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Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links

Kia ora all. Welcome to our new members, including those from Queenstown Lakes and Central!
Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
And please do continue to send me links and other info.
Many thanks

1. Sustainable Dunedin City action
Sustainable Dunedin City Society is made up of persons who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability, as they affect Dunedin City. The Society is not affiliated with any political party and aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz or email secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Thursday 27th June 17:30 Green Drinks Dunedin Back room of Filadelfios.
GreenDrinks Dunedin meet on the LAST Thursday of each month from 17:30. Everyone most welcome!
GreenDrinks Dunedin is part of the non-political international movement Green Drinks whose focus is to provide a relaxed space for people interested in sustainability and the environment to meet and get together.
Green Drinks Dunedin is hosted in Dunedin by Sustainable Dunedin City. For more information or to get on the mailing list please email Maureen Howard, GreenDrinks Dunedin Coordinator on mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

2. Other dates
Every Thursday: Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:
2.30- 15:00 Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s Sustainable Living weekly radio show. Check out the latest podcasts on www.oar.org.nz

7 – 20:00 Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher: http://sustainablelens.org/:

4 – 5th June NZ Climate Change conference, Palmerston Nth (late I know but may be worth following up on outcomes)
http://www.nzcccconference.org/home

Thursday, 6th June
17:30 – 18:30 “The art and science of managing threatened species”
Professor Ian Jamieson (Department of Zoology) delivers his Inaugural Professorial Lecture
Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Albany St, Dunedin
Friday 7th June
12 noon How it Was – plants and vegetation of Dunedin 150 years ago
Talk by Dr Peter Johnson, botanist
How did Dunedin look when Dunedin Botanic Garden was a seedling? We can’t know for sure but Peter can give us a really good glimpse into the past.
Botanic Garden Centre – upper Lovelock Ave
Saturday 8th June,
16:00 onwards – eats prob 5.30 – 6 ish Dunedin Timebank POT LUCK DINNER
www.dunedin.timebanks.org
The Apartment, 35 Dowling Street, Dunedin
For prospective members, members, and other interested parties. You are welcome to bring your family.
RSVP: Please to liz.dunedintimebank@gmail.com
“… each person has talents to share, and that the overall community is strengthened when neighbours help one another. For every hour that you help meet the needs of another member, you earn a time credit for the exchange. You can also earn time credits working alongside fellow timebank members on group projects. These time credits can then be redeemed for services from others, and the cycle of giving and receiving continues…”
Monday 10th June Register for fruit tree grafting workshop with Transition Valley 473:
Kristen on 473 9535 or tv473ig@list.king.net.nz
Would you like to learn how to graft a fruit tree? We are planning a workshop with Jason Ross from Sutherland Nursery on Sunday 1st Sept from 1-16:00.
Cuttings need to be taken at the beginning of July, when the trees are fully dormant. If you don’t have a favourite fruit tree to take cuttings from, we may be able to help. During the recent community fruit harvest, we identified some trees with delicious fruit that appear to do very well in our area.
The cost of the workshop is $30 to graft an apple or $40 for a pear. This covers the cost of rootstock, potting mix, demonstration and tuition from Jason, and venue hire. If you’d really like to come, but the cost is a barrier, let me know and we will try to sort out something. Venue will be confirmed once we know we have viable numbers. If you want to graft more than one tree, it is an additional $10 for each apple rootstock and an extra $20 for each pear.
Tuesday, 11th June, 18:45-21:00
Bill McKibben by live video stream (if you’re not in Dunedin):
Palmerston North: PNCC Library
Hamilton: Room S.G. 03, Knighton Road, University of Waikato
Waiheke Island: Waiheke Community Cinema
Nelson: The Yurt at The Free House, 95 Collingwood Street, seats limited RSVP here to guarantee a seat.
Christchurch: Jack Mann Auditorium
Invercargill: Level 3, 5 The Crescent
Details TBC: Timaru, Oamaru, Takaka, Golden Bay and Rotorua.
Wednes 12th June,
19:00 Bill McKibben in Dunedin!
Colquhoun Lecture Theatre, Dunedin Hospital, University of Otago, 12th June, 19:00
RSVP required: go to http://mckibben.eventbrite.co.nz/# or http://maths.350.org/nz/
Make sure you reserve a place at this crucial event.
Link to his Rolling Stone article last year: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719

Thursday 13th June
16:00 Building and living comfortably in a $50,000 off the grid, energy efficient house
Murray Grimwood will take us through the goal-setting, design process and results of building a $50,000 off the grid, energy efficient house just north of Dunedin. Flyer attached.
Seminar Room, 530 Castle Street – NB new address for CSAFE
Wed 19th June,
17:30 Permaculture Dunedin meeting: Talk: Permaculture 101
by Peta Hudson – Local Permaculture educator
THE APARTMENT upstairs from The Malcalm Trust, 174 Princes Street (enter from Dowling Street).
We will explore the ethics, the foundations of Permaculture, and the principles which guide us in making decisions and in the design process. The evening will cover what I call the heart of permaculture. There will be slides to show you some practical examples.
Fri 5th July, 17:30 Nominations close for The Unpackit Worst (& Best) Packaging Awards
Vote on Monday 19th July: www.unpackit.org.nz

Early July during tree dormancy period Take cuttings of your favourite fruit trees for grafting workshop Sunday 1st Sept 1 – 16:00
with Jason Ross from Sutherland Nursery
Sunday 7th July 11:00-14:00,
(and first Sunday every month) Warrington Market Rain or Shine.
3 Ferguson Street, off Park Rd, Warrington
Free stalls available at 0277811799.
17th July, 28th August, 25th Sept, 23 Oct:
17:30 Permaculture Dunedin meeting
THE APARTMENT upstairs from The Malcalm Trust, 174 Princes Street
(enter from Dowling Street).
Sunday 1st Sept 1 – 16:00 Grafting fruit trees workshop, venue to be confirmed.
3. Petitions, consultations and submissions
Get involved with the Constitutional Review: http://www.ourconstitution.org.nz/

Closes: Fri 14th June 17:00 The DCC is consulting on natural burials at Green Park Cemetery
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/natural-burials-at-greenpark-cemetery
In line with increasing local and worldwide interest in natural burials, and in response to submissions to the 2010 Dunedin City Council Annual Plan, it is proposed that the Dunedin City Council include natural burials as a new burial option.
This is the first time this idea has been considered in Dunedin, so is really worth supporting. A member of the group who began this process has sent the following hints
“Following points are important.
1.That it is great that DDC is supportive of Natural burials as this is environmentally important with the body decomposing quickly and that indigenous trees are planted so the area returns to bush.
2. The plan states a minimum depth of 1 m rather than the recommendation that the burial be not more than 1 m deep. – An important error that needs pointing out.
3. The long term cost is very low compared with standard grave yards which need ongoing lawn mowing etc. So there should be no extra charge for Natural burials. The proposed protocol states an extra charge for the tree on the grave and importation of biologically active earth.”

4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
• The Dunedin Curtain Bank is accepting curtains to benefit those without. Drop off at “The Hub”, 158 Oxford Street, South Dunedin, between 09:00 and 12:00. For further information or to volunteer, contact the Curtain Bank at: curtainbank@gmail.com .
• Blueskin Resilience Communities Trust has good info on ways you can get help to use solar energy. See attached .pdf or go to: http://www.brct.org.nz/
• Support low oil commuting, Waitati Railway Station and Commuter Rail in 2013 via http://www.blueskinpower.co.nz/
• DCC wellbeing strategy launched and online: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/social-wellbeing
• Permaculture link in Dunedin: www.facebook.com/PermacultureDunedin
• 4 Season Organics Course – with Michelle Ritchie from Organic by Design. I am seeking expressions of interest from the public around a 12 month long organics course which I am hoping to kick off in June/July this year. My plan is to run mainly Saturday afternoon sessions (there may be one or two full day sessions), once or twice per month, throughout the entire production year. Topics will follow the seasonal gardening activities through the year including understanding your soil, the design and planning of your own garden, no-dig beds, propagation, crop rotation, pest and disease management, as well as how to harvest, preserve and store produce, and save seed for the future – plus many other topics!
The course will be suitable for complete beginners, as well as those experienced gardeners who wish to learn about the most up to date and effective methods of growing organically.
Please contact me at michelle@organicbydesign.kiwi.nz, or phone 465 7712 to register your interest/ have a chat about the course.
• Flowchart to fix the planet? (not just for USA eyes only but…_): www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/05/what-you-can-do-about-climate-change
• Powerfully simple and convincing: Whitehouse: ‘There Is Only One Leg On Which Climate Change Denial Stands: Money.’ See http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/26/05/2062301/whitehouse-there-is-only-one-leg-on-which-climate-change-denial-stands-money/
• Radio Ecoshock (www.ecoshock.org) has a huge free archive there with many useful links.
• Have a look at the latest Yes! Magazine re economy, environment, positive action: http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/love-and-the-apocalypse?utm_source=ytw20130524&utm_medium=email
• Inspiring us to reach beyond coal: http://coalactionnetworkaotearoa.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/beyond-coal-australia/

Thursday 21st March
19:00    OUR RMA, NEW ZEALAND’S FUTURE

A public forum exploring the potential local impact of proposed changes to the Resource Management Act
Burns Hall, 415 Lower Moray Place, Dunedin
Facebook event – http://www.facebook.com/events/493817020678468
All welcome.
The Government has announced proposed changes to the Resource Management Act. The RMA is a critical piece of legislation that helps our community manage outcomes for both our natural and built environment. Changes to this document will affect everyone, and the Government wants our feedback on their plans by 2nd April (http://www.mfe.govt.nz/rma/reform/phase-two/2013-consultation.html).
Under the proposed reforms:
•         The protection given to landscapes, biodiversity, freshwater fisheries, heritage and recreation is likely to be reduced.
•         The ability for concerned or affected people to take part in RMA processes that affect them will be reduced in some areas, but increased in others.
•         Constructive central guidance and leadership is promised, but there are worrying proposals to remove decision making power from local councils.

Three experts will explain the potential impact of the proposed changes:
•         Rod Oram, political commentator (see also http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/8400307/Oram-A-naked-power-grab)
•         Maree Baker-Galloway, environmental lawyer
•         Eugenie Sage MP, former regional councillor and environmentalist

Key agencies have also been invited to offer their thoughts on the proposed changes, and respond to your questions:
•         Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Council
•         Niall Watson, Fish and Game
•         Sue Maturin, Forest and Bird

Generation Zero speak at NZ Risk Assessment Launch More detail @ www.wiseresponse.org.nz

Generation Zero speak at NZ Risk Assessment Launch. More detail @ www.wiseresponse.org.nz

Dear Everyone – please note the meetings this week. Submission on the RMA is crucial, as submissions close just after Easter!

Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links

1.   Sustainable Dunedin City action
Sustainable Dunedin City Society is made up of persons who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability, as they affect Dunedin City. The Society is not affiliated with any political party and aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz or email secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Appeal for a National Risk Assessment on Friday 8th March

This was well attended – update to follow.

Appeal Highlight Video: www.wiseresponse.org.nz

Thursday 21st March
19:00    OUR RMA, NEW ZEALAND’S FUTURE

A public forum exploring the potential local impact of proposed changes to the Resource Management Act
Burns Hall, 415 Lower Moray Place, Dunedin
Facebook event – http://www.facebook.com/events/493817020678468
All welcome.
The Government has announced proposed changes to the Resource Management Act. The RMA is a critical piece of legislation that helps our community manage outcomes for both our natural and built environment. Changes to this document will affect everyone, and the Government wants our feedback on their plans by 2nd April (http://www.mfe.govt.nz/rma/reform/phase-two/2013-consultation.html).
Under the proposed reforms:
•         The protection given to landscapes, biodiversity, freshwater fisheries, heritage and recreation is likely to be reduced.
•         The ability for concerned or affected people to take part in RMA processes that affect them will be reduced in some areas, but increased in others.
•         Constructive central guidance and leadership is promised, but there are worrying proposals to remove decision making power from local councils.

Three experts will explain the potential impact of the proposed changes:
•         Rod Oram, political commentator (see also http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/8400307/Oram-A-naked-power-grab)
•         Maree Baker-Galloway, environmental lawyer
•         Eugenie Sage MP, former regional councillor and environmentalist

Key agencies have also been invited to offer their thoughts on the proposed changes, and respond to your questions:
•         Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Council
•         Niall Watson, Fish and Game
•         Sue Maturin, Forest and Bird


Thursday 28th March 17:30.    Green Drinks Dunedin Back room of Filadelfios.

GreenDrinks Dunedin meet on the LAST Thursday of each month from 17:30. Everyone most welcome!
Our Topic this month: Community Food Resilience
Jon Foote, a Permaculture Design Consultant based here in Dunedin will talk about Community Food Resilience. What does this really mean? And what will it take for us to create a truly resilient community food system? Covering the full range of food production systems this will be a chance to see where we fit into the wider community food system and how we can make an impact, however big or small that may be.
To contact Jon Foote,  BareFooteGardener,BFG Consulting Ltd
M: 027 5151 227
E: jon@barefootegardener.com
W: www.barefootegardener.com
GreenDrinks Dunedin is part of the non-political international movement Green Drinks whose  focus is to provide a relaxed space for people interested in sustainability and the environment to meet and get together.
Green Drinks Dunedin is hosted in Dunedin by Sustainable Dunedin City. For more information or to get on the mailing list please email Maureen Howard, GreenDrinks Dunedin Coordinator on mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

Wednesday 3rd April 19:30    Big Green Challenge Update
. (See list of recipients at end of newsletter)
NEV Baptist Church in North Road
The grant recipients of SDC’s second Big Green Challenge have been busy over the summer working on projects to make their local communities more resilient. Now, somebody from each project will give a short presentation about their projects. (See page 5 of The Star 14th March re Gen Zero’s cleaning up the grottiest flat, and garden, with BGC funding)
There will be a chance to meet the project representatives and ask more questions over a cuppa afterwards. It is rumoured that Janet Brady will provide some of her fine baking too! Anyone interested is welcome to come along.”
2.   Other dates
Every Thursday:    Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:
2.30- 15:00    Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s Sustainable Living weekly radio show. Check out the latest podcasts on www.oar.org.nz

7 – 20:00    Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher: http://sustainablelens.org/:

Wednesday 20th March 19:00    Public meeting proposal by the Ministry of Primary Industry to open up areas from Smaills Beach to Cape Saunders for Inshore Commercial Paua Harvesting.
SouthCoast Boardriders Club in St Clair (Esplanade- next to St Clair Surfclub)
If  the proposal is successful the harvesting will begin from 1 Oct 2013, and there are concerns about the long term implication for recreational harvesting. Other concerns include the possible conservation implications of putting extra pressure on this species as well as food resilience implications at the local level here in Dunedin.
For more info, contact Rhyse Bartlett at kiwirhyse@hotmail.com
Deadline for submissions is 19th April. Copies of the consultation documents on:
www.fish.govt.nz/en-nz/Consultations/default.htm  or
www.fish.govt.nz/ennz/Consultations/Review+of+Regulatory+Controls+for+Inshore+Fishstocks+for+1+October+2013/default.htm

Wednesday 27th March
12-15:00    Hordur Torfason speaking on democracy (see info following)
The School of Art at Otago Polytech
Wednesday 27th March
17:00 – 18:00    Doing Democracy in the 21st Century: How one man took on the banks and politicians and won!
St Paul’s Cathedral, The Octagon, Dunedin
A conversation with Hordur Torfason, the Icelandic activist who inspired his fellow citizens to take action after the economic crash of 2008 leading to the resignation of the entire government, the nationalisation of the banks, the imprisonment of two senior bankers and the re-writing of the Icelandic constitution. We are excited that he can be here!
Hordur will be discussing his campaign and its implications with Dr Andrew Shepherd of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues.
Thursday 28th March
13:00    Hordur Torfason at Otago University
Burns 1
Sunday 21st April    Waitati Harvest market
3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions
Friday 29th March    http://climatechange.govt.nz/consultation/ets/proposed-options-for-carry-over-units-ets-2013.html

Tuesday 2nd April    Feedback required for the Government’s proposed changes to the Resource Management Act. (http://www.mfe.govt.nz/rma/reform/phase-two/2013-consultation.html).

Monday 8th April     Freshwater proposal closes: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/issues/water/freshwater/freshwater-reform-2013/index.html

Tuesday 9th April    DCC submissions for annual plan close
Friday 19th April    Submissions on Regulatory Controls for Inshore Fishstocks Proposal. See the consultation documents on:
www.fish.govt.nz/en-nz/Consultations/default.htm  or
www.fish.govt.nz/ennz/Consultations/Review+of+Regulatory+Controls+for+Inshore+Fishstocks+for+1+October+2013/default.htm

4.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
•         Become part of the current Constitutional Conversation. The panel particularly want to hear about the pros and cons of having our constitution written down in a single document; the role of the Bill of Rights Act 1990 in our constitution; the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in our constitution; Maori representation in local and national government; and electoral issues such as the size of Parliament and the length of its term.
You may also have other matters you want to see included, for instance environmental issues or the role of women in local and national government. The address for submission is constitutionalreview@justice.govt.nz.
See the website at www.ourconstitiution.org.nz  for further information.
•         The Ministry for Primary Industries attributes the drought to climate change. See http://www.mpi.govt.nz/environment-natural-resources/funding-programmes/primary-sector-recovery/droughts/dry-conditions-2012-13-faqs
•         Join100% Possible: a collaborative campaign between Generation Zero and 350 Aotearoa and supported by WWF-NZ to catalyse action towards a safer, healthier and thriving Aotearoa that has moved beyond fossil fuels. www.100percentpossible.org.nz
•         Warm Dunedin Pilot Programme: www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/latest-news/february-2013/warm-dunedin-pilot-programme-underway
•         Please take the online fuel poverty survey at www.warmerwinters.org.nz . A national campaign has been launched by the Community Energy Network (CEN) to highlight the issue of fuel poverty in New Zealand and the actions needed to address it.
•         While on the subject, Univeristy of Otago research shows that “Prepayment electricity metering leaves children in the cold’ http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago043362.html
List of Sustainable Dunedin City’s Big Green Challenge recipients:
•         Generation Zero’s Housing Project: To establish a model flat in studentville to show students and their landlords that living a low carbon lifestyle “doesn’t need to cost the earth”.
•          Community Education for a Sustainable Future: To run a permaculture course
•         Karitane School: To harness the energy from compost to heat an out door shower at the beach.
•         Presbyterian Support Otago Family Works: To do two fruit tree harvests and hold four workshops on how to make preserves which will be shared among the participants, the tree owners and the food bank.
•         Permablitz Otago: Groups of keen permaculture gardeners will make edible gardens for community groups or individuals who are unable to make their own gardens.
•         Bud Law and friends: Making greenhouses and tunnels out of recycled plastic and timber to give to community groups.
•         St Leonards School Junior Class: to develop an orchard and do some native planting a the school.
•         Broad Bay School: To install a rainwater catchment system to be able to water the school gardens and the native plants being grown to regenerate the local stream.
•         La Leche League: To provide training for more volunteers to train as breastfeeding counsellors. Breastfeeding is an unrecognised “green” issue.
•         Be the Change Otepoti: Christopher Le Breton is a very experienced presenter of a course to motivate people to act on climate change which he will run for Dunedin residents.
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Tēnā koutou katoa,
Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Dear All

Happy New Year.

My apologies for not getting this to you sooner, as the registrations for the VERY IMPORTANT no-coal summerfest closed yesterday http://nocoalsummerfest.org.nz/. Blame the sunshine (ie the long-neglected garden). And please do still let the organisers know if you are suddenly able to come.
Details of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Friday 11 Jan 2013
1.   Sustainable Dunedin City action

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

April TBC

Update on all the SDC Big Green Challenge grants projects:

Generation Zero’s Housing Project

Community Education for a Sustainable Future permaculture course

Karitane School: To harness the energy from compost to heat an outdoor shower at the beach.

Presbyterian Support Otago Family Works: To do two fruit tree harvests and hold four workshops on how to make preserves which will be shared among the participants, the tree owners and the food bank.

Permablitz Otago: Groups of keen permaculture gardeners will make edible gardens for community groups or individuals who are unable to make their own gardens.

Bud Law and friends: Making greenhouses and tunnels out of recycled plastic and timber to give to community groups.

St Leonards School Junior Class: to develop an orchard and do some native planting a the school.

Broad Bay School: To install a rainwater catchment system to be able to water the school gardens and the native plants being grown to regenerate the local stream.

La Leche League: To provide training for more volunteers to train as breastfeeding counsellors. Breastfeeding is an unrecognised “green” issue.

Be the Change Otepoti: Christopher Le Breton is a very experienced presenter of a course to motivate people to act on climate change which he will run for Dunedin residents.

Watch out for these projects as they are reported upon by The Star community newspaper!
2.   Other dates

Every Thursday:

Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:

2.30- 3 pm

Eco Living in Action Dunedin’s Sustainable Living weekly radio show. Check out the latest podcasts (includes interview with Northern Irish guest talking about pigs, handspinning, willow weaving and organics. Go to www.oar.org.nz

7 – 8pm

Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher: http://sustainablelens.org/:

17th January: Sean Linton – music and sustainability of ‘Are’are

24th January: Danyl Strype – Permaculture and creative commons

Thursday 10 Jan

Registration for the Coal in the Hole Summerfest closed – but still let them know if you can come now! Do not just turn up.

http://nocoalsummerfest.org.nz/

Wednesday 16 January, 7 pm

How can we defend our land and environment against the growing fossil fuel mining madness? Come and hear someone who did: Rob McCreath, Chair of Friends of Felton and part of Australia’s successful Lock the Gate campaign.

English Language matters, Level 2 Evan Parry House, 43 Princes St (just south of the Octagon)

What can one small community do to defend its land and oceans from industry giants? Sometimes the battle seems too big. They have the PR experts, the sponsorship deals, the friends in high places. We only have each other. But it can be done…

Australian farmer Rob McCreath, chair of Friends of Felton and part of Australia’s successful Lock the Gate campaign, is coming to Dunedin to tell us how he and his community succeeded in stopping a giant open cast coal mine and chemical plant on good quality agricultural land at the headwaters of the Murray-Darling river system.

See http://www.fof.org.au/index.php?id=4390

(Rob is also guest speaker at this year’s Keep the Coal in the Hole Summerfest)

Friday 18 January to Monday 21 January 2013

The 2013 Keep the Coal in the Hole Summerfest will be held from at Dolamore Park, a beautiful camping ground surrounded by bush about 10 minutes by car from Gore, very near the north-western corner of Solid Energy’s landholdings in the Mataura Valley. Register online: http://nocoalsummerfest.org.nz/

Sunday 27 January 2013

Permaculture course begins (ten sessions over nine weeks), led by Philip Jenkins, looking at knowledge of food production gained from throughout the world, including the perennial Edible Food Forest Garden Design system.  Cost is $60.00 plus approximately another $10.00 for own stationery.

Contact Philip 021 267 6542 (to leave a message) or email aropa546@hotmail.com

Monday 28 Jan

All pledges for the Blueskin Energy Project wind testing tower need to be in. See info attached and below.

Sustainable Living Courses beginning. These interactive eight-week adult community education courses will

help you:

•         Learn and share planet-friendly practical tips that make a difference.

•         Meet others who are interested in community resilience and sustainable living.

•         Gain support for introducing lifestyle changes you want to make.

Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard. To register, please contact Maureen on 473 9967 or email howard@slingshot.co.nz.

Registration is essential. Donation of $30 welcome.

Tuesday 17th Feb 7-9pm

Sustainable Living Course starting in Port Chalmers, at Port Chalmers School.

Wednesday 18th Feb 10-12 noon.
Sustainable Living Course begins at Church of Christ Community Church, corner Filleul and St Andrew Sts

Wed 27 – Thus 28 February

Joel Salatin of PolyFace Farms is a world-leading example of how a small family farm can become an extremely diverse and profitable Local Food producer, and how the benefits of Local Food Systems can create resilience, stability and abundance for both local farmers and the wider community.Workshop in Glendhu Station Wanaka,

More details on the workshop, go to: http://apc11.co.nz/images/Joel%20Salatin%20Feb%202013.pdf and www.wanakaorganics.co.nz/

March 9-11

Permaculture in NZ Annual Hui in Taranaki. See http://apc11.co.nz/images/Pinz%20Hui%202012.pdf
3.   Petitions, consultations and submissions

DCC: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on

ORC: http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Consultation/

The ORC are considering investing in irrigation plans – Tarras Water Limited plans to build an irrigation scheme for the Tarras District, at an estimated cost of $39.2 million.  It has asked the ORC to make an initial investment of up to $3.5 million in the scheme, through the purchase of redeemable preference shares.  It has also asked the ORC to contribute approximately $2 million to fixed charges over a period of five years starting around September 2014, when the scheme is expected to be operational.  Future sales or redemption of those shares is expected cover the initial purchase price and fixed cost contributions, along with an interest return on the investment.

A proposed amendment to the 2012/22 Long Term Plan has been prepared which provides details of the proposed investment, a risk analysis of investing in the scheme, and the financial implications of doing so.

Council would like to hear your views on the proposed amendment to the Long Term Plan.

http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Consultation/Proposed-amendment-to-the-2012–22-Long-Term-Plan—-Proposal-to-invest-in-a-new-Tarras-irrigation-scheme-/

http://www.odt.co.nz/regions/central-otago/235239/orc-mulls-investing-irrigation

Central Govt: http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/MakeSub/

25 Jan: Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill
14 Feb: Subantarctic Islands Marine Reserves Bill
28 Feb: Conservation (Natural Heritage Protection) Bill
28 Feb: Resource Management Reform Bill
4.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

•         Blueskin Project update on campaign to raise the 30 metre wind testing tower on Porteous Hill, from Scott Willis (on 5th Jan). More info also attached.

Firstly, a big thank you to all who have made pledges to help us raise the 30 metre tower. By the New Year we were half way to our target! Now, with 23 days of the campaign left, we only have just over $3000 to raise. It really is amazing how quickly $5 or $50 pledges add up.

What I’m also excited about in this campaign – a first for BRCT – is the amount of non-cash support offered by talented members of our community. These are the rewards offered for people making pledges and we have everything from Uni-cycle lessons to Home-kill thanks to the generosity of some very talented Blueskin donors. I think this is also an indication of a different form of economy (sometimes callled the ‘gift and barter’ economy) emerging – or at least a demonstration of what is possible.

Please spread the word this New Year about the Blueskin Energy Project PledgeMe campaign – this is the first time we’ve attempted to crowd source funding to enable a project to move forward and it is exciting to see so many people willing to get involved – much more exciting than writing funding applications that may – or may not – be successful. The way this works I’m told, is for the message to get out widely and for it also to be passed around by word of mouth, even if eventually you do need a credit card and a computer to make a pledge.

•         Foodweb (www.foodweb.org.nz) is a local food resiliency network for Otago. We are always keen to hear from anyone interested in sustainable food production at any scale, from the backyard to the farm. If you are interested sign up to our email list on the ‘Contact Us’ page at www.foodweb.org.nz.

•         Spring Seed List from Otepoti Urban Organics – our local seed savers and sharing scheme. Growing from local seeds, saving seed and sharing seeds is so important for local food resilience. Contact  otepoti.urban.organics@gmail.com or check out the website at www.urbanorganics.org.nz/

Otepoti Urban Organics is also looking for people to ‘adopt a crop’, ie raise a certain type of vegetable crop, and later, collect the seeds for the seed exchange. They particularly need people to grow a particular variety of pumpkin seeds….

•         Join the Dunedin People’s Panel –  have your say on this email-based panel: www.dunedin.govt.nz/peoplespanel.

•         Planning a biodiversity project? The DCC can help you. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/factline/issue-363/dunedin-biodiversity-fund

•         From the Guardian:

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

princes_st_dunedinDetails of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
1. Sustainable Dunedin City action
THIS Thursday 29th November 2012
Tomorrow! GreenDrinks Dunedin: in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens
5:30 at Filadelfio’s, End of Year Celebrations
Bring a present you received in the past that you did not like. Wrap it up and give it to someone else. It’s just a bit of fun, and it promotes one of the 3 Rs (Re-use). Come and brainstorm what you would like to see happen next year with GreenDrinks. Maureen suggests we have about four GreenDrinks during the year that are Open Mike with no planned content so that new people can come and introduce themselves and get to know each other
GREENDRINKS Dunedin provides an opportunity for everyone interested in sustainability and the environment to meet in a relaxed setting. It is organised in Dunedin by the Sustainable Dunedin City Society and is part of GreenDrinks International, a social networking movement. To find out more about GreenDrinks International go to www.greendrinks.org. To get on the GreenDrinks Dunedin elist – or to host a GreenDrinks – please contact Maureen on mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.
Report on Big Green Challenge grants from Janet Brady of the SDC selection panel
We were thrilled to receive so many great applications and it was really hard to decide who to give grants to. The panel was myself, Jocelyn Harris, the Co-Chair of Sustainable Dunedin City Inc and two other committee members. We are now really excited to see these projects take shape. There will be an event that all interested people can come along to and hear all about how the projects turned out next April.
We chose:
Generation Zero’s Housing Project: To establish a model flat in studentville to show students and their landlords that living a low carbon lifestyle “doesn’t need to cost the earth”.
Community Education for a Sustainable Future: To run a permaculture course
Karitane School: To harness the energy from compost to heat an out door shower at the beach.
Presbyterian Support Otago Family Works: To do two fruit tree harvests and hold four workshops on how to make preserves which will be shared among the participants, the tree owners and the food bank.
Permablitz Otago: Groups of keen permaculture gardeners will make edible gardens for community groups or individuals who are unable to make their own gardens.
Bud Law and friends: Making greenhouses and tunnels out of recycled plastic and timber to give to community groups.
St Leonards School Junior Class: to develop an orchard and do some native planting a the school.
Broad Bay School: To install a rainwater catchment system to be able to water the school gardens and the native plants being grown to regenerate the local stream.
La Leche League: To provide training for more volunteers to train as breastfeeding counsellors. Breastfeeding is an unrecognised “green” issue.
Be the Change Otepoti: Christopher Le Breton is a very experienced presenter of a course to motivate people to act on climate change which he will run for Dunedin residents.
Watch out for these projects as they are reported upon by The Star community newspaper!
Sustainable Dunedin City Society is made up of persons who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability, as they affect Dunedin City. The Society is not affiliated with any political party and aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz or email secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

2. Other dates
Every Thursday: Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:
7 – 20:00 Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher: http://sustainablelens.org/
Thursday 29th November

16:00 Education for survival, resilience and continuity: Mātauranga Taiao, Māori and IndigeneityCSAFE Seminar Room (547 Castle St)
Speaker: David McKay
Thursday 29th November
19:00 Caselburgh Trust fundraiser: Saving Macquarie Island , Broad Bay Hall, Otago Peninusla.
Dunedin filmaker and conservationist Claudia Babirat is passionate about the environment, and has devoted her life to sharing its beauty with others. In 2011 Claudia seized the opportunity to film and take part in the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project, which aims to rid rabbits, rats and mice from the Australian-governed World Heritage Site – making it the world’s most ambitious pest eradication programme in conservation history.Come and listen to what it’s like to live for a year on a remote island with a bunch of scientists, a lot of penguins, and being a tour guide to the occasional tourist ship while shooting film and rabbits!
Monday 3rd December
16:00 Sustainability assessment of an innovative technology: automatic milking in organic Danish dairy farms. CSAFE
CSAFE Seminar Room (547 Castle St)
Dr Frank Oudshoorn is a scientist and interim group leader at the Department of Biosystems Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark Frank’s main research is in organic agriculture, focussed on emerging innovative technology and sustainability assessments where the three Ps (People, Planet and Profit) should be evaluated.
Monday 10th December
The Power of Neighbourhoods: workshops with Jim Diers of Seattle
Workshop 1: Building broad and inclusive community engagement, and the role of agencies in that process:
Workshop 2: Mapping and mobilising the community’s strengths:
Burns Hall (behind First Church) 415 Moray Pl
Workshop 1: 10:00 – 13:00
Workshop 2: 14:00-17:00
“Neighbours can generate tremendous power when they come together as a community. They can influence the actions of government, developers, and other external factors. They can also mobilise their own assets – their passion, knowledge, skills, and relationships – in support of caring communities, revitalised neighbourhoods, and a better world.”
Cost: $30 – $80 per person (details on flyer and registration form)
http://www.councilofsocialservices.org.nz/ai1ec_event/the-power-of-neighbourhoods-workshop-1/
” These are workshops not to be missed. This is open to all who have an interest in community, whether you live in a community and are interested in it or work for an organisation. Places are limited so RSVP quickly.”
7-9th December Power Shift summit in Auckland. This international event has already happened in the USA, Australia, India and the UK. It’s a huge youth climate summit which brings together young people from all walks of life to learn about climate change, get upskilled, meet other fantastic people, and work on how to tackle the biggest challenge of our generation.
The event will include high profile speakers, small workshops about leadership, organisation, communication skills, climate science and climate policy. In fact, we’ve been so overwhelmed with enthusiasm from awesome people interested in giving talks and workshops that we’ve had to close speaker registrations. We have speakers like Mayor Len Brown from Auckland, Lucy Lawless, Bill McKibben by video conference (the founder of 350), Jinty McTavish from the Dunedin City Council, and various politicians and other experts in campaigning and climate change. We are also bringing over attendees from the Pacific who are at the front lines of climate change.
For more information check out www.powershift.co.nz.
Please encourage any youngish (or youthful in outlook) people you know to check it out and get registered asap. The full programme is up now: http://powershift.org.nz/details/programme/

Friday 18th January to Monday 21st January 2013 The 2013 Keep the Coal in the Hole Summerfest will be held from at Dolamore Park, a beautiful camping ground surrounded by bush about 10 minutes by car from Gore, very near the north-western corner of Solid Energy’s landholdings in the Mataura Valley. Register online: http://nocoalsummerfest.org.nz/

3. Petitions, consultations and submissions
DCC: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on

• The Dunedin Amenities Society is concerned about the Dunedin City Council’s decision to review the District Plan. The Society have held strong concerns over aspects of the District Plan for some time, particularly over the way the Plan is integrated with management of public open space and reserves. Sites like the Town Belt are actually being hampered in their management by the imposition of the Urban Landscape Conservation Area rules, which fails to have regard for its status under the Reserves act 1977. The Minister of Conservations approved a management plan for the Town Belt in 2007, but what is the point if the District Plan overrides its principles.

The Society urges all members and people of Dunedin to consider how the reserve conservation areas that we have in Dunedin should be managed and how the District Plan should complement their management rather than impede it. For the full article, see
http://dunedin-amenities-society.org.nz/2012/11/23/the-town-belt-and-the-district-plan/ or visit www.dunedin-amenities-society.org.nz

ORC: http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Consultation/
• The ORC are considering investing in irrigation plans – Tarras Water Limited plans to build an irrigation scheme for the Tarras District, at an estimated cost of $39.2 million. It has asked the ORC to make an initial investment of up to $3.5 million in the scheme, through the purchase of redeemable preference shares. It has also asked the ORC to contribute approximately $2 million to fixed charges over a period of five years starting around September 2014, when the scheme is expected to be operational. Future sales or redemption of those shares is expected cover the initial purchase price and fixed cost contributions, along with an interest return on the investment.
A proposed amendment to the 2012/22 Long Term Plan has been prepared which provides details of the proposed investment, a risk analysis of investing in the scheme, and the financial implications of doing so.
Council would like to hear your views on the proposed amendment to the Long Term Plan.
http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Consultation/Proposed-amendment-to-the-2012–22-Long-Term-Plan—-Proposal-to-invest-in-a-new-Tarras-irrigation-scheme-/
http://www.odt.co.nz/regions/central-otago/235239/orc-mulls-investing-irrigation

Central Govt: http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/MakeSub/
4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
• The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is now on: http://unfccc.int/2860.php
• The World Bank warns of a 4 degrees hotter world: http://climatechange.worldbank.org/content/climate-change-report-warns-dramatically-warmer-world-century
• Oxfam NZ’s take on NZ stance at UN Climate Talks: ‘Backpedalling, Incoherent And Lacking Morality’ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00365/un-climate-talks-new-zealand-backpedalling.htm
• Meanwhile, the Pure Advantage report looks at NZ could benefit from the growing green economy. http://www.pureadvantage.org/
• The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright, has released her interim report on fracking in NZ. Her summary states ‘The high-level conclusion from the work done to date in this investigation echoes, and is broadly consistent with, the reviews of fracking that have been done elsewhere in the world. That conclusion is that the environmental risks associated with fracking can be managed effectively provided, to quote the United Kingdom Royal Society, “operational best practices are implemented and enforced through regulation”. But at this stage I cannot be confident that operational best practices are actually being implemented and enforced in this country.’
Read the full report on http://www.pce.parliament.nz/publications/all-publications/evaluating-the-environmental-impacts-of-fracking-in-new-zealand-an-interim-report
• Pipeline resistance in Canada – interesting reading not only with climate change relevance but also business ‘The Canadian government’s new deal with China, the Canada-China version of FIPA (the Foreign Investment Protection Agreement) effectively guarantees China’s investments’ (as may happen with coal and/or lignite here?) http://www.towardfreedom.com/home/environment/3042-community-corridor-halting-the-rise-of-pipeline-infrastructure-with-creative-radical-resistance
• Song of the Kauri ¬– if you missed this acclaimed doco in Dunedin, it will be on in Queenstown and Arrowtown this week: http://www.songofthekauri.com/screenings/new-zealand-screenings/
• Foodweb (www.foodweb.org.nz) is a local food resiliency network for Otago. We are always keen to hear from anyone interested in sustainable food production at any scale, from the backyard to the farm. If you are interested sign up to our email list on the ‘Contact Us’ page at www.foodweb.org.nz.
• Spring Seed List from Otepoti Urban Organics – our local seed savers and sharing scheme. Growing from local seeds, saving seed and sharing seeds is so important for local food resilience. Contact otepoti.urban.organics@gmail.com or check out the website at www.urbanorganics.org.nz/
Otepoti Urban Organics is also looking for people to ‘adopt a crop’, ie raise a certain type of vegetable crop, and later, collect the seeds for the seed exchange. They particularly need people to grow a particular variety of pumpkin seeds….
• Join the Dunedin People’s Panel – have your say on this email-based panel: www.dunedin.govt.nz/peoplespanel.
• Planning a biodiversity project next year? The DCC can help you. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/factline/issue-363/dunedin-biodiversity-fund
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Tēnā koutou katoa,
Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

port_chalmersDetails of upcoming events, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links

1.Sustainable Dunedin City action

Thursday 29th November 2012    GreenDrinks Dunedin: in the Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens
5:30 at Filadelfio’s, End of Year Celebrations
Bring a present you received in the past that you did not like. Wrap it up and give it to someone else. It’s just a bit of fun, and it promotes one of the 3 Rs (Re-use). Come and brainstorm what you would like to see happen next year with GreenDrinks. Maureen suggests we have about four GreenDrinks during the year that are Open Mike with no planned content so that new people can come and introduce themselves and get to know each other
GREENDRINKS Dunedin provides an opportunity for everyone interested in sustainability and the environment to meet in a relaxed setting. It is organised in Dunedin by the Sustainable Dunedin City Society and is part of GreenDrinks International, a social networking movement. To find out more about GreenDrinks International go to www.greendrinks.org. To get on the GreenDrinks Dunedin elist – or to host a GreenDrinks – please contact Maureen on mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.
Sustainable Dunedin City Society is made up of persons who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability, as they affect Dunedin City. The Society is not affiliated with any political party and aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz or email secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

2.Other dates

Every Thursday: Otago Access Radio 105.4FM:
7 – 20:00    Sustainable Lens Radio, with Sam Mann, Anton Angelo and Shane Gallagher, which can also be accessed on
http://sustainablelens.org/
Thursday 15th November, 16:00:  Shifting realities: entrepreneurship and social enterprise in Samoa – CSAFE seminar
CSAFE Seminar Room (547 Castle St)
Thursday 15th November, Informal get-together. Contact Peter for details if you are interested in Time Banking:  peterd0n@clear.net.nz
Friday 16th November,19:00: Science Communication Film Premiere
Regent Theatre, Octagon, Dunedin
Sunday 18th November, Energy Eco Centre Talk
Renewable Energy Production. DIY 5 Solar and Renewable Energy projects to do
Tim Bishop – SHAC coordinator, The Fitting Shop, Dunedin Gasworks Museum, Braemar Street, South Dunedin. Sunday 18th November 14:00
Watch the web site www.gasworksmuseum.org.nz/energycentre
Thursday 22nd November to Sunday 25th November
What: Localising Food Tour of Dunedin
Where: Various locations
When: Various dates
https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/LocalisingFoodTourDunedin
Current overview of Presentations / Workshops – NB, you don’t have to be a facebook user to view these…
Thurs 22nd November – The Politics of Food Security – https://www.facebook.com/events/135327896614664/
Fri 23rd November – Empowering Local Food Resilience – https://www.facebook.com/events/177582325713093/
Sat 24th November – Localising Food Self Resilience – https://www.facebook.com/events/553486148001833/
Sun 25th November – Food Forest Workshop – https://www.facebook.com/events/372087089549591/
Saturday 24-Sunday 25th November    Keep our Assets Petition Final Push

Thursday 29th November    Caselburgh Trust fundraiser:Saving Macquarie Island , 19:00 Broad Bay Hall, Otago Peninusla.   It promises to be a treat.
Dunedin filmaker and conservationist Claudia Babirat is passionate about the environment, and has devoted her life to sharing its beauty with others. She’s hit on a winning combination, working for the Department of Conservation as Community Outreach Coordinator during the day, and producing award-winning documentaries in her spare time.
In 2011 Claudia seized the opportunity to film and take part in the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project, which aims to rid rabbits rats and mice from the Australian-governed World Heritage Site – making it the world’s most ambitious pest eradication programme in conservation history.
Claudia produces quirky, people-orientated films that guarantee the evening will be informative and entertaining. Come and listen to what it’s like to live for a year on a remote island with a bunch of scientists, a lot of penguins, and being a tour guide to the occasional tourist ship while shooting film and rabbits!
Claudia has agreed to premier her documentary and lecture as our fundraising “Art meets Science” event at Broad Bay Hall on Thursday 29th November at 19:00.
7-9th December    Power Shift summit in Auckland. This international event has already happened in the USA, Australia, India and the UK. It’s a huge youth climate summit which brings together young people from all walks of life to learn about climate  change, get upskilled, meet other fantastic people, and work on how to tackle the biggest challenge of our generation.
The event will include high profile speakers, small workshops about leadership, organisation, communication skills, climate science and climate policy. In fact, we’ve been so overwhelmed with enthusiasm from awesome people interested in giving talks and workshops that we’ve had to close speaker registrations. We have speakers like Mayor Len Brown from Auckland, Lucy Lawless, Bill McKibben by video conference (the founder of 350), Jinty McTavish from the Dunedin City Council, and various politicians and other experts in campaigning and climate change. We are also bringing over attendees from the Pacific who are at the front lines of climate change.
For more information check out www.powershift.co.nz.

3.Petitions

•Support coal plant protestors in China http://www.thepetitionsite.com/356/062/925/support-coal-plant-protestors-in-china/?z00m=20441802#taf

4.Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

•350 worldwide activities …We’ll have plenty more news to share in the weeks and months ahead — including some more ways to get everyone involved, regardless of where you live. For today, watch this short video I recorded and share the news of these important efforts with your networks: www.350.org/nov2012
•Sustainable food systems – see the Facebook page for feedback from the discussions on the 26th October: https://www.facebook.com/events/417944528259213/
•Fernhill Community Garden – Dunedin’s newest community garden!
Where? Palmyra Reserve (off Stafford Street, just above Melville St)
What? A space of ground that anyone can come and help cultivate, and anyone can harvest from.
More information? Join our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/491840194169293/ or email us on fernhillcommunitygarden@gmail.com
•Foodweb – Increasing Local Food Resiliency and Sustainability
Foodweb (www.foodweb.org.nz) is a local food resiliency network for Otago. Founded in 2010, it has been collecting information about food and farming in Otago and viewing it in the context of the latest research into food systems from around the world.
It aims to facilitate and promote the growth of a more resilient and sustainable local food system in the Otago region, by helping farmers, backyard gardeners, community groups and other local businesses and organisations access the resources they need to be as effective as possible in all aspects of local food production.
We are always keen to hear from anyone interested in sustainable food production at any scale, from the backyard to the farm. If you are interested sign up to our email list on the ‘Contact Us’ page at www.foodweb.org.nz.
Spring Seed List from Otepoti Urban Organics – our local seed savers and sharing scheme. Growing from local seeds, saving seed and sharing seeds is so important for local food resilience. Thanks to Bart Acres for initiating and continuing this important initiative. Contact Bart at otepoti.urban.organics@gmail.com or check out the website at www.urbanorganics.org.nz/
Otepoti Urban Organics is also looking for people to ‘adopt a crop’, ie raise a certain type of vegetable crop, and later, collect the seeds for the seed exchange. See their website or facebook page for details. They particularly need people to grow a particular variety of pumpkin seeds….
•Join the Dunedin People’s Panel
The People’s Panel is an email-based panel which gives people with an interest in Dunedin an opportunity to have their say on a range of issues and to be a sounding-board for future policies and decisions.
Anyone can join the Panel at www.dunedin.govt.nz/peoplespanel.  Panel members are sent an online survey every six to eight weeks.  After each survey, Panel members are emailed a high-level summary of what other Panel members said, and what will be done as a result of the feedback from the Panel.  The full results from each of the surveys will be available on the People’s Panel website.
•Potential candidates for DCC Elections 2103: As vacancies are likely to open up next year, SDC members should consider standing!
•Planning a biodiversity project next year? The DCC can help you. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/factline/issue-363/dunedin-biodiversity-fund
•    http://dunedin-amenities-society.org.nz/2012/11/02/the-recent-john-wilson-drive-decision-reveals-councillors-more-interested-in-living-in-the-now-rather-than-thinking-of-the-future/
•Jocelyn reports that Helen Clark’s talk here about her role at the UN on 14th October was hugely inspiring. For her Stanford talk on climate change, see http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/november/clark-climate-change-111212.html
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Tēnā koutou katoa,
Nicky Chapman (SDC’s newsletter compiler) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Vivienne Bryner (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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