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.
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)
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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 email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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
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Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
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