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Browsing Posts published in May, 2012

Where – Smaills Beach – meet at bottom carpark at Smaills Beach by the bridge

Bring a spade if you have one and some gloves and warm clothes.  Planting will be followed by a bbq and hot soup.

Contact Gaileen with any queries on 021 0550396 or email or visit us on facebook at

Toroa Award – Coastal Otago Schools Conservation Award
In celebration of Conservation Week, the Otago Peninsula Trust and the Department of Conservation offer a Conservation Award for Schools. They would like to invite all coastal schools in Otago (Dunedin City, Clutha District, and Waitaki District south of Waitaki River and inland to Duntroon) to apply for the Toroa Conservation Award. Applications to be submitted electronically or by post by August 15, 2012. Enquiries to Sally Carson Ph 479 5842

Kids Restore NZ – Funding Available
Kids Restore New Zealand is an organisation that offers a chance to make a real difference to our environmental future. Kids Restore New Zealand is a project of the Air New Zealand Environmental Charitable Trust. Check out the website  including criteria for school participation.

It’s also worthwhile to checking the Funding Information Service website ( and the Enviroschools Foundation website (

Community work days:

– Sunday 27 May, Tavora Reserve, North Otago,  Meet at carpark off Goodwood Road, 10am;

-Tuesday 5 June,  Arbor Day – Help Plant 1000x trees, Okia Reserve, Otago Peninsula,  Meet at Dick Road carpark, 10am.
Bring spades, warm clothes, food and drink.  For more information contact the YEPT office, phone 03 4790011
email  or visit

From Darlene Thomson, Keep Dunedin Beautiful: Using only reusable and recyclable material, make a piece of art that will be displayed in the Dunedin City Library from July 9 to 12.  These will be judged.

Winners receive yummy chocolate prizes. Entries and conditions can be found on  or phone Darlene 474 3401 Tuesday to Thursday.

Join the merry band of Waitati community volunteers on this regular casual working bee. We meet from 9am – midday on the last Sunday of the month to help look after the Living Legends planting site. The next session will be the 27 May. There’ll be plant maintenance – weed control, replacing weed mats, and of course there’s time to chew the fat and grab a cuppa. Meet at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, accessed from the Killarney Street entrance. Contact Lucy Hardy lhardy@doc.govt or 03 474 7094

Quarantine Island/ Kamautaurua
Saturday 26 May – Join us for our monthly open day and working bee on this beautiful island in Otago Harbour. Help with firewood, weeding around native trees, track clearing and with other odd jobs. Share a delicious pot luck lunch, then take time to rest and explore or join in other activities.

Pick up is at Back Beach in Port Chalmers at 9.30am on Saturday morning and the return boat leaves at 3.30pm for the return trip to Back Beach, or contact Francine, if you would like to stay overnight in the lodge. Wear your work clothes, bring something yummy to share for the pot luck lunch, and $8 for the boat.
Please contact our resident keeper on the Island, Francine Vella, on 478 0874 by the Wednesday before, so she can confirm boat bookings. (A pick up on the aquarium side for peninsula dwellers may also be possible).

June open day/ midwinter celebration – Details will be posted on our website or get Island updates by joining Facebook St Martin Island Community

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