Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Sunday 19th April 2015
We have an important opportunity to shape the future of our city this month, with Dunedin City Council’s public consultation on its proposed Long Term Plan. See the Consultations section below for information on how to participate. Sustainable Dunedin City Society is putting together a submission of its own and a draft of its introductory paragraphs is attached for information. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for points that should be added. We hope to circulate our full submission to our mailing list shortly before the deadline (28th April), in case people want to have some ideas for their own submissions.
Ngā mihi, Simonne
1. Sustainable Dunedin City news and events
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. Alongside producing this newsletter of sustainability-related events, the Society also organises the annual Big Green Challenge and hosts Green Drinks (see below). For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Thursday 30th April, 5:30 pm, (last Thursday of month)
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 email@example.com
Thursday 21st May, 7:30 pm,(Third Thurs/ month)
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers
Topic: To be confirmed
2. Other new events
Monday 20th April, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Seminar: Why do humans benefit from nature? An argument for the need to belong
William James Seminar Room, William James Building, Room 103, 275 Leith Walk, Otago Campus
Cindy McPherson Frantz is Professor of Psychology at Oberlin College. She is a social and environmental psychologist who researches humans’ relationship to the natural world, and how to promote sustainable behaviour. In this talk she discusses research indicating the possibility that the human need to belong can be met through interactions with the natural world.
Closing date Friday 1st May
DUNEDIN BIODIVERSITY FUND – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
April 2015 FUNDING ROUND
The Dunedin City Council established the Dunedin Biodiversity Fund in August 2007. The purpose of the fund is to maintain a network of viable habitats and ecosystems in Dunedin by encouraging and supporting those landowners who are committed to protecting, enhancing and managing indigenous biodiversity.
The fund is now open for applications. The April 2015 funding round has $30,000 available for allocation in the form of grants on a cost-sharing basis (50% landowner 50% Council). The maximum grant is $5,000 per project. The fund is contestable and each application will be assessed on its merits on a case-by-case basis.
Applications for funding will close 5pm on Friday 1 May 2014.
Applications that meet the criteria will be considered and funding allocated by the Grants Subcommittee at a public meeting in June 2015. Priority will be given to projects on sites identified as Areas of Significant Conservation Value in Schedule 25.4 of the Dunedin City District Plan.
Copies of the fund criteria and on-line application forms can be obtained from www.dunedin.govt.nz/biodiversity or by phoning 477 4000.
Saturday 9th May, 9:00 – 10:00am
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Octagon, ticketdirect.co.nz — Service fees will apply $18/$15
Join University of Auckland’s Associate Professor of Psychology Dr Niki Harré in discussion with Dunedin’s Dr Maureen Howard about issues of sustainability, values and political activism. In particular, Harré will be discussing her 2011 book Psychology for a Better World which focusses on engagement with people in order to create a more sustainable and equitable society.
Various dates and locations
FREE Homemade Cleaners Workshops
Make your own eco-friendly and cost-effective cleaners!
Reduce unnecessary packaging and harmful chemicals in your home
Share tips and recipes for cleaning your home with your own homemade cleaners!
Dunedin city – Wednesday 10th June: Daytime course 10-12noon or Evening course 7-9pm, both at Church of Christ Community, corner of Filleul St and St Andrew St
Mosgiel – Tuesday 16th June, 7-9pm, Arahina House, 2 Perth St, Mosgiel
Waikouaiti – Thursday 18th June 7-9pm, East Otago Events Centre, Waikouaiti
Places on this FREE workshop are restricted to 14 and by RSVP only. To book your place please contact Maureen Howard on 473 9967 or firstname.lastname@example.org Brought to you by the Dunedin City Council
3. Ongoing activities
Otago Organics Mentoring Programme
The Mentoring Programme provides a link between interested members of the local community and experienced Otago Organics growers and administrators. The Programme is open to anyone wishing to acquire hands-on experience of practical organics. Specifically (although not exclusively) it is designed to meet the needs of:
Home gardeners keen to deepen their understanding of organic systems
Community gardeners wishing to guarantee the safety of the food they produce
Lifestyle block owners looking for organic land use opportunities
Graduates of organic education courses seeking on-farm experience
Contact: Ann Broadfoot – email@example.com or Rayna Dickson – firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Community fruit tree harvesting and preserving
Do you have fruit trees that you don’t harvest or need help to pick? Do you know how to preserve the fruit, or would you like to learn?
The Dunedin Community Fruit Harvest Group and other volunteers are teaming up again to do some community fruit-picking, baking and preserving. The aim of the community initiative is to reduce waste, make the most of local food and share skills. Volunteers and tree owners will get to keep a little produce themselves, with fresh produce going to the Food Bank or being used in skill-sharing workshops or turned into delicious fresh apple juice. Contact email@example.com if you would like to offer your fruit, help pick or get further information. Please also follow them on Facebook on the Community Food Harvesting Dunedin page.
Eco living in action radio show. Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Hosted by Maureen Howard. Supported by the Dunedin City Council.
Just some of the programmes over the last few months include Hagen Bruggemann – Converting your car to electric, Laura Lewis – Making a Sourdough Starter, Sarah Fenwick – Mulches and Craig Salmon – Holidaying in his electric car (Telsa).
The show runs every week – each Thursday 2.30-3pm on 105.4FM and is repeated each Monday 8.30-9am. To hear all of the shows please go to the Otago Access Radio website at www.oar.org.nz. Or download the shows via iTunes – to come to you every week! You can also check out photos to go with some past shows on the website at http://ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com
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 022 437 0799, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – 2015 Open Community Days are usually held on the Island on the last Saturday of each month. Come for the day or overnight. Help with the tree re-vegetation, maintenance and other projects. Enjoy good company and food in beautiful surroundings. Cost: $10 for the boat and a contribution towards the shared lunch.
Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or email@example.com. See http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ for more information about the island and the St Martin’s Island Community which looks after it.
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: Karen Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 4770 677.
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 consultations: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations. The consultation document and supporting documents for the Long Term Plan (LTP) for the city are at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/draft-long-term-plan-2015-2016. Consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday 28th April.
· On-line at https://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/draft-long-term-plan-2015-2016/have-your-say/dcc-long-term-plan-2015-25
· Hard copy: download the form from the Consultation document, fill it and drop it in at the Civic Centre or post it to LTP, Dunedin City Council, PO Box 5045, Moray Place Dunedin 9058
· Tweets to @DnCityCouncil with the hashtag #LTP will be considered formal feedback and will be provided to Councillors.
· On Facebook if people want their feedback recorded then they need to leave their comments on our posts on our pages. -www.facebook.com/DunedinCityCouncil
The final ‘pop-up’ community meeting with councillors about the LTP will be at Coronation Hall, Portobello, 21st April at 7:30pm.
Otago Regional Council consultations: http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/ Otago Regional Council is also consulting on its Long Term Plan. See http://forourfuture.orc.govt.nz/index.php for the consultation document, submission form and supporting information. The closing date for submissions is Monday 4th May.
The Guardian newspaper has started a campaign for divestment from fossil fuels by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, the largest and second largest charitable trusts in the world, working in the fields of development and health. To learn more and sign the petition, see Guardian Climate Change Campaign.
5. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
There’s always another side to a story – see the interesting response to the Guardian newspaper’s divestment campaign from the Wellcome Trust: Wellcome Trust response, arguing that at present it can do more good by engaging with fossil fuel companies as a shareholder.
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