Portobello Anzac Day 2015

Raising the NZ flagIt was a fine warm autumn morning for the ANZAC Day service at the Otago Peninsula Museum at Portobello. The significance of ANZAC Day was given even more meaning with the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli, and a good crowd of local people and visitors attended. The service had a strong local flavour with Mrs Wilma Beck reading excerpts from her Great Uncle’s Gallipoli diary and pupils from Portobello School reading poems they had written to mark the day. In a final fitting tribute a totara was planted in the grounds as a living memorial to the ANZAC spirit. Once again many thanks to the hard-working volunteers from Portobello Community Incorporated and the Otago Peninsula Museum for their organisation and hard-work. (Click on pictures to view in full size).

ANZAC Day is not the glorification of war, but a reminder that lasting peace is a fragile gift, that as the guardians of ANZAC Day we must cherish and protect for the future. Today we live in uncertain times and we face an uncertain future driven by global events that threaten the security and peace that we have known and enjoyed for over 100 years. If we are to conquer that uncertainty we must draw strength from our ANZAC traditions and learn from their courage and commitment to a lasting legacy of peace. Because in 100 years of New Zealand service our servicemen and women have shown the world that the real and lasting victories are those of peace and not of war.

Lest we forget.

(Click on pictures to view in full size).

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Bacon Street Bus Shelter

Daniel Mead working at Bacon StArtist Daniel mead is making steady progress on the mural for the Bacon Street bus shelter in Turnbull’s Bay. The mural will incorporate scenes of native New Zealand fish typically found in Smiths Creek which runs along Bacon Street from the Hereweka/Harbour Cone property and into the Otago Harbour. With the significant habitat restoration of the creek undertaken by local environmental group Save the Otago Peninsula it is hoped to see a thriving population of these fish in the future. The mural has been funded by Keep Dunedin Beautiful who has done excellent work painting and updating existing murals on the Peninsula. The murals add unique community vibrancy to our area and have become well photographed visitor attractions.

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Relay for Life – Keep on moving

Lavender legends

The 2015 Relay for Life held in Dunedin was a great experience and one that local Peninsula people supported with generosity and energy. The Peninsula community were deeply saddened at the passing of  Lyn Campbell from cancer in 2014. The relay provided a meaningful opportunity for local people, her family and her friends to honour Lyn and share some of her beautiful spirit with others. Lyn was passionate about growing lavender and creating products from its oil and flowers, and a hard-working group harvested lavender from her garden and used many of her unique recipes to make some beautiful products. These were used to fund-raise money for the Cancer Society’s cause and the team raised around $2,500. The 24 hour relay is a heady mixture of energy, fatigue and excitement with a few tears and plenty of smiles and laughter along the way. It’s a very purposeful event where people combine their desire to make a difference with their own experiences and those of their family and friends. The Peninsula team like all of the teams participating, showed great determination that was inspiring and uplifting. So to everyone from the Peninsula and all of Lyn’s family and friends, congratulations and well done. You really did Lyn proud.

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Hawked & Hurled 2015

Bangers & BaconOnce again the Hawk & Hurl went without a hitch on Sunday with the local community cleaning up their yards and taking the time to find a bargain or two. The scrap collection went well and a truck load of scrap kept out of the landfill and sold. Many thanks to John Clearwater for supplying the truck and driver.  With all the proceeds going to the recently relocated Peninsula Toy Library this event has grown steadily as a great chance to recycle, grab a bargain and meet up with your neighbours and friends.

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Hawk & Hurl 2015

Hawk and Hurl 2015

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Portobello puts on a great Show!

The Portobello Community Show on Saturday 6th brought local people from far and wide together for a day of fun, food and friendship at the Portobello Domain. With the support of local businesses, clubs, musicians, and the community this was a show to remember. There was a fantastic mix of fun for everyone young and old, with many events and entertainment to keep people occupied. With the success of yesterday this show has a great platform to grow and become a real highlight on the Peninsula and regional calendar. A special thanks to all of the organisers, sponsors and all of those people who contributed to a  successful event. The Portobello Community Show is about local people doing great things for local facilities and organisations in our community, and that generosity showed yesterday. Look forward to seeing you all back next year. Here’s a few photographs from yesterday, click in the picture to view full size in a viewer.

 

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Portobello Show

Community Show

 

9:00-11:00am
Portobello Pony Club, Classes & Games, Lead Rein and First Ridden only. $10 entry registration on the day.

Other activities from 11am:

  • Portobello’s Got Talent; open for Adults and Children (please register your interest via our Facebook page or contact on this page)
  • Fancy Dress Competition -Best Pet Parade
  • Egg and Spoon Race
  • Gum Boot Throwing contest

12:30pm -Action Engineering Spitfire Engine display

1:00pm -Portobello Hotel & Bistro Tough Guy Challenge (Teams of 3, sign up on the day or register your interest via Facebook/website contact)

  • Tug-O-War (girls vs boys, oldies vs youngsters etc.)
  • Portobello Treats & Sweets Baking Competition
  • The Nature’s Wonders Argo Lolly Scramble

All Day Activities:
Bouncy Castles, Candy Floss & Face Painting -Argo Rides -Petting Zoo -Wool Spinning -Food Stalls, -Army Display -The Coffee Pirate -Paradise-V8s Display; If you are interested in bringing your V8 please contact us via Facebook or the Contact link

And much, much more…..
Also come and check out our brand new Skate Park thanks to the efforts of Portobello Community Incorporated

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