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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

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

Kia ora,

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

Best wishes,
Simonne
Events for June

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venue: Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street

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

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

Venue: Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street

Hear from four speakers on these topics:

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

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

8th – 16th July
New Zealand International Science Festival

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

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

Venue: Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STOP (Save the Otago Peninsula Inc Soc)  – STOP has a large planting project at Smiths Creek on the Hereweka Harbour Cone property starting in June, and needs as many helpers as possible. Planting Bees Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June 2016. If you have them, bring spade, gardening gloves, and an old knife (that’s for making holes in the jute weed mats), and wear stout shoes. Gathering point will be either at the end of Bacon St or the end of Frances St (both in Broad Bay).
To be notified of which venue, and have your cell phone recorded for cancellations, email Lala lala.frazer@gmail.com or text tree planting to 027 8756 020.
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua monthly open day Saturday 25th June 9.30am-3.30pm
Boats to the Island leave Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9.30 and return at 3.30pm. Contact us if you can help with carpooling to Back Beach or need a ride (A few days notice is helpful!) A boat pick up is also possible on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Contacts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venue: Dunedin School of Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18th – 20th May
Conservation Inc 2 Conference 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM – a radio show about ‘the everyday things that make a difference’. Eco living in Action is aired on Otago Access Radio each Thursday from 2.30-3pm and repeated on Mondays 8.30-9am on 105.4FM. The host, Maureen Howard is travelling from NZ to Northern Ireland by land and sea. Each week she brings a show from her travels or via Skype to the Otago Access Radio studio. Join Maureen and her guests each week. Check out previous podcasts at www.oar.org.nz. Some recent shows include Love the Lindsay Creek – with Marty Cancilla, Creating a Sustainable Town in Panama, Learning about Water Issues – with Nika Wood, Make your own recumbent bike – with Andrew Last, Off grid living and sustainable building with Linda Begg, Sustainable Tourism in Nicaragua, and Making Rum sustainably. Eco living in Action is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City.
Coming up:
12/05/2016 Valley Community Workspace updates – Peter McDonald
19/05/2016 Arcosanti – eco arcitecture in Arizona – Laura Banks
26/05/2016 Environmental Education at Orokonui Sanctuary – Tahu Mackenzie
Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access Radio. Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ 7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin). http://sustainablelens.org/

STOP (Save the Otago Peninsula Inc Soc) – STOP has a large planting project at Smiths Creek on the Hereweka Harbour Cone property starting in June, and needs as many helpers as possible. Planting Bees Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June 2016. If you have them, bring spade, gardening gloves, and an old knife (that’s for making holes in the jute weed mats), and wear stout shoes. Gathering point will be either at the end of Bacon St or the end of Frances St (both in Broad Bay).
To be notified of which venue, and have your cell phone recorded for cancellations, email Lala lala.frazer@gmail.com or text tree planting to 027 8756 020. (Note that there are no working bees in May.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/

Contacts

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

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

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

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How time flies, hard to believe it is nearly the end of December already!  We have been perservering with our shed foundations and now have the wooden frame pegged in place  and the site dug out to level the area.  We collected 2 cubic meters of metal chips and had great fun with our kids driving across the field last weekend to deliver and pour them into the framing!  Our next step is lining and reinforcing the foundations and pouring the concrete.  It looks like we will finish this in the new year and then we will be ready for a working bee to construct our shed!

Please find attached photos of the developing site and one of our giant cauliflower just for fun J *

 

Naomi and Bex

26 December 2014

 

* Unfortunately these 3 photos couldn’t be uploaded.  We’ll try in another format soon.

December has been a busy month for Volunteering Otago, preparing for the January Free School Holiday Programme’s Big Green Challenge workshops.    I have met with Andrew Bowen to discuss exciting possibilities for our programmes to work together, providing opportunities for young people to explore sustainable waste management solutions as well as many other issues through technology.  Challenges to this going forward are finding suitable time for technology workshops and sharing staff to supervise activities.  With some more planning this looks like a great possible collaboration for the April 2015 school holidays.

Amanda Reid of Otago Presbyterian Support has been a huge help in supporting the January preserves workshops; recruiting volunteer facilitators, and searching for fruits and vegetables to preserve.  Annika Korsten of the Malcam Trust and Dunedin Food Harvesting Group continues to support Volunteering Otago’s projects and will lead one of the four January workshops.  Pip Wood, Manager of Foodshare, has generously offered a donation of apples and vegetables for preserves and pickling.

The most exciting aspect of being a part of the Big Green Challenge this year is the opportunity to network and collaborate with other grant recipients who are similarly passionate about building a sustainable Dunedin.  Heike Cebulla, Teacher and Enviroschools Leader at Queens High School, and I met in the Queens High School garden this week to prime planting boxes for volunteers to harvest and plant in January.  As Volunteering Otago delivers volunteer programmes at Queens High School during school terms, this is a great partnership to sustain progress in the Queens’ garden throughout the year.

Thank you to Fran Bolgar for your constant support and introducing Volunteering Otago to fantastic community partners!

Heather Moore

23 December 2014

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Heike (QUACK) showing the garden beds that Volunteering Otago will be planting over the school holidays

 

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Some of QUACK’s veges which Volunteering Otago will be tending

 

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QUACK’s blackcurrants which Volunteering Otago will be harvesting

 

 

 

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