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Otago_Harbour_BlueKia ora! I am enjoying writing this from our new home on the Peninsula, drawing inspiration from a lovely view across the harbour, even on a damp, grey day like today. It is a stunning place to be and we feel very appreciative of our beautiful city and region.
Our move last weekend is the reason for the slight lateness of this edition of the newsletter – but the normal fortnightly schedule should resume now. Please note that I generally deal with newsletter correspondence at the weekends, so please don’t think I am ignoring you if you email me and don’t get an immediate response mid-week. Of course I will try and deal with urgent ones more promptly.
Ngā mihi, Simonne

Sustainable Dunedin City action

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. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Big Green Challenge applications are now closed. Sustainable Dunedin City will announce the successful projects shortly.

Thursday 30th October
5:30 pm
(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin
THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.
Topic this month: Our natural and social world is rapidly changing: What kind of work will we/our kids be doing in 2030?
Predicting the future for Dunedin is a challenging task. What will the future of work here in Dunedin look like in a context of a rapidly changing and increasingly constrained world (declining resources, climate change, biodiversity loss etc)? Dr Sara Walton will talk to us about a narrative of the future of work that she and colleagues at the University of Otago have created. This narrative is based on a descriptive survey completed by a panel of business and community leaders to explore what the future of work might look like.
You can contact Sara at sara.walton@otago.ac.nz
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 mo4planet@gmail.com (note new email address).
Thursday 20th November
7:30 pm
(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers
The Portsider in Port Chalmers

November’s meeting will be with Dr Sue Bidrose, CEO of Dunedin City Council.

1. Other new dates and activities

Saturday 1st November
11am – 3pm
Our Food Network Dunedin
Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Public Library
Our Food Network Dunedin invites you to the Third Local Food Forum “Ideas into Action”.
November 1st – 9th

Conservation Week
See http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/events-and-awards/conservation-week/ for information about events and competitions around the country.
Tuesday 4th November
5:30pm

Dunedin City Council ‘Big Decisions, Big Conversations’ consultation workshop
Regent Theatre, The Octagon

This workshop is part of a programme of consultation by the DCC entitled “Big Decisions, Big Conversations’’, asking members of the public what decisions are ‘big’ or significant to them, and when and how they expect the Council to involve them in making those decisions. For more information, see the Petitions and Consultations section of this newsletter (below).
Please RSVP to policy@dcc.govt.nz or 477 4000 if you wish to attend this workshop.
Thursday 6th November
5:30-9:00pm

Public Lecture: “Conversations about Conservation” (Conservation Week event)
Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

Talks by staff and students from Zoology and Wildlife Management about their work, followed by time for discussion and questions. Cash bar, refreshments provided.
Saturday 8th November
1:00pm

International Day of Action against the TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership)– Dunedin Rally
Meet outside the Dental School, 310 Great King Street
An opportunity to take part in a global day of action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, a proposed free trade agreement which is currently under negotiation between the New Zealand government and a number of other Pacific countries including the USA, Australia, Japan, Peru and Canada. Many believe that the TPPA would significantly reduce New Zealand’s ability to regulate for itself in important areas such as workplaces, environment, health and education, and are concerned about the secrecy of the negotiations for the agreement.
For more information on opposition to the TPPA see www.itsourfuture.org.nz. For details of the Dunedin rally see https://www.facebook.com/events/853219618046052/
Starts beginning of term one, 2015, lasting the whole term.

Virtual Great Walks Competition, Department of Conservation (DOC)
DOC thinks all kids should be excited about the magic of Aotearoa’s beautiful backyard, so are running a competition for young people that requires groups of 15 people or less to pick one of the nine Great Walks to learn about while ‘virtually’ walking it. To enter the grand prize draw to win the ultimate Great Walks experience for kids, including air travel to a Great Walk for the group (with extra seats for adult helpers), groups will need to answer certain questions about their Great Walk in the presentation method of their choice, e.g. video clip, PowerPoint, poem. or poster etc. Please fill in the survey questions to help us plan the competition so everyone can get the best out of it. Let’s get started!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VGWcomp

2. Ongoing activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.
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 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com
Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month
Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.
The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).
Make sure to let the keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.
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 kconnor@doc.govt.nz 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.

3. Petitions and consultations

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/) – no sustainability-related consultations at present.
Dunedin City Council consultations: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations
“Big Decisions, Big Conversations” – As well as the workshop on 4th November (see details in events calendar above) there are various other methods of taking part in this consultation – information at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/significance-and-engagement. Proposal and feedback forms are also available from all DCC Public Libraries and service centres. Community feedback will help the Council finalise its Significance and Engagement Policy – a new requirement under the Local Government Act. Guidelines and methods for community engagement will also be developed. Consultation closes 5pm on 10th November.

Otago Regional Council consultations: http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/ The Regional Council is also consulting on its Significance and Engagement Policy: http://www.orc.govt.nz/Publications-and-Reports/Corporate-Planning-and-Reporting/dsepolicy/, with the same closing date.

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition.

4. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

2014 is likely to be the hottest year on record, and has already included six of the hottest months on record, according to a US science agency: http://www.theguardian.com/environment

Tēnā koutou katoa,
Simonne Samuelson newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Jenny Neilson (SDC’s secretary) secretary@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz
Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Kia ora and welcome to the fortnightly Sustainable Dunedin City Newsletter.

Sustainable Dunedin City action

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. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

The Big Green Challenge

Do you have a great idea for making your community cope better with the challenges of climate change and decreasing resources? Would a grant of up to $500 help make your project a reality?

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. is giving ten grants of up to $500 to groups, schools, organisations or individuals for projects that can be completed this summer. Applications close 30 September 2014

For more information phone 0273235581 or http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/?page_id=2113

Thursday 25 September, (last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

Topic this month: “What is happening at the Poly?”

The Otago Polytechnic has a vision of every graduate being a sustainable practitioner- what does this mean and how are people moving towards this vision? Jen Rodgers- Sustainable Practice Advisor will talk about her role, answer questions and share some good news stories from differing departments.

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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

Thursday 16th October, 7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

Topic to be confirmed.

1.   Other new dates and activities

Wednesday 24th September’ 1:30 – 3:00pm

Life After Driving – panel discussion – Dunedin Visually Impaired Group

Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin Public Library

A panel of three active visually impaired people will talk about what driving meant to them, how and why they stopped driving, what they miss most about not being able to drive and how they cope now.

Thursday 25th September, 4:00 – 5:00pm

Integrated water management and research for sustainable farming: lessons from Canada

Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation, University of Otago

Elizabeth Soal, policy manager for the Waitaki Irrigators Collective Ltd (WIC)

Elizabeth travelled to Canada in July and August this year through a travel grant provided by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She shares her observations on the similarities between Canada and New Zealand with regard to water management. The presentation will examine some of the provinces different approaches to water management, research and environmentally beneficial management practices and provide a comparison with water management approaches in New Zealand.

Saturday 27th September 10.15am – 4pm

Heritage Open Day on Quarantine Island/ Kamau Taurua

Hosted by members of the St Martin Island Community (SMIC) in preparation for the next stage of the conservation of the historic Married Quarters building.

Bring a picnic and take time to explore this special island, the heart of the harbour, and learn a bit about its history and ecology.

Boat transport will be provided by the charter launch, the Vivienne J.  Boats will leave Back Beach, Port Chalmers from 10.15am, approximately every 40 minutes, until 2.30pm. If there is sufficient demand, a boat will also pick up and return to the Portobello side. There will be regular boats back during the day, with the last boat leaving the island at 4.00pm.

Cost: $15 per adult; $10 for students (tertiary); $5 for children (school age) $5; preschoolers free. This covers return boat transport and a donation towards the restoration of the historic Married Quarters interior.  You are welcome to donate more!

Further information, and registration for boat transport can be made through the Island’s website quarantineisland.org.nz or by phoning Kristen Bracey on 473 9535. (Some berths may be available on the day, however, bookings will take priority).

14 to 26 September

As part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC are asking residents to beautify their favourite part of our city by ridding it of litter.

Registered participants will receive gloves and specially marked plastic bags which can be put out with your regular kerbside collection between September 15th and 26th.

Register by ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or emailing  dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

Your bag(s) and gloves can either be picked up from the Civic Centre Customer Services ground floor at an arranged time or be mailed to you.

Information we require:

·         Name (if group – number of participants would be helpful)

·         number of bags required

·         area you will clean up

·         address for kerbside collection

·         day of your kerbside rubbish collection

·         your email address and phone number

October

Madam Butterfly Workshops, Jacqui Knight Butterflies NZ Trust

As editor of BUTTERFLIES (official magazine of the Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust) and I have used butterflies in environmental education for over 30 years. The workshops would be centred on how to create habitat for butterflies and moths in that particular locality. The Monarch Butterfly would be used as an example of “typical metamorphosis” as so much information is known about this species and they are so user-friendly. But the workshops will also address local Lepidoptera species, host and nectar plants, pests and predators. Contact Jacqui Knight jacqui@monarch.org.nz<mailto:jacqui@monarch.org.nz> 095513383 0274814811

October (starts 14 & 15 see text for details)

Sustainable Living Courses in Kaikorai Valley and City

This interactive eight-week course will assist you to

* Meet like-minded people living in the community

* Learn and share the latest in planet friendly tips specific to Dunedin

* Support your chosen actions toward waste free sustainable living

KAIKORAI VALLEY COMMUNITY EVENING COURSE Tuesdays 7-9pm Starts 14th October. Kaikorai Presbyterian Church Room, 127 Taieri Road

CITYWIDE EVENING COURSE Wednesdays 7-9pm Starts 15th October. Church of Christ Community Rooms. Corner of Filleul and St Andrews St

Facilitated by Maureen Howard, BSc Hons, PhD, Certificate in Permaculture Design, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council.These Adult Community courses are free.  Maximum14 people per course. To register please contact Maureen Howard on 4739967 or email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

Starts beginning of term one, 2015, lasting the whole term.

Virtual Great Walks Competition, Department of Conservation (DOC)

DOC thinks all kids should be excited about the magic of Aotearoa’s beautiful backyard, so are running a competition for young people that requires groups of 15 people or less to pick one of the nine Great Walks to learn about while ‘virtually’ walking it. To enter the grand prize draw to win the ultimate Great Walks experience for kids, including air travel to a Great Walk for the group (with extra seats for adult helpers), groups will need to answer certain questions about their Great Walk in the presentation method of their choice, e.g. video clip, PowerPoint, poem. or poster etc. Please fill in the survey questions to help us plan the competition so everyone can get the best out of it. Let’s get started!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VGWcomp

2.   Ongoing activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

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 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

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 kconnor@doc.govt.nz 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.

3.   Petitions and consultations

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition

Dunedin City Council consultations: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations

Current consultation on draft Arts and Culture Strategy  http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on/current-consultations/draft-arts-and-culture-strategy closes 3rd October.

Note in particular page 13 of draft strategy: “The strategy also supports enhancing the sustainability of arts, culture and creativity in the city, from taking practical steps around work practices to the use of arts and culture to promote economic and social wellbeing and promote resilience.”

 

4.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) is working on developing a small community wind farm through its company, Blueskin Energy Ltd. BRCT also provides energy advice, home performance assessments, climate change planning, solar advice and more. We’re dedicated to building community resilience and providing an example for others. We want to walk the talk at our own office and demonstrate simple clean-tech solutions. They just need a little more money to complete our project of Solar Panels to turn our building into its own little power station! https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2270

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Simonne Samuelson newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let us know if you wish to come off this list.

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links

Kia ora – greetings from your new newsletter compiler! My name is Simonne Samuelson and I arrived in Dunedin from the UK with my Kiwi partner, Graham, last December. Having been involved for many years with the fair trade movement and various environmental organisations back home, I am delighted with this opportunity to get more involved with the environmental scene here and to support the flourishing community of Dunedin residents interested in sustainability and climate change.

Many thanks to Nicky Chapman for her work on the newsletter over the last few years and for a really well-organised handover.

1.   Sustainable Dunedin City action

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. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

The Big Green Challenge

Do you have a great idea for making your community cope better with the challenges of climate change and decreasing resources? Would a grant of up to $500 help make your project a reality?

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. is giving ten grants of up to $500 to groups, schools, organisations or individuals for projects that can be completed this summer. Applications close 30 September 2014

For more information phone 0273235581 or http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/?page_id=2113

Wednesday 10 September, 5.45 pm

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. AGM followed by:

Generation Zero an update

Rm D101, Otago Polytech, Dunedin.

All welcome.

Thursday 18 September,  7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

Two days before the election… the plan is to ask local candidates to speak – TBC.

Confirmations for GreenDrinks for the rest of the year:

Thursday 16 October: Lani Evans, environmental activist extraordinaire, who may just talk about her training work with Al GoreThursday 12 November: Dr Sue Bidrose, CEO, DCC

Thursday 25 September

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

[Topic to be confirmed]

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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

2.   Other new dates and activities

Thursday 11 September, 4-5pm

A better life with a small footprint? Understanding happiness, satisfiers and nature’s contribution

Centre for Innovation Seminar Room, University of Otago

Dr Lin Roberts, a senior lecturer in sustainability and environmental management at Lincoln University, will present on the concept of ‘Ecosystem services’ which was developed to increase awareness and understanding of the benefits people obtain from ecosystems.

Website http://www.otago.ac.nz/csafe

Thursday 11 September, 5.00pm

Climate Change – updated findings of the IPCC and implications for New Zealand

Burns 1 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

Dr David Wratt QSO CRSNZ Emeritus Scientist, NIWA, and Adjunct Professor, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University, Wellington

This talk discusses key findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) most recent assessment, evidence supporting these findings, and some implications for New Zealand.

Sunday 14 September, 9am – 12 noon

Tomahawk/Smaills Beachcare Trust – Planting Day

Car park next to the Ocean Grove Play Ground.

Bring gloves, and a spade if you have one. Some extra spades will be available. Please wear warm clothing and closed in footwear. We will end the morning with BBQ and soup. For more information contact: Gaileen – 021 08541409 or email manager-beachcare@hotmail.com<mailto:manager-beachcare@hotmail.com>  www.facebook.com/TSBCT

14 to 26 September

As part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC are asking residents to beautify their favourite part of our city by ridding it of litter.

Registered participants will receive gloves and specially marked plastic bags which can be put out with your regular kerbside collection between September 15th and 26th.

Register by ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or emailing  dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

Your bag(s) and gloves can either be picked up from the Civic Centre Customer Services ground floor at an arranged time or be mailed to you.

Information we require:

·         Name (if group – number of participants would be helpful)

·         number of bags required

·         area you will clean up

·         address for kerbside collection

·         day of your kerbside rubbish collection

·         your email address and phone number

Tuesday 16 September, 7pm (meeting) 7:30pm Social evening

Co-housing Otepoti/Dunedin information and social evening

WINZ community Link Building, Waipori Room, entrance Castle Street.

All welcome at meeting, and social/information gathering after. We will be showing film examples of co-housing in other countries. Bring a plate of finger food and non-alcoholic beverages to share. And bring a friend

For more information, contact Jacky Tate, 481 7971

Wednesday 17 September, 5.30-7.00pm

New Zealand Sea Lion Trust AGM

Dunningham Suite, 4th floor, Dunedin City Library

Stefan Meyer, Otago University Zoology Dept: “The Future of the New Zealand Sea Lion- Population Modelling explained”

Followed by an update on our local sea lion population by Trust Scientist Shaun McConkey and Chairman Steve Broni. Light refreshments available from 5pm

Contact: sealiontrust@clear.net.nz<mailto:sealiontrust@clear.net.nz>

21 September:

The Global People’s Climate March https://secure.avaaz.org/en/join_to_change_everything_rb/?bofkUdb&v=41497

Tuesday 23 September, 5.30pm

Reintroduction Biology: Restoring species in a changing world
Professor Philip Seddon’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Archway 1 Lecture Theatre, Union Street East. All welcome.

October

Madam Butterfly Workshops, Jacqui Knight Butterflies NZ Trust

As editor of BUTTERFLIES (official magazine of the Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust) and I have used butterflies in environmental education for over 30 years. The workshops would be centred on how to create habitat for butterflies and moths in that particular locality. The Monarch Butterfly would be used as an example of “typical metamorphosis” as so much information is known about this species and they are so user-friendly. But the workshops will also address local Lepidoptera species, host and nectar plants, pests and predators. Contact Jacqui Knight jacqui@monarch.org.nz<mailto:jacqui@monarch.org.nz> 095513383 0274814811

October (starts 14 & 15 see text for details)

Sustainable Living Courses in Kaikorai Valley and City

This interactive eight-week course will assist you to

* Meet like-minded people living in the community

* Learn and share the latest in planet friendly tips specific to Dunedin

* Support your chosen actions toward waste free sustainable living

KAIKORAI VALLEY COMMUNITY EVENING COURSE Tuesdays 7-9pm Starts 14th October. Kaikorai Presbyterian Church Room, 127 Taieri Road

CITYWIDE EVENING COURSE Wednesdays 7-9pm Starts 15th October. Church of Christ Community Rooms. Corner of Filleul and St Andrews St

Facilitated by Maureen Howard, BSc Hons, PhD, Certificate in Permaculture Design, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council.These Adult Community courses are free.  Maximum14 people per course. To register please contact Maureen Howard on 4739967 or email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

Starts beginning of term one, 2015, lasting the whole term.

Virtual Great Walks Competition, Department of Conservation (DOC)

DOC thinks all kids should be excited about the magic of Aotearoa’s beautiful backyard, so are running a competition for young people that requires groups of 15 people or less to pick one of the nine Great Walks to learn about while ‘virtually’ walking it. To enter the grand prize draw to win the ultimate Great Walks experience for kids, including air travel to a Great Walk for the group (with extra seats for adult helpers), groups will need to answer certain questions about their Great Walk in the presentation method of their choice, e.g. video clip, PowerPoint, poem. or poster etc. Please fill in the survey questions to help us plan the competition so everyone can get the best out of it. Let’s get started!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VGWcomp

3.   Ongoing activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts. Tomorrow Maureen is chatting with Colin Fitzpatrick about Topbar beekeeping (a type of more natural beehive).

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 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

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: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

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/)

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition

 
5.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

Education for a Sustainable Future: election manifesto: Policy priorities for candidates in the 2014 New Zealand General Election and for an incoming Government by NZ Association for Environmental Action, Sustainable Living Aotearoa/NZ, Forest & Bird: Education for a rapidly changing world…Education is an investment in a future with improved social and economic prosperity. http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/news_and_events/Election_manifesto_July_2014.pdf

Climate Voter NZ: A coalition of NGOs has launched “Climate Voter NZ”, a site on which you can sign up to say that you’ll use your vote in the coming General Election to get real action on climate change. You can sign up here: http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/  NB: this action has been defined as ‘electioneering’ by the Electoral Commission, and this definition is to be challenged in court. (see eg http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/249733/climate-voter-court-challenge)

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) is working on developing a small community wind farm through its company, Blueskin Energy Ltd. BRCT also provides energy advice, home performance assessments, climate change planning, solar advice and more. We’re dedicated to building community resilience and providing an example for others. We want to walk the talk at our own office and demonstrate simple clean-tech solutions. They just need a little more money to complete our project of Solar Panels to turn our building into its own little power station! https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2270

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Simonne Samuelson newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let us know if you wish to come off this list.

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links

Kia ora! Hope you’re able to get out in the garden! (And attend some of the forums for voters)

We’re still on the hunt for a new newsletter compiler – please do get in touch – it’s been very satisfying work collating everyone else’s good work!

1.   Sustainable Dunedin City action

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. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

SDC_BGC_TreeThe Big Green Challenge

Do you have a great idea for making your community cope better with the challenges of climate change and decreasing resources? Would a grant of up to $500 help make your project a reality?

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. is giving ten grants of up to $500 to groups, schools, organisations or individuals for projects that can be completed this summer. Applications close 30 September 2014

For more information check details on the Big Green Challenge page.

TOMORROW Thursday 21 August, 7.30 pm (Third Thurs/ month)   
GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

Scott Willis will be talking to us about growing community resilience: the real Blueskin story. There is so much to learn from and and celebrate from the Waitati community, so should be fun and inspiring evening from our neighbours up the line.

Thursday 28 August, (last Thursday of month)
GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

Topic this month: “If you are elected to govern in September – What initiatives/legislation will you put in place to help us care for the world around us? (ie Dunedin-NZ-Earth)” LABOUR’s Dunedin North Electorate MP Dr David Clark and GREEN PARTY Candidate for Dunedin South Mr Shane Gallagher will join us to answer this question in any way they like. NATIONAL have also been invited but as yet no representative is available to attend. Many of you may not yet have met Shane. This is a great opportunity to come along to meet David and Shane – and chat with them in a relaxed friendly environment. NB David will speak from 6pm-ish and focus on Labour’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) plans touching on the relative merits of carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes.

You can find out more about Labour’s environmental policies at http://campaign.labour.org.nz/environment_conservation , Green’s Environmental policies at https://www.greens.org.nz/policy/environment-policy, and National’s Blue Green advisory group at http://www.bluegreens.org.nz/ (no current Environment policy released by the National Party).

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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

7.30 – 9pm, Tuesday 2 September
SDC_Candidates_Forum_Poster_2014_4Meet the candidates evening: Dunedin North

Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

Come and listen to Dunedin North candidates and party representatives outline their party’s sustainability & environment policies, respond to set questions  on topics such as freshwater health, climate change, protection of the marine environment and managing land resources, as well as answering questions from the audience. Bring your friends.

This event is organised by Forest & Bird, Fish & Game, Generation Zero, Sustainable Dunedin City and Wise Response.

2.   Other new dates and activities

Friday 22 August
Submissions on the draft plan to the public buses close (see below under consultations)

Friday 22 August
Submissions close for Plan Change Proposal for the Waitaki River (see below under consultations for details)

Wednesday 27th August, 5.30
Permaculture Dunedin: Seed swap of the year

The Apartment upstairs from The Malcalm Trust, 174 Princes Street (enter The Apartment from Dowling Street).

‘Bring along any seeds you’d like to share. Last year we had tables covered in ones both home grown as well as bought. Not only seeds were being shared but lots of good old, hands-on local knowledge. Bring a plate to share; hot drinks provided.’

1 Sept
Submissions close to the Preferred Option Natural Hazards (see below under consultations)

Sunday Sept 7th 2014 1-4pm
Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop

Dunedin North Intermediate School North East Valley, (34 North Rd).

(Transition Valley 473, the Dunedin Permaculture group and Jason Ross from Habitate).  Take grafts now in July when trees are fully dormant. You can collect your own from a favourite fruit tree, or we will have a great range of heritage apple cuttings to choose from on the day. Instructions on how to collect scion wood will be sent when you register.

The cost of the workshop is $30p.p. This covers the cost of an apple rootstock, potting mix, scion wood and tuition. If you just want to learn the techniques, but don’t want a rootstock, it is $20p.p. The workshop will be held in the school hall at:

Contact Kristen to register: 473 9535 or 027 779 5481 tv473ig@list.king.net.nz. Places are limited.

14 to 26 September
As part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC are asking residents to beautify their favourite part of our city by ridding it of litter.

Registered participants will receive gloves and specially marked plastic bags which can be put out with your regular kerbside collection between  September 15th and 26th.

Register by ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or emailing  dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

Your bag(s) and gloves can either be picked up from the Civic Centre Customer Services ground floor at an arranged time or be mailed to you.

Information we require:

·         Name (if group – number of participants would be helpful)

·         number of bags required

·         area you will clean up

·         address for kerbside collection

·         day of your kerbside rubbish collection

·         your email address and phone number

Thu 21st Aug, 9am – 4pm (Register from 8am
Just Action “In our backyard” social justice conference

How do we live justly in our community?  Be inspired and challenged by our international guest speaker and local social entrepreneurs who are making a difference.

Organised by The Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit.

575 Princes Street

21 September:
The Global People’s Climate March

October 2014
Madam Butterfly Workshops, Jacqui Knight Butterflies NZ Trust

As editor of BUTTERFLIES (official magazine of the Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust) and I have used butterflies in environmental education for over 30 years. The workshops would be centred on how to create habitat for butterflies and moths in that particular locality. The Monarch Butterfly would be used as an example of “typical metamorphosis” as so much information is known about this species and they are so user-friendly. But the workshops will also address local Lepidoptera species, host and nectar plants, pests and predators. Contact Jacqui Knight jacqui@monarch.org.nz<mailto:jacqui@monarch.org.nz> 095513383 0274814811

Starts beginning of term one, 2015, lasting the whole term.

Virtual Great Walks Competition, Department of Conservation (DOC)
DOC thinks all kids should be excited about the magic of Aotearoa’s beautiful backyard, so are running a competition for young people that requires groups of 15 people or less to pick one of the nine Great Walks to learn about while ‘virtually’ walking it. To enter the grand prize draw to win the ultimate Great Walks experience for kids, including air travel to a Great Walk for the group (with extra seats for adult helpers), groups will need to answer certain questions about their Great Walk in the presentation method of their choice, e.g. video clip, PowerPoint, poem. or poster etc. Please fill in the survey questions to help us plan the competition so everyone can get the best out of it. Let’s get started!

3.   Ongoing activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts. Tomorrow Maureen is chatting with Colin Fitzpatrick about Topbar beekeeping (a type of more natural beehive).

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 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

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: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

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

Environment Canterbury will soon consider a Plan Change proposal for the Waitaki River which, if accepted, would result in the river’s minimum flow being reduced by a third (from 150 to 102 cumecs) for periods over the summer.  The change is proposed primarily to resolve a clash in the conditions on irrigation consents and to increase flexibility for hydro-generation.

A lower minimum flow would risk even poorer water quality, more didymo infestation, greater exposure of island-nesting birds to predation, and reduction of angling opportunities by up to 30% in the lower river, amongst other things.

You can help by submitting against the proposed Plan Change, anytime before 5pm on Friday August 22nd – and by helping us spread the word!
Check out www.forthewaitaki.org.nz for further information and for an easy, five-minute submission form.

Send this information on (please note that time is short…submissions close next Friday) to people you think may be interested.

– Share a graphic on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobodiesrivers/photos/a.679372432131852.1073741828.661806507221778/693309414071487/?type=1

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

2GP Preferred Options – Natural Hazards

The feedback for the Preferred Option Natural Hazards consultation has now opened. Closing date has been extended to 1 September 2014

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/2gp

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

http://www.orc.govt.nz/News-and-Notices/Media-Releases/Media-releases—2014/Draft-public-transport-plan-out-for-consultation/

Otago people are invited to have their say on proposed major improvements to the region’s public transport network.

The key changes proposed for the Dunedin network include:

• A new route structure featuring simple, direct routes with no variations and more regular frequencies, enabling users to reach their destination sooner

• The development of a central city hub where users can easily transfer from one bus to another without an additional cost for that fare zone

• Pairing of routes so that users do not have to change buses when travelling from one quarter of the city to another

• Reduction of the number of fare zones from seven to three.

• ORC withdrawal from providing contracted school bus services. The proposed new network and ticketing system will enable students to access their chosen school without having to use a separate school bus system.

• The existing Palmerston, Waikouaiti, Karitane, and Waitati services will become part of the Dunedin network

• Wingatui, which has for a long time had very low patronage, will no longer be served.

• The plan identifies issues around the relationship between roading design and bus service provision in Queenstown that need to be addressed through inter-agency management.

Cr Woodhead said the plan’s city-wide approach to public transport envisages that bus routes will use major roads, not small residential streets.

“Because bus routes will be as direct as possible, there will be reduced travel times for many services. Bus timetables will also be simpler and easier to follow as a result of the proposed changes, to make services generally more regular and frequent.”
The plan enables ORC to seek support from the Government to subsidise services and contract operators to provide them.

http://www.orc.govt.nz/News-and-Notices/Public-Notices/

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition

5.   Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

See attached for Version 1/8/14 of Overview of Sustainability Action in Aotearoa New Zealand

Futures Committee of Quakers (the Religious Society of Friends)

Education for a Sustainable Future: election manifesto: Policy priorities for candidates in the 2014 New Zealand General Election and for an incoming Government by NZ Association for Environmental Action, Sustainable Living Aotearoa/NZ, Forest & Bird: Education for a rapidly changing world…Education is an investment in a future with improved social and economic prosperity. http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/news_and_events/Election_manifesto_July_2014.pdf

Climate Voter NZ: A coalition of NGOs has launched “Climate Voter NZ”, a site on which you can sign up to say that you’ll use your vote in the coming General Election to get real action on climate change. You can sign up here: http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/  NB: this action has been defined as ‘electioneering’ by the Electoral Commission, and this definition is to be challenged in court. (see eg http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/249733/climate-voter-court-challenge)

The Dunedin Amenities society, the Department of Conservation and the Dunedin City Council  are working together in DoC’s Kowhai conservation programme “Project Gold”. The Society will fund a kowhai planting programme in the Dunedin Town Belt that benefits avian and plant biodiversity for the next five years. This is a great initiative so read the full story on our website…

Request from Chris Baillie, General Manager, Orokonui Ecosanctuary:

I write to ask you to please help Orokonui by requesting public transport be provided to the Ecosanctuary. This is vital in assisting the Ecosanctuary, the flagship biodiversity project for the South Island providing safe habitat for many threatened species, to become financially self sufficient. Could you please write a brief letter/submission to the Otago Regional Council’s draft regional public transport plan before 22 August. Letters/submissions to publictransport@orc.govt.nz or online www.org.govt.nz. At the moment public transport only goes as far as Port Chalmers and Waitati. Thanks heaps!

Our own Tarsh Turner has been selected as one of six young kiwis to attend the UNFCCC COP20 Climate Change Negotiations in Peru this December as part of the New Zealand Youth Delegation. Tarsh initiated a community campus garden on the Otago University campus, helped to build community through my involvement with events like Organic Festival, restoration trips, workshops, movie screenings and free public lectures, helped Southlanders oppose plans to mine lignite, held co-leadership of Students for Environmental Action at uni, and sat on the inaugural OUSA Environment Committee. Last year she studied abroad to gain an international perspective on the environmental crisis and is more fired up than ever to see New Zealand become a leader on the world stage in addressing this issue. She now needs money for her airfare to Peru so if you can help you can transfer directly to: N J Turner 38-9009-0719098-01 or her Paypal account. She promises all donors a hand written post card from Peru (please identify yourself to her), and everyone will be able to follow the trip via our website.

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) is working on developing a small community wind farm through its company, Blueskin Energy Ltd. BRCT also provides energy advice, home performance assessments, climate change planning, solar advice and more. We’re dedicated to building community resilience and providing an example for others. We want to walk the talk at our own office and demonstrate simple clean-tech solutions. They just need a little more money to complete our project of Solar Panels to turn our building into its own little power station! https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2270

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman and Ann Denniston (SDC’s newsletter compilers) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let us know if you wish to come off this list.

Dn_AerialDetails of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Saturday 2 August 2014

Greetings all. Elections and spring are giving us lots to think about and do!

Talking of which, neither Ann nor I are able to carry on with this newsletter, due to too many other commitments. It has been a great privilege to have sent this ‘fortnightly’ listing of events and ideas out, but with teaching, family, and upcoming extra study (and, too rarely, even gardening) it is just too big a commitment for me to do for the rest of this year. I can give you a full set of instructions – all geared to saving time while gathering information. It should not take you more than a couple of hours each time, maybe even less once you get going!

Please do consider it – I have found that reading about and getting feedback from  so many committed and caring people has been a very good way to keep sane and productive in the midst of some obvious madness. And with a mailing list of nearly 350 people – and climbing –  you know that you are helping us all to have a very important conversation.

1. Sustainable Dunedin City action

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. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

The Big Green Challenge

Do you have a great idea for making your community cope better with the challenges of climate change and decreasing resources? Would a grant of up to $500 help make your project a reality?

Sustainable Dunedin City Inc. is giving ten grants of up to $500 to groups, schools, organisations or individuals for projects that can be completed this summer. Applications close 30 September 2014

For more information phone 0273235581 or http://www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz/?page_id=2113

Thursday 21 August

7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

Scott Willis will be talking to us about growing community resilience: the real Blueskin story. There is so much to learn from and and celebrate from the Waitati community, so should be fun and inspiring evening from our neighbours up the line.

Thursday 28 August

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

2. Other new dates and activities

Thursday – August 7th seating at 7:15pm

The Permaculture Orchard Beyond Organic http://www.permacultureorchard.com/en/the-film/

From Jason of Habitate farm – an inspirational and instructive film to get you tree-ing again! ‘Book a seat (and bring $2 towards the venue hire), and I will reveal the location to you.’ (Nicky: Presume this is Waitati somewhere…)

The film is 2 hours long, so come prepared, we will have a break in the middle (I will make tea if you bring a nibble) and discussion afterwards. You can reserve a spot via: jason@habitate.co.nz

Also – he is planting another experimental holistic orchard at Habitate Farm and also invite you to a tree planting day to establish it. I will give an explanation of the permaculture systems approach to the orchard and give a planting demo so we are all on the same page, but it is not going to be a workshop, more of a social planting session! Give me an email if you are interested in joining in, it will be on a upcoming Wednesday.

http://www.habitate.co.nz/2014/07/29/habitate-holistic-orchard/

Friday 8 August 1 pm

Hot Air by renowned documentary maker Alister Barry

New Zealand International Film Festival, Rialto

“Hot Air is the story of twenty years of political struggle between politicians, scientists and activists wanting to reduce New Zealand’s emissions, and corporate leaders and their lobbyists working to protect profits and commercial advantage.”

Saturday 9 August 5pm

2 Degrees film about climate justice with Ange Palmer ‘Inspiring, uplifting characters… guaranteed to get you involved’ ‘a striking documentary about climate justice and community action.’ Hosted by Blueskin Resilience Community Trust, Waitati Hall

The Co-producer is Nelson woman Ange Palmer who will be speaking after the screening. We want to fill the hall and with youth, elders …people from all occupations and walks of life…because… climate change affects us all. Following the film there will be a community ‘pitch your low carbon idea’ session, where you’ll have 2 minutes to pitch a dynamic idea and get some support and feedback. Entry is by koha (suggested koha is $5) which will go to support the film-makers. We hope you to see you there and please forward this email on to your friends and family. Feel free to contribute snacks and refreshments for the pitch session as well – some will be provided.

Monday 11 August 7.30 pm

2 Degrees film about climate justice with Ange Palmer

Archway 4 Theatre, Otago University, hosted by Wise Response Society and Oil Free Otago

$10 – $5 for students and unwaged

2 Degrees reveals the chaotic failure of the UN negotiations in Copenhagen. It becomes chillingly clear that we cannot wait for governments to lead the way. So if commitment to act won’t come from above, perhaps the voices and actions of communities will bring the revolution that is needed.

2 Degrees explores climate change through the prism of climate justice. While An Inconvenient Truth alerted us to the problem of climate change, 2 Degrees is the gripping and vital fight for a solution.

www.2degreesmovie.com

Tuesday 12 August 5pm-6pm

Student-led Sustainability Open Forum Discussion 3: How to Save the World?

Location TBC (this will depend on the number of registrations)

The Otago University has been researching student empowerment. As part of this, students have come together and have been running open forum discussions on sustainability. We would love to have people from the wider community along to these discussions. Come share your ideas and hear new ones in this open discussion, guest speakers announced shortly.

To register contact Jonathan Martin – jonathan.martin.nz@gmail.com<mailto:jonathan.martin.nz@gmail.com>

Sunday 17 August

Dunedin Forest and Bird Field Trip

Meeting point: Botany Dept car park, cnr Gt. King & Union Sts.

Start time 9am unless otherwise stated The cost stated is towards shared transport

Sutton Salt Lake Circular walk to the lake and back. Explore this dryland area of spectacular

rock tors, interesting plants and special lichens on the saline soils around the lake. Leader – Janet Ledingham, 467 2960 Cost $15 Phone 467 2960 for further information

Monday 18 August 12-1pm

CSAFE – Centre for Sustainability: Mythbusters – Energy

Centre for Innovation Seminar Room (TBC)

This event is aimed at undergrads and interested parties, i.e. landlords, property agents, community groups) who would like to know more about energy and housing. Panel members Dr. Bob Lloyd, Dr. Janet Stephenson, Tim Bishop (Sustainable Habitat Challenge) and Chris Freear (Ethical Power Consulting) will debunk popular energy myths and bring the truth about energy usage!

Tuesday 19 August 5:30pm

Dunedin Forest and Bird Meeting: Associate Professor Bob Lloyd, Dept. of Physics. “Oil drilling – is it worth it?

Room 215, 2nd floor Zoology Benham Building 346 Gt King St.

Please be on time as we have to hold the door open

dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz<mailto:dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz>

Wednesday 27th August, 5.30

Permaculture Dunedin: Seed swap of the year

The Apartment upstairs from The Malcalm Trust, 174 Princes Street (enter The Apartment from Dowling Street).

Sunday Sept 7th 2014 1-4pm

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop

Dunedin North Intermediate School North East Valley, (34 North Rd).

(Transition Valley 473, the Dunedin Permaculture group and Jason Ross from Habitate). Take grafts now in July when trees are fully dormant. You can collect your own from a favourite fruit tree, or we will have a great range of heritage apple cuttings to choose from on the day. Instructions on how to collect scion wood will be sent when you register.

The cost of the workshop is $30p.p. This covers the cost of an apple rootstock, potting mix, scion wood and tuition. If you just want to learn the techniques, but don’t want a rootstock, it is $20p.p. The workshop will be held in the school hall at:

Contact Kristen to register: 473 9535 or 027 779 5481 tv473ig@list.king.net.nz. Places are limited.

14 to 26 September

As part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC are asking residents to beautify their favourite part of our city by ridding it of litter.

Registered participants will receive gloves and specially marked plastic bags which can be put out with your regular kerbside collection between September 15th and 26th.

Register by ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or emailing dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

Your bag(s) and gloves can either be picked up from the Civic Centre Customer Services ground floor at an arranged time or be mailed to you.

Information we require:

· Name (if group – number of participants would be helpful)

· number of bags required

· area you will clean up

· address for kerbside collection

· day of your kerbside rubbish collection

· your email address and phone number

21 September:

The Global People’s Climate March https://secure.avaaz.org/en/join_to_change_everything_rb/?bofkUdb&v=41497

October 2014

Madam Butterfly Workshops, Jacqui Knight Butterflies NZ Trust

As editor of BUTTERFLIES (official magazine of the Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust) and I have used butterflies in environmental education for over 30 years. The workshops would be centred on how to create habitat for butterflies and moths in that particular locality. The Monarch Butterfly would be used as an example of “typical metamorphosis” as so much information is known about this species and they are so user-friendly. But the workshops will also address local Lepidoptera species, host and nectar plants, pests and predators. Contact Jacqui Knight jacqui@monarch.org.nz<mailto:jacqui@monarch.org.nz> 095513383 0274814811

Starts beginning of term one, 2015, lasting the whole term.

Virtual Great Walks Competition, Department of Conservation (DOC)

DOC thinks all kids should be excited about the magic of Aotearoa’s beautiful backyard, so are running a competition for young people that requires groups of 15 people or less to pick one of the nine Great Walks to learn about while ‘virtually’ walking it. To enter the grand prize draw to win the ultimate Great Walks experience for kids, including air travel to a Great Walk for the group (with extra seats for adult helpers), groups will need to answer certain questions about their Great Walk in the presentation method of their choice, e.g. video clip, PowerPoint, poem. or poster etc. Please fill in the survey questions to help us plan the competition so everyone can get the best out of it. Let’s get started!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VGWcomp

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Saturday 2 August 2014

3. Ongoing activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

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 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

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: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

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

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

2GP Preferred Options – Natural Hazards

The feedback for the Preferred Option Natural Hazards consultation has now opened. Closing date has been extended to 1 September 2014

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/2gp

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition

5. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

Education for a Sustainable Future: election manifesto: Policy priorities for candidates in the 2014 New Zealand General Election and for an incoming Government by NZ Association for Environmental Action, Sustainable Living Aotearoa/NZ, Forest & Bird: Education for a rapidly changing world…Education is an investment in a future with improved social and economic prosperity. http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/news_and_events/Election_manifesto_July_2014.pdf

Climate Voter NZ: A coalition of NGOs has launched “Climate Voter NZ”, a site on which you can sign up to say that you’ll use your vote in the coming General Election to get real action on climate change. You can sign up here: http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/ NB: this action has been defined as ‘electioneering’ by the Electoral Commission, and this definition is to be challenged in court. (see eg http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/249733/climate-voter-court-challenge)

The Dunedin Amenities society, the Department of Conservation and the Dunedin City Council are working together in DoC’s Kowhai conservation programme “Project Gold”. The Society will fund a kowhai planting programme in the Dunedin Town Belt that benefits avian and plant biodiversity for the next five years. This is a great initiative so read the full story on our website…

Request from Chris Baillie, General Manager, Orokonui Ecosanctuary:

I write to ask you to please help Orokonui by requesting public transport be provided to the Ecosanctuary. This is vital in assisting the Ecosanctuary, the flagship biodiversity project for the South Island providing safe habitat for many threatened species, to become financially self sufficient. Could you please write a brief letter/submission to the Otago Regional Council’s draft regional public transport plan before 22 August. Letters/submissions to publictransport@orc.govt.nz or online www.org.govt.nz. At the moment public transport only goes as far as Port Chalmers and Waitati. Thanks heaps!

Our own Tarsh Turner has been selected as one of six young kiwis to attend the UNFCCC COP20 Climate Change Negotiations in Peru this December as part of the New Zealand Youth Delegation. Tarsh initiated a community campus garden on the Otago University campus, helped to build community through my involvement with events like Organic Festival, restoration trips, workshops, movie screenings and free public lectures, helped Southlanders oppose plans to mine lignite, held co-leadership of Students for Environmental Action at uni, and sat on the inaugural OUSA Environment Committee. Last year she studied abroad to gain an international perspective on the environmental crisis and is more fired up than ever to see New Zealand become a leader on the world stage in addressing this issue. She now needs money for her airfare to Peru so if you can help you can transfer directly to: N J Turner 38-9009-0719098-01 or her Paypal account. She promises all donors a hand written post card from Peru (please identify yourself to her), and everyone will be able to follow the trip via our website.

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) is working on developing a small community wind farm through its company, Blueskin Energy Ltd. BRCT also provides energy advice, home performance assessments, climate change planning, solar advice and more. We’re dedicated to building community resilience and providing an example for others. We want to walk the talk at our own office and demonstrate simple clean-tech solutions. They just need a little more money to complete our project of Solar Panels to turn our building into its own little power station! https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2270

A podcast of the lecture by Profs Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett on “Inequality, sustainability and well-being” on May 26 can be found at http://www.otago.ac.nz/sciences/news/podcasts/index.html

The US military battle climate change – they are worried! www.huffingtonpost.com/marcia-g-yerman/the-military-battles-clim_b_5625509.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

Interesting daily environmental updates: http://www.onearth.org/rss/today_onearth

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman and Ann Denniston (SDC’s newsletter compilers) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let us know if you wish to come off this list.

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

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 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

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: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

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

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

2GP Preferred Options – Natural Hazards

The feedback for the Preferred Option Natural Hazards consultation has now opened. Closing date has been extended to 1 September 2014

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/2gp

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition

5. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

Education for a Sustainable Future: election manifesto: Policy priorities for candidates in the 2014 New Zealand General Election and for an incoming Government by NZ Association for Environmental Action, Sustainable Living Aotearoa/NZ, Forest & Bird: Education for a rapidly changing world…Education is an investment in a future with improved social and economic prosperity. http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/news_and_events/Election_manifesto_July_2014.pdf

Climate Voter NZ: A coalition of NGOs has launched “Climate Voter NZ”, a site on which you can sign up to say that you’ll use your vote in the coming General Election to get real action on climate change. You can sign up here: http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/ NB: this action has been defined as ‘electioneering’ by the Electoral Commission, and this definition is to be challenged in court. (see eg http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/249733/climate-voter-court-challenge)

The Dunedin Amenities society, the Department of Conservation and the Dunedin City Council are working together in DoC’s Kowhai conservation programme “Project Gold”. The Society will fund a kowhai planting programme in the Dunedin Town Belt that benefits avian and plant biodiversity for the next five years. This is a great initiative so read the full story on our website…

Request from Chris Baillie, General Manager, Orokonui Ecosanctuary:

I write to ask you to please help Orokonui by requesting public transport be provided to the Ecosanctuary. This is vital in assisting the Ecosanctuary, the flagship biodiversity project for the South Island providing safe habitat for many threatened species, to become financially self sufficient. Could you please write a brief letter/submission to the Otago Regional Council’s draft regional public transport plan before 22 August. Letters/submissions to publictransport@orc.govt.nz or online www.org.govt.nz. At the moment public transport only goes as far as Port Chalmers and Waitati. Thanks heaps!

Our own Tarsh Turner has been selected as one of six young kiwis to attend the UNFCCC COP20 Climate Change Negotiations in Peru this December as part of the New Zealand Youth Delegation. Tarsh initiated a community campus garden on the Otago University campus, helped to build community through my involvement with events like Organic Festival, restoration trips, workshops, movie screenings and free public lectures, helped Southlanders oppose plans to mine lignite, held co-leadership of Students for Environmental Action at uni, and sat on the inaugural OUSA Environment Committee. Last year she studied abroad to gain an international perspective on the environmental crisis and is more fired up than ever to see New Zealand become a leader on the world stage in addressing this issue. She now needs money for her airfare to Peru so if you can help you can transfer directly to: N J Turner 38-9009-0719098-01 or her Paypal account. She promises all donors a hand written post card from Peru (please identify yourself to her), and everyone will be able to follow the trip via our website.

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) is working on developing a small community wind farm through its company, Blueskin Energy Ltd. BRCT also provides energy advice, home performance assessments, climate change planning, solar advice and more. We’re dedicated to building community resilience and providing an example for others. We want to walk the talk at our own office and demonstrate simple clean-tech solutions. They just need a little more money to complete our project of Solar Panels to turn our building into its own little power station! https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2270

A podcast of the lecture by Profs Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett on “Inequality, sustainability and well-being” on May 26 can be found at http://www.otago.ac.nz/sciences/news/podcasts/index.html

The US military battle climate change – they are worried! www.huffingtonpost.com/marcia-g-yerman/the-military-battles-clim_b_5625509.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

Interesting daily environmental updates: http://www.onearth.org/rss/today_onearth

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nicky Chapman and Ann Denniston (SDC’s newsletter compilers) newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

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

Please send all requests to go onto to mailing list to newsletter@sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Please also let us know if you wish to come off this list.

Details of upcoming events, submissions, petitions and thought-provoking/useful links
Wednesday 16 July 2014

Dear all – there are still a lot of things happening! Please note there are several tomorrow!

1. Sustainable Dunedin City action

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. For more information or to join go to www.sustainabledunedincity.org.nz

Thursday 17 July

7.30 pm

(Third Thurs/ month)

GreenDrinks Port Chalmers, the Portsider in Port Chalmers

We are delighted to have Neville Auton, who was the DCC’s energy manager, and is now an energy consultant at Otago Polytechnic, to talk with us about Dunedin’s sustainable energy sources (not oil or gas!). Neville is inspiring, informative, creative – and practical!

Thursday 31st July 5.30pm

(last Thursday of month)

GreenDrinks Dunedin

THE BOG – upstairs. Corner of George and London Sts.

Topic this month: Dunedin Cycleways – vision for a 21st Century Dunedin With speaker Robert Thompson from Spokes (Dunedin’s cycle advocacy group). From Robert: “Cycling and the Dunedin cycleways are common topics in the ODT these days and seem to generate an awful lot of heated debate. I’ll talk about the current state of cycling in Dunedin and what the future holds. I’ll also address the common questions of why we should care about cycling if seemingly so few people are doing it, why we should be building cycleways, and why we should be paying for them.”

You can find out more about Spokes at www.spokesdunedin.org.nz

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 mhoward@slingshot.co.nz

2. Other new dates and activities

Sustainable Living Courses Coming up

This interactive eight-week course will assist you to

* Meet like-minded people living in the community

* Learn and share the latest in planet friendly tips specific to Dunedin

* Support your chosen actions toward waste free sustainable living

Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard, c/o Water and Waste Services, Dunedin City Council.

These Adult Community courses are free. Maximum14 people per course. To register please contact Maureen Howard on 4739967 or email mhoward@slingshot.co.nz.

PINE HILL COMMUNITY EVENING COURSE

Tuesdays 7-9pm Starts 22nd July

St Mark’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 304 Pine Hill Road, Pine Hill

CITYWIDE DAY COURSE

Wednesdays 10-12noon Starts 23rd July

Church of Christ Community meeting room, Corner of Filleul and St Andrews Sts

CITYWIDE EVENING COURSE

Wednesdays 7-9pm Starts 23rd July

Church of Christ Community meeting room. Corner of Filleul and St Andrews Sts

PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK in 2013

“Maureen made it fun and was non-judgmental”

“Each session left me buzzing with new understanding, and motivated to make changes in my life”

Thursday 17 July 3.30 – 7pm

DCC and ORC 2GP Natural Hazards feedback session

Otaru Room, Civic Centre, The Octagon

If you have not made it to a presentation in your local area you still have the opportunity to attend a presentation and general drop-in event: The presentation and questions will run from 3.30 – 4.30pm, after that the event will run as a drop-in session so please feel free to turn up anytime up to 6.30pm after which the Civic Centre doors are locked. Call in at the Customer Services Centre in the Plaza or look out for a guest host to guide you to the Otaru Room between 5 – 6.30pm.

Thursday 17 July, 4-5 pm

“The New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard: building cross-scale linkage for more resilient agriculture.”

Venue: Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation.

“This Thursday’s seminar will be presented by Centre for Sustainability senior researcher Professor Henrik Moller. ….His talk will look at resilient and sustainable production of food and fibre requires connection and communication between multiple ‘layers and players’: farmers and growers, rural and urban communities, industry and market agencies, researchers, policy makers, government and voters, and consumers.”

Thursday 17 July, 5.15 pm

‘Future Visions: Ecology, Economics at the End of the World’ with Dr Andrew Shepherd (Adjunct Lecturer in Theology)

Burns 2 Lecture Theatre,followed by the launch of Andrew’s book, The Gift of the Other: Levinas, Derrida, and a Theology of Hospitality (Eugene, OR:. Pickwick Publications, 2014).

Friday 18 July, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

‘Energy Policy from a Government Department perspective’

St David Seminar Room 1

EMAN410 Energy Studies Programme Seminar

Mr Sam Thornton

Senior Energy Analyst

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Friday 18 July – Sunday 20 July

Catlins Conservation Caper

Leaving: Dunedin 18 July, Friday evening and returning 20 July, Sunday evening.

Cost: $30 which covers food, accommodation and transport.

Accommodation: Tautuku Forest and Bird Lodge on Friday & Saturday night.

Join the Department of Conservation and Forest & Bird in a weekend of conservation in the Catlins.

Plant habitat for the captivating Yellow-eyed penguin/Hōiho at the Forest and Bird Te Rere Reserve. With no public access, this may be the only opportunity to visit this special reserve. In 1995, a devastating fire swept through the reserve, killing many penguins and damaging habitat. Since then, through the efforts of volunteers, the vegetation has nearly returned to its natural state.

Bust weeds at the Otanamomo Scientific Reserve. This reserve is an important remnant of coastal podocarp forest. Under the forest canopy, introduced weeds are threatening to cut the life of this forest short. This weekend has always been popular, so get in quick to book a space.

Contact: volunteerscoastalota@doc.govt.nz<mailto:volunteerscoastalota@doc.govt.nz> or phone (03) 4770 677.

Monday, 21 July 2:15pm – 3:45pm

Marilyn Waring in conversation with Professor Kevin Clements

Media Production Studio

Professor Kevin Clements will talk to Marilyn Waring, development consultant, academic, writer and former National Party MP who triggered the 1984 snap election when she refused to support her own government in the vote against an opposition-sponsored anti-nuclear bill. Her best known work, If Women Counted, also published under the title Counting for Nothing, describes how economic orthodoxies exclude most of women’s productive and reproductive work. In this conversation, Professor Kevin Clements will seek to explore what triggered Marilyn’s interest in peace, justice and human rights.

Limited seating will be available in the Media Production Studio. Please phone 479 4546 to reserve a seat. The conversation will be livestreamed.

Monday, 21 July

7 – 9pm

Additional Mosgiel presentation on Natural Hazards

Mosgiel Coronation Hall, 97 Gordon Road, Mosgiel

The Preferred Options presentation to the Mosgiel -Taieri community was held on 25 June, however given the low attendance at that meeting, and the importance of having local input into these provisions while they are being developed, we are holding a second presentation in Mosgiel.

Tuesday 22 July

Sustainable Living Courses begin: see above

Saturday 26th July 10a.m.

Permaculture Dunedin Polytechnic Living Campus visit – (meet @ D Block carpark) – Please get in touch with Jeanette (dennisspooner@slingshot.co.nz or phone: 021422034) if you have any questions regarding the event. If the weather turns out to be bad that day the bad weather day is likely to be the Saturday after (yet to be confirmed!),

Monday 28 July, 5:30pm

The Politics of Climate Change: An Election Debate

Archway 2 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

What are YOUR questions about responses to climate change that you would like our main political parties to answer?

Hon. Dr. David Clark from the Labour Party and Green Party co-leader Hon. Metiria Turei will be discussing their parties’ stance on climate change, and their strategies and policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change in New Zealand.

This is an election special debate not to be missed!

Please send your questions to oercadmin@otago.ac.nz before 15 July.

Proudly brought to you by the Labour Party, the Green Party, Otago Climate Change Network (OCCNet), Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE) and Otago Energy Research Centre (OERC)

Tuesday 29 July, 1 pm

Launch of Jobs after Coal

Otago University Centre for Sustainability

Jobs After Coal: a substantial document, of over 50 pages with 82 references … Talk of a carbon bubble is now gaining traction as people begin to understand the idea that we have only a small ‘budget’ of carbon we can afford to emit to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. …Coal is a sunset industry, and fossil fuel investments will be left as stranded assets.

Contact: fatima.ibrahim-mckague@otago.ac.nz

Tuesday 29 July, 5.30pm

“Reinvigorating the Economy – clean-tech jobs and low carbon opportunity” Jeanette Fitzsimons, Scott Willis

Jeanette Fitzsimons has been walking the talk on sustainability through public office and rich community involvement, with the adjunct of expertise in energy issues. Few other New Zealanders can provide such integrated, big picture analysis, in such a succinct and clear cut way. Co-hosted by the Otago Chamber of Commerce and the Otago Energy Research Centre, this presentation looks at future trends and the opportunity therein: “Society and business are in a transition to a different kind of future. Most of the fossil fuels already discovered must stay in the ground if we are to keep global warming below 2 degrees and avoid dangerous levels of climate change. Coal prices have collapsed and mines are closing, while renewables are becoming cheaper than fossil energy. Think tanks everywhere are planning new scenarios – the “low carbon future”, the “clean tech revolution”, the “green economy”. But communities who have always relied on resources now known to be unsustainable are rightly scared about their future. What jobs will there be for their kids? What will drive prosperity in their community? Where will NZ’s exports come from? Is there an “energy gap” we need to fill? Jeanette Fitzsimons will outline the opportunities this brings for business and communities, drawing on research recently published by Coal Action Network Aotearoa, in its report Jobs After Coal. A very positive future is there for us if we grasp it now, but the penalties for being last are considerable.” To register, contact the Otago Chamber of Commerce’s Events Coordinator Sarah on events@otagochamber.co.nz or by calling 479 0181, or by visiting the OCC website and selecting events for the month of July. Places are limited.

Wednesday 30th July 5.30 – 6.30pm

Public Lecture with Guest Speaker Professor Gerald Torres: Litigating Climate Change

Moot Court, 10th Floor Richardson Building

Climate change cases are already being handled by USA courts. The most prominent are the atmospheric trust cases currently being brought by youth and supported by James Hansen and other scientists. These cases are asking the courts to compel government to take meaningful action to protect the atmosphere for current and future generations. There have also been liability suits suggested – and at least one filed – over the effects of climate change. Professor Torres will discuss the range of cases being brought and suggested in the USA, focusing on the atmospheric trust litigation and the public trust doctrine which underlies it.

Wednesday 30 July

Launch of Jobs after Coal in Invercargill

Federated Farmers Meeting Room

potluck tea ⇨ 6:30pm

networking ⇨ 7:30pm

presentation ⇨ 8:00pm

Contact: Jenny Campbell: jennycam@xtra.co.nz

31 July – 17 August

New Zealand International Film Festival showing Hot Air by renowned documentary maker Alister Barry

“Hot Air is the story of twenty years of political struggle between politicians, scientists and activists wanting to reduce New Zealand’s emissions, and corporate leaders and their lobbyists working to protect profits and commercial advantage.”

The film addresses the question: “is it possible for a small modern democratic nation to address the greatest political challenge of our age?”

Festival dates and screening information for the NZIFF is at Rialto Cinema.

Wednesday 27th August, 5.30

Permaculture Dunedin: Seed swap of the year

The Apartment upstairs from The Malcalm Trust, 174 Princes Street (enter The Apartment from Dowling Street).

Sunday Sept 7th 2014 1-4pm

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop

Dunedin North Intermediate School North East Valley, (34 North Rd).

(Transition Valley 473, the Dunedin Permaculture group and Jason Ross from Habitate). Take grafts now in July when trees are fully dormant. You can collect your own from a favourite fruit tree, or we will have a great range of heritage apple cuttings to choose from on the day. Instructions on how to collect scion wood will be sent when you register.

The cost of the workshop is $30p.p. This covers the cost of an apple rootstock, potting mix, scion wood and tuition. If you just want to learn the techniques, but don’t want a rootstock, it is $20p.p. The workshop will be held in the school hall at:

Contact Kristen to register: 473 9535 or 027 779 5481 tv473ig@list.king.net.nz. Places are limited.

14 to 26 September

As part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, Keep Dunedin Beautiful and the DCC are asking residents to beautify their favourite part of our city by ridding it of litter.

Registered participants will receive gloves and specially marked plastic bags which can be put out with your regular kerbside collection between September 15th and 26th.

Register by ringing Keep Dunedin Beautiful on 474 3401 or emailing dethomso@dcc.govt.nz

Your bag(s) and gloves can either be picked up from the Civic Centre Customer Services ground floor at an arranged time or be mailed to you.

Information we require:

· Name (if group – number of participants would be helpful)

· number of bags required

· area you will clean up

· address for kerbside collection

· day of your kerbside rubbish collection

· your email address and phone number

3. Ongoing activities

Eco Living in Action, Thursdays, 2.30-3pm. On Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Tune in or check out previous shows on the OAR website at www.oar.org.nz/podcasts.

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 021 20 999 74, or email lala.frazer@gmail.com

Quarantine Island Open Weekend last Saturday every month

Everyone is welcome to the St Martin Island Community open weekends on Quarantine Island on the last Saturday of every month. Join us in releasing the (relatively) newly planted native trees, sharing conversations, passion and action in this beautiful island haven.

The boat leaves Back Beach at 9.30am and returns about 4pm. You can also stay overnight. Bring $10 for the boat and a contribution towards a shared lunch (and swimming togs if you’re feeling brave!).

Make sure to let the new keepers Candy and Gordon Douglas know that you intend to come – (03) 478 0874.

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: Lucy Hardy at lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094.

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

Dunedin City Council (http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on)

2GP Preferred Options – Natural Hazards

The feedback for the Preferred Option Natural Hazards consultation has now opened. The closing date is 1 September 2014

http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/2gp

Otago Regional Council (http://www.orc.govt.nz/Meetings-Consultations-and-Events/Have-your-say/)

Government consultations (http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/)

5. Food for thought and (good) fuel for action

NZ Herald: Generation Zero wants ‘carbon budgets’, but minister opposes world-leading stance: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11286518

See also: http://www.generationzero.org/TheBigAsk

Our own Tarsh Turner has been selected as one of six young kiwis to attend the UNFCCC COP20 Climate Change Negotiations in Peru this December as part of the New Zealand Youth Delegation. Tarsh initiated a community campus garden on the Otago University campus, helped to build community through my involvement with events like Organic Festival, restoration trips, workshops, movie screenings and free public lectures, helped Southlanders oppose plans to mine lignite, held co-leadership of Students for Environmental Action at uni, and sat on the inaugural OUSA Environment Committee. Last year she studied abroad to gain an international perspective on the environmental crisis and is more fired up than ever to see New Zealand become a leader on the world stage in addressing this issue. She now needs money for her airfare to Peru so if you can help you can transfer directly to: N J Turner 38-9009-0719098-01 or her Paypal account. She promises all donors a hand written post card from Peru (please identify yourself to her), and everyone will be able to follow the trip via our website.

Climate Voter NZ: A coalition of NGOs has launched “Climate Voter NZ”, a site on which you can sign up to say that you’ll use your vote in the coming General Election to get real action on climate change. You can sign up here: http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/ NB: this action has been defined as ‘electioneering’ by the Electoral Commission, and this definition is to be challenged in court. (see eg http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/249733/climate-voter-court-challenge)

Shift or get off the pot: A new report (compiled by experts from 30 international institutions) prescribes detailed actions for 15 of the world’s largest economies that could help keep the world from warming more than 2º Celsius. The report is the first of its kind because it addresses each country specifically, with recommendations crafted from data on electricity supply, transportation and shipping, and building codes. See the Guardian

The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate: It’s time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future by Al Gore, JUNE 18, 2014: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-turning-point-new-hope-for-the-climate-20140618?print=3Dtrue

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is a collaborative initiative to understand and show how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy …a transition we call “deep decarbonization http://unsdsn.org/what-we-do/deep-decarbonization-pathways/

Shrinking the Footprint is the Church of England’s national environmental campaign.

The Global People’s Climate March 21 September: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/join_to_change_everything_rb/?bofkUdb&v=41497

Jobs After Coal – a report looking at sustainable alternatives to coal.

See also a US approach: http://www.onearth.org/articles/2014/06/if-you-love-a-coal-dependent-state-nows-the-time-to-stage-an-intervention

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) is working on developing a small community wind farm through its company, Blueskin Energy Ltd. BRCT also provides energy advice, home performance assessments, climate change planning, solar advice and more. We’re dedicated to building community resilience and providing an example for others. We want to walk the talk at our own office and demonstrate simple clean-tech solutions. They just need a little more money to complete our project of Solar Panels to turn our building into its own little power station! https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2270

Petitioning Progressive Enterprises Ltd: Introduce a 10 cent plastic bag levy across all your major supermarket brands View the petition

ThankYou Payroll Charitable Trust Grants (NOW)

“Have you got an awesome idea for making a positive difference in your community? Need some funding? Whatever it is you want to do, Thankyou Charitable Trust wants to help. Thankyou Charitable Trust has four grant rounds in 2014. Grants are between $100 and $1000 for projects that contribute to community wellbeing, resilience or sustainability. Stay tuned, get in touch, or like the Facebook page to find out when a grant round is in your neighbourhood. For more information, check out www.thankyoupayroll.co.nz.

NB: If you attended the CSAFE talk on using financing to create a sustainable economy, and are interested in more information can email crystal@triplepointanalytics.com (the email address given to some attendees was incorrect).

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