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The Greater Green Island Informer

February 2017


February 2017

Primary and Intermediate Term one begins between 30th Jan and 7th Feb. 

Brighton Club Fishing Competition 4th Feb

Waitangi Day Public Holiday   6th Feb

Green Island Community Garden BBQ  11th Feb

Settling In Dunedin Community Support 20th Feb

March 2017

Otago Anniversary Day Public Holiday 20th March

Neighbours Day Aotearoa 25th/26th March


Newsletter Mail Delivery

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 all six communities in the area so we be delivering to one community each month.  Alternatively you can pick up your own copy at the majority of the shops in all six communities.  

Neighbours Day is an annual celebration of neighbourliness that happens all over New Zealand over the last weekend of March.  Neighbours Day encourages all people to get to know their neighbours or spend time with them to build connections that last all year round. 

Resources, ideas and information can be found on the website

If you want to participate in the competition but dont have facebook you can you can email the photos/stories to or   Please ask the permission of the people in the photo before posting. Prizes will be displayed on facebook in March.  Have fun!  
From left:  Fletcher, Leah, Maple, Coach Liam, Erin and Shaun

Summer Fun in Abbotsford
Abbotsford School held its third Playball Sport for Life Summer Holiday programme in January. Over 15 primary aged children attended a two-week programme that focused on sports challenges and group activities. Run by Coach Liam, the days were made up of an incredible range of fun games, specific skills clinics, team challenges, arts, crafts, and day trips to the beach, Leap Trampoline Park and Inflatable World. Attendees were also introduced to new sporting opportunities like European handball, martial arts and disc golf.  If you’re interested in involving your child in Playball Sport for Life, please contact Liam Little on 027 554 8859 or find more information at  By Meg Beamish. 

  Traffic Safety Plan Update

The Greater Green Island Community Workers and Committee have been busy collecting and collating information from Community members on road safety, parking, bus stops and pedestrian safety.  We thank everyone who has written letters of support, come up with ideas and informed us of the issues around road/pedestrian safety.  This month the final Road Safety report was completed and a meeting with the DCC Traffic department was held, it was very positive.  The DCC and NZTA are now in discussions around installing three round abouts in areas that were identified by residents as very dangerous on Main Road (on and off ramps to the motorway from Green Island near the Commercial Tavern, Westland Street and Abbotsford Road).  We will be informed if the NZTA has funding for this project by April 2017.  The DCC has also listened to some ideas around the changing of car parking times in the DCC car park, improvements to the Church street/Shand Street intersection, installation of a new pedestrian crossing outside FreshChoice Moyles and the raising of the crossings to reduce speed of vehicles.  View the report and progress updates on our website here   

Next month will feature the results for Waldronville. The survey was completed in 2016. Copyright GGICN

Christmas on the Domain Event

Wednesday 21st December 2016 saw the second Christmas on the Domain event out in Brighton. With the perfect combination of great weather, fantastic entertainment, food and Christmas spirit it was a great fun filled evening for all who attended.

Justine Weatherall, Event Organiser, was blown away by the support for the small community event which saw approximately 1500 people attend, well over double that of the 2015 event. Justine says the event was developed to provide an opportunity for people within the community to come together and enjoy some Christmas fun, with the concept of a laid-back picnic dinner and live entertainment. She also had Leanne Stenhouse and Samantha Breese alongside her helping to organise this event.

It was great to have the Green Island Lions Club who have supported the event both years by bringing along their kitchen caravan to provide some good old fashioned hot food. There were also the teams from Churros Ole, Artisan State and Blue Boy.

Ian Chalmers and his team from Pro Events came on board this year to provide the fantastic stage and sound system.

The performers who got everyone in the Christmas spirit were:

Anthony Breese  AKA Breesy, Rainbow Rosalind, Sophie Morris, Robyn Johnston

And a special shout out to all the children from Big Rock Primary and surrounding schools who got up to beautifully perform for the crowd. 

Keeping it real with Fred

Why not make your 2017 News Years Resolution to take a minute to say hello to your neighbours.  Neighbours that look out for each other are safer and  more resilient in emergencies. 

Fred Jansen, Community Constable. 

Green Island Carol Service
Over 200 people attended Green Island’s second annual carol service on the evening of December 18th. Held at Saint Peter Chanel Church, the non-denominational service was organised by local resident Jack Rutherford, who      entitles the event Nine Lessons in Carols.  In a wonderful celebration of the Greater Green Island Community, a choir of 30 local volunteers performed carols from around the world while representatives of the Green Island district read nine passages.  “The event went very well with good leadership from Jack Rutherford and the choir”, Father   Michael Dooley reported.  The service was also an opportunity to fundraise for the Red Cross Refugee Fund, with just over $300 in donations collected on the evening. A big thank you to everyone involved who generously gave their time and funds to celebrate our community and make a difference to an important charity. By Meg Beamish.
Leo Holiday Report 
The first weekend in December was a busy start for us Leos. On Saturday we took part in the Green Island Market Day, a few of us took part in the Santa Parade on Sunday and on Monday we assisted the Lions with the Can Appeal.  On the 3rd December we helped out at the Green Island Market Day by selling raffles so people could be in to win a prize for the Chocolate Wheel and we had a food truck. Some prizes were won and some lucky people won twice. At the end we got to go around the stalls to look at people's goods. It was a hot day so lots of drinks were needed.  On the 4th December some of us Leos participated in the Santa Parade. We got to be the Three Little Pigs that day. The Santa Parade brought Christmas spirit and joy to everyone in Dunedin. It also marked the beginning of the festive season.  Our busy weekend continued into the week where we did the Can Appeal on Monday. We collected from the Greater Green Island area which includes all of Green Island and Abbotsford. Police cars and fire trucks went round neighbourhoods alerting people to put their donations out. Then we walked up streets to   collect them. It was really good because we got lots of food which went to the Mosgiel Foodbank. It was a busy but fun time of the year and I would do it all again.  By Rebecca Pearson. 

Abbotsford Women’s Institute. 

We have our first meeting off 2017 on Jan 26th.  Then we meet on the 4th Thursday of the month.  Summer months in the evening, winter months we meet for lunch time meetings. We do a lunch out for our birthday, in August. We meet in Green Island, even though we are an Abbotsford group. So doesn’t matter which area you live in.  We are a fun group of ladies with many interests, including :  craft group in the winter months, coffee mornings, choir that entertains and outings out. 
We enjoy getting out together. At meetings we have a speaker or demonstrator, fun and a laugh. Plus competitions, flowers, baking, crafts. Raffles. We finish each meeting with a cuppa and chat.  Abbotsford is part of the Mid Otago Federation. We have get togethers with other institutes for things like friendship days, competition days and movie afternoons.  We come under the NZ Women’s Institute. Their web site is We are also on face book.  Women’s Institute is not just tea and scones.  I am sure we have something to interest most ladies.  Any age, young, old or in between.  Great to meet and make new friends.  So come along and see if it’s for you before joining.  Any inquires or questions, please phone me.  Jo 4879045. Leave a message and I will phone you back.  

Greater Green Island Rhythmic Gymnastics Club Inc

Classes start Tuesday 7th February 2017.  All new members welcome. 
For further information contact Kate Greeve:  Email: or
visit our Website:

Practicing Tian Yuan at the Qi Gong Retreat November 2013

Qi Gong classes
starting again 24 January 6.30-7.30
Green Island Wellness Centre, 2 Jenkins Street
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese healthcare practice that has been used for thousands of years to improve the qi condition thus promoting better health.  Health benefits have been well documented.  The following is from one of the class participants.
I'd like to recommend Jacky Tate's Qigong class at the Green Island Wellness Centre.
I have found real improvement in my inflammatory conditions and associated pain.  I had been concerned that exercising on my feet might worsen my problem with Plantar Fasciitis.  To my surprise, the pain abated, and I now suffer little discomfort at any time, despite being told the condition was chronic due to the that the shape and size of my heels.
Qigong incorporates a wide range of movements across the whole body.  It is gentle, meditative and graceful.  As someone who is somewhat 'challenged' in agility and physical coordination, I have enjoyed learning to be more in tune with my body and gradually finding more subtlety and grace, even at times, a sense of flow.
The class is a great stress-reliever. Even on difficult days, I unwind and come away feeling better.  It is warm and friendly, and includes people of different ages and levels of ability.
Jacky is a skilful and compassionate teacher and practitioner, she is sensitive and responsive to the group, as well as to individual needs and abilities.
Sarah Jones, Halfway Bush

Anyone interested in joining the group, please contact Jacky Tate  4817971

Age Concern Otago
Phone Margaret at Age Concern  477-1040 / 702
Falls Prevention Programme
For men and women 65 +
Green Island Presbyterian 
Jenkins St, Green Island
Steady As You Go
Mondays 1pm, Tuesdays 10.30am or Fridays 1.30pm 

Tai Chi Classes
Wednesdays 1pm 
Serving our local community
December  was a busy month for the club with the caravan at the Green Island Market Day and again at Carols in the Domain at Brighton. We also participated in the Can appeal to help fill the Mosgiel Foodbank shelves prior to Christmas, always a fun and humbling night when you see what members of our community are willing to donate. Phone books were again delivered in the Ocean View, Brighton and Taieri Mouth areas.
Christmas to New Year is a quiet time while members enjoy time with family and friends and some well deserved R & R. Things are however beginning to wind up again with the caravan in for a big day at the Brighton Gala day on the 29th January a popular and busy event.
The following Saturday the caravan will be at the Spartan rugby event feeding hungry rugby players and spectators.
Our sawdust sales at the Green Island Landfill is an ongoing project as is the sale of our Lions Mints in various outlets around the town.
For information regarding the Caravan or Green Island Lions contact:
Jim Pine:  473 0044 or 027 227 2342
Christine Bone  488 6291 or 027 488 6293
Curried Chicken with Noodles

3 C water
3 tsp Chicken Stock
1 C chicken pieces
1 Tb curry powder
1 Tbs conflour
1 packet udon or hokkien noodles


1. Brown chicken in a saucepan in a little oil.
2. Add all other ingredients and stir continuously until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
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