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The Greater Green Island Informer

September 2015

Introducing The Greater Green Island Informer

Our new look newsletter will be published on the first Tuesday of each month.  We look forward to being able to keep the Greater Green Island Community informed of all the exciting things that are happening in your community.

How To Have Your Notice Included

We need your help to make the newsletter informative and interesting.  Please send any articles or notices that you would like included in the newsletter to 

Greater Green Island Good Sort

Every month we will be highlighting a good sort from the greater Green Island area. This can be an organization, group or person who does something wonderful for the area.  If you have a nomination for a Good Sort please contact Lynda on 470 0814 or

This months Good Sort is Dunedin Riding for the Disabled
About Dunedin RDA


We are one of 54 voluntary (not-for-profit) Riding for Disabled groups around New Zealand, and we are affiliated with the New Zealand Riding for Disabled Association. Our mission is to provide confidence, independence and well-being for people with disabilities through therapeutic horse riding and horse care. The Dunedin Group RDA was established in 1973. The location of Dunedin RDA has changed over the years but we now have our own land in Fairfield, Dunedin.


Dunedin RDA is a voluntary organisation which is run and managed by volunteers. We receive no government funding and rely on Grants, corporate sponsorship and generous donations from the community to keep the RDA operating.


We run three days a week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, providing therapeutic horse riding for approx 50 riders, with a wide range of disabilities (see Benefits of RDA). New riders start with two side walkers and a leader, and some will progress to riding independently and even pony club and competition.

The Green Island Junior Cricket Club is accepting registrations for the 2015/2016 season at:
Boys and girls of all abilities and experience are welcome.
For more info contact or call Karl Andrews on 021 074 8096.



Spring into Action

Spring is around the corner and it is time for our first big working bee. We will be at the garden from 10-2pm, Sat 5th Sept, jobs for all ages and experience levels. Sausage sizzle and bouncy castle. Toilet facilities and hot cuppas available. Please bring your gummys as it has been a wet winter and the garden is a tad boggy. Bring a garden tool or two, or some compost.  Come for an hour or four, make friends while you work and help us get ready for spring planting.

Parking is Shand St before the flats, (behind the Moyles build) end of Burgess St, or Main South Road and come up through the Memorial Gardens. So looking forward to seeing you all and please fingers crossed for sunshine




The Green Island Community Garden Gnomes


Green Island Cricket Club

Senior Practices commencing at Sunnyvale Tuesday and Thursday

5.30-7.00pm beginning Sept 15th

Season begins Saturday Oct 3

Brighton and Ocean View Community Meeting

14 September 7.00pm

Brighton Surf Life Saving Club & Community Facility
We would like to invite you to a community meeting to touch base and let you know what’s happening in regards to Community Preparedness for the next natural emergency that may come our way.
This is as a follow on from some learning's following the June 3rd Heavy Rain event in which our communities held up pretty well but we think we can learn from this event and do things even better next time. 
We plan to have speakers with a brief presentation from Neighbourhood Support, the Greater Green Island Community Worker, Civil Defence, Brighton Volunteer Fire and the Saddle Hill Community Board.

There will be plenty of time for questions and supper to follow.


Any questions to please feel free to contact

Scott Weatherall on 027 4404 700

or Leanne Stenhouse on 021 117 5195


You can find out more about the meeting at

St Peter Chanel School & Parish Fair

19th September from 11.00am

Main South Road, Green Island

White Elephant, Tombola, Cakes, Sweets, Cafe, BBQ, Plants, Crafts,  Raffles, Music, Books, Clothes,  Toys, Chocolate Wheel, Drown the Clown, Candy Floss, Motorbike rides, Face Painting and Special Area for Under 5’s

Little Flick, Pony Rides


Green Island Leos

Green Island Leos invites community minded, energetic children (12-18yrs) to attend the 1st meeting to be held on Tuesday 1st September, 5.30 - 7.30pm @ St Peter Chanel Hall (behind St Peter Chanel School) to join us for a Fish and Chip dinner.

Leos are a division of Lions Club International and serve to help the community both locally and internationally whilst teaching responsibility, independence and developing friendships and having fun. We meet once a month on the 1st Tuesday of the month.

Learn about what Leos do and decide if you want to be a part of a brand new group.

For further info please email Jules Haldane at

St John
St John Penguins 6 – 8 year old

5.30pm – 6.30pm


St John Youth

6.30pm – 8.00pm


Meet at St Margaret’s Church

(entrance back of the Church)

Thursday Evenings

 SuperGrans are mature Volunteers who offer one-on-one life and home skills mentoring to families and individuals in need of assistance.
We aim to provide a caring, confidential, free, non-judgemental service that will support and encourage client independence by learning new ways to work and gaining the ability and the confidence to cope with everyday problems.
Skills passed on include menu planning, budget shopping/cooking, knitting, sewing, mending, gardening and establishing household routines.
Here at SuperGrans we are fortunate to have Volunteers who are greatly valued for the time they give to the families they mentor.
Call us at 4740582 for further information or email

6:30pm Wednesday 16th September 2015 – Fabulous French Food

Sample the delicate taste of France, French cuisine is largely influenced by local markets, fresh seasonal fruit & vegetables as well as Artisan breads and cheeses. Come and learn how easy it can be!

6:30pm Wednesday 23rd September 2015 – Kiwi Finger Food -Simple is best!

With the sport and festive season fast approaching you may be wanting to learn a few new tips on entertaining and unexpected guests when it comes to food. Come along to this class and wow your friends and family with delicious but simple finger foods that everyone is sure to love.

Every two 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 pf dishes and finish with tea, coffee and cake.

Tickets are $55 per person, to book please call 03 425 9275 or email

I’m getting very over winter. I know we have had some lovely days mingled amongst the dank and the dreary but I’m still getting over it. Being the avid people watcher that I am, I have found the way the weather impacts on our mental health very interesting. The tapestry of personalities in our household clearly illustrates how the weather affects each of us differently and the support that we need from one another to get us through the damp days.

Fatigue, depression, anxiety, ill health, and general irritability not only take a toll on our resiliency as individuals, but also as a community. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a mood disorder which can affect mental health throughout any season but it seems to be most noticeable during the winter months. Rugged up and hunkering down it’s not often that you see smiling faces during the morning rush to work or school, and like yawning, for some weird reason seems to be infectious. Seeing the smile of a passer-by as they lift their faces to the warmth of the sun, you can’t help but share in the joy. Seeing the furrowed brow and chattering teeth doesn’t lend well to warm fuzzies.
Our family need extra support to combat the effects of SAD: lots of home-cooked comfort food and lots of hugs and kisses help our children to combat their mood’s ebb and flow, my husband needs a sounding board (the emphasis being on the listening and not the talking…) in addition to the food, hugs and kisses. Our eldest is combatting the effects of tweening in additional to the doom and gloom brought on by winter. Fun times. It makes me think also of how our neighbours and members of the community may also need a little extra support during hard times – not only the winter months but also during other times where things aren’t going as well as they would like. Maybe one of your neighbours is struggling to keep up their spirits during a period of ill health. Another may be struggling to put food on the table during tough economic times or still waiting to get back into their home after the June floods.
There may be something that you could do to help a neighbour get through a tough time. I’ve heard of a family that made a voucher book that they gave to a struggling family which contained vouchers that could be called on when they needed help: help with the laundry, taking the kids to school, mowing the lawn, a trip into town for a medical appointment, or a shoulder to cry on. These were things that the family could need but didn’t feel pressured into accepting there and then. In other words, useful help.
Maybe you could have your neighbour’s kids over for afternoon tea one Saturday to give Mum and/or Dad a chance to catch their breath or you could simply smile and say hello on a trip to the letter box. It’s amazing how a small thing can change the outlook for your neighbour’s day. And yours.
Take care and stay safe.

Greater Green Island Dog Walking Group
Meet outside the Green Island Police Station
Monday 1.30pm 


Before School Checks

Take advantage of the free B4 School Check (as your child turns 4) and prepare them for a healthy start to school.

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.

There are 3 parts to the B4 School check:

1 - Vision & Hearing Screen
This is normally done at your child’s preschool by a visiting Vision & Hearing Technician.  
2 - Health Check
        This is done with you and your child by a B4 School Check trained Registered Nurse and takes about 30-45 minutes to complete and includes the following:

  • Completion of a questionnaire on your child’s general health, their strengths and difficulties and their development.  

  • Your child’s height and weight will be measured, Immunisation history reviewed and
    teeth and gums checked.

  • The Nurse will discuss with you your child’s health, readiness for school and any concerns that you might have.

3 - Early Childhood Centre
Your child’s preschool teacher completes a Strengths and Difficulties questionnaire – this helps us to understand your child’s peer and social development.  
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:                                                    

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