Community Notices

By Admin | Posted: Thursday November 30, 2023

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Water Safety Programme - January holidays 2024.

Unfortunately, drowning rates in NZ are higher compared to other countries (New Zealand has a high fatal drowning rate compared to other Western nations such as Australia, Canada and the UK. For the past ten years our rate has been 1.7 per 100,000 of population and in 2020 is 1.62. In comparison, Australia's per capita rate is 1.1 and Canada's 1.3).

Our goal is to raise your awareness of the dangers of outdoor water areas, especially Waitaki region which has a great variety of these environments, such as rivers, ponds and beaches.

The Waitaki Water Safety programme is basically a 5-day programme, 100% funded by Tu manawa Active Aotearoa, which aims giving support and information to Waitaki community, focusing on children from 8 to 11 years old.

We would like to count on you to send this survey out to all parents of children in this age group. Please, just send the link below for completing the survey.

Any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Paulo Brayner

Email: Web:
Tel: +64 3 433 0410

Weston Playcentre tamariki are raising funds to purchase an outdoor water play set worth $3000 and have organised an Art Gallery Fundraiser.

The artworks donated include works from Art on Thames and Luzette with more to be named. There will also be raffles and giveaways throughout the evening with support from Mitre10, Balzer Fishing, Jessica Flora, Hyde Boutique to name a few! Harbour Street Collective Cafe has also been a huge support and will be providing a glass of bubbles and nibbles will be provided to attendees - it is sure to be a fabulous night.
Details of the event are below: Thursday 7 December 2023, 7 pm at Harbour Street Collective CafeTickets are $10 and can be purchased by emailing

The Salvation Army Family Movie Night presents The Star - this event is free but if you can make a donation or koha that would be greatly appreciated. Friday 1st December at 5.30pm. BYO Tea, 6pm Movie, icecreams at half time! For more info ring or text Bridge 0278190140.

Carols in the Park, Oamaru Gardens - Saturday 9 December 6 pm - 8.30 pm. Family-friendly and alcohol-free event. Featuring the Bouncy Castles, sing-a-longs, face painting and great live music. Bring a canof food or a gold coin to donate the the Oamaru Foodbank.

Coding NZ is running its free coding holiday activities again this summer. We thought you might want to share this opportunity with your school community, so have attached a flyer in a few different formats for email newsletter or Facebook sharing. Feel free to let us know if you need the flyer in a different format.

With the increasing amount of digital technology in our world today, we believe every student deserves a chance to enjoy discovering more about how coding works. Our free holiday workshops are a great way for students to stretch their existing coding skills, or to get started for the first time. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing lots of cool code-learning outcomes.

Josh & Nikki Trebilco

Founders & Tutors
Coding NZ027 919

Future Blacksticks Coaching Road Show 2024The Future Black Sticks based out of Dunedin are touring the lower South Island coaching hockey to the young players in the region. The money they raise will help them pay for their hockey endeavors for 2024. We have a good number of FBS who have come through the regional associations. There were 24 athletes selected into the FBS/ JBS program. The Coaching Roadshow is an awesome opportunity for these young athletes to give back and inspire young hockey players in this part of New Zealand and show that players from the south can be recognised and rewarded for all the hard work they put in. Register here or scan the QR code The roadshow will start in Cromwell on Monday the 22nd of January and end in Oamaru on Friday the 26th January. Cromwell - Monday 22nd January Invercargill - Tuesday 23rd January Gore - Wednesday 24th January Dunedin - Thursday 25th January Oamaru - Friday 26th January There will be 3 sessions a day for the five days. Each session will be 2 hours long and will begin at 10.00 am with the U13 age group (Yr5-Yr8) and end at 5.30 pm with the U18 age group U13 Age Group 10.00 am - 12noon U15 Age Group 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm U18 Age Group 3.30 pm - 5.30 pm The players will run skills sessions to help players refine skills they already have and show new skills/techniques the players may not have seen before. There will be game elements to these sessions - as fun and enjoyment are key elements to a quality hockey session. Otago Hockey staff - Hymie Gill and Jolene Casey will be supporting these coaching sessions. We will also offer coaching development which will be advertised soon. The cost for the 2-hour coaching session is $60 per child. Please make payment to Otago Hockey Association. Bank details 03-0905-0460917-10, Reference Child's name

Aimee Russell, Secretary - North Otago Hockey Association - 027 7821975.