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Kia ora! Hope you’re able to get out in the garden! (And attend some of the forums for voters)

We’re still on the hunt for a new newsletter compiler – please do get in touch – it’s been very satisfying work collating everyone else’s good work!

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

SDC_BGC_TreeThe Big Green Challenge

Do you have a great idea for making your community cope better with the challenges of climate change and decreasing resources? Would a grant of up to $500 help make your project a reality?

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. is giving ten grants of up to $500 to groups, schools, organisations or individuals for projects that can be completed this summer. Applications close 30 September 2014

For more information check details on the Big Green Challenge page.

TOMORROW Thursday 21 August, 7.30 pm (Third Thurs/ month)   
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

Scott Willis will be talking to us about growing community resilience: the real Blueskin story. There is so much to learn from and and celebrate from the Waitati community, so should be fun and inspiring evening from our neighbours up the line.

Thursday 28 August, (last Thursday of month)
GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

Topic this month: “If you are elected to govern in September – What initiatives/legislation will you put in place to help us care for the world around us? (ie Dunedin-NZ-Earth)” LABOUR’s Dunedin North Electorate MP Dr David Clark and GREEN PARTY Candidate for Dunedin South Mr Shane Gallagher will join us to answer this question in any way they like. NATIONAL have also been invited but as yet no representative is available to attend. Many of you may not yet have met Shane. This is a great opportunity to come along to meet David and Shane – and chat with them in a relaxed friendly environment. NB David will speak from 6pm-ish and focus on Labour’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) plans touching on the relative merits of carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes.

You can find out more about Labour’s environmental policies at http://campaign.labour.org.nz/environment_conservation , Green’s Environmental policies at https://www.greens.org.nz/policy/environment-policy, and National’s Blue Green advisory group at http://www.bluegreens.org.nz/ (no current Environment policy released by the National Party).

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

7.30 – 9pm, Tuesday 2 September
SDC_Candidates_Forum_Poster_2014_4Meet the candidates evening: Dunedin North

Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

Come and listen to Dunedin North candidates and party representatives outline their party’s sustainability & environment policies, respond to set questions  on topics such as freshwater health, climate change, protection of the marine environment and managing land resources, as well as answering questions from the audience. Bring your friends.

This event is organised by Forest & Bird, Fish & Game, Generation Zero, Sustainable Dunedin City and Wise Response.

2.   Other new dates and activities

Friday 22 August
Submissions on the draft plan to the public buses close (see below under consultations)

Friday 22 August
Submissions close for Plan Change Proposal for the Waitaki River (see below under consultations for details)

Wednesday 27th August, 5.30
Permaculture Dunedin: Seed swap of the year

The Apartment upstairs from The Malcalm Trust, 174 Princes Street (enter The Apartment from Dowling Street).

‘Bring along any seeds you’d like to share. Last year we had tables covered in ones both home grown as well as bought. Not only seeds were being shared but lots of good old, hands-on local knowledge. Bring a plate to share; hot drinks provided.’

1 Sept
Submissions close to the Preferred Option Natural Hazards (see below under consultations)

Sunday Sept 7th 2014 1-4pm
Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop

Dunedin North Intermediate School North East Valley, (34 North Rd).

(Transition Valley 473, the Dunedin Permaculture group and Jason Ross from Habitate).  Take grafts now in July when trees are fully dormant. You can collect your own from a favourite fruit tree, or we will have a great range of heritage apple cuttings to choose from on the day. Instructions on how to collect scion wood will be sent when you register.

The cost of the workshop is $30p.p. This covers the cost of an apple rootstock, potting mix, scion wood and tuition. If you just want to learn the techniques, but don’t want a rootstock, it is $20p.p. The workshop will be held in the school hall at:

Contact Kristen to register: 473 9535 or 027 779 5481 tv473ig@list.king.net.nz. Places are limited.

14 to 26 September
As part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC are asking residents to beautify their favourite part of our city by ridding it of litter.

Registered participants will receive gloves and specially marked plastic bags which can be put out with your regular kerbside collection between  September 15th and 26th.

Register by ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or emailing  dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

Your bag(s) and gloves can either be picked up from the Civic Centre Customer Services ground floor at an arranged time or be mailed to you.

Information we require:

·         Name (if group – number of participants would be helpful)

·         number of bags required

·         area you will clean up

·         address for kerbside collection

·         day of your kerbside rubbish collection

·         your email address and phone number

Thu 21st Aug, 9am – 4pm (Register from 8am
Just Action “In our backyard” social justice conference

How do we live justly in our community?  Be inspired and challenged by our international guest speaker and local social entrepreneurs who are making a difference.

Organised by The Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit.

575 Princes Street

21 September:
The Global People’s Climate March

October 2014
Madam Butterfly Workshops, Jacqui Knight Butterflies NZ Trust

As editor of BUTTERFLIES (official magazine of the Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust) and I have used butterflies in environmental education for over 30 years. The workshops would be centred on how to create habitat for butterflies and moths in that particular locality. The Monarch Butterfly would be used as an example of “typical metamorphosis” as so much information is known about this species and they are so user-friendly. But the workshops will also address local Lepidoptera species, host and nectar plants, pests and predators. Contact Jacqui Knight jacqui@monarch.org.nz<mailto:jacqui@monarch.org.nz> 095513383 0274814811

Starts beginning of term one, 2015, lasting the whole term.

Virtual Great Walks Competition, Department of Conservation (DOC)
DOC thinks all kids should be excited about the magic of Aotearoa’s beautiful backyard, so are running a competition for young people that requires groups of 15 people or less to pick one of the nine Great Walks to learn about while ‘virtually’ walking it. To enter the grand prize draw to win the ultimate Great Walks experience for kids, including air travel to a Great Walk for the group (with extra seats for adult helpers), groups will need to answer certain questions about their Great Walk in the presentation method of their choice, e.g. video clip, PowerPoint, poem. or poster etc. Please fill in the survey questions to help us plan the competition so everyone can get the best out of it. Let’s get started!

3.   Ongoing activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts. Tomorrow Maureen is chatting with Colin Fitzpatrick about Topbar beekeeping (a type of more natural beehive).

STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.

One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve.  There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend.  For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

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 go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or  contact: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

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.

4.   Petitions and consultations

Environment Canterbury will soon consider a Plan Change proposal for the Waitaki River which, if accepted, would result in the river’s minimum flow being reduced by a third (from 150 to 102 cumecs) for periods over the summer.  The change is proposed primarily to resolve a clash in the conditions on irrigation consents and to increase flexibility for hydro-generation.

A lower minimum flow would risk even poorer water quality, more didymo infestation, greater exposure of island-nesting birds to predation, and reduction of angling opportunities by up to 30% in the lower river, amongst other things.

You can help by submitting against the proposed Plan Change, anytime before 5pm on Friday August 22nd – and by helping us spread the word!
Check out www.forthewaitaki.org.nz for further information and for an easy, five-minute submission form.

Send this information on (please note that time is short…submissions close next Friday) to people you think may be interested.

- Share a graphic on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobodiesrivers/photos/a.679372432131852.1073741828.661806507221778/693309414071487/?type=1

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

2GP Preferred Options – Natural Hazards

The feedback for the Preferred Option Natural Hazards consultation has now opened. Closing date has been extended to 1 September 2014

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/2gp

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

http://www.orc.govt.nz/News-and-Notices/Media-Releases/Media-releases—2014/Draft-public-transport-plan-out-for-consultation/

Otago people are invited to have their say on proposed major improvements to the region’s public transport network.

The key changes proposed for the Dunedin network include:

• A new route structure featuring simple, direct routes with no variations and more regular frequencies, enabling users to reach their destination sooner

• The development of a central city hub where users can easily transfer from one bus to another without an additional cost for that fare zone

• Pairing of routes so that users do not have to change buses when travelling from one quarter of the city to another

• Reduction of the number of fare zones from seven to three.

• ORC withdrawal from providing contracted school bus services. The proposed new network and ticketing system will enable students to access their chosen school without having to use a separate school bus system.

• The existing Palmerston, Waikouaiti, Karitane, and Waitati services will become part of the Dunedin network

• Wingatui, which has for a long time had very low patronage, will no longer be served.

• The plan identifies issues around the relationship between roading design and bus service provision in Queenstown that need to be addressed through inter-agency management.

Cr Woodhead said the plan’s city-wide approach to public transport envisages that bus routes will use major roads, not small residential streets.

“Because bus routes will be as direct as possible, there will be reduced travel times for many services. Bus timetables will also be simpler and easier to follow as a result of the proposed changes, to make services generally more regular and frequent.”
The plan enables ORC to seek support from the Government to subsidise services and contract operators to provide them.

http://www.orc.govt.nz/News-and-Notices/Public-Notices/

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition

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

See attached for Version 1/8/14 of Overview of Sustainability Action in Aotearoa New Zealand

Futures Committee of Quakers (the Religious Society of Friends)

Education for a Sustainable Future: election manifesto: Policy priorities for candidates in the 2014 New Zealand General Election and for an incoming Government by NZ Association for Environmental Action, Sustainable Living Aotearoa/NZ, Forest & Bird: Education for a rapidly changing world…Education is an investment in a future with improved social and economic prosperity. http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/news_and_events/Election_manifesto_July_2014.pdf

Climate Voter NZ: A coalition of NGOs has launched “Climate Voter NZ”, a site on which you can sign up to say that you’ll use your vote in the coming General Election to get real action on climate change. You can sign up here: http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/  NB: this action has been defined as ‘electioneering’ by the Electoral Commission, and this definition is to be challenged in court. (see eg http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/249733/climate-voter-court-challenge)

The Dunedin Amenities society, the Department of Conservation and the Dunedin City Council  are working together in DoC’s Kowhai conservation programme “Project Gold”. The Society will fund a kowhai planting programme in the Dunedin Town Belt that benefits avian and plant biodiversity for the next five years. This is a great initiative so read the full story on our website…

Request from Chris Baillie, General Manager, Orokonui Ecosanctuary:

I write to ask you to please help Orokonui by requesting public transport be provided to the Ecosanctuary. This is vital in assisting the Ecosanctuary, the flagship biodiversity project for the South Island providing safe habitat for many threatened species, to become financially self sufficient. Could you please write a brief letter/submission to the Otago Regional Council’s draft regional public transport plan before 22 August. Letters/submissions to publictransport@orc.govt.nz or online www.org.govt.nz. At the moment public transport only goes as far as Port Chalmers and Waitati. Thanks heaps!

Our own Tarsh Turner has been selected as one of six young kiwis to attend the UNFCCC COP20 Climate Change Negotiations in Peru this December as part of the New Zealand Youth Delegation. Tarsh initiated a community campus garden on the Otago University campus, helped to build community through my involvement with events like Organic Festival, restoration trips, workshops, movie screenings and free public lectures, helped Southlanders oppose plans to mine lignite, held co-leadership of Students for Environmental Action at uni, and sat on the inaugural OUSA Environment Committee. Last year she studied abroad to gain an international perspective on the environmental crisis and is more fired up than ever to see New Zealand become a leader on the world stage in addressing this issue. She now needs money for her airfare to Peru so if you can help you can transfer directly to: N J Turner 38-9009-0719098-01 or her Paypal account. She promises all donors a hand written post card from Peru (please identify yourself to her), and everyone will be able to follow the trip via our website.

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) is working on developing a small community wind farm through its company, Blueskin Energy Ltd. BRCT also provides energy advice, home performance assessments, climate change planning, solar advice and more. We’re dedicated to building community resilience and providing an example for others. We want to walk the talk at our own office and demonstrate simple clean-tech solutions. They just need a little more money to complete our project of Solar Panels to turn our building into its own little power station! https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2270

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman and Ann Denniston (SDC’s newsletter compilers) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let us know if you wish to come off this list.

Dn_AerialDetails of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Saturday 2 August 2014

Greetings all. Elections and spring are giving us lots to think about and do!

Talking of which, neither Ann nor I are able to carry on with this newsletter, due to too many other commitments. It has been a great privilege to have sent this ‘fortnightly’ listing of events and ideas out, but with teaching, family, and upcoming extra study (and, too rarely, even gardening) it is just too big a commitment for me to do for the rest of this year. I can give you a full set of instructions – all geared to saving time while gathering information. It should not take you more than a couple of hours each time, maybe even less once you get going!

Please do consider it – I have found that reading about and getting feedback from  so many committed and caring people has been a very good way to keep sane and productive in the midst of some obvious madness. And with a mailing list of nearly 350 people – and climbing -  you know that you are helping us all to have a very important conversation.

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

The Big Green Challenge

Do you have a great idea for making your community cope better with the challenges of climate change and decreasing resources? Would a grant of up to $500 help make your project a reality?

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. is giving ten grants of up to $500 to groups, schools, organisations or individuals for projects that can be completed this summer. Applications close 30 September 2014

For more information phone 0273235581 or http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/?page_id=2113

Thursday 21 August

7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

Scott Willis will be talking to us about growing community resilience: the real Blueskin story. There is so much to learn from and and celebrate from the Waitati community, so should be fun and inspiring evening from our neighbours up the line.

Thursday 28 August

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

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 new dates and activities

Thursday – August 7th seating at 7:15pm

The Permaculture Orchard Beyond Organic http://www.permacultureorchard.com/en/the-film/

From Jason of Habitate farm – an inspirational and instructive film to get you tree-ing again! ‘Book a seat (and bring $2 towards the venue hire), and I will reveal the location to you.’ (Nicky: Presume this is Waitati somewhere…)

The film is 2 hours long, so come prepared, we will have a break in the middle (I will make tea if you bring a nibble) and discussion afterwards. You can reserve a spot via: jason@habitate.co.nz

Also – he is planting another experimental holistic orchard at Habitate Farm and also invite you to a tree planting day to establish it. I will give an explanation of the permaculture systems approach to the orchard and give a planting demo so we are all on the same page, but it is not going to be a workshop, more of a social planting session! Give me an email if you are interested in joining in, it will be on a upcoming Wednesday.

http://www.habitate.co.nz/2014/07/29/habitate-holistic-orchard/

Friday 8 August 1 pm

Hot Air by renowned documentary maker Alister Barry

New Zealand International Film Festival, Rialto

“Hot Air is the story of twenty years of political struggle between politicians, scientists and activists wanting to reduce New Zealand’s emissions, and corporate leaders and their lobbyists working to protect profits and commercial advantage.”

Saturday 9 August 5pm

2 Degrees film about climate justice with Ange Palmer ‘Inspiring, uplifting characters… guaranteed to get you involved’ ‘a striking documentary about climate justice and community action.’ Hosted by Blueskin Resilience Community Trust, Waitati Hall

The Co-producer is Nelson woman Ange Palmer who will be speaking after the screening. We want to fill the hall and with youth, elders …people from all occupations and walks of life…because… climate change affects us all. Following the film there will be a community ‘pitch your low carbon idea’ session, where you’ll have 2 minutes to pitch a dynamic idea and get some support and feedback. Entry is by koha (suggested koha is $5) which will go to support the film-makers. We hope you to see you there and please forward this email on to your friends and family. Feel free to contribute snacks and refreshments for the pitch session as well – some will be provided.

Monday 11 August 7.30 pm

2 Degrees film about climate justice with Ange Palmer

Archway 4 Theatre, Otago University, hosted by Wise Response Society and Oil Free Otago

$10 – $5 for students and unwaged

2 Degrees reveals the chaotic failure of the UN negotiations in Copenhagen. It becomes chillingly clear that we cannot wait for governments to lead the way. So if commitment to act won’t come from above, perhaps the voices and actions of communities will bring the revolution that is needed.

2 Degrees explores climate change through the prism of climate justice. While An Inconvenient Truth alerted us to the problem of climate change, 2 Degrees is the gripping and vital fight for a solution.

www.2degreesmovie.com

Tuesday 12 August 5pm-6pm

Student-led Sustainability Open Forum Discussion 3: How to Save the World?

Location TBC (this will depend on the number of registrations)

The Otago University has been researching student empowerment. As part of this, students have come together and have been running open forum discussions on sustainability. We would love to have people from the wider community along to these discussions. Come share your ideas and hear new ones in this open discussion, guest speakers announced shortly.

To register contact Jonathan Martin – jonathan.martin.nz@gmail.com<mailto:jonathan.martin.nz@gmail.com>

Sunday 17 August

Dunedin Forest and Bird Field Trip

Meeting point: Botany Dept car park, cnr Gt. King & Union Sts.

Start time 9am unless otherwise stated The cost stated is towards shared transport

Sutton Salt Lake Circular walk to the lake and back. Explore this dryland area of spectacular

rock tors, interesting plants and special lichens on the saline soils around the lake. Leader – Janet Ledingham, 467 2960 Cost $15 Phone 467 2960 for further information

Monday 18 August 12-1pm

CSAFE – Centre for Sustainability: Mythbusters – Energy

Centre for Innovation Seminar Room (TBC)

This event is aimed at undergrads and interested parties, i.e. landlords, property agents, community groups) who would like to know more about energy and housing. Panel members Dr. Bob Lloyd, Dr. Janet Stephenson, Tim Bishop (Sustainable Habitat Challenge) and Chris Freear (Ethical Power Consulting) will debunk popular energy myths and bring the truth about energy usage!

Tuesday 19 August 5:30pm

Dunedin Forest and Bird Meeting: Associate Professor Bob Lloyd, Dept. of Physics. “Oil drilling – is it worth it?

Room 215, 2nd floor Zoology Benham Building 346 Gt King St.

Please be on time as we have to hold the door open

dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz<mailto:dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz>

Wednesday 27th August, 5.30

Permaculture Dunedin: Seed swap of the year

The Apartment upstairs from The Malcalm Trust, 174 Princes Street (enter The Apartment from Dowling Street).

Sunday Sept 7th 2014 1-4pm

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop

Dunedin North Intermediate School North East Valley, (34 North Rd).

(Transition Valley 473, the Dunedin Permaculture group and Jason Ross from Habitate). Take grafts now in July when trees are fully dormant. You can collect your own from a favourite fruit tree, or we will have a great range of heritage apple cuttings to choose from on the day. Instructions on how to collect scion wood will be sent when you register.

The cost of the workshop is $30p.p. This covers the cost of an apple rootstock, potting mix, scion wood and tuition. If you just want to learn the techniques, but don’t want a rootstock, it is $20p.p. The workshop will be held in the school hall at:

Contact Kristen to register: 473 9535 or 027 779 5481 tv473ig@list.king.net.nz. Places are limited.

14 to 26 September

As part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC are asking residents to beautify their favourite part of our city by ridding it of litter.

Registered participants will receive gloves and specially marked plastic bags which can be put out with your regular kerbside collection between September 15th and 26th.

Register by ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or emailing dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

Your bag(s) and gloves can either be picked up from the Civic Centre Customer Services ground floor at an arranged time or be mailed to you.

Information we require:

· Name (if group – number of participants would be helpful)

· number of bags required

· area you will clean up

· address for kerbside collection

· day of your kerbside rubbish collection

· your email address and phone number

21 September:

The Global People’s Climate March https://secure.avaaz.org/en/join_to_change_everything_rb/?bofkUdb&v=41497

October 2014

Madam Butterfly Workshops, Jacqui Knight Butterflies NZ Trust

As editor of BUTTERFLIES (official magazine of the Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust) and I have used butterflies in environmental education for over 30 years. The workshops would be centred on how to create habitat for butterflies and moths in that particular locality. The Monarch Butterfly would be used as an example of “typical metamorphosis” as so much information is known about this species and they are so user-friendly. But the workshops will also address local Lepidoptera species, host and nectar plants, pests and predators. Contact Jacqui Knight jacqui@monarch.org.nz<mailto:jacqui@monarch.org.nz> 095513383 0274814811

Starts beginning of term one, 2015, lasting the whole term.

Virtual Great Walks Competition, Department of Conservation (DOC)

DOC thinks all kids should be excited about the magic of Aotearoa’s beautiful backyard, so are running a competition for young people that requires groups of 15 people or less to pick one of the nine Great Walks to learn about while ‘virtually’ walking it. To enter the grand prize draw to win the ultimate Great Walks experience for kids, including air travel to a Great Walk for the group (with extra seats for adult helpers), groups will need to answer certain questions about their Great Walk in the presentation method of their choice, e.g. video clip, PowerPoint, poem. or poster etc. Please fill in the survey questions to help us plan the competition so everyone can get the best out of it. Let’s get started!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VGWcomp

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Saturday 2 August 2014

3. Ongoing activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.

One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

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 go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

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.
4. Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

2GP Preferred Options – Natural Hazards

The feedback for the Preferred Option Natural Hazards consultation has now opened. Closing date has been extended to 1 September 2014

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/2gp

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition

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

Education for a Sustainable Future: election manifesto: Policy priorities for candidates in the 2014 New Zealand General Election and for an incoming Government by NZ Association for Environmental Action, Sustainable Living Aotearoa/NZ, Forest & Bird: Education for a rapidly changing world…Education is an investment in a future with improved social and economic prosperity. http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/news_and_events/Election_manifesto_July_2014.pdf

Climate Voter NZ: A coalition of NGOs has launched “Climate Voter NZ”, a site on which you can sign up to say that you’ll use your vote in the coming General Election to get real action on climate change. You can sign up here: http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/ NB: this action has been defined as ‘electioneering’ by the Electoral Commission, and this definition is to be challenged in court. (see eg http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/249733/climate-voter-court-challenge)

The Dunedin Amenities society, the Department of Conservation and the Dunedin City Council are working together in DoC’s Kowhai conservation programme “Project Gold”. The Society will fund a kowhai planting programme in the Dunedin Town Belt that benefits avian and plant biodiversity for the next five years. This is a great initiative so read the full story on our website…

Request from Chris Baillie, General Manager, Orokonui Ecosanctuary:

I write to ask you to please help Orokonui by requesting public transport be provided to the Ecosanctuary. This is vital in assisting the Ecosanctuary, the flagship biodiversity project for the South Island providing safe habitat for many threatened species, to become financially self sufficient. Could you please write a brief letter/submission to the Otago Regional Council’s draft regional public transport plan before 22 August. Letters/submissions to publictransport@orc.govt.nz or online www.org.govt.nz. At the moment public transport only goes as far as Port Chalmers and Waitati. Thanks heaps!

Our own Tarsh Turner has been selected as one of six young kiwis to attend the UNFCCC COP20 Climate Change Negotiations in Peru this December as part of the New Zealand Youth Delegation. Tarsh initiated a community campus garden on the Otago University campus, helped to build community through my involvement with events like Organic Festival, restoration trips, workshops, movie screenings and free public lectures, helped Southlanders oppose plans to mine lignite, held co-leadership of Students for Environmental Action at uni, and sat on the inaugural OUSA Environment Committee. Last year she studied abroad to gain an international perspective on the environmental crisis and is more fired up than ever to see New Zealand become a leader on the world stage in addressing this issue. She now needs money for her airfare to Peru so if you can help you can transfer directly to: N J Turner 38-9009-0719098-01 or her Paypal account. She promises all donors a hand written post card from Peru (please identify yourself to her), and everyone will be able to follow the trip via our website.

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) is working on developing a small community wind farm through its company, Blueskin Energy Ltd. BRCT also provides energy advice, home performance assessments, climate change planning, solar advice and more. We’re dedicated to building community resilience and providing an example for others. We want to walk the talk at our own office and demonstrate simple clean-tech solutions. They just need a little more money to complete our project of Solar Panels to turn our building into its own little power station! https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2270

A podcast of the lecture by Profs Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett on “Inequality, sustainability and well-being” on May 26 can be found at http://www.otago.ac.nz/sciences/news/podcasts/index.html

The US military battle climate change – they are worried! www.huffingtonpost.com/marcia-g-yerman/the-military-battles-clim_b_5625509.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

Interesting daily environmental updates: http://www.onearth.org/rss/today_onearth

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman and Ann Denniston (SDC’s newsletter compilers) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let us know if you wish to come off this list.

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.

One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

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 go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

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.

4. Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

2GP Preferred Options – Natural Hazards

The feedback for the Preferred Option Natural Hazards consultation has now opened. Closing date has been extended to 1 September 2014

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/2gp

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition

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

Education for a Sustainable Future: election manifesto: Policy priorities for candidates in the 2014 New Zealand General Election and for an incoming Government by NZ Association for Environmental Action, Sustainable Living Aotearoa/NZ, Forest & Bird: Education for a rapidly changing world…Education is an investment in a future with improved social and economic prosperity. http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/news_and_events/Election_manifesto_July_2014.pdf

Climate Voter NZ: A coalition of NGOs has launched “Climate Voter NZ”, a site on which you can sign up to say that you’ll use your vote in the coming General Election to get real action on climate change. You can sign up here: http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/ NB: this action has been defined as ‘electioneering’ by the Electoral Commission, and this definition is to be challenged in court. (see eg http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/249733/climate-voter-court-challenge)

The Dunedin Amenities society, the Department of Conservation and the Dunedin City Council are working together in DoC’s Kowhai conservation programme “Project Gold”. The Society will fund a kowhai planting programme in the Dunedin Town Belt that benefits avian and plant biodiversity for the next five years. This is a great initiative so read the full story on our website…

Request from Chris Baillie, General Manager, Orokonui Ecosanctuary:

I write to ask you to please help Orokonui by requesting public transport be provided to the Ecosanctuary. This is vital in assisting the Ecosanctuary, the flagship biodiversity project for the South Island providing safe habitat for many threatened species, to become financially self sufficient. Could you please write a brief letter/submission to the Otago Regional Council’s draft regional public transport plan before 22 August. Letters/submissions to publictransport@orc.govt.nz or online www.org.govt.nz. At the moment public transport only goes as far as Port Chalmers and Waitati. Thanks heaps!

Our own Tarsh Turner has been selected as one of six young kiwis to attend the UNFCCC COP20 Climate Change Negotiations in Peru this December as part of the New Zealand Youth Delegation. Tarsh initiated a community campus garden on the Otago University campus, helped to build community through my involvement with events like Organic Festival, restoration trips, workshops, movie screenings and free public lectures, helped Southlanders oppose plans to mine lignite, held co-leadership of Students for Environmental Action at uni, and sat on the inaugural OUSA Environment Committee. Last year she studied abroad to gain an international perspective on the environmental crisis and is more fired up than ever to see New Zealand become a leader on the world stage in addressing this issue. She now needs money for her airfare to Peru so if you can help you can transfer directly to: N J Turner 38-9009-0719098-01 or her Paypal account. She promises all donors a hand written post card from Peru (please identify yourself to her), and everyone will be able to follow the trip via our website.

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) is working on developing a small community wind farm through its company, Blueskin Energy Ltd. BRCT also provides energy advice, home performance assessments, climate change planning, solar advice and more. We’re dedicated to building community resilience and providing an example for others. We want to walk the talk at our own office and demonstrate simple clean-tech solutions. They just need a little more money to complete our project of Solar Panels to turn our building into its own little power station! https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2270

A podcast of the lecture by Profs Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett on “Inequality, sustainability and well-being” on May 26 can be found at http://www.otago.ac.nz/sciences/news/podcasts/index.html

The US military battle climate change – they are worried! www.huffingtonpost.com/marcia-g-yerman/the-military-battles-clim_b_5625509.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

Interesting daily environmental updates: http://www.onearth.org/rss/today_onearth

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman and Ann Denniston (SDC’s newsletter compilers) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let us know if you wish to come off this list.

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Wednesday 16 July 2014

Dear all – there are still a lot of things happening! Please note there are several tomorrow!

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

Thursday 17 July

7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

We are delighted to have Neville Auton, who was the DCC’s energy manager, and is now an energy consultant at Otago Polytechnic, to talk with us about Dunedin’s sustainable energy sources (not oil or gas!). Neville is inspiring, informative, creative – and practical!

Thursday 31st July 5.30pm

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

Topic this month: Dunedin Cycleways – vision for a 21st Century Dunedin With speaker Robert Thompson from Spokes (Dunedin’s cycle advocacy group). From Robert: “Cycling and the Dunedin cycleways are common topics in the ODT these days and seem to generate an awful lot of heated debate. I’ll talk about the current state of cycling in Dunedin and what the future holds. I’ll also address the common questions of why we should care about cycling if seemingly so few people are doing it, why we should be building cycleways, and why we should be paying for them.”

You can find out more about Spokes at www.spokesdunedin.org.nz

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 new dates and activities

Sustainable Living Courses Coming up

This interactive eight-week course will assist you to

* Meet like-minded people living in the community

* Learn and share the latest in planet friendly tips specific to Dunedin

* Support your chosen actions toward waste free sustainable living

Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council.

These Adult Community courses are free. Maximum14 people per course. To register please contact Maureen Howard on 4739967 or email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.

PINE HILL COMMUNITY EVENING COURSE

Tuesdays 7-9pm Starts 22nd July

St Mark’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 304 Pine Hill Road, Pine Hill

CITYWIDE DAY COURSE

Wednesdays 10-12noon Starts 23rd July

Church of Christ Community meeting room, Corner of Filleul and St Andrews Sts

CITYWIDE EVENING COURSE

Wednesdays 7-9pm Starts 23rd July

Church of Christ Community meeting room. Corner of Filleul and St Andrews Sts

PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK in 2013

“Maureen made it fun and was non-judgmental”

“Each session left me buzzing with new understanding, and motivated to make changes in my life”

Thursday 17 July 3.30 – 7pm

DCC and ORC 2GP Natural Hazards feedback session

Otaru Room, Civic Centre, The Octagon

If you have not made it to a presentation in your local area you still have the opportunity to attend a presentation and general drop-in event: The presentation and questions will run from 3.30 – 4.30pm, after that the event will run as a drop-in session so please feel free to turn up anytime up to 6.30pm after which the Civic Centre doors are locked. Call in at the Customer Services Centre in the Plaza or look out for a guest host to guide you to the Otaru Room between 5 – 6.30pm.

Thursday 17 July, 4-5 pm

“The New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard: building cross-scale linkage for more resilient agriculture.”

Venue: Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation.

“This Thursday’s seminar will be presented by Centre for Sustainability senior researcher Professor Henrik Moller. ….His talk will look at resilient and sustainable production of food and fibre requires connection and communication between multiple ‘layers and players’: farmers and growers, rural and urban communities, industry and market agencies, researchers, policy makers, government and voters, and consumers.”

Thursday 17 July, 5.15 pm

‘Future Visions: Ecology, Economics at the End of the World’ with Dr Andrew Shepherd (Adjunct Lecturer in Theology)

Burns 2 Lecture Theatre,followed by the launch of Andrew’s book, The Gift of the Other: Levinas, Derrida, and a Theology of Hospitality (Eugene, OR:. Pickwick Publications, 2014).

Friday 18 July, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

‘Energy Policy from a Government Department perspective’

St David Seminar Room 1

EMAN410 Energy Studies Programme Seminar

Mr Sam Thornton

Senior Energy Analyst

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Friday 18 July – Sunday 20 July

Catlins Conservation Caper

Leaving: Dunedin 18 July, Friday evening and returning 20 July, Sunday evening.

Cost: $30 which covers food, accommodation and transport.

Accommodation: Tautuku Forest and Bird Lodge on Friday & Saturday night.

Join the Department of Conservation and Forest & Bird in a weekend of conservation in the Catlins.

Plant habitat for the captivating Yellow-eyed penguin/Hōiho at the Forest and Bird Te Rere Reserve. With no public access, this may be the only opportunity to visit this special reserve. In 1995, a devastating fire swept through the reserve, killing many penguins and damaging habitat. Since then, through the efforts of volunteers, the vegetation has nearly returned to its natural state.

Bust weeds at the Otanamomo Scientific Reserve. This reserve is an important remnant of coastal podocarp forest. Under the forest canopy, introduced weeds are threatening to cut the life of this forest short. This weekend has always been popular, so get in quick to book a space.

Contact: volunteerscoastalota@doc.govt.nz<mailto:volunteerscoastalota@doc.govt.nz> or phone (03) 4770 677.

Monday, 21 July 2:15pm – 3:45pm

Marilyn Waring in conversation with Professor Kevin Clements

Media Production Studio

Professor Kevin Clements will talk to Marilyn Waring, development consultant, academic, writer and former National Party MP who triggered the 1984 snap election when she refused to support her own government in the vote against an opposition-sponsored anti-nuclear bill. Her best known work, If Women Counted, also published under the title Counting for Nothing, describes how economic orthodoxies exclude most of women’s productive and reproductive work. In this conversation, Professor Kevin Clements will seek to explore what triggered Marilyn’s interest in peace, justice and human rights.

Limited seating will be available in the Media Production Studio. Please phone 479 4546 to reserve a seat. The conversation will be livestreamed.

Monday, 21 July

7 – 9pm

Additional Mosgiel presentation on Natural Hazards

Mosgiel Coronation Hall, 97 Gordon Road, Mosgiel

The Preferred Options presentation to the Mosgiel -Taieri community was held on 25 June, however given the low attendance at that meeting, and the importance of having local input into these provisions while they are being developed, we are holding a second presentation in Mosgiel.

Tuesday 22 July

Sustainable Living Courses begin: see above

Saturday 26th July 10a.m.

Permaculture Dunedin Polytechnic Living Campus visit – (meet @ D Block carpark) – Please get in touch with Jeanette (dennisspooner@slingshot.co.nz or phone: 021422034) if you have any questions regarding the event. If the weather turns out to be bad that day the bad weather day is likely to be the Saturday after (yet to be confirmed!),

Monday 28 July, 5:30pm

The Politics of Climate Change: An Election Debate

Archway 2 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

What are YOUR questions about responses to climate change that you would like our main political parties to answer?

Hon. Dr. David Clark from the Labour Party and Green Party co-leader Hon. Metiria Turei will be discussing their parties’ stance on climate change, and their strategies and policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change in New Zealand.

This is an election special debate not to be missed!

Please send your questions to oercadmin@otago.ac.nz before 15 July.

Proudly brought to you by the Labour Party, the Green Party, Otago Climate Change Network (OCCNet), Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE) and Otago Energy Research Centre (OERC)

Tuesday 29 July, 1 pm

Launch of Jobs after Coal

Otago University Centre for Sustainability

Jobs After Coal: a substantial document, of over 50 pages with 82 references … Talk of a carbon bubble is now gaining traction as people begin to understand the idea that we have only a small ‘budget’ of carbon we can afford to emit to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. …Coal is a sunset industry, and fossil fuel investments will be left as stranded assets.

Contact: fatima.ibrahim-mckague@otago.ac.nz

Tuesday 29 July, 5.30pm

“Reinvigorating the Economy – clean-tech jobs and low carbon opportunity” Jeanette Fitzsimons, Scott Willis

Jeanette Fitzsimons has been walking the talk on sustainability through public office and rich community involvement, with the adjunct of expertise in energy issues. Few other New Zealanders can provide such integrated, big picture analysis, in such a succinct and clear cut way. Co-hosted by the Otago Chamber of Commerce and the Otago Energy Research Centre, this presentation looks at future trends and the opportunity therein: “Society and business are in a transition to a different kind of future. Most of the fossil fuels already discovered must stay in the ground if we are to keep global warming below 2 degrees and avoid dangerous levels of climate change. Coal prices have collapsed and mines are closing, while renewables are becoming cheaper than fossil energy. Think tanks everywhere are planning new scenarios – the “low carbon future”, the “clean tech revolution”, the “green economy”. But communities who have always relied on resources now known to be unsustainable are rightly scared about their future. What jobs will there be for their kids? What will drive prosperity in their community? Where will NZ’s exports come from? Is there an “energy gap” we need to fill? Jeanette Fitzsimons will outline the opportunities this brings for business and communities, drawing on research recently published by Coal Action Network Aotearoa, in its report Jobs After Coal. A very positive future is there for us if we grasp it now, but the penalties for being last are considerable.” To register, contact the Otago Chamber of Commerce’s Events Coordinator Sarah on events@otagochamber.co.nz or by calling 479 0181, or by visiting the OCC website and selecting events for the month of July. Places are limited.

Wednesday 30th July 5.30 – 6.30pm

Public Lecture with Guest Speaker Professor Gerald Torres: Litigating Climate Change

Moot Court, 10th Floor Richardson Building

Climate change cases are already being handled by USA courts. The most prominent are the atmospheric trust cases currently being brought by youth and supported by James Hansen and other scientists. These cases are asking the courts to compel government to take meaningful action to protect the atmosphere for current and future generations. There have also been liability suits suggested – and at least one filed – over the effects of climate change. Professor Torres will discuss the range of cases being brought and suggested in the USA, focusing on the atmospheric trust litigation and the public trust doctrine which underlies it.

Wednesday 30 July

Launch of Jobs after Coal in Invercargill

Federated Farmers Meeting Room

potluck tea ⇨ 6:30pm

networking ⇨ 7:30pm

presentation ⇨ 8:00pm

Contact: Jenny Campbell: jennycam@xtra.co.nz

31 July – 17 August

New Zealand International Film Festival showing Hot Air by renowned documentary maker Alister Barry

“Hot Air is the story of twenty years of political struggle between politicians, scientists and activists wanting to reduce New Zealand’s emissions, and corporate leaders and their lobbyists working to protect profits and commercial advantage.”

The film addresses the question: “is it possible for a small modern democratic nation to address the greatest political challenge of our age?”

Festival dates and screening information for the NZIFF is at Rialto Cinema.

Wednesday 27th August, 5.30

Permaculture Dunedin: Seed swap of the year

The Apartment upstairs from The Malcalm Trust, 174 Princes Street (enter The Apartment from Dowling Street).

Sunday Sept 7th 2014 1-4pm

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop

Dunedin North Intermediate School North East Valley, (34 North Rd).

(Transition Valley 473, the Dunedin Permaculture group and Jason Ross from Habitate). Take grafts now in July when trees are fully dormant. You can collect your own from a favourite fruit tree, or we will have a great range of heritage apple cuttings to choose from on the day. Instructions on how to collect scion wood will be sent when you register.

The cost of the workshop is $30p.p. This covers the cost of an apple rootstock, potting mix, scion wood and tuition. If you just want to learn the techniques, but don’t want a rootstock, it is $20p.p. The workshop will be held in the school hall at:

Contact Kristen to register: 473 9535 or 027 779 5481 tv473ig@list.king.net.nz. Places are limited.

14 to 26 September

As part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC are asking residents to beautify their favourite part of our city by ridding it of litter.

Registered participants will receive gloves and specially marked plastic bags which can be put out with your regular kerbside collection between September 15th and 26th.

Register by ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or emailing dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

Your bag(s) and gloves can either be picked up from the Civic Centre Customer Services ground floor at an arranged time or be mailed to you.

Information we require:

· Name (if group – number of participants would be helpful)

· number of bags required

· area you will clean up

· address for kerbside collection

· day of your kerbside rubbish collection

· your email address and phone number

3. Ongoing activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.

One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

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 go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

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.

4. Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

2GP Preferred Options – Natural Hazards

The feedback for the Preferred Option Natural Hazards consultation has now opened. The closing date is 1 September 2014

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/2gp

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

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

NZ Herald: Generation Zero wants ‘carbon budgets’, but minister opposes world-leading stance: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11286518

See also: http://www.generationzero.org/TheBigAsk

Our own Tarsh Turner has been selected as one of six young kiwis to attend the UNFCCC COP20 Climate Change Negotiations in Peru this December as part of the New Zealand Youth Delegation. Tarsh initiated a community campus garden on the Otago University campus, helped to build community through my involvement with events like Organic Festival, restoration trips, workshops, movie screenings and free public lectures, helped Southlanders oppose plans to mine lignite, held co-leadership of Students for Environmental Action at uni, and sat on the inaugural OUSA Environment Committee. Last year she studied abroad to gain an international perspective on the environmental crisis and is more fired up than ever to see New Zealand become a leader on the world stage in addressing this issue. She now needs money for her airfare to Peru so if you can help you can transfer directly to: N J Turner 38-9009-0719098-01 or her Paypal account. She promises all donors a hand written post card from Peru (please identify yourself to her), and everyone will be able to follow the trip via our website.

Climate Voter NZ: A coalition of NGOs has launched “Climate Voter NZ”, a site on which you can sign up to say that you’ll use your vote in the coming General Election to get real action on climate change. You can sign up here: http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/ NB: this action has been defined as ‘electioneering’ by the Electoral Commission, and this definition is to be challenged in court. (see eg http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/249733/climate-voter-court-challenge)

Shift or get off the pot: A new report (compiled by experts from 30 international institutions) prescribes detailed actions for 15 of the world’s largest economies that could help keep the world from warming more than 2º Celsius. The report is the first of its kind because it addresses each country specifically, with recommendations crafted from data on electricity supply, transportation and shipping, and building codes. See the Guardian

The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate: It’s time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future by Al Gore, JUNE 18, 2014: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-turning-point-new-hope-for-the-climate-20140618?print=3Dtrue

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is a collaborative initiative to understand and show how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy …a transition we call “deep decarbonization http://unsdsn.org/what-we-do/deep-decarbonization-pathways/

Shrinking the Footprint is the Church of England’s national environmental campaign.

The Global People’s Climate March 21 September: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/join_to_change_everything_rb/?bofkUdb&v=41497

Jobs After Coal – a report looking at sustainable alternatives to coal.

See also a US approach: http://www.onearth.org/articles/2014/06/if-you-love-a-coal-dependent-state-nows-the-time-to-stage-an-intervention

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) is working on developing a small community wind farm through its company, Blueskin Energy Ltd. BRCT also provides energy advice, home performance assessments, climate change planning, solar advice and more. We’re dedicated to building community resilience and providing an example for others. We want to walk the talk at our own office and demonstrate simple clean-tech solutions. They just need a little more money to complete our project of Solar Panels to turn our building into its own little power station! https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2270

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition

ThankYou Payroll Charitable Trust Grants (NOW)

“Have you got an awesome idea for making a positive difference in your community? Need some funding? Whatever it is you want to do, Thankyou Charitable Trust wants to help. Thankyou Charitable Trust has four grant rounds in 2014. Grants are between $100 and $1000 for projects that contribute to community wellbeing, resilience or sustainability. Stay tuned, get in touch, or like the Facebook page to find out when a grant round is in your neighbourhood. For more information, check out www.thankyoupayroll.co.nz.

NB: If you attended the CSAFE talk on using financing to create a sustainable economy, and are interested in more information can email crystal@triplepointanalytics.com (the email address given to some attendees was incorrect).

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman and Ann Denniston (SDC’s newsletter compilers) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let us know if you wish to come off this list.

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Friday 13 June 2014

Dear all – interesting date to send this out but apologies for lateness. Keep warm, enjoy the sun when it’s around, and make the most of winter by signing a petition (a coal port?? On the Great Barrier Reef??) and keeping up with consultations and reviews…

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

Thursday 19 June
7.30 pm
(Third Thurs/ month)
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers
We had a good turnout and conversations on our inaugural night, and plan to get speakers, short docos as well as continuing with great conversation (and the odd chocolate stout…). Bring along your ideas and good company. Look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday 26 June 5.30pm
(last Thursday of month)
GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

GreenDrinks Dunedin typically meet on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!

Topic this month: Have your Say – Special welcome to everyone – new and familiar, young and not-so-young ie nicely ripened! Come along, introduce yourself and share your news at our open session this month. This is our second Open Session this year as the last one in February was so enjoyable. Please note we always especially welcome students to come along to Green Drinks and this month we will have some free finger food for students available too! (Courtesy of SDC). So tell your friends and please come and join us.

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 and activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.

One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

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 go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

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.

Monday June 16, 2-3 pm

The latest climate change assessments: What do they mean for our communities? – public lecture

Andy Reisinger and Judy Lawrence

Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, Albany St, Dunedin

“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released its Fifth Assessment reports on the science, the impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, and mitigation. Dr Andy Reisinger, co-ordinating lead author of the Working Group II Australasia chapter and Judy Lawrence from the NZ Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington will talk about what these new reports mean for us all.

Andy and Judy will outline the risks to New Zealand in particular from flooding, sea level rise and wild fire as these continue to change with changing climate. Adapting to climate change raises challenging questions about whether we simply need to do more of what we do now to manage risks, or whether and when more transformational changes might be needed.”

Thursday 19 June 2014, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Ecological drivers of seabird recovery after island restoration. Public seminar by Rachel Buxton

Centre for Innovation Seminar Room, St David St

Eradication of introduced mammalian predators as a method to restore islands has become increasingly common, with over 800 successful projects around the world. For her PhD Rachel explored the ecological factors that could impede or facilitate the recovery of seabird populations and tested the importance of these variables in driving seabird response.

Friday 20 June 1 pm

Consultation on priority waste streams for product stewardship intervention

Municipal Chambers, The Octagon, Dunedin

The Government is currently considering whether it should intervene to improve the management of four product waste streams: electronic and electrical equipment; tyres; agrichemicals and farm plastics; and refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases.

Feedback is being sought on whether the four product waste streams identified are the right waste streams to be the focus of potential Government intervention and whether any of the four products should be declared priority products under the Waste Minimisation Act, requiring a product stewardship scheme to be developed and accredited.

All are welcome to attend the workshop. Please register your interest by phone: 474 3461 or email: Catherine.Irvine@dcc.govt.nz

Friday, 20 June
7:00PM

Jane Goodall at 80

Hear the world’s most famous field scientist talk about her life’s work and why she has reasons for hope. Help Jane achieve her 80th birthday wish of providing sanctuary for another 100 orphaned or vulnerable chimpanzees by attending one of her unforgettable community talks. The Centre for Science Communication is hosting Jane Goodall during her 2014 tour. All profits will go to the Jane Goodall Institute. http://www.regenttheatre.co.nz/janegoodall.htmhttp://www.janegoodall.org/event/dunedin-new-zealand-jane-goodall-80

http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/event/details/99948/the-centre-for-science-communication-presents-distinguished-communicator-jane-goodall

20 June 5 pm

Otago Regional Policy Statement Review submissions close

The Regional Policy Statement sets the direction for future management of Otago’s natural and physical resources. It provides the foundation for development of regional plans and district plans…. See following and http://www.orc.govt.nz/Publications-and-Reports/Regional-Policies-and-Plans/Otago-Regional-Policy-Statement-Review/

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June

Foreign Policy School: Global Resource Scarcity

You can register and find out more about this event here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/otagofps/

Saturday 28 June 7am

Orokonui Ecosanctuary Matariki Events

See the Matariki constellation with Kane Holmes, walk the valley track listening to Orokonui’s dawn chorus, experience a powhiri at Te Whare Arohanui in Waitati, a packed lunch for the Orokonui café then make a koauau/traditional flute. Cost $45. Bookings essential.

Wednesday 2 July 5.00pm

Closing date for priority waste products for product stewardship intervention discussion document

(see above and following)

Tuesday, 8 July

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Is the present the key to the past? Lessons from Antarctica and the Southern Alps. Inaugural Professorial lecture

Archway 1 Lecture Theatre

Professor Sean Fitzsimons’s main area of research activity lies at the interface of Geography and Geology where he seeks to develop studies of contemporary geomorphological processes to enhance our ability to understand and reconstruct ancient environments.

Thursday 17 July, 5.15 pm

‘Limitless Living, Exploring the Global Ecological Crisis’ with Dr Andrew Shepherd (Adjunct Lecturer in Theology)

This will be followed by the launch of his book, The Gift of the Other: Levinas, Derrida, and a Theology of Hospitality (Eugene, OR:. Pickwick Publications, 2014). The venue for the lecture is to be confirmed.

3. Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

Regional Policy Review: The Regional Policy Statement sets the direction for future management of Otago’s natural and physical resources. It provides the foundation for development of regional plans and district plans.

http://www.orc.govt.nz/Publications-and-Reports/Regional-Policies-and-Plans/Otago-Regional-Policy-Statement-Review/

20 June 2014 5 pm Submissions close

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

Priority waste products for product stewardship intervention discussion document.

“The Government is currently considering whether it should intervene to improve the management of four product waste streams: electronic and electrical equipment; tyres; agrichemicals and farm plastics; and refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases.

Feedback is being sought on whether the four product waste streams identified are the right waste streams to be the focus of potential Government intervention and whether any of the four products should be declared priority products under the Waste Minimisation Act, requiring a product stewardship scheme to be developed and accredited.

Further information, including how to have your say, is included in the Priority waste products for product stewardship intervention discussion document.

The closing time and date for submissions is 5.00pm Wednesday 2 July 2014.

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

Coal companies want to build a giant coal export terminal on the Great Barrier Reef. Will you help stop it by sending a message to UNESCO urging them to protect The Reef? www.350.org/reef

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman and Ann Denniston (SDC’s newsletter compilers) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let me know if you wish to come off this list.

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Sunday 25 May 2014

Dear all – a rather brief newsletter as want to get this out to all you tonight, so that you know about the talk by the authors of The Spirit Level tomorrow night in the College of Education Auditorium Union Street East, Dunedin. Not to be missed, despite inclement weather!

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

Thursday 29 May 5.30pm

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

GreenDrinks Dunedin typically meet on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. Everyone most welcome!

TOPIC THIS MONTH: A Green Economic Base for Dunedin? A Perspective from the Chamber of Commerce. Our guest this month is Scott Willis,Chair of the Energy Committee with the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, PLUS a Director on the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. Scott will talk to us about the Energy Committee’s work, what a green economic future for Dunedin could look and how we might get there. (Yes – this is the same Scott Willis who is part of BRCT! A multi-talented – and very busy man!)

You can contact Scott at blueskinenergy@gmail.com or 0274888314

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

Thursday 19 June

7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

We had a good turnout and conversations on our inaugural night, and plan to get speakers, short docos as well as continuing with great conversation (and the odd chocolate stout…). Look forward to seeing you there!

2. Other dates and activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.

One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

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 go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

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.

TOMORROW Monday 26 May 5.30 pm

‘Inequality, sustainability and well-being’ by the authors of The Spirit Level

College of Education Auditorium Union Street East, Dunedin. All welcome.

The University of Otago presents a special lecture by Professor Richard Wilkinson (Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology) and Professor Kate Pickett (Professor : Inequalities in Health at University of York)

“We shall first present the evidence showing that reducing the income differences between rich and poor is crucial to achieving higher levels of sustainable well-being in the future. We shall then go on to suggest the policies which can ensure that greater equality becomes deeply embedded in our societies”

Have a look at their Guardian article updating their views:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/09/society-unequal-the-spirit-level

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/element-magazine/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503340&objectid=11250375

Wednesday 4th June 5.30pm

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute and a veteran campaigner for permaculture and the preservation of heritage fruit and vegetable varieties is in Queenstown at the Events Centre. Order tickets or learn more: www.koanga.org.nz
Doors open 30 mins before start time. For any further information please contact rachel@koanga.org.nz

Thursday 5th June 6.30pm

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute in Dunedin:
Burns 1, Arts Building, Otago University

Friday 6th June 6.30pm –

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute in Invercargill:
Scottish Hall

6 June, midday

Botanic Gardens’ Hort Talks series: “Local Food: Passing Fad or Secure Future?”

By Andy Barrett of Our Food Network

Thursday 12 June, 12.00 – 1.00 pm

‘Governing for the Future: Stewardship, sustainability and the tyranny of the present’ with Professor Jonathan Boston, (Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University School of Government).

Quad 3, Geology Building, University of Otago

Friday, 20 June
7:00PM

Jane Goodall at 80

Hear the world’s most famous field scientist talk about her life’s work and why she has reasons for hope. Help Jane achieve her 80th birthday wish of providing sanctuary for another 100 orphaned or vulnerable chimpanzees by attending one of her unforgettable community talks. All profits to the Jane Goodall Institute.

http://www.janegoodall.org/event/dunedin-new-zealand-jane-goodall-80

http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/event/details/99948/the-centre-for-science-communication-presents-distinguished-communicator-jane-goodall

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June

Foreign Policy School: Global Resource Scarcity www.otago.ac.nz/OtagoFPS

3. Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

Regional Policy Review: The Regional Policy Statement sets the direction for future management of Otago’s natural and physical resources. It provides the foundation for development of regional plans and district plans.

http://www.orc.govt.nz/Publications-and-Reports/Regional-Policies-and-Plans/Otago-Regional-Policy-Statement-Review/

12 June 2014 Submissions close

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

“Priority waste streams for product stewardship intervention: A discussion document”: The Government is currently considering whether it should intervene to improve the management of four product waste streams: electronic and electrical equipment; tyres; agrichemicals and farm plastics; and refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases.

http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/waste/priority-waste-streams-may14/index.html

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

· Stanford University and our own DCC – both leaders in divestment from the fossilised fuel industry! https://louis.passle.net/blogpost/536fbc003d947412ac2eb017/stanford-the-first-major-university-to-begin-divestment-from-fossil-fuels

· See attached for Sir Alan Mark’s graduation address and words on the WISE response

· Akina (formerly the Hikurangi Foundation) is “looking for 10 inspiring business ideas that address a social or environmental problem in New Zealand. Once we’ve selected the teams, we’ll take them through an intensive six-month coaching programme and help them transform their ideas into thriving, self-sustaining businesses.” For more info, go to www.akina.org.nz

· Tell France’s biggest bank to get out of mountaintop removal for coal: http://act.ran.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9870&First_Name=Mike&Last_Name=Finlayson&Zip=0441&Email=mcfinn7@gmail.com

· Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone calls for mass demonstrations in New York to demand action on climate change: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/a-call-to-arms-an-invitation-to-demand-action-on-climate-change-20140521#ixzz32ihYo1qZ

· Want to get involved in local conservation projects? Like ‘Conservation Volunteers Coastal Otago’ on Facebook and follow @DOCcoastalotago on Twitter for information about local conservation events and projects, or email: volunteerscoastalota@doc.govt.nz

· Intriguing site from our Permaculture Dunedin-ites: http://www.wildfermentation.com

· Curtain Bank Urgently requires Curtains (NOW). We have 190 families on our waiting list. Are you able to spread the word? WANTED URGENTLY – good condition curtains and material to make curtains. Drop to Dunedin Curtain Bank, 174 Princess Street

Mon-Wed 9am – 3pm or call 03 425 9678

Tēnā koutou katoa,

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

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

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to me, Nicky Chapman, at newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let me know if you wish to come off this list.

Greetings all and apologies for this ‘fortnightly’ newsletter being somewhat late! I have just spent a week in the Waitaki Valley with secondary students from various schools, looking at all the different, often conflicting uses for the river. It was an incredibly heartening experience to see the students develop such deep learning, leadership and teamwork, and their creative and thoughtful presentations of their learning. (http://www.untouchedworld.com/charitable-trust/our-programmes/our-programmes.htm)
Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Monday 12 May 2014

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

Thursday 29 May 5.30pm

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts. Please note the new venue

GreenDrinks Dunedin typically meet on the last Thursday of each month from 5.30pm. 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

NEW EVENT

Thursday 15 May 7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

Inaugural GreenDrinks Port Chalmers

Come along at 7.30 to the Portsider in Port Chalmers for our first get-together (out the back, unless half the town turns up then we’ll have to mingle throughout!). No agenda except to meet and chat and talk about things Port and sustainable. See also www.greendrinks.org

2. Other dates and activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.

One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

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 go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

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.

May

Sustainable Living Courses in Tomahawk/Ocean Grove and Citywide

This inspiring course will help you:

Support your chosen actions toward waste-free sustainable living

Meet like-minded people in your community

Learn and share planet-friendly tips specific to Dunedin

TOMAHAWK COMMUNITY EVENING COURSE

Tuesdays | 7pm – 9pm | Starts 13 May

Domain Hall, 309 Tomahawk Road, Ocean Grove

CITYWIDE DAY COURSE

Wednesdays | 10am – 12noon | Starts 14 May

Church of Christ Community meeting room, corner of Filleul and St Andrews Street

CITYWIDE EVENING COURSE

Wednesdays | 7pm – 9pm | Starts 14 May

Church of Christ community meeting room, corner of Filleul and St AndrewsStreet

These courses are free. Maximum 14 people per course. To register, please contact Maureen howard on 473 9967 or mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.

PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK 2013

“Maureen made it fun and was non-judgmental”

“Each session left me buzzing with new understanding, and motivated to make changes in my life.”

6pm, Tuesday 20 May

Dunedin Branch Forest and Bird AGM and Galapagos experience talk

Room 215, 2nd floor Zoology Benham Building, 346 Gt King Street

AGM – followed by a talk on their 2014 Galapagos experiences by Sue Maturin and Graeme Loh. Please be on time as we have to hold the door open. Note the 6pm start time as the room will be in use at 5-30pm.

Contact Janet Ledingham on 03 467 2960.

Friday, 23 May
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Seminar: “Getting warmer – 20 years of community energy action”
Ian McChesney, co-founder Community Energy Action Charitable Trust

Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation, Cnr St David and Castle Streets

9am-12 noon, Sunday 25 May

Tomahawk/Smaills Beachcare Trust Planting Day

Meet at the carpark near the bridge at the west (Lawyers Head) end of the Tomahawk Beach.
beachcare@ihug.co.nz for more information.

4th June 5.30pm

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute and a veteran campaigner for permaculture and the preservation of heritage fruit and vegetable varieties is in Queenstown at the Events Centre. Order tickets or learn more: www.koanga.org.nz
Doors open 30 mins before start time. For any further information please contact rachel@koanga.org.nz

5th June 6.30pm

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute in Dunedin:
Burns 1, Arts Building, Otago University

6th June 6.30pm –

Kay Baxter of the Koanga Institute in Invercargill:
Scottish Hall

6 June, midday

Botanic Gardens’ Hort Talks series: “Local Food: Passing Fad or Secure Future?”

By Andy Barrett of Our Food Network

Thursday 12 June, 12.00 – 1.00 pm

‘Governing for the Future: Stewardship, sustainability and the tyranny of the present’ with Professor Jonathan Boston, (Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University School of Government).

Quad 3, Geology Building, University of Otago

Friday, 20 June
7:00PM

Jane Goodall at 80

Hear the world’s most famous field scientist talk about her life’s work and why she has reasons for hope. Help Jane achieve her 80th birthday wish of providing sanctuary for another 100 orphaned or vulnerable chimpanzees by attending one of her unforgettable community talks. All profits to the Jane Goodall Institute.

http://www.janegoodall.org/event/dunedin-new-zealand-jane-goodall-80

http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/event/details/99948/the-centre-for-science-communication-presents-distinguished-communicator-jane-goodall

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June

Foreign Policy School: Global Resource Scarcity www.otago.ac.nz/OtagoFPS

3. Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

Regional Policy Review: The Regional Policy Statement sets the direction for future management of Otago’s natural and physical resources. It provides the foundation for development of regional plans and district plans.

http://www.orc.govt.nz/Publications-and-Reports/Regional-Policies-and-Plans/Otago-Regional-Policy-Statement-Review/

12 June 2014 Submissions close

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)
4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

· Solid Energy hopes to get back in profit by exploiting more land to mine for coal. (http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/business/244042/more-mining-seen-as-solid-energy%27s-saviour). Ask the National Government and Labour on which planet do they think this could be a good economic or environmental idea?? Where is the risk management??

o Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/tim-groser

o Minister for Energy and Resources Simon Bridges (and associate Minister for Climate Change: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/simon-bridges

o Minister of Finance Bill English: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/bill-english

o Prime Minister John Key: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/john-key

o Labour commentator (Spokesperson for State Owned Enterprises): clayton.cosgrove.mp@parliament.govt.nz

· DCC to discuss public transport issues: At its 7 May meeting, the Otago Regional Council confirmed its belief the governance of public transport fitted more appropriately with the DCC. The ORC has written to the DCC offering to transfer responsibility for public transport planning and operations to the DCC. (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/latest-news/may-2014/dcc-to-discuss-public-transport-issues)

· Want to get involved in local conservation projects? Like ‘Conservation Volunteers Coastal Otago’ on Facebook and follow @DOCcoastalotago on Twitter for information about local conservation events and projects, or email: volunteerscoastalota@doc.govt.nz

· Intriguing site from our Permaculture Dunedin-ites: http://www.wildfermentation.com

· Curtain Bank Urgently requires Curtains (NOW). We have 190 families on our waiting list. Are you able to spread the word? WANTED URGENTLY – good condition curtains and material to make curtains. Drop to Dunedin Curtain Bank, 174 Princess Street

Mon-Wed 9am – 3pm or call 03 425 9678

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