From Trash to Treasure

Portobello Domain

Sunday 19th dawned bright but fresh for the Portobello Hawk & Hurl held at Portobello Domain and once again the event was well attended. There were plenty of bargains, a fair bit of cheek and a significant amount material saved from landfill on the day. Many people have things they no longer want or can use and by bringing them to the Hawk & Hurl they can see those things transferred to a new owner for re-use. It’s a great place to pay $10 for a child’s bike, buy recycled building materials, cheap furniture, tools and every other weird thing you can imagine. The other great initiative of the event is the scrap collection. Portobello Inc. will take any scrap metal off people’s hands and use the proceeds for the community group we’re working for. This year our proceeds from the Hawk & Hurl are going to the Portobello Toy Library as they look to relocate to new premises at the Portobello Domain pavilion. The Otago Peninsula have many generous people who support their community and a special thanks goes to Dave Murphy Fencing who  supplied a truck for all the recycled metal. Thanks Dave, that man deserves a beer! To all the residents who donated goods and scrap as well the team from Portobello Community Incorporated for working on the day many thanks for your efforts and we’ll see you again in February 2015. (Click on the pictures to see full size)

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Hawk and Hurl

Hawk and Hurl

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Get your tickets now

Sarah McDougallBroad Bay playwright Sarah McDougall is producing her new play Moon at the Bottom of the Garden to premiere as part of the Arts Festival Dunedin on October 10th at the Auditorium of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

The play  follows the life of a ‘widgie’, Rosie, a young tear-away from the 1950’s caught up in the 1955 “jukebox murder.” For sixty years, Rosie’s secrets and guilt reverberate down the generations.  Repetition reigns, a consequence sparked by the death of two ‘bodgies‘; one murdered and the other hanged for the crime.

Irene Wood

Sarah has a limited number of special price tickets to offer residents of the Peninsula. The normal ticket price is $35/$25. However, Sarah’s offer is for $15 tickets to the matinée Thursday 16th October at 1 pm. Or you can buy a block of 10 tickets for $20 each to any other performance. (Ten performances 10th-19th October)

To buy these tickets, please contact Sarah via facebook.com/moonatthebottomofthegarden. Give her your name, the number of tickets you need and the date of the performance and she will confirm your booking. You can also go to www.moonproductions.co.nz where you will be able to find information about the play, the cast and the link to ticketdirect. This is a great opportunity to catch a real piece of New Zealand social history performed in Dunedin and written by an Otago Peninsula writer.

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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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