Birds In Paradise

Ocean Bird

Otago Peninsula environmental group STOP (Save the Otago Peninsula) have published a pocket guide to the Otago Peninsula. The publication which features stunning photographs by wildlife photographer Craig McKenzie and excellent species descriptions by Richard Schofield is a must have for locals and visitors alike. This compact guide is easy to carry or place in a day-pack while exploring our region and includes bird species from garden, bush, beach, coastal and marine habitats. The profits from the book will be used to assist local conservation projects.

As part of the launch of the book STOP have arranged a “Birds” Exhibition at the  Portobello Gallery on the corner of Portobello Rd and Hereweka St. Works include local artists who have contributed paintings, ceramics and photographs to create a stunning exhibition.  Take this special opportunity to see other bird photographs taken by Craig McKenzie, the gifted photographer for the Pocket Guide. You can also buy your copy of the Otago Peninsula Birds Pocket Guide while you’re are at the Exhibition.

Order your Otago Peninsula Birds Guide Here….

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Portobello Jetty Pontoon Repairs

Moving out of the Bay

The Portobello pontoon has been towed by tug back to the Birch Street wharf for repairs. Over recent months the pontoon has developed a list and the City Council will have the pontoon inspected for leaks. Staff from Action Engineering pumped the pontoon out and released the collar so that it could be towed. Portobello local, Trevor Restiaux was in charge of the tug Kapu taking the pontoon back to the city. With the current tide and depth of water the tug only had a narrow window of two hours to complete the removal. The Portobello jetty and pontoon have become an important facility for the township and a significant amount of fundraising was undertaken by Portobello Community Inc to see the project to completion. It’s not known what the cause of the leaks are, but it is hoped that the pontoon will be returned to Portobello by October.

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Playcentre Survey

Enjoying the deck at Portobello Playcentre

Like many community organisations membership ebbs and flows with generational change, community needs and population fluctuations. Presently, the Portobello-Broad Bay Playcentre is struggling for families with children to get involved and play an active part in this important pre-school organisation. Currently our local Playcentre has less than 10 families, and if the roll does not improve the Peninsula may lose Playcentre for good.

Currently, the Portobello – Broad Bay Playcentre is gathering information from the community about what families really need so that the organisation can try to make changes that will both serve the community and make Playcentre more sustainable.

There is a survey being distributed around the community with a stamped and addressed envelope that allows people to provide information to the group on the current Playcentre. If you’re a parent, caregiver or grandparent and have children or know someone who might be interested in Playcentre take the time to give the group some feedback. The survey is available at the, Peninsula Medical Centre (Portobello), Portobello Store, Toy Library or by letter box drop. If you have any questions or would like to get involved with Playcentre you can email Rachael at bergersen_01@hotmail.com or call her at (03) 4780 4781265. Give your support to our local Playcentre.

Water is a great learning toy!

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Portobello Community Market

Market MuffinsDespite some late rain the Portobello Community Market saw 400-500 people come through the Coronation Hall in Portobello on Sunday. With more stalls and displays from local community groups this year, the market is growing as an annual event in our community. There was plenty of attractions and things to buy and once again Jonathon Usher performed an entertaining magic show for children and adults alike. Port Pilates gave a great demonstration that should motivate all of us looking for fitness and flexibility. The Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group also gave a practical demonstration on the benefits and methods for catching those pesky possums. Overall, Sunday was a great success which is aided by the generous support of Cadbury and local businesses like Coffee Time. Looking forward to next year.

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Playcentre Quiz Night

Portobello Quiz

The Portobello & Broad Bay Playcentre is holding a fundraising quiz night on Thursday 19th June 2014 at the Portobello Hotel, 7pm start, and only $5 per person! You can pre-register at h.r.martin@icloud.com or just turn up on the night.

HiltonWe have secured a major raffle prize of a one night stay at the Hilton Hotel in Auckland in a King Deluxe Harbour View Room, including breakfast for two  the following morning in the FISH Restaurant. You can buy tickets now via Facebook (Portobello Broad Bay Playcentre Quiz Night) or contact Helen on 478 1198 (Leave your contact telephone number if your call is not answered). This is a stand alone raffle and will be drawn on Monday 23rd June 2014. Tickets are just $2 each so be in for a chance to win!

The Playcentre have some other great raffle prizes to be drawn on the night of the quiz and that list will continue to grow until the 19th June. Tickets will be sold for $1 each, so bring your coins and be in to win!

Play Centre Sponsors

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Market Day

Do you love free chocolate?

Have you got arts, crafts, skills, or second hand stuff that you’d like you’d like to sell? Do you belong to a local group or sporting organisation that that would like to promote its activities for membership or fundraising?

Come on down to the Portobello Community Market on Sunday July 13th 10am-2pm.

Stalls are just $10 for sales, free to community groups promoting their activities. Ring Paul at 4780630 or email at portobello.community@xtra.co.nz

Plenty of free chocolate to give away and great entertainment for the kids.

Peninsula Market A1 poster 2014 copyNEW

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International Biodiversity Day

Biodiversity Day

Island biodiversity to be celebrated at Dunedin talk

Opportunities and challenges that islands offer as sites to protect our natural heritage will be discussed at an event to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity, which has the theme of island biodiversity.

The public are invited by the Department of Conservation (DOC) to hear local speakers at a panel discussion at the Coronation Hall this Saturday, May 24th.

Young children will be entertained with conservation activities by Tiff Stewart, Dunedin co-ordinator of the Kiwi Conservation Club. After a provided light lunch there will be a boat trip to Quarantine Island to plant trees and celebrate the scenery and biodiversity of Dunedin’s closest island. Anyone wanting to attend can RSVP Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz

Date: Saturday 24 May 2014

Time: 10am-3pm

Location: Coronation Hall

Cost: $10.00 per person or $20 per family

 

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