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The Greater Green Island Informer

November 2016
Important Dates:
  • Vote for the Playground Train during November
  • Concord Kindergarten's Ladies Night  - 10th Nov
  • Greater Green Island Business Assoc Meeting - 14th  Nov
  • Fairfield Night Market - 17th Nov
  • GGI Traffic and Road Safety Meeting - 21st Nov
  • First Practice for Festival of Lessons Choir - 1st Dec
  • Green Island Market Day - 3rd Dec
  • Greater Green Island and Mosgiel Food Bank Drive - 5th Dec
  • GI Cricket Club Quiz - 5th Dec
  • GGI Festival of Lessons and Carols - 18th Dec
  • December  “GI GLOW” 
You can find event posters and info on the Greater Green Island Website Here

Community Garden Open Weekly on
  • Tuesday 12pm - 2pm
  • Thursday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Saturday 10am - 12pm

What does “Greater Green Island” mean?

We have had feedback from Community Members that the name Greater Green Island makes them think of only Green Island and the closest suburbs. We are pleased to inform everyone that the Greater Green Island Network is here to support residents of Abbotsford, Burnside, Brighton, Concord, Fairfield, Green Island, Ocean View, Waldronville and Westwood. That means this is your community newsletter and we would love to have stories, photos and news from all of the suburbs listed above. If you have an event or idea that you would like to discuss please let us know and we might be able to help in some way.  Or you might like to volunteer in your community?

Phone Amanda or Leanne Monday -Thursday on 4700814 or email

Newsletter Mail Delivery Trial

The Greater Green Island Informer has become increasingly popular and community members have been asking if it will be delivered to their homes.  Unfortunately we do not have enough funding to print copies to deliver to the six communities in the area so we will trial doing a delivery to one community each month.  Alternatively you can pick up your own copy at the majority of the shops in all six communities.

Another eco-friendly way to read the newsletter is to sign up for it online.  If you would like to do this please see the link on our website


Train Design a Favourite with Kids
Through community consultation, the Greater Green Island Committee have been made aware of the need for a playground for 0-6 year olds in Green Island. We have been working with playground suppliers to come up with some options and have also met with the DCC and RSA about the project. Both organisations are supportive of the Green Island Memorial Gardens to be the site of a playground. Community members have voiced that they would like a fenced playground with seating, a swing, a slide and some multi-play equipment. Various designs for the multi-play equipment have been shown at community events where children and adults have voted for their favourite. As a result the train designs have been the most popular. The train would be the main piece of equipment but we will aim to put in a basket swing and two or three small pieces of equipment as well. 

Now we would like to know which of these two options you prefer?

We especially want to hear the preschoolers opinions. Please vote for your choice on our Facebook page during the month of November or vote at Fresh Choice Supermarket.
At the end of vote we will start applying for funds.

Leanne and Amanda
Greater Green Island Community Workers

Shweta Prasad - Pharmacist, Kim Tapp - Pharmacy Technician and Hayley Steenkamp - Pharmacist

Green Island Boutique Pharmacy

A new pharmacy that has popped up on the main street of Green Island.
Locally owned and operated by two young mum pharmacists who are passionate about health and serving our community through their business.

They aim to stock as many local gifts as possible to support our local artisans, including locally handmade products like toys, bibs, blankets etc. They also have locally made jewellery and artwork for sale from a local Brighton photographer as well as other items that are exclusively stocked in the pharmacy. Most of all they hope to provide the best advice and healthcare they can offer as a team. The pharmacy is child and breastfeeding friendly. Shweta, Hayley and Kim are really excited to have this opportunity to work in their very own community.

Green Island Boutique Pharmacy
195B Main Road, Green Island
phone 03 7773240

Concord Kindergarten

As part of our learning programme this term we are having some of our community services come to visit us at Concord Kindergarten. This week we had the Fire Service come to talk to us in relation to how to keep ourselves safe and what we need to do in the event of a fire. We listened to some very important information and had some discussions with our teachers and families about what we need to remember. The important message was “Get Out, Stay Out”. We have all been discussing our safe place to go in the event of a fire.
We all got to go outside and look at the fire engine. The fire fighters helped us to squirt the hose and then we all blocked our ears as they turned on the siren and set off down the road.
We are looking forward to our next visitor, the Dunedin City Council Dog Control Officer who is coming to share some information about keeping safe around dogs.

93 Mulford Street, Concord.

We are open 8:30 – 2:30 Monday to Friday for 2-5 year olds.

Call in for a visit

Scott Weatherall - Life Matters Ambassador

It’s my priviledge to have come on board with the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust - our Trust's Goal is Zero Suicides in New Zealand.

Our other goals are :
  • Reduce the rate of suicide and suicidal behaviour
  • Promote prevention strategies
  • Community education
  • Provide a Bereavement Support Group.
Annually we have 560 people take their own lives in New Zealand, the young and males are significantly over represented in these statistics.

Through my role with Life Matters I plan to raise the awareness and acceptance that we as a community are more open to talk about Suicide and Mental Health challenges that face people on a daily basis here in our community of Dunedin.

I want everyone to know that there is help available.

One in ten people in their lifetime contemplate taking their own life, thankfully most seek assistance and guidance through the challenging times.

We as a Community need to be more open and supportive of each other through not only the good times but the challenging times too.

If your interested to follow my Ambassador Facebook page here is the link
Thanks heaps

Scott Weatherall

N S Designs

N S Designs is proud to be a part of the Green Island Business community and have been located here for a few years now, with over 25 years of experience in this industry it is a great opportunity to put focus onto local needs and providing relevant services.

I produce a wide range of Performance costumes, sports training-wear and uniforms for Dancing, Gymnastics, Aerobics, Ice-skating, Body-building and many other performance sports and events, from individual to large group requirements. I am currently working to increase the quantity of ready-to-wear stock for all fields but also continue to work directly to make custom-made garments for your specific requirements or event. There is also a wide range of decorative trimmings, sewing supplies, fabrics & braids with the ability to order in any extra supplies required.

As an experienced designer with the ability to create my own patterns there are no limitations to producing any garment desired. Also available for repairs and alterations, I specialise in working with your existing garments and clothing to offer options and solutions to get them out of the back of the wardrobe and got you to love wearing them again.

Although at this stage there are no set open hours, I am available most days between 8am – 8pm by appointment.

If I can be of any assistance please pop in or contact Narelle to arrange a suitable time.

220 Main South Rd, Green Island

021 486942 or 488 5507

Road Safety Meetings

We have had meetings with the DCC and ORC this year around traffic, parking, bus stops, and pedestrian safety in and around Greater Green Island. We now need to complete a draft design of what community members and workers want to see in terms of improvements. We will then deliver the plan to the DCC, ORC and NZTA so that they can work collaboratively to meet the needs of our communities. Thank goodness Leanne was a draftsperson in a former life!  

Please come to see us to discuss your ideas/concerns at the Civic Hall

on 21st November between

10am-12pm or 6.30pm-7.30pm

Not G.I.JOE…..................We Want G.I.GLOW

The Greater Green Island Community Network would like to put a challenge out to everyone living and working in the six beautiful suburbs of G.G.I. We would like to see Green Island Glow this year in December and need your help to do this. Lets bring other Dunedin members into our area by lighting up our houses, trees, businesses and schools. Post your decorations on our Facebook page to be in a draw for a spot prize. If you have any decorations you would like to donate to decorate your local shops or community rooms please let us know. Phone Leanne or Amanda on 4700814 or email us.

Fireside Club

Your Are you over 55 years and can play social indoor bowls or cards?  Then come along to the Janet Cameron Hall, 59 Shand Street, Green Island on Thursdays at 1.15 pm. Admission $2.00 includes cuppa.  Annual Sub $5. All welcome.  The Fireside Club Inc offers the rental of the Janet Cameron Hall for functions, community meetings, club and groups.  Can be a one off event or weekly event.  The hall has lovely natural light from the windows and a stunning view of the gardens, which you can access from the hall doors.  Phone Keith 0273566534
Find more information on the group the Greater Green Island Website here

Dunedin NZ Seiden Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate

Over Labour Weekend, Dunedin NZ Seiden Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate hosted the world famous karate master Taira Masaji Hanshi at the Green Island dojo, and the Fairfield Community Hall. There were visitors from many karate organisations, and participants came from as far as Auckland and Melbourne for the event. There were three days of Karate training, in the special advanced application of Karate technique for which Taira Hanshi is famous; one day of Okinawan Weapons training; and a grading. Two Dunedin students - Wayne Walker and Russell Godfrey successfully attained shodan (black belt) and Jacob Blokland from Christchurch attained Sandan (3rd degree black belt) .  The Dunedin dojo teaches the traditional Okinawa Goju Ryu system of karate, with special emphasis on applications of the kata (forms) of the system. With more than 10 black belt instructors, some with more than 30 years experience, regularly attending, there is a lot of depth in the dojo. Four of the instructors are just back from training with Taira Hanshi in Okinawa, Japan, the birthplace of Karate. The dojo in Main South Road has two floors, including a matted area, for all facets of karate training. The dojo is very appreciative of the Fairfield Hall facilities, and has used the hall for Taira Hanshi's seminar in 2015 and 2016, and for other dojo events.  Taira Hanshi will be returning for another seminar in 2017.  More information on their website at   

Keeping it real with Fred

If you are stressed and in a rush you make poor decisions while driving.  Instead of being a few minutes late you will be A LOT late (if you crash!)  Don’t rush, take it easy and enjoy life.  

Fred Jansen, Community Constable.
Green Island Market Day
The Green Island Business Association is holding the Green Island Market Day on Saturday the 3rd of December, 10am - 1pm. 
Stalls are $25.  Please supply your own table.  The market will be on rain or shine.  If you would like a stall please contact Lee Cheshire or Martene on Ph. 488 3624

Bottles Please

The Community Gardeners are in need of 3 litre plastic bottles to help the seedlings grow. If you can help out please drop into Marion and the team on Tuesdays 12-2pm, Thursdays 5.30-7pm or Saturdays 10am-12pm. The Garden is on Shand Street in Green Island, behind St Peter Chanel School and the Green Island Memorial Gardens. The group are always happy to take donations of old tools you no longer use and can pick up. Call Marion on 0212631221 if you have some to donate. All welcome to working bees.
More info about the Garden found on the Greater Green Island Website here.
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Above:  A sunny day at the Green Island School Carnival Fair
Above: Pip enjoys creating Giant Bubbles at the GGI Teddy Bears Picnic
Right: Renee got her face painted 
Above:  Line Dancing is a great way to socialize and get fit.  Mondays at the Civic Hall 1pm-2pm.  
Cost $2.   Call Maureen for more info 4895913

Left:  Arlie and his Nan enjoy attending the Plunket Play Group

Below: Green Island Lions - Brian Cromarty, Ken Schumacher and Jim Pine volunteering at the Green Island School Carnival
GGI Festival & Carols

Last year, a packed church enjoyed the first Greater Green Island Community’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols sponsored by the combined Presbyterian, Catholic, Anglican and Baptist churches.  The carols were led by a nearly 30 member choir. Lessons were read by people representing business, medical, education, sport and service organisations.  This year reading will be done by representation the various districts which make up the Greater Green Island Community.  This year it is St Peter Chanel's turn to be the venue.  The choir will again be conducted by Jack Rutherford with Rodney Clayton as accompanying.   So we will need singers, singers and more singers.  I don't need Kiri te Kanawas but just men and women who enjoy singing and have as much fun together as last year. 
Finally some dates: 
Sunday December 18th at 7pm at St  Peter Chanel.  
First choir practice Thursday December 1st at 7.15pm at St Margarets Church Main South Road. 
We only need three practices as the choir carols are easy singing.  

By Jack Rutherford. 

The Brighton Club Inc


Ever wondered what the Brighton Club do...well they have these events coming up if you want to check it out:

New members are always welcome at the Club so if you would like to see what the Club is all about, why not join us then for an entertaining afternoon.
Saturday 27th November - Jam Session from 2pm. 

Looking back to our Hawaiian theme Night in late July (see photo) - members really enjoyed dressing to a tropical theme along with enjoying the sounds by Anton.

Looking ahead to 2017: the 25th Brighton Club Inc Fishing Competition is set for Waitangi Weekend 2017. More details to come - it's a great day! If you would like to contact us please email us on:

We also have a Facebook page so please like us on: Brighton Club Incorporated

Abbotsford Women's Institute.

We meet on the 4th Thursday night at Peter Chanel church hall.

We are a fun group of ladies, with many interests...

Including -Craft group(winter months}

               - Coffee mornings

               - Choir {do you sing???}

               - Lunches out

Get together with other WI's, this can include outings and competitions.

But one thing we do enjoy is a good laugh and each other's company...

This year's national project is nurturing the nation, so we did crafts with a few

of the children from St Peter Chanel school. Below is one of the projects we did.

So if you are looking at a fun way to make friends , we are for you. No age limit.

Come along and see if this group is for you, you may be surprised ..

All inquires , phone Jo 4879045.

Island Park Golf Club
"In conjunction with the Love Golf "She Loves Golf" promotion Island Park Golf Club are jumping on board.  
From 12pm every Sunday throughout November we are offering women FREE GREEN FEES when playing with either paying green fee partner or club member.

This is an exciting opportunity for both club and women who've always wanted to have a crack. So get some besties together come out to 'The Park' for a hit and giggle.

For more information go to:

We are getting some great feedback about our website and are be really keen to get more organisations signed up.  
The more information we have on the site the better!

Community Groups $25, Businesses $40
(If the cost is a problem please talk to us)

If you are interested in signing up please give Amanda or Leanne a call on ph 4700814, email or you can sign up on the website itself.
Starfish Photos & Design Studio
Starfish Photos & Design Studio @ Brighton will be open on most Sundays from 11.30 -3 pm in November through to Christmas.  Starfish Photos & Design is a beautiful collection of Dunedin landscape photos of local Brighton Photographer, Michele Newman.  Prints are available as framed, canvas, photo blocks, ceramic tiles, fridge magnets, bags cards etc.  The design studio also has a range of limited edition items such as side tables, lamps and also stocks East Coast Essentials gifts such as natural soaps, candles, incense, hand creams.  The perfect Christmas gifts for friends and family here and overseas.  Free delivery in Dunedin and free shipping in NZ.  Come along on Sundays and check it out.  Grab a fresh strictly coffee or ice cream from Azizah at the Brighton store and pop along for a visit - there is a comfy couch and fairy lights.  2 k up McIntosh Road - sign on the gate.  You can also shop online at   Don’t forget to also join our Starfish Photos Facebook page and Instagram.

Moira Clark


Ph+643 453 6606

commercial; wedding; portraiture

85+awards nzipp

Farmers Market Tour + Cooking Class – Saturday 19th November 2016 – 9:00am

Join Alison Lambert for an informative and entertaining tour around our local Farmers Market, introducing you to some of the best local produce and food products Dunedin has to offer! Learn about different vegetables/when to buy and how to incorporate them into your daily cooking. After the market we return to Art of Cuisine for a cooking demonstration using the produce we collect and Alison will introduce you to some spectacular recipes & dishes that you can make at home!


Special Christmas Lunch Class – Friday 9th December 2016 – 11:30am

Due to the success of our last year’s Christmas lunch class we are bringing them back! Enjoy a long lunch at Art of Cuisine to celebrate the end of another year. Sit back and relax in our modern venue and watch our chef create some mouth-watering dishes and even get a few tips and ideas to use during the holiday break. Bring a group of work colleagues or your whole work, or just bring a group of friends or family to enjoy the class with.

Small Groups Christmas Class – Thursday 15th December 2016 – 6:00pm

These classes are designed for people who do not have enough people to make a private function feasible for their group, or anyone wanting to get their friends & family together for an end of year celebration. They work the same as our normal classes, they will be Christmassy themed and a bit more special! These classes will suit groups of work colleagues or even your workplace if you are small. Bring your group of friends or even the family! You will be treated to an exciting and different Christmas party, so book in and send the year out in style!

Please enquire for availability & bookings: | 03-425-9272

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Naan Bread Recipe

1 cup of warm water
1½ teaspoons of yeast
3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon of oil
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of chopped garlic (optional)
1 egg beaten (optional)

  1. Add sugar a cup of warm water and stir. 
  2. Add the yeast to this mix and let it sit until it is frothy (around 10 minutes).
  3. In a bowl add the flour, baking powder, salt, oil and egg and mix together. 
  4. Now mix the yeast/water mixture in to make dough.
  5. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is smooth.
  6. Roll the dough into small round pieces that fit in the palm of your hand.
  7. Place the dough balls on a tray which is dusted in flour and cover with a tea towel.  Let this sit for 15-20 minutes.  
  8. While this is happening preheat your oven to 250 degrees C.
  9. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin into a circle, just before you put it in the oven.  Sprinkle the garlic on the top as you roll it out (if you choose). 
  10. Cook for 5 minutes until the naan is slightly brown. 
  11. Now eat, store in a container or freeze the naan bread for later.  It only needs a minute in the microwave from frozen – its amazing! 
Please let us know if you have any recipes to contribute.
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