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

Kia ora,

A lot of interesting events coming up over the next few weeks, ranging from electric cars to power from waste wood. Also the launch of the Love Food Hate Waste initiative and the New Zealand International Science Festival. Hope you can get to some of them!

Best wishes,
Simonne
Events for June

Thursday, 23rd June, 4 – 5pm
Seminar: Current research in sustainability and human computer interaction
Venue: Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street
Dr Michelle Scott is a Research Fellow working on the Energy Cultures 2 project at the Centre for Sustainability. Michelle has an academic background in psychology with experience in computer science and interaction design. Her current research is around  transportation – looking at how drivers respond to smart phone efficiency feedback and whether New Zealand driver aspire to be more efficient drivers. In her seminar Michelle will take a broad look at current research in sustainability and human computer interaction.
Saturday 25th June to Sunday 3rd July
New Zealand Garden Bird Survey
Birds are important indicators of the health of New Zealand’s environment, and to help us discover and learn more about NZ garden birds, participate in this citizen science project. This year’s survey includes lots of new activities to keep everyone entertained. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/birds/garden-bird-surveys

Thursday 30th June, 6 – 8.30pm
Love Food Hate Waste Cook Up with Judith Cullen
Venue: Kitchen Things, 218 George Street

Celebrate the launch of Love Food Hate Waste in Dunedin with an evening hosted by Judith Cullen.
Learn how your family save can over $500 a year! Judith Cullen offers handy tips and hints to reduce your food waste, make the most of leftovers and save money.
Sample dishes prepared by Judith, enjoy a drink and take part in prize draws throughout the evening. Tickets $25 (limited availability, cash sale from Kitchen Things) – all proceeds to Foodshare. Enquiries to Cath ph: 474 – 3556

Love Food Hate Waste is a New Zealand-wide initiative, being launched in Dunedin this month and supported by Dunedin City Council as part of its sustainability education remit. More information here.
Events for July
Saturday 2nd July, morning
Love Food Hate Waste stall
Venue: Otago Farmers Market (by the railway station)

A LFHW NZ stand will be in place providing details of the food waste issue in NZ, the LFHW NZ campaign and what we can do in our own homes to avoid food waste. Come learn more about the issue and hints and tips for reducing food waste in the home.
Sunday 3rd July, 2-5pm
Documentary: Who killed the electric car?
Venue: Otago Museum

This 2006 documentary about electric cars, hybrids, hydrogen and the future of transportation is currently touring New Zealand under the auspices of the Better NZ Trust. It will be followed by a Question and Answer session with Chelsea Sexton, electric car advocate and advisor. Hosted by the Better NZ Trust. Cost $20. More information here.
Monday 4th July, 12 – 1pm
Seminar: Who killed the electric car?

Venue: Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street

Visiting electric vehicle advisor and advocate, Chelsea Sexton, from California, will comment on the changes to the electric vehicle industry over the last 10 years, internationally and now in New Zealand, and what remains to be done to ensure we have an electric future. Hosted by The Better NZ Trust. Free entry.

5th July, 4 – 6pm
Learning From Leaders Event – how waste wood can power Dunedin

Venue: Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street

Hear from four speakers on these topics:

The University’s transition to wood energy: Hilary Phipps & Hans Pietsch (University of Otago)
Maintaining a continuous fuel supply: Eduard Ebbinge (Spark Energy)
Local policy supporting wood energy: Bill Frewen (DCC)
Wood energy experiences from Europe and its application to Dunedin: Lloyd McGinty (Ahika)

Each talk will be short and sharp with ample time for questions, discussion and networking.
Registration is with OSEA (Otago Southland Employers Association) by phone: 0508 656 757 or email: info@osea.org.nz

8th – 16th July
New Zealand International Science Festival

This week long festival includes a number of family-friendly events related to the environment and sustainability. See programme for details.

Thursday 14th July, 4 – 5pm
Seminar: A time-geographic approach to study energy use in everyday life

Venue: Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street

Professor Kajsa Ellegard, Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change, Linkoping University, Sweden, examines some basic concepts in the time-geographic approach and applies them to show how a deep understanding of energy use in everyday life can be gained.
Other opportunities
An opportunity has become available to be involved in an exciting new project entitled How safe is my cat?  A part of the Beyond Orokonui project, ‘How safe is my cat?’ is a project which seeks to involve school children and their parents in a science-based study into the safety of their domestic cats that might roam into areas where traps are being used to catch pest animals as part of a conservation project, the Halo Project.

Recently, the Landscape Connections Trust (LCT) were successful in obtaining funds from the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) funded Participatory Science Platform, managed locally by the Otago Museum.  The grant is to be used to purchase hardware for this project (namely camera traps and GPS collars) and to pay wages for a contracted environmental educator.

This project will begin community conversations about the place of cats in our environment. Participating school students will be involved in all aspects of this project in conjunction with the project team. Together they will first look at why cats and other pests are a problem for NZ’s native wildlife, the importance of cats to individual and family wellbeing, why it is so difficult to manage cats in the context of predator control programmes and wildlife management, and how this project will help people design ways to keep cats safe.

The LCT is looking to appoint someone who can implement the ‘How safe is my cat?’ project and seeking Expressions of Interest from interested people.  This  self-motivated person will need a good understanding of both ecology and pest management, and have experience in working with school children. Closing date 1st July, 5pm. Job description

Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…
Good reading/listening
Limits to Growth Revisited – a recent report by an all-party parliamentary group of UK MPs.

Good governance: designing democratic institutions for a sustainable future   podcast of talk at the University of Otago (12 May 2016) by Prof. Jonathan Boston of Victoria University, Wellington
Regular activities

Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM – a radio show about ‘the everyday things that make a difference’. Eco living in Action is aired on Otago Access Radio each Thursday from 2.30-3pm and repeated on Mondays 8.30-9am on 105.4FM. The host, Maureen Howard is travelling from NZ to Northern Ireland by land and sea. Each week she brings a show from her travels or via Skype to the Otago Access Radio studio. Join Maureen and her guests each week. Check out previous podcasts at www.oar.org.nz.

RECENT PODCASTS
“Arcosanti – an architecturally unique eco-community in Arizona” – Arcosanti was established in the 1970s by innovative sustainable architect Paolo Soleri. Listen in to hear guest Laura Banks, resident of Arcosanti, talk about some of this community’s design features that facilitate sustainable living. View photos at www.ecolivingindunedin.wordpress.org

“Beyond Orokonui – The Halo Project” – with guest Rhys Miller, Manager of Landscape Connections Trust. In this show, Rhys chats about Beyond Orokonui’s new initiative ‘The Halo Project’ recently endorsed by the North Coast of Dunedin community to protect and enhance the biodiversity of this area.

“Transition Town Peterborough” – with guest Cheryl Lyon, Secretary of Transition Town Peterborough. TTP is the 1st Transition Town in Canada, initiator of the green dollar system (the Kawartha Loon), publisher of the successful green magazine Greenzine, and seasonal event organiser for the popular Purple Onion Day and Dandelion Day! Listen in to hear Cheryl talk about some of the secrets to their group’s success.

“Environmental Education at Orokonui Sanctuary” with guest -Tahu Mackenzie, Environmental Educator. In this show, Tahu talks about environmental education, how she engages young people, and the many benefits that connecting with nature brings us all.

Eco living in Action is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City.
Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access Radio. Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ  7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin). http://sustainablelens.org/

STOP (Save the Otago Peninsula Inc Soc)  – STOP has a large planting project at Smiths Creek on the Hereweka Harbour Cone property starting in June, and needs as many helpers as possible. Planting Bees Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June 2016. If you have them, bring spade, gardening gloves, and an old knife (that’s for making holes in the jute weed mats), and wear stout shoes. Gathering point will be either at the end of Bacon St or the end of Frances St (both in Broad Bay).
To be notified of which venue, and have your cell phone recorded for cancellations, email Lala lala.frazer@gmail.com or text tree planting to 027 8756 020.
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua monthly open day Saturday 25th June 9.30am-3.30pm
Boats to the Island leave Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9.30 and return at 3.30pm. Contact us if you can help with carpooling to Back Beach or need a ride (A few days notice is helpful!) A boat pick up is also possible on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement.

Cost: $15pp for boat. Bring something to share for the pot luck lunch, and a koha for the Island if you can.
As we head into winter, our focus will be tree planting, but if you have other skills and interests, please talk to us!

Groups are welcome to arrange to visit the Island and stay in the Lodge at other times. See our website for details http://quarantineisland.org.nz

Contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 4780874 to book a place on the boat.

Living legends at Waitati Last Sunday of the month. Help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Blueskin Community Market – first Sunday of every month. Gallery on Blueskin. Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.
Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.
Petitions and consultations

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

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

New Zealand Government: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

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

Contacts

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

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

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

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

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

Kia ora,
It’s a fairly quiet fortnight as far as events and activities for this newsletter are concerned, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to ask you what you think of the newsletter and whether we could improve it. We don’t want to burden you with yet another long survey to fill in, but it would be great to get a quick email from you in the next couple of weeks to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz telling us what you like or don’t like about the newsletter (both content and format) and anything that you would like to see more or less of. Given our limited resources, we can’t promise that we’ll be able to put all your suggestions into action, but it would be really good to know what is worth us putting effort into and what isn’t. We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,
Simonne

Events for May

Thursday, 26th May 2016, 5.15 – 6.30pm
Public Lecture: Crafting a post-capitalist agenda for Aotearoa
Venue: Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, Otago University (Albany Street)

Humanities Public Lecture presented by Dr Sue Bradford and Dr Dylan Taylor, under the auspices of the University’s Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Wor and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

Other opportunities

Job opportunity – Biodiversity Officer for Dunedin City Council. A new role, providing a source of professional and technical services in the area of pest control, ecological restoration and biodiversity advice. Closing date 10th June.

Sheep manure fund-raiser – Farmhand students are fund-raising for Otago Community Hospice and CanTeen. $15 per 15kg bag. Pick up at Malcam Trust, Mornington, or delivery on request (minimum of three bags). Contact Annika 4774175 or annika@malcam.org.nz. (Farmhand, delivered in partnership with Malcam Charitable Trust and Otago Polytechnic, is a Dunedin-based training programme which connects young, urban people with rural training, nature and their community and permanent work or further education.)

The Otago Daily Times Community Science Awards – entries close Wednesday 8th June, 5pm.Categories include Otago Science into Action Non-profit Community Group Award and Otago Polytechnic Sustainability Award. Information at http://www.odt.co.nz/odtcommunityscience

Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org  We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…
An interesting read – Our Forest Future a recent report from Pure Advantage, showing the economic and environmental advantages of expanding Aotearoa/New Zealand’s forests.
Regular activities

Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM – a radio show about ‘the everyday things that make a difference’. Eco living in Action is aired on Otago Access Radio each Thursday from 2.30-3pm and repeated on Mondays 8.30-9am on 105.4FM. The host, Maureen Howard is travelling from NZ to Northern Ireland by land and sea. Each week she brings a show from her travels or via Skype to the Otago Access Radio studio. Join Maureen and her guests each week. Check out previous podcasts at www.oar.org.nz. Some recent shows include Love the Lindsay Creek – with Marty Cancilla, Creating a Sustainable Town in Panama, Learning about Water Issues – with Nika Wood, Make your own recumbent bike – with Andrew Last, Off grid living and sustainable building with Linda Begg, Sustainable Tourism in Nicaragua, and Making Rum sustainably. Eco living in Action is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City.

Coming up:

26/05/2016 Environmental Education at Orokonui Sanctuary – Tahu Mackenzie
Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access Radio. Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ  7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin). http://sustainablelens.org/

STOP (Save the Otago Peninsula Inc Soc)  – STOP has a large planting project at Smiths Creek on the Hereweka Harbour Cone property starting in June, and needs as many helpers as possible. Planting Bees Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June 2016. If you have them, bring spade, gardening gloves, and an old knife (that’s for making holes in the jute weed mats), and wear stout shoes. Gathering point will be either at the end of Bacon St or the end of Frances St (both in Broad Bay).
To be notified of which venue, and have your cell phone recorded for cancellations, email Lala lala.frazer@gmail.com or text tree planting to 027 8756 020. (Note that there are no working bees in May.)

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua open day – Sat. 28th May.  Join us to volunteer, explore and relax.  Boat from Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9.30am, returning at 3.30pm. Pick up on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement. The boat is operated by the Monarch and costs$15 return per person. A koha for the island is always appreciated. Bring some food to share for a potluck lunch. If it’s your first visit to the island check the ‘visit page’ of our website http://quarantineisland.org.nz to find out more.

Contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 4780874 to book a place on the boat.

Living legends at Waitati Last Sunday of the month. Help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Blueskin Community Market – first Sunday of every month. Gallery on Blueskin. Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.
Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.
Petitions and consultations

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

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

New Zealand Government: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

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

Contacts

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

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

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

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

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

Kia ora,
If you find your eyes usually skim over the Regular Activities section at the bottom of this newsletter because you think you know them all, have another look this time! There are specific updates for STOP about a series of working bees near Hereweka/Harbour Cone in June and for Maureen Howard’s Eco-Living in Action radio show. I’ve also added details for Sustainable Lens, another excellent programme with a sustainability focus on Otago Access Radio. Having been inspired recently by a talk at the Polytechnic by one of the presenters, Sam Mann, I was reminded what a great resource this show is – either for listening live or whenever convenient through the podcasts.

The regular Green Drinks get-togethers for Dunedin City and Port Chalmers are both on hold at the moment, as there has been a low turn-out at their most recent meetings. Thought is being given to a change of format and we’ll update you here when future plans emerge.
Best wishes,
Simonne
Events for May
Tuesday 10th May, 8pm
Film screening – The True Cost

Venue: Dunedin School of Art

The True Cost is a documentary film about the darker side of the fashion industry – its abuse of human rights and the environment. This screening is a fund-raiser for Sustainable Projects’ new ethical shopping app – see more information in the Opportunities section below.

Tickets are available from iTICKETS: https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2016/may/the-true-cost-dunedin

Wednesday, 11 May, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Seminar: Agriculture and the Environment – NZ in 2016
Venue: Centre for Sustainability seminar room, 563 Castle Street

A fourth generation dairy farmer and second generation veterinarian, Alison Dewes is a firm believer that our future food production systems have to be profitable and resilient while protecting and replenishing ecological health. In her seminar “Agriculture and the Environment – NZ in 2016″ Alison will discuss the need for a paradigm shift from the current model to greater focus on wellbeing (one world: one health) where increasing production (output) and debt (stress) is replaced by increasing profit and wellbeing (resilience).

Thursday 12th May, 8am
Break Free of Fossil Fuels action

Venue: Octagon (You’ll be able to see the exact address and contact the event host after you RSVP through the website)
Action training and briefing: Wednesday 11th May, 5.30pm Knox Church

Between 4 and 15 May, 2016, people all around the world are participating in mass peaceful resistance against the fossil fuel industry -https://breakfree2016.org/
“In New Zealand, people in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will take action to stop one of the biggest financiers and profiteers of climate change in our region.
Join us in Dunedin Thursday 12th May as we peacefully and non-violently shut down one of the major lenders to the fossil fuel industry.”

18th – 20th May
Conservation Inc 2 Conference 2016

Venue: Dunedin – hosted by the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust

“Our conference is intended to prepare us for the future and bring us all forward as individuals, community groups and NGOs. Conference themes address issues to do with viability and growth; stability and cohesion; leadership, vision and reach; duties and rights; diversity and co-operation, and much else.” (Late registration fee applies after 5pm, 11th May.) For more information see http://www.yellow-eyedpenguin.org.nz/conservation-inc-conference-2016

Friday, 20 May 2016, 12-1pm
Seminar: Understanding household energy use
Venue: Centre for Sustainability seminar room, 563 Castle Street

Nigel Isaacs, senior lecturer at the School of Architecture, Victoria University, Wellington reviews the Household Energy End-use Project (HEEP) 10 years on from first findings. HEEP was a multi-year, multi-discipline, New Zealand study that monitored all fuel types and the services they provided in 400 New Zealand homes. His talk “Understanding household energy use” will review the HEEP findings and discuss changes over the past decade.
Other opportunities

The Otago Daily Times Community Science Awards – entries close Wednesday 8th June, 5pm. Categories include Otago Science into Action Non-profit Community Group Award and Otago Polytechnic Sustainability Award.

Sustainable Projects – ethical shopping app Bec McMaster writes: “I have my own Dunedin-based business called Sustainable Projects, and we’re in the process of trying to bring Australia’s premier ethical clothing/fashion rating app to New Zealand, called Good On You. The app is informed by trusted third party certifications like the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Fairtrade, Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Report etc. It’s easy to use and will be free, available on iOS and Android platforms. It’s been a huge success in Australia with over 16,700 users in just over 6 months of use. We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the work we’re doing in bringing the app here http://pldg.me/goodonyou
Our target is to raise $12,000. Pledgeme, the crowdfunding platform we’ve launched on is an “all or nothing” platform. Meaning if we don’t make it past $12,000 we will receive zero funding. Which will mean we won’t be able to get the app across the ditch.

We’re also hosting film screenings in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin of The True Cost, an eye-opening documentary film about the true cost of the clothes we buy and wear.
These are co-hosted by the Sustainable Business Network too. All proceeds from this fundraising film screening will go directly into the crowdfunding campaign to get the app here.
The film is screening here in Dunedin on 10 May at 8pm at the Dunedin School of Art. Tickets are available from iTICKETS: https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2016/may/the-true-cost-dunedin”

Valley Community Workspace is a co-working space for sustainable, innovative ventures and skill-sharing at 11 Allen St, North East Valley. Call in to see what’s happening on Saturdays between 10.30am -5pm or check our facebook page or website valleyworkspace.org We are looking for new people/ventures who are interested in renting part of the space. Currently we have bikes, e-bikes, a welding workshop, Makerspace, and e-car conversions…
Regular activities

Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM – a radio show about ‘the everyday things that make a difference’. Eco living in Action is aired on Otago Access Radio each Thursday from 2.30-3pm and repeated on Mondays 8.30-9am on 105.4FM. The host, Maureen Howard is travelling from NZ to Northern Ireland by land and sea. Each week she brings a show from her travels or via Skype to the Otago Access Radio studio. Join Maureen and her guests each week. Check out previous podcasts at www.oar.org.nz. Some recent shows include Love the Lindsay Creek – with Marty Cancilla, Creating a Sustainable Town in Panama, Learning about Water Issues – with Nika Wood, Make your own recumbent bike – with Andrew Last, Off grid living and sustainable building with Linda Begg, Sustainable Tourism in Nicaragua, and Making Rum sustainably. Eco living in Action is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City.
Coming up:
12/05/2016 Valley Community Workspace updates – Peter McDonald
19/05/2016 Arcosanti – eco arcitecture in Arizona – Laura Banks
26/05/2016 Environmental Education at Orokonui Sanctuary – Tahu Mackenzie
Sustainable Lens – radio show on Otago Access Radio. Each week Shane Gallagher and Samuel Mann take a sustainable perspective on current topics in the world around us. Regular features aimed at drawing out connections lead into an extended discussion with invited guests. They are building up a searchable archive of conversations with people from many different fields who are applying their skills to a sustainable future. In their conversations they try to find out what motivates them and what it means to see the world through a sustainable perspective, through their sustainable lens.
Podcast and live on Otago Access Radio (Thursday NZ 7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin). http://sustainablelens.org/

STOP (Save the Otago Peninsula Inc Soc) – STOP has a large planting project at Smiths Creek on the Hereweka Harbour Cone property starting in June, and needs as many helpers as possible. Planting Bees Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June 2016. If you have them, bring spade, gardening gloves, and an old knife (that’s for making holes in the jute weed mats), and wear stout shoes. Gathering point will be either at the end of Bacon St or the end of Frances St (both in Broad Bay).
To be notified of which venue, and have your cell phone recorded for cancellations, email Lala lala.frazer@gmail.com or text tree planting to 027 8756 020. (Note that there are no working bees in May.)

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua open day – Sat. 28th May. Join us to volunteer, explore and relax. Boat from Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9.30am, returning at 3.30pm. Pick up on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement. The boat is operated by the Monarch and costs$15 return per person. A koha for the island is always appreciated. Bring some food to share for a potluck lunch. If it’s your first visit to the island check the ‘visit page’ of our website http://quarantineisland.org.nz to find out more.

Contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 4780874 to book a place on the boat.

Living legends at Waitati Last Sunday of the month. Help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Blueskin Community Market – first Sunday of every month. Gallery on Blueskin. Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.
Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.
Petitions and consultations

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

Otago Regional Council: Draft Annual Plan 2016-17. Closing date 6th May (today) at 5pm.

New Zealand Government: Wildlife (Powers) Amendment Bill. The objective of this bill is to reduce offending against wildlife by improving the powers available to effectively detect and investigate offences and apprehend offenders. Rangers would have new powers to prevent or stop offending; stop and question a person; and wider powers to seize materials used in commission of offences.Closing date Thursday 12th May.

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

Contacts

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

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

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

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

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

Kia ora,

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

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

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

Best wishes,
Simonne
Green Drinks
Part of the non-political international movement Green Drinks, whose focus is to provide a relaxed space for people interested in sustainability and the environment to meet and get together.
Thursday 17th March, 7.30pm
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

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

For more information about the group see their Facebook page.

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

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

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

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

Venue: Dunedin Centre,1 Harrop Street

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

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

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

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

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

Gold Coin Entry

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

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

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

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

Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

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

STOP (Save the Otago Peninsula Inc Soc) Regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.
One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799).

Living legends at Waitati Last Sunday of the month. Help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Blueskin Community Market – first Sunday of every month. Gallery on Blueskin. Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.
Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.
Petitions and consultations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes,
Simonne

Green Drinks
Part of the non-political international movement Green Drinks, whose focus is to provide a relaxed space for people interested in sustainability and the environment to meet and get together.
Thursday 18th February, 7.30pm
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
Venue: The Portsider, Port Chalmers

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

For more information about the group see their Facebook page.

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

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

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

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

Saturday 27th February
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua

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

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

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

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

Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

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

STOP (Save the Otago Peninsula Inc Soc) Regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.
One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799).

Living legends at Waitati Last Sunday of the month. Help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Blueskin Community Market – first Sunday of every month. Gallery on Blueskin. Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.
Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.
Petitions and consultations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes,
Simonne

Green Drinks
Part of the non-political international movement Green Drinks, whose focus is to provide a relaxed space for people interested in sustainability and the environment to meet and get together.
Green Drinks – Port Chalmers
On a summer break – next meeting date will be announced shortly.
For more information about the group see their Facebook page.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Living legends at Waitati Last Sunday of the month. Help with releasing the native plants from rank grass and weeds at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve, an important area for whitebait and wading birds. We aim to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, as it was over 150 years ago. To find out more contact Karen Connor at kconnor@doc.govt.nz or 03 4770 677 or visit http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

Blueskin Community Market first Sunday of every month
Gallery on Blueskin
Food and coffee, plants and produce, arts and crafts, prints, pakoras, books, toys and more! Free stalls, DCC regulations apply to food stalls.
Phone Nathan on 027 214 8294 or Rudie 027 781 1799 for more information.
Petitions and consultations
Dunedin City Council: No sustainability-related consultations at present.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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