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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/

CC_Dunedin_2015This 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,
Since the last newsletter, the Climate Change Vigil and the Climate Change March in Dunedin have both taken place. Sustainable Dunedin City is pleased to have been able to provide some funding to support the Vigil, which engaged with many people, including children, in a positive way on climate change through the Vigil itself and in promoting it with a beautiful poster, holding art workshops and engaging with the media. The Climate Change March demonstrated the depth of concern in Dunedin about Climate Change, with an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people attending according to the ODT. Now we wait to see what world leaders can come up with at the Paris Conference.

As we move towards the summer holidays, there are not so many events and activities to publicise as usual, but still quite a few things of interest, especially this week.

Best wishes for a happy Christmas and a peaceful, sustainable world in 2016. This newsletter will be back in mid-January.
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 Christmas break – next meeting date will be announced in the new year.

For more information see their Facebook page.

Green Drinks – Dunedin City
No regular meetings scheduled currently

Other events/announcements for December
Thursday 10th December, 1.15 – 4.15pm
Field day at the  Hereweka Harbour Cone farm on promoting healthy waterways
Venue: Hereweka Harbour Cone Farm

A discussion on the Otago Water Plan and how it affects farming on the Peninsula:

Working in waterways and farming to achieve good water quality – Nicola McGrouther
Managing slips within the rules – Murray Harris
What is living in our streams? Electric fishing demonstration – Pete Ravenscroft
The Hereweka Harbour Cone Trust – Lala Frazer.

Meet at the top of Bacon Street in Turnbulls Bay at the start of the Bacon St Track where the Harbour Cone walkway starts.
CONTACT: For more information: Jodie Robertson, Community Liaison and Education Officer 0800 474 082 <jodie.robertson@orc.govt.nz> Thursday 10th December, 5.30 – 7.00pm

The Bristol Pound – Informal presentation and discussion
Venue: Startup Dunedin, 22 Leithbank, Corner of Forth St and Leithbank

A presentation by Jinty McTavish, who writes: “At the request of some Dunedinites with an interest in the subject, I’ll be giving a very informal talk next Thursday about the inspiring Bristol Pound (a groundbreaking local currency system in Bristol, UK). I was lucky enough to experience the system and meet the founders when I visited the city last year. The discussion may be of interest to those with a focus on growing local jobs and communities, and supporting local independent businesses. Everyone is welcome.”

Read more: http://bristolpound.org/

Contact: Kay at 021 1672 843 or Richman at 021 623 622 Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December
Oxfam Xmas Trees for Sale – $15
Venue: outside the Botanic Gardens, opposite the Gardens New World car park

Freshly cut, long lasting Xmas trees will be sold all day. All proceeds go to improving access to safe water and sanitation in the Pacific as part of the Oxfam Water for Survival Programme.

Trees cut as thinnings from sustainable forestry.

Saturday 12th December
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – end of year get together
See regular activities section for more details.
Regular activities
Otago Access Radio – sustainability programmes
Eco-living in action radio show Otago Access Radio 105.4FM.
Hosted by Maureen Howard and sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

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
Valley Community Workspace at 11 Allen St, NEV is a new co-working space for green, innovative ventures, skill-sharing, creativity and community led education and development. Ventures include electric car conversions, electric bikes, a bike clinic to help with basic repairs, a tinker school, Makerspace and more.   We are fundraising to buy the building and looking for investors. We also have a range of meaningful Christmas gifts, including second hand kids’ and adults’ bikes for as little as $20. See valleyworkspace.org for more information or join us on facebook STOP (Save the Otago Peninsula Inc Soc) Regular working bees on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Broad Bay area.
One is a freshwater creek enhancement project and the other is a DOC Scientific Reserve. Other working bees held as required in the evenings in summer and at weekends. For information contact Lala Frazer (phone 478 0339, email lala.frazer@gmail.com or text 022 437 0799.

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

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua
Sat 12th December – You are warmly invited to our end of year get together on the Island. Bring something delicious for the pot luck lunch and $15 for the boat. A koha for the Island is always put to good use! The boat will leave Back Beach at Port Chalmers (by the Yacht Club) at 9.00am and return at 5pm. (Depending on numbers, there may be more than one boat trip). Pick up on the Peninsula side by arrangement.
To book your place on the boat contact quarantineisland@gmail.com or 478 0874. Bookings are essential! (Please let us know if you can help with carpooling or need a lift and we will try to match you up!)

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua:  is a great place for a sustainable holiday!  In the heart of the Otago Harbour -not far to travel so minimal carbon footprint, simple rustic accommodation, and a beautiful environment to relax and recharge in. Your donation for staying on the island helps the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community employ a Keeper, maintain the buildings and do ecological work, and many other projects. See the quarantineisland.org.nz website for further information, or contact the Keeper on the Island 478 0874. We have beautiful gift vouchers available for an overnight stay on the island, or boat transport, that would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

Contact 03 478 0874 or 027 7777 874 or keeper@quarantineisland.org.nz. See http://quarantineisland.org.nz/ for more information about the island and the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community which looks after it.

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

Otago Regional Council: Survey on wilding conifer management in Otago – see http://www.orc.govt.nz/Information-and-Services/Pest-Control/Plant-pests/Wilding-Conifers/

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 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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