Sustainable Dunedin City

Looking to Dunedin's Future

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/

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

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc Annual General Meeting: Wednesday 24 August 2016
at Otago Polytechnic, Rm D101 starting 5:30pm.
Followed by John Cocks talking about the Sustainable Summits conference held at Mt Cook Village last week.  Nominations signed by nominator and seconder for two chairpersons, secretary, treasurer and committee members should be sent to secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz by 5 pm, 19 August 2016.

The society’s 2016 annual report, including the agenda for this meeting and the minutes of the last meeting, is available as a PDF here: SDC 2016 Annual report

 

An Important Notice:

Dear Sustainable Dunedin City members,

You may or may not have noticed that the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting this Wednesday (24th August) includes a Resolution (p.7) for the winding up of Sustainable Dunedin City. This may come as a surprise to some of you, so the committee wanted to give a fuller explanation in advance of the meeting for the reason for our proposal.

As the Resolution states, SDC considered winding up in 2013, because of a lack of volunteers to run it. At the time, it was decided to continue with occasional meetings and to respond to particular needs and initiatives, which we have done through the activities outlined in the Annual Report, such as hosting Green Drinks, running the newsletter, supporting Eco-Living in Action and giving financial and administrative support to Our Food Network.

In anticipation of this AGM, the committee reviewed the society’s position again and concluded that, although a lot has been achieved with minimal resources, SDC is ‘running out of steam’. Several of the current committee members are no longer able to offer a significant level of input into the society’s activities. Green Drinks at both venues has been suspended because of very low numbers of attenders. Of around 390 newsletter subscribers, only about five responded to a request for feedback on whether they were happy with the newsletter or not, so it is uncertain how worthwhile this is. Funding is not currently available for another large project such as the Big Green Challenge.

At the same time, we recognise that a number of other groups interested in sustainability have emerged in Dunedin in recent years and are thriving.

We are fortunate to have three new people standing for the committee now, but the current committee feels that it may be better to recognise that SDC served a need at a particular period and that the time is now right to free up old and new members to put their energies into other activities that have more momentum.

We hope that there will be a good turn-out at the AGM to discuss all this – the winding up certainly isn’t a foregone conclusion. If you are not able to be there but would like to express an opinion, please respond to this email or email secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz before the meeting with your views.

Kind regards,
The Sustainable Dunedin City committee

PS The AGM will be at 5.30pm on Wednesday 24th August in Room D101, D Block, Otago Polytechnic (on the Harbour Terrace side of the campus).

 

 

Nominations have been received for the Committee:

 

Position Nomination Nominated by Seconded by
Chair Simonne Wood Jenny Neilson John Cocks
Secretary    
Treasurer    
Newsletter Editor Simonne Wood Jenny Neilson John Cocks
Website / IT Mark Jackson  John Cocks Jenny Nielson
Committee Nicky Chapman  John Cocks Jenny Nielson
  Andy Barratt John Cocks Jenny Neilson
  Stuart Mathieson Jenny Neilson John Cocks
  Jenny Neilson Simonne Wood  John Cocks
  John Cocks Simonne Wood  Jenny Neilson
       
       
     

 

20150926_185914-01This 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,
This week I was fortunate enough to attend the excellent Royal Society of New Zealand talk “Ten things you didn’t know about climate change”  by Professors Tim Naish and James Renwick of Victoria University. It gave me a fresh sense of the reality and immediacy of climate change, while the clear presentation of the science made even a non-scientist like myself feel confident about arguing with sceptics. If you missed it – or if you were there and would like a re-cap – there is a good article summarising the main points of the talk in the New Zealand Herald. This article also gives the remaining dates for their speaking tour around the country – if you have friends or family in Auckland, Wellington or Nelson, check out the dates and recommend that they go.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne

Events listing

Thursday 11th August, 6pm
Lecture – From ornamental to detrimental: the causes and consequences of the invasion of New Zealand by non-native plants
Venue: Archway 4 Lecture Theatre, Union Street East

Professor Philip Hulme, Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University, explores the history of plant invasions in New Zealand and examines the underlying causes and potential future trends. He will discuss the many tools available to control future threats, looking at the role of botanic gardens in both the spread and management of invasive weeds, and consider how both the government and public can be more effective in preventing and controlling the plant invaders. (Hosted by the University of Otago’s Department of Botany for the 2016 Annual Tennant Lecture.)
15th August onwards

New Dunedin Bus Timetable comes into effect. Details on Otago Regional Council website The fare structure has been simplified and for some users fares will be significantly cheaper than before.
Wednesday 17th August, 9.30am- 12.30pm
Starting a social enterprise (workshop)
Venue: G30b, Hunter Centre, University of Otago

Run by the Ahika Foundation: ‘If you’re starting a social enterprise or have a great idea you want to explore, find out how to give it the best start with our ‘Starting a Social Enterprise’ workshop.This workshop will cover: What is social enterprise?  Starting with purpose.  What is a social enterprise business model? Starting your social enterprise. Testing your idea with customers. Next steps.’
Tickets $10-20. Further information and booking here.

Wednesday 17th August, 1 – 3pm
Taieri (Sustainable) Market Gardens Trust Future Directions
Venue: Dunningham Suite, Dunedin City Library

24th August, 5.30pm
A workshop run by the Akina Foundation to help this new Trust develop its aims and set its directions. If you are interested in supporting sustainable market gardening on the Taieri you are welcome to attend. Wednesday 24th August, 5.30pm
Sustainable Dunedin City Society Annual General Meeting
Venue: Otago Polytechnic, D Block, Room D101 (D Block is on Harbour Terrace – doors are on the garden side of the building)

The agenda will be circulated separately nearer the time.

Tuesday 30th August 4:30-6:30pm
Learning from Leaders, Ahika Foundation 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.
10th – 18th September
Conservation Week
See the website for events happening locally and around the country.

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
Radio NZ podcasts on The Age of Resilience – an interesting series of panel discussions on economic, social justice and socio/political issues surrounding climate change. www.royalsociety.org.nz/ – for good resources on the science of climate change and what we in New Zealand can do about it. England’s plastic bag usage has dropped by 85% since a 5p charge was introduced – the Guardian Encouraging to see how legislation can encourage more sustainable behaviour – but shocking to learn that this decrease still meant that English supermarkets handed out 500 million plastic bags in six months.

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
“Down in Edin” – Interview with “Down in Edin” editor and creator Caroline Davies about this e-magazine focussing is on the art and sustainability initiatives of people living in Otago.
“Dunedin’s Fairy Prion Colony” – In this show I chat with Graeme Loh about his initative to protect and enhanse the fairy prion seabird colony near St Clair.
“Food Resilience in Belfast” – with guest Kerry Melville, Coordinator of Belfast Food Network. This little city has won a UK Bronze award for its plans and initiatives in the area of food resilience.

SHOWS COMING UP
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.
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua monthly open day Saturday 27th August 9.30am-3.30pm
Boats to the Island leave Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9.30 and return at 3.30pm (booking essential). Contact us if you can help with carpooling to Back Beach or need a ride (A few days notice is helpful!) A boat pick up is also possible on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement.

Cost: $15pp for boat. Bring something to share for the pot luck lunch, and a koha for the Island if you can.
As we head into winter, our focus will be tree planting, but if you have other skills and interests, please talk to us!

Groups are welcome to arrange to visit the Island and stay in the Lodge at other times. See our website for details http://quarantineisland.org.nz

Contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 4780874 to book a place on the boat.

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 (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Jenny Neilson (SDC secretary) 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@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,
Are you looking for something interesting and worthwhile to get involved with in Dunedin? Sustainable Dunedin City is looking for new people to join its committee. If you have a passion for helping to make Dunedin a more sustainable city and an interest in supporting community projects, engaging with local government on environmental issues or any other aspect of sustainability, we’d be delighted to hear from you. There are lots of things we would like to do – such as running the Big Green Challenge again, contributing to our website, finding new ways to get like-minded people connected in Dunedin, and continuing to put pressure on Dunedin City Council to take sustainability seriously, but the current committee doesn’t have the capacity to do them.  If we don’t find new people to join the committee, Sustainable Dunedin City may have to reduce its activities  and may even have to wind up altogether. So, please, if you think this may be something for you, contact our Secretary, Jenny Neilson, at secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz.  New appointments will be made at our Annual General Meeting on 24th August.

We’re also looking at closer ties with Our Food Network as a way of strengthening Sustainable Dunedin City – this would build on our existing relationship with them as SDC provides OFN with support when applying for funding opportunities.

Best wishes,
Simonne
Upcoming events
Tuesday, 26 July,  5.30 – 6.30pm
Lecture: For the love of cities: Creating emotionally engaging communities
Venue: Burns 1 Lecture Theatre, Otago University

Peter Kageyama is the author of two books: For the Love of Cities and the follow up Love Where You Live. He looks at what makes cities lovable and what motivates citizens to do extraordinary things for their places. Peter speaks about how we can turn peoples’ emotional engagement with their place into tangible action and use that excitement and energy as a much needed community development resource. Hosted by the Otago University’s Division of Humanities in association with Local Government New Zealand’s national conference in Dunedin.

All welcome. Further information: www.fortheloveofcities.com
www.facebook.com/fortheloveofcities
www.lgnz.co.nz Thursday 4th August, 5.30pm
Lecture: Ten things you didn’t know about climate change…

Venue: Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street

Climate change is already redefining coastlines and the weather, both here in New Zealand and around the world. But will it affect me and what can I do about it? Tim Naish and James Renwick will give their take on this biggest of issues – from the very local to the global. More information available at http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/events.

These lectures are free and open to the general public. However, to ensure you have a seat, please register online at www.royalsociety.org.nz/events Enquiries: lectures@royalsociety.org.nz
15th August onwards

New Dunedin Bus Timetable comes into effect. Details on Otago Regional Council website The fare structure has been simplified and for some users fares will be significantly cheaper than before.
24th August, 5.30pm
Sustainable Dunedin City Society Annual General Meeting
Venue: Otago Polytechnic, D Block, Room D101 (D Block is on Harbour Terrace – doors are on the garden side of the building)

Save the date! More information to follow.
Other opportunities
Job opportunity – Dunedin City Council is advertising a role to kick-start delivery on Te Ao Tūroa, the city’s Environment Strategy. The new employee will be responsible for working with Council and other Strategy partners on implementation. You can find more information in the job advertisement and position description. Closing date Friday 29th July.

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
Two interesting angles on reducing food waste from the Guardian website, from low-tech to hi-tech. I couldn’t decide whether the second article made me want to celebrate human ingenuity or despair at our capacity to throw money and complication at problems that don’t need to exist. Mostly the latter, I think.

Food waste: harvesting Spain’s unwanted crops to feed the hungry

Tech innovations that could reduce food waste

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/

STOP (Save the Otago Peninsula Inc Soc)  – STOP has a large planting project at Smiths Creek on the Hereweka Harbour Cone property starting in June, 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.
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua monthly open day Saturday 30th July 9.30am-3.30pm
Boats to the Island leave Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9.30 and return at 3.30pm (booking essential). Contact us if you can help with carpooling to Back Beach or need a ride (A few days notice is helpful!) A boat pick up is also possible on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement.

Cost: $15pp for boat. Bring something to share for the pot luck lunch, and a koha for the Island if you can.
As we head into winter, our focus will be tree planting, but if you have other skills and interests, please talk to us!

Groups are welcome to arrange to visit the Island and stay in the Lodge at other times. See our website for details http://quarantineisland.org.nz

Contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 4780874 to book a place on the boat.

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 (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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