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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.

News

Sustainable Dunedin City has exciting news this week – we have become the sponsor of Maureen Howard’s excellent radio show on Otago Access Radio – Eco Living in Action. In case you are not familiar with it, it is a weekly half-hour broadcast providing information and inspiration on different ways of putting your commitment to sustainability into practice. Focussing on ideas with local relevance, topics covered in Maureen’s recent interviews have included Seniors for Climate Change, free-range pig farming and designing a productive inner city garden. We are delighted that our new link with the programme gives us an opportunity to support Maureen’s work and make Sustainable Dunedin City more widely known as well.

We’ll let you know in this newsletter what topics Maureen has coming up, so if you haven’t already tried it, give it a go soon. See http://www.oar.org.nz/eco-living-in-action/ for more information on broadcast times and podcast options.

The other good news is that the guest speaker at our AGM on 24th August is Councillor Neville Peat, a great champion of Dunedin and especially of its natural environment – see below for more information.

Finally, don’t forget to contribute to the consultation on the draft Environmental Strategy for Dunedin – details in the Petitions section below.

Sustainable Dunedin City event
Monday 24th August, 5.30pm (speaker at approx 6pm)
Sustainable Dunedin City Annual General Meeting, with guest speaker Councillor Neville Peat
Venue: Room D101, Otago Polytechnic (Ground floor of D Block on Harbour Terrace – accessible from doors on Quad side of building)

All welcome.

Neville Peat is a Dunedin City councillor, a former regional councillor, and the chair of the Orokonui Ecosanctuary Trust Board. He is an author and photographer, exploring themes of geography, natural history, environment and biography. In 1994, Peat was named Dunedin Citizen of the Year for his series of photographic books on the city and his establishment of the Dunedin Environmental Business Network, and in 1996 won the Montana New Zealand Book Awards for his book Wild Dunedin.In 2007, Peat was awarded the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship, New Zealand’s largest literary award. It allowed him to complete two major works, a comprehensive book on the Tasman Sea, and the third story in the “Lark” trilogy exploring the nature of southern New Zealand. At the AGM he will give an overview of sustainability initiatives in Dunedin, finishing with the draft Environmental Strategy.

Nominations signed by a nominator and seconder for two chairpersons,secretary, treasurer and committee members should be sent to secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz by 5pm on Wednesday 19th August.

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 20th August, 7.30pm (third Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

Topic – Dunedin’s Draft Environmental Strategy, with Patricia McLean from Dunedin City Council, who has worked extensively on the strategy.

For more information see their Facebook page. Thursday 27th August, 5.30pm (last Thursday of the month)
Green Drinks – Dunedin City
Venue – The Bog – upstairs. Corner of George and London Streets.

Topic – What next for Paris?

For more information contact bob.lloyd@otago.ac.nz or colin.campbell-hunt@otago.ac.nz
Other events this month
Tuesday, 18 August, 5.30 – 6.30pm
Inaugural Professorial Lecture: “Whales, dolphins, science and conservation.”
Venue: Archway 1, Union Street East, Dunedin

Professor Elisabeth Slooten (Department of Zoology) presents her Inaugural Professorial Lecture. She researches in the field of marine conservation and her work has been instrumental in achieving better protection for Hector’s dolphin. Wednesday, 19 August, 4:00 – 4:50pm
Politicising and depoliticising dissent: Contesting Deep Sea Oil in Aotearoa New Zealand
Venue: SDAV5 – St David Theatre Complex

Sociology, Gender and Social Work seminar presented by Dr Sophie Bond (Department of Geography, Otago), Dr Gradon Diprose (Open Polytechnic) and Dr Amanda Thomas (Victoria University of Wellington). Friday, 21 and Saturday 22nd August, morning
Community Orchard- 1000 Fruit & Nut Trees – help needed
Venue: Chingford Park, NEV

Transition Valley 473 has received some funding to start planting fruit and nut trees as part of their Community Orchard – 1000 Fruit and Nut Trees Project.
Help is needed to move orchard trees at Chingford to their new location between the playground and old swimming pool. This is a huge job as the trees are quite big and heavy. They need at least 20 people to help with with digging, moving and mulching, so the job remains enjoyable and no one breaks their back!

Please let Kristen Bracey know if you can help on the morning of Fri 21st/ Sat. 22nd for a couple of hours. Details here.
Thursday 27th August, 4.00 – 5.00pm
Envisioning user perspectives: the adoption of renewable energy technologies
Venue: Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street

Researcher Pia Otte from the Centre for Rural Studies, Norway, presents insights from two case studies.
Looking further forward…
12th to 25th September
Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week
Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC are asking residents to pick up litter in their favourite part of our city. Registered participants will receive gloves and specially marked plastic bags which can then be put out with your regular kerbside rubbish collection between 14th and 25th September.

Register by:
-ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or
-emailing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on keepdunedinbeautiful@dunedin.co.nz

Include: Name (if group – number of participants would be helpful), number of bags required, area you will clean up, address for kerbside collection, day of your kerbside rubbish collection, your email address and phone number

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
Regular activities
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard.
Forthcoming topics:
20th August – Sinclair Wetlands
27th August – to be confirmed
3rd September – 3D printing

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 St Martin’s Island 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 Environmental Strategy “Te Ao Tūroa – The Natural World”. See http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/te-ao-troa-the-natural-world-draft-environment-strategy for the discussion document, opportunities to discuss it and information on how to make a submission. Closing date for submissions 31st August

New Zealand Government: Environmental Protection Authority (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill
This bill proposes amending the Environmental Protection Authority Act 2011 to add an additional objective that the authority must aim to protect, maintain, and enhance New Zealand’s environment. See http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission
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


Kia ora,

Apologies for the long gap since the last Sustainable Dunedin City Newsletter – a busy period at my work followed by some technical difficulties with our email account caused the hiccup. Hopefully we are now back on track for a fortnightly circulation. However, we are using a new email system, which doesn’t appear to have the same formatting options as before, so I am keeping this newsletter short while we work out how to get back to a more user-friendly layout.

Fortunately it is a fairly quiet time as far as events and consultations go, so not too much has been missed. However, tomorrow (Monday) afternoon offers an interesting opportunity to take part in a community discussion about climate change action – more information below.

Finally, Sustainable Dunedin City is very pleased to welcome Bob Lloyd and Colin Campbell-Hunt as the new coordinators of Green Drinks Dunedin – and thanks them warmly for taking on this role. Please join them if you can on the last Thursday of each month at “the Bog” on George Street.

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 16th July 7:30 pm (Third Thurs/ month)
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers
Andy Barrett on local food

Thursday 30th July 5:30 pm (last Thursday of month)
GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic – to be confirmed
GreenDrinks Dunedin is part of the non-political international movement Green Drinks whose focus is to provide a relaxed space for people interested in sustainability and the environment to meet and get together.

Green Drinks Dunedin is hosted in Dunedin by Sustainable Dunedin City. Contact bob.lloyd@otago.ac.nz or colin.campbell-hunt@otago.ac.nz for more information.

2. Other new events

Monday 29th June 2- 4pm Community meeting on climate change action

Quaker Meeting House, 15 Park Street – all welcome

Purpose – to seek ways to encourage the government to take a more positive and proactive stand in setting carbon emissions targets for UN climate change conference in Paris in December this year.
The discussion will be led by.Gray Southon (Clerk of the Futures Committee of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) – Aotearoa / New Zealand). Gray worked as a medical physicist in Canada and Australia, before moving into information and organizational studies. In 2003 he returned to New Zealand and became involved in the United Nations Association. He is now interested in global governance, sustainability and security issues, linking the local with the global and the personal at all levels.

Contacts for Sustainable Dunedin City:
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 25th May 2015

Kia ora,
As many readers of this newsletter will be aware, Maureen Howard has been coordinating Green Drinks on behalf of Sustainable Dunedin City for several years. She has recently given up this role to spend more time on her many other activities in the community. SDC chair, John Cocks, writes:
“Maureen has organised and convened Green Drinks since 2009. She has organised venues and arranged speakers, and facilitated discussions about sustainability issues relating to climate change, energy, biodiversity and planning – to name but a few. Many people have attended over the years, sharing views, becoming more aware, and learning practical solutions. In this role, and with her passion and commitment to sustainable living, Maureen’s leadership has been outstanding.”
Maureen will be a hard act to follow – but we are sure there is someone out there who can do it! If you think you might be interested, please get in touch with one of the Sustainable Dunedin City contacts listed at the end of this newsletter.
One piece of urgent action for you all this week – if you have not done so already, please make your submission to the Government’s consultation on New Zealand’s post-2020 climate change contribution by visiting the Ministry for the Environment consultation web page . The closing date is Wednesday 3rd June. It was very encouraging to see the large, engaged turn-out for the two meetings in Dunedin on this subject last week.
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 28th May
5:30 pm
(last Thursday of month)GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic: Discussion of possible actions arising from the Climate Change consultation meetings in Dunedin last week

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. While we are looking for a new coordinator, please feel free to email one of the SDC contacts mentioned at the bottom of this newsletter if you have any questions about Green Drinks.

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

2. Other new events

Thursday 28th May 5.30pm

How Do You Do…? : Bee Keeping
Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor Dunedin City Library
Another in a series of monthly talks over the winter giving you a chance to try something new.
May’s talk is presented by Bee Keeper and owner of Blueskin Bay Honey, David Milne, who will let us in on the secrets of honey bees and offer insights as to why bees are disappearing, how we can help honey bees thrive and the effects of varroa mites on New Zealand’s bee population. David discusses the essential question of whether we will all die without bees, and the magic or myth behind Manuka honey. Booking essential – RSVP: 03 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz
Saturday 30th May

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua monthly Community Open Day
TIME: Boat leaves Back Beach (Port Chalmers Yacht Club) at 9:30am sharp. Pick up from the Portobello Aquarium jetty also possible by prior arrangement. Departure from the Island is around 3.30pm
All welcome! As usual, there will be time to explore and relax, and volunteering opportunities. Seed collecting from the regenerating native bush, planting and weeding around the young trees are the main activities this time, but there are other ‘jobs’ too. Members of our Community care about global environmental, economic, social justice and health; we are aware submissions are due on NZ’s carbon emissions targets by 3rd June. Writing submissions alongside each other often ensures we find the time for this important activity and can share ideas.
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, $10 for the boat and your koha for the Island.
Contact Don on 4780874 or at quarantineisland@gmail.com by Thursday 28th to book your place on the boat.
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 10-12 noon 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

Eco living in action radio show. Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Hosted by Maureen Howard. Supported by the Dunedin City Council.
Recent topics have included ‘Greening the Rubble’ in Christchurch, organic raw milk and passive houses.
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
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.
East Otago Market, Fortnightly, Saturdays 9am – 12pm
Waikouaiti Events Centre carpark and garden entrance off Main Road, through garden archway
Local fruit and vegetables, eggs, flour, coffee, honey, small goods, clothing, cosmetics, bric – a – brac, baking, jams, preserves, food stalls, haircuts and more! All stall holders welcome. Be part of our vibrant community market that showcases the best of East Otago produce and goods. The more the merrier!! $5 per stall. Please contact us for a vendor pack. Free Community Cake stall. Please contact us to get on the roster: Robin 027 440 4844eastotagomarket@gmail.com. Facebook

4. Petitions and consultations

Government consultation on Climate Change – details in introduction above.
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.

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 7th May 2015
Kia ora,
There are several interesting events on in the next few weeks, boosted by Fair Trade fortnight and the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival.
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 28th May, 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 (new contact details to be confirmed)

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

2.   Other new events

Saturday 9th May
9:00 – 10:00am

Sustainable Living (Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival)
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 BetterWorld which focusses on engagement with people in order to create a more sustainable and equitable society.
Saturday 9th May 10:15 – 11.15am

Fishy Business (Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival)
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
In his book, The Catch, investigative journalist Michael Field delves into the world of foreign fishing vessels in New Zealand’s waters engaging in modern slavery. As well as the terrible human misery, Field also explores dubious, wasteful, and environmentally damaging fishing practices. Chaired by Maritime Union Communications Officer and poet – Victor Billot. Service fees will apply, $18/$15
Saturday 9 May 11am

Trade Aid and World  Fair Trade Day – ‘Be an agent of change’
Opening the day at 11am with a waiata and 4 more musical performances throughout the day. Talk to be given by 1 of 4 trained community educators. Contact Lou Clifton -dunedin@tradeaid.org.nz          Facebook
Sunday 10 May 5:50pm and 7:50pm

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: Inhabit, a permaculture documentary
Metro Cinema
This documentary will be premiered in Dunedin at the Metro Cinema. Tickets are $13, cash at the door, no eftpos. Inhabit offers solutions in restoration agriculture, focusing on ecological design and positive footprint. http://inhabitfilm.com/
To book for either screening contact Nick Holmes – saltwaterimages@gmail.com  0210 228 2668 with desired session, number of seats, name and contact phone number. Seats are limited.

Tuesday 12 May 5:30-7:30pm
Fair Trade Farmer Talk
Ground Floor, Dunedin Public Library
People will have the opportunity to meet, hear from and speak with Daniel Kinne, a Fair Trade coffee farmer from Papua New Guinea. Contact Sze-En – sze-en.lau@otago.ac.nz
Friday 15th May 5:00pm

Celebration of the international year of the soils and Food Revolution day
Dunedin North Intermediate School, 34 North Road

Stories and activities for children incorporating how important healthy soils are to us and the importance of clean and healthy food and snacks
Potluck feast serenaded by Delgirl
Communal toast of freshly squeezed mulled apple juice, to be fiddled into the hall
Short modified Pecha Kucha, “passion pitches” by soil and gardening enthusiasts
Barn dance with Cat gut and Steel
Tips for healthy soils and healthy food and some prizes

Thursday 28 May 5.30pm

How Do You Do…? : Bee Keeping
Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor Dunedin City Library
Another in a series of monthly talks over the winter giving you a chance to try something new.
May’s talk is presented by Bee Keeper and owner of Blueskin Bay Honey, David Milne, who will let us in on the secrets of honey bees and offer insights as to why bees are disappearing, how we can help honey bees thrive and the effects of varroa mites on New Zealand’s bee population. David discusses the essential question of whether we will all die without bees, and the magic or myth behind Manuka honey. Booking essential – RSVP: 03 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz
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

Eco living in action radio show. Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Hosted by Maureen Howard. Supported by the Dunedin City Council.
Recent topics have included ‘Greening the Rubble’ in Christchurch, organic raw milk and passive houses.
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.
East Otago Market, Fortnightly, Saturdays 9am – 12pm
Waikouaiti Events Centre carpark and garden entrance off Main Road, through garden archway
Local fruit and vegetables, eggs, flour, coffee, honey, small goods, clothing, cosmetics, bric – a – brac, baking, jams, preserves, food stalls, haircuts and more! All stall holders welcome.  Be part of our vibrant community market that showcases the best of East Otago produce and goods. The more the merrier!! $5 per stall. Please contact us for a vendor pack. Free Community Cake stall. Please contact us to get on the roster: Robin 027 440 4844 eastotagomarket@gmail.com. Facebook

4.   Petitions and consultations

There are no government or council consultations on sustainability issues at present.
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
The Coal Action Network of Aotearoa has just published an updated version of its significant report ‘Jobs after Coal’ – a timely read, after the announcement today of 113 job losses at the Stockton mine.
On the bright side, Community Fruit Harvesting Dunedin have completed another successful harvest, picking fruit from about 80 trees around the city, food that would otherwise go to waste. The fruit has been used fresh or turned into preserves and juices for the Food Bank and other support agencies. Congratulations to all those involved in making this scheme such a success.
Finally, there is a new(ish) free electronic magazine available, Down in Edin, focussing on Otago and some alternative aspects of life here. Although not a sustainability magazine, it does have articles that will be of interest to SDC readers, and anything that helps us appreciate more of the riches of our local area is to be welcomed.

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

_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

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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

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