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Notice of Meeting  – Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. AGM

Wednesday 16th August 2017 at Otago Polytechnic, Rm D101 starting 5:30pm.  Followed by a talk by Ruth Zeinart, Dunedin Food Resilience Coordinator.

Agenda and reports are attached as a PDF (1MB).

Please come to our AGM! We have had a year of consolidation and settling a new committee in and now need you, the people who share our vision of a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin, to let us know what you think SDC should be doing and how. We also need some of you to offer to help, either by being on the committee or contributing in other ways.

If you are interested in being on the committee, but are not sure about what it involves, feel free to contact me at sustainabledunedincity@gmail.com.

There will be some necessary formal business at the AGM, but the main purpose of the meeting will be to set a direction for SDC for the coming year and beyond. It is also a great opportunity to hear about some of the activities Ruth Zeinart, the Dunedin Food Resilience Coordinator, is involved in.

We hope to see you there.

Simonne Wood – Chair, Sustainable Dunedin City.

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

Kia ora,
First of all, apologies for the sporadic newsletters over the last few months. We are still looking for a new newsletter editor, so if anyone is interested in this, please do get in touch. It is probably five or six hours’ work a month and is a great way of getting to know what is going on in the city. As you can see from this edition of the newsletter, there is an amazing selection of interesting talks and events in Dunedin.

In the meantime, I am going to experiment with one substantial newsletter a month and a quick update halfway through the month with any significant new events which can’t wait until the next month. Do let me know how you feel about this.

We are delighted to have 10 winners of our 2017 Big Green Challenge, covering a great range of activities, including re-usable bags, electric cars, fruit tree planting and recycling. You can see the full list of winners here and keep in touch with the progress of their projects over the next few months on our website and on the Big Green Challenge Facebook page.

Finally, you are all warmly invited to SDC’s AGM on Wednesday 16th August at 5.30pm (venue listed below). This is a chance to hear about what SDC has been doing over the past year and, most importantly, contribute to planning what we should be doing next year. We need more members to join the committee, so if you are at all interested in getting involved, please do contact myself or the secretary to discuss it. It doesn’t need to be a huge commitment – though the more we can put into it, the better it will be! Nominations need to be in by Friday 11th August. The AGM is also a good chance to meet Ruth Zeinart, the Dunedin Food Resilience Coordinator, who will be giving a short talk after the formal part of the meeting.

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

Events listing
Tuesday 25th July, 5.30-7pm

“Sustainability snapshots”
Venue: Valley Community Workshop, 11 Allen Street, North East Valley

Valley Community Workshop members will share some of the community resilience/ sustainability projects they are involved in, and are keen to hear about others – actual or potential!
Informal 5 min. talks on: an app for identifying sources of draughts, solar gains, and dampness in homes; tiny homes & low cost innovative heat transfer & storage; low-cost insulation ideas, electric vehicles and infrastructure; electric-bikes, community solar; hot-desking;.and more.  There will also be a short AGM. Soup & bread; tea, coffee provided.

The Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures, skill-sharing, creativity and community led education and development, based at 11 Allen St., North East Valley. We have a community bike workshop, Makerspace, electric and recumbent bikes, welding workshop, electric car conversions, and more.
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Friday 4th August, 12pm

HortTalk: “Predator Free Dunedin: the latest”

Botanic Garden Information Centre (by duck pond) 12noon

A group of community-based entities has signalled its commitment to build on the biodiversity of Dunedin and surrounds. Hear about this contemporary, collective approach to controlling predators and allowing native ecology to thrive. For further information contact Clare Fraser  clare.fraser@dcc.govt.nz phone 477 4000
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Sunday 30th July, 3pm

“BAG IT” movie

Venue: Dunedin Curtain Bank, 174 Princes Street

Organised by Dunedin Curtain Bank and Bags for Good as a Plastic Free July event. All welcome. Koha to Bags for Good. Information about the film at http://www.bagitmovie.com/about.html ___________________________________________________________________________________
Closing date: Monday 7th August

Bags for Good logo competition
Bags for Good is a local project to overcome current barriers to adoption of reusable bags; such as quality, convenience and cost, for both retailers and consumers.

Bags for Good seeks to engage local pride and community involvement in all aspects of this project; from the logo design and branding to production of the bags, to supporting participating retailers. Shoppers at supermarkets, local grocers, convenience stores and markets will soon be able to ‘borrow a bag’ instead of purchasing, and return it when no longer needed. Retailers will be able to show their support for local community and the environment through their participation.
In the shared folder linked below, you will find:

Posters to promote the competition – please let us know if you would like printed copies delivered
The design brief, and introduction to the project and competition terms
Web and social media assets for the project

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6i0oXCC25yGZ0I3ODdzYlloYms?usp=sharing
Key info:

Prizes: $100 + prizes for the main winner, plus special young designer prizes, including a professional development opportunity with Craig Scott, head of design at the Otago Museum
Comp opens 1 July, closes 7th August.
Contact: bagsforgood@gmail.com

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Wednesday 16th August, 5.30pm

Sustainable Dunedin City AGM, followed by talk by Ruth Zeinart – Dunedin Food Resilience Coordinator

Where: Room D101, D Block, Otago Polytechnic (access from Harbour Terrace)

All welcome. Hear about SDC’s work over the last year, share your ideas for the future of SDC and elect officers for the coming year.
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Thursday 24th August, 12.00 – 12.50pm

Panel on the New Zealand election

Where: Burns 7 Seminar Room, University of Otago

Panellists: Prof. Jonathan Boston (Victoria University of Wellington), Prof. Hugh Campbell (Dept. of Sociology, Gender and Social Work), Prof. Janine Hayward (Dept. of Politics).
A discussion on public issues in relation to the upcoming election. What are the issues that need more attention? All welcome.
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Thursday 24th August, 12.10 – 1.00pm
Healthcare without harm? Visioning the Dunedin hospital for future generations in the context of climate change
Where: Room 033/036, Department of Health and Preventative Medicine, University of Otago.

Public seminar. For more information, contact alison.crossan@otago.ac.nz
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Saturday 26th August, 10am – 12pm
Responses to Climate Change and the challenges facing churches

Where: St Patrick’s Community Centre, 40 Macandrew Road

A conversation on climate change to explore the challenges facing communities and the churches. The conversation will include a presentation by Prof Jonathan Boston (Victoria University of Wellington), which will address the need to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. All welcome. More information from ctpinz@otago.ac.nz
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Monday 28th – Wednesday 30th August, 9am – 5pm

International Symposium – Active Living and Environment: Towards a healthier and more sustainable future

The goal of this symposium is to facilitate and grow an international, multidisciplinary and multi-sector dialogue related to Active Living and Environment.

Symposium themes include Health, Transportation, Environment and Sustainability.

Creating active living environments requires expertise and sharing knowledge from multiple disciplines. This symposium will bring together international and national experts from multiple sectors including academia, government, public health, urban design, transportation and environment.

See list of invited speakers

Register today

Organised by the University of Otago Active Living Laboratory, School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences. Contact details ale.symposium@otago.ac.nz
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9th – 17th September

Drive Electric Week

A range of events are planned, including an attempt to break the NZ record for the most EVs in one place on Sun. 10th Sept. So, look out for the full programme, and if you have an EV, mark that date in your calendar!

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Regular events
Quarantine Island/Kamau taurua There are regular open days on this beautiful Island and public Recreation Reserve in Otago Harbour. You can come over to relax and explore, or to help with one of the many projects: weed control, planting and caring for native seedlings, biodiversity monitoring, maintenance. You can also book a water taxi, or the Lodge, for your own island getaway. See the Quarantine Island website for details. Next weed control working bee: Thurs. 27 July 9.30am -2.30pm (postponed if rainy). Next open day Sat. 29 July 9.30-3.30pm. See the Quarantine Island website for details, including booking information for the boat. Events are also listed on the Quarantine Island Community facebook page.
Other opportunities
Organic compost: Annika Korsten writes: “I am seeking expression of interest of people who are interested in buying certified organic compost in bulk. We have already started selling it (as a pilot) and I am interested what the taste for it is in the Dunedin market. This is a social enterprise for Kowhai Grove with all proceeds going back into the initiative. The cost is $120/m3.

If anyone is out there who is good in conducting surveys that might give me a better idea than this form of communication I’d appreciate help with it too 😉

Please email annika@malcam.org.nz to express your interest or any pointers with regards to the project.”
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Valley Community Workshop Shared Workspace and Community Test Bed: Use a hot desk in the VCW’s co-working office space and electronics lab with free wifi and occasional printing.  Access starts at $30 per week or $10 per day.
VCW are promoting their Community Test Bed to emerging scholars – VCW’s collection of keen volunteers  are interested in assisting university and polytechnic research projects that touch on themes of sustainability or low-carbon societies.
Contact Tim at twbishop@gmail.com
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Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust
What: free Cosy Energy Advice, Cosy Homes Assessments and Healthy Rental Certification
When: Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm
Who: Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust in support of the Cosy Homes Trust.
About: Together with Cosy Homes and the Dunedin Curtain Bank we are working on making homes in Dunedin warm, healthy and more energy efficient. If you have any questions related to the thermal efficiency of your house call the Cosy Energy Advice line Tel: 929 1323 for FREE advice. We also offer Cosy Homes Assessments, which give you a more detailed plan on how to make your house warmer, healthier, and more comfortable – some solutions can be much cheaper than you think, and have a long lasting positive effect on your whole family.
 The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust also offers bulk log delivery for firewood (must be seasoned for use in 2018) and affordable quality Mammoth insulation for DIY.

What: “How to Make a Place – of our Lands and Towns”
When: online now at http://www.brct.org.nz/cuppa-tea/
Who: Chris Perley
About: The Vogon Technocrat and reimagining our space…

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust creates collaborative climate solutions. Our patron is Jeanette Fitzsimons and we are a local NGO with our office based in Waitati, Blueskin Bay (www.brct.org.nz).
Contact us:
Email: office@brct.org.nz
Tel: 4822048
Address: 1121 Mt Cargill Road, RD2 Waitati (in the old dental clinic at Waitati School)
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Good reading/listening
Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at www.oar.org.nz/event/eco-living-in-action/, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City

RECENT PODCASTS
6th July – Managing setbacks in urban restoration – Hendrik Koch
13th July – Cycling for cleaner air in Belfast – Sustrans
20th July – A non-violent protector for the climate – Rosemary Penwarden (repeat)

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/

You can hear me (Simonne Wood) being interviewed about Sustainable Dunedin City and various other things on the 22nd June podcast.

Petitions and consultations

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

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

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

Contacts

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

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

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

Facebook page Sustainable Dunedin City

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

Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge 2017 is funding the following projects over the next 5 months:

Congratulations to all the successful applicants and we wish you the best in completing and sharing the stories of your projects.

Thanks to Otago Polytechnic for providing funding for this year’s Big Green Challenge.

Bayfield High School Envirogroup
– Envirogroup students are planning to implement a 3 bin recycling system outdoors at the school to improve the school’s waste management system

Burns Lodge at Holy Cross Centre
– to assist with the first stage of the Lodges ‘Soil to Plate’ program aiming at using education to teach food resilience to individuals through a comprehensive program empowering people to grow and use their food.

Plastic Free Dunedin
– to assist with the Bags for Good project which aims to provide in store kiosks of well-designed cloth bags to combat plastic bag use and support other groups to do likewise.

Caversham Community Group
– to establish a fruitful community space at Caversham Reserve with plantings of organically grown heritage fruit trees.

Dunedin North Intermediate
– for materials for DNI school children to make cloth bags for community use

Dunedin EV Owners
– to support an event in Dunedin for “Drive Electric” week in September 2017 to promote electric cars and bikes

Peninsula Playcentre Playgroup
– to transform the playcentre grounds by planting fruit trees with a view to teaching the children to nurture the trees and use the fruit

North East Valley Community Development Project
– to support the Cosy Homes project to educate Valley residents in the benefits of window insulation, develop a display unit and provide insulation materials

Otago Girls High School
– Enviroschools Students are planning to build raised beds with a view to creating and using compost to grow veges at the School

Columba College
– Columba College Environmental Club members are planning to start a Community Garden with raised beds with a view to involving the Junior School and Boarding House.

Dunedin’s May 2017 Aurora

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,

with the official start of winter we have information on garlic planting as well as decidedly indoor events such as the upcoming Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival!

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

Events listing
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Thursday 8 June to Sunday 18 June

Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival

Rialto Cinemas, Dunedin

The festival offers the chance to see movies such as Can You Dig This? on urban gardening in Los Angeles and Gaming the Real World which asks about the potential of computer games such as Minecraft to help in city planning.

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3pm-5pm, Sunday 18 June 2017

Our Climate Declaration Launch

Centre for Sustainability, Otago University, Castle St

The organisers invite you to join them for the launch of the Climate Declaration which aims to “bring people together around a short, simple narrative describing a future New Zealand that protects the climate. We aim to stimulate a national movement, supporting concerned citizens to develop climate action plans in their groups for work, learning, leisure and worship. It outlines the bad stuff we have to stop doing and the good things we have to pursue. We believe that with the force of numbers, we can achieve a secure future for Aotearoa/New Zealand.”

Livestreaming details to follow at www.ourclimatedeclaration.org.nz

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10am -2pm, Saturday 24th June 2017
Open Day and Garlic Planting
Kowhai Grove Permacuture Farm, 289 Factory Road, Mosgiel

Bring a plate to share!

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7pm Sunday 25 June 2017

An evening with Dr Jane Goodall

This event will consist of a 20-minute lecture by Dr Goodall, followed by a 40-minute conversation between Dr Goodall and a special guest host, and an audience question and answer session. Tickets cost between $59-$249.

Regent Theatre, Dunedin

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If you are in Wellington you may be interested in supporting…

26-28 June 2017

Climate Court Case

Wellington High Court
The New Zealand Herald reports that law student Sarah Thomson “has taken Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett to court over what the 26-year-old claims is a lack of action over the issue.” Organisers hope to see as many supporters in court as possible. For more information, see the full Herald story at:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11862450

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Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July challenges you to join people around the world who will “choose to refuse” single-use plastic packaging for the month of July. Visit their website to join up and see the different options and solutions for going plastic-free:

http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/
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High Street Cohousing Townhouses for Sale

Organisers describe the project as “unique family living” in a “new kind of neighbourhood”.

“The last four of 22 architecturally designed, German ‘passiv haus’ certified* townhouses are for sale in the cohousing development in High Street, Dunedin.

They are individually titled and self-contained with private outdoor living space yet will
maintain a temperature of 20-22 degrees all year round, and need virtually no heating.
Owners and their families will also enjoy shared ownership of recreational grounds,
gardens and rooms including meeting, dining, office, laundry, guest and recreational
facilities.”

www.highstcohousing.nz
Enquiries over $550,000
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Other opportunities

Neighbourhood Food Harvest – Our Food Network Do you have food in your garden (fruit or veges) and know you won’t be able to consume it all? Do you want help to harvest and donate some food to your neighbours and/or local food banks? Do you want to get to know your neighbours and help them harvest any excess food from their own properties? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions then please contact us at: ourfoodnetwork@gmail.com
Our “Ideas into Action Facilitator” (Niki Bould) is busy gathering names and addresses for our database so we can organise volunteers in each neighbourhood to harvest as much food as possible so it doesn’t go to waste. We will be running some volunteer workshops soon (on how to make “apple-pickers”, how to identify diseases in fruit, and providing some health and safety info) and hope this is a great way for neighbours to meet each other.
Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…

Good reading/listening

Net Zero in New Zealand: this report on a carbon neutral New Zealand is available at http://www.vivideconomics.com/publications/net-zero-in-new-zealand

Our Fresh Water 2017, Ministry for the Environment. http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/environmental-reporting/our-fresh-water-2017

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

RECENT PODCASTS
Eco Living In Action – 25-05-2017 – Inner City Perennial Polyculture – Rory Harding
Eco Living In Action – 18-05-2017 – Organic Growing In A Polytunnel – Hans Wieland
Eco Living In Action – 11-05-2017 – Walking the South Island – Becky Cameron

Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access Radio. Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ  7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin). http://sustainablelens.org/
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook page Sustainable Dunedin City

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

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

Kia ora,
Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge for 2017!

Sorry we’ve had a bit of a gap in the newsletter – we had some technical problems. Now we are back on track and very pleased to announce the launch of Sustainable Dunedin City’s Big Green Challenge 2017. We are offering ten grants of up to $500 each to groups or individuals with exciting projects and creative initiatives that will strengthen Dunedin’s community resilience and foster stronger sustainability principles. The grants are available to implement projects within the greater Dunedin area (within the D.C.C boundaries of Waikouaiti in the north, to Brighton in the south, and to Middlemarch in the west). So if you have a great idea, or know someone else who has one, check out all the details and find an application form at sustainabledunedincity.org.nz  We will be accepting applications up till 6 May in recognition that the closing date falling in school holidays may have made the challenge date tricky for some.

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

Events listing
Saturday 22nd April
Orokonui Challenge – fund-raising walk or run
Pay an entry fee to run or walk the Orokonui Challenge and help fund takahe and kaka conservation work.
“The race is fantastic and beautiful all the way – it includes Orokonui’s protected forest, Orokonui estuary, Blueskin Bay and Doctors Point beach. Great views and great wildlife! Terrain varies from compacted gravel, grass, beach, asphalt and coarse gravel. The run includes 500-600m of climbing.

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

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

Sunday 23 April 2017
Fossil Fueled Collusion; Industry, Media, People & Politics

Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Public Library
Hosted by OIL FREE OTAGO and SEA (Students for Environmental Action)

10am – Book presentation: Petroleum Development and Environmental Conflict in Aotearoa New Zealand – Texas of the South Pacific
Economic anthropologist Dr Terrence Loomis reveals how criticism and resistance activities by environmental activists, concerned citizens’ groups and some local authorities has had far-reaching effects on institutional relations and values between the state and the community sector.

11am – Debating deep-sea oil: dissent, disdain and solidarity
Dr Sophie Bond, lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Otago, explores how action for climate justice is enabled or constrained by neoliberalism and contemporary forms of governance. Research authors: Sophie Bond, Amanda Thomas and Gradon Diprose.

12-3pm – Shared lunch, discussion and play GO MINE
Dunedin artist Ruth Evans developed this table top card game for her Master of Fine Art programme at Otago Polytechnic. Based on New Zealand’s mineral extraction industries, Go Mine allows players to become corporate tycoons. Mine the planet. Exploit, extract, export. Bribe where you can. Have a go at changing the rules or making up your own. But beware. If the planet’s resources become exhausted – everyone loses! (Go Mine is available for purchase by individuals, schools or groups.)

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21-25 April
Festival of Nature

The Wild Dunedin Festival of Nature offers more than 50 events that celebrate Dunedin as the wildlife capital of New Zealand.
www.wilddunedin.nz

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Thursday 4th May, 5pm-6.15pm
Public talk by Rekindle founder, Juliet Arnott

Otago Polytechnic, G Block, Room 106

Juliet will talk about Rekindle, the social enterprise which diverts reusable resources from waste through skill and creativity. Rekindle’s original focus was on finding new uses for timber from residential demolition in Christchurch.
https://www.rekindle.org.nz/

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Nominations close Monday 1st May
Keep Dunedin Beautiful 2017 Awards

The Keep Dunedin Beautiful awards recognise the work of both groups and individuals.

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Other opportunities

Neighbourhood Food Harvest – Our Food Network Do you have food in your garden (fruit or veges) and know you won’t be able to consume it all? Do you want help to harvest and donate some food to your neighbours and/or local food banks? Do you want to get to know your neighbours and help them harvest any excess food from their own properties? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions then please contact us at: ourfoodnetwork@gmail.com
Our “Ideas into Action Facilitator” (Niki Bould) is busy gathering names and addresses for our database so we can organise volunteers in each neighbourhood to harvest as much food as possible so it doesn’t go to waste. We will be running some volunteer workshops soon (on how to make “apple-pickers”, how to identify diseases in fruit, and providing some health and safety info) and hope this is a great way for neighbours to meet each other.
Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…
Good reading/listening
Net Zero in New Zealand: this report on a carbon neutral New Zealand is available at http://www.vivideconomics.com/publications/net-zero-in-new-zealand

Leaving the past behind us Article by Colin Campbell-Hunt on the damage caused by coal-fired power. https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/magazine/leaving-past-beneath-us

What’s best for city’s rubbish? ODT article on changes to Dunedin’s landfill management.
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/what%E2%80%99s-best-city%E2%80%99s-rubbish

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

RECENT PODCASTS
Eco Living In Action – 06-04-2017 – Creating English Wildflower Habitats – Bryan Raines
Eco Living In Action – 30-03-2017 – Industries Embracing Clean Wood Energy – Lloyd McGinty
Eco Living In Action – 23-03-2017 – The Gift Economy – Mark Boyle – The Moneyless Man

Maureen chats with best selling author Mark Boyle – “The Moneyless Man”. She explains that “for three years between 2008 and 2011 Mark took the ambitious step of going moneyless – successfully living completely without money. Inspired by the teachings of Ghandi during his final year of a Business Degree, Mark decided to embark on a challenge of living completely without money. At first the challenge was just one year but he enjoyed it so much he did it for three years. Although no longer moneyless, Mark lives very simply on a smallholding with others. He is currently experimenting with living without technology. Mark has a lot to share on the topic of going moneyless and why he believes it is absolutely essential for a sustainable future.

To find out more about Mark’s fascinating story I recommend you read his book, The Moneyless Man (2010) which shares the fascinating story of his first year of living without money. I especially enjoyed his second book The Monelyess Manifesto (2012) which is a How-To manual to living without money. This book is free on www.moneylessmanifesto.org. His most recent book, Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi (2915) explores why we need to change our economic system if we are to avoid ecological collapse.”

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

Dunedin City Council: Consultation on the 2017/18 Annual Plan is open until 1 May 2017.

Otago Regional Council: Submissions on the Otago Regional Council’s 2017/18 draft Annual Plan are open until 12 May 2017.
New Zealand Government: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

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

Contacts

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

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

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

Facebook page Sustainable Dunedin City

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SDC BGC Poster 2017_300pxSustainable Dunedin City Inc. proudly presents

Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge for 2017!


 

We will be accepting applications up till 6 May in recognition that the closing date falling in school holidays may have made the challenge date tricky for some.

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

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

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

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

You want to apply?  Great!

Applications are now open and will close on 6 May 2017.

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

A podcast from Otago Access Radio explaining the Challenge is available here.


Applications require the following

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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