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The Greater Green Island Informer

October 2016
Important Dates:
  • Bus Public Meeting - 3rd Oct
  • Teddy Bears Picnic  - 5th Oct
  • Community Safety Meeting - 6th Oct
  • Local Elections Voting Closing Date - 8th Oct
  • World Mental Health Awareness Week 10th -16th Oct
  •  Last day of Badminton 13th Oct
  •  Janet Weir Concrete Workshop 15th-16th Oct
  • Green Island School Carnival - 16th Oct
  • Brighton Surf Life Saving Club Open Day - 30th Oct
  • Green Island Market Day - 3rd Dec
Community Garden Open Weekly on
  • Tuesday 12pm - 2pm
  • Thursday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Saturday 10am - 12pm

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


Rainbow Rosalind entertains (top left)  
Face painting was a hit
 (top right). 
Local children enjoy the rhubarb patch (below)

Community Garden Artisan Market

On the 10th of September the Green Island Community Garden held its first ever artisan market! It was a perfect day as the sun shined, the smell of sausage sizzle permeated the air and the face-paint flowed. Beyond a fun day out, the goal of this event was to raise awareness of the community garden and get more hands involved in the preparation for spring planting and harvesting. It was lovely to see people getting excited about the garden and volunteering to participate in upcoming working bees.   Generous locals also donated a much needed garden shed and a wheelbarrow, thank you!  The Greater Green Island Community Network were also in attendance at the market and collected many ideas from local experts (children) about the design of the proposed playground in Memorial Park, these preferences will be a deciding factor in its eventual creation.  On behalf of the Community Garden and GGICN we would like to say a massive thank you to all involved, this event could not have happened without the generosity of Saint Peter Chanel School, the hard work of volunteers, the
participation of stall holders and the attendance of our wonderful community. Hopefully this was the first of many markets, so if you missed out make sure you like the Greater Green Island Community Facebook page to find out about future events or keep an eye on the events page on the Greater Green Island Website  
The Community Garden is now open!  Phone Marion on 0212631221 for further information. 

Artist Janet de Wagt installing the tiles

Turning Rubbish Into Art

A beautiful art project has been completed in September at the Green Island Rummage Op Shop.  The community project was a collaboration between the Waste
Minimisation Office at the Dunedin City Council, Rummage staff and artist Janet de Wagt. Janet generously gifted her time, working with children from Waikouaiti, Warrington, NEV, St Bridget’s and Port Chalmers schools, to create art tiles which have been installed on a recycled bus shelter for all to enjoy.  The tiles each tell a story of the Green Island Landfill and are themed around pukeko, recycling and the environment.  All materials used in the projects were recycled from the Rummage Op Shop. What a fabulous collaboration! Why not check it out this school holidays?
Exciting New Businesses in the Greater Green Island

There are new businesses popping up everywhere at the moment, this month we want to highlight some of these and welcome them to our community.

Artisan state is based in Brighton, located on 1020 brighton road ,oposite the beach between the surf club and bridge.

We are new to the coffee business but have a passion for great coffee. 

We moved to Brighton from Wellington  in February and instantly saw a need for a coffee place, being always up for a challenge we took it upon ourselves to bring a great coffee experience to Brighton.

We are both very creative people, Andrew being a sculptor of all things stone and Hannah having a background in fine arts and a facepainting company.

With our many passions for things artistic we settled on the name Artisan State and we are working towards combining the art of coffee and all our passions in one place. We believe we offer beautiful coffee and are part of the shot coffee group, who have been invaluable in bringing our vision to life.

As we get more established here in Brighton people will see sculptures popping up and random days of face painting and a Lilliput library which is under construction. We will also be adding other items to our menu to cater for the hot summer days.

We hope our wee pop up coffee venture will become a hub for the locals to meet up, make connections whilst enjoying a good coffee and local baking from the wooden table. We see it as adding some vibrancy and value people's experience when visiting Brighton.

We are open 7 days, from 7am on weekdays and 9am on the weekends, we usually shut around 4ish and have plans to stay open longer as the days warm up.

Otago Petfoods
Otago Petfoods opened in July and bring you specialist pet food supplies, making their own preservative-free, frozen meat products and dehydrated treats to keep your furry friends happy and healthy. These experts are passionate about providing the very best in locally sourced pet foods at a fair price.  
Address: 205 Main South Rd, Green Island  
Hours:  8am-5pm Monday-Friday.
Uncle Paul’s Pizza.  Video Venue is proud to announce the opening of Uncle Paul’s – Green Island’s very own gourmet takeaway pizzas. Baked fresh to order and made from the finest of ingredients, make sure you pop in to grab a taste of Italy in your very own backyard. Uncle Paul’s friendly staff are more than happy to help you pick out the perfect movie on the side. 
Address: 206 Main South Rd, Green Island (access via Video Venue)
Opening Hours:  3pm-8.30pm Monday-Sunday.
Flex Fitness Green Island 
Flex Fitness Green Island’s mission is “to promote a healthier lifestyle by providing a motivating experience”. Offering members 24/7 access, top quality equipment, free group fitness classes, private bathrooms, personal trainers, nutrition advice, an internal physiotherapist, free wifi, free parking and staffed by some lovely locals, this gym is serious about helping you achieve your wellbeing goals.  
Address: 207/211 Main South Rd, Green Island.  
Staffed Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 8am-12pm. 
MJW Systems
Your local I.T. specialists have just opened up shop on Main South Road! With expertise spanning computer repairs, custom-built hardware, information technology tuition and graphic design, they are your one stop shop for all things computing, and are also available for home and business call outs.  
Address: 189 Main South Road, Green Island, Dunedin.
Phone Murray Webster:  027 361 6774
Visit our website at


Looking for Book Donations

Our new Lilliput Libraries have been so popular that we are in need of more books. The Green Island Post and Coffee Shop have been generous enough to house a big blue bucket for donations of books of any sort to share around our communities. Is it time for a clean out at your house? 

 Right :  Lisa Wilson from the Green Island Post Shop

Little  Rock  Preschool

1056 Brighton Road

Brighton, Dunedin 9035


Open since August 2015, we are a fully licensed Christian based Early Childhood Centre from 0-5 years.  We are open from 7am-6pm Monday to Friday, and only shut for public holidays and for three weeks over the Christmas period.  All children over three qualify for 20Hours ECE.  We have places available now, so please give us a call, check out the website, or pop in and see us for more information. We look forward to working with you and your whānau.

Greater Green Island Good Sort

Our local good sort this month is a man of many talents. Bruce Cromb has been assisting the Greater Green Island Community to paint and install Lilliput libraries. Not only this but Bruce also donated many books and has now decided he will make three new Lilliput libraries to install in the Greater Green Island communities.  When Bruce is not helping us, he enjoys time at the Green Island Art Group and also volunteers at Concord School, where he is involved in many projects.  Thank you!

Brighton Art Workshops Available Now

Janet Weir is passionate about enabling people to translate emotion through artistic expression. Once a teacher of fine arts at Otago Polytechnic, the talented local artist has now opened up her Brighton workshop and is holding adult painting classes.  Whether you have never held a paintbrush before and are keen to try your hand at it, or whether painting is an old love now swept aside - these lessons are for you. In this beautiful and welcoming space beside the ocean you cannot help but be creative, the light coming through glass bottles embedded in the walls of her workshop will inspire and delight, as does the teacher herself. Janet provides her students with paint, paper and gentle guidance to help them develop their skill and uncover a unique personal style.  Set up by artists, for artists - the workshop is open each Wednesday from 1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm, as well as Saturday mornings between 10am and 12pm, the cost of attendance is $20 per session.

Janet will also be holding a concreting workshop over the 15th and 16th of October, where people will design and create their own  planters, steppers and see-through bricks.
For more information please call Janet Weir on 4811 805.

Keeping it real with Fred

Please keep your pets off your lap when you are driving.  If you really like your dogs, buy them a seat belt. If the airbag you hit the brakes it is unlikely that your dog will survive.  
Fred Jansen, Community Constable.
Green Island Badminton Reunion Photo of our 40th Anniversary

The Green Island Badminton Club had 55 people attend the badminton reunion @ The Mosgiel Function Centre (Railway Station)

We had a fantastic night, lots of laughter & the food was very enjoyable. A good way to end yet another winter of badminton. We will be finishing off with the last day of play on October 13th. We will restart again in April 2017
Green Island Art Group 
Photos sent in by the Green Island Art Group of their
recent exhibition in the Meridian Mall. 

Fairfield School Production

The BookCASE - mystery solved!

On Thursday 8 September 412 excited Fairfield children performed ‘The BookCASE’ at the Regent Theatre.  The script was written and directed by Melanie Tudor, a teacher at the school. The Fairfield staff worked for months teaching dance routines and making amazing props and costumes.  The story was based around children’s favourite Walt Disney stories and music - Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan, Puss in Boots, 101 Dalmatians, Dumbo and Alice in Wonderland.  

Dr E.Vil (Edward Vil) and his two side kicks Conrad and Spud had attempted to steal the ‘Happily Ever Afters’ from these stories using a high tech machine - the Suckinator 2000.  Walt Disney requested the help of Sherlock Roams, Brianna Jones and Laura the Explorer to solve this mysterious case.  There were twists and turns along the way and plenty of laughter.  Eventually the heroes turned the machine on Dr E.Vil and blasted him with the happy endings he’d stolen from the Disney books.  The BookCASE was solved and everyone continued to live ‘Happily Ever After’.....including Dr E.Vil.

The Presbyterian Women Aotearoa St Margarets Group,
meet once a month at Saint Margaret, All welcome.
Phone Alison 4884205

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
(annually to cover running costs)

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.
Green Island Market Day
The Green Island Business Association is holding the Green Island Market Day on Saturday the 3rd of December.  If you would like a stall please contact 
Lee Cheshire on Ph 488 3624

Please remember to make your voice heard by voting in our Local Elections.
Votes must be received by 12 noon of the 8th of October.

Community Saftey and Security Meeting


The Fireside Club would like to invite all community  members to attend a Community Safety and Security Meeting on


Thursday 6th October 10.30am

in the Janet Cameron rooms

Shand Street, Green Island


The Local Constable, Neighbourhood Support and the Fire Service will be speaking and available for questions.

The Brighton Club Inc

The members and committee of the Brighton Club would like to tell you a little about ourselves. If you’ve ever wondered what the Brighton Club do, come along on Sunday 30th October or Sunday 27th November from 2pm to attend one of our monthly music jam sessions at the club. New members are always welcome so if you would like to see what the club is all about, why not join us for those entertaining
afternoons.  We are on Facebook and contactable via email:  
Usual hours open Wednesday – Saturday nights from 5pm.

Green Island Tennis Club

The Senior Men begin their competition matches as do the three junior teams.   Eight matches are scheduled for the Pre-Xmas competitions.   Social tennis on Tuesday mornings with Mornington/Roslyn is at Green Island during October and when school goes back after the holidays Wednesday evenings practices begin at 6.00pm.

for more information contact Wayne on 4550191,  
mobile 027 247-8148 or email  danagray@es,co,nz  

Busy Season Ahead

The Brighton Surf Life Saving Club is once again gearing up for yet another busy season out in our piece of paradise in Brighton. As many of you already appreciate, Brighton is home to one of the safest beaches in the Dunedin area.   

Helping to make the beach and its surroundings as safe as possible for our public, are the many volunteers of Brighton Surf Life Saving club.   

Surf lifesaving offers a range of activities in a great environment. As a member of the club you are entitled to use the clubs facilities and appropriate equipment. The club also offers a range of awards, training and courses to increase your skills and knowledge. As a Surf Lifeguard you are eligible to compete in Surf Sports events and enjoy access to regular coaching.

At 7 years of age you can join our club as a junior club member and at 14+ years of age you are eligible to train and qualify as a Lifeguard.

There are many ways for people of all ages to be involved in Surf Life Saving and many of those don’t involve swimming or being in the water.

Do you want to know more?

Then please contact Brighton Surf Life Saving club on,  or contact our Club Captain Shana on 0274419857



Serving our local community

The club has been busy out in the community raising funds and providing assistance to those who

need our support. Our latest event was with the catering caravan at the Equestrian show at the Mosgiel A&P Showground on the 24th and 25th September.

Over the last year from funds raised through our catering, the fertiliser drive, sawdust and other activities we have been able to make donations and provide assistance to many groups and organisations such as:

Berwick Outdoor Experience ; Hi-Vis vests to primary school children in the Greater Green Island area ; Spartan Rugby a fund for injured rugby players ; Cerebral Palsy ; Leos Club of Green Island funding them to start up a group for youth in our area ; Lions Club of Karori to sponsor a child on the Spirit of Adventure; Green Island Primary School ; Abbotsford Primary School; Loan of the catering Caravan to St Peter Chanel School for their Fair; Otago Community Hospice; St Peter Chanel Church; Sunnyvale Sports Centre upgrade; Youthline ; Sending a youth to the District Young Speechmaker contest; Lloyd Morgan Lions Clubs Charitable Trust (LMLCCT) a New Zealand Lions trust providing funds to assist Lions clubs with projects in their communities ; Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) who provide grants and assistance to meet global needs.

We have also assisted many other organisations with their annual street appeals by having a collection point at Moyles Supermarket these include: Child Cancer; Multiple Sclerosis; Blind Guide Dog Red Puppy appeal; Blind Foundation; Cystic Fibrosis; Camp Quality South; Ronald McDonald House; Autism New Zealand.

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

If you want to do something locally how about going to the
Community Garden Working Bee?
Or join a local exercise group?
At Art of Cuisine our focus is to teach you to make dishes that you can easily try at home by using fresh, in-expensive local and seasonal ingredients!  Learn to cook good food while enjoying great company in relaxed surroundings. Every 2-hour demonstration cookery class is an intimate affair allowing you to learn techniques, ask questions and interact with the chef.

Italian with Alison Lambert
Thursday 13th October 6:00pm | $55.00 per person

Korean with Jaeho Lee
Thursday 27th October 6:00pm | $55.00 per person

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

Available at 


Banana Ice Blocks

8 ice block sticks
4 firm bananas each cut in half
1/2 C unsweetened natural or fruit flavoured yoghurt
1/2 C coconut, toasted
1/3 C chopped nuts, toasted


1.  Push the sticks into the cut ends of the bananas.
2.  Freeze the bananas.
3.  Mix coconut and nuts together in a bowl.
4.  When frozen, roll each banana in the yoghurt, then in the coconut an nut mixture.
5   Return to the freezer and leave until solid

Make 8 ice blocks.


Thank you to SuperGrans for the recipe

Please let us know if you have any recipes to contribute.
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