Monday, 8 September 2014

Waitati Film Society

by Leonie Rousselot

WAITATI FILM SOCIETY at the ‘old store’, Harvey Street, Waitati

Half-year memberships are now available at $40 for the rest of the year. See drama, comedy, history, or just plain entertainment in a warm, pleasant environment with
convivial company. Membership allows you free entry to Film Society
screenings as well as discounts at the International Film Festival and some Dunedin

For more information, ring Brigitte at 482 2829 or Leonie at 482 2508 or visit our website at

Tuesday 2 Sept

CHINESE TAKEAWAY               Argentina 2011

This comedy centres around Roberto, a meticulously ordered hardware store owner. He considers the rest of the world chaotic because it lacks his self-discipline. As proof he collects newspaper cuttings describing bizarre incidents caused, he feels, by a failure of someone’s due diligence. Then he meets a Chinese man, Jun, who is pushed out of a moving car in front of Roberto’s shop.    93m

Tuesday 9 Sept

GRIN WITHOUT A CAT            France 1977/93

Using the simile of Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire cat, director Chris Marker sets out to show the dichotomy between the promise of the 1960-70’s worldwide socialist revolution (the grin) and the ultimate reality of it just not leading to its intended outcome. The lengthy film particularly looks at the rise of the New Left in France and Latin America and includes interviews with French communist leaders, students, and sociologists.                 177min

Tuesday 16 Sept

5 BROKEN CAMERAS                                                Palestine/Israel/Fr 2011

In 2005, when his fourth son was born, Palestinian Emad Burnat bought a video camera. In the same year the Israelis took 60% of Burnat’s olive groves to build their “defensive” wall. The same camera was used to record the ensuing protest that included Israeli military beatings and shootings during which a succession of five of Burnat’s cameras were smashed. But together with Israeli filmmaker, Guy Davidi, this film was edited from his footage. However, the military claim that their actions were in self defence and that in any case the worst scenes were contrived by the editors.  94m

Tuesday 23 Sept

HOLY MOTORS                           Fr/Germ 2012

Oscar is a sort of actor, playing many roles but in real life. Using makeup, special costumes, and appropriate props he enacts a variety of personae, sometimes paid, sometimes just for the fun of it: an old woman street beggar, an eccentric volatile kidnapper of a beautiful model, a Chinese gangster. But one engagement gone horribly wrong suggests that he may be getting just a little careless and jaded.     116m

Tuesday 30 Sept

DAY TRIP                                              NZ 2010

A gang member (Tuhoe Isaac) wakes up one morning and decides he needs a day off. A short voyage between islands changes his outlook on life. Filmed in the Marlborough Sounds, this is a story by Bill Payne and directed by Zoe McIntosh.      11m

FRONTIERS OF DREAMS AND FEARS                      Lebanon 2001

If you want a glimpse into the lifestyles of a selection of Palestinian children, then this is the film for you. Made by documentary maker Mai Masri during the 2000 withdrawal of Israel from Lebanon, it reveals how conflict between nations can impinge on the everyday lives of kids who would otherwise be doing what all kids do. Their reactions are shared through their voiceovers. The murder of a father, a suicide bombing, or opening or closing of borders can have such deep and lasting effect on what would have been a happy childhood.            56m

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

by Sue Hensley

With waxeyes and bellbirds singing in the mornings it feels as though spring may be round the corner and we look forward to the reopening of the ecosanctuary café under new management Friday 23 August.

Another event looked forward to is the visit of the Conservation Ambassador Sirocco. He is the only spokesbird in this role and has a worldwide fan base. He has his own Facebook page, Twitter account and website ( He will receive audiences from 19 September to 5 October at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

The field staff have been busy putting out all 1350 tracking tunnels baited with peanut butter to see what animals come in to eat. Fantastically pleasing was that no mammal pests were recorded. This means that for the last two years either no or extremely low levels of mouse prints have been recorded.

While doing this monitoring work Elton also conducted an informal saddleback/tieke survey and recorded 33 individuals including 17 jack birds over just two sessions. Regular walkers down the Saddleback Valley track are also reporting sightings.

For information on Sirocco the kakapo’s visit and other events visit or Facebook. Visitor Centre and cafe open daily.

Library Rug to Reflect Blueskin Bay

A large rug, designed to incorporate the varied geographical features of the surrounding area, was unveiled at the Blueskin Bay library on Saturday 16 August.

Blueskin Bay librarian Louise Booth says the project, funded by the Dunedin City Council's Creative Communities Scheme, began last year under the direction of artist Janet De Wagt.

"Janet has done a lot of community arts projects both here and in the UK, and has previously had funding from the Creative Communities Scheme for similar projects, which made the process a lot easier."

The large, three-dimensional rag rug has been made up of a whole range of donated fabric from around New Zealand, including old school ties.

Louise notes that "It has been a fantastic community effort with many people adding to the rug. Both the Warrington and Waitati Schools got involved and we also held community workshops where people crafted patches to go on the rug.

"There was also a core group of several women who put many hours into the project."

Ms de Wagt says she found tasks to suit the ages and skills of all the helpers involved.

"The rug features the bay and landmarks that are familiar to the locals – from school children through to retirees."

The rug is sized to fit nicely into the Blueskin Bay Library's children's area.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Blueskin Youth and Community Amenities Association (BYCAA) AGM

By  Paul Sirota, chairperson

The Blueskin Youth and Community Amenities Association (BYCAA) is a community-based charitable, incorporated society set to have its AGM at 7pm Tuesday, 25 September at the Blueskin library in Waitati. Our motivation is to provide amenities for the residents of Blueskin Bay which encourage our youth and families to get out and about to enjoy healthy physical activities within our community.

Since the successful completion of the skate park and tennis/netball courts at Bland Park we have contracted an independent consultancy to prepare a community needs consultation and feasibility report. The report has lead us to move on to the construction of the Waitati Community Walkway. We have nearly completed stage 1 of the 2.2km walkway which will extend from the swing bridge on Orokonui Rd around the D.o.C wetland sanctuary, incorporating boardwalks at the head of the estuary, and continue through regenerating native bush beneath the Orokonui Ecosanctuary to Chelivode St beside Blacks Bridge on Doctors Point Rd. With a little more help we will complete stage 1 and move toward beginning stage 2, from Bland Park to the Orokonui Swing bridge and making a walkway loop of just over 4km.

We would like to enhance our committee with some fresh ideas and energy from within our community. If you think you might like to get involved with providing some tangible benefits for your family and community, please come attend our AGM and put your name forward. Alternatively, you can email our secretary, Louise, at the library ( with your nomination and turn up for the AGM. We look forward to seeing you there.