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Request for involvement with Aotearoa/NZ’s NGOs’ discussions for the Rio+20 conference June 2012
Rio+20   is an important international conference revisiting the aims and objectives of the original UN Conference on Sustainable Development that was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Rio+20 is again being held in Rio de Janeiro, in June 2012.
If you are interested in working in this group, participating or contributing, or would just like more information,

please email Diana Shand   ECO Executive Member on



Attendance at Sustainable Dunedin City’s Resilience Summit 2011 is by invitation.

Background reading can be found here:

Bob Lloyd’s Peak Oil & Implications for Dunedin Document (PDF 1.2MB, new window)

Susan Krumdiek’s Peak Oil Vulnerability Assesment for Dunedin (PDF, 1.2 MB, new window)

Professor Blair Fitzharris’s report for the DCC: Climate Change: Impacts on Dunedin (PDF, 1.3MB, new window)

The DCC’s Spatial Plan; Dunedin Towards 2050 can be downloaded from this page, from 2 November.

The DCC’s Community Plan 2009/10 – 2018/19, contains information about community outcomes and what the council intends to do over the next 10 years.

Council’s other planning documents can be found here.

Event Information:

Resilience Summit 2011: Shaping Dunedin’s Sustainable Future

Date: Tuesday, 8th November

Time: 3pm – 7pm

Venue: Conference Room and Auditorium, 3rd floor, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Concluding with: Informal opportunities to network over drinks and nibbles

Please Note: Attendance at Sustainable Dunedin City’s Resilience Summit 2011 is by invitation.

The aim is to map a highly sustainable, low-carbon, resilient Dunedin. Examining practical, creative solutions to the unprecedented challenges of climate change and peak oil. A wealth of knowledge and ideas already exists in Dunedin. But creating a genuinely sustainable city will draw on all our combined resources and then some.

The Summit will bring together representatives of business, education, iwi, local government, community groups and health services to discuss such future scenarios as

· energy price rises

· the downside of reliance on coal

· the effects of climate change and declining energy supply on transport and food supply

· sea-level rise

· ideas for creating self-sufficient communities.

Links to three major reports—Professor Blair Fitzharris on impacts due to Climate Change (2010), Associate Professor Susan Krumdieck on Peak Oil Vulnerability (2010), and Associate Professor Bob Lloyd on peak oil and the economy (2010)—together with important DCC planning documents including the Spatial Plan and Long-Term Plan, will be uploaded on this page before the event.

A limited number of hard copies of the Fitzharris and Krumdieck reports will be available at the Summit.

Outcomes include:

· improved understanding of DCC planning strategies, such as the 30-year Spatial Plan and the Long-Term Plan

· delivery of a Summit Charter to the DCC for consideration in their long term planning processes

· wider recognition of the existing wealth of knowledge about adapting to energy price rises and climate change effects

· compiling a database of the expertise and ideas already available in Dunedin.

Much of the visioning and research has already been done. What we need to do now is to work together constructively for Dunedin’s long-term future.


MC: Michael Deaker

1.00-3.00: registration, scenarios, and drinks

3.00-3.15: participants arrive at ODT space outside Conference Room, 3rd floor DPAG

3.15-4.00: Conference Room; three models of sustainability projected (Maureen); speakers 10-15 minutes each.

Dr Janet Stephenson, a social scientist with a particular interest in societal responses to environmental challenges, is Director of the newly-named Centre for Sustainability which focuses on agriculture, food, energy and environment. She is the co-leader of the 3-year “Energy Cultures” research programme, an interdisciplinary project investigating household energy behavior. She has recently completed a study “Social Acceptance of Renewable Electricity Developments in New Zealand,” for EECA. She has researched and written on people’s perceptions of landscapes, and is co-editor of two recent books “Beyond the Scene – Landscape and Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand” and “Making Our Place – exploring land use tensions in Aotearoa New Zealand.” She is also involved in research on the management of resources in which Maori have a particular interest, and co-leader of a Marsden-funded project looking at the experiences of kaitiaki in managing mahinga kai. She is a member of the Otago Energy Research Centre and a founding trustee of the National Energy Research Institute.

Dr Sue Bidrose has been at Dunedin City Council for one year, prior to which she was a Director at Waitakere City Council in Auckland’s west. Having spent that time as Strategy director in New Zealand’s Eco City, Sue has a keen interest in environmental sustainability. For several years she has, for local government, championed the links between community and environment, and has a particular interest in good urban planning for both economic and environmental wellbeing. Sue will talk about some of the projects on the go at Dunedin City Council that have the potential to impact on the sustainability of the City and its residents. She will particularly talk about the Spatial Plan and the principles that underpin it, and outline what Council hopes to achieve with the spatial plan – which is officially launched for consultation on 9 November, the day following this summit.

Alec Dawson writes, “I’m a 20-year old law and arts student in my third year at the University of Otago, and I’ve lived in Dunedin my whole life. Although I published writing on the environment in the past in the ODT, my major involvement in sustainability is with Generation Zero, a new youth movement hoping to initiate Government action on climate change, with a particular focus on intergenerational justice. The movement arises out of frustration at the lack of action by the New Zealand Government on trying to prevent climate change, and in the short term is focused on young voters making voting choices on the basis of which parties have better climate change policy. Since our launch in July, we have held public lectures and panel discussions, interviewed politicians on their environmental stances, and launched a campaign to have young people declare their support by putting up Generation Zero posters in their flats. My personal involvement in the organisation has been promoting the issue in schools and making sure school leavers are enrolled to vote, and producing the Generation Zero promotional video.”

4.00-4.50: Facilitated Discussion Process in Conference Room and Auditorium

4.50- 5.00: all groups move to Auditorium

5.00-5.10: develop three main points for reporting to the wider group.

5:00-5.45: Reporting back

5.45-6.00: wrap-up and thanks [Michael]

6.00-7.00 [optional]: further discussion over drinks in space behind Auditorium on Moray Place side

Future Scenarios, Resilience Summit 2011

Energy and the Economy

Summary: [Associate Professor Bob Lloyd, Physics Department, University of Otago]

The difficulty with energy resources, which differentiates them from other mineral resources, is that they cannot be extracted at lower and lower concentrations, because once the energy needed to make the energy transforming devices becomes greater than the useful energy obtained, there will be a net energy loss.

Up until recently the availability of fossil fuels has not been a problem and the high energy returned on energy invested (EROEI) for coal, oil and gas have ensured continued world economic growth for the last 200 years or so. The energy returned on energy invested is the amount of oil (or rather energy) that is needed to extract and process oil from the oil from the reserve base. The early oil in the US in the 1930s and oil up to the present, in parts of the Middle East, was very easy to get, having an EROEI of around 50 to 1 or greater. That is, it took only one barrel of oil to extract and process 50 barrels; a very favourable ratio. That good fortune along with ratios of up to 80:1 for coal meant that high economic growth rates could be maintained during most of the 20th Century.

But oil is now getting more difficult to extract with EROEI ratios closer to 12:1 for deep sea oil and even lower for non conventional oils such as the Canadian tar sands (4:1). The difficulties in the Gulf of Mexico with BP’s well drilled in 5000 feet of water and going down to 30,000 feet illustrate the risk and energy needed in the extraction process. A peak oil commentator, Richard Heinberg, recently suggested that the 2010 problems in the Gulf of Mexico will be typical of the difficulties of extracting oil, post peak. And we may now have reached peak oil.

Thus the question to answer is what will happen to the world economy in times of declining energy supplies?

Questions for Discussion:

1. How can local communities enter the energy supply business, e.g. by energy substitution activities such as plantation waste biomass to replace other forms of heating supply for public buildings and residential dwellings; encouraging solar hot water systems and hot water heat pumps; and encouraging insulation retrofits for residential housing? What other opportunities are there for new and existing businesses and resultant employment to satisfy the changed demands of these new cultures?

2. How can the community encourage local participation in the transformation process from pre-peak oil high growth, high waste, high level of consumerism to a steady state economy with low levels of consumerism, low waste and fun community activities that don’t use anything other than personal energy?

3. Coal is recognised as a time-bomb because of its dangerous levels of emissions. If we abandon it as an energy source, what alternatives, incentives and opportunities do you see?

Future Scenarios, Resilience Summit 2011

Transport in Dunedin

Summary: [Phil Cole, engineer, MWH Ltd.]

The movement of people and goods is vital to the future well-being of Dunedin but its future will be very different to the Dunedin of the present due to economic and social conditions.

The rise in the cost of living index together with the decline in the availability of cheap oil will have a profound effect on Dunedin and its people. In its current form, the ability to move around the city and its environs will be curtailed and its economic output will decline.

Our existing road and transport infrastructure is based on the primary use for the private motor vehicle and the transport of goods. However, these rely on oil to fuel them and to make their parts move. Oil is also a vital component used in the process of making bitumen, the top coating of most roads.

For the private vehicle, electrical alternatives are at present too expensive; bio-fuel cannot be produced in sufficient quantities without affecting food crops, and no suitable replacement for petrol is available. The global economic crisis has given Dunedin an opportunity to plan for a new transport system that will meet the requirements of its people based on the reality of the situation over the next twenty years (to 2030).

The existing road hierarchy needs to change gradually, taking into effect the rising cost of private transport with the need to replace it with a fully-functional public transport system that meets and serves the needs of the people of Dunedin. Public transport, cycling and pedestrians must have priority over the private car as travelling habits change to meet the reality of a world affected by dwindling fuel supplies and economic reality. This should not, however, give a ‘carte-blanche’ to any public transport / cycling / pedestrian projects; they will all be accountable to the economic reality of the situation Dunedin — and New Zealand in general — finds itself in.

Questions for Discussion:

1. Private motor vehicles will become prohibitive due to fuel, running costs and the rise in the cost of living. How will we adapt our lifestyle to compensate for the loss of freedom that private vehicles bring?

2. How can we develop an integrated transport system that caters equally for public transport, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and encourages motorists to change to other forms of transport?

3. How will the organisation you work for, as well as industry in general, adapt to the constraints that high fuel prices and lack of personal mobility place on the workforce? Or will we achieve continued personal mobility through use of other fuels?

Future Scenarios, Resilience Summit 2011

Climate Change Impacts on Dunedin

Summary: [Emeritus Professor Blair Fitzharris, Geography Department, University of Otago,

Convening Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II (The Cryosphere and Polar Regions) 1992-2001]

Current best estimates of projected climate change for Dunedin City are

Decade about, Temperature (oC), Rainfall (%), Sea level (m)

2040, + 0.7 to + 1.1, -5 to +5, + 0.1 to + 0.3

2090, +0.8 to +2.5, -5 to +15, + 0.2 to + 1.6*

In their Fourth Assessment Report, IPCC suggest +0.6 m for the upper limit of sea level rise, but more recent research suggests a value of +1.6 m would be more prudent.

The factors controlling the climate of Dunedin will largely stay the same as at present. The weather will remain changeable. After the 2040s, what is currently regarded as an unusually warm year will have become the norm. Risks from frost and low level snow storms will markedly decrease. Intensity of design rainfall events will become about 20% greater, leading to higher storm runoff, but with lower river levels between events. Larger floods are expected, especially with a likely increase in the frequency of subtropical storms. Surface flooding and salinity will become more problematic in low-lying areas as the 21st century progresses.

Main Sectors of Dunedin City at Risk from Projected Climate Change

1. Low lying densely populated urban areas, especially South Dunedin.

2. Coasts, especially near estuaries, and their communities.

3. Major transport infrastructure, mainly harbour roads and railway, but including Dunedin Airport.

4. Dunedin Airport from enlarged tides and more flooding.

5. Natural ecosystems.

Main Sectors of Dunedin City to Benefit from Projected Climate Change

1. Agriculture and forestry due to longer and better growing seasons, less frost and increased rainfall.

2. Energy use, due to reduced demand in winter.

3. More comfortable and outdoor living as people benefit from warmer weather.

4. The water resources from increased stream flows.
Hotspot areas of Dunedin City especially vulnerable to climate change
1. The South Dunedin urban area, including the St Clair and St Kilda shoreline
2. Harbour side shoreline, including the entrance to Otago Harbour
3. The lower Taieri Plain, especially Dunedin Airport
4. Populated estuaries along the Pacific coast
5. Conservation lands of upland regions

Questions for Discussion:

1. The Fitzharris report predicts rises in both temperature and rainfall for Dunedin. How can we make best use of both?

2. More frequent extreme weather events: what can we do to mitigate their effects?

3. How can local communities ensure their water and wastewater systems have a high level of resilience?

Future Scenarios, Resilience Summit 2011

Dunedin Sea Level Rise

Summary: [Emeritus Professor Blair Fitzharris, Geography Department, University of Otago and Jocelyn Harris, co-chair, Sustainable Dunedin City]

Sea level rise is almost certain to be ongoing (Fitzharris, 30).

The International Panel of Climate Change report (2007) predicted a very probable 0.5m rise by 2090, but that could rise to 1.6m by 2090 due to greater-than-expected melting in the western parts of Antarctica and Greenland (Fitzharris, 15-16, 4, 22).

With climate change, intensity of rainfall events will increase, leading to “chronic” surface flooding and salinity of aquifers (Fitzharris, 4, 28). Storm surges and king tides will magnify their effects on stormwater and sewerage systems (Fitzharris, 23, 37).

Low-lying “hotspots” are Waldronville, St Kilda, St Clair, South Dunedin, Waitati, Warrington, Karitane, Waikouaiti, Purakanui, Peninsula Road, Portsmouth Drive, and Lower Taieri plain including Dunedin Airport.

Worst-case scenarios that include the melting of all sea and glacial ice put figures for sea-level rise very much higher: see Fitzharris, 15.

Decade about, Sea level (m)

2040, + 0.1 to + 0.3

2090, + 0.2 to + 1.6*

Questions for Discussion:

1. How to deal with sea-level rise, especially in low-lying areas such as St Kilda, St Clair, South Dunedin, Peninsula Road, Portsmouth Drive, airport?

2. How to protect coastal roads, communities and railways?

3. A flood of climate refugees comes from Australia and the Pacific. How do we meet their needs and turn this extra population to our advantage?

Future Scenarios, Resilience Summit 2011

Resilience in Food Supply

Summary: [Dr Paul Stock, CSAFE, University of Otago]

As we contemplate the future of New Zealand and more philosophically, our civilisation, we are confronted with the necessity of providing enough food. But just thinking about enough food turns food into a technical issue, when in reality, in any neighborhood, city, region, family, country or time, food carries more than just calories. Food carries with it tradition, stories, heritage, politics and much more.

In this framework, New Zealand’s desire to preserve its land and marine production of food thrives. On the land, the heritage of sheep and beef farming invoke more than just dollar signs and exchange rates or frozen meat shipments leaving the Port Chalmers dock — they signify generations, personal achievement, a frontier spirit, autonomy and success. More recently, dairy farming found a way to turn New Zealand grass into white gold along with creating a new avenue into rural jobs and rural citizenship. These are vital and important developments in New Zealand’s food production.

Those of us who live in wealthy countries often take for granted that access to financial resource guarantees access to food. But disasters like the Rena, the Christchurch earthquake, drought in Northland, and the Maui gas leak illustrate how delicate some of our systems truly are. Resilience as individuals, as communities, and as a country within a web of other systems is paramount.

A balance between production for export and self-sufficiency for food security must be struck. The development of national or regional food plans like Australia and Scotland have been working on might prove instructive. Those plans illustrate the various ways to ensure food security and food sovereignty issues. Maori ecological knowledge and food ways prove instructive and a clarion call for those who try to separate the daily life of people and our lives within and dependent upon natural resources. We cannot take for granted that policies about marine fisheries, forests, land and agriculture will automatically add up to available, appropriate and resilient food systems. It is something we have to actively cultivate. It’s time to dig in.

Retail and agriculture will be “hit by a secondary dependence on oil. Retail will be hit because of its dependence on sophisticated just-in-time deliveries (transport), and agriculture because of its dependence on oil-based crop and soil treatment products as well as well as fuels for cultivation and produce transport” (“The Oil Crunch: A wake-up call for the UK economy”, UK Government report, February 2010, cited Lloyd, 17).

Questions for Discussion:

1. How to ensure the security of land-based production?

2. How can communities encourage local food production?

3. Acidification, pollution, exploitation, and degradation of ocean: how to protect marine food supply?

Dear Members,

Spring is such a fabulous time of year, and with it comes a bumper crop of things to do, places to go and stuff to read.

Thanks to all of you for sending material through.resilience_summit1

Read on!

1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

i) THIS THURSDAY, October 27, 5.30pm – GreenDrinks Dunedin

ii) Thursday, November 10, 7.30pm – Candidates’ Meeting

2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

i) Enrol NOW for a course beginning in October – SUSTAINABLE LIVING CLASSES COMING UP

ii) THIS THURSDAY October 27, 7pm-9pm – first of Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Election Forum series

iii) THIS SUNDAY, October 30, 9am – 3pm – Field trip to Leith Saddle

iii) Friday, November 4, 12 – 1pm – HortTalk – What’s Cookin?

iv) Saturday, November 19, 1pm – 5pm – Composting Made Easy, Mosgiel

3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

– From Rhys Millar – Otago Red Meat Survey

– Get to know your neighbours and beautify your street at the same time

– Celebrating and cherishing kowhai, Department of Conservation

– The Fresh Start for Fresh Water Clean-up Fund

– Garden Buddy Scheme

4. Food for Thought

– From the ODT – Warmth best answer to moisture

– From Pure Advantage – What’s Wrong with the Government’s Energy Strategy?

– Naomi Wolf: how I was arrested at Occupy Wall Street

– How the Guardian saw it – New Zealand oil spill: grounded ship threatens environmental disaster


1. Upcoming SDC Events and Projects

SDC is driven by member ideas and volunteer man-power, so if you have an idea for an event or project you’d like SDC to run, or you’d like to run under the SDC umbrella, please let us know – This section also signposts who to contact if you’re keen to help out with a particular event/project.

i) THIS THURSDAY October 27 at 5.30pm – GreenDrinks Dunedin, Back Room of Filadelfios at the Gardens

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.

We meet on the last Thursday of each month at 5.30pm. Each month a different community group hosts a theme. Everyone interested very welcome. Please bring a friend!

THEME THIS MONTH: Sustainability Chat with David Clark, Labour Party Candidate for Dunedin North

This month our theme returns to our Dunedin North candidates. We have David Clark, Dunedin North candidate for the Labour Party to chat with us about environment and sustainability issues – for details watch this space! David will have 15 minutes followed by time for questions and discussion. This is a great opportunity to get to know David and find out about his views on sustainability and the environment in a relaxed environment.

Check out David’s blog at

To get on the GreenDrinks Dunedin elist – or to host a GreenDrinks – please contact Maureen on

ii) Thursday, November 10, 7.30pm – Candidates’ Meeting, Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum. Sponsored by Forest & Bird and Sustainable Dunedin City.

Come and throw curly questions at the Green, Labour, and National candidates standing for election! And please forward those curly questions to us beforehand, if you like, and we’ll add them to ours to forward to the candidates ahead of time.


2. Upcoming Sustainability Events and Courses

We’d love to advertise your sustainability-related event or course – please send contributions in to

i) Enrol NOW for a course beginning in October – SUSTAINABLE LIVING CLASSES COMING UP

Courses include – Community Courses for residents in Musselburgh and in the City Centre.

The Sustainable Living Course for Communities is an interactive eight-week course which will assist you to learn and share practical tips that make a difference and can save you money, meet others in your local community who are interested in resilience and sustainable living, and gain support for introducing lifestyle changes you want to make. Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council


Musselburgh Community Evening Course, Start Date: Tuesday 25th October, Each Tuesday 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: Musselburgh Primary School.

City Day Course, Start Date, Wednesday 26th October, Each Wednesday 10-12noon for 8 weeks, Venue: Church of Christ Community Hall (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

City Evening Course, Start Date, Wednesday 26th October, Each Wednesday 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Venue: Church of Christ Community Hall (corner Filluel and St Andrews).

Adult Community courses are free but a Koha/Donation is requested ($30 recommended). Courses are restricted to a maximum of 14 people. REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. Registration or enquiries to Dr Maureen Howard, Course Facilitator, Phone 4739967, Email

The Sustainable Living Programme is brought to you locally by the Dunedin City Council

ii) THIS THURSDAY October 27, 7pm-9pm – first of Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Election Forum series

A series of public election forums for Dunedin parliamentary candidates is to be held at Otago Polytechnic, and broadcast live on Otago Access Radio’s Sustainable Lens programme. All local candidates have been invited to take part in the four-part series, which will focus on the role of sustainability in New Zealand’s future.

Sustainable Lens has organised the forums to provide an opportunity for the public to become better informed about the views and policies of the people vying to become MPs.

A regular panelist on Sustainable Lens, Otago Polytechnic’s Associate Professor of Information Technology, Samuel Mann, says the audience will also be able to question the candidates.

“We want this to be a community conversation,” he says. “We’ll include a section in each show for audience questions, and if members of the public can’t make it along they can visit our website to submit a question for the candidates.”

The first of the electorate-focused specials takes place on Thursday 27 October, 7pm-9pm. All of the discussions will be broadcast live on 105.4FM and 1575AM, and live-streamed from




Thurs 27 October, 7-9pm

Dunedin South candidates

Otago Polytechnic,

G Block, Room 106,

Union Street East,


Thurs 3 November, 7-9pm

Te Tai Tonga candidates

Thurs 10 November, 7-9pm

Dunedin list candidates

Thurs 17 November, 7-9pm

Dunedin North candidates

‘Sustainable Lens’ on Otago Access Radio 104.5FM broadcasts each Thursday from 7pm-8pm. Host Anton Angelo is joined by regular panelists Samuel Mann and Shane Gallagher. Each week the team takes a sustainability perspective on current topics in the world around us, drawing out threads of discussion with invited guests.

For further information, please contact:

Samuel Mann

021 735 493

iii) THIS SUNDAY, October 30, 9am – 3pm – Field trip to Leith Saddle (departing from the Department of Botany carpark on the corner of Great King Street and Union Street West)

Celebrate International Year of Forests with the Botany Department and the Botanical Society of Otago

The field trip will follow a well formed track from Leith Saddle up through mixed podocarp broadleaf forest that grades into Libocedrus forest that in turn gives way to mixed tussock/shrubland. This is perhaps the best piece of representative forest close to Dunedin.

This field trip is open to the public. For details contact David Lyttle, phone (03) 454 5470

The group will depart from the Dept of Botany Carpark, cnr Great King Street and Union Street (West).

iii) Friday, November 4, 12 – 1pm – HortTalk – What’s Cookin? – tips for cooking local produce, presented by Steve Ellwood, Catering Lecturer, Otago Polytechnic, Botanic Garden Centre

Now that we are growing vegetables-what are we gonna do with them? If you are growing and buying more local produce then Steve can demonstrate some great ways to prepare your food.

Contact 477 4000,

iv) Saturday, November 19, 1pm – 5pm – Composting Made Easy, Mosgiel

Hands-on workshop led by Michelle Ritchie of Organic by Design.

The workshop will include a talk about the basics of composting – ‘ingredients’, choosing a suitable site; length of time to compost in summer & winter; materials to hasten decomposition. A good part of the afternoon will be building a compost: Establishing a large ‘hot’ compost heap, and how to apply this technique to commonly used cold compost systems using commercially available composting bins and home-made boxes.

Michelle will demonstrate how a Bokashi bucket works and discuss the process from kitchen waste to nutrient-rich soil. How to make & keep a healthy worm farm will also be demonstrated and a variety of worm farming vessels will also be discussed.

Afternoon tea is a time for lots of discussion about the compost building, and what people are already doing on their properties.

Bookings are essential as there is a maximum 12 participants per course. Full details and location are confirmed on registration.

Contact 477 4000,


3. Dunedin Sustainability in Action!

This section is about some of the inspirational things happening in our community, as well as ‘sustainability’ volunteer opportunities in and around Dunedin. If you’ve got a project you need more hands for (or even a project that needs hands to get started!), or a group you think our members may like to join, send me a paragraph…and don’t forget your contact details. And if you’re doing something inspirational, or know of someone that is, let me know (

From Rhys Millar – Otago Red Meat Survey

The Otago Red Meat survey is part of a larger project that is aiming to determine the feasibility of a red meat production system which is underpinned by the “local food economy” concept.

The project team consists of proactive Otago sheep and beef farmers, as well as representatives of consumer groups of Dunedin and Wanaka who wish to investigate the feasibility of a different form of relationship between producers and consumers.

The first part of this project aims to quantify demand for local red meat food systems in two Otago areas (Dunedin and Central Otago), and seeks to understand the most important attributes of such a system to those consumers who support the concept.

You can participate in the survey by going here

All those who fully complete the survey may go in the draw for a range of food related prizes, as detailed on the website. There are 9 $50 prizes for people in our Dunedin sample and 9 $50 prizes for people in our Central Otago sample. Both groups are eligible for our main prize – a hamper from 63B Catering valued at $150.00.

Windshift is the Dunedin–based firm which is managing the research process.

If anyone has any enquiries about the project, please contact the Project Manager Rhys Millar (w. 03 4779242)

Get to know your neighbours and beautify your street at the same time

Most Improved Street Competition

Keep Dunedin Beautiful, in conjunction with The Otago Homeshow, are resurrecting street awards. For 2012 we will be looking for the most improved streets. (or part streets)

The contact person must take 5 photos viewed from the street before any tidying up commences and send them in by 15 December.

After photos, taken from the same location for comparison, are required by February 21st.


Streets with up to 10 homes

Streets between 10 and 20 homes (or sections of larger streets)

What judges will be looking for?

Litter and graffiti free streets, footpaths and frontages

Fences, letterboxes, garages/carports tidy and in safe condition

Tidy gardens and/or trees/hedges/lawns

Use of frontages.

In short improvements should not be costly, just may take a bit of muscle power and cooperation to clean up. Keep Dunedin Beautiful can supply bags and gloves for litter collection. The DCC CARS department will reimburse the contact person the cost of one trailer load of litter to the landfill. We are negotiating with some businesses to offer discounts of materials.


The Otago Homeshow will supply a plaque and trophy for winning streets plus a gift for each household involved in the winning street.

Using a donation from Thruwindoz Keep Dunedin Beautiful will supply a street party/bbq after consultation with the organizer.

Winners will be announced at the Otago Homeshow on March 4 2012.

For more information or entry forms contact Keep Dunedin Beautiful

Darlene Thomson

p 474 3401 fax 4743451 available Tuesday to Thursday.

Celebrating and cherishing kowhai, Department of Conservation

Project Gold is a Department of Conservation initiated project dedicated to the protection and enhancement of kōwhai trees in Otago. It was launched during Conservation Week and has two main objectives:

1) Encourage Otago people to grow and look after their own kōwhai trees

2) Strengthen enthusiasm for dryland forest restoration

The project is about gathering seeds, growing seedlings and planting a new generation of kōwhai. Community and other volunteer support is vital to its success. We’re working with organisations, communities and individuals throughout Otago, providing resources and information and ensuring locally sourced trees are available for local projects by landowners, community groups and schools.

A highlight will be the widespread planting and maintenance of kōwhai along the length of the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Want to be involved? We need help at all stages of the process from propagating seeds, to pricking-out and potting-on seedlings, and finally planting young plants in their new homes. This could be on your farm or station, in your backyard, your school grounds or at your local park or reserve. You could join a volunteer group to help with mass plantings of kōwhai.

If you want to grow your own kōwhai trees, pick up a kit from your local DOC office. It contains a 6-cell plastic punnet, eco-sourced kōwhai seeds, sandpaper and instructions. Please visit for more info and resources.

The Fresh Start for Fresh Water Clean-up Fund

The Fresh Start for Fresh Water Clean-up Fund will provide $15 million in funding over two years to help communities clean up waterways that are affected by historical water quality issues. Six million dollars of this has been allocated to Environment Canterbury and Ngāi Tahu for the Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere project. The Ministry will administer one funding round to allocate both years of funding. Applications are open now and close 5pm, 31 October. For more information, see

Garden Buddy Scheme

For anyone who wants some advice to help start a vegetable gardening, or has experience to share. Contact: Kristen on 473 9535,


4. Food for Thought

Do you know of an amazing podcast everyone should listen to? An article or a blog or a site that would be of interest to all SDC members? Send me a short explanation and the link (, and we’ll add it in here. Links preferable to attachments, because they tend to fill up everyone’s inboxes.

From the ODT – Warmth best answer to moisture

When things are wetter inside the house than outside, it’s time to take action. But is a dehumidifier the answer? Tom McKinlay reports.

So much water was running down the window panes during the winter months that Meridian Energy popped by to assess the flow for hydro-electric potential. Mould spores found the children’s bedroom so convivial you thought of redecorating in black to complete the effect.

From Pure Advantage & Rob Morrison – September 9, 2011

What’s Wrong with the Government’s Energy Strategy?

In a country that promotes and relies upon its clean and green image as much as New Zealand does, and arguably more than any other country, it simply isn’t logical to assume that we can invest heavily in fossil fuel extraction and not damage our brand and suffer the economic consequences of that damage.

Naomi Wolf: how I was arrested at Occupy Wall Street, Wednesday 19 October

Arresting a middle-aged writer in an evening gown for peaceable conduct is a far cry from when America was a free republic

Naomi Wolf is arrested during the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York. Photograph: Mike Shane

Last night I was arrested in my home town, outside an event to which I had been invited, for standing lawfully on the sidewalk in an evening gown.

How the Guardian saw it – New Zealand oil spill: grounded ship threatens environmental disaster, Warren Murray, Sunday 9 October

Penguins rescued from slick amid fears Rena could break up and dump 1,700 tonnes of oil into prized Bay of Plenty

A container ship is grounded and leaking oil into New Zealand’s pristine Bay of Plenty, with international crews scrambling to limit the environmental damage and refloat the vessel before it breaks up.

The 47,000-tonne Rena ran aground on Astrolabe Reef on Wednesday. An oil leak from the Liberian-flagged freighter has spread over an area of three miles, according to the BBC. There are estimates of 30 tonnes of oil spilled so far out of the 1,700 tonnes that could be dumped into the ocean if the Rena is wrecked in one of New Zealand’s most prized areas of natural beauty.


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