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.
Sustainable Dunedin City had a lively and successful AGM on Wednesday, with the very positive outcome that the motion to wind up the society was unanimously rejected – even by the people who had proposed it! Having highlighted the possibility of winding up last weekend, the committee received a number of messages of encouragement and offers of practical help from SDC supporters. These gave us the confidence that Sustainable Dunedin City could not only continue but also become more active in some areas. We will let you know more about those ideas in the near future.
The SDC committee has received a boost from three new members joining – Andy Barrett, Injy Johnstone and Stuart Mathieson – and we warmly welcome them. John Cocks and Jenny Neilson have stepped down from the roles of Chair and Secretary respectively, but we are very grateful that they have agreed to stay on the committee for the time being to pass on their expertise, and we are extremely appreciative of all they have done in the past few years to keep SDC active and contributing to the City. We are also fortunate that Nicky Chapman and Mark Jackson have agreed to continue their valuable contribution as committee members. I was delighted to accept nomination as the new Chair of SDC and look forward to growing into that role over the coming year.
Finally, please don’t forget the environment-focussed election forum we are holding on Wednesday 7th September for Dunedin’s mayoral candidates – details below.
*TOMORROW/TODAY (depending on when you read this!)
Sunday, August 28, 3pm
Meeting to brainstorm ideas around the Government’s $6 million low emission vehicles contestable fund
Venue: Valley Community Workspace, 11 Allen St, Northeast Valley
A meeting to consider possible responses to the Government’s low emission vehicles contestable fund. The $6 million fund has been established to help speed the transition towards a transport system less reliant on fossil fuels.
In its first year, the fund is looking for “demonstrations of vehicle types not currently used in New Zealand, car sharing schemes that promote the use of electric vehicles and new ways of addressing transport demands, or projects that create and promote branded tourism routes using electric vehicles”.
It is looking for projects for the first funding round that “will encourage and support the uptake of electric vehicles on roads used by the public, and that make use of New Zealand’s renewable electricity advantage”.
More information about the fund is at www.eeca.govt.nz/funding-and-support/electric-vehicles-programme.
All welcome. Inquiries about the meeting to Tom at email@example.com. Tuesday 30th August 4:30-6:30pm
Learning from Leaders, Ahika Event 2: Rethinking how we value food
Vanguard Specialty Coffee Co. 329 Princes Street, Dunedin
The price of food is not necessarily a good measure of value. How can we improve this? Hear from five speakers:
• The value of local food: Sean Connelly (University of Otago)
• Values-based food enterprise: Rayna Dickson (Taste Nature)
• Farming within nitrogen limits: Mike Barton (Taupo Beef)
• Love Food Hate Waste: Cath Gledhill (DCC)
• What drives food decisions: Tess Trotter (Friends of Holy Cow)
Each talk will be short and sharp with ample time for questions, discussion and networking.
Register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0508 656 757
Wednesday 7th September, 7.30pm
Local election forum – environmental focus
Room G106, Ground Floor of G Block, Otago Polytechnic, Union Street East
A Question & Answer session with the Dunedin mayoral candidates on issues related to the environment and sustainability, organised by Sustainable Dunedin City, Wise Response Society and Forest and Bird (Dunedin Branch). All welcome.
Now until 18th September
DOC’s Dirty Dozen Competition
Help DOC record the location of invasive weeds across New Zealand using NatureWatchNZ website. See DOC website for more information. Part of Conservation Week.
10th – 18th September
See the website for events happening locally and around the country. Sunday 18th September
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – special open day for Conservation Week
Come over to explore the island’s biodiversity, marine and terrestrial!
The boat departs from Back Beach, by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club at 10am and can do a pick up on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement.
$15 return per person. Bookings essential (by Friday 9th September). Return boat at 4pm. Contact email@example.com or 478 0874
Bring a picnic lunch, warm clothes and sturdy footwear. A koha for the island is always appreciated.
More information about the island, including staying overnight in the Lodge in case you’d like to do this too on the ‘Visit’ page of our website quarantineisland.org.nz Sunday 18th September, 1 – 5pm
BETTER SOIL FOR BETTER CROPS – A SEMINAR FOR BEGINNERS
Venue: Community Rooms, North East Valley Normal School, North Road, Dunedin
Although everyone knows that the key to success in growing healthy produce on any scale is to “get the soil right”, it is no easy matter to comprehend the vast amount of information available on the subject.
The purpose of this seminar is to provide a thorough, practical introduction to the theory and practice of soil management in language that can be readily understood.
The seminar will be in three parts:
Know your soil – explaining how to evaluate your soil type and understand its advantages and limitations.
Understand your soil – covering the physics, chemistry and biology of the soil and the connections between them (the “soil food web”).
Manage your soil – surveying the many practices you can employ to make your soil as healthy and productive as possible.
Presenter Andy Barratt is a certified organic grower. He and his wife live on a small farm outside Karitane where they grow fruit and vegetables.
COST: $30 (Otago Organics Associates – $25)
REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL
To register, email Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 021 890 048.
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…
Dunedin as a walkable city – ODT article 26th August
Eco Living in Action
Dunedin’s radio show about living more sustainably. With host Maureen Howard, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Aired – every Thursday 2.30-3pm and repeated Mondays 8.30-9am. Podcasts available at www.oar.org.nz, Eco Living in Action website or iTunes.
Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City
11th August – “Make your own Skin Food” – with guest Francisca Griffin, of Port Chalmers, Naturopath and host of the OAR radio show Being Healthy Naturally.
18th August – “Organic Box Scheme” with guest Rita Wild, of Northern Ireland
25th August – with guest Sophie Fern, of Dunedin, host of the OAR radio show Natural History Show 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, and needs as many helpers as possible. Planting Bees every Sunday for the next few weeks, starting at 10am. 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. Meet at the end of Bacon Street, in Broad Bay.
To have your cell phone recorded for cancellations, email Lala email@example.com or text tree planting to 027 8756 020.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: International Treaty examination of the Paris Agreement. Closing date 2nd September. I haven’t had time to look at this yet, but I think the National Interest Analysis would be worth a read.
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. For more information or to join the Society go to http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/
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