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The Greater Green Island Informer

September 2016
Important Dates:
Badminton 40th Celebration - 9th Sept
Artisan Market  - 10th Sept
Website Launch - 10th Sept
Green Island Art Exhibition 15 -18 Sept
St Peter Chanel School Fair - 17 Sept
Civic Hall Meeting - 19th Sept

SHCB Community Clean up - 18th Sept
Bus Public Meeting - 3rd Oct
Asthma Awarness Week Aug 29th -
Green Island School Carnival - 16th Oct

Local Baking, Produce and Crafts.

Follow the Balloons Through the Memorial Gardens to the Garden on Shand Street

Also the official Launch Day of the Greater Green Island Website 

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 Facebook page, email, or phone Community Workers Amanda and Leanne on 4700814

If you have a story for our newsletter please contact us on 4700814. 

Left: Artist Kath McElrea works on a beautiful watercolour
Above: Artist Margaret Calder puts the finishing touches on another incredible painting

Upcoming Art Group Exhibition

The Green Island Art Group have been working hard to prepare for their upcoming exhibition at the Meridian Mall, to be held 15th to 18th September 2016. The exhibition will feature an array of works and is always a popular event with the Dunedin public, so make sure you pop along to enjoy and support our local talent. If you are interested in becoming a member or seeing the artists at work visitors are always welcome. The group meets Tuesday mornings between 9am-12pm in the Janet Cameron Rooms, 59 Shand street. 
For more information please phone Margaret Eastwood on 488 2234
Marion and Jules love to share their passion of gardening with others.

Community Garden Reopening
The Green Island Community Garden is reopening after a long hibernation through the winter months.  To kick off this season it is hosting the first Community Garden Artisan Market on September 10th. All who are interested in lending a hand are more than welcome to come and help ready the garden for Spring.   
Contact Marion on 021 2631221 for more information.

St Peter Chanel School Fair 17 Sept

From 11am Saturday the 17th of September, St Peter Chanel School and Parish invite you to their annual fair. Located on Main South Road, the school will be transformed into a bustling hive of activity that captures the spirit of our community. 
All visitors will be catered for with an variety of activities available, these include a market for the bargain hunters among us, bouncy castles, facepainting and more for the young of heart, raffles and tombola offering some incredible prizes, and delicious food for every palate.
A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make this annual fair so successful. Volunteers Dawn and Kevin work throughout the year sifting through donations to ensure they have quality goods to sell. Almost all parishioners and school families contribute in a variety of ways and encourage friends and family to participate as well.  For the children, it is one of the highlights of the year and past pupils often turn up to lend a helping hand.

Our Community Constable

As many of you know Fred Jansen is our local Constable.  Amanda and I are lucky enough to share an office with Fred and we are aware that he isn’t always at the Police Station when people pop in to see him but rest assured he is working hard.  

We appreciate that it’s always good to talk to someone you know but if you are unable to get hold of Fred please make sure that you talk to someone else at the Police.
Obviously if it’s an emergency call 111.  (If people or property are under immediate threat don’t hesitate to ring).
If it is not an emergency but you can’t get hold of Fred on phone 4880642  
please ring  Dunedin Central Police Station on Ph 4714800
They will then be able to take note of the issue and get staff to deal with it as soon as possible.
OPTION 2 - the recommended Otago Regional Council option.
Brighton - Abbotsford - GreenIand - Concord
This option (red dashed line) gives some linkage between Concord and Green Island
Frequency hourly, This service would replace the existing Brighton-Green Island Service. This offers some improvement but doesn't solve all of the issues we raised.

Sorting out the Green Island bus issue

by Peter Dowden, co-president, Bus Users Support Group (Bus Go)
If Green Island was at the end of the road out of Dunedin instead of part way along, it would have a decent bus service. The problem is that bus planners see that great Mosgiel bus service zooming past and think "Green Island people can just use that, can't they?"

I really hoped our previous attempt, the "70 Local to Dunedin" petition, would work. I felt that four buses an hour to Green Island from town was not too much to ask for, given the size and importance of the township.

The Otago Regional Council have responded to the petition by offering about half of what was asked for. They propose to extend the existing Brighton-Abbotsford-Green Island service to Concord. This would link Concord to Green Island which would certainly help many people. The second part of the request was to link Green Island and Concord to South Dunedin. The Regional Council decided not to do this. They disagree with duplicating existing routes from Calton Hill or Corstorphine to South Dunedin and the city due to the expense. Ironically Concord itself would have two bus routes coming from different directions under this proposal.

I think Green Island people can come up with a counter-proposal that will meet most of the regional council's concerns as well as serving Green Island people in the best way possible, by turning a problem into a solution. 

At the moment, several bus routes finish and turn around ("terminate") at several points that are quite near each other: Lookout Point, Calton Hill, Concord, the top of Corstorphine and the Green Island shops. I think some of these routes should be linked to unite these communities. The trick is to improve bus services for as many people as possible while making it worse for as few as possible.

So, my first idea is to run the No 70 Brighton bus through Green Island up Concord and Mulford St to the top of Corstorphine then have it take over the existing bus route via Middleton Rd and Hillside Rd all the way to South Dunedin and the City (see map). This would not only give all the sought-after links but also satisfy the regional council's policy of not adding any more routes over the hill. People in a hurry could of course continue to transfer to the express at Green Island.
Suggestion 1 - No 70 Bus
Suggestion 2 - No 38 Bus
A second idea is to switch the existing No 38 bus to terminate at Abbotsford instead of Concord (see map). This would link Green Island, Mosgiel and Brighton people to Kaikorai Valley and also mean that Brighton people wouldn't have to travel through Abbotsford every time they go to or from Green Island. (Now I'm sure Abbotsford is a lovely place, but it just isn't "on the way" to Brighton, however you look at it! I think this diversion is responsible for discouraging many Brighton people from using the buses.)

Important questions:
Would Green Island and Concord people mind travelling the longer suggested route via Mulford St and Corstorphine to get to South Dunedin?
Would Concord people mind having to transfer at the foot of Concord to get to Kaikorai Valley? 
I make these suggestions as an attempt to find "a way through" the problem. Please note, Bus Go won't be promoting any of these suggestions without the full support of Green Island people
(to be held to discuss the above)
11am on Monday the 3rd of October
Civic Hall Green Island

Please contact Amanda or Leanne if you have any queries on 4700814 or email or
Launch Off!

The Greater Green Island Website will go live on September 10th 2016.  Make sure you get your business, community group, school or organization on it before our big launch event.  Call Amanda and Leanne on 4700814.  
     The official launch will be held in conjunction with the Community Garden Artisan Market on  Saturday Sept 10th between 10am-2pm.  The event will be held on the Community Garden site which is found at the end of Shand Street, behind the Green Island Memorial Gardens and St Peter Chanel School. 
     Our community network committee members will be at the launch to show you the new site and answer any questions about the network and our goals. 
Check out the new website here: 

Lilliput Libraries
If you have any spare books at home for the local Lilliput libraries you can drop them in this bin at the Green Island Post Shop.  Hopefully you have found the two new libraries on Church Street and on Brighton Road (across from the landfill). 

Civic Hall - Public Meeting

We are hoping to form a committee to help manage the Civic Hall in Green Island.

It would include arranging working bees, keeping track of maintenance required etc.

(Booking will still be made through the Green Island Post Shop)

If you would like to help please come the public meeting on

Monday 19th Sept at 10 am

Civic Hall (entrance off Howden Street)

Or Contact Wendy at the Green Island Post Shop


Green Island Lawn Tennis Club (Inc)

September is the start of the 2016/17 tennis season and on each Saturday wet or fine from 1pm to 3pm the courts will be open for registration.

We are a small club and provide for learners, competitive and social players.
Club racquets are free to borrow for learners and prospective members.

If you would like more information about the club please contact either
Elizabeth   ph. 488 3767 or
Wayne  cell. 027 2478148  /

Mainly Music offer a great music programme for preschool children and is also a great way to meet people in the community. We are lucky enough to have two programmes running in our area.



Wednesday at 10am @ Fuel Church

78 Main Road, Fairfield

Cost $3 per family

Morning Tea provided

Contact Dianna 488 1210


Brighton / Ocean View

Friday at 10:15am @ Roberson Memorial Hall

812 Brighton Road  in Ocean View

Cost $3 per family

Morning Tea provided

Contact Kerri  on 021 546488

Community Saftey and Security Meeting

The Fireside Club would like to invite all community members to attend a Community Safety and Security Meeting on the 6th October, 10.30am in the Janet Cameron rooms on Shand Street.  The Local Constable and Neighbourhood Support will be speaking and available for questions.  Phone Amanda on 4700814 for more info.

Looking for WORK?  Would you like assistance in a supportive environment?

Workbridge is a free specialist employment service. We assist people by working

one on one with job opportunities which leads to employment and support on the job.

      If our agency sounds like you, please feel free to call us.  For more information please call us on our

      free phone:  0508 858 858 (Dunedin) or landline 03 477 0877 and talk to Mandy or Sue. Criteria will apply.


Serving our local community

We have held another annual Fertiliser drive. Surplus supplies from this day are put into smaller bags and sold along with sawdust at our site at the Green Island landfill. These are sold through the Rummage shop. This project to sell sawdust was begun by the club 30 years ago in 1986 and is still a major fundraiser for the club today. Every bag you buy helps us help others in need in our communities.

Our catering caravan was at Special Rigs for Special Kids on Sunday 28th August along with many club members helping with a variety of tasks. The caravan will also be at the St Peter Chanel Fair on September 17th and on Sunday October 16th 2016 at the function at Green Island School where we will also have our chocolate wheel.

Members were also at Moyles Fresh Choice collecting for the Cystic Fibrosis annual appeal and will be there doing more collections for other charities over the coming months

For information regarding Green Island Lions or to contact:

Jim Pine: 473 0044 or 027 227 2342

Christine Bone 488 6291 or 027 488 6293


This September is the inaugural respiratory awareness month, known as Breathe Better September.

Breathe Better September is a national movement for Kiwis to show their support for better breathing and healthy lungs.

Respiratory disease (or lung disease) includes asthma, COPD, lung cancer, bronchiolitis, pneumonia and countless other conditions. Although respiratory disease is largely preventable, In New Zealand it affects 1 in 6 Kiwis or 700,000 people, costing us $5.5 billion each year and is our third leading cause of death.

These statistics are getting worse. Action needs to be taken NOW.

Maybe you have one of these conditions yourself, or know someone who does. This September, join us to show the faces behind the statistics. We are all affected by it one way or another, and we want to see respiratory health being made a national priority.
If you believe respiratory health is important and want to see the statistics change, sign our photo petition in support of better respiratory health for NZ. Write 'Breathe Better September' on a piece of paper, take a photo and submit it on the Breathe Better September website, or send it to

For local support if you or your family has a lung condition such as Asthma / COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) / bronchiectasis, give Asthma Otago a call. Phone 03 4716167, Cell 0274716162, email:

The Moray Foundation Trust

The Moray Foundation Trust is a interest free loan charity in that has been established since 1993 to help those in need of financial assistance at a time of hardship. Loaning up to $5,000 dollars to families and individuals for health, welfare and education.

This support is provided by making interest free loans, in conjunction with on-going budget advice and supervision. 

As a result of this help, people are able to resume living within their incomes, and to clear their high cost indebtedness - to break the debt cycle by not having to access high interest debt for life necessities.

To be eligible for a loan you must: be working with a Budget Adviser for a referral

  • be committed to debt repayment

  • be able to meet repayments required

  • Stay working with the Budget Adviser for the duration of loan repayment

Sara Crow Coordinator The Moray Foundation Trust
My office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am-2pm
Phone 4777116 or email Sara on
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. What’s more you will receive recipes, tastings of dishes and finish with tea, coffee and cake.

Japanese with Jaeho Lee
  • Thursday 22nd September 2016 – 6:00pm - $55 per person
Middle Eastern with Ben Davidson
  • Wednesday 5th October 2016 – 6:00pm - $55.00 per person
Italian with Alison Lambert
  • Thursday 13th October 2016 – 6:00pm - $55.00 per person
Korean with Jaeho Lee
  • Thursday 27th October 2016 – 6:00pm - $55.00 per person
Turkish with Ben Davidson
  • Wednesday 9th November 2016 – 6:00pm - $55.00 per person
Entertaining Made Easy with Alison Lambert
  • Wednesday 30th November 2016 – 6:00pm - $55.00 per person
Special Christmas Work Lunches
  • Friday 2nd & 9th November 2016 – 11:30am - $55.00 per person
Small Groups Christmas Classes
  • Wednesday 7th & Thursday 15th December 2016 – 6:00pm - $55.00 per person
Enjoy an end of year work Christmas function at Art of Cuisine!
You will have exclusive private access to our venue for an all-inclusive cooking demonstration catered to your requirements. Leave the organising to us all you have to do is come along. Classes run for approximately 2-2.5 hours with time before and after to relax and enjoy our venue and speak with the chef. Classes hold up to 20 people.
Please enquire with us for available dates and prices: 03-425-9272 or
Otago Farmers Market Tours + Cooking Class!
Join Alison 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! We provide you with recipes and market information about different stalls and produce.
Choose one date: Saturday 5th November or Saturday 19th November. More details on our website 

Quick Frittata



4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces

1 large potato, finely sliced

1 onion, diced

2 tomatoes, sliced

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup trim milk

½ cup Edam cheese, grated



  1. Place bacon, potato, onion and tomatoes in an oven proof dish.

  2. Combine eggs and milk in a separate bowl.

  3. Pour the egg mixture over the other ingredients in the dish.

  4. Cover with grated cheese

  5. Cook at 200 deg C until set.
Please let us know if you have any recipes to contribute.
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