The Greater Green Island Community Network would like to say THANK YOU to the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women Otago Branch. The NZFGW has granted us the funding to print the Greater Green Island Informer for six months.  We also want to thank Southern Colour Print for printing our newsletter at a fantastic price.  We appreciate your support in our community. 

To have your story, photo and/or notice included for free in this newsletter
please contact Amanda or Leanne on 4700 814
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This newsletters is published on the first Tuesday of each month. 

The Greater Green Island Informer

March 2017


March 2017
· SHCB Community Meeting in Fairfield  14th March
· Email articles for April Informer by 15th March
· Otago Anniversary Day Public Holiday 20th March
· SHCB Community Meeting in Waldronville  21st March
· Neighbours Day Aotearoa 25th/26th March
· SHCB Community Meeting in Brighton  29th March
· Workbridge Pop Up Community Service 30th March

April 2017
· Fairfield Hall Market 9th April
· PHS and Arai Te Uru Pop Up Community Service 27th April
Community Garden
Open weekly on
Tues 12pm-2pm
Thurs 5.30-7pm
Sat 10am-12pm

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 Aotearoa 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. 

Printable resources, ideas and information can be found on the website 

The Greater Green Island Community Workers are also happy to share ideas and resources, just phone Amanda or Leanne on 4700814. 

The Greater Green Island Community Network would like to see how you celebrate Neighbours day. Send us a photo and/or a story that can be posted on our facebook page “Greater Green Island Community” and we will put you in the draw for a prize.  We have three local business vouchers for $25 each.  To enter just share your story before Monday 10th April on our facebook page “Greater Green Island Community”.  Alternatively you can email the photos/stories to  Please ask the permission of the people in the photo before posting.


The Greater Green Island Community Network is organising a Pop Up Community Service to visit our community each month.  Organisations who are based in the Dunedin City Centre will be invited on the last Thursday of each month to showcase their services and offer free advice to locals. 

The Pop Up Services will be held in the Lighthouse Church Rooms at 222 Main South Road between 10am-1pm.  All community members are encouraged to “pop in” between these times, to find out about the services, ask questions, gain free information. 

The following services have been arranged: 
March 30th Workbridge 
April 27th Public Health South and Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora,
May 25th Community Law
June 29th Civil Defence. 

Please let us know what services you would like to see in the Greater Green Island area and we can try to arrange it.  Phone Amanda Reid or Leanne Stenhouse Community Workers on 4700814 or email
Workbridge is a specialist employment service that works with people with all types of disability, injury or illness. We are about recognising and strengthening ability rather than focusing on disability. This means the people we promote for a vacancy will have the necessary skills and attitudes for the job.  We work at no cost for jobseekers and employers to match
people to the right job.  Workbridge has arranged 36,857 jobs for disabled people in the past decade. That's averaging 15 placements per working day. Last year alone Workbridge's employment consultant s assisted more than 3,400 people into new jobs, and more than 2,000 employers benefitted from our services.  Workbridge also administers Support Funds, a government fund which provides a range of supports to disabled people in training or employment and to employers.  For more information:  Freephone: 0508 858 -858.  Email:  Website: 
We look forward to having Workbridge visit our on Thursday March 30th, please come and visit them between 10am-1pm at the Lighthouse Church.  
Give a Little...Gain a Playground

The Greater Green Island Community Workers are busy filling in funding application forms and having meetings with the DCC in order to gain the $150,000 required to build the Greater Green Island Community Playground.  The playground will be situated in the front corner of the Green Island Memorial Gardens and is aimed at 0-6 year olds.  The DCC are in discussions around their ability to contribute towards the costs of the playground and we will know more by June this year.  The DCC has agreed to maintain the playground once it is built for all. 
The majority of the funding will be gained through fundraising and grant applications.  In order to apply for a Lotteries Facilities Fund we require a third of the money for the playground, $50,000. 
We now need your help.  If all members of our community could pledge a few dollars towards the community playground and or start fundraising it would help us immensely.  This will be your playground and if you contribute it proves to the funders how much the community wants this to happen.  Any amount helps.  Please find the give a little page at:

Please share this on facebook all around your networks. Lets make this happen!
Thank you from the Greater Green Island Community Network.

Greenland’s Café and Restaurant is new to Green Island (in the old Arthur Daley's Tavern) at 215 Main South Road.  Owners Tissa (Matt) and Dishna Dissavayak have come from Middlemarch and enjoy working in small communities.  They aim to provide a Family Restaurant environment and would like to cater to the needs of the community.  Greenland’s can cater for functions and have will be creating a senior’s special at lunchtime on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Greenland’s are also looking at the possibility of opening on Sunday mornings for church groups.  The opening hours are currently 11am till late, 7 days a week (this may change as need dictate). 
The Restaurant has 40 seats downstairs at 20 seats at the back along with a lovely balcony dining area.  Tissa and Djshna have said the response from the community has been great.  Phone:  4884830.

Does Green Island Want a Blokes Shed ??

We are keen to find out if there is any interest in having a Blokes Shed in Green Island?  It would require some work but if there is enough interest from members of the Community we are willing to facilitate.
Please Contact Amanda or Leanne to register your interest
email: or or
phone:  4700814 or drop in to see us at the Police Station

Good Sorts

Ann and Colin Weatherall have done it again!  The Weatherall couple and their family members have organised another amazing Brighton Gala Day.  Helicopter rides, gourmet food stalls, crafts, magicians and more.  THANK YOU Ann and Colin. You really are great community spirits. 
Zillah Conder, age 14 is a local Abbostford girl with some great skills.  Zillah has been the Captain of the Otago U15 Girls Softball team for the last two years and a team    member for the last 3 years.  Zillah has been selected by The International Softball Academy NZ to travel to Sydney Australia and represent our country in a tournament against Australian teams in  September this year.  Zillah's family are very proud of Zillah's achievement and will be doing everything they can to raise the $3,000 required for her to attend this training camp and tournament.  Please look out for Zillah’s raffles, sausage sizzles and cheese rolls.  Zillah is currently looking for any type of work to help get her to Australia and is happy to volunteer in return for any grants or donations.  If any local organisation is able to  contribute in any way, Zillah and family would be extremely grateful, whether in the form of a grant or a  donation towards the raffles.  Please contact Corrine Flawn (Zillah's Mum) on 027 432 9351 or 03 4882288 (daytime) or email us at

Keeping it real with Fred

A handy tip to ensure you see the bikers on the road, is to use your left hand to open your car door when getting out. This automatically means you turn your head towards the road.  Keep the cyclists safe.  

Fred Jansen, Community Constable. 

Fond Farewell
Sadly, Uncle Paul’s Pizza and Video Venue closed its business on the 3rd March.  Paul, Harry and the team, tried their best to keep the store open for locals to enjoy and we appreciate their efforts.  The DVD rental business had been under pressure for the last few years and the team looked into different ways to bring in extra business, such as the most recent attempt of introducing pizza to the store.  Paul, Harry and the team wrote:  “We would like to thank all of our DVD rental customers for your patronage over the years and more recently for those who have purchased pizzas.  We realise that for those that use our store it will be greatly missed and we are sorry for this, but unfortunately we cannot sustain the losses anymore”.  We want to wish all the lovely staff the best for their future.  


BURP is a free smartphone app the WellSouth Health Promotion Team developed in conjunction with the Southern District Health Board. It helps whānau find breastfeeding- and child-friendly public venues in Otago and Southland.  In Green Island The Coffee Post has signed up as a BURP venue! So drop by and show your support. BURP is useful for all family members as it lets you know what facilities are available, such as change tables, play areas, and toilets.  We have over 300 breastfeeding friendly facilities around Otago and Southland loaded on the app. The website and app were launched in February 2015 and we have had over 10,000 users, and the app has been used over 20,000 times! The goal of the app is to help normalise breastfeeding in the Southern Region, and make it an appealing and comfortable place to live and holiday in. Great for new mothers and young families, especially during the holidays!  Download BURP for free from the App Store or Google Play, or visit If you think another Green Island public venue should be on BURP please let us know!
Breastfeeding Friendly Pharmacies
Green Island is leading the way! Larson’s Pharmacy and the Green Island Boutique Pharmacy have completed their Breastfeeding Friendly Accreditation with WellSouth Primary Health Network.                
A breastfeeding friendly pharmacy:
· Have staff who complete breastfeeding professional development
· Promote community breastfeeding services
· Has adopted and implemented workplace policies to ensure staff protect, promote and support breastfeeding
· Have put signage on display encouraging women and whānau to tell pharmacy staff they are pregnant or breastfeeding
For more information on the Breastfeeding Friendly Pharmacy project please contact Sophie Carty on 03 477 1163 or      
Community Constable Fred Jansen visits the St Margaret's Playgroup to talk road safety and have a slide
The Brighton Club held a Fishing Competition in early February. 
These photos show it was a great success!
Green Island Senior Football Club
Green Island AFC is currently looking for male and female players to join our senior teams. If you know of anybody that is interested in playing football this year, please get in touch with us via this page. We can cater to players of all abilities. We are definitely in need of a female goalkeeper
Green Island AFC - facebook page

Our Food Network is based in Dunedin. Its aim is to stimulate the production, distribution and consumption of local food and in that way contribute to the building of a resilient and prosperous community.
We are currently organising the Neighbourhood Food Harvest. If you have trees that you need help in harvesting and would like to donate some harvested fruit to your neighbours or you are keen to help harvest from neighbours you don't yet know, then get in touch with us ( We are also planning on running a few "pre-harvest" workshops on safe harvesting techniques, summer pruning, thinning and spotting fruit tree diseases. If you would like to join in please email us:
Are you looking for something new for 2017?

The Green Island Women''s Club (formerly Green Island Ladies Probus Club} meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at the Janet Cameron Lounge Shand Street Green Island at 10am. Our meetings start in February and finish in November.
We are a group of friendly mature women who enjoy a bit of fun and fellowship.
On the 2nd Wednesday we have our meeting (very short} morning tea, followed by some excellent speakers.
On the 4th Wednesday we have Bus Trips to various venues in and out of town. If you are looking for a day out The Green Island Women's Club is the place for you. 
If you are interested contact Judy Byrne 4894267 President Or lyn White 4884841 Secretary.
Reporting for Tier 4 Charities
If your group is a registered charity you will be aware of the new reporting standards that were introduced in April 2015. Many of you will have had your first experience filling out the new performance report and may have found the experience somewhat bamboozling the first time around. At DCA we have been helping groups through this process and there are few simple things that you can do throughout the year that will help make your next reporting easier.
As well as reporting on your group’s financial performance, you are now also required to report on your groups outputs. Outputs are just the activities your group was involved in during the year. The outputs you report on will be specific to your organisation and are not a monetary value.
For example, a sports club outputs could be the number of children participating in the local competition or attending coaching sessions. For a support group outputs could be number of people attending coffee mornings or education classes. Take note of how many attended, who attended - were they members or the general public and anything else significant to the event or activity.
The trick is to make sure you are keeping notes throughout the year, rather than trying to remember something you did 12 months ago. If you can keep good records this section will be a lot simpler to fill out at reporting time.  These notes could even become part of your monthly meetings, as it is a good chance to review what your group is doing and how it can improve.
Dunedin Community Accounting is a free service for clubs, societies and small non profits.  We offer one on one sessions with senior accounting students that are supervised by local chartered accountants. We are here to help so if you need some help with your groups accounts  - book a session. This can be done on our website or by contacting Annette. ,, 4716177


2 kg plums, sliced
2-3 onions, chopped
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp salt
2 1/2 cup vinegar
2 cm root ginger
12 whole allspice
6 chillies
12 peppercorns
1 tspn dry mustard
1/4 cups currants (optional)

Removed stones from plums.  Cook plums and onions in water until soft.  Add remaining ingredients with whole spices in a muslin bag.  Cook until "mushy".  Remove spice bag, Sieve or process in a food processor or blender.  Reheat and simmer to the desired consistency.  Pour into clean, hot bottles, Seal.
For a dark sauce use purple plums or add currents to recipe.

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