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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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 email@example.com. (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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 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: 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/
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