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This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Kia ora,

This week we are pleased to announce Sustainable Dunedin City’s support for Our Food Network (OFN) – a Dunedin-based organisation whose aim is to contribute to the building of a resilient and prosperous community by stimulating the production, distribution and consumption of local food. This aligns well with SDC’s own aim of facilitating a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. OFN has identified a number of key initiatives and is now developing its “Ideas into Action” project to enable real progress to be made on them. Initial funding from Dunedin City Council, Dunedin Rural Development and Sustainable Dunedin City has enabled OFN to engage an “Ideas into Action” project facilitator for the initial phase on a part time/short term basis. They are pleased to have engaged Niki Bould to carry out this work. Sustainable Dunedin City is also assisting OFN by providing a formal structure as an Incorporated Society to receive  funding for the project on OFN’s behalf.

There are important deadlines for government consultations coming up this week and next – on the TPPA, Resource Management Act and Marine Protected Areas Act. See the Consultations section below for more information.

Finally, for a slightly longer term perspective, there is interesting reading from Wise Response, with transcripts from a recent public lecture and workshop on New Zealand’s role in implementing  the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Best wishes,
Simonne
Green Drinks
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.
Thursday 17th March, 7.30pm
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

Continuing discussion on future activities for Green Drinks – Port Chalmers.

For more information about the group see their Facebook page.

Green Drinks – Dunedin City
No regular meetings scheduled currently
Events for March
Monday 7th March, 7pm
Film Screening: Project Wild Thing
Venue: College of Education Auditorium, Union Street East

Hosted by the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication. “Project Wild Thing is the hilarious, real life story of one man’s determination to get children out and into the ultimate, free wonder. Project Wild Thing was one of the biggest documentary film releases of 2013. The film’s aim is to kick-start a movement for social change which gets kids playing outside freely and re-connecting with the natural world. David’s film Project Wild Thing sparked The Wild Network, a movement aimed at getting kids outdoors and leading nature-rich lives.http://www.thewildnetwork.com/”

Monday 14th March
Keep Dunedin Beautiful awards – closing date for nominations
The DCC is inviting people to nominate friends, neighbours, colleagues, community members and groups who are making an effort to beautify or clean up our city in one way or another.
Please send through the name of your nominee and some contact details for them along with a short description of their actions.For more information and to nominate please contact Ashlea Muston, Keep Dunedin Beautiful Coordinator. Phone 03 474 3401 or 021 715 423. Email keepdunedinbeautiful@dcc.govt.nz

WR_TPPA_Poster_March_2016_ 2Monday 14th March, 9am (half day or full day) -note that registration closes on Wednesday 9th March
Trans-Pacific Partnership Roadshows

Venue: Dunedin Centre,1 Harrop Street

Free event organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, intended to provide an overview of the TPPA from the government’s perspective (with technical workshops in the afternoon on “TPP business outcomes”). There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Registration information.

There are also demonstrations planned outside these roadshows by anti-TPPA campaign groups.

Monday, 14th March
The TPPA and New Zealand’s Future

Public meeting at 7.30pm Monday March 14 at 7.30pm in the St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, Dunedin

Professor Tim Hazledine, Economics Department, University of Auckland will talk on: “The TPPA and New Zealand’s Future”.

Gold Coin Entry

Sponsored by Wise Response Society Inc.
NB public consultation on the TPPA closes on Friday 11th March (though all but one of the explanatory Roadshows around the country is on or after this date!) – more information below.
Regular activities and volunteering opportunities

Become a Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) Coordinator – inspire the next generation!
KCC is Forest & Bird’s programme for children. Volunteer KCC coordinators plan and run interesting outdoor adventures for KCC children in their area. These can be anything from fossil finding to bush walks, beach fossicks to star gazing – and anything in between! If you are keen to take families (parents/caregivers are always required) on great adventures, have enthusiasm and an interest in the natural world, we’d love to hear from you. We aim to run one trip per month, out of school hours (usually a weekend afternoon). With a team of 3 – 4 Coordinators, this means organising about one or two trips per term. To see the sorts of adventures we run, click here: http://kcc.org.nz/events/

To find out more, please email Dannie Hawkins at dunedin@kcc.org.nz

Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.

Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

As many of you know, Maureen Howard is travelling in South America at the moment and is not able to broadcast regularly, but she is writing a fascinating blog at www.ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com and uploading radio shows when she can. Forthcoming broadcasts:
10/03/2016  Love the Lindsay Creek – Marty Cancilla
17/03/2016  Creating a Sustainable Town in Panama – Kalu Yala
24/03/2016  learning about Water Issues in Otago  – Nika Wood
31/03/2016  Making Rum Sustainably in Panama! –  tbc
7/04/2016  Off the Grid in Palmerston  – Linda Begg

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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799).

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 contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

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.
Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consulations at present.

New Zealand Government:
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Closing date Friday 11th March. Submit individually through the government’s website and/or join with others in a joint submission through ActionStation. Information on the TPPA is also available from It’s Our Future.
Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. Click here for details of the proposals and how to make submissions. Deadline for submissions Monday 14th March. This is a complicated Bill, proposing major amendments to the Resource Management Act, Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf Act, the Environmental Protection Authority Act, the Reserves Act, the Conservation Act and the Public Works Act. The bill was introduced in early December and it seems as if not many environmental groups have had time yet to publish their views on it – there are 180 pages of amendments to existing legislation and 38 pages of explanation to work through! However, the Green Party has already said that it is opposing the Bill:
“Though we support parts of the Bill, including the increased recognition of the importance of managing natural hazards, most of the good proposals in the Bill appear to be vastly out-weighed by changes that consolidate power around the Minister, lock out local voices, and weaken environmental safeguards.” (Green Party press release)
Likewise, the November-December issue of ECOlink, the newsletter of the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand, raises concerns:
“The Bill proposes changes to several Acts that would constitute major threats to the environment and to local democracy. Like the proposals that preceded this Bill, there are many moves to favour economic development over other interests.”

Marine Protected Areas Act consultation. Forest and Bird link to submission forms below. Deadline Friday 11th March at 5pm.

http://mfe.govt.nz/publications/marine/new-marine-protected-areas-act-consultation-document

http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/node/109417

Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts

Simonne Wood (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Kia ora,
A short newsletter this week, as Dunedin seems to be saving up its energies for the start of the academic year and not many sustainability events are scheduled. However, Port Chalmers Green Drinks is starting up again, with an opportunity to plan its activities for the year, and Seaweek offers plenty of events around Otago at the end of the month. There are also a few petitions and consultations to consider.

Hopefully some of you, like me, are enjoying the fruits of this summer now – our tomatoes are at last ripening and we will be extracting honey from our hives tomorrow. I’ve also been getting to know my new chooks this week, who are very appreciative of our overgrown silver beet!

Best wishes,
Simonne

Green Drinks
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.
Thursday 18th February, 7.30pm
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

First green-drinking of the year – to discuss the format for the year! Shall we continue Green Drinks with guest speakers? Without? Go out and DO things instead? If so, what? (Gardening blitzes, learning events, deplasticising Port…)  All welcome to this discussion, with Jennie Upton of the DCC who will also update us on the Sustainable Living Programme.

For more information about the group see their Facebook page.

Green Drinks – Dunedin City
No regular meetings scheduled currently
Events for February
Saturday 27th February – Sunday 6th March
Seaweek Activities

Celebrate New Zealand Seaweek with a variety of activities around Otago and elsewhere: see http://seaweek.org.nz/events/otago/ for details.

Includes:
Saturday 27th February – 12pm
Dunedin Coastal Clean-up
Venue: meet outside St Kilda’s Surf Life Saving Club.

Gloves, bags and light refreshments provided for volunteers. Event details on Facebook or email info@osof.org

Saturday 27th February
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua

Seaweek activities, as well as the usual opportunity to volunteer, explore and relax. Come across at 10am for the day, returning at 3.30pm or bring your sleeping bag and stay overnight. There is a second chance to come over at 3pm on Saturday for those wanting to stay overnight. Bring some food to share for a potluck picnic. If it’s your first visit to the island check the ‘visit page’ of our website http://quarantineisland.org.nz/

The boat departs promptly from Back Beach, by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club at the times listed above and can do a pick up on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement. The boat is operated by the Monarch and costs$15 return per person. A koha for the island is always appreciated.

Bookings required. Contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 027 779 5481 to book a place on the boat.
Regular activities

Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.

Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

As many of you know, Maureen Howard is travelling in South America at the moment (having travelled by freighter to avoid air travel) and is not able to broadcast regularly, but she is writing a fascinating blog at www.ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com and uploading radio shows when she can.

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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799).

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 contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

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.
Petitions and consultations

Petition to reinstate bus service between Green Island, Concord and Costorphine
Sign the #70LocaltoDunedin petition to get a local “stopping all stations” bus service reinstated between Green Island, Concord, Corstorphine, Caversham and South Dunedin. Can be signed at several places in Green Island, including the Fresh Choice supermarket, and at the Coffee Post Green Island. Affected bus users and residents preferred as signatories please. Forms may be downloaded from busgodunedin.wikia.com

Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present (except for responses to submissions on the 2nd Generation Plan – limited rights to submit – see https://2gp.dunedin.govt.nz/2gp/submissions.html)

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consulations at present.

New Zealand Government:
Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. Click here for details of the proposals and how to make submissions. Deadline for submissions Monday 14th March. This is a complicated Bill, proposing major amendments to the Resource Management Act, Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf Act, the Environmental Protection Authority Act, the Reserves Act, the Conservation Act and the Public Works Act. The bill was introduced in early December and it seems as if not many environmental groups have had time yet to publish their views on it – there are 180 pages of amendments to existing legislation and 38 pages of explanation to work through! However, the Green Party has already said that it is opposing the Bill:
“Though we support parts of the Bill, including the increased recognition of the importance of managing natural hazards, most of the good proposals in the Bill appear to be vastly out-weighed by changes that consolidate power around the Minister, lock out local voices, and weaken environmental safeguards.” (Green Party press release)
Likewise, the November-December issue of ECOlink, the newsletter of the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand, raises concerns:
“The Bill proposes changes to several Acts that would constitute major threats to the environment and to local democracy. Like the proposals that preceded this Bill, there are many moves to favour economic development over other interests.”

Marine Protected Areas Act consultation. Forest and Bird link to submission forms below

http://mfe.govt.nz/publications/marine/new-marine-protected-areas-act-consultation-document

http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/node/109417

Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts

Simonne Wood (formerly Samuelson) (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Happy New Year!
Welcome to the first Sustainable Dunedin City newsletter of 2016. There are already some interesting events coming up, as we come out of the summer lull. For some of us, it might also be a good time to start taking notice of the government’s proposed changes to the Resource Management Act and other environmental legislation – the closing date for submissions is not until 14th March, but there is a lot to get our heads around and there is already some opposition to the proposals because of their implications for the environment. Keep a look out in the media for a range of opinions which are likely to emerge over the next few weeks. In the meantime, a couple of commentaries are included in the Petitions and Consultions section below.

For lighter reading, catch up with Maureen Howard’s account of the first stage of her travels to and through South America – in the EcoLiving in Action slot below.

Finally, if you have made a new year’s resolution to reduce waste and want some interesting suggestions to help you along, try the website of the Zero-Waste Chef: http://zerowastechef.com/

Best wishes,
Simonne

Green Drinks
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 – Port Chalmers
On a summer break – next meeting date will be announced shortly.
For more information about the group see their Facebook page.

Green Drinks – Dunedin City
No regular meetings scheduled currently
Events for January and February
Friday 29th January, 7 pm
TPPA talk
Venue: Burns Hall (next to First Church, Moray Place)

International TPPA experts Lori Wallach, founder and director of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen, and Professor Jane Kelsey from University of Auckland, will talk about the latest research, politics, analysis and actions. All welcome. The talk is a free event but any donations towards costs will be gratefully received. Saturday 30th January, 12 – 2.30pm
TPPA Don’t Sign eventVenue: The Octagon
Rally/picnic/info and entertainment “TPPA Don’t Sign” action event for all the family. Bring lunch, sign the petition and share ideas for action.

Saturday 30th January
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community Day
At this open day, we will also have a scything workshop for those who are interested. Dick Martin will demonstrate how to care for scythes so they stay sharp and effective, and also how to use them. We have lots of long grass on the Island for anyone who wants to practise! Bring your own scythe if you have one! Please register for this demonstration so we can pass on any updates. Watch how it’s done – grass cutting without emissions! https://wild-willows207.wistia.com/medias/igp1xaen4d

The boat leaves Back Beach by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club at 10am sharp and can do a pick up on the Portobello side. Return boat leaves the Island at approx. 3.30 pm. $15 for the boat. Bookings required! Contact Becca on 4780874, 021 165 6786 or at quarantineisland@gmail.com Bring something to share for a potluck picnic. A koha for the Island is always appreciated.

The next open days will be Sat 6th Feb. and Sat. 27th Feb. Check the http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ for details.
Thursday 4th February 8am to 5pm
Urban Farming Masterclass
This is a unique opportunity to learn about profitable urban farming from Curtis Stone, founder of Green City Acres in Canada. Curtis specializes in multiple site farming (using backyards, vacant plots, etc) and has an established reputation as an urban farming  practitioner. He will be running a one-day masterclass in Dunedin. The cost is $220 (but a payment schedule may be possible). To get more information and to book, go to www.sixfigurefarmingtour.com

Friday 5th February, 12 – 1pm
Centre for Sustainability seminar – Ways universities and institutions can respond and engage in the major environmental and social issues of our time

Venue: Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin

Dr Isak Stoddard, Acting Program Director at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), University of Uppsala, Sweden,  will discuss the challenges that are faced by universities and other institutes of higher education in seeking to respond to the major environmental and social issues of our times.

Thursday 11th February, 4 – 5pm
Centre for Sustainability seminar – Water policy: The good, the bad and the ugly
Venue: Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin

Donna Lybecker, Professor of Political Science and Chair of Political Science at Idaho State University, USA, examines the use of policy narratives as an essential element in creating change and how they can be used to break policy intractability. An analysis of the public and stakeholders involved in a river restoration project in the state of Idaho, USA, reveals communication differences and what narrative preferences can best facilitated continued discussions. Regular activities
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

As many of you know, Maureen Howard is travelling in South America at the moment (having travelled by freighter to avoid air travel) and is not able to broadcast regularly, but she has sent an update for SDC members:
“I have just arrived in Panama City. I spent 20 days at sea on board the Spirit of Auckland – a freighter ship. I enjoyed it mostly! I had routines, a gym to exercise in, DVDs, lots of time on the deck, eating meals, and learning Spanish. You can read more about it on www.ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com
Travelling through the Panama Canal was a highlight – flanked by tropical forest. I got off in Colon, a rather crumbling city with extremes of wealth and poverty, and eventually onto a Diablo Rojo – red devil bus to Achiote, a small village on the edge of the San Lorenzo Protected area jungle. I have had two weeks here of amazing experiences in every way. Wildlife and lovely people. I stayed in a environmental education / hostel here for two weeks. I’ve enjoyed helping Marilo the manager. She is very very knowledgeable about birds and a very inspiring and dedicated person.  I have a radio show just aired on this. www.oar.org.nz. And I hope to do another blog on it now that I am in a place with better internet.
I will be off again soon I hope to another jungle, on the edge of Lago Bayano. No internet here apparently.”
Maureen’s travels are being recorded on www.ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com – radio shows and blog. She is getting them up when she stays at places with internet. 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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799).

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 contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

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.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consulations at present.

New Zealand Government:  Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. Click here for details of the proposals and how to make submissions. Deadline for submissions Monday 14th March. This is a complicated Bill, proposing major amendments to the Resource Management Act, Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf Act, the Environmental Protection Authority Act, the Reserves Act, the Conservation Act and the Public Works Act. The bill was introduced in early December and it seems as if not many environmental groups have had time yet to publish their views on it – there are 180 pages of amendments to existing legislation and 38 pages of explanation to work through! However, the Green Party has already said that it is opposing the Bill:
“Though we support parts of the Bill, including the increased recognition of the importance of managing natural hazards, most of the good proposals in the Bill appear to be vastly out-weighed by changes that consolidate power around the Minister, lock out local voices, and weaken environmental safeguards.” (Green Party press release)
Likewise, the November-December issue of ECOlink, the newsletter of the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand, raises concerns:
“The Bill proposes changes to several Acts that would constitute major threats to the environment and to local democracy. Like the proposals that preceded this Bill, there are many moves to favour economic development over other interests.”

Anti-TPPA petition: www.actionstation.org.nz/dontsign

Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts
Simonne Wood (formerly Samuelson) (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

CC_Dunedin_2015This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Kia ora,
Since the last newsletter, the Climate Change Vigil and the Climate Change March in Dunedin have both taken place. Sustainable Dunedin City is pleased to have been able to provide some funding to support the Vigil, which engaged with many people, including children, in a positive way on climate change through the Vigil itself and in promoting it with a beautiful poster, holding art workshops and engaging with the media. The Climate Change March demonstrated the depth of concern in Dunedin about Climate Change, with an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people attending according to the ODT. Now we wait to see what world leaders can come up with at the Paris Conference.

As we move towards the summer holidays, there are not so many events and activities to publicise as usual, but still quite a few things of interest, especially this week.

Best wishes for a happy Christmas and a peaceful, sustainable world in 2016. This newsletter will be back in mid-January.
Simonne

Green Drinks
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 – Port Chalmers
On a Christmas break – next meeting date will be announced in the new year.

For more information see their Facebook page.

Green Drinks – Dunedin City
No regular meetings scheduled currently

Other events/announcements for December
Thursday 10th December, 1.15 – 4.15pm
Field day at the  Hereweka Harbour Cone farm on promoting healthy waterways
Venue: Hereweka Harbour Cone Farm

A discussion on the Otago Water Plan and how it affects farming on the Peninsula:

Working in waterways and farming to achieve good water quality – Nicola McGrouther
Managing slips within the rules – Murray Harris
What is living in our streams? Electric fishing demonstration – Pete Ravenscroft
The Hereweka Harbour Cone Trust – Lala Frazer.

Meet at the top of Bacon Street in Turnbulls Bay at the start of the Bacon St Track where the Harbour Cone walkway starts.
CONTACT: For more information: Jodie Robertson, Community Liaison and Education Officer 0800 474 082 <jodie.robertson@orc.govt.nz> Thursday 10th December, 5.30 – 7.00pm

The Bristol Pound – Informal presentation and discussion
Venue: Startup Dunedin, 22 Leithbank, Corner of Forth St and Leithbank

A presentation by Jinty McTavish, who writes: “At the request of some Dunedinites with an interest in the subject, I’ll be giving a very informal talk next Thursday about the inspiring Bristol Pound (a groundbreaking local currency system in Bristol, UK). I was lucky enough to experience the system and meet the founders when I visited the city last year. The discussion may be of interest to those with a focus on growing local jobs and communities, and supporting local independent businesses. Everyone is welcome.”

Read more: http://bristolpound.org/

Contact: Kay at 021 1672 843 or Richman at 021 623 622 Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December
Oxfam Xmas Trees for Sale – $15
Venue: outside the Botanic Gardens, opposite the Gardens New World car park

Freshly cut, long lasting Xmas trees will be sold all day. All proceeds go to improving access to safe water and sanitation in the Pacific as part of the Oxfam Water for Survival Programme.

Trees cut as thinnings from sustainable forestry.

Saturday 12th December
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – end of year get together
See regular activities section for more details.
Regular activities
Otago Access Radio – sustainability programmes
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

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
Valley Community Workspace at 11 Allen St, NEV is a new co-working space for green, innovative ventures, skill-sharing, creativity and community led education and development. Ventures include electric car conversions, electric bikes, a bike clinic to help with basic repairs, a tinker school, Makerspace and more.   We are fundraising to buy the building and looking for investors. We also have a range of meaningful Christmas gifts, including second hand kids’ and adults’ bikes for as little as $20. See valleyworkspace.org for more information or join us on facebook 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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799.

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 contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua
Sat 12th December – You are warmly invited to our end of year get together on the Island. Bring something delicious for the pot luck lunch and $15 for the boat. A koha for the Island is always put to good use! The boat will leave Back Beach at Port Chalmers (by the Yacht Club) at 9.00am and return at 5pm. (Depending on numbers, there may be more than one boat trip). Pick up on the Peninsula side by arrangement.
To book your place on the boat contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 478 0874. Bookings are essential! (Please let us know if you can help with carpooling or need a lift and we will try to match you up!)

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua:  is a great place for a sustainable holiday!  In the heart of the Otago Harbour -not far to travel so minimal carbon footprint, simple rustic accommodation, and a beautiful environment to relax and recharge in. Your donation for staying on the island helps the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community employ a Keeper, maintain the buildings and do ecological work, and many other projects. See the quarantineisland.org.nz website for further information, or contact the Keeper on the Island 478 0874. We have beautiful gift vouchers available for an overnight stay on the island, or boat transport, that would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or keeper@quarantineisland.org.nz. See http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ for more information about the island and the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community which looks after it.

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.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

Otago Regional Council: Survey on wilding conifer management in Otago – see http://www.orc.govt.nz/Information-and-Services/Pest-Control/Plant-pests/Wilding-Conifers/

New Zealand Government:  No sustainability-related consultations at present.
Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts
Simonne Samuelson (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

Kia ora,
There are two significant events to participate in this month – the Climate Change Vigil on 22nd November and the Global Climate Change March on 29th November. Both are in preparation for the Paris Climate Change talks which start on 30th November. There’s also an interesting looking film – Thin Ice – on at the Rialto this week, which promises to give an insight into the process of scientific research into climate change.

More locally, there is still time to comment on the Second Generation Plan (District Plan) for Dunedin – deadline 24th November. It is a long, detailed document, but Sustainable Dunedin City believes that even making a few, focussed comments on key areas is worthwhile for keeping the Council aware of the number of people concerned about sustainability in the city and for supporting councillors and council officers when they propose positive measures for the environment.

SDC members have also been asked by Blueskin Energy to comment favourably on the Resource Consent application for their proposed wind farm at Blueskin Bay. Links to more information are in the Consultations section below.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne

Green Drinks
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.
Thursday 19th November, 7.30pm (third Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

Topic – A friendly get-together for the last meeting of the year.

For more information see their Facebook page.

Thursday 26th November, 5.30pm (last Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Dunedin City
Venue – The Bog – upstairs. Corner of George and London Streets.

Topic – to be confirmed

For more information contact bob.lloyd@otago.ac.nz or colin.campbell-hunt@otago.ac.nz

Other events/announcements for November
This week
Thin Ice – The Inside Story of Climate Science (film)
Venue: The Rialto Cinema (see website for times)

“Simon Lamb takes us on a unique exploration of the science behind global warming and an intimate portrait of a global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate. THIN ICE is an engaging foray into humanity’s greatest challenge in the twenty-first century.” For more information see http://thiniceclimate.org/about-the-film
Tuesday 17th November, 7.30pm
How vulnerable is South Dunedin to coastal flooding and ocean inundation?
Venue: St Peter’s Church, Caversham (Parish Lounge – entrance off Hillside Road)

Emeritus professor Blair Fitzharris will give a presentation on the potential vulnerability of Dunedin to coastal flooding and ocean inundation as a result of global warming, and on what can be done about it. The talk will also address the issue of the high water table and porous soils of South Dunedin. This is the third in the series of Caversham lectures for this year. All welcome.

Wednesday 18th November 3.30-4.30pm
Marine Science Summer Series: Infographics at Sea – Gala Hesson, HEDC, University of Otago
Venue: NZ Marine Studies Centre, Portobello Marine Lab, Hatchery Road, Portobello

Discover how a bit of visual storytelling can get your message across, whether it be for teaching, research or presentation. Combining creativity with a meaningful message, Gala covers some key communication design principles for the effective presentation of data.

Free return van transport provided from the Marine Science Department 310 Castle St, Dunedin at 2.30pm Contact marine-studies@otago.ac.nz or phone 03-479 5826 to book a seat

Sunday 22nd November, 7.00pm – 10.30pm
Love the Earth – a vigil on climate change before the Paris Climate Change talks (30th November – 11th December)
Venue: Meet in the Octagon and proceed to St Paul’s Cathedral and Crypt

An invitation to share our love of the earth through poetry, prayer, song and dance, reflection and contemplation. All are welcome. Includes a time for children to express their love of the earth through song and art: 7:00-8:30pm.

Contact lovetheearthvigil@gmail.com for more information or see us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lovetheearthvigildunedin/ Wednesday 25th or Thursday 26th November, 7-9pm
Green Cleaning on a Budget
Learn how to make your own eco-friendly and household friendly cleaners. Join a two hour evening workshop with Dr Maureen Howard, Sustainability Educator.
Cost $5/$10. In the Church of Christ Community Room.

REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL. For more information or to register, please contact Maureen. Spaces limited so get in quick! Tel 4739967 or 021 235 0068 or email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

Supported by Environmental Education Trust Otago (EETO)

Sunday 29th November, 1pm (assemble 12.45pm)
Global Climate March
A global day of action is planned prior to the start of the Paris Climate Summit. For general information see https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paris_save_the_date/.

On Sunday 29th November we assemble at the Dental School, 310 Gt. King St, Dunedin from 12.45pm ready to march at 1pm along George St to a rally in the Octagon. In the Octagon we will have speakers and entertainment. Our march will be peaceful and whanau friendly. It is a call for climate justice and peace, while celebrating the beautiful planet we share with all other living beings. We welcome banners that identify community and faith groups as well as individual messages for a low carbon future. We expect to finish about 3pm. CONTACT Pat Scott · patscott_2000@yahoo.com · 0274896025

RSVP to let us know you can make it and we will keep you up to date with details.http://www.peoplesclimatemarch.org.nz/dunedin_peoples_climate_march

https://www.facebook.com/events/1497899440503746/

Regular activities
Otago Access Radio – sustainability programmes
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799.

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 contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – 2015 Open Community Days
The next open days are:
Sat. 21st November 9.30am -3.30pm Come for the day with a picnic and help us release the young trees so they don’t get smothered by long grass!
TIME: The boat leaves Back Beach, by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club in Port Chalmers at 9:30am sharp – and can do a pick up from the Portobello Aquarium jetty on the peninsula side by prior arrangement. The return boat leaves the Island at about 3.30pm. BOOKING: Please contact Don on 478 0874 or at quarantineisland@gmail.com to book your place on the boat
TO BRING: Wear your old/comfortable work clothes and be prepared for any sort of weather, bring some yummy homemade food to share for the potluck lunch, $15pp for the boat. A koha for the Island is always put to good use.

Sat. 12th December. End of year celebration and dedication of St Martin Lodge. Put the date in your diary!

Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or keeper@quarantineisland.org.nz. See http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ for more information about the island and the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community which looks after it.

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.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: consultation on the Proposed 2nd Generation Plan Closing date for submissions 24th November.
Also, there is a Resource Consent Application for a community wind farm initiated by Blueskin Energy – submissions invited by 2nd December. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/notified-resource-consents/current-consultation/wind-farm-147-church-road for details.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

New Zealand Government: No sustainability-related consultations at present.
Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts
Simonne Samuelson (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

Please send all requests to go onto the mailing list or to be removed from it to newsletter@sustainablecity.org.nz

This newsletter is circulated once every two to three weeks by Sustainable Dunedin City Society to publicise sustainability-related events, consultations, petitions and occasional news items relevant to Dunedin.

Kia ora,
I’m feeling very enthused this week having heard Professor Nikki Harre speak on Friday on how to keeep positive as sustainability activists. Many thanks to the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community and the others involved in making this happen. I am now keen to read her book, Psychology for a Better World, available to download for free from the Auckland University website.

If you think you have missed the deadline for consultation on the draft Energy Plan for Dunedin, don’t worry! The consultation period has been extended to 31st October. If you have already done that one, give yourself a bit of a break and then start thinking about the 2nd Generation plan, out for consultation until 24th November.

Ngā mihi,
Simonne

Green Drinks
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.
Thursday 22nd October, 5.30pm (last Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Dunedin City
Venue – The Bog – upstairs. Corner of George and London Streets.

Topic – to be confirmed

For more information contact bob.lloyd@otago.ac.nz or colin.campbell-hunt@otago.ac.nz Thursday 19th November, 7.30pm (third Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

Topic – A friendly get-together for the last meeting of the year.

For more information see their Facebook page.
Other events/announcements for October
Monday 19th October, 7.30pm
Planning meeting for global climate change march
Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 15 Park Street

All welcome to help with the planning of this important march; Come even if you haven’t been to a previous meeting – everyone’s ideas, energy and skills are needed.
Wednesday 28th October, 5.30pm
Book Launch – Alan Marks: Standing my Ground
Venue: Otago Museum, The Atrium, Level 1, 419 Great King Street

Otago University Press and the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network invite you to celebrate the launch of Standing my Ground: A Voice for Nature Conservation by Alan F. Mark. RSVP: to publicity@otago.ac.nz by Wednesday 21 October Looking further forward…
Home composting workshops – November
Ever thought about starting a compost system at home or improving your existing compost system? Are you interested in attending or hosting a composting workshop?

Learn about:

• cold and hot compost heaps

• bokashi

• worm farms

• troubleshooting – how to get the most out of your composting system.

These workshops, led by a local composting expert, generally run on a weekend afternoon from 1pm – 5pm with a follow-up early evening (5pm – 6pm) compost heap turning session.
Workshops have a maximum of 12 participants at a cost of $10 per person.

Hosting a compost workshop is a fun way to learn about compost as well as meeting new people.

Hosts would:

• provide a suitable venue to create a compost heap

• supply materials to create the compost heap (lawn clippings, leaves, pea straw, manure etc.)

• have a place for a cuppa (tea, coffee and snacks provided by workshop presenter)

• keep the compost for their garden!

The next round of workshops are to be held in November. To register your interest as a host or a participant contact: Education and Promotions Officer Jennie.Upton@dcc.govt.nz

Deadlines in November
Otago Science into Action funding

Otago Science Into Action has funding available to support participatory science projects that are:

Community-driven: The research must be relevant to, and resonate with, the community.
Connected with scientists: Involve active participation of communities in the scientific process, making the most of their local knowledge and generating new scientific &/or technological insights.
Educational: Offer real learning outcomes to students and young people, including two-way learning between the wider community and the science partners.

Seed funding and project funding available to community groups and their science partners. See http://scienceintoaction.nz/funding/ for more information.
Sunday 22nd November, 7.00 – 10.30pm
Love the Earth – a vigil on climate change before the Paris Climate Change talks (30th November – 11th December)
Venue: Meet in the Octagon and proceed to St Paul’s Cathedral and Crypt

An invitation to share our love of the earth through poetry, prayer, song and dance, reflection and contemplation. All are welcome. There will be a special opportunity for children to express their love of the earth.

Contact lovetheearthvigil@gmail.com for more information
Sunday 29th November, 1pm
Global Climate March
A global day of action is planned prior to the start of the Paris Climate Summit. For general information see https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paris_save_the_date/.
Watch this space for information about what is being planned for Dunedin.
Regular activities
Otago Access Radio – sustainability programmes
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

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 a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799.

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 contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

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 keeper@quarantineisland.org.nz. See http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ for more information about the island and the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community
which looks after it.

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.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: consultation on its draft Energy Plan. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/an-energy-plan-for-dunedin for the discussion document and information on how to make a submission. Closing date for submissions 31st October.

Also consulting on the Proposed 2nd Generation Plan Closing date for submissions 24th November.

Otago Regional Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

New Zealand Government: No sustainability-related consultations at present.
Sustainable Dunedin City Society aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City and is made up of people who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability. The Society is not affiliated to any political party. As well as production of this newsletter, current activities of the the Society include organising the Big Green Challenge and hosting Green Drinks in the city centre and Port Chalmers. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
Contacts
Simonne Samuelson (newsletter editor) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

Please send all requests to go onto the mailing list or to be removed from it to newsletter@sustainablecity.org.nz

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