Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Waitati Film Society

Tuesday August 6

CARAMEL              France/Lebanon 2007

Six women of Beirut want love, marriage and a lifetime's stable friendship.  Each tries to achieve these goals with varying degrees of success and failure. Are dreams a delight, as caramel is sweet, or are they an instrument of self torture?                         95m

Dunedin Film Festival  8 Aug. – 25 Aug.

Tuesday August 27

VIVA MARIA!                  France/Italy 1965

Those of you who are of an age, will readily recall the two most sexy and talented stars of the French screen of your era – Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau. This superb on-screen duo, team up as bordello dancers touring the banana republics of Central America where they see corruption, which is so rife that they join the revolutionaries.                                        122m


by Hilary Rowley

Yay, winter's almost over, and feijoas are falling on the ground ready to eat. Who can afford to buy these little tropical wonderfruit from the supermarket? Feijoas seem to be really low-input, productive shrubs. We have grown 'Unique' which has fruited prolifically, almost since it was planted, and 'Sellowiana Wondervoll' which has had one fruit in the same time, but will probably come into its own one of these years. We also have an unknown variety which was a gift from some people who have a feijoa orchard in Alexandra, so it must be able to handle frost, which is a good sign for the people of Waitati who live on the flat and want to grow these fruit.

The feijoas planted by WOO at the Orokonui riverside site have been fruiting quite well for their size this year. These too were 'Unique', so this variety obviously works well for Blueskin Bay.

There is very little needed to be done to feijoas during their lifespan. Plant them well and water during summer when the fruit are forming.  I read an article in a gardening magazine recently where a man accidentally left the sprinkler on his feijoa trees for a day this summer, and this winter had a harvest of huge fruits, so maybe our Blueskin Bay damp summers are an advantage. Ensure you have at least two plants next to each other for good pollination, although some varieties are apparently self-fertile. That's it really...easy.

Make sure that your raspberries, black currants and red currants are pruned pretty soon, or they will start getting on with their new growth, and you won't have a clue what you are supposed to be pruning off. I got really confused pruning our currants, so it will be a miracle if we get any fruit this year. The good thing about pruning soft-fruit bushes is, if you get it wrong one year you have another chance the next year. At least it's not a live-or-die situation, so don't worry too much about making mistakes.

In the vegetable garden it's time to choose your new potato varieties to get started for this summer's early crop. We tried 'Jersey Benne' the year before last, and found their flavour disappointing, but last year's 'Liseta' were a success, so we're going with the lovely creamy-yellow, oval potatoes again as an early crop. Those spuds 'Rocket' and 'Swift' are certainly fast, but they pay for it by being bland and flavourless. You can get them in the ground really early, but watch out for frosts, and cover them with frost cloth at the first sign of a clear night.


by Deanne Burrell


Now that winter is here it is 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:

·       Look 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 the risk.

·       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.


Our members are continually refreshing their skills and also participating in practical training courses to further their knowledge.  We would like to congratulate the following members who have recently been awarded certificates for completing the next stage of their training programmes:

·       Sharon Brogan - Senior Fire Fighter and Driving Course.

·       Charles Abraham – Officers' Course.

·       Congratulations also to Charles Abraham who has been promoted from Senior Fire Fighter to Station Officer. 

We have also recently welcomed to our brigade four new members:

·       Chris Freear and Craig Meade who are joining us as new recruits; and

·       Chris and Valerie Hughes who have transferred from the Brunner Volunteer Fire Brigade in Dobson.

Thank you for volunteering to help your community. 

It was with regret that we farewelled one of our Qualified Fire Fighters, Bill Berends.  Due to a change in employment Bill has transferred to the Duntroon Brigade.  We wish Bill all the best in his new job and at his new station.


We would like to remind the community that we are still running our Smoke Alarm Promotion.  We are offering our expertise to all households in the Blueskin Bay area to make sure every house has working smoke alarms.  We will fit new alarms, replace batteries and advise on positioning and type of alarm for your family.  The service is free; all you have to pay for is the materials, smoke alarms and batteries.  We have a supply of suitable alarms should they be needed.  Please phone 482 2640 and leave a message and contact number.


Training a Dog for Search and Rescue

by Sonia Evers

I have started meeting the neighbours around Warrington (the ones with the larger tracts of land at least!), as I knock on their doors and ask to use their land to train my dog Badger on.

I am training Badger as a tracking/trailing dog for Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR).  If we are successful in our training, when someone becomes lost Badger and I will go to the place where they were last seen, pick up their trail and follow it until we find them.  Like all good things, this training takes time -- search dogs usually take between18 months and three years to train.  When dog and handler are trained, both must pass rigorous tests before the dog and handler team is deemed 'operational' and allowed to go on searches.  We have three operational search dog teams in Dunedin at the moment, and each has found at least one person.

A tracking or trailing dog locates the lost person (called a 'subject') by following scent left on the ground.  The smells that the dog follows are made up of human scent, which is left by the 40,000 skin cells (called 'rafts') that a person sheds every minute, and also by ground scent, which is composed of the crushed vegetation, earth, bugs, etc. where someone has walked, and the transference of smell from one area to another as a person walks.  A tracking dog keeps its nose in the prints and follows the person footstep by footstep, whereas a trailing dog follows the overall scent of the track, so may work in the track, or to one side of it.  Another kind of search dog is an air-scent dog.  They use the smell of the skin rafts in the air to locate the subject; the three Dunedin dog teams are air-scenters. 

Badger is 3/4 labrador, 1/4 springer spaniel.  He is a real joy to live with (as long as he's had exercise!).  He is an energetic wee thing (he climbed a five-foot gate today, so he could play fetch with me!), who loves tracking, fetch, tug-of-war, snuggles on the couch and long walks on the beach.  He's about nine and a half months old now, and we've been training since he was seven weeks old.  At the moment, we are doing 100-200 metre long tracks in ankle-length or shorter grass.  We are ready to make the tracks longer, but need some larger areas to train in, hence the aforementioned door knocking.  If you have a paddock or two that we could use some time, please give me a ring at 482-1780 or 022-6241055.  We'd both really appreciate it.    


By Sue Hensley

Sirocco, that scintillating parrot, will be visiting the Orokonui Ecosanctuary from 6 September to 6 October. Details will be on the website. An early-bird discount (10% regular, 25% for members) will be offered to those who book for the first week (6-12 September).

Pest monitoring continues to produce good results. All introduced mammals are currently at undetectable levels. Mice have been at low levels for 10 months now and the 277 permanently set mouse boxes have not caught anything for six weeks. Solving issues with the fence, with culverts and changes in the pest monitoring regime have helped, and the enormous hours put in by field staff and skilled volunteers have been essential.

For the first time since July 2007 the aviaries are empty. Marcus, the male kaka, was released last month and Kleopatra the one-legged female kaka has been transferred to the Dunedin Botanic Gardens where she will be well looked after by the knowledgeable Tim Cotter, who hopes she will breed there.

The final Matariki events were lots of fun. The packed Pecha Kucha evening covered everything from archaeology, art and astronomy through to healing and deep-sea oil drilling. Workshops by Fleur Sullivan (cooking) and Kane Holmes (stars) again delivered wonderful experiences. A small but appreciative audience were swept along by a dramatic presentation of the early Antarctic explorers by the Bond St Bridge band. Neville Peat set the scene brilliantly by sharing his Antarctic experiences including research for his book Shackleton's Whisky.

 Our small and dedicated cafe staff have been very busy with functions, a wide variety of Matariki events as well as daily cafe usage. However patronage usually takes a dive during August and it has been decided to trial a month's closure. Moira and her crew will take a well-deserved break from Monday 5 August, reopening on Saturday, 31 August.

News, activities and information on Sirocco the kakapo's September visit can be found on www.orokonui.org.nz or Facebook

Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Waitati

by Niki Bould, Projects Co-ordinator, BRCT

Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our project on Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Waitati.  A special thanks goes to those of you who provided images and participated in the community group meetings and the interviews.  We are currently in the process of completing our report to the Dunedin City Council on all of the information we gathered, specifically regarding Waitati resident's views on climate change and their ideas about future potential actions that could be taken.  The report will be available on our website: www.brct.org.nz   

Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust

by Niki Bould, Projects Co-ordinator, BRCT

What a bustling month in our little office!  We have had visits from the Dunedin City Council's CEO (Paul Orders), a Green Party politician (Gareth Hughes) and our funders (the Lottery Grants Board), also from contractors and advisors for the Blueskin wind cluster project, and energetic, passionate community members. We love discussing potential new and exciting collaborative projects.

We have been busy producing reports on some of our completed projects, such as the Climate Change Adaptation Planning Project; thanks to the DCC for providing a grant to develop an action plan on climate change adaptation in Waitati. Also completed is our community energy advice work in Pine Hill, and we have taken a motivated group of six (from TV473) through audit training.  This group is now tackling fuel poverty in Pine Hill and North East Valley.  We want to say a big thanks to Presbyterian Support Otago for funding this valuable project, and to Chris Freear for running it.  These two reports will be available on our website: www.brct.org.nz

Early in July Solarcity provided a free solar insulation workshop for local solar enthusiasts and since then we have been supporting and contributing to the DCC's Energy Plan.  Right now we are sinking our teeth into the organisation of the long-awaited Cosy Homes Workshop with the aim of making every home in Dunedin warm and cosy by 2025.

Phew, and that was just July! On the fun side, we have been busy putting the finishing touches to our new website, which is now up and running (yay!).  The official launch of the Cuppa Tea Blog is on 2 August at 5:30pm in the Blueskin Library – please come along and celebrate its launch with us.


By Sue Bourne

The Blueskin Playcentre trip out in July was a visit to the butterflies at the Otago Museum. The children met up with Kim who told them the story of how butterflies are born. She then dressed Ethan up as a chrysalis in a special costume while all the other children closed their eyes. As the children opened their eyes he jumped out of hiding as a beautiful butterfly. They then went into the special humid area to see the butterflies eating, hatching and flying, and were so excited when the butterflies landed on them. It was lovely to be so warm on such a cold day. Before the children left they had to check each other in the mirror to make sure there were no butterflies trying to 'escape'.

On 14 July we all met at playcentre and shared a potluck dinner to say goodbye to William and Anna who are going to school and to Taylah and Elayna who are going to live in Christchurch. We also welcomed Jethro, Dorothy's new two-month-old brother. Everyone brought yummy food and we all managed to sit down together by joining all the small tables in a long row.

Playcentre is having a jumble sale on Sunday, 18 August, 11am--1pm. If you have any jumble please bring it along to the Waitati Hall the day before between 12 noon--3pm so we can sort it.

Playcentre is also organising a casino night on 2 November. This will be a great fun night playing roulette, slater racing, card games, etc. There will be supper and a blind auction at the end so you can spend your 'funny money'. 

Blueskin Playcentre welcomes all families to visit and have some fun .We are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:15am –12:15pm. Telephone 027-427 1727


By Daphne Henderson

In June the members met at the Blueskin Nursery Cafe for coffee and cake and a very interesting address from Sally Brown regarding her work as a landscaper and the development of her own garden. 

The winners that evening were:

Best bloom: Rowena Park 1st, Daphne Henderson 2nd and 3rd;

Best vegetable: Marg Meder 1st, Norma Dick 2nd, Daphne Henderson 3rd.

In July a garden workshop was held at the Warrington Hall, making bird feeders, decorative garden hangings, plant markers and mosaics applied to all manner of garden articles. The winner of the best bloom that day was Daphne Henderson, 2nd Lyne Carlyle, and best vegetable, Daphne Henderson.

In August, in recognition of Family History Month, club members are meeting at the foot-bridge in Erne Street, Waitati, at 10:30 am on Saturday, 10 August, and walking to the cemetery, where Glenys Clements will share her knowledge of the families and notable persons interred there. Members are asked to bring their own lunch as we will adjourn to Glenys's home for information on family research and web sites to utilise.

For the annual Spring Flower Show at Waitati Hall, entries will be accepted between 10.30 am and 1 pm on Saturday September  21 and open to the public from 11 am on Sunday 22 with the prize-giving at 2 pm.  Show schedules will be available shortly and published in September's Blueskin News.


by Scott Willis

This month the big news is the development of the Dunedin Energy Plan. While work on the Energy Plan was approved by the Dunedin City Council (DCC) last year, in the past two months there's been such action and intensity on developing an Energy Plan owned by residents that we can see the DCC really means business. The Dunedin Energy Plan will provide a road-map for the next ten years and aims to set out how we will as a city:

·       save costs and enhance quality of life resulting from energy efficiency improvements;

·       boost the city's energy security and ability to adapt to change;

·       reduce Dunedin's climate change and environmental effects; and

·       take advantage of economic opportunities in a changing energy context.

With all the various energy initiatives that the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) is involved with now (Blueskin wind, solar, community energy advice, climate change), previously (insulation retrofits) and potentially (all of the above as well as low carbon transport, earth batteries, food sovereignty) BRCT has invested in a substantial contribution to the Dunedin Energy Plan discussion. There is a real opportunity in this Energy Plan to ensure that the city embarks on good stewardship of our resources while providing for the transition to clean technologies to provide energy security and affordability, rather than a careless, haphazard approach that will leave future generations with little to thank us for.

Some of the actions BRCT would like to see detailed in the Energy Plan are:

·       a local power procurement policy to ensure that the city can by supplied with at least 20% of its current electricity demand from within city limits;

·       a targeting rate to boost micro-generation installations;

·       building a shared 'Cosy Homes' vision, and financial mechanisms to counter fuel poverty;

·       support for community initiatives;

·       'championing' low carbon transport; and

·       employment at the council of an 'eco-design advisor' to assist builders and homeowners make sustainable living choices. 

Meanwhile in our own energy news, this month there's no wind rose, as we've heard people haven't been able to differentiate between each month's rose. We're approaching six months of wind data collection from the 30-metre tower on Porteous Hill (over 2 years from the 10-metre tower) and we know that the wind is good with robust analysis now possible. It may be that the testing towers will be in demand elsewhere soon, but no decision yet.

Solar installations continue in Blueskin, with another four independent installations that we know of now underway (three in one street), and Solarcity, mid-July have had five 'BS1' enquiries (if you make an enquiry with that code, you receive the Blueskin deal), completed four site visits and provided two solid quotes, with installations to follow. Little by little, Blueskin roofs are becoming mini power-stations and giving their owners a capital return as well as reducing their energy demand. Community wind and household solar will provide a great renewable cocktail mix. 

Visit us at: www.blueskinpower.co.nz, or at the office at 1121 Mt Cargill Rd, Waitati. Telephone enquiries can be made on 482 2048 (the Wind Cluster) and for any information about the solar project email solar@blueskinpower.co.nz.

Monday, 22 July 2013


Carey's Creek Bridge remedial work

Work is continuing on the necessary remedial and strengthening work on the Carey's Creek Bridge, Coast Road. The work is likely to continue through to late August.

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board Discretionary Fund

The WCCB were pleased to be able to assist the Waikouaiti Playcentre with funding towards equipment and toys from our discretionary fund. We are also pleased to see that the new parking area at Warrington Reserve is now complete.

Warrington Reserve toilets

The board has again expressed concern to Dunedin City Council (DCC) staff regarding the current state of the Warrington Reserve toilets. Staff are assessing the maintenance requirements and will come back to the board.

WCCB Community Plan

The board are currently reviewing our Community Plan feedback, and comments from members of the community are welcome. The current plan can be viewed at our local libraries or through the DCC's website at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/community-boards/waikouaiti-coast

DCC consultation

The DCC is currently consulting on its draft Transport Strategy -- submissions close 19 August 2013.  The WCCB intends to make a submission on this document; we encourage members of the community to participate in the process also. Copies of DCC documents out for consultation are available from the council office and through its website http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on

Next WCCB meeting

The board's next meeting is 5:30pm on 14 August at the Civic Centre, Dunedin. Members of the public are welcome to speak at the board's public forum, however those wishing to do so need to advise Wendy Collard, our Governance Support Officer (phone 474 3374), before 12 noon on the day prior to the meeting.  Remember, you can view WCCB 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





The Board





Gerard Collings (Chairperson),





Alasdair Morrison (Deputy),





Andy Barratt,





Andrew Noone





Geraldine Tait,





Les Pullar,





Mark Brown,





Friday, 12 July 2013

Fwd: Documentary Screening & Public Talk

By Carl Scott



DOCUMENTARY: 'Hens' Night: Ruffling the Feathers of the Egg Industry'. While technically a documentary, this movie contains enough elements of action and drama to keep everyone riveted! The film documents a group of NZ Animal Rights Activists organizing and executing a gutsy dawn blockade of NZ's largest battery hen farm at Waikouaiti, Otago. As we follow their heroic standoff, we gain a rare insight into the private thoughts, feelings, and hopes of the activists. (NZ. 2012. Director: Debbie Matthews.)

PUBLIC TALK: 'What We Can All Do to Help the Animals'. The film will be followed by a talk by prominent NZ Animal Rights activist Carl Scott, about some simple things that we can ALL DO to help end the suffering that so many animals in this country are currently enduring.

WHERE: Archway 4 Lecture Theatre, Otago University.
WHEN:   Tuesday 23 July, at 6.30pm.
COST:     Koha / Donation. (No minimum cost). All Proceeds to Local Groups Helping Animals.

Proudly presented by D.A.R.C (Dunedin Animal Rights Collective), in association with SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation).

For further Information: (03) 482 1482,  027 2275 726, carldscott@gmail.com