Saturday, 25 December 2010

Christmas Day 2010


Facebook uploader doesn't seem to be working.
So just uploading Family Photos for Family overseas.
Amber an Nick are driving down from Ashburton tonight, and will do the boxing day sales in the morning, then a family BBQ tomorrow night.
Hope you all had a great XMAS.

Top:, Skidi waiting on 'Dads' chair with his XMAS pressie for him.
Below: Then Joined by Dad at breakfast with his toast, shared.

Above: The pine tree branch Jay nabbed from 'somewhere' and brought back home on his scooter at midnight. Then right: Shane and Amber with Skidi.
Below Left: Shane openeing his Christmas Pressie, not happy about the camera in his face. Right: Caitlin giving the look for the camera.

My Dad (Trevor) and step mum Judy dishing up xmas lunch, all the salad and veges were from our garden, it felt so good out with my basket picking the veges.. Above right: Caitlin, Dad and Shane
Family pics taken in front of a half finished project of an eclectic mix of photo frames with pics of my kids over the years.
The house has been very quiet the last 6 weeks since Caitlin moved out, so its just me and Jay. Now, after being a mum for 25 years I can plan my future without responsibilities of being at home for children (theoretically). So I'm planning for a big LE - not an OE as I haven't the funds to travel overseas, but a Local Experience of New Zealand... once I get a camper van kidded out I'm planning on hitting the road to explore our beautiful country.

namaste and hope you all had a great Christmas.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

out the window


Above: Tomatoes are growing well in the Morri House (compare with the pic a few weeks ago here), Jay built me a potting table outside on it's deck, he's so clever.
Other than the vege garden, there is nothing happening in my life. I quit work late October, and have been at home. Sorry no blog posts, I haven't been doing photography or going out.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Damage Control


Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson said the national policy statement, which replaced an earlier policy, gave councils clearer direction on protecting and managing New Zealand's coastal environment, including surf breaks, for the first time.

Read the FULL online Article at the ODT here

Editors note in response to Article

Yes I agree the new NZ Coastal Policy Statement 2010 does create the need for extra attention for Port Otago in relation to their Next Generation project affecting the Aramoana Surfbreak, which is now Nationally protected.

Mr Hastie seems to have put his hand up to represent surfers as opposing the Next Generation Project, unaware of the lengthy negotiations with Mr Plunket that myself and Rod Rust have had to secure an understanding and good will prior to his comments in this article.

The 6.2k out to sea dump site will not adversely affect surfing/surfers under the Port Otago proposals. The dump sites of concern are the existing sites for which a separate consent will be applied for in 2011. Also of concern is the deepening of the channel at the heads and the effect on the ebb delta there.

Leroy Rust - Aiming High


Read the whole article at the ODT website here

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Skidi tired of getting so big!


Friday, 26 November 2010

Arsenic, asbestos found in Dunedin dunes


Please read the whole article on the Otago Daily Times Website here.

Mysterious sludge at beach years ago, Dunedin man recalls

From the ODT website By Chris Morris
on Fri, 26 Nov 2010

Revelations the sand dunes at Dunedin's Middle beach are laced with traces of industrial chemicals have jogged memories of a mysterious white sludge for Dunedin man Wayne Campbell.

Mr Campbell (62) contacted the Otago Daily Times this week. after Dunedin City Council staff last week confirmed traces of arsenic, asbestos and other industrial chemicals had been found in the dunes.

The contamination of the seaward side of the dunes was believed to have come from old landfill buried under what is now Kettle Park, although council staff were awaiting more test results to determine the extent of the problem.

Mr Campbell said he could recall coming across a mysterious white substance while fossicking in the landfill as a young boy in the 1950s.

Please continue to read the whole article on the Otago Daily Times Website here.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Our Vege Garden - November 2010


This year is going to be the bumper year for as close as possible to self sufficiency in fruit and vegetables. And I'm really enjoying spending more time in the garden now I am not working. Especially since:
We now have a 4mx2.5m Morrifield Tunnel House!
I'm Stoked to say that the tunnel house is all up and running with 6 beefsteak tomato plants, 6 cherry tomato plants, 6 chilli plants, 6 mixed pepper plants, a cucumber, masses of rocket, fennel, and a seeded row of mixed basil. Below- all planted out:

Above: Jay worked extremely hard last week to dig out and build the foundations for the tunnel house. We got in two trailer loads of mulch and organic compost, which was mixed in by Dean from 'We Hoe You Grow'.. every year from the start of our new garden, Dean has come and mixed and mulched our soil to a fine till, making our job much easier, and saving Jay's back for more surfs.

Above: Dean Hoeing last week -
If you want some quality Hoeing magic in your Vege patch, Dean Mooyman can be contacted at: 021 2474633 or email

Above left: my new herb garden Jay put together over the top of an old broken concrete pad with the Tunnel House in the background, and to the right the three raised garden beds, newly planted out. Above right: the fruit trees coming along, with the mixed vine berries, grapes and berry bushes along the fenceline. At the bottom of the garden the big black walnut, and the big old skool apple tree.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Arvo Surf


Friday, 12 November 2010

Auckland for Surfbreak

A couple of weeks ago I travelled to Auckland for the AGM of the Surfbreak Protection Society.
I was honoured to get voted back on the committee for my second year, and look forward to doing whatever I can for the organisation.
Pic to left taken after the meeting at the Auckland Law Courts building somewhere in the centre city.
Left to right: Geer Iseke, Paul Shanks, Nic Reeves, Mike Gunson, Monique Olivier, Allen Pidwell, John Shaw, missing David Storck and Scotty Grieve.
New Surfbreak Facebook Group I made a few days ago

Surfbreak Protection Society | Promote your Page too

Above:: Taking off from Dunedin airport flying low looking towards waldronville (middle circle), where I live, with Blackhead headland to the left circled, suburbs Fairfield in the foreground, Green Island to the right. Closer to the sea is the Refuse Transfer station at the head of the Kaikorai Estuary which leads out to the sea past Waldronville. I love where I live!
Next pic below is of the Kaikoras shrouded in clouds on the way up.

Above: A night shot of Auckland from the street. And then my short trip to flat Piha. Last photo at bottom is from the plane window taxiing along the runway at sunset.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

sample for Bob


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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

from the carpark


26th October 2010 - Windy As -
Below: Jimi popping out of a loong tube, fresh from indo

Thursday, 28 October 2010

New Coastal Policy Statement released


Date: 28 October 2010
Source: Office of the Minister of Conservation

A new national policy statement will give councils clearer direction on protecting and managing New Zealand’s coastal environment, including our top surf breaks, says Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson.

“The Government made a commitment to deliver more national guidance on implementation of the Resource Management Act,” Ms Wilkinson says.

“The New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement (NZCPS) 2010 that I’m recommending does that.”

The NZCPS sets out policies on coastal issues including protection of outstanding natural features and landscapes, planning for subdivision, use, and development, protection of biodiversity and water quality, and management of coastal hazard risks.

full article here

What are the nationally significant surf breaks and how were they chosen?

This policy attracted significant interest and the list was developed by the Board of Inquiry after taking submissions from national surfing organisations and individual surfers, as well as related environmental evidence. The surf breaks listed come from seven regions:

  • Otago: The Spit, Karitane, Whareakeake (Murdering Bay), Papatowai;
  • Kaikoura: Mangamaunu, Meatworks;
  • Taranaki: Stent Road breaks, Waiwhakaiho;
  • Gisborne: Makorori Point, Wainui breaks, The Island;
  • Raglan: Manu Bay, Whale Bay, Indicators;
  • Coromandel: Whangamata Bar;
  • Northland: Peaks (Shipwreck Bay, Super tubes, Mukie 1&2).

Top marks to all the Surfing groups, individuals, clubs & orgs in NZ, especially the efforts of Surfbreak Protection Society getting this policy in the NZCPS - protecting some of New Zealands top surf breaks.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Labour Weekend Garden


Above, a Protea in our front garden.

Launching into another growing season, me and Jay are hoping to be as self producing as possible with fruit and vegetables this year. Pic Above is the garden at the beginning of the month, with soil turned over ready for planting out. Since then we have pricked out a pile of sprouted seeds into the furrows. New Trellis is up ready for the newly planted green beans, and the peas are in too,

Fruit trees are doing well, (above) and the berries are establishing themselves along the 3 tier espalier along the fence line.

We now have three strawberry Patches, and a good grove of Rhubarb plants. I think we have lost most of our asparagus plants which have been shooting for a few years, only two have sprouted so far.In the background of this photo (above) you can see I picked up some old low profile tyres at Mag and Turbo a few weeks ago, and Jay planted some spuds in them. Looking to get another 3 or 4 stacks going, two with Yams.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Readers Post - Yellow Eyed Penguin


My name is Keith and I have just moved to the Brighton area with my wife Alice. Im a pretty keen (yet spectacularly poor) surfer and have followed and enjoyed your blog with interest for sometime.
I was out for a run this evening and came across a yellow eyed penguin just south of Brighton. We have moved up here from Kaka Point so im used to seeing them and it was obvious this one wasnt well. With darkness approaching we decided to catch it (after getting the ok from DOC).
DOC ranger then came and collected it from our house. Fingers crossed it will do well.

Just thought you might be interested to hear our wee story.

Keith and Alice

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Nationals to be Held In Dunedin Jan 2011


Article on the Otago Daily Times Website here

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Surfscapes - Reviews - a success?


The exhibition was due to end today,

but has been extended until the 6th of November 2010

Exhibition Review
ODT Thursday 30th September 2010
- Arts Section

"Surfscapes" (Green Island Gallery)

Green Island Gallery's "Surfscapes" consists of work by eight local surfers who are also artists.

Several of the names are familiar, most notably Steev Peyroux and Ollie Crooks, but the work by the remaining artists is also worthy of note.

James Kerr's work is impressive, with its boldly impressionistic colours.

The sea seems to ripple in the mix of pinks and cyans which he weaves from his brush, as do the waves in two equally attractive bright works by Ollie Crooks.

More realistic are the warm vibrant tones of Nic Reeves' paintings, which depict stylised South Pacific seafronts, with foam breaking against symbol-heavy Polynesian coasts.

Darren Tautari's work is attractive, understated, and realistic.

He nicely depicts his recognisable street and beach scenes, often by picking a feature, most obviously in the simple, effective Gulls.

His work sits opposite two excellent large pieces by Steev Peyroux depicting folded blankets of hillside lapped by coastal waters or sitting nervously under sullen skies.

Street art, unsurprisingly, makes its influence known, most obviously in a series of works by Nathan Shaw, but also in the cartoon-like surfer image of Nathan Lungley.

The exhibition is completed by a series of miniature hand-float boards, shaped and decorated in fine humour by Jayin Tzu.


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