings and to distribute
these, and to deal with non financial correspondence.

Treasurer:

After discussion Colleen Hastie was nominated and elected to this
position subject to her acceptance.

The Treasurer's role is to maintain a two-monthly billing cycle to
each of the paying advertisers, to record payments both inward and
out, to keep a record of donations and payments, and to maintain a
simple set of books that record transactions and balances. Recycled
envelopes were noted as an effective way of recycling and reducing
costs.

Each issue brings in about $340 of revenue and costs an average of
about $310 to produce. Other costs included web hosting and domain
name rentals., along with other sundry costs.

The accounts are not audited by verified (but see below).

Committee:

Louise Burnside, Lynnaire Johnston, Louise Booth, Craig Marshall, Nicky Clarke

Outgoing Treasurer

Polly Higham presented her final Treasurer's report. Revenue for the
year was $3723.5 and costs $3549.67 leaving a surplus of $173.85 for
the year. Our bank balance on April 1st 2009 was $2440.77 and March 31
2010 was $2614.60.

The accounts were verified this year by Frank Stent of Target
Accounting. He noted in his report that Blueskin Media should consider
becoming an Incorporated Society to provide a legal structure for the
group's activities and to limit liability in the event of some kind of
legal action.

General Business

Legal status for Blueskin Media

It was resolved that Geraldine Tait and Alasdair Morrison would
investigate the possibility of Blueskin Media becoming an Incorporated
Society or Charitable Trust, and would report their findings to the
committee.

District phone directory

It was noted that the Waitati School had produced a district phone
directory but this was now about 10 years old and therefore out of
date. It was resolved that Blueskin Media would investigate producing
another such phone directory including addresses in Blueskin Bay,
Warrington, Evansdale, and Seacliff. It was possible this might be
produced by a combination of advertising revenue and sales of the
directory. Alternatively, it was possible that funds from the
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board might be prepared to fund such a
directory allowing it to be distributed free of charge.

Peter Dowden, Nicky Clarke, Geraldine Tait and Therése Hailes to
investigate further and report to the Committee

Collection of recipes from The Blueskin Bayleaf

Peter Dowden and Lynnaire Johnston will investigate collecting
together recipes from The Blueskin Bayleaf and producing these in some
form. It is possible that the WEGies might be interested in assisting
this process.

Donation to Blueskin FM

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

Moved Peter Dowden, seconded by Louise Booth

Editorial matters

There was discussion as to how we might include more information from
the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board. Alasdair Morrison noted that
they have a 6 week meeting cycle which does not fit tidily into our
monthly publishing cycle. However, we will continue to include
relevant items from the Board's meetings.

Peter Dowden noted it was the policy of Blueskin Media to publish the
views of the community rather than to publish items written by
'reporters'. This approach has been successful for the most part and
will be continued with.

Presentation to Polly Higham

A small gift was presented to Polly Higham as a token of Blueskin
Media's appreciation of all her work over the years, along with thanks
by acclamation. Polly is the longest serving member of Blueskin Media
and was instrumental in dealing with a serious financial squeeze some
years ago, and has much to do with the very satisfactory current
financial state of the organisation.

Meeting closed at 8:45 pm. It was noted that this broke the record as
Blueskin Media's longest-ever meeting (1 hour, 15 minutes).

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Table Cloth Amnesty

by Geraldine Tait

My gorgeous tablecloths are missing presumably accidentally taken (or
stolen) from Waitati Hall, after a "Bit of a Do" events over the last
few years. Colours: green, red or dark purple, shiny synthetic
material. I bought about 18 cloths for use at community social events
now I have only about 10. Do you know where they are? Any person with
information leading to the return of my tablecloths will receive a
reward of a chocolate fish. Phone 4822 517.


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Gate-keeper Wanted

by Geraldine Tait

The gates at the Warrington Domain have been locked to prevent further
damage to the grass surface caused by idiots driving round and round
it. This is not very welcoming to visitors and ideally the area would
be open during daylight hours. So volunteers are needed to lock and
unlock the gates at the beginning and end of each day. If you are
willing to be on a roster to cover the winter months, please give me a
call, Geraldine 4822 517.


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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Rumours of Otters - a true story of local wildlife.

By Beckford

What was this fast, sleek creature in the tidal mouth of the Waitati
Stream? It was a morning in April when we first saw it, this vicious
submersible ferret munching through a shoal of mullet. Having to drive
off to work with the matter unresolved was frustrating.

We kept an eye on the estuary every morning after that, but all we saw
were the usual tell-tale ripples of fish, the gentle wakes of the two
paradise duck couples which frequent the estuary. Swimming about
blissfully unaware of the recent underwater peril, they were mere
silhouettes in the blaze of sun reflecting off the water.

Then it came again after a few days, frightening the ducks into the
air, setting the shoal of mullet into a frenzy. Leaving a torpedo's
wake as it moved upstream, zigging and zagging to feed on the mullet,
its head would rise partly from the water every time it caught one.
From our distance on the hillside it was black and glossy and seemed
to be about otter size. My first photographs of it, taken from up on
View Street, were reminiscent of those famous photographs of the Loch
Ness monster which always perpetuated the mystery rather than solve
it, since they were blurred, too distant and ambiguous. We were at
risk of starting rumours of otters, so Anita and I waited until I
could get conclusive photographs.

At the grassy bank, at last the critter came up head and sleek
non-shoulders from the water; there were no little arms, no clutching
claws. Alas, no otter this, but a seal pup. Still, a seal pup up a
river was fascinating enough in itself. Naturally we decided it was an
orphan, or why else has it resorted to the easy kill of river-trapped
fish, and all alone? We devised a scenario for the loss of its mother:
a set net perhaps, or a shark, or both.

When my daughter Briar was home for a weekend many days later, it
appeared again. Anita and I had told her stories about the seal
orphan, but at last she could see for herself. It was a Sunday
morning, so I didn't have to rush off to work. The gleaming water made
watching hard on the eyes; but we watched delighted. I rushed for the
camera. The seal pup was splashing over the gravel at the ford and
then sliding into the pool upstream of the ford, into fresh water. The
tide was about half, and outgoing. The zoom lens on my camera was not
up to it. We told Katydog to stay home and bounded down a grassy
track, over other people's fences, over the reserve gate which won't
open anymore, past the willows, around the puddles, through the
browning thistles.

By the time we got to the banks there was no sign of it. It was not in
the pools above the tide, there was no sign of it in the lower tidal
reaches; but we waited in silence for what seemed a long time, mostly
focussing on the upstream of willows, broken and bowing, the morning
sun like fire on the ripple and flow of the stream. Nothing. I checked
my camera was ready; kept it on standby. Katydog came rustling through
the tall grass and thistles, panting with glee because she had found
us. We didn't really want her there. She could frighten a seal with
that megaphone bark of hers.

"Shh, Katy. Sit. Quiet."

Briar whispered, "There it is."

"Yeah."

"Ssshhh."

As it swam almost silently past, easily on the downstream flow, I
raised the camera. Briar was in awe. So was I. A hush came over us.
Even Katydog was in awed silence; most unlike her.

If the seal pup saw us it was not concerned. It glided past without
feck or fright. I snapped pictures. Somehow the camera became a
cumbersome nuisance. It stopped me from really seeing. I wanted this
moment for itself. Therefore I took fewer pictures than I might have.
The little lost seal glided by soundlessly and effortlessly. Its eyes,
darkest brown-black, were surprisingly opaque. It continued downstream
and back into the estuary and away.

Katydog, still unusually silenced, glided smoothly into the water. She
swam out into the pool which the seal had not long left, and looked
back as if to say, "So? Big deal. I can swim like a seal". And so she
could - almost.

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WAIKOUAITI COAST COMMUNITY BOARD

by Gerard Collings, Chairperson

As a result of the high wind in early May, contractors have been
engaged to fell and remove unsafe trees from the Warrington Reserve.
The timber has been sold to assist in meeting the cost of the work
involved. Please respect all warning signage and barriers. It is
timely to remind all that clear signage was installed earlier this
year stating that no vegetation is to be removed from the reserve at
all; this includes pine cones and small bits of timber. Unfortunately,
due to past abuses, we are forced to adhere to the bylaw strictly.
Approval for the removal of any material must be obtained from
Community and Recreation Services staff.

Dunedin City Council consultation on playground upgrades in our area
is scheduled to commence in July of this year. The community board
currently considers the Karitane foreshore playground our top
priority. We encourage members of our community and community groups
to actively participate in the process.

As previously advised the city council is currently consulting on
their Draft Revised Development Policy. Development contributions are
charges paid by developers (including single subdivisions) to meet the
increased demand that new properties add to services such as water and
wastewater, roads, reserves and community facilities. The board is
concerned about the draft policy and the potential effect it may have
on the potential for development in our area. A copy of the proposed
policy is available from the DCC and through the council's website
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on
Submissions close at 5pm on 7 July 2011.

The board is currently setting up a contact list 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 accordingly.

Following our 6 July meeting at the Civic Centre, Dunedin, the next
scheduled meeting of the community board will be at 5.30pm, 17 August
2011, in the East Otago Events Centre, Main Road, Waikouaiti. 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


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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

PURAKANUI SCHOOL

by Bridget Davidson

We are loving our 'imagination' theme for the term. We are all writing
non-stop and some of us have almost completed junior novels. This ties
in well with our recent review of the English curriculum and our
excellent National Standards results in reading, writing, listening
and maths, where 85% of our results are at Stanine 5 or above,
compared with 60% nationally.

We were all fully involved with the Fair Trade photo shoot. Thanks to
Jinty McTavish for her support of this. The photo is published on the
www.fairtradetowns.org international website under Join the Party to
celebrate Dunedin's status as a Fair Trade town. This links to our
learning about fair working conditions.

The junior gymnastics festival at Waikouaiti was very successful. We
also enjoyed the loan and use of the new playground stencils from
Sport Otago. The children are already playing on the newly-painted
games.

Little Cockles and Pipis Playgroups continue to grow and a warm
invitation is issued for anyone to join us in the school library for
these sessions. Little Cockles is for 4-year-olds and runs
9:00-10:30am on Mondays with Mrs Allen. The Pipis Playgroup is on
Thursdays for 0-3-year-olds – contact Kathryn Dixon on 482 1800.

Our Naseby Winter Camp for the whole school is coming up 5-7 July,
linking to our term 3 'sports' theme. Planned activities include
ice-skating, curling and walks.

Don't forget to check out our website: www.purakanui.school.nz

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OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY: Perimeter Trapping

by Michael Fay. Volunteer perimeter trapping co-ordinator

In November 2010 staff and volunteers at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary
began trapping around the outside of the perimeter fence. There are
263 traps -- 88 each for rats and mice in the fence hood, and 87 DoC
200 traps aimed primarily at the three species of mustelids: ferrets,
stoats and weasels. The purpose of this trapping is threefold: to
reduce pressure on the fence, to create a relatively safe buffer zone
for those birds that insist on going beyond the fence, and as the
first step towards creating a safer environment for all of our endemic
biota across the entire Waitati area.

So far we have caught over 250 pests: mice, rats, rabbits, hedgehogs,
ferrets, stoats and weasels. In New Zealand the weasel population is
considered to be relatively thinly spread with trapping yielding a
ratio of stoats to weasels of 20:1, but it is recorded that there can
be weasel hotspots. The ecosanctuary boundary has turned out to be
one of these, with a very high number of weasels being caught relative
to the two other mustelids -- 35 weasels compared with nine ferrets
and four stoats. If the national ratio had been maintained we would
have caught 700 stoats, a host of Pied Piper proportions which
thankfully we don't have.

Why so many weasels?

a) The density of a predator species is determined by the density of
prey; as prey becomes abundant the number of predators will increase.
For some species this increase will be due to more predators moving
into the area but the weasel is a short-lived species with 75% to 90%
of trapped individuals being less than 12 months old. Consequently,
infant production and survival is the most important mechanism for a
population explosion: bigger and multiple litters, a higher proportion
surviving to weening, and precocious mating by members of the first
litter of that season. In New Zealand the house mouse (gone feral) is
the weasel's main prey, and it is easy to appreciate that one or two
seasons when the mouse population expands will lead to a lot of
weasels.

b) The standard DoC 200 trap is set off by a static pressure of around
100-120 grams but our traps have been modified so that they go off at
around half this level. Since a female weasel weighs between 50-60
grams (they are really tiny) and a male twice this, it is very likely
that we are catching far more of any weasels that are around than is
the case with other trapping operations. There are a couple of bits
of evidence to support this view. Firstly, in a DoC trap an animal
has to cross a sprung plate to get to the bait, and the bigger animals
tend to be killed before they are very far on to the sprung plate --
the killing bar hits them on the neck. Weasels (and rats) often make
it much further across the plate before the killing bar is activated,
crushing them in three or four places. Waffled weasel anyone?
Secondly it is reported that the majority of weasels caught are males,
that is animals that would have weighed in excess of 100 grams. Being
neither a trapping expert nor a mustelid expert I did not appreciate
how unusual our catch was and consequently did not record sex or size
but I have a very strong impression that many of the weasels we caught
were small and would have weighed less than 60 grams. They were so
small that a first glance the trappers often thought that there was
nothing in the trap.

c) The ecosanctuary boundary can be divided up on the basis of the
type of vegetation, e.g. cattle pasture, bush, scrub. There is a 1200
metre section along the western boundary where the ecosanctuary is
bounded by Cedar Creek Road (a 'paper' road under the power line), and
beyond that the Dons Creek sub-division. Much of this area has a
wide band of long and rank grass that provides a perfect environment
for mice and weasels; they can both scurry about unseen in what are
effectively tunnels under the matted grass. This stretch of fence
comprises 14% of the total ecosanctuary boundary but has yielded 43%
of the weasel catch and 37% of the mouse catch. It was weasel heaven
before we came along.
My guess is that a set of circumstances have combined to create a very
unusual situation. Now we have to get on top of the mice.

AND FINALLY - if you have access to dead rabbits or possums we would
really appreciate having them for bait.

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WARRINGTON INDOOR BOWLING CLUB

by Cliff and Ruth Porteous

The Warrington Indoor Bowling Club held its Reunion Fours Tournament
in the Waitati Hall on Saturday 11 June. This annual event, which
began in 2007 when the club celebrated its 50th jubilee, is a very
social tournament with a lot of hilarity and good banter going on.
Entries were down a little on previous years but the 10 teams which
entered appeared to be having an enjoyable afternoon.

The teams ranged from players who are still playing to those who had
never played before and those in between -- that is people who have
played for a number of years but are no longer playing. Players came
from our own eastern districts, Dunedin and Taieri. Four games were
played by each team with 10 points for winning a game, 5 points if the
game was drawn, and 1 point for each end won.

The winner of the event was the team skipped by Telford Kinaston from
Dunback with 47 points. Second place was taken by Bob Wright and his
team from Dunedin with 45 points, and in third place was Bob
Crawford's team from Taieri with 44 points.

The club would like to thank all those who participated in the
tournament and those businesses which supported us – Mainland Poultry,
Marlow's Pies, Edinburgh Reality, Waikouaiti Engineering and Auto, and
Astonville Nurseries.

Our club continues to meet in the Warrington Hall each Tuesday evening
from 7.30pm. New members are always welcome and coaching is provided.

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WARRINGTON SCHOOL PONY CLUB column

PHOTO: Madison Lobb rides Stephanie Pinker, carefully watched by horse
whisperer Ruby Harris.

WARRINGTON SCHOOL PONY CLUB

by Naomi Ashby-Ryan and Ruby Harris

Pony club on a Friday lunchtime is a new favourite activity with the
little kids at Warrington School. Each Friday we meet up and do
activities about horses with a game or a walk. Last week we brought a
saddle, bridles and brushes to show and explain their uses and names.
Some kids complain about how they want to stay longer when it ends
each week! It's a great way to learn about horses and ponies without
having to own one.

POETRY

POETRY

Clouds

by Regan Burrell

Clouds

Relaxing in damp

Dry cotton ball.

Blackish, dark,

towering,

cotton wool.

Banging

to make

Thunderstorm.

My red dashed tear drops

by Miya El-Dessouky


My red dashed tear drops,

Staining the wooden floor.

Questions from the past,

Come back before.

The memories that are pierced,

Are slashing in my head.

The answers come from the future,

And in the letter that I read.

So my mind is still unanswered,

My patience gone before,

My sanity that I'm holding,

Is falling on the floor.

SCIENCE REPORT: Why do we eat sweets?

SCIENCE REPORT

Why do we eat sweets?

By Regan Burrell

We eat sweets because they are very nice and tasty to eat. Sweets are
very good treats. I think that sweets have too much sugar in them.
Sugar comes from sugar canes. Sugar cane only grows in tropical
countries such as Fiji, Australia, Central and South America, Africa,
India, Pakistan and Southeast Asia.There are many different kinds of
sugar, including molasses, treacle, golden syrup, demerara sugar,
brown sugar and white sugar.

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WARRINGTON SCHOOL SPORTS column

WARRINGTON SCHOOL SPORTS

By Indy Perry and Joshua Carbines

The Year 7 and 8 Warrington/Waitati Netball Team are still on their
winning streak losing only two games so far. Their bright spirits
lighten up the game along with their great ball skills and enthusiasm
for the sport.

The Warrington Wasps hockey team are standing tall in all their
matches. The young team are improving fast, thanks to the dedication
of the coaches Polly Higham and Wendy Russell . "They are strong and
competitive with a brilliant goalie" said Mrs Russell.

The year 3 to 6 Warrington Wizards turn up every game "beaming from
ear to ear," their teacher says. "They show their bright spirits and
have fun whenever they play." The team plays other teams made up of
year 5 to 6 students and really step up to compete against some older
and bigger players. With lots of support from the parents the
Warrington Wizards are setting a proud example of good sports.


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Computers for Papua New Guinea

by Isaac Francis and Shea Abbott

The Blueskin Bay Open Source Initiative group are working on a new
project to give ten computers to a school in Papua New Guinea.

This is a collaboration between Warrington students and Presbyterian
Support Dunedin.

The remote coastal school Gavuone has approximately 600 students
between the ages of 7 to 14. They have about 40 - 50 students in a
class to one teacher. Students in the school have no access to
computers and children do not have or own a computer because of
financial difficulties.

"Your gift will mean a lot to them," says Limu Vagi, from Gavuone.
"Teachers also do not have access to computers. Resources and
materials are lacking. While you sit on chairs and have tables most of
our children sit on the sand to learn."

Monday, 20 June 2011

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARDS (column)

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARDS

By Jason Ross

Thanks to all who came to maintain last year's tree plantings. Despite a
gloomy weather forecast the day turned out great for our re-fertilising and
mulching and for a delicious picnic. No use being put off by weather
forecasts at this time of year, with limited daylight hours we must plough
on!

PLANTING DAY: 23 July at 10am

Please join us for planting of more fantastic fruiting trees, again there
will be hot drinks and creative fruity cakes along the way at one of our
great WOO patches. *Meet North Brown St*, (that's off Pitt St). Bring:
spades, grubbers, secateurs, gloves, mulch, compost, newspaper and warm
clothes.

In the home garden it's time to plant fruit trees and shrubs and get on with
pruning apples and pears, black currants and gooseberries. Leave pruning of
stone fruit (including plums) till August. Always choose a dry period to
avoid the risk of silverleaf disease. See last Blueskin News for pruning
notes.

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, 482 2625.


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BLUESKIN YOUTH CENTRE ASSOCIATION column

BLUESKIN YOUTH CENTRE ASSOCIATION

By Paul Sirota

The Blueskin Youth Centre Association (BYCA) serves the Blueskin Bay
community with a focus on providing services and amenities to the
youth and families of the area. Our catchment is essentially the
watershed for the Bay, which includes the townships of Waitati,
Warrington and environs. Recently, the BYCA has attracted funding to
produce a feasibility study for a project that is based on community
need here in Blueskin Bay. Hence, we require that some impartial
consultation is conducted with stakeholder groups within our community
so as to assess current and future needs. The work requirement will
essentially identify some common needs and produce a feasibility study
for a project which most effectively meets some of these needs. We are
in the process of engaging an independent consultancy to carry out
this work in the interest of impartiality and to try and maximise
community participation and endorsement.

If you belong to an association, club or group, etc. in Blueskin Bay,
the consultancy is likely to be in touch with a spokesperson for your
group in the next month or so. We are endeavoring to identify as many
stakeholders as possible to provide a list of contacts to the
consultants. We are compiling this list so that recommendations from
the consultation will be distilled from the greatest cross-section of
the community possible (..and to save some money by doing some of the
initial footwork for them). So, we are inviting you to put your
thinking caps on and come up with ideas for an amenity or service that
you believe would benefit our community. If you don't belong to some
type of group or association within the community and still want to
have your idea heard, then maybe leave your suggestion down at the
library with Louise.

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Long Beach Amenities Society raffle results

Long Beach Amenities Society raffle results

Easter Raffle: 1. Wendy Adamson; 2. Joe Cecchi; 3. Betty Melville; 4.
Maria Blok.

Mothers Day Raffle: Margaret Smith

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