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No_Drill Kia ora,
This week’s newsletter highlights quite a few interesting events in the run-up to Christmas, plus some great ideas for visiting Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua over the holidays for a low impact, local day-trip or overnight stay, with the opportunity to help with native tree planting.
Also, please note the important Dunedin City Council ‘seeking of views’ on oil and gas exploration off the Otago coast (see section 4 below). This invitation to comment closes on Friday 5th December.
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. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Sustainable Dunedin City runs Big Green Challenge, an annual grant scheme for environmental projects around the city. The ten successful projects for 2014 are listed on our website here. They include Generation Zero, for workshops to engage students in climate change issues, Volunteering Otago, for preserving and baking workshops and various community garden schemes.
If you are a Facebook user you can follow the progress of the various projects on Dunedin’s Big Green Challenge Facebook page. There will also be updates on the Sustainable Dunedin City website from time to time.

Thursday 27th November, 5:30 pm
(last Thursday of month)
GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic this month:Open Session. Please come along, share your news/issues plus your wish for topics and speakers in 2015. Newcomers 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 pleaseemail Maureen Howard, GreenDrinks Dunedin Coordinator on mo4planet@gmail.com

Thursday 18th December, 7:30 pm
(Third Thurs/ month)
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers
Topic this month: To be confirmed

2. Other new events

Wednesday 26th November, 7.30pm
Oceania voices on the environment
St Patrick’s Church, 32 Macandrew Rd, South Dunedin.
A discussion of Caritas Aotearoa/New Zealand’s recent report on the impact of climate change on individuals in Oceania. Led by report author Martin de Jong, with Nicky Chapman.

Thursday 27th November, 11am
Seniors for Carbon Neutrality
Green Party office Level 5, Burns House, Cnr Octagon and George Street (but it is not a Green Party event)
An initial meeting to explore the possibility of setting up a community group for older people to discuss how they can contribute to a sustainable future, particularly through sharing their values of community, love of nature and self-sufficiency with grandchildren and great-nieces/nephews. Email Donna Peacock grapea@ihug.co.nz if you would like to attend or have more information about the group.

Friday 28th November, 8.45am – 5pm
Otago Energy Research Centre Symposium
Arana College, University of Otago
Free symposium showcasing a range of current and potential research being conducted in Otago in the areas of energy use, efficiency and climate change. Guest speaker: Dr Ben Anderson, University of Southampton, UK
See http://www.otago.ac.nz/oerc/ for more information.

Monday 1st December, 4.0pm
Wise Response – Special General Meeting
Centre for Sustainability, 530 Castle Street, Dunedin
Wise Response is an organisation calling on the government to carry out an assessment of the risks for New Zealand associated with climate change, the current financial system and other unsustainable practices. More information at http://wiseresponse.org.nz/. Wise Response is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City, among others.

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/Kamau Taurua – special Christmas events and activities

Contact Kristen at sec.smic@gmail.com or on 027 779 5481 about all of these:

1. The ideal Christmas gift….Treat your friends and family to an island retreat or adventure!

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua is so close (no long tiring drive) and yet so far away from the bustle of life on the mainland. You can relax in beautiful surroundings, or be active- helping with our tree revegetation work or other projects. Beautiful gift vouchers available for return boat transport on the Vivienne J ($10 per person), and/or for overnight accommodation in the lodge ($15 per adult; $12 per student; $10 per child). Vouchers will be posted with a colour brochure about the island. They can be redeemed at Community weekends, usually the last Saturday of the month; or as part of a group organised by the recipient. Valid until Dec 31st 2015. Contact Kristen to discuss redeeming your voucher or check out our website quarantineisland.org.nz

2. Saturday 13th December is our St Martin Island Community Christmas party on the Island.
We hope you can join us to relax and celebrate! Bring yummy food to share, warm clothes, $10 for the boat and your koha for the Island. Boat from Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 2pm, returning 8.30pm, or stay overnight. Pick up also possible on the peninsula side. Bookings required.

3. Looking for something fun to do after Christmas/in January? We can organise boat transport to the Island for groups of friends and family. Bring a picnic. Help weeding around our native tree seedlings. Relax and explore.
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 kconnor@doc.govt.nz 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.
Wanted – Plastic PET bottles
Sawyers Bay School is wanting to build a glasshouse out of plastic bottles. They need approximately 1500 1.5 litre bottles. Bottles can be left at Sawyers Bay School during school hours or with Darlene Thomson, Keep Dunedin Beautiful Coordinator Dunedin City Council

4. Petitions and consultations

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/) – no sustainability-related consultations at present.
Dunedin City Council consultations: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations – no formal sustainability-related consultations at present. However, the Council is seeking views on oil and gas exploration off the Otago coast, to help it formulate its response to the Government’s 2015 Petroleum Block Offer. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/latest-news/november-2014/residents-views-sought-on-oil-and-gas-exploration for more information. Closing date for responses: Friday 5th December.

Otago Regional Council consultations: http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/ – no sustainability-related consultations at present.

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

FoodShare
Torrential rain meant that fewer people than hoped for were around to visit the one-off FoodShare stall at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday, so I thought I would take this opportunity to draw attention to its work. FoodShare is a local charity making a very practical response to two of the big failings of our current economic system – on the one hand, enormous food wastage, and, on the other, people who cannot afford to feed themselves or their families. Six days a week, FoodShare volunteers collect fresh but surplus perishable food from local supermarkets, bakeries, market stalls etc. and quickly deliver them to organisations such as the Salvation Army and food-banks who can pass them on to those who need them. They provide a vital link between retailers and social support charities, neither of which have the resources themselves to shift fresh food promptly from one place to the other. Since it started, FoodShare has provided food for over 380,000 meals for the Dunedin community and diverted 133,126 tonnes of food from landfill. We can hope that one day its work will no longer be necessary, but in the meantime it is an inspiring example of practical sustainability in action.
For more information, see http://www.foodshare.org.nz/.

Simonne Samuelson newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Jenny Neilson (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Sustainable Dunedin City Inc.

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

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

_IGP8386-2Greetings everyone,

Last Saturday I was pleased to have the opportunity to listen to a range of speakers taking part in the anti-Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement demonstration in the Octagon (part of a global day of action against this potential free trade agreement). Interesting points were made about the TPPA’s potential impact on environmental legislation in New Zealand, with examples of how similar agreements in other countries have been used to curtail governments’ abilities to protect clean water supplies and stop pollution from mining. Meanwhile the New Zealand government continues to argue that the benefits of increased free trade outweigh the disadvantages or that the terms of the agreement have been misrepresented by those opposed to it. This is certainly a debate worth following and engaging in for those of us concerned about sustainability.

Best wishes, Simonne

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

An obituary for Phil Cole, a long-standing and active supporter of Sustainable Dunedin City, is included at the end of this month’s newsletter.

Sustainable Dunedin City runs Big Green Challenge, an annual grant scheme for environmental projects around the city. The ten successful projects for 2014 have just been announced and are listed on our website. They include Generation Zero, for workshops to engage students in climate change issues, Volunteering Otago, for preserving and baking workshops and various community garden schemes.

Thursday 20th November,  7:30 pm, (Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers

The Portsider in Port Chalmers

November’s meeting will be with Dr Sue Bidrose, CEO of Dunedin City Council.

 

Thursday 27th November, 5:30 pm, (last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

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

Topic this month: tbc

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 mo4planet@gmail.com (note new email address).

1.   Other new dates and activities

 

Thursday 13th November, 7pm – 8pm

Julie-Anne Genter (Green MP)  reporting back on Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project

Alexander McMillan Room – Community House, cnr Gt King St and Moray Place

Julie-Anne Genter will share her learning from the Climate Reality Project conference in June this year, aimed at developing tools and information to support communities in combatting climate change. See  http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/06/27/my-day-with-al-gore/

RSVP: giuliana.tucker@parliament.govt.nz

Tuesday 18th November, 5.30pm

“Crayfish tails and flat ugly snails – the need for Marine Reserves in Otago” Andrew Penniket, marine biologist and NHNZ underwater cameraman

Room 215, Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King St.

Email: dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz

Saturday 22nd November, 1pm – 5pm

Composting Made Easy Workshops – Leith Valley

Explore the benefits of various composting techniques to build your soil health and feed your plants. Learn how to build a hot compost heap, use a Bokashi composting system, and start your own worm farm. Cost $10.

Contact Michelle Ritchie to register your interest – 029 771 0212 or michelle@organicbydesign.kiwi.nz

Friday 28th November, 8.45am – 5pm

Otago Energy Research Centre Symposium

Arana College, University of Otago

Free symposium showcasing a range of current and potential research being conducted in Otago in the areas of energy use, efficiency and climate change. Guest speaker: Dr Ben Anderson, University of Southampton, UK

See http://www.otago.ac.nz/oerc/ for more information.

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

2.   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 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: Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz 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.

3.   Petitions and consultations

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/) – no sustainability-related consultations at present.

Dunedin City Council consultations: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations – no sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council consultations: http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/ – no sustainability-related consultations at present.

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

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

For a bit of fun, and to raise awareness and money for Forest & Bird, take part in their Seabird of the Year competition. Votes close 24th November at 6pm. See http://www.birdoftheyear.org.nz/ for more information.

Wanted – Plastic PET bottles

Sawyers Bay School is wanting to build a glasshouse out of plastic bottles. They need approximately 1500 1.5 litre bottles. Bottles can be left at Sawyers Bay School during school hours or with Darlene Thomson, Keep Dunedin Beautiful Coordinator Dunedin City Council

In memoriam – Phil Cole

Phil Cole, who died on 2 November 2014, was a long-standing and active supporter of Sustainable Dunedin City.  A committee member from 2008, he served as co-chair and treasurer.  As a traffic engineer who was passionately aware of the need to improve public transport as a means to reduce our community’s dependence on fossil fuels, he was energetic in promoting this need through various SDC forums and submissions on Council plans. His opinion editorials about public transport featured regularly in the ODT. His stimulating and insightful arguments often challenged the transport authorities. Phil was chairman of the Dunedin Cable Car Trust, and enthusiastic in his promotion of its project to reinstate the High Street cable car.

Phil was a fearless and good-humoured advocate of sustainability initiatives and community well-being, which he saw as imperatives for responding to climate change and the problems created by fossil fuels. His cheerfulness, delightful wit, and keen skills of engagement endeared him to all of us who knew him.

Our sympathies rest with Jenny, his wife, and Hannah and David, his children.

Jocelyn Harris and John Cocks

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Simonne Samuelson 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

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

Otago_Harbour_BlueKia ora! I am enjoying writing this from our new home on the Peninsula, drawing inspiration from a lovely view across the harbour, even on a damp, grey day like today. It is a stunning place to be and we feel very appreciative of our beautiful city and region.
Our move last weekend is the reason for the slight lateness of this edition of the newsletter – but the normal fortnightly schedule should resume now. Please note that I generally deal with newsletter correspondence at the weekends, so please don’t think I am ignoring you if you email me and don’t get an immediate response mid-week. Of course I will try and deal with urgent ones more promptly.
Ngā mihi, Simonne

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
Big Green Challenge applications are now closed. Sustainable Dunedin City will announce the successful projects shortly.

Thursday 30th October
5:30 pm
(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic this month: Our natural and social world is rapidly changing: What kind of work will we/our kids be doing in 2030?
Predicting the future for Dunedin is a challenging task. What will the future of work here in Dunedin look like in a context of a rapidly changing and increasingly constrained world (declining resources, climate change, biodiversity loss etc)? Dr Sara Walton will talk to us about a narrative of the future of work that she and colleagues at the University of Otago have created. This narrative is based on a descriptive survey completed by a panel of business and community leaders to explore what the future of work might look like.
You can contact Sara at sara.walton@otago.ac.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 mo4planet@gmail.com (note new email address).
Thursday 20th November
7:30 pm
(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers

November’s meeting will be with Dr Sue Bidrose, CEO of Dunedin City Council.

1. Other new dates and activities

Saturday 1st November
11am – 3pm
Our Food Network Dunedin
Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Public Library
Our Food Network Dunedin invites you to the Third Local Food Forum “Ideas into Action”.
November 1st – 9th

Conservation Week
See http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/events-and-awards/conservation-week/ for information about events and competitions around the country.
Tuesday 4th November
5:30pm

Dunedin City Council ‘Big Decisions, Big Conversations’ consultation workshop
Regent Theatre, The Octagon

This workshop is part of a programme of consultation by the DCC entitled “Big Decisions, Big Conversations’’, asking members of the public what decisions are ‘big’ or significant to them, and when and how they expect the Council to involve them in making those decisions. For more information, see the Petitions and Consultations section of this newsletter (below).
Please RSVP to policy@dcc.govt.nz or 477 4000 if you wish to attend this workshop.
Thursday 6th November
5:30-9:00pm

Public Lecture: “Conversations about Conservation” (Conservation Week event)
Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

Talks by staff and students from Zoology and Wildlife Management about their work, followed by time for discussion and questions. Cash bar, refreshments provided.
Saturday 8th November
1:00pm

International Day of Action against the TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership)– Dunedin Rally
Meet outside the Dental School, 310 Great King Street
An opportunity to take part in a global day of action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, a proposed free trade agreement which is currently under negotiation between the New Zealand government and a number of other Pacific countries including the USA, Australia, Japan, Peru and Canada. Many believe that the TPPA would significantly reduce New Zealand’s ability to regulate for itself in important areas such as workplaces, environment, health and education, and are concerned about the secrecy of the negotiations for the agreement.
For more information on opposition to the TPPA see www.itsourfuture.org.nz. For details of the Dunedin rally see https://www.facebook.com/events/853219618046052/
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

2. 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 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: Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz 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.

3. Petitions and consultations

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/) – no sustainability-related consultations at present.
Dunedin City Council consultations: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations
“Big Decisions, Big Conversations” – As well as the workshop on 4th November (see details in events calendar above) there are various other methods of taking part in this consultation – information at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/significance-and-engagement. Proposal and feedback forms are also available from all DCC Public Libraries and service centres. Community feedback will help the Council finalise its Significance and Engagement Policy – a new requirement under the Local Government Act. Guidelines and methods for community engagement will also be developed. Consultation closes 5pm on 10th November.

Otago Regional Council consultations: http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/ The Regional Council is also consulting on its Significance and Engagement Policy: http://www.orc.govt.nz/Publications-and-Reports/Corporate-Planning-and-Reporting/dsepolicy/, with the same closing date.

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

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

2014 is likely to be the hottest year on record, and has already included six of the hottest months on record, according to a US science agency: http://www.theguardian.com/environment

Tēnā koutou katoa,
Simonne Samuelson 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

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Kia ora and welcome to the fortnightly Sustainable Dunedin City Newsletter.

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 25 September, (last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

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

Topic this month: “What is happening at the Poly?”

The Otago Polytechnic has a vision of every graduate being a sustainable practitioner- what does this mean and how are people moving towards this vision? Jen Rodgers- Sustainable Practice Advisor will talk about her role, answer questions and share some good news stories from differing departments.

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 16th October, 7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

Topic to be confirmed.

1.   Other new dates and activities

Wednesday 24th September’ 1:30 – 3:00pm

Life After Driving – panel discussion – Dunedin Visually Impaired Group

Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin Public Library

A panel of three active visually impaired people will talk about what driving meant to them, how and why they stopped driving, what they miss most about not being able to drive and how they cope now.

Thursday 25th September, 4:00 – 5:00pm

Integrated water management and research for sustainable farming: lessons from Canada

Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation, University of Otago

Elizabeth Soal, policy manager for the Waitaki Irrigators Collective Ltd (WIC)

Elizabeth travelled to Canada in July and August this year through a travel grant provided by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She shares her observations on the similarities between Canada and New Zealand with regard to water management. The presentation will examine some of the provinces different approaches to water management, research and environmentally beneficial management practices and provide a comparison with water management approaches in New Zealand.

Saturday 27th September 10.15am – 4pm

Heritage Open Day on Quarantine Island/ Kamau Taurua

Hosted by members of the St Martin Island Community (SMIC) in preparation for the next stage of the conservation of the historic Married Quarters building.

Bring a picnic and take time to explore this special island, the heart of the harbour, and learn a bit about its history and ecology.

Boat transport will be provided by the charter launch, the Vivienne J.  Boats will leave Back Beach, Port Chalmers from 10.15am, approximately every 40 minutes, until 2.30pm. If there is sufficient demand, a boat will also pick up and return to the Portobello side. There will be regular boats back during the day, with the last boat leaving the island at 4.00pm.

Cost: $15 per adult; $10 for students (tertiary); $5 for children (school age) $5; preschoolers free. This covers return boat transport and a donation towards the restoration of the historic Married Quarters interior.  You are welcome to donate more!

Further information, and registration for boat transport can be made through the Island’s website quarantineisland.org.nz or by phoning Kristen Bracey on 473 9535. (Some berths may be available on the day, however, bookings will take priority).

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

October

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

October (starts 14 & 15 see text for details)

Sustainable Living Courses in Kaikorai Valley and City

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

KAIKORAI VALLEY COMMUNITY EVENING COURSE Tuesdays 7-9pm Starts 14th October. Kaikorai Presbyterian Church Room, 127 Taieri Road

CITYWIDE EVENING COURSE Wednesdays 7-9pm Starts 15th October. Church of Christ Community Rooms. Corner of Filleul and St Andrews St

Facilitated by Maureen Howard, BSc Hons, PhD, Certificate in Permaculture Design, 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

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

2.   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: Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz 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.

3.   Petitions and consultations

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

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

Current consultation on draft Arts and Culture Strategy  http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/draft-arts-and-culture-strategy closes 3rd October.

Note in particular page 13 of draft strategy: “The strategy also supports enhancing the sustainability of arts, culture and creativity in the city, from taking practical steps around work practices to the use of arts and culture to promote economic and social wellbeing and promote resilience.”

 

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

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,

Simonne Samuelson 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

Kia ora – greetings from your new newsletter compiler! My name is Simonne Samuelson and I arrived in Dunedin from the UK with my Kiwi partner, Graham, last December. Having been involved for many years with the fair trade movement and various environmental organisations back home, I am delighted with this opportunity to get more involved with the environmental scene here and to support the flourishing community of Dunedin residents interested in sustainability and climate change.

Many thanks to Nicky Chapman for her work on the newsletter over the last few years and for a really well-organised handover.

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

Wednesday 10 September, 5.45 pm

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. AGM followed by:

Generation Zero an update

Rm D101, Otago Polytech, Dunedin.

All welcome.

Thursday 18 September,  7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

Two days before the election… the plan is to ask local candidates to speak – TBC.

Confirmations for GreenDrinks for the rest of the year:

Thursday 16 October: Lani Evans, environmental activist extraordinaire, who may just talk about her training work with Al GoreThursday 12 November: Dr Sue Bidrose, CEO, DCC

Thursday 25 September

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

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

[Topic to be confirmed]

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 11 September, 4-5pm

A better life with a small footprint? Understanding happiness, satisfiers and nature’s contribution

Centre for Innovation Seminar Room, University of Otago

Dr Lin Roberts, a senior lecturer in sustainability and environmental management at Lincoln University, will present on the concept of ‘Ecosystem services’ which was developed to increase awareness and understanding of the benefits people obtain from ecosystems.

Website http://www.otago.ac.nz/csafe

Thursday 11 September, 5.00pm

Climate Change – updated findings of the IPCC and implications for New Zealand

Burns 1 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

Dr David Wratt QSO CRSNZ Emeritus Scientist, NIWA, and Adjunct Professor, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University, Wellington

This talk discusses key findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) most recent assessment, evidence supporting these findings, and some implications for New Zealand.

Sunday 14 September, 9am – 12 noon

Tomahawk/Smaills Beachcare Trust – Planting Day

Car park next to the Ocean Grove Play Ground.

Bring gloves, and a spade if you have one. Some extra spades will be available. Please wear warm clothing and closed in footwear. We will end the morning with BBQ and soup. For more information contact: Gaileen – 021 08541409 or email manager-beachcare@hotmail.com<mailto:manager-beachcare@hotmail.com>  www.facebook.com/TSBCT

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

Tuesday 16 September, 7pm (meeting) 7:30pm Social evening

Co-housing Otepoti/Dunedin information and social evening

WINZ community Link Building, Waipori Room, entrance Castle Street.

All welcome at meeting, and social/information gathering after. We will be showing film examples of co-housing in other countries. Bring a plate of finger food and non-alcoholic beverages to share. And bring a friend

For more information, contact Jacky Tate, 481 7971

Wednesday 17 September, 5.30-7.00pm

New Zealand Sea Lion Trust AGM

Dunningham Suite, 4th floor, Dunedin City Library

Stefan Meyer, Otago University Zoology Dept: “The Future of the New Zealand Sea Lion- Population Modelling explained”

Followed by an update on our local sea lion population by Trust Scientist Shaun McConkey and Chairman Steve Broni. Light refreshments available from 5pm

Contact: sealiontrust@clear.net.nz<mailto:sealiontrust@clear.net.nz>

21 September:

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

Tuesday 23 September, 5.30pm

Reintroduction Biology: Restoring species in a changing world
Professor Philip Seddon’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Archway 1 Lecture Theatre, Union Street East. All welcome.

October

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

October (starts 14 & 15 see text for details)

Sustainable Living Courses in Kaikorai Valley and City

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

KAIKORAI VALLEY COMMUNITY EVENING COURSE Tuesdays 7-9pm Starts 14th October. Kaikorai Presbyterian Church Room, 127 Taieri Road

CITYWIDE EVENING COURSE Wednesdays 7-9pm Starts 15th October. Church of Christ Community Rooms. Corner of Filleul and St Andrews St

Facilitated by Maureen Howard, BSc Hons, PhD, Certificate in Permaculture Design, 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

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

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

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 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,

Simonne Samuelson 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

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

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