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_IGP5369Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Sunday 19th April 2015
Kia ora
We have an important opportunity to shape the future of our city this month, with Dunedin City Council’s public consultation on its proposed Long Term Plan. See the Consultations section below for information on how to participate. Sustainable Dunedin City Society is putting together a submission of its own and a draft of its introductory paragraphs is attached for information. Please email newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz if you have any suggestions for points that should be added. We hope to circulate our full submission to our mailing list shortly before the deadline (28th April), in case people want to have some ideas for their own submissions.
Ngā mihi, Simonne

1.   Sustainable Dunedin City news and events
Sustainable Dunedin City Society is made up of persons who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability, as they affect Dunedin City. The Society is not affiliated with any political party and aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. Alongside producing this newsletter of sustainability-related events, the Society also organises the annual Big Green Challenge and hosts Green Drinks (see below). For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Thursday 30th April, 5:30 pm, (last Thursday of month)
GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic: 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

 
Thursday 21st May,  7:30 pm,(Third Thurs/ month)
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers
Topic: To be confirmed

 
2.   Other new events
Monday 20th April, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Seminar: Why do humans benefit from nature? An argument for the need to belong
William James Seminar Room, William James Building, Room 103, 275 Leith Walk, Otago Campus
Cindy McPherson Frantz is Professor of Psychology at Oberlin College. She is a social and environmental psychologist who researches humans’ relationship to the natural world, and how to promote sustainable behaviour. In this talk she discusses research indicating the possibility that the human need to belong can be met through interactions with the natural world.
Closing date Friday 1st May

DUNEDIN BIODIVERSITY FUND – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
April 2015 FUNDING ROUND

The Dunedin City Council established the Dunedin Biodiversity Fund in August 2007. The purpose of the fund is to maintain a network of viable habitats and ecosystems in Dunedin by encouraging and supporting those landowners who are committed to protecting, enhancing and managing indigenous biodiversity.

The fund is now open for applications. The April 2015 funding round has $30,000 available for allocation in the form of grants on a cost-sharing basis (50% landowner 50% Council). The maximum grant is $5,000 per project. The fund is contestable and each application will be assessed on its merits on a case-by-case basis.

Applications for funding will close 5pm on Friday 1 May 2014.

Applications that meet the criteria will be considered and funding allocated by the Grants Subcommittee at a public meeting in June 2015. Priority will be given to projects on sites identified as Areas of Significant Conservation Value in Schedule 25.4 of the Dunedin City District Plan.

Copies of the fund criteria and on-line application forms can be obtained from www.dunedin.govt.nz/biodiversity or by phoning 477 4000.

Saturday 9th May, 9:00 – 10:00am
Sustainable Living
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Octagon, ticketdirect.co.nz — Service fees will apply $18/$15
Join University of Auckland’s Associate Professor of Psychology Dr Niki Harré in discussion with Dunedin’s Dr Maureen Howard about issues of sustainability, values and political activism. In particular, Harré will be discussing her 2011 book Psychology for a Better World which focusses on engagement with people in order to create a more sustainable and equitable society.
Various dates and locations
FREE Homemade Cleaners Workshops
Make your own eco-friendly and cost-effective cleaners!
Reduce unnecessary packaging and harmful chemicals in your home
Share tips and recipes for cleaning your home with your own homemade cleaners!
Dunedin city – Wednesday 10th June: Daytime course 10-12noon or Evening course 7-9pm, both at Church of Christ Community, corner of Filleul St and St Andrew St
Mosgiel – Tuesday 16th June, 7-9pm, Arahina House, 2 Perth St, Mosgiel
Waikouaiti – Thursday 18th June 7-9pm, East Otago Events Centre, Waikouaiti
Places on this FREE workshop are restricted to 14 and by RSVP only. To book your place please contact Maureen Howard on 473 9967 or mhoward@slingshot.co.nz Brought to you by the Dunedin City Council

3.   Ongoing activities

Otago Organics Mentoring Programme
The Mentoring Programme provides a link between interested members of the local community and experienced Otago Organics growers and administrators. The Programme is open to anyone wishing to acquire hands-on experience of practical organics. Specifically (although not exclusively) it is designed to meet the needs of:

Home gardeners keen to deepen their understanding of organic systems
Community gardeners wishing to guarantee the safety of the food they produce
Lifestyle block owners looking for organic land use opportunities
Graduates of organic education courses seeking on-farm experience

Contact: Ann Broadfoot – annbroadfoot2012@gmail.com or Rayna Dickson – waitatistores@gmail.com for more information.
Community fruit tree harvesting and preserving
Do you have fruit trees that you don’t harvest or need help to pick? Do you know how to preserve the fruit, or would you like to learn?
The Dunedin Community Fruit Harvest Group and other volunteers are teaming up again to do some community fruit-picking, baking and preserving. The aim of the community initiative is to reduce waste, make the most of local food and share skills. Volunteers and tree owners will get to keep a little produce themselves, with fresh produce going to the Food Bank or being used in skill-sharing workshops or turned into delicious fresh apple juice. Contact dunedinharvest@gmail.com if you would like to offer your fruit, help pick or get further information. Please also follow them on Facebook on the Community Food Harvesting Dunedin page.

Eco living in action radio show. Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Hosted by Maureen Howard. Supported by the Dunedin City Council.
Just some of the programmes over the last few months include Hagen Bruggemann – Converting your car to electric, Laura Lewis – Making a Sourdough Starter, Sarah Fenwick – Mulches and Craig Salmon – Holidaying in his electric car (Telsa).
The show runs every week – each Thursday 2.30-3pm on 105.4FM and is repeated each Monday 8.30-9am. To hear all of the shows please go to the Otago Access Radio website at www.oar.org.nz. Or download the shows via iTunes – to come to you every week!   You can also check out photos to go with some past shows on the website at http://ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com

STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.
One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 022 437 0799, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com
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 St Martin’s Island Community which looks after it.

Living Legends at Waitati: last Sunday of the month help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Karen Connor at 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.
4.   Petitions and consultations

Dunedin City Council consultations: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations. The consultation document and supporting documents for the Long Term Plan (LTP) for the city are at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/draft-long-term-plan-2015-2016. Consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday 28th April.
Feedback options:
·         On-line at https://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/draft-long-term-plan-2015-2016/have-your-say/dcc-long-term-plan-2015-25
·         Hard copy: download the form from the Consultation document, fill it and drop it in at the Civic Centre or post it to LTP, Dunedin City Council, PO Box 5045, Moray Place Dunedin 9058
·         Tweets to @DnCityCouncil with the hashtag #LTP will be considered formal feedback and will be provided to Councillors.
·         On Facebook if people want their feedback recorded then they need to leave their comments on our posts on our pages. -www.facebook.com/DunedinCityCouncil

The final ‘pop-up’ community meeting with councillors about the LTP will be at Coronation Hall, Portobello, 21st April at 7:30pm.

Otago Regional Council consultations: http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/ Otago Regional Council is also consulting on its Long Term Plan. See http://forourfuture.orc.govt.nz/index.php for the consultation document, submission form and supporting information. The closing date for submissions is Monday 4th May.

The Guardian newspaper has started a campaign for divestment from fossil fuels by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, the largest and second largest charitable trusts in the world, working in the fields of development and health. To learn more and sign the petition, see Guardian Climate Change Campaign.

5.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
There’s always another side to a story – see the interesting response to the Guardian newspaper’s divestment campaign from the Wellcome Trust: Wellcome Trust response, arguing that at present it can do more good by engaging with fossil fuel companies as a shareholder.

Simonne Samuelson, newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Jenny Neilson (SDC’s secretary), secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

_PEN0688Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Sunday 1st March 2015
Kia ora
Here is our latest set of listings of sustainability-related events and activities in and around Dunedin. Note that one is tomorrow (Monday) lunchtime – a talk about the possible impacts of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership on public health.
This week is also New Zealand Seaweek, with a host of interesting events in and around Dunedin for all ages and levels of activity. Website details are below.
Ngā mihi, Simonne

1.   Sustainable Dunedin City news and events

Sustainable Dunedin City Society is made up of persons who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability, as they affect Dunedin City. The Society is not affiliated with any political party and aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. Alongside producing this newsletter of sustainability-related events, the Society also organises the annual Big Green Challenge and hosts Green Drinks (see below). For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Thursday 19th March,  7:30 pm, (Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers
Topic: To be confirmed
Thursday 26th March, 5:30 pm
(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic: 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

2.   Other new events

Monday, 2nd March, 12 – 1pm

Trans-Pacific trade agreement and its profound implications for public health
Room 033, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Ground Floor, Adams Building, 18 Frederick Street
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been under negotiation since 2010 and involves 12 countries including New Zealand. TPP has been described in the Lancet as ““a new style of regional trade agreement that presents profound new threats to global health”. The text is secret, but leaked documents raise serious concerns, particularly about the government’s ability to legislate for public health without facing legal action by big business. Provisions to protect business profits in the agreement have wide-reaching ramifications in areas such as the sale and marketing of unhealthy food and alcohol; the introduction of plain packaging of cigarettes; limiting fossil fuel extraction to protect climate health; the bargaining power of PHARMAC; and marketing and over-use of antibiotics.

Presented by: Prof Jane Kelsey, University of Auckland, one of New Zealand’s best-known commentators on issues of globalisation and neoliberalism, and Dr Joshua Freeman, Clinical Microbiologist for Auckland City Hospital, and an honorary academic at the University of Auckland School of Molecular Medicine and Pathology. He is also a TPP spokesman for OraTaiao, the New Zealand Climate and Health Council.
Saturday
28th February – Sunday 8th March

NZ Seaweek

The theme of Seaweek 2015 is “Look beneath the surface” – Papatai ō roto – Papatai ō raro.  Seaweek calls on Kiwis from all walks of life to celebrate Tangaroa’s realm, tackle issues such as marine pollution and learn about the positive impacts of initiatives such as sustainable fishing and marine reserves to look after our seas for future generations. There are many events in and around Dunedin, including beach clean-ups at Portobello and St Kilda on Saturday 7th March.

For full details of all Seaweek events see www.seaweek.org.nz

Saturday, 7th March, 12:30pm onwards

National Day of Action on the TPPA
The Octagon
There will be activities in the Octagon from 12:30pm. A march will leave the School of Dentistry, Great King Street, at 1pm. to the Octagon.

More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/904684666231970/

Thursday, 12th March, 12 – 1pm

The New Zealand Climate Change Centre; what it is and why we need it (CSAFE seminar)
Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation, corner of St David and Castle Streets.
Joint seminar with the Otago Climate Change Network (OCCNet). Speaker Andrew Tait is the director of the Centre and a principal scientist with NIWA. He specializes in applications of climate data and products and climate change impacts and adaptation research for New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Thursday, 12th March, 12:10 – 1:00pm

Built Environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) Study: Multidisciplinary and Multi-Sector Collaboration for Physical Activity Promotion
Room 033, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Adams Building, 18 Frederick Street

Presentation about the methodology and preliminary findings of The Built Environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) Study, which examines active transport to school in adolescents in Dunedin. The BEATS Study is founded on a multidisciplinary approach and multi-sector collaborations between secondary schools, the city council, the local communities, and academia. The findings are intended to enable community health promoters, policy makers and city planners to address barriers to active transport to school, encourage active transport and create supportive built environments to promote active transport to school in adolescents.

Saturday, 21st March’ ,1-4pm

Composting Made Easy Workshop
Port Chalmers School
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

Thursday, 26th March, 4-6pm

The Centre for Sustainability: Limits to Growth – 40 years on – tracking as predicted – Murray Grimwood
Seminar room, Centre for Innovation, corner of St David and Castle Streets
Murray will cover the history of Limits to Growth and discuss the ‘systems’ analysis, where specialist disciplines are meshed in a way that makes allowances for their impacts on each other, and for feed-back effects. Then he’ll ask – and attempt to answer using logic and first principles – whether we can avoid ‘collapse’ and if so how? This will traverse sustainability, resource depletion/quality reduction, efficiencies and leadership. www.otago.ac.nz/csafe

Wednesday, 1st – Friday 3rd April

Beyond Organic New Zealand tour.
This New Zealand wide tour featuring the Canadian permaculture orchardist Stefan Sobkowiak has several events in and near Dunedin from Wednesday April 1 to Friday April 3. For details including booking requirements please check here: http://beyondorganicnztour.com/calendar/

3.   Ongoing activities

Otago Organics Mentoring Programme
The Mentoring Programme provides a link between interested members of the local community and experienced Otago Organics growers and administrators. The Programme is open to anyone wishing to acquire hands-on experience of practical organics. Specifically (although not exclusively) it is designed to meet the needs of:

Home gardeners keen to deepen their understanding of organic systems
Community gardeners wishing to guarantee the safety of the food they produce
Lifestyle block owners looking for organic land use opportunities
Graduates of organic education courses seeking on-farm experience

Contact: Ann Broadfoot – annbroadfoot2012@gmail.com or Rayna Dickson – waitatistores@gmail.com for more information.

Community fruit tree harvesting and preserving
Do you have fruit trees that you don’t harvest or need help to pick? Do you know how to preserve the fruit, or would you like to learn?
The Dunedin Community Fruit Harvest Group and other volunteers are teaming up again to do some community fruit-picking, baking and preserving. The aim of the community initiative is to reduce waste, make the most of local food and share skills. Volunteers and tree owners will get to keep a little produce themselves, with fresh produce going to the Food Bank or being used in skill-sharing workshops or turned into delicious fresh apple juice. Contact dunedinharvest@gmail.com if you would like to offer your fruit, help pick or get further information. Please also follow them on Facebook on the Community Food Harvesting Dunedin page.

Eco living in action radio show. Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Hosted by Maureen Howard. Supported by the Dunedin City Council.
Just some of the programmes over the last few months include Hagen Bruggemann – Converting your car to electric, Laura Lewis – Making a Sourdough Starter, Sarah Fenwick – Mulches and Craig Salmon – Holidaying in his electric car (Telsa).
The show runs every week – each Thursday 2.30-3pm on 105.4FM and is repeated each Monday 8.30-9am. To hear all of the shows please go to the Otago Access Radio website at www.oar.org.nz. Or download the shows via iTunes – to come to you every week!   You can also check out photos to go with some past shows on the website at http://ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com
STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.

One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 022 437 0799, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com
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 St Martin’s Island Community which looks after it.

Living Legends at Waitati: last Sunday of the month help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Karen Connor at 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.

4.   Petitions and consultations

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/) – no sustainability-related consultations at present. However, the Quaker Futures Committee has circulated the following message:
We would like to alert you to the opportunity of contributing to the government’s climate change commitment statement which is due end of March.

You are probably aware that the recent UNFCCC Lima conference agreed that nations should make a statement about their INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to containing global temperature increases in the period after 2020). This is to be submitted by the end of March 2015 if the nation is capable of doing so. The outcome document “Lima Call for Climate Action” is available at http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2014/cop20/eng/l14.pdf.
Note that the objective is to hold temperature increase to 2C or 1.5C.

The Ministry for the Environment reported that it has not yet been decided if there will be a public consultation, but it will probably not be until March or April if they do. In the meantime, anyone may write to the Minister, Hon Tim Groser <t.groser@ministers.govt.nz> with whatever points they wish to make.

Other relevant addresses are:

Simon Bridges, Associate Minister, <Simon Simon.Bridges@parliament.govt.nz>
Megan Woods, Labour Party Spokesperson megan.woods@parliament.govt.nz
Russell Norman, Green Party Spokesperson, <russel.norman@greens.org.nz>
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/ – Draft Otago Southland Regional Land Transport Plans 2015 – 2021. Closing date Friday 6th March 2015 at 5:30pm.
   
5.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

In Seaweek, it is appropriate to be reminded about the impacts human activity can have on the oceans, despite their vastness. A couple of recent stories in the Guardian about coral reefs highlight the effects of both climate change and pollution – and show the role that political action can play in this area: see Coral reefs face major bleaching event and Great Barrier Reef pollution control.

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
Thursday 12th February 2015
Kia ora
Here is our latest set of listings of sustainability-related events and activities in and around Dunedin. Please note in particular the fossil fuel divestment event in the Octagon tomorrow, Friday, at 12pm.
Ngā mihi, Simonne

1.   Sustainable Dunedin City news and events
Sustainable Dunedin City Society is made up of persons who are interested in the issues of climate change, declining energy security and sustainability, as they affect Dunedin City. The Society is not affiliated with any political party and aims to facilitate a positive, secure and sustainable future for Dunedin City. Alongside producing this newsletter of sustainability-related events, the Society also organises the annual Big Green Challenge and hosts Green Drinks (see below). For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Thursday 19th February, 7:30 pm, (Third Thurs/ month)GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers
Topic: Ideas for future meetings
Thursday 26th February, 5:30 pm, (last Thursday of month)
GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic: 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

2.   Other new events
Friday 13th – Saturday 14th February
Global Divestment Day – a global day of action to encourage institutions such as places of worship, universities and governments to withdraw investments in fossil fuels. See http://gofossilfree.org/divestment-day/for more information and https://www.facebook.com/events/625548474240288/ or http://act.350.org/event/gdd/9998? for details of an event in the Octagon at 12pm on Friday to persuade the DCC to divest from fossil fuels.

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February
Community Fruit Harvesting and Preserving
Carisbrooke School, South Road, Caversham
Saturday 10am for harvesting; Sunday 10am – 4pm for preserving workshop. See Ongoing Activities section for more information about this project.

Thursday 26th February, 4 – 5pm
“Improving the energy efficiency of the housing stock: evidence from the UK.” CSAFE Seminar
Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation, corner of St David and Castle Streets
Presentation by Aimee Ambrose, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. Aimee will look at two ways of tackling the issues of dangerously cold housing conditions and fuel poverty in UK homes, following two UK studies which looked at different aspects of these two approaches.
Aimee has a background in sociology, planning and architecture and has combined these disciplines in her studies of user responses to low energy building and carbon reduction interventions.

Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd April
Beyond Organic New Zealand tour.
This New Zealand wide tour featuring the Canadian permaculture orchardist Stefan Sobkowiak has several events in and near Dunedin from Wednesday April 1 to Friday April 3. For details including booking requirements please check here: http://beyondorganicnztour.com/calendar/

3.   Ongoing activities
Otago Organics Mentoring Programme
The Mentoring Programme provides a link between interested members of the local community and experienced Otago Organics growers and administrators. The Programme is open to anyone wishing to acquire hands-on experience of practical organics. Specifically (although not exclusively) it is designed to meet the needs of:

Home gardeners keen to deepen their understanding of organic systems
Community gardeners wishing to guarantee the safety of the food they produce
Lifestyle block owners looking for organic land use opportunities
Graduates of organic education courses seeking on-farm experience

Contact: Ann Broadfoot – annbroadfoot2012@gmail.com or Rayna Dickson – waitatistores@gmail.com for more information.
Community fruit tree harvesting and preserving
Do you have fruit trees that you don’t harvest or need help to pick? Do you know how to preserve the fruit, or would you like to learn?
The Dunedin Community Fruit Harvest Group and other volunteers are teaming up again to do some community fruit-picking, baking and preserving. The aim of the community initiative is to reduce waste, make the most of local food and share skills. Volunteers and tree owners will get to keep a little produce themselves, with fresh produce going to the Food Bank or being used in skill-sharing workshops or turned into delicious fresh apple juice. Contact Amanda on 4700813, or email amandar@psotago.org.nz if you would like to offer your fruit, help pick or get further information. Please also follow them on Facebook on the Community Food Harvesting Dunedin page.
Eco living in action radio show. Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Hosted by Maureen Howard. Supported by the Dunedin City Council.
Just some of the programmes over the last few months include Hagen Bruggemann – Converting your car to electric, Laura Lewis – Making a Sourdough Starter, Sarah Fenwick – Mulches and Craig Salmon – Holidaying in his electric car (Telsa).
The show runs every week – each Thursday 2.30-3pm on 105.4FM and is repeated each Monday 8.30-9am. To hear all of the shows please go to the Otago Access Radio website at www.oar.org.nz. Or download the shows via iTunes – to come to you every week!   You can also check out photos to go with some past shows on the website at http://ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com
STOP (Save The Otago Peninsula) Inc Soc regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.
One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is in a DOC Scientific Reserve. There is sometimes transport available from town on the Thursday morning. Other working bees are held as required in the evenings in summer and in the weekend. For more details, contact Lala Frazer, phone 478 0339, or text mobile 022 437 0799, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com
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 St Martin’s Island Community which looks after it.

Living Legends at Waitati: last Sunday of the month help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more go to http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/ or contact: Karen Connor at 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.

4.   Petitions and consultations
Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/) – no sustainability-related consultations at present. However, the Quaker Futures Committee has circulated the following message:
We would like to alert you to the opportunity of contributing to the government’s climate change commitment statement which is due end of March.

You are probably aware that the recent UNFCCC Lima conference agreed that nations should make a statement about their INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to containing global temperature increases in the period after 2020). This is to be submitted by the end of March 2015 if the nation is capable of doing so. The outcome document “Lima Call for Climate Action” is available at http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2014/cop20/eng/l14.pdf.
Note that the objective is to hold temperature increase to 2C or 1.5C.

The Ministry for the Environment reported that it has not yet been decided if there will be a public consultation, but it will probably not be until March or April if they do. In the meantime, anyone may write to the Minister, Hon Tim Groser <t.groser@ministers.govt.nz> with whatever points they wish to make.

Other relevant addresses are:

Simon Bridges, Associate Minister, <Simon Simon.Bridges@parliament.govt.nz>
Megan Woods, Labour Party Spokesperson megan.woods@parliament.govt.nz
Russell Norman, Green Party Spokesperson, <russel.norman@greens.org.nz>
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/ – Draft Otago Southland Regional Land Transport Plans 2015 – 2021. Closing date Friday 6th March 2015 at 5:30pm.

South east Otago Marine Protection Forum: first round of consultation by this newly created body set up by the Government to consider marine protection in Otago. See questionnaire and more information at http://southeastmarine.seasketch.org/

5.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action
There is positive news that a combination of science and political action can win over short term financial interests, with two fracking-related examples from the USA and the UK. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/17/cuomo-fracking and http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/02/fracking

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
Monday 8th December 2014
Kia ora,
You can tell the holidays are upon us by the sudden lack of sustainability events in the next few weeks. However, there is still an interesting public lecture on climate change next Tuesday (16th), by former US Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu.
Apart from the lecture, we also have news of Oxfam Christmas trees for sale, Quarantine Island Christmas activities and the opening of nominations for the Keep Dunedin Beautiful awards. Also, don’t forget to check out the Food for Thought and Fuel for Action section, where we try to pop in a couple of items of news or views that may be of interest.
The next newsletter will be out in early January.
Best wishes for Christmas and the holidays,
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. 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.

(Usually meets last Thursday of the month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
No meeting in December
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
(Usually meets 3rd Thursday in the month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers
No meeting in December (next meeting 15th January)

2. Other new events

Saturday and Sunday, 13th and 14th December
(all day)Oxfam Xmas Trees for Sale
Outside the Botanic Gardens, opposite the Gardens New World car park.
Freshly cut, long lasting Xmas trees will be on sale at $15 each. 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.

Tuesday, 16th December
5:30 – 6:30pm
The Energy and Climate Challenge: Public Lecture by Professor Steven Chu
St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

“Science and technology advances that led to the industrial and agricultural revolutions have profoundly transformed the world. I will give an “epidemiological” view of climate change, provide a progress report of progress in sustainable energy, and how clean energy can become the low cost energy option.”
Steven Chu is an American physicist and Nobel Laureate who served as the 12th United States Secretary of Energy from 2009 to 2013.

Until 5th February
Nominations for the 2014 Keep Dunedin Beautiful awards
Keep Dunedin Beautiful would like to hear from anyone who has done anything to somehow beautify Dunedin.
This can be from somehow minimizing your waste, planting trees, painting murals, cleaning rubbish, weeding overgrown areas, revitalising untidy areas, education campaigns – whatever.
Send in at least a paragraph of what was done, who did it and as much information as you have including photos if possible. Send to Darlene on keepdunedinbeautiful@dunedin.co.nz by February 5

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.

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

Unconverted friends?
Utopia is a six part television series available on DVD from Dunedin Libraries. If you want a riveting way to introduce friends and acquaintances to the possibilities of climate change, there couldn’t be a more interesting way than to encourage them to view Utopia on the basis of it being ‘I need to go to bed but can’t turn it off’ intelligent entertainment. With terrific camera work, script, pace, and ideas to captivate viewers, Utopia’s climate change message is briefly stated towards the end so that non-believers won’t feel ideologically challenged. My only quibble was the loads of violence which I saw as unnecessary for maintaining the fear factor.
Jill Balfour-Smith
Green cleaning
This is an interesting article about local dry-cleaning company, Preens, and their efforts to operate more sustainably: http://www.odt.co.nz/news/business/325844/greener-dry-cleaner-winner

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

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

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