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SDC BGC Poster 2017_300pxSustainable Dunedin City Inc. proudly presents

Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge for 2017!


Sustainable Dunedin City members are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s Big Green Challenge. We’re on the lookout for exciting projects and creative initiatives that will strengthen Dunedin’s community resilience and foster stronger sustainability principles – great ideas that can be put into practice, and which will inspire others to participate in building resilient local communities. Projects might be in the fields of food production and distribution, ecological restoration, water, waste, transport, energy, community building or any other areas that support the vibrancy of our wonderful small city and its future.

We are offering ten grants of up to $500 each to groups and to individuals.

These grants are available to implement projects within the greater Dunedin area (within the D.C.C boundaries of Waikouaiti in the north, to Brighton in the south, and to Middlemarch in the west).

A poster advertising the event is available as a PDF here: SDC BGC Poster 2017

You want to apply?  Great!

Applications are now open and will close on 30th April 2017.

Successful applicants will be advised and funded by mid-May.
Projects are to be completed by the end of October 2017.
You’ll be asked to send in regular updates of how your project is going to the BGC co-ordinator at bgc@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
We encourage our participants to join our Facebook page “Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge” and to contribute photos, clips and news of their project as it develops.
A closing event to showcase all our projects will be held late November 2017. All participants are invited to attend this celebratory event, where a representative from each project will give a brief presentation on their work and achievements.


Applications require the following

1.  Your name, the name of your group and a brief description of the activities you/your group are involved in.

2.  Your contact details – include email address, phone number and postal address.

3.   An explanation of how your project will contribute to the resilience and sustainability of your local community and/or the greater Dunedin area.

4.   A description of your project’s implementation and its expected timeline. (We need the “who/when/where and how” details).

5.   A budget, outlining your expected costs. (If there are additional costs, please explain how you intend funding this part of your project).

6.  A statement that you agree to complete your project by the end of 31st October at the latest.

7.  A  statement that you agree to have information about your project posted on the Sustainable Dunedin City website.

8.  An acknowledgement that a representative/s will attend the closing event and give a short presentation on what your project has achieved.

9.   If a successful applicant/group would like a mentor, please state this clearly on your application letter and we’ll endeavour to connect you up with an appropriately skilled person.

Email applications as an attachment to: bgc@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
or post to:

Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge
11 Northfield Avenue,
Dunedin 9010

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Projects which received funding in Dunedin‘s previous Big Green Challenge were:

* Caroline Davies & Daniel Buchanan
– Plan B: Bee Nurturing (establishing hives and sharing nuclei to for pollination)

* Corstorphine Community Hub
– towards establishing Corstorphine Community Garden (tools and resources for creating 4 x raised beds)

* Generation Zero
– for workshops in 2015 to attract & retain students active on climate change issues

* Grubby Angels (Southern DIvision)
– to establish a Southern Dunedin Garden Network (set up vegetable gardens for 5 x local households)

* Karitane Krew
– to purchase a water tank for the Karitane School gardens

* NEVEY (North East Valley Enterprising Youth Collective)
– for materials for OSCAR children to create a scale model and for youth to build a prototype for waste management on local land

* Ocean Grove Community Trust
– towards the establishment of the Ocean Grove Community Garden (soil testing, water installation, rental & fencing)

* QUACK (Queen’s High School envirogroup)
– for further development of the school garden

* Volunteering Otago
– towards preserving and baking workshops in the free School Holiday programmes in 2015

* Wakari School Garden Group
– for purchase of a shed to store tools for the school garden

Kia ora,
Here are some interesting events for February, plus a look ahead to NZ Seaweek and a fund-raising event for Orokonui in April.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne Wood
(Chair, Sustainable Dunedin City)



Events listing


Tuesday and Wednesday 21 and 22 February

Short course: Creating Living Buildings

Venue: Otago Polytechnic

This is a two day block course on the Living Building Challenge and Integrated Design for people who want to transform their practice of sustainable construction and deliver restorative projects.The course is offered to architects, construction professionals, design professionals, engineers, product suppliers, clients and community workers enabling diverse and rich dialogue whilst learning to create authentic sustainable projects and outcomes.
The course offers deep understanding and practice of:

  •     How can we live sustainably on this planet?
  •     The Living Building Challenge goals as drivers for positive change of our buildings and communities
  •     Lots of case studies
  •     The challenges and solutions to achieving the goals in NZ
  •     How do we work together to create the best outcomes for the budget, time and quality constraints?

See https://www.op.ac.nz/study/sustainable-practice/creating-living-built-environments/ for more information, registration and fees.


Friday 24th February, 12-1pm

Joint Otago Energy Research Centre & Centre for Sustainability Seminar

Venue: Seminar Room, Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street

Seminar presented by Professor Tadj Oreszczyn, Director of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER), Director of the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) and Professor of Energy and Environment at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London. Prof Oreszczyn is also the Director of the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology based at the UCL Energy Institute. This centre undertakes research to help the UK reduce its energy demand in buildings and transport and is one of six government funded research centres in energy demand. The centre is currently leading the establishment of an International Energy Agency Annex (70) in building energy epidemiology. Prof Oreszczyn has for 34 years undertaken energy and building research with a particular focus around the performance gap between theory and practice and the unintended consequences (health, comfort, etc.) of building energy efficiency.  http://http://www.otago.ac.nz/centre-sustainability/seminars/


Tuesday 28th February, 6.15-7.15pm

“How should we value nature in a human-dominated world?” Royal Society of New Zealand lecture.

Venue: St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

Lecture given by Dame Georgina Mace, British ecologist and conservation scientist, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and Director of the UCL (University College London) Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research. More information on the Royal Society website. Lecture is free but registration is required.


Saturday 25th February to Sunday 5th March

New Zealand Seaweek

Various Otago events listed at http://seaweek.org.nz/events/otago/


Sunday 26th February, 10.30am

Dunedin coastal clean-up

Venue: Meet at St Kilda Surf Club (other locations can be chosen for clean-up)
Part of Seaweek events – see http://seaweek.org.nz/events/otago/  for more information.


Saturday 22nd April

Orokonui Challenge – fund-raising walk or run

Pay an entry fee to run or walk the Orokonui Challenge and help fund takahe and kaka conservation work.
“The race is fantastic and beautiful all the way – it includes Orokonui’s protected forest, Orokonui estuary, Blueskin Bay and Doctors Point beach. Great views and great wildlife! Terrain varies from compacted gravel, grass, beach, asphalt and coarse gravel. The run includes 500-600m of climbing.

The walk includes Orokonui’s forest and Orokonui Estuary. Walkers can take their time and enjoy forest and estuarine wildlife. The walk includes 300m of climbing and the terrain is compacted gravel, grass and boardwalk.”

More information at https://orokonui.nz/About/Orokonui-Challenge/Event-Information



Other opportunities

Neighbourhood Food Harvest – Our Food Network Do you have food in your garden (fruit or veges) and know you won’t be able to consume it all? Do you want help to harvest and donate some food to your neighbours and/or local food banks? Do you want to get to know your neighbours and help them harvest any excess food from their own properties?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions then please contact us at: ourfoodnetwork@gmail.com
Our “Ideas into Action Facilitator” (Niki Bould) is busy gathering names and addresses for our database so we can organise volunteers in each neighbourhood to harvest as much food as possible so it doesn’t go to waste. We will be running some volunteer workshops soon (on how to make “apple-pickers”, how to identify diseases in fruit, and providing some health and safety info) and hope this is a great way for neighbours to meet each other.

Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…



Good reading/listening

Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at www.oar.org.nz/event/eco-living-in-action/, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City

RECENT PODCASTS
26th Jan – Make your own basic herbal remedies – Anna Hughes
2nd Feb – free range poultry production – Olive Elliott
9th Feb – Go to Tinker School! – Andrew Bowen

Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access Radio. Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ  7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin). http://sustainablelens.org/



Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

New Zealand Government: No sustainability-related consultations at present.



Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Contacts

Simonne Wood (Chair and newsletter editor) sustainabledunedincity@gmail.com

SDC secretary (Andy Barratt) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Facebook page Sustainable Dunedin City

Please send all requests to go onto the mailing list or to be removed from it to sustainabledunedincity@gmail.com

This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Kia ora,
The new committee of Sustainable Dunedin City met last week and has started to think about the projects it would like to be involved in during the coming year, with a focus on building on our existing strengths and fulfilling needs not covered by other sustainability groups in Dunedin. Here are some of our thoughts:

    We will continue to promote engagement in local democratic processes, such as through submissions to the DCC and ORC, and hope to become more pro-active in advocacy in some areas, rather than simply responding to topics raised by local and national government in consultations.
    We aim to use our networks and communication channels to keep more people in Dunedin informed about sustainability and connected to each other.
    There is a strong possibility of running the Big Green Challenge again.
    We will also be reviewing our on-going relationship with Our Food Network in the next couple of months, to see how we can best work together to make both organisations stronger.

Thanks to all our committee members, new and continuing: Andy Barratt, John Cocks, Nicky Chapman, Mark Jackson, Injy Johnstone, Stuart Mathieson and Jenny Neilson. Andy has just taken over from Jenny as secretary, so particular thanks to Jenny for all her hard work in the past and to Andy for being willing to take on the role.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne Wood
(Chair, Sustainable Dunedin City)

Events listing

Ongoing
Hereweka Harbour Cone planting bees
Save The Otago Peninsula (more commonly known by our acronym, STOP), has been very busy on the conservation front over winter – mainly planting and trying to keep pest plants under control.  Smiths Creek Catchment Planting in particular has used 982 volunteer hours clearing gorse and planting just over 2,000 kanuka seedlings.
Now we are joining the Hereweka Harbour Cone Trust and Broad Bay School to plant a further 1,500 mixed coastal forest seedlings.  So we desperately need your assistance!
Working bees are every Tuesday from 9.30 to 12.30 and Sundays 10am to 1pm.  (Alternative times for groups can also be arranged.) Lots of different tasks according to ability – not just digging holes.
Meet at the end of Bacon St.
Contact Person: Lala Frazer 027 8756 020; Email <lala.frazer@gmail.com> Friday 14th October, 12.30 – 1.30pm

OERC Public Seminar: Taking stock of the local impacts of community renewable energy
Venue: Seminar Room, Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street
Seminar given by Anna Harnmeijer, co-founder of a small Edinburgh-based consultancy in community energy (Scene Community), and recently completed a Marie Curie funded fellowship called ‘Careers for Sustainability Excellence’ (CASTLE). Her work thus far has spanned from quantifying project risk and barriers to community energy and environmental policy and innovation in the UK bioenergy sector, to renewable energy technology failure in rural areas of the developing world. The seminar takes a scholarly look at the potential for community-owned renewable energy projects to deliver environmental and local socio-economic benefits.More information at http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/events/otago620330.html

Tuesday 18th October, 4-6pm
Energy Efficiency in Practice (3rd Ahika Learning from the Leaders event)
Venue: Cadbury World Theatre, 280 Cumberland Street
Our 3rd event focus on efficiency in business. Hear from four speakers on the following topics:
• Energy + Sustainability = Good Business Sense: Martin McArthur & Judith Mair (Cadbury)
• How funding can drive energy efficiency: Peter van Meer (EECA)
• Planning is the first step towards identifying opportunities: Lloyd McGinty (Ahika)
• Energy supply with a difference: Chris Dawson (Pioneer Energy)
• Chocolate melting project: Visit to the mass melting room (Cadbury)
Each talk will be short & sharp with ample time for questions, discussion and networking.

NEW EVENT 19th of October, 4-6pm
ChargeUp Dunedin
Venue: G106, Otago Polytechnic

https://www.facebook.com/events/1126382154107845/. Roundtable meetings about all things EV in Dunedin.

Please note we only have 40 spaces for our third Learning from Leaders event.  So sign up with OSEA asap (Phone: 0508 656 757 Email: info@osea. org.nz). More information at http://ahika.co.nz/news/2016/9/26/our-3rd-lfl-event-energy-efficiency-in-practice-1 Thursday 20th October, 4-5pm
Seminar: “What if… we all drove electric vehicles?”
Venue: Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

OERC and Centre for Sustainability seminar, presented by Alan Miller, who has worked in Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, in fields including: power quality monitoring; demand response; electricity pricing; telecommunications high-tech product development and marketing; and general management. He is currently director of the EPECentre and of the GREEN Grid project at the University of Canterbury.

Other opportunities
Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…
Good reading/listening

Eco Living in Action

Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at www.oar.org.nz, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes.

Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City

RECENT PODCASTS
22 September – Fair Trade and Sustainability – Sara Walton
29 September – Buckwheat as a green manure crop – John McCormick
6 October – From Waste to Resource – Tom MacFarlane

Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access Radio. Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ  7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin). http://sustainablelens.org/
Regular listings

Biodiversity monitoring on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua
When: at our community open days (last Saturday of the month) and to suit visiting groups
COST: $15 pp for boat; $10-$15 if staying overnight in the Lodge. Subsidies sometimes available if there is financial hardship.
We are about to start an exciting project, monitoring biodiversity on the Island using different indicators, linked with a new predator control programme. We’re keen to involve the community, especially young people!
A range of monitoring methods will be used- tracking tunnels, chew cards, and seedling,/moth/bird counts prior to trapping, and then again once the traps are in place. We expect that we will see increases in biodiversity over time.
Get involved on a day visit, or stay overnight to ensure plenty of time to explore other aspects of the Island, including ecological restoration and heritage.Talk to the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community’s Keeper, Phil Perrow, about options.
Phil Perrow; quarantineisland@gmail.com  478 0874  0276683773   quarantineisland.org.nz

Living legends at Waitati Last Sunday of the month. Help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Blueskin Community Market – first Sunday of every month. Gallery on Blueskin. Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.
Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.

Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

New Zealand Government: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Contacts

Simonne Wood (Chair and newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

SDC secretary (Andy Barratt) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Facebook page Sustainable Dunedin City

Please send all requests to go onto the mailing list or to be removed from it to newsletter@sustainablecity.org.nz

This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Kia ora,
We were pleased with the turn-out of mayoral candidates and audience members for our environmental election forum on 7th September, especially considering the horrible weather that evening. We hope that those who attended found it a useful contribution to the democratic process. Many thanks to Forest & Bird and Wise Response Society for co-hosting the event, to Otago Polytechnic for kindly letting us use the excellent venue and to Mark McGuire for chairing the event so well. Thank you also to those of you who put posters up or circulated details of the event amongst your networks. For people who weren’t able to be there, or who would like to refresh their memory of what the candidates said,  some summary notes of the main points made by the candidates are available as a PDF here: Dunedin-Mayoral-Forum-Notes. There was also coverage in the ODT.

While organising the event I realised that Sustainable Dunedin City’s Facebook page has been rather dormant for the last few months, so I’m planning to post a few more items there from time to time. If you are into Facebook, please like the page and share things that are of interest; if you are not into Facebook, don’t worry – this newsletter will still be our main way of communicating!

Ngā mihi,
Simonne Wood

Surveying interest in an electric car sharing scheme for Dunedin.
We’ve been asked to publicise a survey to test interest in an electric car sharing scheme for Dunedin at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TLD6LJ7

The Government, through energy efficiency agency EECA, has a low emission vehicles contestable fund, to support the uptake of low emission vehicles. One of the things it is looking for is proposals for car sharing schemes. Car sharing schemes offer the prospect of reducing car numbers, and therefore emissions, particularly if the cars are electric, while supporting active and public transport, and providing a way to address equality of access to a new low emission transport option. Transport emissions are the best part of 20% of New Zealand’s overall CO2 emissions, and one the most easily addressed areas, according to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. If you are not familiar with car sharing schemes you might like to watch a couple of short YouTube videos before filling out the survey. This is a good one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt23cJL5E70. And this is one for a Vancouver scheme called Modo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAY7TPtuA0A. It doesn’t involve an electric car, but describes how such schemes work. Thanks for taking the time. If you have any further inquiries please contact Tom at tandpmckinlay@xtra.co.nz

Events listing

Now until 18th September
DOC’s Dirty Dozen Competition
Help DOC record the location of invasive weeds across New Zealand using NatureWatchNZ website. See DOC website for more information. Part of Conservation Week.

10th – 18th September
Conservation Week
See the website for events happening locally and around the country.

16th to 25th September
Great Kererū Count
The Great Kererū Count was set up to help us get a better understanding of kererū numbers and distribution across New Zealand. The Great Kererū Count is an annual citizen science project and the more people who participate, the better the understanding we will get on how kererū are doing across the country. Over a number of years, scientists from Victoria University of Wellington and Lincoln University will use data from the Great Kererū Count and build a more accurate picture of kererū numbers, distribution as well as key kererū behaviours. This will help us understand how best to protect kererū. Find out how to participate at http://greatkererucount.nz/#intro

Sunday 18th September, 10am to 1pm
Hereweka Harbour Cone Planting Bee
This is to invite you to the first planting on the Hereweka Harbour Cone Block organised by the Hereweka Harbour Cone Trust (HHCT). Save The Otago Peninsula (STOP) has of course been busy planting on both the Smiths Creek and the Stewarts Creek Catchments for several years, but this is the first Hereweka Harbour Cone Trust planting.
Smiths Creek. Meet at the end of Bacon St, Broad Bay at the beginning of the Bacon St Track or walk along to the second gate on the Track.
BRING: Stout shoes, a spade and gardening gloves if you have them – but they will be supplied.
CONTACTS:
Paul Pope 027 4668 446
Lala Frazer 027 8756 020

Anyone welcome! Sunday 18th September
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – special open day for Conservation Week
Come over to explore the island’s biodiversity, marine and terrestrial!
The boat departs from Back Beach, by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club at 10am and can do a pick up on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement.
$15 return per person. Bookings essential (by Friday 9th September). Return boat at 4pm. Contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 478 0874
Bring a picnic lunch, warm clothes and sturdy footwear. A koha for the island is always appreciated.
More information about the island, including staying overnight in the Lodge in case you’d like to do this too on the ‘Visit’ page of our website quarantineisland.org.nz Sunday 18th September, 1 – 5pm
Better soil for better crops – a seminar for beginners
Venue: Community Rooms, North East Valley Normal School, North Road, Dunedin

Although everyone knows that the key to success in growing healthy produce on any scale is to “get the soil right”, it is no easy matter to comprehend the vast amount of information available on the subject.
The purpose of this seminar is to provide a thorough, practical introduction to the theory and practice of soil management in language that can be readily understood.
The seminar will be in three parts:

Know your soil – explaining how to evaluate your soil type and understand its advantages and limitations.
Understand your soil – covering the physics, chemistry and biology of the soil and the connections between them (the “soil food web”).
Manage your soil – surveying the many practices you can employ to make your soil as healthy and productive as possible.

Presenter Andy Barratt is a certified organic grower. He and his wife live on a small farm outside Karitane where they grow fruit and vegetables.
COST:  $30 (Otago Organics Associates – $25)
REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL
To register, email Andy at asbarratt@gmail.com or phone/text 021 890 048.

Tuesday 20th September, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Film: The Wisdom to Survive
Venue: Dunningham Suite Dunedin Public Library

An hour long film, followed by discussion and a cuppa. The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people. Will we have the wisdom to survive?

https://www.facebook.com/events/315771815438919/

Wednesday 21 September
Environment day – Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition
Venue: Dunedin Community Gallery, 20 Princes Street

There will be two documentary screenings throughout the day:
“Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Change” at 11am
“Hot Air: The politics of climate change in New Zealand” at 1pm

Panel discussion on “Labour and Climate Change” at 5.30pm – with panel members Professor Liz Slooten, Emeritus Professor Colin Campbell-Hunt, Labour MP David Parker, and panel chair Jocelyn Harris.
All welcome. This is part of the Southern Labour Centenary Exhibition.

Other opportunities

Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…
Good reading/listening
Report from the recent “Rethinking how we value food” event on 30th August.

WellSouth’s Low Cost Food and Transport Map – Provides information on community gardens, fruit and vegetable coops, community orchards and cycling facilities in Dunedin.

Eco Living in Action

Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at www.oar.org.nz, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes.

Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City

RECENT PODCASTS
25th August – “Our Endangered Birds” – with guest Sophie Fern, of Dunedin, host of the OAR radio show Natural History Show
1st September – “Creating Living Willow Sculptures” – with guest Clive Lyttle, of Northern Ireland, Basket Maker and Traditional Craftsman
8th September – “Making your own fruit wine organically” – with Heiko Vermeulen, of Northern Ireland, permaculturalist and forager.

Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access Radio. Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ  7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin). http://sustainablelens.org/
Regular listings

Biodiversity monitoring on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua

When: at our community open days (last Saturday of the month) and to suit visiting groups

COST: $15 pp for boat; $10-$15 if staying overnight in the Lodge. Subsidies sometimes available if there is financial hardship.

We are about to start an exciting project, monitoring biodiversity on the Island using different indicators, linked with a new predator control programme. We’re keen to involve the community, especially young people!

A range of monitoring methods will be used- tracking tunnels, chew cards, and seedling,/moth/bird counts prior to trapping, and then again once the traps are in place. We expect that we will see increases in biodiversity over time.

Get involved on a day visit, or stay overnight to ensure plenty of time to explore other aspects of the Island, including ecological restoration and heritage.Talk to the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community’s Keeper, Phil Perrow, about options.

Phil Perrow; quarantineisland@gmail.com  478 0874  0276683773   quarantineisland.org.nz

Living legends at Waitati Last Sunday of the month. Help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Blueskin Community Market – first Sunday of every month. Gallery on Blueskin. Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.
Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.

Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

New Zealand Government: International Treaty examination of the Paris Agreement. Closing date 2nd September. I haven’t had time to look at this yet, but I think the National Interest Analysis would be worth a read.

Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Contacts

Simonne Wood (Chair and newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

SDC secretary (Jenny Neilson) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

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This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Kia ora,
Sustainable Dunedin City had a lively and successful AGM on Wednesday, with the very positive outcome that the motion to wind up the society was unanimously rejected – even by the people who had proposed it! Having highlighted the possibility of winding up last weekend, the committee received a number of messages of encouragement and offers of practical help from SDC supporters. These gave us the confidence that Sustainable Dunedin City could not only continue but also become more active in some areas. We will let you know more about those ideas in the near future.

The SDC committee has received a boost from three new members joining – Andy Barrett, Injy Johnstone and Stuart Mathieson – and we warmly welcome them. John Cocks and Jenny Neilson have stepped down from the roles of Chair and Secretary respectively, but we are very grateful that they have agreed to stay on the committee for the time being to pass on their expertise, and we are extremely appreciative of all they have done in the past few years to keep SDC active and contributing to the City. We are also fortunate that Nicky Chapman and Mark Jackson have agreed to continue their valuable contribution as committee members. I was delighted to accept nomination as the new Chair of SDC and look forward to growing into that role over the coming year.

Finally, please don’t forget the environment-focussed election forum we are holding on Wednesday 7th September for Dunedin’s mayoral candidates – details below.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne Wood

Events listing

*TOMORROW/TODAY (depending on when you read this!)
Sunday, August 28, 3pm
Meeting to brainstorm ideas around the Government’s $6 million low emission vehicles contestable fund
Venue: Valley Community Workspace, 11 Allen St, Northeast Valley

A meeting to consider possible responses to the Government’s low emission vehicles contestable fund. The $6 million fund has been established to help speed the transition towards a transport system less reliant on fossil fuels.
In its first year, the fund is looking for “demonstrations of vehicle types not currently used in New Zealand, car sharing schemes that promote the use of electric vehicles and new ways of addressing transport demands, or projects that create and promote branded tourism routes using electric vehicles”.
It is looking for projects for the first funding round that “will encourage and support the uptake of electric vehicles on roads used by the public, and that make use of New Zealand’s renewable electricity advantage”.
More information about the fund is at www.eeca.govt.nz/funding-and-support/electric-vehicles-programme.
All welcome. Inquiries about the meeting to Tom at tandpmckinlay@xtra.co.nz. Tuesday 30th August 4:30-6:30pm
Learning from Leaders, Ahika Event 2: Rethinking how we value food
Vanguard Specialty Coffee Co. 329 Princes Street, Dunedin

The price of food is not necessarily a good measure of value. How can we improve this?  Hear from five speakers:
• The value of local food: Sean Connelly (University of Otago)
• Values-based food enterprise: Rayna Dickson (Taste Nature)
• Farming within nitrogen limits: Mike Barton (Taupo Beef)
• Love Food Hate Waste: Cath Gledhill (DCC)
• What drives food decisions: Tess Trotter (Friends of Holy Cow)
Each talk will be short and sharp with ample time for questions, discussion and networking.

Register by email to info@osea.org.nz or phone 0508 656 757
Wednesday 7th September, 7.30pm
Local election forum – environmental focus

Room G106, Ground Floor of G Block, Otago Polytechnic, Union Street East

A Question & Answer session with the Dunedin mayoral candidates on issues related to the environment and sustainability, organised by Sustainable Dunedin City, Wise Response Society and Forest and Bird (Dunedin Branch). All welcome.
Now until 18th September
DOC’s Dirty Dozen Competition
Help DOC record the location of invasive weeds across New Zealand using NatureWatchNZ website. See DOC website for more information. Part of Conservation Week.
10th – 18th September
Conservation Week
See the website for events happening locally and around the country. Sunday 18th September
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – special open day for Conservation Week
Come over to explore the island’s biodiversity, marine and terrestrial!
The boat departs from Back Beach, by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club at 10am and can do a pick up on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement.
$15 return per person. Bookings essential (by Friday 9th September). Return boat at 4pm. Contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 478 0874
Bring a picnic lunch, warm clothes and sturdy footwear. A koha for the island is always appreciated.
More information about the island, including staying overnight in the Lodge in case you’d like to do this too on the ‘Visit’ page of our website quarantineisland.org.nz Sunday 18th September, 1 – 5pm
BETTER SOIL FOR BETTER CROPS – A SEMINAR FOR BEGINNERS
Venue: Community Rooms, North East Valley Normal School, North Road, Dunedin

Although everyone knows that the key to success in growing healthy produce on any scale is to “get the soil right”, it is no easy matter to comprehend the vast amount of information available on the subject.
The purpose of this seminar is to provide a thorough, practical introduction to the theory and practice of soil management in language that can be readily understood.
The seminar will be in three parts:

Know your soil – explaining how to evaluate your soil type and understand its advantages and limitations.
Understand your soil – covering the physics, chemistry and biology of the soil and the connections between them (the “soil food web”).
Manage your soil – surveying the many practices you can employ to make your soil as healthy and productive as possible.

Presenter Andy Barratt is a certified organic grower. He and his wife live on a small farm outside Karitane where they grow fruit and vegetables.
COST:  $30 (Otago Organics Associates – $25)
REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL
To register, email Andy at asbarratt@gmail.com or phone/text 021 890 048.

Other opportunities

Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…
Good reading/listening
Dunedin as a walkable city – ODT article 26th August
Eco Living in Action

Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at www.oar.org.nz, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes.

Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City

RECENT PODCASTS
11th August – “Make your own Skin Food” – with guest Francisca Griffin, of Port Chalmers, Naturopath and host of the OAR radio show Being Healthy Naturally.
18th August – “Organic Box Scheme” with guest Rita Wild, of Northern Ireland
25th August – with guest Sophie Fern, of Dunedin, host of the OAR radio show Natural History Show Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access Radio. Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ  7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin). http://sustainablelens.org/
Regular listings

STOP (Save the Otago Peninsula Inc Soc)  – STOP has a large planting project at Smiths Creek on the Hereweka Harbour Cone property, and needs as many helpers as possible. Planting Bees every Sunday for the next few weeks, starting at 10am.  If you have them, bring spade, gardening gloves, and an old knife (that’s for making holes in the jute weed mats), and wear stout shoes. Meet at the end of Bacon Street, in Broad Bay.
To have your cell phone recorded for cancellations, email Lala lala.frazer@gmail.com or text tree planting to 027 8756 020.

Living legends at Waitati Last Sunday of the month. Help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Blueskin Community Market – first Sunday of every month. Gallery on Blueskin. Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.
Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.
Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

New Zealand Government: International Treaty examination of the Paris Agreement. Closing date 2nd September. I haven’t had time to look at this yet, but I think the National Interest Analysis would be worth a read.

Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Contacts

Simonne Wood (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

SDC secretary (currently vacant) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Please send all requests to go onto the mailing list or to be removed from it to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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