Calling out to the Congregation

Broad Bay ChurchThe Dunedin Methodist Parish and the Methodist Church of New Zealand – Te Hāhi Weteriana O Aotearoa, have made the decision to close the Broad Bay Methodist Church. Members of the Broad Bay congregation will continue to participate in the Dunedin Methodist Parish but will be leaving the present building.

A de-commissioning and closing service will be held at Broad Bay (65 Greig Street) on Sunday 30 November 2014 at 11am. The service will be followed by a shared lunch* with time to talk and share memories.

An invitation is goes out to anyone who has had an association with the Broad Bay Methodist Church, and the wider Otago Peninsula community to join in the closing service which will be one of celebration and moving on.

The service will be addressed by the Vice President of the Methodist Church of New Zealand, Arapera (Bella) Ngaha and there will be recollection of the history of this congregation which has had a presence on the Otago Peninsula since 1859 when William Bacon set up a room in his home for Methodist worship.

There will be a small display of photos and other memorabilia and if anyone has material to add please use the contacts below. A pot luck lunch will be held after the service, so please bring finger food or food that doesn’t need reheating. Out of town visitors are not expected to bring food – as Peninsula parishioners will ensure there will be plenty to share.

For more information please contact;

Jenny Winter, 03 478 0491, mob 021 168 9272, email mcleanwinter@clear.net.nz

Elspeth McLean, 03 478 0547, email elspethmclean@actrix.co.nz

Rev Siosifa Pole, 03 466 4600, email siosifap@dmm.org.nz

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A Mudtastic Pursuit

Getting ready to go

The 2014 Portobello Paddock Pursuit on Sunday 9th of November saw nearly 400 participants run, jump, climb and slither through a challenging course at the Portobello Domain. With a warm day many people brought their deck chairs and picnics and made the pursuit a great family day out. The Portobello Paddock Pursuit has grown from 220 entries in 2013 to 390 in 2014 and is steadily becoming a regular on the family friendly event circuit for Dunedin. So much of the pursuit’s success comes from the hardworking local organising committee who put in so much effort to ensure everyone has fun and the event runs well and safely. The other aspect of the event is the generosity of local businesses and sponsors such as Cycleworld, Cartridge World, Portobello Deli, Portobello Volunteer Fire Brigade, Am I Fit, Sport Otago, Remax Real Estate and so many more. This has been a fantastic fundraiser for Portobello School and a great event for the  Community, we’re looking forward to seeing everyone back next year. (Click on the pictures to see the pictures in a full size viewer).

Many thanks to the following other supporters;

Bronwyn Anderson, Nic & Brian McGrouther, Cross Family, Parkinson Whanau, Steven Clearwater Contracting, Playball, Portobello Commnity Incorporated, Dunedin Ice Hockey, Mitre 10, Leslie Rugby, Chipmunks, Megazone, Bike Barn, Starfish Cafe, Moana Pool, Rebel Sport, K Mart, Dunedin Sports Depot, United Video, Lonestar, Cadburys, Couplands, New World, Torpedo 7, Tuapeka Print and Kellogs.

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Portobello Skate Park Working Bee

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The 1st day of November and Portobello Community Incorporated were on a mission at the Portobello Domain skate park. The working bee had several tasks including replacing the plywood and painting the new ramps, giving the old tennis court fence a coat of paint and installing a recently purchased half-pipe. Helped with some warm weather, plenty of hard-working volunteers and a great morning tea at the pavilion everyone really got stuck in. Special thanks to Portobello Inc. Deputy Chairman Geoff Sheridan from Toll New Zealand for providing a much-needed  truck to get the half-pipe on site.

With Portobello Community Inc purchasing the half-pipe and funding half of Fulton Hogan’s road marking costs for the park, this project has created a great asset for the community and its families.  Its was fantastic to see so many people and children turn up on Saturday and pitch in to make this project really happen. We’re looking forward to the grand opening on the 9th of November during the Portobello Paddock Pursuit.

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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.

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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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