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The Greater Green Island Informer

July 2016

Māori Language Week 2016 is going to be positive, relevant, energetic, fun and exciting! It will show New Zealand that there is a place for the Māori language in our stadiums, on our sports fields, in the news and the ever growing realm of social media. It will also show the country that te reo Māori is a language for all New Zealanders.

The campaign will run from
July 4 – 10.

The theme for this year is ākina te reo – behind you all the way which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.
Find info and good resources here:


Ākina te Reo  This year FreshChoice supermarkets are celebrating Māori Language Week by providing free downloadable Māori language posters and colouring resources. Find the link here to download your resources:

Lilliput Library - 21 Delta Drive , Waldronville

Lilliput Libraries

Have you heard about Lilliput Libraries?  We love the concept and are keen to work with Lilliput Libraries to get more of these in our community.

How does it work?

Guardians have a Library attached to their property and agree to look after it. (You get a box of books to start with and just need to make sure that it’s topped up).

Members of the public are welcome to take books from the library and can also put books in them. There is no pressure to return the book if you want to keep it, you can.  It helps if you can put books in but it’s not essential.  We currently have a few Lilliput Libraries in our area but we would love to see more.

If you would like to donate to the givealittle page below please put ‘Greater Green Island’ as a comment and any money donated will be kept in our area.

If you would like to become a guardian please contact us on ph 4700814 or Lilliput libraries directly at

We are also on the lookout for local artists to decorate boxes and people to help with installation so please get in contact if you’re interested.

Link to facebook page

The Greater Green Island Community Network have just purchased three Libraries which will be installed in our area in the near future.

Addresses of current Lilliput Libraries in our area:

21 Delta Drive, Waldronville

381 Brighton Road, Waldronville

2 Scroggs Hill Road, Brighton

Coming soon to Green Island and Abbotsford too.
Thursdays 9.00-11.30am
St Margaret Church Hall
Green Island

The St Margaret's Playgroup has been run by volunteers for around around 8 years. Ros Stroud-McAdam is the facilitator and has support from Pam MacDonald and Judy Hollander who prepare the delicious food for both adults and children. 
Anyone is welcome to join the group for 0-5 year olds with their whanau or caregivers.  Please phone Ros on 487 9399 or pop in for a visit to
find out more info. 

Children’s morning tea is provided with a gold coin donation.
There is a roster for the adults morning tea each week and looks delicious!! 

This Months Good Sort

Jack Rutherford

Jack Rutherford is 85 years old and has lived in Green Island for four years, although you would think it would be longer as he is a well known and liked community member already.

He previously lived in Ranfurly as the Principal of Ranfurly School. When Jack was looking to move he states that “Green Island ticked all the boxes”. Jack was the face of the Bus Petition and spoke at the Otago Regional Council Hearing on behalf of the action group. Jack is very community minded and has an interest in Cooking, History and Fruit Trees. We love having you in our Community Jack!

We would like to THANK Leslie Wilson and Brian Naylor for volunteering to deliver flyers around various neighbourhoods.  If you see Leslie and Brian out and about please let them know you appreciate their help in getting the community notices out to all.  Leslie and Brian work at Sherwood CCT. 
Big Rock Primary Celebrates Matariki in Style

On a fantastic, warm June day, the children and whanau of Big Rock Primary School completed their work on Matariki with a school community hangi. The hangi was planned and prepared by parents Dennis Kahui, Daniel Gabbott, Shani Milne and Janis McCarthy.

Then on the day the food was prepared by an enthusiastic team of parents while the hangi pit and fire was organised by Dennis Kahui and his team. The hangi went in the ground about 12:30 and was lifted at about 5:15.

The hangi, along with a spit roast side of pork, barbeque mussels and a sausage sizzle was shared by approximately 160 people at the Brighton Hall. An amazing event organised and enjoyed by the wonderful children and families of Big Rock Primary.

Thank you to everyone for your support.

David Grant, Principal

Matariki Celebration at Abbotsford Kindergarten
Last Wednesday Abbotsford Kindergarten held a breakfast to help celebrate Matariki.   The children came dressed in their pyjamas and sat down to a full breakfast including porridge, fruit, rice bubbles, cornflakes, toast, hot chocolate and marshmallows.  Yum!  It was fun having breakfast together and seeing everyone in their pyjamas.
After breakfast we had a special visit from Jennifer who looks after some very special taonga puoro (singing treasures) at Otago University.  She showed us all the different sounds that they made and told us some stories about them.  Then we were allowed have a turn at playing them too.  Some of the instruments were so loud we had to put our hands over our ears.  We had a great time celebrating this special Maori New Year Festival
Bus Petition Update

You may be aware that the Greater Green Island community made a submission to the Otago Regional Council in March this year.

The Otago Regional Council staff have been looking at the issues raised and have gathered more information.  They have several proposals to look at and it is hoped that a decision will be made at their next Council meeting in August.

We will keep you posted on the progress.

The Green Island Badminton Club will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a dinner on September 9th at the Mosgiel Railway Station. 

Previous members will be notified by phone call within the next month to attend  the dinner. 
If you don't hear from them and have been involved  please contact Anne Ferguson 4881824, or 0272029736

The club would also like to invite new members along, you can either phone Anne or come along to the Civic Hall in Green Island on Wednesday between 10-12.

Greater Green Island Community Website

We are in the process of developing a
Greater Green Island Website with Firebrand.
This website will be used to give residents of (and visitors to) the Greater Green Island area a chance to see what is available to them in the area.  The benefits of the website will be that clubs/organisations and businesses that sign up will be able to update their own contact details as well as inform people of upcoming fund-raising and events, notices, add photos and videos and links to other external websites.

Community clubs/Activities Annual Fee $25,
Business Annual Fee $40
If you are interested in having your business or group showcased on this website please contact Amanda or Leanne on 470 0814 or
The next Community Cuppa Dates:

27th July at the Green Island Rugby Club
10th August at the Green Island Civic Hall
Please note there was an error in the previous newsletter with the date of the August Morning tea being incorrect. 


Serving our local community

Our Annual Fertiliser Drive is coming up – delivery date will be Saturday 20th August. Watch out for an order card in your mailbox over the next few weeks, outlining the products available, costs and ordering information. For any queries contact Trevor Roberts 488 5231 or 021 072 8093

Also coming up is Special Rigs for Special Kids on Sunday 28th August. It is the 25th anniversary of this special event organised by Greg Inch and a dedicated group of committee volunteers. Green Island Lions will have their Catering Caravan and barbeques at this event to prepare, cook and serve the food provided by local companies for those taking part.

Don’t forget to watch out as the trucks pass through Green Island and give them all a wave.

The Catering Caravan is also available to provide food for your functions, sports events or any other occasions.

For details regarding the caravan or to discuss your requirements contact Jim or Christine

Jim Pine: 473 0044 or 027 227 2342

Christine Bone 488 6291 or 027 488 6293

Before School Checks

The B4 School Check aims to make sure your four year old is healthy and can start school all ready to keep learning! Ideally your child should be seen as close to 4 years as possible.
It is also the final Well Child/Tamariki Ora Health Check and is free for all 4 year olds.

Your child’s B4 School check can be booked by phoning direct to our B4 School Admin Team

0800-247-224 (free to call from cell phones), or text 027-226-0618 or by email:

For more information on the B4 School Check, go to the Ministry of Health website:

Green Island Leos - Joseph , Thomas, Hannah, Travis, Renee with a cheque for $400 raised by Carwash for Camp Quality
We are always looking for new prospective Leos to join our great group.  
(Aged 12-18)
We meet the first Tuesday of every month at the
St Peter Chanel Hall at 5.30pm. 
Any inquiries for more info ph Jules Haldane 0212804702
Good on you Z Energy Green Island! 
The local business is collecting New PJs for children going into Foster Care. This has been organised by Foster Hope Otago who want to show children that someone cares by giving them a brand new pair of PJs.  
The PJ collection will be finishing on 15th of July.
Paula Haworth
Independent Wellness Advocate
Facebook Nature a to z
Cell 0273274191
Phone 488 1927

Satay Pumpkin and Kumura Soup

Pumpkin, Kumara and peanut butter come together in a tasty flavour combination that is also nutritious and filling.

2 Tbsp butter
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ tsp curry powder
½ tsp freshly ground coriander seed
¼ tsp chilli powder
1 large kumara (250g)
250g pumpkin, peeled and diced
4 cups vegetable stock
½ tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp peanut butter
½ cup cream to serve
½ cup roasted, salted peanuts to serve

Heat the butter in a large pot until melted, then add garlic and onion. Cook until softened.

Add curry powder, coriander and chilli powder and stir to combine. Peel and dice the Kumara and add to the pot. Add diced pumpkin and the stock and bring to a boil.

Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add salt and the peanut butter.

Liquidised in a food processor or use a potato masher to puree the vegetables.

Adjust the seasonings and reheat to serve. Serve with a swirl of cream and coarsely crushed peanuts on top.

Serves 6

P.s You can cut back on the chilli, garlic etc as required.

If you have any recipes you would like to share please email to or

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