Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Sunday 1st March 2015
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)
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
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 email@example.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.
28th February – Sunday 8th March
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com or Rayna Dickson – firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 <email@example.com> 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Russell Norman, Green Party Spokesperson, <email@example.com>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Neilson (SDC’s secretary) email@example.com
Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to firstname.lastname@example.org