Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

By Sue Hensley

The extreme weather and snow of the past month has affected us all. It
has driven the bellbirds, tui and silvereyes to the sugar water
feeders, amusing us all with their songs, squabbles and chases. And
like the antidote to invisible ink the snow made kiwi footprints
appear on many of the top tracks.

We hope the snow has also affected the mouse population – downwards.
More monitoring tracks in areas of high mouse density have been cut in
an effort to contain numbers.

Snow too has affected preparations for Sirocco's visit. Field staff,
volunteers and builders have all been working under tight time
constraints as well as wicked weather to complete the kakapo's living
and display pens. Special mention is due to the team leadership skills
of track ranger Craig Leach who is never deterred whatever the
weather.

Sirocco takes off from his home on Maud Island (Marlborough Sounds)
and flies in to Orokonui on September 1, making his first public
appearance on the 3rd. He is one of only 131 kakapo which now survive
only on restricted access offshore islands. This is an amazing
opportunity to observe one of these rare and extremely unusual birds
close up.

News and events such as night tours, Sirocco tours, mini film
festivals and social/ band evenings can be found on
www.orokonui.org.nz and the Orokonui facebook page.
The Visitor Centre is open daily 9.30 – 4.30 (cafe 10 – 4).

BLUESKIN BAY LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT UPDATE

A Progress Report from Stuart Strachan, Chair, Blueskin Bay Library Redevelopment Trust

 

Since the very successful launch of the Redevelopment Trust at the Orokonui Eco-sanctuary on June 10, the fundraising team has been very busy. The committee undertaking this work consists of myself, Alasdair Morrison, Marshal Seifert, Des Smith, Blueskin residents with fundraising experience and our local councillor, Andrew Noone.

The total amount needing to be raised, additional to the budgeted DCC contribution of $575,000, and community contributions and donations of $83,200 pledged so far, is $330,800.

The committee has met on several occasions to plan the raising of the balance needed. With support from Department of Internal Affairs advisory staff applications are in place with major funding agencies and the outcome of these applications will be known prior to the end of the year.

In addition, a number of community events are planned. These include a quiz evening (Waitati v. Warrington), a display at the annual Fireworks Event hosted by the Waitati School on September 23, and an as yet unspecified activity taking advantage of RWC visitors.

We will continue to keep the community informed of progress towards our goal of raising all the funding required for this most worthwhile project by May next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Waitati School column

By Antony Deaker

 

Several big changes have happened at Waitati School in the last few weeks.

 

Blueskin Playcentre has moved into Room 5. This is a temporary venue for Playcentre as they complete planning and fundraising for the development of permanent facilities and playground in Room 4 (nearest the tennis court). There are many great synergies for the school and Playcentre to be so close to each other.

 

We have appointed a new teacher to manage the rapid increase in school roll in the junior classes. Naomi Wadsworth is now teaching Years 2, 3 and 4 each morning. Naomi comes to us with a strong background in numeracy and literacy training, having most recently worked at Number Works.

 

We also have a new caretaker. Danny Barrett of Waikouaiti returns to a similar role he held at school four or five years ago. Cyndi Ngamoki continues as our tutor in te reo Maori and kapahaka and is working hard with the pupils at present in preparation for Polyfest in early September.

 

The admin building has finally gone. The sale of the building partly funded our extra teacher and the empty space will be put to good use, too. Pupils and whanau are contributing ideas for a possible structure that will have multiple purposes near the entry to the school buildings.

 

The school put together a great show for Stars on Stage at the Regent Theatre in August. A dance tribute to Elvis which included the junior class as aliens was applauded loudly by a packed house.

 

The Blueskin netball team with pupils from Warrington and Waitati Schools fought hard to win the semi-final and then the final in their division. We are very proud of their composure and determination under pressure.

 

We recently held a school open night in which parents could rotate around different stations to gain insight to current teaching and curriculum practices. As it is at least 20 years ago that most of us were at primary school the opportunity to be bought up to date with how it all works for our kids was very valuable.

 

We celebrated Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori with a school visit to the Te Whare Arohanui in Waitati. The pupils enjoyed korero, raranga, waiata and kai with our generous hosts.

 

The whole school is currently having swimming lessons at Moana Pool. The years 6, 7 and 8 kids are heading off on ski camp to Coronet Peak this month. The junior class will have a sleep-over at the Museum, then the bigger kids will go to Quarantine Island for a camp in October.

 

We hope to see you all at the Fireworks night Friday 23 September (24 if postponed for rain) and a Quiz Night soon after.

 

News: Blueskin Playcentre Moves to school

by Antony Deaker

 

A massive effort by several local families in the last few months has seen the first stage in the Blueskin Playcentre’s relocation to Waitati School successfully completed. The Playcentre is now operating from its temporary premises in Room 4 at the school. A permanent facility will be built in Room 5 over the summer holidays.

 

Playcentre president, Mikaela Wilson says, “The parents have jointly put in at least 460 volunteer hours planning, organising, shifting, cleaning and building, plus making cheese rolls. Much of this was in the recent school holidays.”

 

“Our view is that having an early childhood facility accessible to our community is very important. Our effort now is similar to that in the past where local families organised the development of the Playcentre into different buildings. It is not just for us now, it is also for those children that will keep coming to Playcentre in the future.”

 

The shift to school has immediately resulted in new families joining the Playcentre. There is currently a roll of around 20 children who can attend sessions three times a week.

 

Mikaela Wilson says, “We want to acknowledge the generous support of East Otago Transport, Waikouaiti Community Coast Board, Blueskin Media, Otago Playcentre Association, Waitati School and Russel Butson. They have all helped in their way to make this transition possible.”

 

Blueskin Energy Project column

By Scott Willis

The first thing you'll notice this month is a name change. I know
there are too many acronyms in Blueskin Bay, however the Waitati
Energy Project has long outgrown its modest beginnings, and as you'll
see at the forthcoming Open Days, it is now a truly "Blueskin"
project, so the change to the 'Blueskin Energy Project'. This is a
change by necessity and accuracy too, as no-one could argue that
participants in Waitati Energy Project activities hail only from
Waitati anymore. What's in a name? A more inclusive, accurate and
powerful collective action is the goal.

Our community energy journey
'Blueskin Energy Project' Open Days begin this month, kicking off at
Long Beach Hall on the 11th of September, then at the Warrington and
Waitati Halls the following weekend (17th & 18th – see advertisement
p?) What we've done is summarise the work to date in a range of
graphic displays. The idea of community wind turbines was first mooted
in 2006 and community energy work began in 2007, with a focus
initially on raising awareness about energy issues and energy
efficiency. It wasn't until 2009 that substantial work on making our
houses more energy efficient (the Waitati Energy Project Retrofit
Programme) and establishing the feasibility of local renewable energy
really began. Since then, much has been achieved, and discussed at
numerous public events and meetings. The open dialogue at Waitati
Energy Project meetings has provided a wealth of information that has
helped guide the project forward, but there have been gaps.
Information has not been as well spread in all Blueskin settlements,
and there are different levels of understanding so we'll be taking the
displays into communities and asking everyone to have a say. We really
want to see as many people as possible, and to that end, are making
sure that there will be things for everyone, i.e. fun bits and pieces
alongside rich information. Please come along to discuss, yarn,
observe, play, or whatever, on one of these weekend afternoons.

Wind Data news
Oh the sad news! Securing data collection at a cold windy site is not
always simple, all the experts know. So when the data collector
stopped sending updates to Our Wind Limited at the end of June, we
weren't concerned at first – there's back-up. In July PJ Clarke and I
added an additional solar panel to increase battery charging, and 24
hours later replaced the battery. However, the original battery had
actually died and so, with it, had the data collection programme. The
next few days it blew and blew and blew. But the wind tower wasn't
registering anything comprehensible. It was only after Laurence Hay on
his regular check did an 'unplug – replug' that the programme could be
uploaded and data collected again. All in all we lost about 6 weeks of
data – six very windy weeks I might add! Still, things are back on
track and Porteous Hill is again demonstrating that there is good wind
resource available (see wind rose).

Contact
Tel: 03 4822048 / email: waitatienergy@gmail.com

Purakanui School

By Bridget Davidson
We are very busy preparing and practising for Stars on Stage. This
year's production is entitled "Dance of the Tiger". It is set in
Southern India, with a strong conservation message – a spin-off from
one of our rainforest studies in Term 1. Our whole school will perform
at the Regent Theatre on August 25.
Our sports theme continues and we have the cluster Sports Day at the
Edgar Centre coming up for the seniors. Our students continue to be
involved in Harbourside Club Soccer, the Generators being coached by
our junior room teacher, Mr Cook.
We have had two ski trips – one to Ohau and one to Treble Cone.
Unfortunately, our principal, Mrs Allen, returned on crutches from the
Ohau trip but is making a rapid recovery.
Our Quiz Night is coming up on September 23 at the Sawyers Bay Golf
Club. Book in early for a great night out! Our School Fair is
November 27.. We have further copies of our cookbook "Four Seasons in
Purakanui" for sale from the school for $5 each and will be publishing
a new seafood cookbook to coincide with the Carey's Bay Seafood
Festival in October.
We were thrilled to have our Stadium Mural returned to us recently.
Don't forget our Little Cockles and Tiny Pipis pre-school groups on
Mondays and Thursdays. Phone the school on 482 1026 for more
information about these.

BRCT Column

By Scott Willis

 

On July 30, BRCT Patron Jeanette Fitzsimons was in Waitati to meet some of the people associated with the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust and the local initiatives that have some relationship with the trust. The pot-luck hosted by Jenny Hayden and PJ Clarke was a true gastronomic affair and it was equally fulfilling to have the different reports on local initiatives and to share stories and experiences while also learning more of Jeanette’s other work and interests.

 

In August, BRCT’s two new trustees (PJ Clarke and Chris Skellett) were officially ratified, with both bringing their extensive expertise and skills to the trust and enhancing BRCT’s ability to deliver for Blueskin communities.

 

Also in August, it was confirmed that the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust will now proceed promptly with the community engagement and appraisal of the wind cluster proposal after confirmation of a generous donation gifted by the Otago Community Trust (and following a contract awarded by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority). BRCT would like to note its deep appreciation of the Otago Community Trust’s support and vision of building capacity for community action. One further funding application to support effective community participation is being considered by the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board.

 

The Waitati Energy Project, one of the initiatives under the BRCT umbrella, has just announced a name change: it has now become the ‘Blueskin Energy Project’ and as such it now aligns more accurately with the trust’s strategic plan and overall vision (“to facilitate a positive, healthy, secure and resilient future for Blueskin Bay and linked communities and promote sustainable resource use”). As the Waitati Energy Project has grown and developed, so have the numbers of people involved. The potential for all Blueskin communities to be involved and benefit has also become obvious. The name change had simply become inevitable.

 

BRCT’s trustees and officers are: Lynnaire Johnston, Antony Deaker, PJ Clarke, Tony Wilson, Gerry Carrington, Chris Skellett and Ross Johnston; Jeanette Fitzsimons is the trust’s patron. Established in 2008, BRCT aims to assist groups and individuals in Blueskin Bay address the opportunities and vulnerabilities associated with climate change and peak oil.

 

Contact: 03 482 2048

 

Caption: New BRCT trustees PJ Clarke and Chris Skellett, with Jenny Haydon and BRCT patron Jeanette Fitzsimons, at the Porteous Hill wind tower overlooking Blueskin Bay.

Warrington School Column

A TIGHT GAME AND A  VICTORY
By Indy Perry

Two weeks ago there was a netball match at Warrington School between Blueskin Bay (Warrington/Waitati combined) and Liberton Christian School. In the end it was a tight match at 20-all. It was a tie so to end the game it was first to get two points above the opposite team. It was a battle but the Blueskin Bay team finally managed  to win. And we felt really good.

Last week it was the final match for  the Blueskin Bay netball team. We were to play the Fairfield Mystics at the Edgar Centre. We were feeling hopeful that we could win. When we played this team once before we had won. At the very start we were losing majorly but then we caught up and we won by 23 to 12. We each got a certificate and a bar of Fair Trade chocolate, which was nice. Now we are the Grade 7 winners  in Dunedin.


Pony Club Update

Naomi and Ruby have finally finished the hobby horses they have been working on during the past few weeks. After they had completed them they took all of the children on a pony club trek down the road. Making them included using skills of drawing, cutting, sanding, sawing, painting and screwing. Everyone loves their hobby horse and has taken them home!

 

Monday, 22 August 2011

WAIKOUAITI COAST COMMUNITY BOARD

by Gerard Collings, Chairperson

The recent snow events were a big wake up to all that winter is well
and truly here. The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board (WCCB) wishes to
acknowledge the efforts of members of the Waikouaiti RSA, Waitati Fire
Brigade, and residents of Waitati who opened up their respective halls
and homes to accommodate, feed, and keep warm a significant number of
stranded motorists. At our August meeting the board agreed to make a
contribution towards the actual costs incurred by those involved.
Over the next two weeks I will be contacting those associated with
providing assistance to confirm details.

At our July and August meetings the WCCB received applications
totalling approximately $16,000 from community groups seeking funding
assistance from the board's $10,000 discretionary fund. While not
able to provide the level of support requested, the board was happy to
confirm assistance to:

East Otago Creative Fibre, Spinners and Weavers Society, Waikouaiti
Primary School, Waikouaiti RSA, Blueskin Playcentre, Warrington Surf
Life Saving Club, Waitati School PTA, Warrington School, and the
Hawksbury Lagoon Committee

The WCCB's scenic route working party in conjunction with the
Waikouaiti Museum Society is continuing work on setting up a local
information service at East Otago Events Centre in Waikouaiti during
the Rugby World Cup.

The Dunedin City Council (DCC) has agreed to underwrite a train from
Waitati to Dunedin on Rugby World Cup game days. It is unfortunate
that due to budget and timing difficulties it was considered not
feasible to extend the service to Waikouaiti and Palmerston.

The DCC has adopted the new freedom camping policy and the WCCB wishes
to hear from members of the community regarding possible sites within
our area suitable for freedom camping; I ask that suggestions are
forwarded to me by 31 August.

The DCC has completed its review of the Rural Fire Plan, a copy of
which is available through the council's website.

Copies of relevant documents out for consultation are available from
the council and through the website
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on

The WCCB's next meeting is at 5:30pm on 28 September 2011 at the
Warrington Surf Club rooms. 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 either the Waikouaiti or Blueskin 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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Blueskin Garden Club

By Lyn Hastie

 

Our August meeting was held at the home of Lyne and Gilbert  Carlyle. Lyne and Rosalie talked of their trip to South America and showed wonderful photos of their travels.The evening concluded with Brazilian food which was delicious. Thanks for a great night!

 

September's monthly meeting will be held on Thursday 8th, 7.30pm at the Warrington Hall. We will have a speaker talking about daffodils and their many varieties. There will also be a floral art display to help with our creations for the flower show plus the usual bloom and vegetable or produce competition. We will also have a raffle. All welcome and please note the venue – Warrington NOT Waitati.

 

Annual Spring Flower Show 24th and 25th September. This will coincide with lots of activities on in and around the greater Dunedin area including the RWC.Please see the schedule in this bulletin for all the details of the show. We look forward to catching up with many locals who always come along and support the show. If you haven't been before (or for a long time) come along and see all the beautfiul blooms which have been grown in Blueskin Bay.The local children's work is a big part of our show and once again we welcome the Blueskin and Warrington Playcentre and Waitati and Warrington Schools' large number of amazing, colourful and creative entries.

 

Any queries to Lyne 482 2822, Lyn 482 2896 or Glenys 482 2640.   

Sunday, 21 August 2011

A Complex Issue

by Rosemary Penwarden

If you have visited the Dunedin City Library website lately you will
have seen that the new library building planned for Waitati has
morphed again into the 'Blueskin Bay Community Complex'. It has a new
name to attract the half million dollar funding it needs to get built.
'Library' is not the right word to attract funding from the likes of
Lotto. Libraries are the domain of local councils and they are already
coughing up half a million for ours. But multi-purpose 'community
complexes' that 'meet the informational and recreational needs' of the
community as well as accommodating their 'events and cultural
activities' tick all the word boxes so that the man who makes the
funding decision can give us the dosh

The dosh sits in big coffers, collected from less well-off people and
distributed to more well-off people who have access to cleverly worded
funding applications. The less well-off people buy the most Lotto
tickets, sit at pokie machines and live in the poorer socio-economic
areas, which have fewer public amenities such as libraries. South
Dunedin has pokie machines but no library. Waitati, on the other hand,
has no pokie machines but has a library which is soon to be demolished
and replaced, at the cost of almost a million dollars, with the
'Blueskin Bay Community Complex'.

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Winter Ain’t Over Till the Blackbird Sings

By Rosemary Penwarden and Derek Onley

Song thrushes have started singing madly again; they're maintaining
their territories and beginning to nest. They usually sing through the
autumn, are far less enthusiastic mid-winter, and then start singing
again in early spring. August is nesting time, usually in the same
place as last year. May's heavy rain got them singing madly for a
while; it brought worms to the surface – easy pickings, and part of a
varied diet that also includes fruit and insects.

Blackbirds, on the other hand, hardly ever sing in the autumn. They
don't usually start their more laid back whistly tune until mid- to
late August, and nest a couple of weeks later than the song thrushes.

Only female blackbirds and song thrushes sit on eggs, so the males of
both species keep singing to defend their territory. They feed the
nesting females to help in their egg production ('courtship feeding'
in ornithological language). Both mum and dad feed the babies – so the
males get too busy to sing once the chicks appear. It takes about two
and a half weeks for the eggs to hatch and another two for the chicks
to fledge. After fledging the males keep feeding the little guys for
another couple of weeks. Females help with this part too, but also
build another nest and lay more eggs.

Song thrushes tend to like the open paddocks more than blackbirds do.
There are hardly any song thrushes in native forest, but heaps of
blackbirds, which are probably one of the commonest birds in New
Zealand now. You will find them not only on your lawn and in sheep and
cow paddocks but also on offshore islands, in forests and even up in
the sub-alpine areas.

One thousand blackbirds and several hundred song thrushes arrived in
New Zealand via the Acclimatisation Society between 1862 and 1878,
introduced for 'sentimental reasons'. By 1900 blackbirds had colonised
the whole of the country including the Chatham and Auckland islands,
and song thrushes had done the same, though they kept out of the
forested areas.

Singing blackbirds and song thrushes both feature in our Orokonui bird
surveys in the spring, but there are more blackbirds. Song thrushes
and blackbirds nest all through the Orokonui Ecosanctuary but song
thrushes feed outside the fence while blackbirds feed both inside and
outside.

The ecosanctuary has given us a wonderful opportunity to look at
nesting behaviour. Outside the predator-proof fence the predation rate
is so high – 70 to 80%, due to cats, rats, stoats and possums – that
the males are singing nearly all the time. This predation rate is par
for the course for all small birds (passerines) in New Zealand. Of the
common native birds remaining in our forests and gardens, all have
learnt to adapt to losing this many young.

Outside the fence blackbirds and song thrushes would have up to five
or six clutches every season. Inside the fence, where the risk of
predation has disappeared, you might expect the Orokonui forest to be
crammed full of blackbirds, but it's not, for two possible reasons.
One: once they reach a certain number of healthy young, they don't
bother nesting again, and two: there is not enough food. Habitat,
which means a dependable food source, is just as important as
predation on bird populations.

The oldest recorded blackbird in New Zealand is 15 years old. Song
thrushes and blackbirds have an amazing variety of tunes. Both can
mimic -- telephones, other birds, whistling the dog. I love the
blackbird's lower pitch and altogether lazier sounding song best, as
if he's singing the blues. When he sings, you know winter is over.

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Are you registered for Waitati planting day?

by Liz Sherwood, Dept of Conservation

Living Legends and the Department of Conservation encourage you to
register your interest (on the website or by phoning DoC) for the
Great Living Legends Muck-in. With not long to go, your registrations
help us to plan for catering, transport and traffic management. I
predict that it will be a popular event, being free and
family-friendly.

Sharpen your spades and grab your gloves, because we will be digging
through a deep turf layer to plant a range of natives including flax,
cabbage trees, sedges, rushes and kahikatea, fuchsia and tree daisies.
The 4,600 plants will greatly enhance the estuary margin for wildlife,
from the Waitati River to Doctors Point Road.

Activities will start at 1pm at the Foyle Street entrance to Orokonui
Scenic Reserve. Some publications and websites have an earlier start
time advertised but the correct time is 1-4pm on Sunday, September 25.

This habitat restoration project is jointly managed by Living Legends
staff and local DoC staff. If you have any questions, please contact
Liz Sherwood at DoC in Dunedin Ph 477 0677 or email
lsherwood@doc.govt.nz.

For more information and to register visit www.livinglegends.co.nz. If
your group or school would like to take up this opportunity to
fundraise by sausage sizzle, cake or soup stall, or would like to run
a children's activity, please contact either Liz or Kay at
contact@livinglegends.co.nz

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Friday, 19 August 2011

Trains That Get You To The Games: WRC match day train schedule and pricing

The final details of the trains that will take passengers to and from
Waitati on Dunedin's Rugby World Cup 2011 match days have been
announced.

A return ticket will cost just $20 for the trip either to or from the
Dunedin Railway Station and up to 200 passengers on each train can
take advantage of this exciting way to start and end their Rugby World
Cup adventure.

Louise Burnside, from Taieri Gorge Railway Marketing, says: "Taieri
Gorge Railway are delighted to be involved in this major Dunedin
attraction. We hope that Otago residents embrace the opportunity to
eliminate car parking hassles and travel by train."

Bookings are being taken at Taieri Gorge Railway and the Dunedin
i-SITE Visitor Centre. For more information, please contact:

Louise Burnside
Taieri Gorge Railway
477 4449

The timetable for the trains is:

Sunday 18 September 2011 and Saturday 24 September 2011

Departs Waitati 3.15pm
Arrives Dunedin 4.05pm
Departs Dunedin 9.30pm
Arrives Waitati 10.20pm

Saturday 10 September 2011 and Sunday 2 October 2011

Departs Waitati 5.40pm
Arrives Dunedin 6.30pm
Departs Dunedin 11.30pm
Arrives Waitati 12.20am


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BLUESKIN YOUTH CENTRE ASSOCIATION

by Paul Sirota

Another year has flown by and the Blueskin Youth Centre Association
(BYCA) is set to hold its AGM once again. The time and date of the
meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm, 20 September, and is to be held at
the Waitati Fire Station. The meeting will be a good time to reflect
upon achievements of the last year, eg, the construction of the courts
and skatepark facility, and to encourage participation in our plans
for the year to come.

As has been previously reported, the BYCA has employed an impartial
consultant, Andrew Henderson from Boulder Planning Ltd., to engage
with the Blueskin community. This process has been initiated to assess
the current and future needs of Blueskin youth and their families in
the bay area. If you have some ideas about something that may benefit
our community and haven't yet had the chance to speak with Andrew,
then maybe contact him on 471 8503 or at 027 212 4432. This part of
the consultation process will draw to a conclusion fairly soon, so if
you have some good achievable ideas, please share them with us. We
look forward to meeting at our AGM members of the community interested
in helping to enhance the living experience of the families of
Blueskin Bay.

See you there.


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Monday, 15 August 2011

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Waitati!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

I was one of the many folk trapped in vehicles on the Kilmog/motorway
during the recent big snow fall. After being helped off the hill by
the superb Downers staff, many were directed to Waitati Hall to be
greeted by a friendly welcome, warm cuppa and even a movie! My stay
was only brief (about 3 hours) before we were moved on over the
motorway to Dunedin. Many with young families opted to stay
overnight at the hall or the marae. The wonderful community spirit
and true caring in our time of need was much appreciated. A big
thanks to all involved – what a great little community you have!

Thanks
Ronda Peacock
Port Chalmers


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Friday, 12 August 2011

BLUESKIN YOUTH CENTRE ASSOCIATION

By Andrew Holden

In a previous issue of the Blueskin News, the Blueskin Youth Centre
Association (BYCA) reported that it had employed an independent
consultancy to engage with the community in order to assess current
and future needs of youth and
families in the Bay area.

Andrew Henderson of Boulder Planning has been engaged to undertake
this research and has started contacting community groups to arrange
times to discuss ideas. Andrew can be contacted on 471 8503 or 027 212
4432, or via email at andrew@boulder-group.com, and would be more than
happy to discuss your ideas, irrespective of whether or not you are
associated with a community group or association. Following the
engagement process, initial findings and recommendations will be
presented. Once again, the BYCA invites you to put your thinking caps
on regarding your ideas for what might benefit our community into the
future.

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Warrington, Evansdale, Waitati, Doctors Point), Dunedin, New Zealand.
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