Monday, 7 October 2013

WAITATI OPEN ORCHARD: A Growing Branch of the Waitati Edible Gardeners¹ Group

by Hilary Rowley

 

I got a message from Jason Ross to say that the open orchard trees are looking so good that people are commenting on their health and vigour. In case you have not met these trees, they are on the verges of Brown and Pitt streets, and there are some on the river bank on Orokonui Road beside the new walking track. Thanks to Karen, Rosemary, Derek and anyone else for doing this season’s pruning to a lot of the trees, only a few to go.

 

Jenny Hayden donated some seeds from her apricot tree which fruits well; this is up above the school, so probably avoids the frost we get down lower.  It must have been a while ago, too, because Jason has grown them into sturdy young fruit trees, ready to be planted in the Orokonui Road orchard, to replace deceased peach trees. The peach trees had a nasty case of leaf curl … this is a cautionary tale. I hope we get some fruit from them, but it may just be when the timing of the blossoms and the frost don't coincide. Our apricot, a wee bit higher up the hill on Orokonui Road, was hit by the wicked frost we had in mid-September. Oh well, maybe next time.

 

We recently took delivery of a cool device called a Piteba oil press. It’s sort of a cousin to a mincer, and designed so people in third world countries can have a micro-business making cooking oil from seed they grow themselves. We think it will add to the food security of Blueskin Bay, and maybe we're getting a bit third world, too. It is hard work, but makes beautifully flavoured oil from black sunflower seeds and possibly linseed, though we haven't tried these yet. Ideally, if people want to grow their own seed they can use this machine to make their own oil, and develop powerful upper bodies cranking the handle. A kilogram of seed yields about 500 grams of oil.

 

A recent conversation about the importance of timing in the vegetable garden came up with the conclusion that the best book on the subject is the Star Garden Guide because it is so local. I love the old editions, as they are still in the words of the old guy who trained as a ‘big house’ gardener in England, before spending the rest of his life gardening in Dunedin. I'm sure the new editions have the same helpful information though, and it is so much easier just doing what he suggests, and getting a perfectly-timed, successful vegetable garden as a result. Delicious.

Warrington School

by Jeff Burrow, Principal

 

Congratulations to all Warrington School runners who qualified and ran in the Otago Cross Country Championships two weeks ago. It was wonderful to see how well we were able to compete with all the other schools throughout Otago. It was a new experience for some and for others it was a chance to be able to test themselves against the best in Otago. Well done!

 

Well done to all the participants in this year's Children's Marathon Challenge. There was a great atmosphere at Logan Park and Forsyth Barr Stadium. Thank you to parents and caregivers for making the effort to get to Dunedin so early in the morning.

 

We have a school full of very fit children at the moment after all of our running training, cross country and fun run racing. Well done to everyone on their sensational effort with raising so much money with our sponsored fun run. We managed to raise $1200. A big thank you to parents, family, friends and members of the local community for their support and generosity. All the money raised will go towards new sports uniforms for our hockey, miniball and futsal teams.

 

We had a great turnout for our Otago 'Blue and Gold' and 'All Black Supporters' days over the last couple of weeks. The children all looked fantastic and had great fun practicing and competing in kicking, passing and catching games and competitions.

 

With the miniball and hockey seasons coming to an end, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Cotton and Mrs Russell for sharing their expertise and organising their respective teams throughout the season. Also a big thank you to all the parents who have helped with transport and who have supported the teams this season. 

WARRINGTON PLAYCENTRE

by Lise Hall

 

Spring has sprouted in all directions after our mild winter (did we have one, really?), and we have continued to enjoy loads of outdoor play this month. There has been lots of exploration, imagination and creation in the sand-pit involving everything from animals and dinosaurs to lava flows, dam busting and of course castle-making! It’s so cool to see everyone co-operating so well together; the ‘big kids’ love sharing their skills and supporting and challenging the younger children, the younger children inspiring and learning from them.

 

The swinging and climbing and balancing on the monkey bars have been a big focus for many outside too – such a sense of pride when you accomplish something you have persevered with for so long. Never a session goes by without someone dressing up, and role-playing helping create some awesome games. This has recently been helped along by a fabulous grant from the Lottery Grants Board to replace our outside wooden climbing/creating cubes, Thank you so very much.

 

We have been very lucky to have had a visit from Sonya and Badger, her Search and Rescue dog. Thank you, Sonya, for such a fun and educational, (for children and parents) session about the role Badger plays, and also how to behave and approach dogs. This tied in well with our curriculum and ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’. It was such a treat, and especially for one wee man who was initially quite fearful of dogs but who, by the end of the session, was bravely patting and talking to Badger. Very proud of your bravery wee fulla! What fear have you overcome lately?

 

We have been thrilled to have lots of new faces visiting lately and the children and parents have enjoyed making new friends and sharing our experiences. By the time this is published we would’ve had our Blueskin flower show – boy have we had a good time creating sand-saucers and bird-feeders to enter! Quite a few budding florists in our midst.

 

Our AGM was on 25 September and as there is a ‘changing of the guard’ in the departure of our energetic, experienced, positive, motivated and just generally awesome President Sam, we’d like to thank her so much for her guidance and friendship to all during her term and hope she knows that ‘Once a Playcentre parent, always a Playcentre parent’ – always welcome to pop in and catch-up in a free moment. Thank you, Sam, from all the parents, children and community for your dedication. New office bearers have been sorted and we are so fortunate to have so many enthusiastic people on board – Warrington Playcentre is fantastic and we look forward to sharing this with the team from the Education Review Office when they visit in November.

 

Birthdays this month have sprung up on Zara, Rowan, Flynn and Jamie. Happiest of days to all you lovely cherubs, hope there was plenty of cake, smiles and good times. Sadly, Flynn and Jamie (and I!) have ‘come of age’ and will be graduating from Warrington Playcentre to the wonderful world of school. Our first introduction was when we came along to the SPACE programme when they were so very small and new, and we are so glad we did. Lifelong friendships and many, many wonderful memories, laughs, learning, playing and support have followed. We will miss you all.

If you are around and feel like some company, fun, friends and lots of lovely learning come and join us on Wednesday and Friday mornings, 9:15 to 12:15. We’d love to see you, everyone welcome!  Ph 027 227 7329

WAITATI VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE: Honours Night

by Deanne Burrell

 

On Saturday, 14 September, the Waitati Volunteer Fire Brigade held an Honours Night at the Waitati Hall to honour members’ service to the brigade and community. A great night was enjoyed by all.

 

A ‘sheriff’ at the function collected money for any misdemeanours, with the proceeds going towards the walking track around the head of the Blueskin Bay estuary, which is a project being driven by the Blueskin Youth Committee. $160.00 was raised on the night and this will be put toward the purchase of gravel for the walking track. Once the gravel is purchased the brigade are offering their services to help spread it on the track.

 

Congratulations to the following members who received awards on the night:

 

Waitati Special Awards:

Fire Fighter of the YearSharon Brogan.  This award is decided by members of the brigade. It is awarded to the person that the members feel contributed that little bit extra to the brigade during the year, so congratulations Sharon on an award well deserved.

Best Attendance (Musters)Sharon Brogan.  Sharon’s dedication and commitment to the brigade is constant and very much appreciated.

Piston Broke Trophy (oopsy award) Charles Abraham 

 

NZFS Honours:

NZQA Certificates in Fire and Rescue

Sharon Brogan

Bill Berends

Clasp to the NZFS Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

Dave Hardisty (21 years)

 

UFBA Honours:

UFBA 3 Year Certificate

Amanda Church

Sharon Brogan

Seraya Figgins

Bill Berends

UFBA 5 Year Service

Richard Templeton

Brent Bell

Deanne Burrell

Charles Abraham

Keith Templeton

UFBA 2 Year Silver

Richard Templeton (7 years)

Jeff Burrows (11 years)

Lindsay Scott (19 years)

Dave Hardisty (21 years)

UFBA 2 Year Gold

Allan Cameron (38 years)

Paul Clements (45 years)

WAIKOUAITI COAST COMMUNITY BOARD

By Gerard Collings, Chair

Carey’s Creek bridge remedial work

Work on the necessary remedial and strengthening of the Carey’s Creek bridge, Coast Road, is nearing completion. We have been advised by Dunedin City Council (DCC) staff that the work is now programmed for completion in October.

End of the triennium

With the end of the triennium, the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board (WCCB) would like to thank the many community groups and individuals within our community that have provided input and comment to the board over the last three years.  We are particularly grateful to those groups and individuals that have undertaken community projects within our area.  We would also like to convey a special tribute to the two volunteer fire brigades in our area; the commitment given by the individual members of the two brigades is very much appreciated.

October elections

The current board continue in their role until 12 October.  We again extend our thanks to the two retiring members, Andy Barratt and Les Pullar, for their service to our community. Thanks are also extended to Tracey Scurr (Waikouaiti) and Richard Russell (Karitane) who will join the WCCB for the new term. The new board will take up their role once sworn in at the inaugural meeting scheduled for 30 October.

DCC consultation

The Dunedin City Council is in the process of reviewing the Mobile Trading Bylaw.  The Council advises that the purpose of the proposed reviewed bylaw is to protect, promote and maintain public health and safety, and also to protect the public from nuisance by regulating the conduct of persons selling goods and services on streets, roads and the pavements. Once the proposed Mobile Trading Bylaw is adopted by the Council it is intended to revoke the Permanent Food Stalls Policy 2006.

Copies of the bylaw material and other DCC documents out for consultation are available from our local libraries, through the customer services agency on 477 4000, and through the council’s website at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on  Submissions on the proposed bylaw close on 14 October 2013 and should be made to the Dunedin City Council, PO Box 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058.

 

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board’s next meeting is the inaugural meeting at 4:00 pm on 30 October at the Civic Centre, Dunedin. 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.