Sustainable Dunedin City

Looking to Dunedin's Future

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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Dunedin Mid-Winter Carnival

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,

A lot of interesting events coming up over the next few weeks, ranging from electric cars to power from waste wood. Also the launch of the Love Food Hate Waste initiative and the New Zealand International Science Festival. Hope you can get to some of them!

Best wishes,
Simonne
Events for June

Thursday, 23rd June, 4 – 5pm
Seminar: Current research in sustainability and human computer interaction
Venue: Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street
Dr Michelle Scott is a Research Fellow working on the Energy Cultures 2 project at the Centre for Sustainability. Michelle has an academic background in psychology with experience in computer science and interaction design. Her current research is around  transportation – looking at how drivers respond to smart phone efficiency feedback and whether New Zealand driver aspire to be more efficient drivers. In her seminar Michelle will take a broad look at current research in sustainability and human computer interaction.
Saturday 25th June to Sunday 3rd July
New Zealand Garden Bird Survey
Birds are important indicators of the health of New Zealand’s environment, and to help us discover and learn more about NZ garden birds, participate in this citizen science project. This year’s survey includes lots of new activities to keep everyone entertained. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/birds/garden-bird-surveys

Thursday 30th June, 6 – 8.30pm
Love Food Hate Waste Cook Up with Judith Cullen
Venue: Kitchen Things, 218 George Street

Celebrate the launch of Love Food Hate Waste in Dunedin with an evening hosted by Judith Cullen.
Learn how your family save can over $500 a year! Judith Cullen offers handy tips and hints to reduce your food waste, make the most of leftovers and save money.
Sample dishes prepared by Judith, enjoy a drink and take part in prize draws throughout the evening. Tickets $25 (limited availability, cash sale from Kitchen Things) – all proceeds to Foodshare. Enquiries to Cath ph: 474 – 3556

Love Food Hate Waste is a New Zealand-wide initiative, being launched in Dunedin this month and supported by Dunedin City Council as part of its sustainability education remit. More information here.
Events for July
Saturday 2nd July, morning
Love Food Hate Waste stall
Venue: Otago Farmers Market (by the railway station)

A LFHW NZ stand will be in place providing details of the food waste issue in NZ, the LFHW NZ campaign and what we can do in our own homes to avoid food waste. Come learn more about the issue and hints and tips for reducing food waste in the home.
Sunday 3rd July, 2-5pm
Documentary: Who killed the electric car?
Venue: Otago Museum

This 2006 documentary about electric cars, hybrids, hydrogen and the future of transportation is currently touring New Zealand under the auspices of the Better NZ Trust. It will be followed by a Question and Answer session with Chelsea Sexton, electric car advocate and advisor. Hosted by the Better NZ Trust. Cost $20. More information here.
Monday 4th July, 12 – 1pm
Seminar: Who killed the electric car?

Venue: Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street

Visiting electric vehicle advisor and advocate, Chelsea Sexton, from California, will comment on the changes to the electric vehicle industry over the last 10 years, internationally and now in New Zealand, and what remains to be done to ensure we have an electric future. Hosted by The Better NZ Trust. Free entry.

5th July, 4 – 6pm
Learning From Leaders Event – how waste wood can power Dunedin

Venue: Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street

Hear from four speakers on these topics:

The University’s transition to wood energy: Hilary Phipps & Hans Pietsch (University of Otago)
Maintaining a continuous fuel supply: Eduard Ebbinge (Spark Energy)
Local policy supporting wood energy: Bill Frewen (DCC)
Wood energy experiences from Europe and its application to Dunedin: Lloyd McGinty (Ahika)

Each talk will be short and sharp with ample time for questions, discussion and networking.
Registration is with OSEA (Otago Southland Employers Association) by phone: 0508 656 757 or email: info@osea.org.nz

8th – 16th July
New Zealand International Science Festival

This week long festival includes a number of family-friendly events related to the environment and sustainability. See programme for details.

Thursday 14th July, 4 – 5pm
Seminar: A time-geographic approach to study energy use in everyday life

Venue: Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street

Professor Kajsa Ellegard, Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change, Linkoping University, Sweden, examines some basic concepts in the time-geographic approach and applies them to show how a deep understanding of energy use in everyday life can be gained.
Other opportunities
An opportunity has become available to be involved in an exciting new project entitled How safe is my cat?  A part of the Beyond Orokonui project, ‘How safe is my cat?’ is a project which seeks to involve school children and their parents in a science-based study into the safety of their domestic cats that might roam into areas where traps are being used to catch pest animals as part of a conservation project, the Halo Project.

Recently, the Landscape Connections Trust (LCT) were successful in obtaining funds from the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) funded Participatory Science Platform, managed locally by the Otago Museum.  The grant is to be used to purchase hardware for this project (namely camera traps and GPS collars) and to pay wages for a contracted environmental educator.

This project will begin community conversations about the place of cats in our environment. Participating school students will be involved in all aspects of this project in conjunction with the project team. Together they will first look at why cats and other pests are a problem for NZ’s native wildlife, the importance of cats to individual and family wellbeing, why it is so difficult to manage cats in the context of predator control programmes and wildlife management, and how this project will help people design ways to keep cats safe.

The LCT is looking to appoint someone who can implement the ‘How safe is my cat?’ project and seeking Expressions of Interest from interested people.  This  self-motivated person will need a good understanding of both ecology and pest management, and have experience in working with school children. Closing date 1st July, 5pm. Job description

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
Limits to Growth Revisited – a recent report by an all-party parliamentary group of UK MPs.

Good governance: designing democratic institutions for a sustainable future   podcast of talk at the University of Otago (12 May 2016) by Prof. Jonathan Boston of Victoria University, Wellington
Regular activities

Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM – a radio show about ‘the everyday things that make a difference’. Eco living in Action is aired on Otago Access Radio each Thursday from 2.30-3pm and repeated on Mondays 8.30-9am on 105.4FM. The host, Maureen Howard is travelling from NZ to Northern Ireland by land and sea. Each week she brings a show from her travels or via Skype to the Otago Access Radio studio. Join Maureen and her guests each week. Check out previous podcasts at www.oar.org.nz.

RECENT PODCASTS
“Arcosanti – an architecturally unique eco-community in Arizona” – Arcosanti was established in the 1970s by innovative sustainable architect Paolo Soleri. Listen in to hear guest Laura Banks, resident of Arcosanti, talk about some of this community’s design features that facilitate sustainable living. View photos at www.ecolivingindunedin.wordpress.org

“Beyond Orokonui – The Halo Project” – with guest Rhys Miller, Manager of Landscape Connections Trust. In this show, Rhys chats about Beyond Orokonui’s new initiative ‘The Halo Project’ recently endorsed by the North Coast of Dunedin community to protect and enhance the biodiversity of this area.

“Transition Town Peterborough” – with guest Cheryl Lyon, Secretary of Transition Town Peterborough. TTP is the 1st Transition Town in Canada, initiator of the green dollar system (the Kawartha Loon), publisher of the successful green magazine Greenzine, and seasonal event organiser for the popular Purple Onion Day and Dandelion Day! Listen in to hear Cheryl talk about some of the secrets to their group’s success.

“Environmental Education at Orokonui Sanctuary” with guest -Tahu Mackenzie, Environmental Educator. In this show, Tahu talks about environmental education, how she engages young people, and the many benefits that connecting with nature brings us all.

Eco living in Action is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City.
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 Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June 2016. 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. Gathering point will be either at the end of Bacon St or the end of Frances St (both in Broad Bay).
To be notified of which venue, and 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 25th June 9.30am-3.30pm
Boats to the Island leave Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9.30 and return at 3.30pm. 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. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. 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

Dn_HarbourThis 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,
It’s a fairly quiet fortnight as far as events and activities for this newsletter are concerned, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to ask you what you think of the newsletter and whether we could improve it. We don’t want to burden you with yet another long survey to fill in, but it would be great to get a quick email from you in the next couple of weeks to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz telling us what you like or don’t like about the newsletter (both content and format) and anything that you would like to see more or less of. Given our limited resources, we can’t promise that we’ll be able to put all your suggestions into action, but it would be really good to know what is worth us putting effort into and what isn’t. We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,
Simonne

Events for May

Thursday, 26th May 2016, 5.15 – 6.30pm
Public Lecture: Crafting a post-capitalist agenda for Aotearoa
Venue: Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, Otago University (Albany Street)

Humanities Public Lecture presented by Dr Sue Bradford and Dr Dylan Taylor, under the auspices of the University’s Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Wor and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

Other opportunities

Job opportunity – Biodiversity Officer for Dunedin City Council. A new role, providing a source of professional and technical services in the area of pest control, ecological restoration and biodiversity advice. Closing date 10th June.

Sheep manure fund-raiser – Farmhand students are fund-raising for Otago Community Hospice and CanTeen. $15 per 15kg bag. Pick up at Malcam Trust, Mornington, or delivery on request (minimum of three bags). Contact Annika 4774175 or annika@malcam.org.nz. (Farmhand, delivered in partnership with Malcam Charitable Trust and Otago Polytechnic, is a Dunedin-based training programme which connects young, urban people with rural training, nature and their community and permanent work or further education.)

The Otago Daily Times Community Science Awards – entries close Wednesday 8th June, 5pm.Categories include Otago Science into Action Non-profit Community Group Award and Otago Polytechnic Sustainability Award. Information at http://www.odt.co.nz/odtcommunityscience

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…
An interesting read – Our Forest Future a recent report from Pure Advantage, showing the economic and environmental advantages of expanding Aotearoa/New Zealand’s forests.
Regular activities

Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM – a radio show about ‘the everyday things that make a difference’. Eco living in Action is aired on Otago Access Radio each Thursday from 2.30-3pm and repeated on Mondays 8.30-9am on 105.4FM. The host, Maureen Howard is travelling from NZ to Northern Ireland by land and sea. Each week she brings a show from her travels or via Skype to the Otago Access Radio studio. Join Maureen and her guests each week. Check out previous podcasts at www.oar.org.nz. Some recent shows include Love the Lindsay Creek – with Marty Cancilla, Creating a Sustainable Town in Panama, Learning about Water Issues – with Nika Wood, Make your own recumbent bike – with Andrew Last, Off grid living and sustainable building with Linda Begg, Sustainable Tourism in Nicaragua, and Making Rum sustainably. Eco living in Action is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City.

Coming up:

26/05/2016 Environmental Education at Orokonui Sanctuary – Tahu Mackenzie
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 Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June 2016. 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. Gathering point will be either at the end of Bacon St or the end of Frances St (both in Broad Bay).
To be notified of which venue, and have your cell phone recorded for cancellations, email Lala lala.frazer@gmail.com or text tree planting to 027 8756 020. (Note that there are no working bees in May.)

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua open day – Sat. 28th May.  Join us to volunteer, explore and relax.  Boat from Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9.30am, returning at 3.30pm. Pick up on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement. The boat is operated by the Monarch and costs$15 return per person. A koha for the island is always appreciated. Bring some food to share for a potluck lunch. If it’s your first visit to the island check the ‘visit page’ of our website http://quarantineisland.org.nz to find out more.

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. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. 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,
If you find your eyes usually skim over the Regular Activities section at the bottom of this newsletter because you think you know them all, have another look this time! There are specific updates for STOP about a series of working bees near Hereweka/Harbour Cone in June and for Maureen Howard’s Eco-Living in Action radio show. I’ve also added details for Sustainable Lens, another excellent programme with a sustainability focus on Otago Access Radio. Having been inspired recently by a talk at the Polytechnic by one of the presenters, Sam Mann, I was reminded what a great resource this show is – either for listening live or whenever convenient through the podcasts.

The regular Green Drinks get-togethers for Dunedin City and Port Chalmers are both on hold at the moment, as there has been a low turn-out at their most recent meetings. Thought is being given to a change of format and we’ll update you here when future plans emerge.
Best wishes,
Simonne
Events for May
Tuesday 10th May, 8pm
Film screening – The True Cost

Venue: Dunedin School of Art

The True Cost is a documentary film about the darker side of the fashion industry – its abuse of human rights and the environment. This screening is a fund-raiser for Sustainable Projects’ new ethical shopping app – see more information in the Opportunities section below.

Tickets are available from iTICKETS: https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2016/may/the-true-cost-dunedin

Wednesday, 11 May, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Seminar: Agriculture and the Environment – NZ in 2016
Venue: Centre for Sustainability seminar room, 563 Castle Street

A fourth generation dairy farmer and second generation veterinarian, Alison Dewes is a firm believer that our future food production systems have to be profitable and resilient while protecting and replenishing ecological health. In her seminar “Agriculture and the Environment – NZ in 2016” Alison will discuss the need for a paradigm shift from the current model to greater focus on wellbeing (one world: one health) where increasing production (output) and debt (stress) is replaced by increasing profit and wellbeing (resilience).

Thursday 12th May, 8am
Break Free of Fossil Fuels action

Venue: Octagon (You’ll be able to see the exact address and contact the event host after you RSVP through the website)
Action training and briefing: Wednesday 11th May, 5.30pm Knox Church

Between 4 and 15 May, 2016, people all around the world are participating in mass peaceful resistance against the fossil fuel industry -https://breakfree2016.org/
“In New Zealand, people in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will take action to stop one of the biggest financiers and profiteers of climate change in our region.
Join us in Dunedin Thursday 12th May as we peacefully and non-violently shut down one of the major lenders to the fossil fuel industry.”

18th – 20th May
Conservation Inc 2 Conference 2016

Venue: Dunedin – hosted by the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust

“Our conference is intended to prepare us for the future and bring us all forward as individuals, community groups and NGOs. Conference themes address issues to do with viability and growth; stability and cohesion; leadership, vision and reach; duties and rights; diversity and co-operation, and much else.” (Late registration fee applies after 5pm, 11th May.) For more information see http://www.yellow-eyedpenguin.org.nz/conservation-inc-conference-2016

Friday, 20 May 2016, 12-1pm
Seminar: Understanding household energy use
Venue: Centre for Sustainability seminar room, 563 Castle Street

Nigel Isaacs, senior lecturer at the School of Architecture, Victoria University, Wellington reviews the Household Energy End-use Project (HEEP) 10 years on from first findings. HEEP was a multi-year, multi-discipline, New Zealand study that monitored all fuel types and the services they provided in 400 New Zealand homes. His talk “Understanding household energy use” will review the HEEP findings and discuss changes over the past decade.
Other opportunities

The Otago Daily Times Community Science Awards – entries close Wednesday 8th June, 5pm. Categories include Otago Science into Action Non-profit Community Group Award and Otago Polytechnic Sustainability Award.

Sustainable Projects – ethical shopping app Bec McMaster writes: “I have my own Dunedin-based business called Sustainable Projects, and we’re in the process of trying to bring Australia’s premier ethical clothing/fashion rating app to New Zealand, called Good On You. The app is informed by trusted third party certifications like the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Fairtrade, Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Report etc. It’s easy to use and will be free, available on iOS and Android platforms. It’s been a huge success in Australia with over 16,700 users in just over 6 months of use. We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the work we’re doing in bringing the app here http://pldg.me/goodonyou
Our target is to raise $12,000. Pledgeme, the crowdfunding platform we’ve launched on is an “all or nothing” platform. Meaning if we don’t make it past $12,000 we will receive zero funding. Which will mean we won’t be able to get the app across the ditch.

We’re also hosting film screenings in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin of The True Cost, an eye-opening documentary film about the true cost of the clothes we buy and wear.
These are co-hosted by the Sustainable Business Network too. All proceeds from this fundraising film screening will go directly into the crowdfunding campaign to get the app here.
The film is screening here in Dunedin on 10 May at 8pm at the Dunedin School of Art. Tickets are available from iTICKETS: https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2016/may/the-true-cost-dunedin”

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…
Regular activities

Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM – a radio show about ‘the everyday things that make a difference’. Eco living in Action is aired on Otago Access Radio each Thursday from 2.30-3pm and repeated on Mondays 8.30-9am on 105.4FM. The host, Maureen Howard is travelling from NZ to Northern Ireland by land and sea. Each week she brings a show from her travels or via Skype to the Otago Access Radio studio. Join Maureen and her guests each week. Check out previous podcasts at www.oar.org.nz. Some recent shows include Love the Lindsay Creek – with Marty Cancilla, Creating a Sustainable Town in Panama, Learning about Water Issues – with Nika Wood, Make your own recumbent bike – with Andrew Last, Off grid living and sustainable building with Linda Begg, Sustainable Tourism in Nicaragua, and Making Rum sustainably. Eco living in Action is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City.
Coming up:
12/05/2016 Valley Community Workspace updates – Peter McDonald
19/05/2016 Arcosanti – eco arcitecture in Arizona – Laura Banks
26/05/2016 Environmental Education at Orokonui Sanctuary – Tahu Mackenzie
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 Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June 2016. 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. Gathering point will be either at the end of Bacon St or the end of Frances St (both in Broad Bay).
To be notified of which venue, and have your cell phone recorded for cancellations, email Lala lala.frazer@gmail.com or text tree planting to 027 8756 020. (Note that there are no working bees in May.)

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua open day – Sat. 28th May. Join us to volunteer, explore and relax. Boat from Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9.30am, returning at 3.30pm. Pick up on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement. The boat is operated by the Monarch and costs$15 return per person. A koha for the island is always appreciated. Bring some food to share for a potluck lunch. If it’s your first visit to the island check the ‘visit page’ of our website http://quarantineisland.org.nz to find out more.

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: Draft Annual Plan 2016-17. Closing date 6th May (today) at 5pm.

New Zealand Government: Wildlife (Powers) Amendment Bill. The objective of this bill is to reduce offending against wildlife by improving the powers available to effectively detect and investigate offences and apprehend offenders. Rangers would have new powers to prevent or stop offending; stop and question a person; and wider powers to seize materials used in commission of offences.Closing date Thursday 12th May.

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. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. 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

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